Muji Lego Paper Toys

To most people, trying to improve the LEGO block would be like reinventing the wheel, but leave it to the designers over at Muji to not leave well enough alone and come up with a very creative toy series that combine the snap-together blocks with paper. Each of the six play sets includes a collection of LEGO bricks, paper, and instructions to construct example models. A specially designed hole puncher ...Read more

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Price: $14.50
Available from: MUJI

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Techno Plates

Whoa, check out these lookers. Bold patterns with a punch of color now and then is just what a ho-hum tabletop needs, and these hi-gloss porcelain plates will mix and match well with a plain white service. Of course, even if you decide to go crazy and get a whole set, you still won't break the bank, as each plate is just under 4 bucks. Twice-fired porcelain with dip glaze Dishwasher- ...Read more

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Price: $3.95
Available from: CB2

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Dot/Dash Translucent Pendant

Take a look at this new pendant light from Erich Ginder. It's made from die cut fabric, so there's a soft texture to begin with, and with a little assembly (it ships flat), you'll have a lovely geometric light to call your own. Made in in the United States. Designer: Erich Ginder Materials: Die cut fabric, nylon rivets and grey lamp cord. Features: Made in the USA. Assembly required. Fluorescent ...Read more

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Price: $358.00

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Available from: Design Public

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Basket and Barrel Lug Trug

Storage can be tricky, especially if you're short on cabinets and closets. These lug trugs from Strand Design are pretty perfect for corralling all manner of stuff (newspapers, firewood, toys, etc.) out in the open, as they look particularly nice and sturdy. They are made from recycled rubber and hand stitched with polyester thread. • Made in Chicago • Made of recycled tire rubber • Recyclable. Ask us for details • Oil finish on ...Read more

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Price: $180.70
Available from: Strand Design

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Funnel Friends

Add these 'friends' to your kitchen and be amazed at their various uses. Scooping, serving, funneling, filling, pouring, you name it, they'll help you with it. The medium container has interior marks for measuring (each 1/4 C.) while the larger container doubles as a pitcher. The small works as an excellent funnel for transferring dry goods or liquids into smaller containers. And, of course, the three funnels nest to save space. ...Read more

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Price: $41.00
Available from: Fitzsu

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LAX Wall Mounted Table

We all know small kitchens and dining areas can be a challenge, so how about removing some table legs to make things easier? This table by MASH Studios is just about as minimal as you can get, especially if you forgo chairs. There's a "uniquely engineered steel mounting system" that assures it'll remain on the wall and, of course, there's no visual clutter. Support BLTD by buying here: LAX Wall ...Read more

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Price: $420.00

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Available from: Design Public

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Ridekick Electric Bicycle Trailer

Hmm... a detachable electric motor assist bicycle trailer. Quite brilliant, I'd say! How come no one has come up with this before? Having the motor transmission separate from the bicycle means not having to commit to an expensive, clunky, full-on electric bicycle, or a third-party add-on motor to your bike. You get to keep the bike you already own, and your bike stays just the way it is. Ride it ...Read more

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Price: $699.00
Available from: Ridekick

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Fable Pillow Collection

How about a snake on your sofa, or a crocodile on your bed? Maybe even a rabbit or a barn owl, just to keep you company? The Fable and Exotic pillows give you your own menagerie without the mess. Both collections are made in collaboration with animal photographer Valerie Shaff. Each image is digitally printed on linen from an original photograph. The Zebra and African Crested Cranes are both from ...Read more

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Price: $138.00
Available from: East Camp Home

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Friday Links

Could you live in 160 Square Feet? Whaaa?! Aktiv: the first in a new line of houses designed by ideabox and appointed by IKEA. (via designtaxi) Pen Cap Smoking Jacket from Maison Martin Margiela, Autumn/Winter 2009 Evolution of Type Albatros Bookmarks (via swissmiss) The future! Piccolo, a small plastic drawing robot. (via Co.Design) Caroline Olsson's Bambi Table. (via design-milk) Have a pleasant/restful weekend. ...Read more

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Sputnik Chair Collection

Want a little bit of retro with a dash of modern? This Sputnik chair collection has a few colors to choose from, and they all have fully adjustable seats (height of 18" to 29.5") which gets handy if you're planning on moving them from desk to bar to dining table. (If you need more than one, start saving your pennies, because it could get expensive.) Seat is made from certified white oak ...Read more

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Price: $495.00 - 595.00
Available from: Horne

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Topo Hip Pack

This sporty hip or shoulder pack looks to be the perfect size for a day trip, whether hiking in the wilderness or city sightseeing. There's lash tabs for extra gear or bike lights, and a water-resistant inner liner just in case you get caught in a little rain. At 15″w x 8″h x 5″d, there's just enough room for necessities. All of Topo's bags are handmade in their shop in ...Read more

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Price: $69.00
Available from: Topo Designs

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Napkin Notes by DCI

Along the lines of Hello Napkins and Napkin Notebook (which both appear to no longer be available), these napkins encourage you to put pen to disposable paper for those important ideas at parties, work gatherings, etc. Yellow legal pad or "Hello" name tag napkins. Dimensions: 5" x 5" cocktail napkin...Read more

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Price: $5.00
Available from: Quirk Gallery

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Thuya Rainwater Tank

The world of above ground rainwater storage needs help. No matter how practical they are, most designs are eyesores and run the risk of upsetting your neighbors. However important that may or may not be, it's worth noting that there's definitely room for improvement. This tank is perhaps not the prettiest (nor the least expensive), but it is a heck of a lot better to look at than most, and ...Read more

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Price: $438.80
Available from: Lumens

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Hi-Gloss Stepladder

Stepladders usually hide out in our broom closets and garages, but this guy is a different breed altogether. With a simple, clean-lined frame and super high-gloss wood, it begs to be noticed. An indent at the top of the frame and accompanying lacquered peg means it can be hung on whatever wall you deem appropriate, though considering the price tag I'd recommend the closet rather than the garage. (Also, if ...Read more

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Price: $295.00
Available from: A+R Store

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Housekeeping Brushes

You super finicky housekeepers, check out the huge selection of household cleaning brushes over at Nessentials. It's pretty ridiculous, and will have you going cross eyed with all the specific tools to keep dirt and dust at bay. shown above: 1. Computer Brush, $35.00 2. Comb and Brush Cleaner, $5.00 3. Book Dust Brush, $20.00 4. Nailbrush Thermowood Large, $12.00 5. Dryer Lint Brush, $20.00 6. Sink Set, $15.00 7. Cushion Brush, $20.00 8. Dustpan/Brush Set, $89.00 9. Shoe brush Travel Set 2, $39.00 10. Duster Goats Hair Black, $35.00 11. ...Read more

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Price: $12.00 and up
Available from: Nessentials

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