Hola Doormat

Give this to your favorite Republican and be prepared for an awkward thanks. Or just buy it as a friendly welcome mat for all your guests; either way, it'll clean shoes regardless of political affiliation. Materials: Coir, Vinyl, Enamel Size: 30" L x 18" W Care instructions: clean with a garden hose Recommended for indoor and outdoor use...Read more

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Price: $50.00
Available from: Gessato

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Themis Prism Mobile

Yet another Themis mobile? Yes, indeed, and this one has five distinct palette colors: salmon, beige, green, balck and gold. If you're not familiar with the others, the Themis Mono Mobile is one dodecahedron with warm and cool colors, the Themis Mobile has five faceted ornaments, and the Themis Trio Mobile has, you guessed it, three polyhedra in a palette of neon and neutral colors. Comes Preassembled. Measures 16" x 16" x 17". ...Read more

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Price: $44.00
Available from: PLASTICA

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Friday Links

Katie Paterson: A map of all the dead stars in the Universe. via @openculture A 3-foot-wide house/art installation squeezed into an alleyway. Tutorials to Make Toys from Trash (via swissmiss) WHEN CLIENTS’ DUMBEST REQUESTS BECOME ART Also Fast Co.: This Nifty Machine Makes Furniture Using Thread Instead Of Screws Letters of Note: Our differences unite us A look inside Lindsey Adelman's studio over at Design Milk. Gabriel Dawe's Thread ...Read more

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Pilot Stool

Quinze & Milan's Pilot Stool is notable not only for its curved (and seemingly comfortable) seat, but also for its new method of fabrication. Polypropylene foam is utilized in a special manufacturing technique (see below video) to create a glossy-yet-matte surface. The oak legs thread onto the seat, making the stool easy to ship and assemble. Available in three different height variations: standard, kitchen, and bar. Designed by Patrick Rampelotto + Fritz ...Read more

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Price: $370.00
Available from: Gessato

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Red Thread Notebook

These notebooks from WRITERSBLOK use old fashioned string tie closures to keep your notes secure. Note: if you are particularly picky about paper, do a little research and read a few reviews on WRITERSBLOK journals- a few people have commented that the paper is a little thinner than Moleskine notebooks, so you might have some ink bleed-through if you prefer heavier/thicker ink. Available in small or medium, brown or ...Read more

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Price: $11.00 - 16.00
Available from: Kikkerland

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54/40 Maps of Geography

Geographical! Created from actual elevation data, this wooden topographical map of the United States is laser-cut and hand-assembled in Portland, Oregon. The 48 contiguous states are $750, but get in touch with 54/40 for individual state pricing. ...Read more

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Price: $750.00
Available from: 54/40

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Periodic Coffee Table

Oh, yes, you do see an entire periodic table indented into the surface of this concrete top coffee table. Just think of all the fun you'll have testing your knowledge and showing off for your guests. Ds? Darmstadtium! Sg? Seaborgium! Appropriate for indoor or outdoor use; designed and made in LA by James DeWulf. Indentation is slight, so the surface remains flat enough that glasses won't tip over. The legs ...Read more

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Price: $1,700.00
Available from: Viesso

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BoostTurbine

With the recent disaster of Hurricane Sandy, many were (and still are) without power, which means no means of communication with friends, loved ones, or emergency personnel. Don't let yourself fall into the same scenario- take stock of your own disaster kit and make sure you have an adequate wind-up charger for your mobile phone. Etón has a new rechargeable USB battery pack with a hand turbine power generator; ...Read more

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Jensen Koppel Clocks

If you're in the market for a classic wall clock, and would like something quite small and elegant, do turn your eyes toward the collection of timepieces designed by Henning Koppel for Jensen. Choose between the 10cm (~4") or 15cm (~6") size, stainless steel or black stainless steel, and white or black dial. Also, you can save your pennies in hopes of one day adding a barometer, thermometer, and hygrometer alongside the ...Read more

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Price: $120.00 - 200.00
Available from: Georg Jensen

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Domestic Wall Sticker Animals 2

If you happen to remember the Forêt Noire Scenic Wallpaper, you might recognize some of these little guys. Designed by the same Nathalie Lété, these vinyl wall stickers are sure to keep you in good company. They're self-adhesive and could be an excellent alternative to wallpaper wherever you want- and don't go putting these in the 'only suitable for kids' box. In fact, you are hereby challenged not ...Read more

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Price: $70.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign

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Flavour It Glass Water Bottle

Like a bit of lemon or mint in your water glass? Or perhaps a hint of strawberry? Now you can take your fanciness on the road with this glass bottle, thus reducing your own plastic bottle usage as well as any unfortunate snobbery that crops up whenever you're faced with plain tap water. Made in China. Materials: glass, stainless steel, acrylic approx. 2.5" dia. x 8" H; 12 oz. capacity Care: Dishwasher safe. ...Read more

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Price: $15.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

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Election Day

Brave those long lines and cast your vote today; if you don't, you forfeit the right to complain about the government. Not sure where your polling place is? Google has a polling place lookup that's quick and easy. Shown above, Vote Cards, $16, from the Cooper-Hewitt Shop. ...Read more

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Variopinte Plates

How about some colorful dinnerware for this season's festivities? Variopinte* enamel plates were created as part of the A TAVOLA! project, where Stefania Di Petrillo created a dining room that's easily transported via a clever packing plan/container. The plates are available in three sizes and can be stacked or used separately. Best of all, the enamel is durable enough to use out of doors should you fancy a picnic. *...Read more

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Price: $16.50
Available from: The Vitrine

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DIY Kits from Haptic Lab

Remember Haptic Lab's Great Lakes Quilt that was featured last week? If you like the look of a modern city quilt and are known to be handy with a needle and thread, think about purchasing one of their DIY kits. Choose from several cities- each basic kit comes with a 36" x 42" single-use map template and sewing instructions while a full kit ($74) includes the material and thread in ivory as well. ...Read more

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Price: $38.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

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Hooks by Chevalier Masson

You might scoff at the price tag, and that's understandable, but the point is that this rope has hooks on the end of it, making it appropriate for a variety of uses. Perhaps the most notable (and fun) use is best demonstrated in the image below of a child using the rope as an impromptu swing, but there's sure to be lots of ideas of how it could be utilized ...Read more

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Price: €80.00
Available from: I/OBJECT

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