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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Where the rubber meets the drywall

Muscle Cars 1960-1974 by ADCF Design

You had posters of them tacked all over your walls as a kid, like some kind of auto-obsessed John Nash after weeks of skipping his meds. You dreamt of driving one up to the high school parking lot, simply to scoop up your cheerleader girlfriend and drag away into the sunset, waking even that sleeping…

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An homage to typeface

Scrabble Typography Edition

Last February, we featured Andrew Capener’s incredibly stylish approach to the classic board game we all know and love, back when it was still a concept. We’re happy to announce that come August 2012, the board-game lover in all of us will be able to splurge on this gorgeous set thanks to upscale gaming vendor…

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At Your Servus

Design Spotlight: Florian Saul’s Servus / r75 Coat Rack

German industrial designer Florian Saul’s furniture concepts are consistent in their merging of simplicity, aesthetic elegance, and functionality. The Servus / r75 rack is a modern take on the suit valet and our favorite of the lot. The minimalistic piece consists of a single strip of polished wood that bends slightly forward at the top…

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Mad lavatory

Restoration Hardware 1930s Laboratory Collection

Walk into any fraternity house bathroom and you may begin to understand the accidental genius behind Restoration Hardware’s 1930s Stainless Steel Laboratory Collection. Obviously made with more refined guys in mind, the bathroom collection of vanities and storage cabinets boasts zinc hardware and rounded finishes throughout, as well as customizable Italian marble tops and beveled…

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(Foos)baller status

Teckell Luxury Foosball Tables

Apart from a home theater and a pool table, few other fixtures enhance the sheer entertainment value of a man cave like a foosball table — even for us pigskin loving Yankees. Yet they never had that classy, luxurious feel to them — until now. Teckell’s mouth-watering foosball tables are a modern re-imagining of the…