Extō Extension Cord

What, you think you know all about the normcore trend last year? Well, I challenge you to a duel. I present the Extō Extension Cord, which is my answer to what normcore looks like in the home furnishings/accessories arena. Can you come up with a better example of an unpretentious-on-purpose-yet-still-sort-of-attractive, functional product? Hmm, we'll see. Now, down to the details. The Extō is a modular power source that has ...Read more

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Price: $70.00
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

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Stasha Organizer

Come on, already. There are simply too many organizers out there for any part of your desktop to remain messy (so says the person with roughly 2' available out of a 5'x 2.5' surface). Anthony Keeler was inspired by a cast iron kettle when he thought up this little storage nook/media stand. Lift up the top to stash odds and ends underneath. Designer: Anthony Keeler Material: Metal Dimensions: 7 dia. ...Read more

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Price: $30.00
Available from: Umbra

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Louise Gray Quilts

Sure, there are some modern/minimal quilts out there- Meg Callahan, Haptic Lab, Mary Keasler and Hopewell Workshop, just to name a few- and now we can add yet another excellent option to the list. The Louise Gray company offers a handful of color blocked quilts that would fit easily into any modern interior. Entirely hand crafted in the US, the quilts could work as a throw or as a ...Read more

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Price: $395.00 - 410.00
Available from: Louise Gray

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Aer Fit Pack

Still searching for a simple, functional backpack that holds your workout gear and your laptop stuff? Take a look at the Aer Fit Pack. It's designed to keep your sweaty stuff separate from the technology and papers you carry around, all in a compact size and style that's suitable for both men and women. Shoes have a separate pocket, and there's a handy quick access top pocket for your smartphone ...Read more

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Price: $84.00
Available from: Kickstarter

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Adelman’s You Make It Pendant

Did you know that Lindsey Adelman has a new You Make It Pendant? Yes, indeed, and the whole kit is available at Grand Brass, just like the others. At $57.60, it's a very affordable option for an interesting, industrial-modern pendant, and all you need is some elbow grease and a fair amount of patience to put it together. Instructions available to download/view on Adelman's site. ...Read more

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Price: $57.60
Available from: Grand Brass Lamp Parts

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‘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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