PERSONAL

Mindful Dock

How can you concentrate with all those texts and notifications? In the past 20 minutes I’ve received no less than 5 texts, and I’m not even all that popular.

The Mindful Dock aims to give you a distraction-free zone; just slide your phone into the dock to avoid peeking at its screen every single time it dings/rings/buzzes. It charges your phone too, of course, but it’s more of a displayed intention of concentrating on the task at hand. After all, those cat videos that your friend keeps sending are super cute, but your work/love-life/sleep will suffer if you keep picking up your damn phone. You know I’m right.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $98.05
Available from: Kickstarter

Orée Wireless Wood Keyboard

Is that a wood keyboard you see? Yes, indeed it is. And why do you need the Orée Wireless Wood Keyboard? For the warmth or for the novelty, you pick. It’s completely wireless and connects via Bluetooth with up to 5 devices. Notice that the wood grain matches on all the keys- nice, right? Pick from three different fonts and two different woods, and also be sure to check out the multi touch wood trackpad and numerical keyboard ($190) as well, as it would make a nice companion piece.
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Price: $190.00
Available from: Design Boom Shop

Emotional Baggage Tote from The School of Life

Yes, you carry around emotional baggage, but at least you’re honest about it. As The School of Life says, “Everyone has it; the trick is to carry it elegantly.” Put your issues out in the open (along with your educational approach to mental health) with this heavy-duty canvas tote. No one will accuse you of hiding your less-than-appealing hang-ups, that’s for sure. Also, if the tote resonates with you, do check out their Psycho Box, which includes the tote along with a ‘How to Stay Sane’ guide, Nietzsche & Freud Notebooks, and Psychoanalytic Pencils.
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Price: £35.00
Available from: The School of Life

The Fly Pry – Titanium Multi Tool

This little tool is about the size of a zipper pull, and can you guess what it does? Sure, it’s a bottle opener, but it can also be used as a can opener, small pry bar, hex bit adapter, box opener, and a hook screw driver. Attach it to your keychain or as a zipper pull to a jacket or bag and you’ll have the smallest multi tool at the ready whenever you should need it.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Kickstarter

One Off Goods by Dino Sanchez

You’re super picky, so one-of-a-kind leather accessories might just suit your style. Dino Sanchez offers a small collection of individually made items- no two pieces will be alike. Laptop sleeves, wallets, key fobs, take your pick, and know that your item will be distinct.
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Price: $50.00 - 285.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

Cinqpoints Badges

Less is more. Form follows function. Shout your beliefs from the rooftops or maybe just quietly wear a badge so those with similar tastes will know they’re not alone. Maybe you’ll even make a few more friends that believe in the Bauhaus or modern architecture. Wouldn’t that be nice?
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Price: $6.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Ostrich Travel Pillow

You might need this Ostrich Travel Pillow. Actually, let me rephrase that. You NEED THIS TRAVEL PILLOW. Sure, it looks a little neck-bracey, but it’s going to change your life. Use it as a combined eye mask and head pillow during your commute or on a long journey, or, hell, even while you’re at your desk. Naps can improve mood, alertness and performance, after all. The super soft cover contains lots of silicone micro-beads that support your head, block light, and muffle sound. Perfect. Amazing. Life-changing. And I’m only half-way kidding about the last one.
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Price: $36.00 - 40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

What is it?

Okay, time to play the game again, what the heck is this thing? I’ll give you the dimensions: 9.75″h x 10.25″w x 8.5″d. Any ideas?
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Price: $72.00
Available from: Luminaire

Minimalist Office Bag

Simple/minimal sleeve/briefcase? Yes/please. This one is pretty skinny, so it will fit your essentials and not weigh you down. Stash all your cords and accessories in the front pocket and keep your laptop/tablet and a few files or notebooks in the main compartment. Who says you can’t be a minimalist? Tell me their name, because I will punch them in the face for you, I promise. Available in black or beige.
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Price: $94.00
Available from: Poketo

Vifa Copenhagen Wireless Speaker

Are you still looking for a wireless speaker? Save your pennies, because this one earns top marks for its pared down design and integrated handle. It’s like someone took an old boombox, shrunk it down, and waved a magic wand to reduce it down to only a Kvadrat fabric facing and aluminum frame. Very minimal/modern, isn’t it?
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Price: $999.00
Available from: TRNK

A-Bike Electric

Who wants a super small electric bike? I do, I do*! Feast your eyes upon the world’s lightest and most compact electric bicycle. Just start pedaling and the electricity will kick in to provide power assistance. Fold it up and stash it under your desk or table, ideally after you arrive at your destination somewhat pristine- or at least with an un-sweaty shirt- thanks to the electrical assistance.
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Price: £515.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Lumenati CS1Cinematic Smartcase for iPhone

Holy. How much fun will you have with this cinematic smartcase? Loads, I’m sure. Simply slide your iPhone into the Lumenati CS1, pull the trigger, and you’ll be shooting video like a pro. It’s lightweight, very portable, and is way more ergonomic than holding on to your iPhone on its own. The Lumenati CS1 even has a real-time viewfinder so you get exactly what you see (a.k.a. WYSIWYG capabilities). Swap the lenses out to change from fisheye to wide angle, easy as pie. Where in the world can you get it? Back the project on Kickstarter (up until August 12).
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Price: $150+
Available from: Kickstarter

UNDO Laces

So, did you know that a shoe creates a lot of environmental damage? Raw materials plus an intense manufacturing process means that those things we wear on our feet have a big carbon footprint (typical shoe = 30 pounds of CO2). Alarming, isn’t it?

UNDO Laces aims to offset that carbon footprint by purchasing credits from a wind energy, solar energy or reforestation project on your behalf. You get a pair of UNDO Laces, too, of course. Mini magnets installed in each end of the shoelace makes them easy to change out for color matching (it also eliminates those bothersome plastic ends hitting your ankles when you walk. Am I the only one with that issue? Back the project on Kickstarter.
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Price: $11.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Flotiform Jewelry Stand

Is it some sort of wire sculpture? I suppose you could treat it as such, but it’s actually meant to organize and display your jewelry. A waxed wooden base holds an oddly shaped steel wire that has plenty of room to hang necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Keep your favorites out where you can see them, and you’ll be able to enjoy them twice as much.
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Price: $42.00
Available from: Dwell

Alter Ego Water Bottle Filtration System

If you’ve ever been thirsty on a day expedition, you know that sometimes water is scarce and not always safe to drink. That’s unfortunately the daily experience for many people around the world, a fact that’s easy to forget if you live in a well developed, urban environment. So, what’s the fix?

Products like this Alter Ego Water Bottle Filtration System help, as portions from sales go to to ONE DROP, an international non-profit organization dedicated to developing sustainable water access programs worldwide. Of course, the actual Alter Ego Water Bottle also does an important job directly for you with its filters. For city dwellers, the Globetrotter filter removes 99.9999% of contaminants and lasts for approximately 75 gallons of filter water. For hikers and explorers, the Outdoor Filter will remove 99.99% of contaminants and lasts for approximately 200 gallons.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $64.99
Available from: Horne