Aluminum Tray by Piet Hein Eek

What's so great about an Aluminum Tray? Other than the fact it's from Piet Hein Eek and his fascination of the technical possibilities of aluminum (specifically, when combined with a stamping machine), you can rest easy knowing that it'll take a beating and still do the job of holding whatever you might need to transport to and from the desk or dining table. Or, if you intend to set it ...Read more

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Price: $120.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

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Geo Stands

Sure, you could use these solid brass stands as paperweights or placeholders, but why not have them out all the time as photo holders? It might encourage you to switch out photos more often, as there's no fumbling about with picture frames. Buy them as a set ($60), or individually ($22 each). Materials: Solid brass. Brushed finish. Dimensions: ~1.25″H ...Read more

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Price: $22.00 – 60.00
Available from: Yield Design Co.

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Friday Links

World Bicycle Relief: mobilizing people through the power of bicycles "The Stratus A1 mobile storage unit is designed for the cloud-enabled knowledge worker..." yet I think I could use one beside my desk at home. Yes/No? Knock: Knock you phone to unlock your computer Brainspace: just launched this week and it looks very promising. HYVE: a modular system over on Kickstarter Christoph Gielen's aerial photography "The Normandy landings, codenamed ...Read more

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Reflect Sideboard, Small

Perhaps you were fond of the undulating front of the Reflect Sideboard, but you pinned your hopes on a smaller version. Lucky you, those hopes have materialized into the little brother/sister version you see above. Measuring in at 41.3" wide, this Small Reflect Sideboard will be able to fit into those not-so-large nooks that its bigger sibling simply can't, and will provide you with storage space and Scandinavian style all ...Read more

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Price: $2,900.00
Available from: YLiving

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Kaktus Stool

Lightweight yet strong, this sturdy aluminum stool can be used indoors or out. Use it as a stool or side table, or, flip it over and it becomes a basket for logs, toys, towels, or whatever else you can think of. Made from 100% recycled aluminum, the Kaktus was inspired by the fibrous skeleton of the Staghorn Cholla cactus. Designed by Enrico Bressan, architect and co-founder of Artecnica. Designer: Enrico Bressan ...Read more

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Price: $290.00
Available from: Dwell Store

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Aecraft Peak Laptop Cover

Here's a case with a leather cover that integrates a small stand for your laptop. So what? Well, pivoting your screen at an angle helps your wrists be more comfortable and just might improve your posture (sit up straight!). Oh, and, of course, it looks pretty sleek with its "100% imported natural South African Merino wool felt and premium Norwegian vegetable-tanned leather" as well, and has an easy snap-shut closure to ...Read more

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Price: $205.00
Available from: Leibal

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Belle Soiree Pendant Light

Lovely, aren't they? Don't get too attached if you're on a tight budget, but if you've a healthy allotment for pendant lights, then add these blown borosilicate glass lights to your list. Utilizing direct and reflected light, these pendants are wonderfully elegant; they'll not steal the show, yet will withstand any manner of fads and changes to your home's color scheme. There's also a Floor Lamp, Wall Light, and Table ...Read more

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Price: $1,080.00
Available from: YLighting

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Mega and Mini Dot Quilt

Aside from not having more US distributers, Hay can do no wrong in my book. These reversible Mega Dot Quilts hit the target for lighter summer bedding, yet, as usual, be prepared to pay a little extra for the spot-on subtle pattern and colors. I recently purchased one, and it's the perfect weight for summer nights. If you'd rather have a smaller size as a throw for the cooler spring/...Read more

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Price: $186.00 - 325.00
Available from: A+R Store

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Runbell

You know how frustrating it is to be running along a crowded pathway, dodging pedestrians who have little clue you are running super fast (and looking good while doing so, I might add) and about to overtake them? Yeah, you could shout out 'On your right!' or 'On your left!' every single time, or you could have this Runbell to pleasantly alert those in front of you. Ding ...Read more

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Price: $25.00
Available from: Kickstarter

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Alex Building System

What's the deal with this jumble of junctions and thumb screws? It's the Alex Building System, and you're going to have a lot of fun if you like putting things together with your own two hands, no tools needed. Various junctions can be tightened with the thumb screws onto wood sections to create anything your brain can dream up; coffee tables, consoles, side tables, shelving systems, etc. And, man, talk ...Read more

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Price: $17.50 and up
Available from: Nine Stories Limited Editions

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Tio Easy Chair

With all this talk of enjoying the outdoors, we might as well discuss the seating arrangements. After all, you can only spend so much time on a picnic blanket before your back gets tired. Hopefully, if you have an outdoor area attached to your home, you have some sort of comfortable seating already, but, if not, you might want to take a look at Massproductions' indoor-outdoor Tio Easy Chair. It's ...Read more

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Price: $414.00
Available from: A+R Store

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Credit Card Multi Tool

Do you need a Credit Card Multi Tool thingamajig? That answer is probably 'heck, yeah' if your bag or pocket is missing a bottle opener, package opener, screwdriver, can opener, ruler, wrench, butterfly screw wrench, auxiliary wrench, and/or a direction indicator, and this little tool has all of those with a key chain hole, of course. You won't think you need any one of those things until you do, ...Read more

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Price: $12.00
Available from: Poketo

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Perpetual Wall Calendar by Dan Reisinger

Here's a perpetual calendar that offers you endless combinations of color compositions. Switch the day, month, and date each day, and, as your schedule permits, switch the six reversible PVC sheets around to make interesting color plays. The designer part of you will be happy discovering new combinations as the days tick by. From Israeli designer Dan Reisinger (1987 was the design year, can you believe it?). Available from the MoMA ...Read more

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Price: $78.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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Gridy Fungi Shelf

Don't be put off by the 'Fungi' word in the title of these Gridy Fungi Shelves, it serves merely as a reminder that they were inspired by the shelf fungus that grows horizontally out of trees in the woods and forests. Three different sizes will fit wherever you might need them. Think of a few in the hallway for display of certain special keepsakes, a couple in the kitchen for ...Read more

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Price: $40.00 - 100.00
Available from: Leibal

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Kebo Bottle Opener

If you're opening a bottle, you should probably have both hands on board, but we'll make one small exception for this bottle opener. Now your other hand can be free to wave at your friends, show off your other bicep, your amazing coordination skills (juggling?), or maybe even get two Kebo Bottle Openers so you'll look like a cowboy bartender with his/her Six Shooters. That's my vote. Rush Dixon, ...Read more

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Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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