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Commune Storage Bench

Commune Storage Bench
One of the more exciting things to happen in the furniture retail world this month is the arrival of Commune's collection over at West Elm. I won't bother with talking about how this represents a shift in design sense or quality, because hopefully that will knock you over the head once you look at the pieces up close. The piece I'm most excited about is the Storage Bench, mostly because...Read more

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Price: $699.00
Available from: West Elm

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Minimalist Zip Folio

Minimalist Zip Folio
This folio beats the pants off of any other folio. It's made of vegan leather (score!) and has a roomy zippered compartment that perfectly fits a 13" laptop or iPad. One outside pocket gives you space for other necessities while still keeping its tailored, slim profile. Lack of decoration suits all genders; choose between gray, navy or cream. And, best of all, looking smart with this folio under your arm...Read more

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Price: $68.00
Available from: Poketo

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Wooden Wall Hooks by Sketch.inc for Lucie Kaas

Wooden Wall Hooks by Sketch.inc for Lucie Kaas
Gah! How cute are these wooden hooks by Sketch.inc for Lucie Kaas? You may be familiar with their Kokeshi Dolls, and now you can appreciate the graphic nature of your favorite faces in the form of a wall hook. Please don't think that these should just be for kids' rooms, as one or two (or three) could be a fun, unexpected surprise in your home's entryway or closet. Solid oak...Read more

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Price: $25.95
Available from: Vertigo Home

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Plantation Porcelain Element

Plantation Porcelain Element
Hello there, little Plantation Porcelain Element. You'd be perfect for growing herbs and other plants, as you would fit inside any existing glass as the ideal home for new cuttings or germinating seeds. Let's notice how you can be used right side up or upside down, depending on the cutting and our plant tending preferences. Now, the question is, do we need just one, or several to start our own...Read more

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Price: $28.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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Kai Shelving by Jean Louis Iratzoki for Treku

Kai Shelving by Jean Louis Iratzoki for Treku
Does this shelving remind you a tiny bit of the New Order Shelving by Stefan Diez? Maybe a little? It's similar in that it has dividers and optional panels that can be moved around to suit your preferences. Each shelving unit comes with two movable dividers, one back panel, and one storage box with push latch. Each unit is fully finished on all sides- you know what that means, don't...Read more

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Price: $2,490.00 - 3,490
Available from: DWR

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Pepper Tray

Pepper Tray
Pepper dust. If you have a pepper mill, you know all about how it sits just under your mill whenever you set it down, creating little dust piles of pepper. How about a tray to keep it contained? Yes, it's the smallest detail, and maybe a little unnecessary, but you like to keep your kitchen spic and span, this may be your pepper mill's new best friend. Made by hand...Read more

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Price: $26.00
Available from: Human Crafted

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Unseen Backpack

Unseen Backpack
Do you want a special sort of backpack? This one by The Unseen Emporium transforms from black to vivid colors in response to fluctuations in air pressure. A little reptilian, no? Of course, a bit of magic is involved- or science, if you prefer the truer explanation- and will have others doing double takes as they catch your bag changing color. Calfskin backpack has adjustable straps and two inside pockets....Read more

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Price: $1,450.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

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Friday Links

Friday Links
- Portable desk divider Diplomate by Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte - WSJ: Dyson vs. iRobot Roomba - Kickstarter: Cora - All-in-one pour over coffee brewer - Touchscreen monitor desk, anyone? Space Workspace from M33 Labs - KickstarterThe Catalyst - Beer Fermentation Made Easy - Recognize these emoji portraits of famous artists? - Nice: Urban Travel Mugs - Studio Job Loft in Antwerp Enjoy your weekend!...Read more

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2017 Scratchable Wall Calendar

2017 Scratchable Wall Calendar
May I suggest you sit down, take a sip of water, and prepare yourself? Because this is the first calendar of 2017 I've seen and it surprised the hell out of me. 2017!? It's July, though, yes, just barely. It'll soon be August, then September, October... you know the rest. The onslaught of holidays, etc. Ugh. Maybe you could get a jumpstart on the impending doom, or at least ease...Read more

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Price: $19.95
Available from: MoMA Store

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Folded Vessel

Folded Vessel
Ah-ha! This proves that some designers are mercifully kind to those of us that can't afford to just plonk down a thousand plus dollars for a beautiful book/magazine stand. Chen Chen & Kai Williams have designed the Folded Vessel for Good Thing, and it's similar, though less expensive, to their Third Eye Vessel design. Three identical petals fasten together to form the floor-standing container, giving you an excellent spot to...Read more

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Price: $150.00
Available from: The Ghostly Store

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Chopping Blocks

Chopping Blocks
Nice! These solid American Ash chopping boards are made from off-cuts. That means every circle, octagon, or square board you buy, you're reducing the amount of wood that ends up in a landfill. Each block has a rope handle for convenient hanging for storage (or for swinging it around your head when you want to look crazy or dangerous). All Douglas and Bec products are handmade in New Zealand by...Read more

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Price: $65.00
Available from: Douglas and Bec

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Ile w153 Table Lamp by Wastberg

Ile w153 Table Lamp by Wastberg
In love with a lamp... that should be a song title, shouldn't it? The Ile w153 Table Lamp, designed by Inga Sempe, aims straight for our hearts, as it can be clamped to a ledge or tabletop, mounted on the wall, or set upon a flat surface. The shade moves smoothly, as it has a magnetic connection to the base. Now, the question is, just which color would be perfect...Read more

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Price: $235.00
Available from: Horne

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Bambus Glass Carafe

Bambus Glass Carafe
How about another nice carafe to hold your hydration source? This handblown carafe was inspired by the bamboo of Zen gardens; it has an elegant handle and a drinking glass that fits perfectly on top. As stated before, a carafe lets you rely less on plastic bottles of water (hooray!) and more on your own two feet... to get water from the office cooler or your fridge's filter. Perhaps while...Read more

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Price: $104.00
Available from: Luminaire

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The Starving Artist Cookbook

The Starving Artist Cookbook
Cool illustrations plus easy-to-make recipes? Sure, that sounds like the perfect thing for simple summer meals, doesn't it? Artist Sara Zin has dutifully illustrated all her home-cooked meals in this smart collection of recipes that's suited for any wallet, though starving artists might appreciate it a tiny bit more. French Toast and Crispy Bacon, Simple Carbonara, Oatmeal Cookies... is that your stomach growling or mine? Bookmark it for a recent...Read more

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Price: $16.18
Available from: Barnes and Noble

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Chairs by Donald Judd

Chairs by Donald Judd
So, how big a fan are you of Donald Judd, on a scale of 1 to 10? If you answered 7 or above, you might just like a reminder that Artware Editions is selling Judd's chairs, $1,800+. I'm thrilled, though I might have to save up, as collecting some of the "most recognizable and significant artist-designed furniture in existence" isn't cheap*. And, for fun, take this test: Donald Judd, or...Read more

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Price: $1,800.00+
Available from: Artware Editions

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