‘Pretty Things Inside’ Paper Tape

If you're going to send a package off, you might as well tease the recipient with tape that says something. If 'pretty things' isn't really your style, there's also the 'I love it. What is it?' paper tape, which also does the job of prepping the recipient with positive anticipation. The tape is strong enough for cardboard boxes yet can be teared by hand. 'I love it. What is ...Read more

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Price: $7.05
Available from: Jelanie

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Ortho Remote

This blue hockey-puck-looking-thing is a wireless remote for your sound system. How does it work, you ask? Click it once to start playing music, twist it to turn the volume up or down, tap to pause... you get the idea. It was originally designed for Teenage Engineering's OD-11 Cloud Speaker, yet it follows universal Bluetooth standard for HID so you can use it with any music player on mac OS ...Read more

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Price: $150.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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ObjectBox Wooden Storage Boxes

Just what little odds and ends need to be hidden away? Because chances are that they'll fit inside the ObjectBoxes from designer Maya Bille. An acrylic sliding lid has the perfect balance of transparency and opacity; you can see the general idea of the box's contents but not enough to distract you from the beauty of the box. Maybe it could make a nice home for your watches or jewelry? ...Read more

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Price: $68.00- 88.00
Available from: Dwell Store

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Mixed Animals by Huzi Design

Kids. Birthday parties. Blah. What the hell are you going to get for your favorite (or non-favorite) little one this year? How about a slightly strange stuffed animal with magnetic, interchangeable horns, ears, noses, and paws? Maybe they won't love it at first, especially as they'll be surrounded by incredibly loud/gross cartoon plastic toys, but, after it quiets down, and they want something soft to hug and play with, ...Read more

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Price: $59.00
Available from: Huzi Design

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Stool 7 from STANDSEVEN

Two legs balanced with a looped sort of kickstand creates this visual trick of a barstool from STANDSEVEN and architect/designer David Adjaye OBE. It's made from sustainable, recycled metals and, if you need further temptation, there's an ethical intention thrown in as well. Each stool pays for one Ebola response kit for a family unit in Sierra Leone. You read that right, you can own this marvelous barstool and ...Read more

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Price: £920.00
Available from: STANDSEVEN

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Phi Scissors by Hay Denmark

Pretty, pretty scissors. A carbon gold plated handle will dress up any cutting chore while two different sizes will ensure that the blade fits the job. Ugly scissors on your desktop? Of course not. It would ruin all those artistic instagram shots of your workspace and disappoint your many, many fans. Dimensions: Small/ L 19 cm Large/ L 23 cm Materials: Carbon Gold plated ...Read more

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Price: CAD47.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

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United States Blocks

Okay, quick, which states have these abbreviations? MD? IA? MT? NE? VT? It may seem easy, but some people don't have the same memory as you, and might need these United States Blocks to learn them all. Obviously, kids could learn from these, but I'm talking about some of your co-workers. Fifty wood blocks by House Industries show state images, names, capitals, mottos, birds, flowers, and trees. Everyone could probably ...Read more

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Price: $109.99
Available from: AMNH

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Wrist Ruler

There'd be no more wondering about exact measurements if you had this ruler around your wrist. Sure, a leather wristband is not for everyone, but for those of us that continually carry around a measuring tape, it could be a smart alternative. Inch and centimeter measurements are engraved on the outer surface with a stud closure, so it'd be easy to take it on and off to get a quick ...Read more

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Price: $19.95
Available from: iLoveHandles

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Friday Links

NYTimes: Tom Sachs Boomboxes (image above- Ben Sklar for The New York Times) If You Want Healthy Cows, Feed Them Magnets WSJ: 5 Tips for Passing a Personal-Finance Stress Test Ha ha. The Kinspiracy For your walls: Elevations Meet Casey Legler - the world's first female male model LEGO: The women of the US Supreme Court We've all felt this way before: 9.5° Chair “A little boy said I look ugly.” one ...Read more

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LBR-2 Book Bench

Do I really need to explain how this bench is worth every cent of its price tag? Seating + Books = (!). It has an angled shelf for books (why, yes, I am nerding out a little bit over that detail). That will give you a perfect place to keep your favorites, tucked away under a handy seating surface. Maybe it goes in a hallway (don't even dare to think about putting shoes ...Read more

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Price: $950.00
Available from: BOOK/SHOP

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No Line No Wave Scarf Collection

If you happen to have a loved one that likes scarves and other strange, artistic things, then the No Line No Wave Scarf Collection should be on your list of birthday/anniversary/special event gift ideas. Glasgow-based studio Briggs & Cole invited twelve Scottish creatives to contribute designs, and the result is an odd-yet-wonderous array of silky squares. Be forewarned, though, as each scarf is produced as a limited edition of ...Read more

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Price: $600.00
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

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Craft Collection by Normann Copenhagen

Solid oak and marble make a perfect pair when it comes to these functional kitchen tools by Danish designer Simon Legald. Both materials are durable and fit for everyday use while the rounded edges and curves ensure that each piece is comfortable to handle and hold. FYI, the main purchase link is directly to Normann Copenhagen. However, if you prefer to purchase from a shop in North America, Gretel Home ...Read more

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Price: $95.00 +
Available from: Normann Copenhagen

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90 Degree Wall Shelf by Frama Denmark

How do you make your home look a little more edgy? Adding a few metal pieces will do the trick, and this 90 Degree Wall Shelf provides not only a small ledge for your current reading material (or personal accessories) but also an unadorned light bulb. Could you make something like this yourself? Maybe, if you're not afraid of bending metal and adding electricity. The rest of us will have to ...Read more

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Price: CAD399.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

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Library Card Tote Bag

Do you recognize the card image on this tote bag? Congratulations, you are officially old and wise. If you don't immediately recognize it, then I'll do the patronizing thing and explain it to you as if you were an idiot a child. Many, many years ago, before the internet was absolutely essential widely used, people would drive or walk to the library, which was a building full of books- hardbound ...Read more

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Price: $20.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

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Parsonal: Custom Furniture, On-Demand

Custom furniture? For $200-$650? Yes, please. Simply choose a product from Arrister's catalog, customize the dimensions, and checkout. Their line is based on the Parsons table design, so there's nothing fancy, just the tried-and-true basic lines of the familiar T-square design. What can you customize? All sorts of things: End Table, Coffee Table, Short Bookcase, Tall Bookcase, Sitting Desk, Standing Desk and Dining Table, for starters. You can finally get ...Read more

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Price: $200.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

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