Blunt XS Metro Umbrella

Remember the Blunt Umbrella? Now there's a collapsible version that can easily fit in your bag. With the same patented BLUNT Tips (to you, these are the non-poke corners) and unique Radial Tensioning System (reinforcement to keep it from collapsing when strong winds strike), the XS gives you the same rain protection in a convenient carrying size. See the other sizes on Blunt's website. Diameter: 950 mm / 37 in Length: 365 mm / 14 in ...Read more

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Price: $49.00
Available from: BLUNT

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Color Fest Tea Towel

Fond of geometrically inclined tea towels? Add this to your wish list pronto. Triangular lines with neutral shades and a touch of neon is just what a kitchen needs, or so says those of us partial to such things. Designed by Mae Engelgeer, who does the geometry-meets-textiles category quite well, judging by her other pieces (the Fest collection especially). Approximately 20" x 23" Cotton/linen/acrylic Machine wash Made in the Netherlands...Read more

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Price: $25.00
Available from: LEIF

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Scratch Travel Journal

Do you think Columbus Day should be rededicated as Explorer's Day? Sounds better, doesn't it? However you feel about the issue, and whether or not you have the day off, don't let that adventurous spirit inside you get too comfortable on the sofa. Take a trip! While you're at it, maybe bring along this travel journal: there's a checklist, a diary, an international translator (perhaps not the most thorough, mind ...Read more

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Price: $27.99
Available from: Uncommon Goods

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Friday Links

Video: Bionic legs/exoskeleton developed by Richard Little Roman Ondak, Measuring the Universe via @designcrush WattzOn provides info and guidance on how to conserve energy and save money. The Ghosts Of Google Street View by Italian artist Paolo Cirio. Irving Harper's place is pretty cool. (Paper sculptures!) Korable Block is an interactive tool for learning the Korean alphabet. It also looks rad. Uh-oh. Image: Worst iPhone 5 delivery experience of all ...Read more

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HM Select Eames Wire Base Low Table

Just when you thought you were well over any (more) Eames furniture, Herman Miller goes and tempts you with a limited edition of the Wire Base Low Table in red, blue, and yellow. These tables are in honor of the late Ray Eames (she would have been 100 this year) and are only available for a limited time, so, if you're a fan, and the primary colors get your 'must-have-this-immediately' juices ...Read more

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Price: $294.00
Available from: DWR

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CATS LET NOTHING DARKEN THEIR ROAR 2013

It's time for the eighth edition of Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar Calendar. That's right, twelve new phrases to greet you each month, in four colors on uncoated stock. Only 750 were made, so best get one now while the getting's good. Edition of 750 copies. 297x420 mm. / 16.5x11.6 in. Made in Finland. ...Read more

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Price: $45.00
Available from: CATS LET NOTHING DARKEN THEIR ROAR

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Hearty Table

However you feel about the Novogratz duo, they do know how to pick pieces with character. This table for CB2 is based on their own French antique lab table, and, as you can see, has two drawers on each side that will hold cutlery, table linens, and all manner of family miscellany, as the case may be. The top is solid acacia wood with a bottom iron stretcher base. Available ...Read more

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Price: $1,299.00
Available from: CB2

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Love Letter Napkins

Need some new napkins? How about some that carry the complete text of a few love letters? Not just any love letters, mind you, but those from a literary great. One letter each from Emily Dickenson, Jack London, Mark Twain, and D.H. Lawrence, spelled out in their full glory. It'll at least give you something to read when dinner conversation lags, right? If you'd like a preview of what ...Read more

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Price: $Set of 4, 48.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

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Coatrack Dots

Guess what? These Coatrack Dots are on sale, and even though it's just a little bit of a sale, it means you'll have a few extra dollar bills. And maybe those extra dollar bills you can put in your pocket, maybe even your coat pocket, and then hang that coat on one of these various Coatrack Dots and be oh-so-pleased with yourself. Take note that the rounded edges keep your ...Read more

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Price: $126.65
Available from: DWR

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Pi Glassware

As the retailer says, "Mix your drinks with a bit of math." Just don't start the conversation off by asking people if they've memorized the first hundred digits, because that's a bit of a turn off. There's also a Pi Kitchen Towel ($25), if that's more your style. Glasses are etched. Pi Pint Glass Pair, $36.00 Pi Rocks Glass Pair, $36.00 Pi Shot Glass, $20.00 Pi Kitchen Towel, $25....Read more

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Price: $20.00 - 36.00
Available from: theuncommongreen

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Channel Task and Reading Lamp

How about some lighting from Rich Brilliant Willing for this Wednesday afternoon? The Channel lamps are fit for many a modern interior, thanks to their minimal silhouette and material mix. High efficiency LEDs are set up in a linear configuration and housed in an aluminum channel (clue as to where the lamps get their names); add a vertical wood dowel and a circular metal base and, ta-da, you have your ...Read more

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Price: $575.00 - 750.00
Available from: RichBrilliantWilling.com

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Puurco iPhone Wallet Case

This wallet is traveling light at its best. Handcrafted in Prague, a 100% Merino wool sleeve is stitched together with a vegetable-tanned leather pocket. Your phone and credit card, what else do you need? Fits iPhone 4S/4/3GS/3G (maybe the new iPhone 5?). Gotta love that red thread accent and packaging! ...Read more

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Price: €29.00
Available from: PuurCo

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Tie Tea Mug

A handy little tab on this mug keeps your teabag from falling into your cup. Pretty simple solution to an annoying little problem, isn't it? Just tie your teabag around the tab and it'll stay put while you pour, stir, etc. Might be a thoughtful gift for the tea aficionado in your life? Holiday season is just around the corner, if you can believe it. 12 ounce capacity. Available for right ...Read more

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Price: $20.00
Available from: Molecule

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Sfelt Table

Here's a relatively simple idea executed well: a removable felt wrap protects the table's surface from feet, drinks, laptops, etc. The handier among us might replicate this idea on our own coffee tables, but don't discount the table under the smart felt idea just yet. It's solid walnut with nicely curved TIG-welded steel legs, so it'll stand the test of time while easily living up to its name. Solid walnut ...Read more

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Price: $995.00
Available from: Ample Furniture

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Curve BT iDock

For those of us that rely on our mobile phones for most, if not all, of our calls, a wireless handset is worth consideration. I recently received a sample of the Curve BT iDock to try out, and despite my reservations of adding yet another item to my desktop, I'm actually pleased with its look, feel, and function. At times our mobile phones can be a little awkward to hold, ...Read more

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Price: $99.00
Available from: Native Union

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