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Sittin Pretty

Eames Aluminum Outdoor Collection

You’ve been meticulous about the furniture inside your home, having amassed quite the collection since the end of those IKEA years. Unfortunately, all of that accumulated taste means squat the moment your Lowe’s patio set becomes the center of attention again as a summer retreat for meals and cocktails. Mercifully for your social life, Herman…

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Chop your own course

Woodcut Maps

Want to add beauty and sophistication to your wall, and channel your inner Magellan? We’ve got you covered. Woodcut Maps is a Bay Area start up specializing in handcrafted wood inlay maps that are designed by you ($150 – $500). Whether you’ve travelled the world and want to reminisce over a favourite spot, or barely…

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Stuck-in-time materials, timeless design

Petrified Design Furniture

Petrified Design revives reclaimed materials to create timeless new furniture that’s not only functional, but also artfully crafted. The Austin-based furniture maker gets its inspiration and materials from old ceiling slates, pieces of old gooseneck trailers and wine barrels — and combines them with industrial steel. Their resulting creations range from chairs and stools to…

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Battle-Ready Guitar Cabs

Emperor Custom Guitar Cabinets

The south side of Chicago is infamous for many things, one of them being a long history steeped in industrial manufacturing, meatpacking, and various other bare-knuckle activities. This steel-clad tradition is carried on today by a small group of craftsmen in a Bridgeport warehouse, who since 2006 have been supplying some of the heaviest bands…

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Light from the darkness

Castor Design Deadstock Lighting

One man’s trash is another’s treasure, so it goes. That is, indeed, the case with Castor Design Deadstock Lighting. Castor (or “beaver” in French) Design did green one-up by utilizing what might have been cast off in the garbage heap as “mere junk” and turned it into one-of-a-kind lighting decor for your hipster pad. What…

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Oh my deer

Unofficial Taxidermy LEGO Kit

Somewhere along the line men moved from physical hunting and gathering to hunting and gathering inside the cubicle. Have we succumbed to this same fate? We’ll never tell. However, for these reasons, and others of the PETA nature, we bring you the Unofficial Taxidermy Deer LEGO Kit ($28). This custom LEGO kit is the handiwork…

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The Drive to Win

Carnology

Before you draw your conclusions about the name, let’s “shift gears”. Carnology: The Car Identification Game ($40) is a board game we car lovers have been waiting for, having had to weakly satisfy ourselves with mindless rounds of Monopoly over the years. Creator, John Cupit, drawing from wonderful childhood memories of playing the game of…

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Infrastructure never looked so good

Nomo Airport Runway Screen Prints

The airport runway screenprints ($24) series from Chicago design shop Nomo combines two of our favorite subjects, design and travel, to create a unique set of wall art. Each 18″ x 24″ print is made using white ink on Steel Gray 100# Dur-O-Tone Cover by French Paper Co and depicts the runway layout of some…

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Fanning the flames? There's an app for that.

Escea DX1500 Ultra Wide Fireplace

The Escea DX15000 pushes the snowball of fire-controlling skills kicked off by our ancestors to the next logical platform — the smartphone. Besides being the first-ever contained gas fireplace available with a 60-inch wide flame, the Escea DX1500 features a Smart Heat intelligent control system that allows users to manipulate the fire via a smartphone…

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Pool hall meets dining hall

Fusiontables

Short of procuring a magical wardrobe with a bridge to a pool playing dimension, the Fusiontable is an ideal solution for satisfying a billiards craving without wasting living space. Measuring 53″ x 91″ and standing 30″, the table is sized perfectly for six, ships with matching benches and is customizable in a variety of colors…

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Now your see it, now you don't

BE Light by QisDesign

The BE Light by QisDesign may not boast the ridiculous lifespan of the CSYS LED task lamp, but it does represent an ideal combination between form and function. Inspired by the art of origami, its articulating design allows users to extend the arm to a variety of positions, providing fully dimmable, warm white LED light…

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Stop and stare, a while

Slide Light

Buck the digital onslaught by adding some retro flair, Ektachrome style, to your walls with the Slide Light. The backlight fixture can be mounted vertically or horizontally and is available in a variety of different sizes ranges from 13 slide showcases all the way up to 36 slides. Tip: it works best with 2mm width…

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Brightening homes, one lamp at a time

Shopped: 5 Picks from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Crafting, scouring and sourcing the best in Americana decor and appointments, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. will have you rethinking every room in your home. With roots fimly planted in sublime lighting, Schoolhouse has recently expanded its inventory and footprint with a new factory in Portland — a perfect time to roundup five products we’re…

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Sconce upon a time

Machine Shop Lighting Co.

Founder Marc Knight’s days don’t just begin and end with a building, despite the fact that he helms a successful construction company in Austin. But one look at Machine Shop Lighting Co. and you might see why. Born from a dissatisfaction for available lighting choices on his building projects combined with a passion for industrial…

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Light Reading

Secret Passageway Switch by B.Light Design

When it comes to home design, — it doesn’t get any cooler than having your own secret passage way. If you can’t have the real thing, though, designer Ben Light’s (that’s seriously his last name) Secret Passageway Switch ($50) is definitely the next best alternative. This clever hack is designed to work with most book/lamp…

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Spin in Black

Puma x Aruliden Blackout Table Tennis Table

The Puma Blackout Table Tennis Table by design firm Aruliden seeks to elevates the cult rec room sport to a higher plane — specifically, the Penthouse level — thanks to its angular black ash wood legs, clean matte-black finish, and steel mesh net. No matter how killer your serve is though, do try and avoid…

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Fly by design

Plane Pieces Inc.

The airplane stands in the pantheon of man’s most amazing engineering feats. So it seems fitting that the folks at Plane Pieces Inc. have developed a knack for recycling classic plane parts into stunning accents for the home. Thanks to relationships with prop manufacturers, repair shops, and designers — they collect and polish vintage parts…

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Office Gym

The Origin Workstation by Mirato

The Origin Workstation ($4,160) is the kind of office furniture you’d expect to find in the shiny new digs of a silicon valley startup. Weighing in at 250 pounds a pop, each piece is made from reclaimed gym flooring that showcases the original sport lines and features eight below surface storage shelves for organizing office…

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Bedstand Meets Bandstand

West Elm Parsons Audio End Table

One serious benefit of Apple’s decision to revamp only the guts of the new iPhone is that all of the iPhone 4 cases, accessories, and peripherals received an extended lease on life. West Elm’s new Parsons audio end table ($400) has an integrated dock for charging your precious iPhone or iPod and it’s apparently compatible…

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Hans Solo

Hans Leather Chair

With sculpted mid-century lines so handsome that you’ll want to build an entire room around it, the Hans Leather Chair ($1,980) might just be the lounge chair of the season. An homage to Scandinavian woodworking and built entirely in the USA, the Hans is cast of sustainably harvested and engineered European beech secured with water-based…

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Bed Rock

Mood Rocking Bed

The Mood Rocking Bed ($3,000) is creative a project from Etsy seller Shinerinternational. Founder Joe Manus got his start making furniture for high-end nightspots using a mixture of landfill-destined materials, and those origins are clearly visible in the mood bed’s whimsical style. Frankly, the curved carbon steel frame combined with a mix of pine, oak,…

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Serves You Right

Urbancase Sidebar

The Urbancase Sidebar ($3,100) is a proper workspace worthy of any aspiring mixologist. More than just a pretty face, the handcrafted walnut cabinet features a laterally sliding panel which hides adjacent compartments for liquor and glassware, providing some much needed personal space between your Macallan and that handle of Old Grand-Dad you swear was left…

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Stash in Style

Caliper Coffee Table

A cluttered coffee table has killed many a well-designed room. The Caliper Coffee Table ($300) from CB2 can help keep remotes, books, and other constantly accumulating living room detritus out of sight thanks to two cleverly hidden end drawers. Styled to match most modern decor, the table’s white oak veneer top with a steel tube…

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A Different Kind of Board Room

Karton Cardboard Furniture

If you thought IKEA was the krill of the furniture food chain, you’d be wrong. Rather than wasting energy coating particle board to become modern furniture for the every man, Karton simply uses heavy duty cardboard to achieve the same end (sort of). According to the website, the Australian company was born after leaving “a…

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Time Tube

Cold War Creations Glass Nixie Tube Clock

Nixie Tub Clock ($245) from Etsy maker Cold War Creations is a stunning display for checking the time and temp. It’s elegant cylindrical glass case mirrors the shape of its internal Soviet IN-14 Nixie display tubes, while downplaying the presence of the modern circuit boards which make them work, and ironically boast more computing power…

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Big Tame Hunting

Nood Wooden Hunting Trophies

Nood’s wooden hunting trophies ($60) are the perfect wry interior accessory for karma-conscious men. Made from laser-cut, slotted wood, each head is easy to assemble and light enough to hang anywhere. There’s also an entire preserves worth of species to choose from, including stags, rhinos, moose, lions, and bears — oh my! Of course, if…

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Limited Edition Legends

Sonic Editions: The Impossible Cool Collection Prints

The folks over at Sonic Editions have teamed up with our friend, and master photo hunter (we’re not talking bar games people) The Impossible Cool to produce a series of stunning prints covering ten of the greatest icons of all time (think Ali, Connery, McQueen, Newman, Hepburn, etc). Each image in the series is limited…

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Pegs & Legs

High Chair: Making the Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair

In a world of IKEA and other discount furniture, companies like Thos. Moser are a true rarity. Increasingly far and few between, Moser is an establishments that earns its right to use overly used declarations like legacy, craftsmanship and heritage. To say that painstaking work is underway at their workshop is an understatement. Their nearly…

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Mobile Office

Bugatti Grand Prix Desk by Luzzo Bespoke

The Bugatti Grand Prix Desk by Luzzo Bespoke brings the the driving commute all the way into your office. Birthed from over 3000 hours of CAD, the desk is meticulously crafted to reflect Bugatti’s heritage by the UK interior design firm. The design neatly adopts a larger version of the Winfield carburetor synchronization quadrants from…

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Closest thing to a digital bouncer

Brinno Digital PeepHole Viewer

Add security and peace of mind to your home with the Brinno Digital PeepHole Viewer ($90). Its 2¼”x1½” LCD screen provides a clear picture of whose knocking, even compensating for the fish-eye view and there’s also a button for zooming in should your visitor (or date) require a closer inspection. The panel can be installed…