Stella Arianna Stovetop Espresso Maker

Like your espressos but hate your machine? Or, like your espressos but can't be bothered to buy a machine? Take a look at this stovetop espresso maker and see if it doesn't tempt you with the idea of a DIY espresso-driven bliss each and every morning. There are four sizes available (2-cup, 4-cup, 6-cup and 10-cup, all measured in tiny espresso cups, mind you, not standard baking measures) and a ...Read more

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Price: $129.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

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Vers 1Q

Oh, what a tempting, tiny speaker. There's the choice of hand-crafted Walnut or Bamboo case, and sure, that looks pretty good, but the point of that wood/bamboo is the natural acoustic properties. Also, check out the size: 3" X 3" X 3". Compact. Of course, it has integrated Bluetooth (what speaker nowadays doesn't?) and it delivers enough sound to fill a decently sized space. Other standout bullet points are its 30' range ...Read more

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Price: $119.00
Available from: BiteMyApple

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United States Flashcards

I picture these simple United States Flashcards being used before touch-screens and other hi-tech devices. Why not bring back some old-school schooling? Might make a nice gift to your favorite niece/nephew/child (if they appreciate flash-card variety games) or, hey, be selfish and use them decoratively. The Alphabet Flashcards are equally appealing (shown below). Alphabet Flashcards, $42.00 Available from Michele Varian. ...Read more

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Price: $42.00 - 68.00
Available from: Michele Varian

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Stainless Steel Bonsai Shears

Make Magazine's recent mention of Bonsai Shears brought to mind one of my own recent experiences. For a while now I've attempted to keep alive a variety of plants, and I've been somewhat successful. However, out of all those experiences, perhaps the most disappointing was losing a small bonsai tree to the Texas weather (and my ineptitude). A recent find of the Jabily succulent (Operculicarya decaryi), which can be grown ...Read more

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Price: $37.11
Available from: Japanese-Cutlery.com

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Si-Bottles and Lids, Set of 4

Yeah, you remember these, don't you? They've been featured here before (years ago) and therefore need a fresh post with a link that works. They're glass bottles in the same shape as the familiar plastic bottle, thus drawing attention to consumerism and reinforcing the reuse/recycle ethos. But it's made of glass, you say, and will break! Not necessarily, as the bottles are made from borosilicate glass (the same stuff ...Read more

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Price: $108.00
Available from: YLiving

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Diamond Hooks

Ferm Living's Diamond Hooks look good with or without clothes (just like you, right?). Two or three sets scattered all over an entryway wall would serve as wall art when not being utilized as coat/clothes/bag hook. Three hooks in one set. Diamond Hooks- Smoked Oak, $75.00 Also available in a lighter Oak. ...Read more

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Price: $75.00
Available from: Ferm Living

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Scaffolding Floor and Table Lamp

Update: Do you happen to remember the Scaffolding Lamps by Rodger Stevens? Well, check out the current sale prices: Scaffolding Floor Lamp $499.99, Scaffolding Table Lamp $299.99. Quite a discount from the previously listed prices in '09 (below). How absolutely wonderful are these lamps by Rodger Stevens? I'll tell you how wonderful they are: they're the sort of lamps you'd buy without thinking about how you can't afford them because they are ...Read more

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Price: $299.00
Available from: Green Depot

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Hola Doormat

Give this to your favorite Republican and be prepared for an awkward thanks. Or just buy it as a friendly welcome mat for all your guests; either way, it'll clean shoes regardless of political affiliation. Materials: Coir, Vinyl, Enamel Size: 30" L x 18" W Care instructions: clean with a garden hose Recommended for indoor and outdoor use...Read more

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Price: $50.00
Available from: Gessato

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Themis Prism Mobile

Yet another Themis mobile? Yes, indeed, and this one has five distinct palette colors: salmon, beige, green, balck and gold. If you're not familiar with the others, the Themis Mono Mobile is one dodecahedron with warm and cool colors, the Themis Mobile has five faceted ornaments, and the Themis Trio Mobile has, you guessed it, three polyhedra in a palette of neon and neutral colors. Comes Preassembled. Measures 16" x 16" x 17". ...Read more

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Price: $44.00
Available from: PLASTICA

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Friday Links

Katie Paterson: A map of all the dead stars in the Universe. via @openculture A 3-foot-wide house/art installation squeezed into an alleyway. Tutorials to Make Toys from Trash (via swissmiss) WHEN CLIENTS’ DUMBEST REQUESTS BECOME ART Also Fast Co.: This Nifty Machine Makes Furniture Using Thread Instead Of Screws Letters of Note: Our differences unite us A look inside Lindsey Adelman's studio over at Design Milk. Gabriel Dawe's Thread ...Read more

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Pilot Stool

Quinze & Milan's Pilot Stool is notable not only for its curved (and seemingly comfortable) seat, but also for its new method of fabrication. Polypropylene foam is utilized in a special manufacturing technique (see below video) to create a glossy-yet-matte surface. The oak legs thread onto the seat, making the stool easy to ship and assemble. Available in three different height variations: standard, kitchen, and bar. Designed by Patrick Rampelotto + Fritz ...Read more

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Price: $370.00
Available from: Gessato

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Red Thread Notebook

These notebooks from WRITERSBLOK use old fashioned string tie closures to keep your notes secure. Note: if you are particularly picky about paper, do a little research and read a few reviews on WRITERSBLOK journals- a few people have commented that the paper is a little thinner than Moleskine notebooks, so you might have some ink bleed-through if you prefer heavier/thicker ink. Available in small or medium, brown or ...Read more

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Price: $11.00 - 16.00
Available from: Kikkerland

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54/40 Maps of Geography

Geographical! Created from actual elevation data, this wooden topographical map of the United States is laser-cut and hand-assembled in Portland, Oregon. The 48 contiguous states are $750, but get in touch with 54/40 for individual state pricing. ...Read more

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Price: $750.00
Available from: 54/40

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Periodic Coffee Table

Oh, yes, you do see an entire periodic table indented into the surface of this concrete top coffee table. Just think of all the fun you'll have testing your knowledge and showing off for your guests. Ds? Darmstadtium! Sg? Seaborgium! Appropriate for indoor or outdoor use; designed and made in LA by James DeWulf. Indentation is slight, so the surface remains flat enough that glasses won't tip over. The legs ...Read more

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Price: $1,700.00
Available from: Viesso

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BoostTurbine

With the recent disaster of Hurricane Sandy, many were (and still are) without power, which means no means of communication with friends, loved ones, or emergency personnel. Don't let yourself fall into the same scenario- take stock of your own disaster kit and make sure you have an adequate wind-up charger for your mobile phone. Etón has a new rechargeable USB battery pack with a hand turbine power generator; ...Read more

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Source: FastCoDesign

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