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Desk Caddy Tool Box by Present&Correct

A very smart wooden tool box, encased in a black metal frame, which is designed for your implements and can be carried around as you require. It also can be arranged to work as a book, or tablet, stand.

I like that the desk caddy takes the shape of a toolbox, as they carry tools needed for stationary work. The design is clean, and I like the mix of the wood material with the metal frame.

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New Norm Multi Picnic Basket by Menu A/S

With the handle elegantly along the side of the Multi-Basket, it serves a simplistic tray on your table. However, when you lift up the handle, it will lock into position and become your favourite basket. Fitted containers with small cooling elements will keep your food chilled and fresh and the airtight lids can function as butter boards.

The dual function of the tray and basket is something that really appeals to me. I like that it is more than what meets the eye and it can work in a number of different ways.

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Kerf Side Table by Sebastian Cox

Kerf is the ancient term used to describe the gap left by the saw blade when cutting through a rod. This side table is made of hand coppiced Kentish hazel. The table top is a kerf panel, held together without glue, using the natural shrinkage of the green wood onto the seasoned frame to hold its shape.

I love the interesting shape of this table top, and how it is bumpy on the bottom, yet flushed and level on the top. The design of the actual table is simple, but this added element is really interesting to me.

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GRAND PRIX™ CHAIR, WOODEN LEGS by Arne Jacobson

The Grand Prix™ (3130) design, by Arne Jacobsen was introduced by Fritz Hansen at the Designers’ Spring Exhibition at the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen, in 1957. Later that year, the chair was displayed at the Triennale in Milan where it received the Grand Prix – the finest distinction of the exhibition. After which the chair has always been called the Grand Prix Chair™. Originally, the Grand Prix chair was introduced with a wooden and steel base and is an ideal chair with a wide range of applications, such as dining, conference, office and the private home. It is lightweight and stackable and is available in an extensive palette of colours, wood types and with fabric or leather upholstery.

I love the shape of the back of this chair and that it is available in a variety of different materials and colours. The shape is sleek and the materials play a huge part in customizing it and making it your own.

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Cooper Leather Stool by Serena & Lily

The frame is solid wood; the seat itself, a supple European leather. Expertly crafted with old-world techniques, the leather’s grain and distinctive marks are left in their natural glory. The vegetable-tanned leather will darken gracefully over time – truly a piece that just gets better with age. And it folds up nicely, too.

I love the materials used for the stool as they are natural and will look more interesting and better with age. A nice feature is that the stool folds up to be compact and is easily moved.

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Wood & Leather Camp Stool by Wood and Faulk

The triangular seat is made of English bridle leather, and has doubled attached points sewn in, for extra durability. Every time you fold it up, it adds to the leather’s character and brings out the grain in the fold. Since the handmade process ensures that not every stool will be exactly the same, some details may vary from chair to chair. All stools come with a detachable strap, and thread to match the color of the leather seat. 

I love that this piece has the design of a basic camp stool, but is more luxurious because of the materials. I like the added detail of the strap because it would make it easier to carry.

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THE BUSHFIRE COLLECTION

The collection is an exploration and expression of Australia’s unique understanding of the regenerative aspects of bushfire. Drawing from the Australian landscape, five objects relate to one another through materiality, finish and colour, with each object designed to function both individually and as part of the suite.

I love how this collection is a collaboration of different designers all with the same purpose. The aesthetics are clean and interesting, and I like the natural wood, white, and copper colour palate. 

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Posa Project by Massimo Faion

Luxury falcon perches made from solid beech wooden rings, bases made of a fine selection of Italian marble, central elegant brass elements are then plated with precious metals, and metallic elements are rigorously and meticulously plated with pure gold, pink gold, shiny and mat silver.

I love the luxurious materials that make these falcon perches precious and high-end. They look sleek, and exclusive. The designs are simple yet bold, and the materials really take them over the top.

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Bel-Air by Mathieu Lehanneur

Bel-Air is a mini mobile greenhouse that continuously inhales the space-polluted air, forces it through three natural filters (the plant leaves, its roots, and a humid bath) before ejecting it, purified.

This concept is really exciting to me because it uses natural plants to purify the air, with materials that are of no harm to the environment. The pill like shape is attractive and cute, and I like it provides a case for the plant to do service.

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Hand Tools by ChauhanStudio

Each tool is a juxtaposition of plastic and wood, melded together in order to create a streamlined work of art that will pull at the user’s emotions. Chauhan and his designers work daily to create tools that challenge the relationships individuals form with objects.

I love the clean look of these tools and how they would fit in outside the workshop. The design is modern and with their simplicity and colour/materials, they remind me of simple Scandinavian design.

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metal Min watering can by Anderssen & Voll

I love the long neck on this watering can and the mix of the metal with wood. The design of the handle is interesting in that it is held from the top with proper finger curves, and attached to the can at the bottom of the handle.

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FARO Mini Fireplace by Rui Pereira

In a society that is increasingly individualistic and where the massive use of technology separates us, we propose an object that uses fire to bring people together. FARO is a mini fireplace that can be placed either indoors or outdoors, through the use of an ethanol burner. We want to explore a different way of using this fire source. By using material such as red clay, hammered copper and aluminum we wanted to evoke the memory of the traditional wood-stove. The user may also choose to use wood instead of ethanol when placing it outdoor. The pieces that compose this product were produced in Portugal, Japan and Italy, using different craft techniques, like the red clay pottery and the hammered copper.

I find it interesting that this fireplace is made of a variety of different materials which were made in different countries due to the quality of the different making techniques. I love the clean aesthetic and simplicity of the design. To me it sets a statement and would make any space feel warm.

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Slingshots by Christopher Jarratt

Each is hand crafted from a found forked tree branch collected in one of the last great forests of England – Epping Forest. As each fork in the trees growth is unique, each slingshot is also unique. The shape and size of each piece of wood is chosen by nature and this determines the slingshots characteristics.

I love that these slingshots have a connection to the forest, as the wood pieces are found and natural from the forest. I think this narrative would be interesting to the owners as they can feel a sense of connection to the forest in their homes. The craftsmanship and colourings are high quality and beautiful.

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Horn Utility Knife by Poglia & Co.

The uniquely surfaced blades on these handmade knives are repurposed from old plowing discs in machinery used to sow seeds on farms in Brazil. The blades are then forged to the horn handles with a bolster of solid, gleaming brass. The utility knives arrive as one-of-a-kind items. They take on more character the more tasks you give them, from slicing tomatoes to carving wood.

I love that these knives are up-cycled from natural and recycled materials. They are sleek and beautiful in design, and I like that the handles are made from actual horn.

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Wood & Metal Bird Call Whistle Set by Monsieur Francois Morel

Each of these bird call whistles took years of observation along with trial-and-error to reach a high level of aural accuracy. The whistles are designed by François Morel—an avid birder for over 50 years—and handmade from long-lasting woods and metals in France in a small workshop supervised by his daughter.

I love the different shapes of these bird call whistles and how they are all different. The stories of the birds on the packaging is also a nice added touch as it gives the project a narrative. The woods are beautiful and the whistles are crafted very well.

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Light Forest by Ontwerpduo

The design consists of different parts, which can be connected to ceilings or walls, step by step the lighting system will “grow” across the space with endless possibilities.

The concept is so interesting, how the user creates their own system of lights, and how it can grow in different directions and collections. I love the simple and thin piping, and how the gold accent inside the lamp shades are an added highlight.

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Glass, leather and brass pitcher by Carl Auböck

I love the leather and brass accent on such a basic glass vase. I like how the leather has become stained by liquids that flowed over the pitcher, giving it character.

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Two-Piece Enamelware Lunch Pail by Kaufmann Mercantile

Made of tough porcelain coated steel, it is simply constructed, easy to clean, and durable. Composed of two stacking enamelware containers and a top that doubles as a plate. The enamelware components are held as one by a stainless steel handle, bent and molded to fit tightly. One firm press downward, and the handle pops off easily, so you can enjoy your lunch (or holiday picnic) as quickly as you like. 

I like the stacking technique of this lunch pail and that it is easy to bring multiple containers and plates all in one product. The variety of materials are also interesting.

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Haijk flower pot by Johannes Herbertsson & Martin Berg

These ingenious flower pots are designed to be guided by the logic of the plant's growing patterns. A removable pine base allows the vessel to be angled depending on the direction of the sun.

I love the way the wooden base supports the flower pot and the angle that they're on. The aesthetics work well together and I like that the user can interact with the product and move the pots as need be.

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SEAMS by Benjamin Hubert x Bitossi Ceramiche

Seams is a collections of centre pieces, including jars and bottles, made from slip-cast ceramic and finished with a brightly pigmented matte glaze.

I love the slip casting technique used on these pieces and how the excess slip that is a result of the castings is left on the pieces instead of trimmed off. The seams give the pieces an added accent, and I love the variety of colours used in the collection.

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Forest of Woods by Pen Pencil Stencil

This wooden forest was created from pieces of scrap wood. I like how all of the grains are headed in different directions and that the natural colouring of the wood differs from piece to piece. The designs are simple and whimsical. 

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Flock of Swallows Mobile from Anthropologie

I love how beautiful this mobile is, as it can be an accent piece or work of art displayed long after a baby needs it above their crib. It would also be a great accessory above a baby;s tub and can be relocated to many different locations. One of my favourite aspects behind this mobile is that the birds are hanging from a branch with ties them in nicely with their habitat.

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