Toro Tissue Ring.

My allergies and I are wishing we had one of these today.

The Toro Tissue Ring is an stylish alternative to the always unattractive tissue box. Made of stainless steel, Toro’s simplicity is the result of a perfect balance of weight and size – just right to let one tissue through at a time while staying firmly planted on the tissue stack.

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Le Beanock.

This is quite possibly one of the coolest inventions in recent history – Le Beanock. Basically a beanbag converted into a hammock that can hang at any height and angle. Le Beanock is crafted out of marine quality sailcloth finished with zig-zag stitching for extra durability. Chain and eyelets are another marine quality feature – making it more than tough enough for two people. We can thank fashion model turned expert sailmaker/weldress Tracie Herrtage for her innovative design. As of now Le Beanock is available in both natural and black, as well as small (250£) and large (495£) sizes.

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Fly-Bird.

Fly-Bird is full of curious little items that make every day life even more interesting. I love little tea-party ready sugar and creamer sets and the Anna set ($204) is divine. The Juicy Salif ($79) is an incredible piece of alien-like design that I would love to have sitting on my kitchen counter. And the Stackable Number Cups ($16) are stark white and beautiful. I can think of several things I could use them for other than drinking eight million cups of coffee.

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Jasper Morrison's Coffee Machine.

I’m going to stick with my coffee theme for a little longer today as I introduce to you the Coffee Machine by Jasper Morrison. This beautifully modernistic machine is entirely self-contained: filters, spoon, measuring table, etc and was noted as one of Fortune Magazine’s 25 Best Products. Love it.

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Jasper Morrison’s Coffee Machine.

I’m going to stick with my coffee theme for a little longer today as I introduce to you the Coffee Machine by Jasper Morrison. This beautifully modernistic machine is entirely self-contained: filters, spoon, measuring table, etc and was noted as one of Fortune Magazine’s 25 Best Products. Love it.

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Alice in Wonderland.

This Alice in Wonderland dinnerware at Fishs Eddy is awesome. I love the pen and ink feeling of the illustration against the white background of the dishes. And the grotesque stretched Alice on the drinking glass is fantastic. All pieces are priced $4.50-$16.95.

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A+R Store.

A+R is everything design and pop culture. The constant is design that charms, functions and inspires. Their hope is that “you find things you’ve been looking for all your lives, and stuff you didn’t know you needed.” I came across some beautiful pieces while browsing that I’ve not seen anywhere else. There’s a lot of great design, so check it out.

Clockwise from top left: Minima turquoise bottles $32, Tord Boontje garland light $68, Cocktail forks 4 for $10 and Vast Design’s tube coffee $95 for the set shown.

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ferm LIVING.

Wall stickers are all the rage right now, the other day I even saw some at Target in their Back-to-School dorm section. And why shouldn’t they be popular? They’re easy to apply, remove and re-apply elsewhere (or so I hear). There’s a huge variety of sizes, colors and patterns available, too, so there’s most likely something for everyone. Besides that, wall stickers can be used on all flat surfaces: walls, ceilings, furniture, windows, mirrors, etc.

I have a few favorites that are candidates for my soon-to-be house. Right now the Branch and Berry Black from ferm LIVING are at the top of that list ($105 and $90 respectively). Okay, especially the branch. I would love to have it on the wall in some cozy corner where I could curl up and read. You can pick up your own at Design Public.

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Stain.


Stain is a set of a teacups designed to improve through use by artist Bethan Laura Wood. In the process, they examine the assumption that use is damaging to a product while proving it can be quite the opposite. The interior surface of the cup is treated so as to stain more in predetermined places. The more the cups are used, the more the pattern is revealed. The cups are available in two different stain patterns for £35 a piece through the artist’s website. Ms. Wood is incredibly talented and the site also displays some of her graduate and live projects.

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CB2.

I got the latest CB2 catalogue in the mail the other day and, literally, drooled all over it. What I love about CB2, Crate & Barrel and IKEA is the way they make great design available to the masses. Sure, I love Design Within Reach, too, but I sure can’t afford it. Now if someone could only knock-off an Eames chair I’d be all set.

First Row: Cheers wine glasses $19.95 for the set of 6, Whirly hanging votive holder in silver $4.95, Red lips melamine appetizer plate $1.95;
Second Row: Long neck vases $3.95 each, Indie queen bed $499, Stainless water pitcher $29.95;
Third Row: Briar chair in Smoke $699, Snare pendant lamp $49.95, Lumiere Candleholders $5.95-12.95

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