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West Elm Design Workshop Modular Storage System

The West Elm Design Workshop Modular Wall Storage System ($80-$900) is a customizable craftsman solution to that mess you call a bonus room. Made in the U.S.A. using blackened steel and lime-finished solid oak, each component in this do-it-yourselfer instills a high-grade industrial aesthetic to any living space — and brings a mighty reckoning to...

Bidding on Bond

Profiles in History James Bond Movie Poster Auction

A fine movie poster adds color and character to a blank wall, but it also reveals a lot about you. Austin Powers smiles goofily from your den? You’re groovy baby, yea. Is Jason Bourne giving the cold stink eye from above your bed? You take your action raw and you’re probably a realist. But a...

Knockout On Wood

Design Spotlight: Allied Maker

Upstart Allied Maker is one of those stories we love exposing. All the elements are right. An individual pursuing a passion, an obsession with making things and a handsome product. Craftsmanship. The most overused word in recent history, but we’re saying it anyway. The young man behind Allied Maker is self-taught woodworker Ryden Rizzo. But...

Dinner under the Aurora Borealis? Done.

Philips Hue LED Light Bulbs

Indoor lighting technology is on the move, and the more we see, the more we’re impressed. Philips has just announced their new Hue LED Light Bulbs ($200+) and taken one more step toward the awesome, terrifying Ray Bradbury world of utter automation. Needless to say, we’re pleased. Each $59 bulb ($200 for three bulbs and...

If a picture falls in a forest...

WoodSnap

Every picture of you or your family look entirely stiff and wooden? Well, then stay the hell away from WoodSnap ($40+), an online print company that takes your photos and prints them right out onto a block of wood. The beautiful custom wood canvasses (all the way from 8 x 8-inches to 30 x 40-inches)...

Which way to the theater?

Los Angeles Film Map

While it’s undeniably cool to adorn your home theater with minimalist or unique movie posters (like these, and these), we know your sound-proofed walls need art as nuanced as your taste in film itself. The Los Angeles Film Map (~$40) has you covered in every direction. Littered within its 24 x 32-inch borders are the...

Fire Distinguishers

Fire Extinguishing Device By Tusch und Egon

From time to time we like to check in on what’s going on across the pond. The Queendom, if you will, never disappoints us with its take on art and design — a skew that can seem a bit wonky to our Yankee eyes. The Fire Extinguishing Device (~$123) from Tusch und Egon (sounds German,...

Breaking out of the breakroom

Phoos Table

Designer foosball tables are nothing new here at GP, but the CB2 Phoos Table ($599) is the most affordable example of Chucky E. Cheese chic that we’ve come across yet. The modern gaming table is made from low-emission engineered wood and sports floor-saving metal feet, preventing even the most heated of games from ruining your...

Retro receptacle

Retro Bureau

Designed and crafted by ze Germans using aluminum and steel, the Retro Bureau by Wharfside ($4,500+) is a small office solution for OCD neat freaks and hue-happy hipsters alike. Inspired by the colorful and innovative designs of the last century, Retro’s made-to-order creation has the look and feel of a Cupertino-commissioned clamshell and comes in...

Don't run out of thyme

GroVert Chalkboard Wall Planter

Looking like wall art that’s collided with a Cheesecake Factory entrée-sized salad, the GroVert Chalkboard Wall Planter ($130) is an apartment-bound green thumb’s dream. Mounted vertically on any wall (avoid the bathroom), the three-in-one planter provides a fresh herb garden without the plot O’land. Gardeners tend to be a fastidious lot, so the GroVert includes...

Twinkle, twinkle...

Map 1: The Northern Sky

Stellavie is an art and design firm based in Hamburg, Germany. Specialising in prints, engravings, greeting cards and paper based lampshades, Steffen Heidemann and Viktoria Klein’s work is clean, precise and limited in supply. Their latest offering, Map 1: The Northern Sky ($78), is an amazingly detailed silkscreen of the stars and constellations that most...

Star struck

Papafoxtrot Space Fleet

You may be confined to your desk for most of the day, plugging away at eye-burning Powerpoint charts and brain-melting spreadsheets, but your imagination is still free to roam when everything else shuts down. All the happy thoughts in the world won’t send your boss into orbit, but Papafoxtrot can distract you from the paper...

Out of sight, out of mind

Torino Desk Table

Ah, the messy desk. It’s the stuff OCD nightmares are made of, single-handily ruining even the best interior designer’s work with one stray pen. You can continue to kid yourself about getting more organized, or simply swap in the Torino Desk Table ($500) by CB2 and hide your disheveled ways with ease. The lacquered white...

Timeless Ink

Literary Quote Illustrations by Obvious State

What are great authors for if not poignant, timeless prose? For example: “I have great faith in fools. Self-confidence, my friends call it” (Twain). “We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” (Wilde). “Why did I walk into this room again?” (self). Obvious State Literary Quote Illustrations...

(Cast) Iron Chef

Waring Pro Cast-Iron Grill

As men, we naturally like to be prepared for anything. So when the backyard barbeque you’ve been planning all summer is sabotaged by Mother Nature’s sudden decision to turn on the waterworks, you wouldn’t dream of cancelling, or worse, ordering take out. The Cast-Iron Grill from Waring Pro ($150) is a twenty-one pound, 212-square inch...

Home upgrades for the brofessional

Duesenberg Lighting

There are marque moments in every man’s life. Somewhere between did-you-wake-up-on-the-floor-again and congratulations-you’re-a-father is moving into your own grownup place. You’ve gotten real seating, a nice bed and finally replaced your Taco Bell cup collection with actual glassware — so what are you still doing with that torch lamp from your undergrad dorm? Step up...

Go Sign

Griot’s Garage Vintage Racing Signs

If you’re the kind of guy who enjoys antique automobiles and vintage style, but not interior design, Griot’s Garage Vintage Racing Signs are a perfect (and easy) decor choice. Reproduction prints of 20th century race posters, the signs are printed and powdercoated on 24-gauge steel with rolled edges and holes with grommets for quick hanging....

Environmentally enlighted

Design Spotlight: Switch LED Light Bulbs

Improving on Edison’s original incandescent light bulb design has been a mixed bag — the soft-serve CFLs save energy but cast a bluish cadaver pallor and require a HazMat response to clean up mercury released if they break. A different, albeit expensive, approach to energy efficiency comes in the Switch LED light bulb. Continues after...

Map o’ Java

Compendium of Coffee

We like our women coffee strong and sweet but regardless of your preferences, the Compendium of Coffee has the range covered. An exploration of the various grinds (extra-coarse to extra-fine), production methods (steeping, pour-over or drip, vacuum, or pressure) and outputs (coffee; regular or concentrated; espresso; ristretto, normal or lungo), adulterants (sugar, melted chocolate, sweetened...

Mr. Green Genes

Click & Grow

Ask anyone at the office who’s knowingly or unknowingly killed a houseplant, and you’ll probably learn of enough biennial-victims to fill a Home Depot greenhouse. In fact, one of the staffers (who shall not be named) actually thought coffee would be good for his Spider plant. Wrong. Not for green thumbs who actually give a...

Domestic Archive of Records

Symbol LP Storage Cabinets

There’s nothing quite like the sound of a record whisking as it spins, but while we need not wax poetic about the nostalgia of needle to vinyl, the other part of what makes records so satisfying is, well, the actual record. More importantly, the sacred process of stashing them away into storage like the Symbol...

Tortuous art

Linear Edge Race Track Sculptures

You have the car, the driving shoes, the gloves. Now, complete the look by bringing the twisty lines of Linear Edge Race Track Sculptures to your walls. Featuring Formula 1, MotoGp, and World Superbike race courses crafted in Baltic Birch laminate, the designer addresses the passion of over 500 million fans worldwide with art that...

Seated in history

The Inheritance Collection by Stephen Kenn

Vintage is everywhere, but in the world of furniture, it’s not easy to find great modern design that both echoes the past and makes use of truly classic materials. Designer Stephen Kenn scoured an old Los Angeles warehouse of military surplus gear and commandeered WWII fabrics and materials for his Inheritance Collection Furniture Line. The...

The best kind of upper management

TLD Desk

Outside of your bed, couch and maybe the john, too, there’s a good chance that most of your time at home is spent at a desk. The trouble is, it’s extremely difficult to find a dependable and good-looking work station at a reasonable price. Those items sold at big box retailers that eventually become a...

Blending in your media

Salamander Designs Chameleon Collection

More charming than that cinder-block-and-board setup and stronger to boot, Salamander Designs Chameleon Collection ($800+) entertainment cabinets add functional class to your high end audio/video components. With 9 styles and 19 different configurations (single cabinet through quad), the furniture fits into any bachelor pad but will pass every style test your missus can think up....

Neat and discreet

LoCa Knax Hook Rails

Coat hooks and racks are a necessary evil in an accessory-laden home, — but they needn’t ruin your decor. Knax (~$100+) retractable hook rails from Danish design company LoCa provide plenty of stylish wall storage when you need it that then folds away flush with the surface of the rack when you don’t. Available in...

The anti-La-Z-Boy

Flight Recliner

Sure, an overstuffed leather chair that goes horizontal with the flick of a lever is a comfortable way to tuck in for the afternoon, but why ruin a room with a Rent-a-Center relegation when you can have your modern and lie in it too? Responding to the challenge of designing a recliner that’s comfortable, ergonomic...

Are you ready for some futbol?

Papafoxtrot Club Sports Stadiums

Looking for a unique piece of sports memorabilia for your office or mancave? You could plunk down some serious paper for a rare, yet dubious collectable or you could go with something guaranteed to raise some eyebrows. Papafoxtrot, maker of those model cargo ships we love, have now partnered with design firm PostlerFerguson to create...

Light speed

Insteon LED Bulb

If light bulbs excite you about as much as lightly toasted bread, then allow the Insteon LED Bulb to rock your dimly lit world. Not only does it provide the brightness of a 60-100W incandescent bulb on a mere 8W, you can control the bulb remotely using a keypad, motion sensors, remote control and… wait...

Black Swan

Klutz Design Ballerina Sweetspot

It’s true, many buzzwords haphazardly find their way into the most obscure and smallest of niche online audio forums. Audiophile, for example, can find its way into said forums with participants bombastically laying claim to such designation. If we’re being honest, from time to time, we too have fancied ourselves as such. Today, Klutz Design...

Hitting the wall

NoMo Designs Tour de France Posters

So you may not ever make it to the Tour de France. It’s one of the few athletic events that has spanned over a century, and it is truly a spectacle (on many fronts). You don’t have to be a fan of cycling to appreciate the brutal race, which is evident in its sheer distance,...

Get a harder deck

Perennial Wood

Neither the bane of a teenage boy’s frustrated existence nor Morningwood’s follow-up to their eponymous 2006 album, Perennial Wood is a bona fide building material. Technically it’s a non-toxic acetylation process called TruLast Technology proprietary to Eastman Chemical Company, but we’re not arguing semantics. Here’s what the process does: by changing wood at the molecular...

Fall asleep in New York, wake up in London

Haptic Lab City Quilts

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to sleep one off in the streets of London but can’t leave your Hoboken homestead, you can trust an architect from the other side of Manhattan to have you covered — literally. City Quilts ($219+) are ever-so-soft road maps blankets from Brooklyn based Haptic Labs....

British accent not included

The Butler Wall Organizer

You shouldn’t need a life coach to know that leaving your personal items in the same spot every time is a terrific way to keep track of them. The question is, which spot do you choose? The Butler ($170) by Curtis Micklish makes that decision a no-brainer. Made of solid walnut and baltic birch laminated...

Out of the bottle and on to your desk

Papafoxtrot Model Cargo Ships

Models are more than toys: they inspire, allowing us to physically admire amazing creations through the work of our own hands. They also make for great office and home eye candy. So it is with Papafoxtrot’s Wood Model Cargo Ships ($156-$175). These miniatures measure around 14″ x 4″ x 2″, depending on the model, and...

A typeface to call home

Fontable

Looking to add a little typographic pomp to your minimal home slash urban design gallery you call home? Lucky for you, there’s some Helvetica-based goodness. The cleverly named Fontable ($210) is a new concept in modular furniture composed of letters from A to Z in both upper and lower case, numbers, and even a skull....

Penterest

Noodler’s Inks

Calligraphy is big business. It’s also manly. Has it been hijacked by the fairer sex? For the time being, perhaps, but that doesn’t mean ol’ John Hancock wasn’t afraid to whip out his quill and nib/feed combination when the right cellulose paper called for it. Are you better than John Hancock? We didn’t think so,...

We won't tell the neighbors where you got 'em

Modern Dwell Numbers

Now that you’ve finally marbled out the kitchen counters, readied the Man Cave for football season, and upgraded the windows to the newest in energy-efficient double-paned glass, are you suffering from home-improvement withdrawal? Then this weekend try upgrading the first thing people see when searching for your house: your address. Modern Dwell Numbers ($28+) add...

Just as bright, without the white

IdeaPaint CLEAR

IdeaPaint, creators of the brilliant whiteboard-anywhere technology have now concocted a new iteration that looks even better: IdeaPaint CLEAR ($225+). Brace yourself, doodlers, because now you can turn any surface, of any color into a writing station. Specifically, CLEAR is a certified low-emission and LEED-compliant finish that goes over any interior paint (or wood) to...

Indulging your work addiction

Crate & Barrel Reese Tobacco Compact Office

Nobody wants to bring work home, unless of course, you’re one of the fortunate souls earning doubloons as model photographer, single malt critic, or Jennifer Aniston’s brassiere fitter. But when it just can’t be helped Crate & Barrel’s Reese Tobacco Compact Office ($480) offers a minimalist solution that trumps working on the kitchen table. Most...

In good hands

Capelli Stool by Carol Catalano

We don’t give a lot of thought to the design of stools when it comes to choosing furniture for our pads. You can choose some cheap jobber from Ikea or you can find something that makes a statement. The Capelli Stool by designer Carol Catalano fits that bill perfectly. Part of the prestigious Herman Miller...

Comforting Cartography

Soft Cities Blankets & Mapkins

Soft Cities is a fun little enterprise that allows users to rep their hood in a perfectly domestic fashion. Specifically, the San Francisco-based enterprise offers locally made blankets (lightweight fleece) and napkins (100% Kona cotton) that can all be customized via Google Maps. The ordering process starts with picking a location, various map marker styles,...

Change is in the air

Haiku Fan

It’s time to replace your ceiling fan. That brass and wicker adorned wafter you installed in your living room in 1991 has had its day in the country kitsch sun. Update your decor with the 2012 Red Dot Design Award winning Haiku Fan. Completely deconstructed and reimagined from the ground up by the experts at...

Because dad tells the best stories

Read n’ Rock Rocker

Thanks to a practically impenetrable, yet ultra-soft fabric layer called Crypton Super Fabric (seriously, that’s the name), the Read n’ Rock Rocker ($849) will hold up against even the worst chunky eruptions or sippy-cup snafus. Sized for 1.25 people and available in five colors (we like sandstone), the chair should serve nicely both as a...