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Strida Folding Bicycle: Fast AND furious!

Strida Folding Bicycle

Whether you occasionally bike for leisure or use it as your daily mode of transportation, this bike takes the cake in terms of engineering, convenience and style. Developed over 22 years ago, the Strida Folding Bike is easily the most advanced bike of it’s kind on the market. Continue to full article

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Tortoise Foot Stool: In a furniture category of its own

Tortoise Foot Stool

Are you one of the millions of people on the market for a tortoise foot stool?

Did I say millions? I meant two. Well, if you’re that other person, then you’re going to fall in love with this beautifully made foot stool with a leather tufted “shell” cushion and hardwood base as much as I have. This little turtle is both cute, elegant and ridiculously expensive. Hey, there are three kinds of people in this world, those who can count and those who can’t. Continue to full article

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Pablo Umbrella Lamp: For the fella’ who wants an umbrella

Pablo Umbrella Lamp

Such an item in your home will have you singing in the rain as you’re sure to have sunshine on a rainy day. No sir, no one will be raining on your parade with this umbrella lamp. Purple rain.
I couldn’t quite integrate that last one into the cheap pun, but it has to be here. Continue to full article

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Wolfgang Sirch Max Push Car: Smooth Ridin’

Wolfgang Sirch Max Push Car

Although relatively new on the market, the Max push car by Wolfgang Sirch has already become a modern classic among toys. Made in Bavaria, Germany of steam-bent, blond Ash wood and “whisper quiet” rubber wheels, this is definitely heirloom material.

These kids today got it all! When I was a kid, we didn’t have sleek designs like this. My ride-on toys didn’t even have wheels! They were stationary horses that occasionally rocked. Some of us weren’t even lucky enough to get the entire horse, we had to make-do with a horse’s head impaled by a stick! We had to learn to get somewhere on those! Uphill both ways. And it was always snowing. Continue to full article

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Mr. Suicide: Suicide has never been this cute!

Mr. Suicide

Consider the proverbial envelope pushed. Italian designer Massimo Giacon created this little guy for Alessi. It’s a bathtub or sink plug that when used and filled makes Mr. Suicide float dead above the water. As if that weren’t enough, he also comes packaged in a little box shaped like a coffin. What a perfect gift for that special suicidal someone in your life!

He comes in three happy colors (see image after jump): blue pink and yellow and is available at Retro Modern for $24.00 Continue to full article

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Spooning

WMF Flatware

Zahara Hadid received a degree in Mathematics in Beirut before she moved to London to study architecture. Among many other architectural prizes to her name, she is the first and only female recipient of the coveted Pritzker Prize (2004). Not sure what eating utensils have to do with her lengthy list of achievements though. Maybe 3-dimensional buildings get old after a while and you just start to crave something flat. Enter the Zaha flatware set for WMF. Took too long to get to that punch line, didn’t I?

These ergonomically shaped utensils are designed to inspire. More so than to eat with.

It’s $250 for one such place setting of stainless steel flatware with a soup spoon reminiscent of the grim reaper, but they sure are visually stunning. Available at Arango.

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Make Love Not War

Turtle Helmet Sculpture

Hello dear WS readers. Miss us? Sorry for the long break in new posts, the holiday season proved pretty hectic. Here’s trying to slow things back down a bit:

A nice change from gnomes and flamingos, this garden sculpture won’t embarrass you in front of your neighbors. Made of a repurposed WWII helmet and recycled machinery parts, it’s creator, Fred Conlon, enjoys employing materials used in war for more peaceful measures. This little guy is intended to stay outside and rust over time, which is apparently part of it’s charm. He’s available at Uncommon Goods for $100.

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Raising the Bar

Hydra Table

One can only assume this inspiration came from a barbershop chair. Believe it or not, this Hydra Table table has been around for 11 years now. Designer, Gary Gianakis was inspired to create it while living in a small space and needing functional furniture to serve multiple purposes. In it’s lowered position, the piece can serve as a coffee table or raised for dining. The wide, sturdy base easily allows for the significant height adjustment without compromising stability. It’s not only highly functional, it’s also very attractive.

Of course, I keep thinking that if I had this in my house as a kid, I’d totally use it as a seat on which to cut and style my dolls’ hair. And then I’d attempt to glue it back on her head once I’ve completely mutilated her. But I digress… Continue to full article

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Childhood Images

Naomi and Sophie dolls

Here’s a doll that will likely appeal to adults just as much as to children. Remember the stick-figure drawings of your youth? Well that’s exactly the inspiration for these precious little things as the artist based them on her own childhood drawings. Good thing too, ’cause if they were based on my childhood drawings these would be better served as voodoo dolls.

As if they weren’t already sweet enough, they are handmade in the Netherlands from felt, cotton, fleece and terry-cloth. Now, the 2-dimensional friends of your childs imagination can be cuddled with.

The above doll is called Naomi, there is also a Sophie doll (see image after jump) available at Romp for $45.00 . Continue to full article

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Playing with fire

Skyline Matchbok

Never thought you’d see a special article devoted to a matchbook, did you? Well this blog is just chock full of surprises! Ok, so it’s $25 for two matches, but that’s not the point. This is just a representation of the fact that even something as simple as a matchbook can find its place in the art world.

Designed by Tobias Wong who, according to Unica Home, “captures the mood and soul of an entire city” because if you light the only two matches in this book, you change the entire skyline. I don’t know if I’d go that far in stretching the depth of meaning in this concept. Especially since this same guy created a 5-speed vibrating ottoman with a 12-inch fur-lined hole! But it’s an interesting piece and so I thought I’d present it to you.

Now you can go Google that ottoman. You know you want to.

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