Swing Arm Wall Sconce

If you need/want an inexpensive, simple wall sconce, get a load of this matte black steel light designed by Lime Studio (and available from CB2). Not bad, eh? A swivel arm gets light right where you want, making it perfect for a bedside reading companion. And, if you have some time, take a look at Lime Studio's other products- they show a lot of promise, especially if other items ...Read more

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Price: $79.95
Available from: CB2

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ThePresent

You have clocks all around you, so why do you need another one? Well, what if you could see a visual representation of the year? ThePresent is an annual analog clock; the hand completes one revolution every 365 days. Seeing the slow progression of a year might help put your hurried daily chores and duties into perspective. Dare I say you might even slow down and spend some time in reflection? ...Read more

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Price: $240.00
Available from: ghostly.com

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Menu Kettle Thermo Jug

With the weather being so damn cold, there's never too many mentions of anything that will keep you warm. And, goodness, a lukewarm cup of coffee or tea is just not acceptable when your fingers or toes are freezing, especially when an appropriate receptacle can keep liquids piping hot for hours. This Menu Kettle Thermo Jug by Norm Architects keeps contents hot for very long period of time: "a beverage ...Read more

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Price: $69.95
Available from: AbodeModern

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Pivo

Quick, what is the item above? I bet you have some good guesses: a fancy torture device, a cocktail muddler, a writing implement... but all of those are not the case. It's a bottle opener, a "rotationally symmetrical bottle opener cut from solid brass" to be exact. Nice, right? Designed by Luke Smith-Wightman and available at FAO Shop in the UK. Designer: Luke Smith-Wightman Designed and made in England. Materials: ...Read more

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Price: £28.50
Available from: FAO Shop

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Slide Hook AS-1

The Slide Hook houses spring-loaded hardware to keep your towels or apparel in place. Slide items into the opening to hold, and, to release, just give a simple tug. This ensures minimal effort on your part- let's not call it laziness, we'll call it 'being efficient'- yes? Each hook is made from solid ash and has been oiled by hand. Holds up to 25 pounds. Dimensions (in): 2W x 6H x 1.75...Read more

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Price: $20.00
Available from: Wintercheck Factory

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PinWorld Map

Planning any big trips for 2014? Map your journey with these bright red pins on this flexible (and 100% recyclable felt) PinWorld map. Designed by Italians Emanuele Pizzolorusso and Alessandro Maffioletti, the map is available in two sizes: standard and mini. Each includes 15 pins. SIZE: Standard: 51" l x 27" w (130x70cm) Mini: 33" l x 18" w (85x46cm) MATERIAL: Polymer felt (100% recyclable), metal pins...Read more

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Price: $44.00
Available from: A+R Store

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Nerd Chair

If the name's not enough to make you look twice, take a close look at the seat and back join. There's some pretty precise curves involved and a rather appealing humbleness in terms of scale and treatment. This chair used to be only available in the UK/Europe area, but now all of us in the states can order one without paying extra overseas shipping costs. Designed by David Geckeler ...Read more

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Price: $499.00
Available from: A+R Store

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Pheonix Feather Pen

Feeling a a bit dull and boring these days? Don't worry, it's just January, and I've got just the thing for you: a Phoenix Feather Pen. I double dare you to take it to all your meetings and pretend it's the most normal pen in the world, and even use it out and about to take simple notes at restaurants and bars. Prints inspired by from Memphis to Warhol, all ...Read more

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Price: $30.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

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Friday Links

MinutePhysics: What to do when it’s really cold outside Linda Rodin's home Earliest evidence of ancient dentistry. How to Be Powerful, Likable, and Female: Learn From Jenna Lyons via @wendymac How to Knock Off a Bag This Guy Used A Groupon To Give His Kitten A Photo Shoot At J.C. Penney And Oh My God It’s Amazing A Little Coffee May Be Good -- Dare We Say ...Read more

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Principle Bench

If you tell me $500 isn't a good price for this Principle Bench, a steel frame with an acacia wood seat and back, I won't believe you. If you've spent any time on eBay or in antique or consignment shops searching for a bench, maybe you know that it's not easy finding a long seat such as this with such a modern sensibility... that won't fall apart after sitting on it ...Read more

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Price: $499.00
Available from: CB2

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Cross Blanket

Polar vortex, pshaw! No cold will bother you when you've got this Cross Blanket from Pia Wallén wrapped around you. Especially because in Swedish folk art tradition, the cross is a strong symbol for hope, so you'll be doubly optimistic whenever you wrap it around yourself (note: the smaller size could be appropriate for a little one's crib/bed). Or, if you really want to spend some dough and ...Read more

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Price: €72.00
Available from: Pia Wallén

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Perch Shelves

Dino Sanchez has a small collection of shelves that are classically constructed and assembled, and one of them is begging to organize a stack of cookbooks in your kitchen. Another one is wishing to hold your nightly stack of reading, as it has a little lamp attached. And the big one, that one wants to take on the hefty job of holding all those books, folders, and files on your ...Read more

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Price: $410.00 - 525.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

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You Make It: Lindsey Adelman Chandelier

How cool does this chandelier look? Pretty cool, right? Now, what if I told you I made this guy with my own two hands? Yep, I finally got around to making a DIY Lindsey Adelman Chandelier. And, yes, it was difficult at times- more than a few swear words were released into the ether- but so well worth it. Details below. I'll not bore you with all the steps or ...Read more

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Price: $140.00
Available from: Grand Brass Lamp Parts

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Titan LED Clock Radio

A clock radio? What, is it 1985? That's what you're thinking, but, trust me, this one has all the bells and whistles that you'd want, without the pesky overview of emails and appointments your phone flashes at you every single time you pick it up. Also, did you know that looking at a bright screen at night to check the time can disrupt your sleep? Smartphones are full of small catastrophes, ...Read more

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Price: $97.00
Available from: Luminaire

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Magazine Vase

My goal is eventually to have no paper magazines arrive in my mailbox, but until the powers that be agree to deliver all periodicals via that magic device called the iPad, I'm stuck with a stack to file away (or recycle) every few months. That's where this portable holder comes in to save the day- the handle makes it easy to carry from room to room and it keeps your ...Read more

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Price: $45.00
Available from: Leibal

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