MYdrap Cotton Place Mats

Tear away placemats and napkins sound pretty perfect for an outdoor lunch or dinner, and, as is the case with this collection by MYdrap, they're re-usable and fully washable 100% cotton fabric. Come to think of it, these would be handy for lots of occasions, not just for outdoor meals. MYdrap Cotton Napkins, $30.00 per roll of 12 at The Future Perfect. Also available at hardtofinditems.com and Amazon for $26.00 per roll of 12. ...Read more

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Shanghay Chair

Four narrow boards bend to form this very simple chair. Interestingly enough, you can create your own hybrid design if you own multiple colors, as it's easy to disassemble and reassemble. It was originally created for the Danish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and you can read more about it at KiBiSi and HAY Denmark. Made from Moulded plywood. ...Read more

Purchase Information:

Price: $285.00
Available from: A+R Store

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Le Klint pendants

The Australian store funkis has what looks to be a very thorough collection of Le Klint pendants, if you're interested. I've always liked these shades, as they're hand-folded and would add a nice, soft, textured light to any room, yet I was unaware at just how big the collection was. A quick search on your favorite engine and you'll find various US retailers as well (YLighting, Hivemodern.com, allmodern.com, ...Read more

Purchase Information:

Price: $price varies
Available from: funkis

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Pencut by Raymay Fujii

Running around with scissors just got a whole lot safer. This pen-like device houses a pair of compact scissors: remove the cap, slide up/out the flexible handles and cut away. Handy addition to a pencil case, I'd say. Green appears to be sold out, but black and pink still have some in stock. ...Read more

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.25
Available from: JetPens.com

Source: Cool Hunting

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Great Balls of Wire

Here's yet another option to consider in your battle against messy cords. The tennis sized ball can hide (or "swallow") up to 5 feet of cable, cutting down on all that extraneous cordage that most of us have behind/around our desks and media centers. Designed by Søren Refsgaard and manufactured by Bald & Bang. Available in red, orange, pink, grey, blue, black, yellow, green, and white. ...Read more

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

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5 drawer Classic Cabinet

Whoa, this cabinet by Xavier Pauchard is on sale for $299, from the regular price of $499. The steel cabinet has 5 compartments with doors that swing up and close magnetically, and it's available in 4 colors: orange, green, cream, and black. There's also a 10 drawer version in cream or black, on sale for $510 from $850. ...Read more

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.40
Available from: The Conran Shop US

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Spacepak™ Toiletry Bag

If your current travel bag is worse for the wear, consider the Spacepak™, as it's currently on sale at MoMA Store. The tri-fold case has mesh pockets and compartments to organize your stuff easily and a built-in hook means you can hang it anywhere. If you don't mind bright orange, it's a good price for a durable travel toiletry bag. Made of durable 100% nylon with a bright orange exterior and ...Read more

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Available from: MoMA Store

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Friday Links

LookTel Money Reader App (via GOOD) The Danger of Neglecting Time Alone Use a Cart Instead of a Basket for Healthier Choices at the Grocery Store Persona by Jason Travis (via Likecool) Kid dancing to Thriller at Safeco field Turn your iPhone into a Solar Watch: iSolSolet Have a delightful weekend. ...Read more

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Reach LED Desk Lamp

This sleek-yet-solid desk lamp is a new dark horse of task lighting. I recently received a sample and I was quite pleased with the heft and overall feel of it. The actual movement of the arm has a nice tension so that it stays at the exact angle you prefer, and as it's an LED, it provides a great deal of concentrated light without much heat. The arm/shade rotates ...Read more

Purchase Information:

Price: $269.24
Available from: Lighting Universe

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The Sidebar by urbancase

Do you have an extra 3 grand lying around? If so, you could spend it on this handcrafted bar cabinet by urbancase. It has a sliding panel on the front that reveals compartments inside (perfect for glassware) plus a drop front drawer and a pull-out drawer for tools and such. Mostly it's a great looking cabinet that doesn't necessarily look like a liquor cabinet... and, there's got to be some sort ...Read more

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,100.00 - 3,500.00
Available from: urbancase

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Gift List for Elizabeth

I mentioned a while back that I would be able to compile a gift list for someone in dire need of ideas. Such is the case for reader Elizabeth, who has asked very nicely for help in finding her significant other a birthday gift. Guidelines: he loves design and art, books, fishing, nature, music and exercise, and a has thing for lobsters... Since you've got a pretty good budget, I've ...Read more

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Teak Slice Wood Coaster Set

Chances are if you're near a wooded lot and own a saw, you could make something similar to these coasters pretty easily. However, they probably wouldn't be teak and you'd spend a few hours replicating 4 coasters that cost $12. 4.25" approx diameter. Set of 4. ...Read more

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: UMA

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the beholder marketplace

I've had this site bookmarked for a while now, and finally got a chance to go through it semi-thoroughly. If you've an empty spot for a piece of artwork, there's a few gems that might fit. Here are a few random favorites. Shown above: "FURTHER MURMURATION" by Christopher Reiger. 14 x 11", edition of 25, $150.00 "Eli" (Haircut Art) by Aaron and Mandy Dietz at Ritual. 16 x 12", edition of 10, $200.00 "Spirit Guardian and Protector", by ...Read more

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Sleek Spoon for Jars

What's the big deal about a blue spoon, you ask. Sometimes the tiniest tools make our lives a little easier, and that is just the case for this spoon designed by the Castiglioni brothers. It's intended to retrieve the very last bits at the bottom of the jar, and, for anyone particular about using up the last teaspoon of mayonnaise, jam, or spread, it'll most certainly be appreciated. Originally designed ...Read more

Purchase Information:

Price: $11.00
Available from: Emmo Home

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Collator 10

You'll not be surprised that this expandable rack was originally made out of wood in 1924, as it's most certainly not the most sleek and modern storage option out there. However, that's its distinct appeal; the industrial quality of (recycled) aluminum makes for a no-nonsense file system that allows you to easily see all papers, projects, etc. and have them right at hand. The collator can be hung vertically on the ...Read more

Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Available from: Design Within Reach

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