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montessori pink tower

I went to a Montessori school when I was growing up and I remember loving the pink tower and the way the wood sounded as the blocks clinked together on the shiny pink lacquer. I also remember how someone would always steal top block.

If you do have kids, the pink tower is used for introducing children to concepts of three dimensional size variance, weight differential and intricate stacking.

Whether you have kids or not, it’s a pretty cool looking sculptural object.

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Price: $140
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Lucky Snowflake Ornament Card

I know it’s probably way too late to get these for this holiday season, but, hey, if you buy them now you can save them for next year and be way ahead of the game. They’re awfully pretty.

“Holiday card and ornament in one. Each card is laser-cut in Wisconsin with interlocking snowflakes – just detach, add the included bronze thread and hang! Cards say ‘Happy Holidays’ inside and come with bronze envelope.”

Designer: Possum and Chestnut, NYC

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Price: $7.00
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From the creative geniuses at Mike and Maaike… If I had the resources, namely, the money and a wall to put this on, I would put it on a large blank white wall. It’s a shelf with 7 indentations for 7 religious texts to all line up perfectly across the top.

Reclaimed hardwood
36″�w x 5″�h x 8″�d
Offered in a limited edition of 50.

“5,084,000,000 people 5,360 pages 3,700 years 243 countries 7 books 1 shelf. For the first time, the world’s most influential religious texts are brought together and presented on the same level, their coexistence acknowledged and celebrated. JUXTAPOSED: Religion is the first in the Juxtaposed series of curated bookshelves.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $2500.00
Availability: Buy JUXTAPOSED: Religion here

Random Shelving

While this certainly wouldn’t qualify as an impulse buy, it does look like it might be worth saving for.

“A striking piece in dazzling white lacquered fibreboard, Neuland’s Random shelving was a 2005 Elle Decoration Design Award winner. It features shelves of varying heights, attached via concealed slots in the back of the unit. It has adjustable feet and multiple units can be placed side by side to striking effect.”

White lacquered fibreboard

W32 x D10 x H85 in

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Price: $2,250.00
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Graphic Lightcube

The amount of light emitted depends upon how much the lid is opened. This would make a perfect gift for any of your design/gadget lover friends.

Literally a ‘light box’, Franco Bettonica and Mario Melocchi’s compact Cuboluce allows the level and angle of light emitted to be adjusted simply by varying the degree to which its lid is opened. Made from technopolymers, it takes one 40w E14 R50 bulb (not included). Also available in white or red.

W4 x D4 x H4.25 in

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Price: $175.00
Availability: Buy Graphic Lightcube here

Bent Vase Short

Here we have another porcelain vessel with a soft appearance.

Dimensions: H:7.75″ W:5.50″ D:6.00″

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Price: $62.00
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Remember Clocky? The little alarm clock that hides from you when it’s time to hit snooze? Well, it’s now in production. And now you can get it without the shag.

Clocky is small: 5″W 3.3″H 3″D

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Price: $49.99
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Vessel Architectural Pottery XOO Bookends

The heft of these particular bookends will ensure your books stay put in style.

“This new design was inspired by Los Angeles’ famous historical American Cement Building on Wilshire Blvd…X00 bookends weigh a substantial 9.5lbs for (model 00) and 4.75lbs for model (X). Because of its modular design, they can be rotated vertically or horizontally to be used for large and or small books.”

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Price: $220.00
Availability: Buy Vessel Architectural Pottery XOO Bookends here

‘rokki’ rings by Orfeo Quagliata

This handmade glass ring has just enough glitz to be quite possibly the perfect gift.

“While it might have the shape of a carefully shaped and polished stone piece, there is no doubting it’s made of glass once you see light shining through one – the colors practically come alive. And while six different color styles are available, due to their handmade nature, each rokki ring is unique ( just as each one of orfeo’s other pieces ). as such, the exact size, tone, mixture, and opacity of the ring will vary from piece to piece.”

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Price: $110.00
Availability: Buy ‘rokki’ rings by Orfeo Quagliata here

Torch by Fukosawa

Fukosawa really knows how to elevate a simple object and make it a design piece.

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Price: $93.00
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Square veneer bowl

“This 12″ square bowl is made from thinly sliced wood veneer folded into a dynamic container ideal for holding dinner rolls, fruit, chips or as an organizer for small items. Occasional wipes with oil or wax keeps veneer rich in wood tones.”

Spot clean only. 12″ x 12″

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Price: $50.00
Availability: Buy Square veneer bowl here

Ruby Cube Table

This Rubik’s cube is a bit less daunting than some of you might have felt about the original one…

“Based on the original Rubik’s cube, this sidetable consists of the same colour special acrylic plates that change color when viewed from different angles. Colors change from dark green to grey to aubergine.”

Dimensions: 14.175″ x 14.175″ x 14.175″
Materials: “Reflex” color changing acrylic, MDF.

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Price: $399.00
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Blooming Over Cup

The delicate blue lines of these cups are lovely.

These unusual and delicate porcelain cups feature a thin blue line that creates a flower gliding around the outside. Makes the perfect occasional use tea cup. This piece is stocked in the US for immediate delivery.

designer: B., Jan & Wu, Mina

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Price: $39.00
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San Marco Table Lamp

So maybe this is still a little high for a lamp, even though it’s almost half off, but I think it’s different enough to warrant the extra cash. Plus, it’s imported, so that unfortunately affects the overall price.

“The San Marco is a sleek and low profile desk lamp. Fluorescent lamps are housed in the top extrusion of the four sided frame. It is available in three sizes and two metal finishes: matte aluminum or gun metal. On/off switch on body.”

15″W X 10.5″H X 2″D.

Purchase Information:

Price: $804.00
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Van Severen MVS Chaise

Dual position chaise with elastic body for maximum comfort.

Materials: polyurethane foam with an upholstered feel, height-adjustable headrest cushion in leather or soft polyurethane foam. Polished chrome base or, for outdoor use, stainless steel base.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2575
Availability: Buy Van Severen MVS Chaise here