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WAKA WAKA’s Shaped Bookends

WAKA WAKA’s Shaped Bookends
Fun bookends? Yes, please. WAKA WAKA’s Shin Okuda turns ordinary plywood into these colorful bookends. They're sold in sets of two, in mismatched colors, mind you, so tell your books to stand up straight for their semi-crazy and exciting new friends. You DIYers might feel an itch to replicate these with your own shapes and colors, and, if so, go for it, as you'll only need some plywood, glue, paint,...Read more

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Price: $160.00
Available from: Sight Unseen

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Craig Large Carrying Case

Craig Large Carrying Case
Don't be dissuaded by the size, the Craig Carrying Case is not necessarily a clutch purse, though it could be if you so choose. Japanese stationary brand Delfonics brings us this option for storing a small laptop and a magazine. One large zipper pocket buttons down over an open pocket on the front, in a size that's handy enough to carry on its own or stash in a larger bag....Read more

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Price: $70.00
Available from: SHOP Cooper Hewitt

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Fleche Rug

Fleche Rug
If you choose any of the Fleche rugs for your home, you are allowed to be socially boring*. The rugs are Samare Studio's update to the Pays d'en Haut Legacy collection, and utilize traditional felting techniques to create the imagery of flames and bolts of lightning (as evoked by the Quebec native 'fléchée' motif). Four different palettes are available. Designed by Samare Studio in association with textile designers Linda Topic...Read more

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Price: $3,990.00
Available from: MATTER

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Degree Table Unit

Degree Table Unit
Any piece of furniture that incorporates cork into its design has my attention, and this table by Patrick Norguet for Kristalia is no exception. A removable table top/lid means it is also a storage piece, and that'll no doubt be useful wherever it ends up. You have a few options: white or black rotational polypropylene, with or without a genuine cork coating; white, black, or cork lid, all in either...Read more

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Price: $595.00 - 861.00
Available from: Ultra Modern

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Loll Swing

Loll Swing
If you can't beat the heat at least try to enjoy it a little. This one inch thick 100% recycled plastic swing is paired with a 100% recycled PET rope to make sure you get a bit of breeze by using your own pair of legs. You may even have a little fun while you're at it. Bit of info to note: the swing contains about 46 reclaimed milk jugs....Read more

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Price: $277.00
Available from: Loll

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The Power Pot: A Fire Powered USB Charger

The Power Pot: A Fire Powered USB Charger
Witchcraft!! That's really the only explanation for a pot on the stove that can charge your phone... unless you believe in thermoelectricity, and then it explains almost everything. Here's a short version: fire + water = power. Here's the longer version: the PowerPot harnesses excess heat while cooking with its encapsulated thermoelectric modules, sends electricity through the flame-resistant composite charging cable and connectors, and then you can plug in your...Read more

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Price: $69.99
Available from: Power Practical

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Fredericks & Mae Star Dominos

Fredericks & Mae Star Dominos
Is $80 too much for dominos? Probably. Does that keep me from wanting this set? Nope. Fun fact: the name 'domino' is from the pieces' resemblance to Venetian Carnival masks known as Domini, which were white with black spots. There's also plenty of other games from Fredericks & Mae, ranging from $44 (darts) to $320 (bocce!). 9" x 3" x 2" Materials: baltic birch, ink, paper. From our archives; originally...Read more

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Price: $80.00
Available from: Fredericks & Mae

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SOND™ Watch

SOND™ Watch
Yes, the SOND Watch by VOID is rather large, but it's also reassuringly old school. The watch itself secures the nylon band, making it easy to change and adjust. It's not for everyone, I know, but it is a fun option for a wristwatch, especially considering there's eight colors of each component (the watch case, the watchband and the silicone fitting loops) so you have the possibility to create over...Read more

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Price: $95.00
Available from: VOID

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Plopp Inflated Stool

Plopp Inflated Stool
We've featured this little guy before, but after several years, he needs his info updated. This stool appears to be inflated plastic, but is, in fact, made from welded steel sheets that are industrially inflated. This manufacturing process (called FiDU 'Freielnnen Druck Umformung' = 'free inner pressure deformation') was developed by Oskar Zieta and allows for lightweight forms to hold a fair amount of weight with minimal material. No two...Read more

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Price: $525.00
Available from: A+R Store

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Definition Scarf

Definition Scarf
If you're into graphic design, you might appreciate a scarf with the Definition of Graphic Design as authored by MATTER's design director Rick Griffith. It's made from soft cotton, so it's light enough for summer nights (or sun protection) or for layering during cooler months. Available from Matterial, $20. There's also Annotated Definition Pillowcases with the same definition, fyi. 15" x 92" Soft Cotton Scarf...Read more

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Price: $20.00
Available from: Matterial

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Friday Links

Friday Links
Now You Can Tour Le Corbusier's Apartment and Studio "The FingerReader is a wearable device that assists in reading printed text." Martha Stewart + drone Kickstarter: DIY deep tissue massage A sea gull photobombed a horse race finish Human 'Biohackers' An Urban Aquarium Thrives Inside an Abandoned Bangkok Mall Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash   On that note, enjoy your weekend!...Read more

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Index Collection Tea Towels

Index Collection Tea Towels
If you're interested in color theory, have I got the tea towels for you. Raw Color has created a series of tea towels that explore concepts from graphic design in woven form. From 10% to 100% intensity, each box of color appears to be printed on as a sort of large scale screen key (those little boxes on the sides of printed fabrics), yet each is expressed by altering the...Read more

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Price: $40.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

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On a Roll Tape Dispenser

On a Roll Tape Dispenser
A tape dispenser is rarely described as anything other than just plain (snore) useful, but black + blum have certainly put their brains to use in creating one that is decidedly better than above average- and that translates into pretty damn good. Yep, you read it right, that's a 'damn' in front of a 'good' and I'm talking about a tape dispenser. Gravity removes the need for a separate spindle...Read more

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Price: $43.50
Available from: black + blum

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3 Leg Table

3 Leg Table
You won't like the price tag, but you will probably grow to like- or even love- Wrk-shp's 3 Leg Table. It's a little quirky but also entirely minimal and simple in its approach to providing a surface and a light. Three steel legs, one of which houses the fabric covered cord of the light fixture, balance the console-sized wood top, resulting in a perfect piece to live in an entryway...Read more

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Price: $4,000.00
Available from: A+R Store

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NYC Transit Kerchief

NYC Transit Kerchief
Maybe you have the NYC Subway map memorized, and, if so, good for you. The rest of us rely on our smart phones when we're in the city, and, oh, the horror when our battery dies and there's not a reliable map to be found street side. If we had a NYC Transit Kerchief (or a Crumpled City Map), we could pull it out of our bag or pocket and...Read more

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Price: $24.00
Available from: Few & Far Company

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