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Akanbe Folding Basket

A basket that becomes a rug…you can’t say that for all those wicker versions out there, but you can for this little guy. Seems like it would be really handy for toting around a little one’s toys and miscellany; unfold it and it becomes a play surface, fold it back up and it’ll corral everything all over again.

A cute basket made of felt (polyester 80%, rayon 20%). It has a cute face, but it’s sturdier than it looks! Spread it out and you can use it as a mat/sheet/rug as well. This Akanbe Folding Basket has many uses: arranging magazines, storing children’s toys, shopping, outdoor picnic and much more.

Package Size: 47cm x 3.8cm x 47cm
Mat/Rug Size (when open): 1050mm x 1000mm x 3mm

$128.50, Buy it here.

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[posted by katie]

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Price: $128.50
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Studio Leung

Two notable items from Studio Leung: a body sponge that rains on you in the bath and a pencil case fashioned from a traditional Chinese calligraphy mat.

Pencil Case, £5.00
Cloud Sponge, £4.00

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Clever Covers

Clever, indeed! Now you’ll not have to worry about any embarrassment when reading your questionable material (though you might run into awkward moments where someone asks you about physics or the Japanese language, and then you’ll have to explain that you’re not actually reading what it looks like you are, and then the interested party might think you’re really weird or pervy to cover up whatever it was that you were reading, then you’re back to square one, if not at a negative 4 or 5, on the impression scale).

An intelligent book cover that hides your fluffy novel. this cover was designed specifically for those who have a thirst of the UnShakespearean variety. Simply slip over your book and go out into the world with no one ever knowing. No more disapproving looks, just respect from those around you.

Clever Cover (Book Size): Titled “Complete Japanese For International Business,” $8.00CAD, Buy it here.
Clever Cover (Magazine Size): Titled “Advanced Quantum Physics,” $9.00CAD,
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Price: $8.00
Availability: Buy Clever Covers here

Plamodel DIY Camera

If you’ve got a lot of extra time on your hands, and need to occupy said hands, here’s a kit to make your own camera.

the perfect gift for a budding photographer? how about a genuinely working do it yourself camera? the plamodel camera by japanese design house superheadz is a snap together kit that allows even the not-so-mechanically inclined to assemble their own 35mm camera. available in either black or custom Moriyama special edition model (images and color options reflect packaging color only).

camera type: 35mm, lens: 28mm

$17.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $17.00
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Fatboy® bags bags

Ooo, I like how simple these bags are, and the prices don’t hurt too terribly much either.

The Fatboy® bags are a colorful unisex collection for a very broad range of ages. Very strong materials with environmental friendly coatings were mixed with elements from the aviation and extreme sports industry. Parachute buckles, seatbelts, scuba diving zippers and noiseless Velcro are some examples for the original and highly detailed finishing on the outside and inside of the bags.

(top row) Fatboy Pantzer, $119.00-$139.00,
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(lower row) Fatboy Undercover, $19.00-$99.00, Buy it here.
(Several sizes available to fit iPod or Mac Books.)

More information:

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Crayon Rings

How fun are these? (Better snap them up before they’re gone…)

packaged in sets of 8 basic crayon colors
designed by Timothy Liles
1 1/8″ x 1″ x 1/2″
Handmade to order, lead time about two weeks.

$50.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $50.00
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Guido Weekend Bag

Never underestimate the importance of a weekend bag. Having a bag that’s big enough for a weekend’s worth of clothing and accessories but small enough for a flight’s carry-on fits all sorts of travel needs.

WeSC’s Guido Bag has an extra large interior that allows room for clothes, shoes, toiletries and more. The interior zippered pocket and exterior pocket provide safe keeping for essentials and other items that you can find and grab easily. In addition to it’s functionality and eye catching colorblock panel design, Guido is a well constructed bag made of durable canvas and features large zippers, studded reinforced handles for durability and resiliency.

Dimensions: 18.5″ x 16.5″ x 8.5″

$75.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $75.00
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Green Shopping Bags

These are little bit funny, but I don’t know how I feel about the ‘faux canvas’ part…not sure how durable that is.

Leave Bag in Car Bag, $6.99,
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Wife Cares Bag, $6.99,
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Better Than You Bag, $6.99,
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faux canvas bag
13 inches long x 5.75 inches deep x 16.5 inches tall

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Price: $6.99
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Saint Bag

This bag gets top points for affordability and for the nice detail of the key ring…because, really, digging around for your keys is no fun at all.

Vegetable tanned leather. Red nylon liner, inner zip pocket, magnetized closure. Saintly ring attached to red cord to always keep things close by.

8 3/4″ x 10 3/4″

$49.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $49.00
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Wool Felt Binder Case

The utilitarian design of this carry case makes me wish I had an important binder to carry around.

Designed as a carry case for the Aluminum Binder, the Wool Felt Binder Case (2007) may also be used on its own as a briefcase, document carrier, portfolio bag or even handbag. The 100% fine wool felt is a quarter-inch thick for maximum protection and exceptional style. With frequent use, the felt will become finer and softer. The hook-and-loop fasteners are durable enough for travel or courier. The landscape format fits European size A3 paper (16.5″x11.75″), while the smaller configuration accommodates A4 or U.S. letter size. Made in Australia.

A3: H 13.75″ W 22.5″ D 2″: $180.00 Now: $153.00
A4: H 13.75″ W 13.75″ D 2″: $150.00 Now: $100.50
(sale through March 18, 2009)

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Map Totes

There are oh-so-many of these totes to choose from…trust me, it’s hard to pick just one. I think they would make great gifts for friends too.

Shown above (not in scale):
Hobos Tote (San Francisco & Boston), $20.00
Natural Grocery Tote (Tokyo & Seattle), $15.00
Everyday Tote (Manhattan & Paris), $20.00
Beach Tote (not shown), $40.00

Made in the U.S.A.

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Price: $17.00 - 40.00
Availability: Buy Map Totes here

MyPaperBag (Leather)

Hmm…a leather bag masquerading as a paper bag. Interesting.

‘My Paper Bag’ was designed by Ramon Middelkoop of Rotterdam. It is made from 100% leather, is vegetable tanned and produced by the Fair Trade Certified Crafts Resource Center in Calcutta.
The bag is a Cradle 2 Cradle (C2C) certified product, meaning if you don’t want ‘My Paper Bag’ anymore, you can return it and receive 10% off the purchase of another product when purchasing from the site. This is an act of sustainability, so that all raw materials are re-used and put to good use. All C2C products are Fair Trade certified and ecological. (quote from trendhunter.com)

€ 64.95, Buy it here.

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Price: &euro64.95
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Ninja Umbrella

Because it has a carrying case and it’s funny.

You too can bring honor to your family with the ninja umbrella featuring a samurai sword handle. Comes with carrying case for dramatic effect (and easy transport).

MATERIALS: nylon
SIZE: 24″ canopy

$30.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $30.00
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Blue Q Zipper Pouch and Coin Purse

I kind of love this pouch and coin purse (note: they’re not to scale in relation to each other.)

This Economy Sucks Coin Purse, 4″w x 3″h, $3.99, Buy it here.
Sorry Zipper Pouch, 9.5″w x 7.25″h, $5.99, Buy it here.

(another note: the Sorry Zipper Pouch reminds me of Adam McEwen’s Untitled (Sorry) and Untitled (Closed), 2005 tiny signs…which I was tempted to post but didn’t for fear of offending some of your sensibilities.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.99
Availability: Buy Blue Q Zipper Pouch and Coin Purse here

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Fiction Passport Covers

Now, how weird would it be if a man, woman and child were seated next to each other and they happened to each have these passport covers?

Collaboration with Ben Greenman.
Limited Edition.
“EACH STORY OFFERS A GLIMPSE INTO THE MIND OF THREE STRANGERS �A MAN, A WOMAN, AND A CHILD� WHO FIND THEMSELVES SEATED NEXT TO ONE ANOTHER ON A PLANE.”

Man, Woman or Child.
Dimensions: 4″x5″

$60.00, Buy it here.

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