Roman Numeral Dice

Stay familiar with Roman numerals by using this set of dice. You might even rattle your opponents as not everyone can easily add up numerals, especially compared to the dots found on usual dice. History moment: according to Wikipedia, "the oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set at the Burnt City (Shahr-e Sūkhté), an archeological site in south-eastern Iran." Measure 1/2 inch W. Sold as ...Read more

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Price: $4.95
Available from: Spoon Sisters

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Friday Links

Heather Benning turns abandoned home into human-sized dollhouse I think we've linked to this animation before, but in light of the recent Higgs Boson discovery, what the heck, here it is again (on openculture): Dark Matter Animated A Dress Made Out Of 50,000 Gummy Bears "...weighs 220 pounds, took three weeks to complete, and requires the strength of three adults to move." Pit Cherries Cleanly and Easily with a Chopstick and Bottle ‘...Read more

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Leather iPad Sleeve

Still searching for a respectable sleeve for your iPad? Take a look at this full-grain leather sleeve from Defy Bags studio in Chicago. Measured and cut by hand, the sleeve's joints are triple-stitched for added strength. It certainly ticks the 'rugged sophistication' box, if that's the look you prefer. Made of combination-tanned, aniline-finished, natural occurring full-grain Horween leather....Read more

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Price: $150.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

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Hose Jockey Wall Mount

If a messy hose situation is ruining the appeal of your outdoor area, you'd best get things sorted with an appropriate storage solution. There's many storage options around for much less than this one, but most are slightly depressing in that they're made of plastic or have unnecessary/disappointing decorative accents. Ten10 Design's Hose Jockey, on the other hand, keeps hoses tidy without offending your design sensibilities, and is made ...Read more

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Price: $119.00
Available from: Modernica

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50/50 Color Pencil Set

Instead of carrying around (or stashing away) 24 color pencils, how about just 12 two tone pencils? This tin of double-ended full size colored pencils will keep all your favorite colors on hand without taking up too much space in your pencil case or desk drawer. The 50 50 Tin measures 7 1/4 L inches x 4 inches H....Read more

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Price: $12.50
Available from: Spoon Sisters

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Plywood Void Stool

This isn't new, but it still is a stand out piece. Designed by Ron Gilad (Designfenzider) in 2003, this stool/end table is quite the thing to have in your home. Leave the space empty and enjoy the inside/outside silhouette or use it for storage- it looks great with books in it. Also available for quite a bit more money in white Corian ($1,490) and red or black Corian ($2,890) at Designfenzider. ...Read more

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Price: $420.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop

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Little Thank You Notes

This is such a nice way to express your appreciation. This set of 25 individual thank you notes are small enough to carry around and leave about wherever you want. Maybe your server or salesperson was prompt and courteous, or maybe your coworker did something that made your day easier; it'd be easy to leave a note and let them know you noticed. It's not specified what all the cards say, ...Read more

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Price: $14.00
Available from: Fifiduvie

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Marble Mortar and Pestle

Most cooks leave mortar and pestles out on the countertop to avoid lugging them in and out of cabinets, and seeing as they're out for everyone to see, they might as well be nice to look at. Marble, as some of you might know, is an excellent material for a mortar and pestle as it does not absorb odors from foods and provides a perfect grinding surface. Each varies slightly. ...Read more

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Price: $60.00 - 80.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop

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Lost Crates

The first BLTD crate is live! For those of you that missed our previous note, we have partnered up with Lost Crates to select a few special things to be delivered to your door each month or each quarter, whichever you prefer. Whether you keep the crate for yourself or give as a gift to your favorite design aficionado, rest assured that we're pleased enough with the selection to buy ...Read more

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Price: $45.00
Available from: Lost Crates

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Happy Fourth of July

Here's hoping you enjoy Independence Day. Have fun and don't forget the sunblock! Shown above: Chef'n Barbeque Sauce Mop, $12.80 Chef'n Barbeque Turner, $14.16 Chef'n Barbeque Tongs, $15.18 Chef'n Barbeque Branch Skewer, $16.89...Read more

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Price: $46.99
Available from: Gilt

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Scanwood Bread Board

Remember us mentioning the Scanwood office supplies? Scanwood does quite a few wood tabletop and kitchen accessories as well, thankfully with the same pared down aesthetic. A good deal of their collection is available from AllModern, but for now we’ll just admire this bread board with offset slats to channel crumbs. Designed by: Knud Holscher Material: Beech wood and marble Hand crafted Easy to maintain Dishwasher safe Dimensions: 1″ H ...Read more

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Price: $40.99
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Hang On Easy Diffuser

You’ve no excuse for bare bulbs, especially after being reminded that Droog has this shade. In a few seconds, cover your bare bulb with the Hang On Easy Diffuser and then step back and bask in the soft glow of your lovely new light source. This was one of the earlier posts (c. 2006?) here on BLTD, and it’s nice to see that it remains such an easy and ...Read more

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Price: $134.00
Available from: Emmo Home

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Doodle Tablecloth

Don't go thinking this tablecloth is just for kids- it would be just as fun at a dinner party or outdoor cookout. After you scribble and scrawl your masterpiece or menu and your guests/family have had their fill of fabric markers, throw the tablecloth into the washer and you'll soon have a blank canvas for your next event. Pre-shrunk, 100% cotton cloth. Tablecloth made in Turkey. Pens made in China. 71" ...Read more

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Price: $50.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

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Origami Coffee Table

Hey, West Elm, hive five to you on this Origami coffee table. It's small enough to masquerade as a side table, which is great for those of us that like switching things up, yet it's the geometric base that steals the show. And, hey, if some of us decide to switch out the top to marble or, say, black soapstone, we'll have to high five ourselves (albeit awkwardly) for making ...Read more

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Price: $399.00
Available from: West Elm

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Friday Links

Maxing out Your Triangle "A Simpler, More Beautiful Weather App": WTHR Chocolate Mill by Wieki Somers The risk management strategies of bee hives Old + new: Starfall Farm / Invisible Studio Dear Photograph now has a book. tumblr: anambitiousprojectcollapsing Enjoy this last weekend of June! ...Read more

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