Standard Magnets

If only small, turned, wooden magnets existed, we could place them upon any metal surface and know that our papers, notes, and tear-outs would be shown as an elegant web of ideas (all due to the uniform simplicity of the magnets, of course) thus allowing our brains to settle upon brilliant results previously unknown. Oh, wait, they do exist, available from Fort Standard in a set of six, no less, ...Read more

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Price: $58.00
Available from: Ford Standard

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Soma Water Filter

You know what's impressive? A water filter from the future. That's really the only explanation for such a well executed design, after all. The handcrafted glass carafe is a beauty all on its own, then you add the filter on, and you've got an excellent option for purifying water. No need to mess with finicky lids either, as the Soma has a pour-through lid that automatically opens when you add ...Read more

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Price: $49.00
Available from: SOMA

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Bulb Flashlight

Say what? It's a flashlight and a low-heat LED rechargeable bulb? Sounds strange, but it makes sense, I guess. Extend the telescopic handle to use as a flashlight (up to 3 hours) or use it as a bulb in any standard screw-in light fitting. Like I said, strange, but seemingly practical. Using only six watts of power, the bulb is equivalent to a 40w incandescent bulb. The LEDs will last up ...Read more

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Price: $45.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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Perch Barstool

Hmm, I don't quite understand how the same barstool could cost roughly $150 more on one site than the other. Do you? One site has it on sale, so that explains a little discrepancy, but perhaps it's not exactly the same barstool, or by the same designer/manufacturer, or maybe someone is smoking something somewhere and the profit margins were messed up. Either way, this teak and iron base barstool has ...Read more

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Price: $216.00
Available from: West Elm

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Prime Media Console

Hmm, this media console by Mark Daniel (of Slate Design) has the right sort of look and the right sort of price. Plantation-grown shesham wood is set off nicely by an iron base, and there's the nice detail of a finished back in case you need to float the piece in the middle of a room. Two open shelves provide space for components with two drawers below for storage. And, ...Read more

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Price: $699.00
Available from: CB2

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Luis Organizer

I've long admired the Uten.Silo, but somehow can't bring myself to pay the $475 for organized bliss. The Luis Organizer isn't a whole lot less in terms of the damage done to your wallet, but it provides the same sort of function with a minimal, geometric purity, and is handmade in Barcelona by OLI13 (so you won't see it around as much, if you care about that sort of thing). "...Read more

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Price: €300.00
Available from: OLI13

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11+ Sound1 Speaker

A bluetooth enabled speaker is a dime a dozen (so to speak) these days, so what's so special about this pair? Well, for starters, the 11+ Sound1 Speakers have absolutely nothing to offend the eyes, and one could even say they're aesthetically pleasing. What else? Three things: embedded magnets allow the pair to be joined into one piece for storage or transport, the cables can be stored neatly within each base, ...Read more

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Price: $85.00
Available from: leibal

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Friday Links

Portable Home ÁPH80 from ABATON Architects (conversation) How to Stop Chasing Self-Esteem Helen Friel's paper scupltures The History of the Trapper Keeper Kottke: Richard Feynman explains rubber bands pointerpointer William Faulkner's 1924 resignation letter YouTube: Sheep teaches young bull to head butt NASA: This is what the Earth will look like in 2099 Film: De La Espada Factory (furniture making)   Enjoy the weekend!...Read more

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Wire Basket Table

So, what do you get when you add a wooden disc to a Wire Basket? A small, lovely, graphic table, or just a lid for the basket, depending on the way you look at it. Both basket and top from Ferm Living, of course. Wire Basket, (available in gray, mint, rose, black, and yellow) $85.00 - $125.00 Material: iron wire with powder coating Dimensions: small - 15" wide x 13.5" tall; medium - 20" wide ...Read more

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Price: $85.00 and up
Available from: Ferm Living

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Fold Mirror

You might think a mirror is just a mirror, but that would be underestimating how much a small tweak can change a rather ordinary item. Marie Thurnauer has bent the Fold Mirror slightly away from the wall to give different views and angles of a room. The image above (from domus) with the Fold Mirrors en masse shows their potential dynamicity, and has me, at least, thinking about ordering at ...Read more

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Price: $35.00 - 70.00
Available from: Normann Copenhagen

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Convertible Case for Apple iPad

If you prefer to use a physical keyboard, like the Apple wireless one, instead of the on-screen keyboard for the iPad, this lightweight Convertible Case will make transporting both quite a bit easier. A magnetic closure keeps both the iPad and keyboard protected when closed, and when opened, the case can fold into a stand. -Compatible with the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the iPad 2, the 3rd generation iPad, and the 4...Read more

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Price: $49.99
Available from: Belkin

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Sandwich on Board Box

Another aluminum lunch box? Can we be so lucky? Apparently so. This handy little lunch box is from black + blum, and, just as expected, it looks to improve upon those sub-par lunch carriers that have left your lunch squashed in the past. It's aluminum (or, aluminium, if you prefer) with a naturally antibacterial, sustainable bamboo lid that provides a surface for ingredient assembly if needed. Available in silver, lime, or ...Read more

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Price: $28.00
Available from: black + blum

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Drum Lamp

Upcycling! If you've watched any home shows (say, on HGTV) you're likely to have seen some upcycled stuff, with some of the results semi-impressive and other attempts being downright awful. Now, I know I've seen used washing machine drums upcycled into lights and tables before, but it certainly wasn't executed in such a precise manner, as shown above/below. Powder-coating, rather than hand spray paint, helps convey a higher end ...Read more

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Price: €310
Available from: Willem Heeffer

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Indice Bookends (Grey)

If you'd rather not infuse your bookshelf with an array of rainbow color, you're in luck, as there's now a subtle set of grey Indice Bookends that does the job quietly without shouting (red!orange!yellow!green!blue!). Not that there's anything wrong with color, mind you, just that sometimes it's nice to do without. Dimensions: 8.25h x 8w x 4"d Materials: Powder-Coated Steel Designer: Hiroaki Watanabe...Read more

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Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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On a Roll Tape Dispenser

A tape dispenser is rarely described as anything other than just plain (snore) useful, but black + blum have certainly put their brains to use in creating one that is decidedly better than above average- and that translates into pretty damn good. Yep, you read it right, that's a 'damn' in front of a 'good' and I'm talking about a tape dispenser. Gravity removes the need for a separate spindle and ...Read more

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Price: $43.50
Available from: black + blum

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