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Tapio Wirkkala Bowl

Our eyes are on this 1954 Bowl by the Finnish designer, Tapio Wirkkala. It has appeared in the book, Eye, Hand, Thought.

Bowl, $3,800, by Tapio Wirkkala, at Wright

Hako-ie, Japanese House in a Box Wins Good Design Award

The Hako-ie “house in a box” is an assembly-type Japanese-style room that you can set up inside a larger space. Made with excellent materials and fine techniques, with attention to the smallest detail. It has tatami mats, as well as an arched ceiling, a lacquered tokonoma corner, and even a wooden veranda. It can be assembled or disassembled in an hour and requires no nails or screws, just a hammer and battens. A winner of the Good Design Award 2008.

Hako-ie, by Asao Sakamoto, Sakamoto Urushi Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Best 15, Good Design Award

Corker Corkscrew by Sebastian Bergne

Corkscrew in chromed brass, is designed so that two corks make a handle—select your favorite vintage.

Corker by Sebastian Bergne, for Eno

Arpège Flatware by Christofle

Curvatious silverware designed by top chef Alain Passard named after his well known restaurant in Paris.

Arpège, by Alain Passard, for Christofle

Grenade Oil Lamp by Piet Houtenbos

Made from actual US Army surplus grenades and gilded in gold or silver or with a natural finish. Filled with oil, it may burn (but not explode) for 24 hours.

Grenade Oil Lamp, by Piet Houtenbos

Mirrored Vases by Michael Anastassiades

Made of double-walled glass with a mirrored finish.

Mirrored Vases, by Michael Anastassiades

Drink’Tray from Ligne Roset

Waiters of the world rejoice! No more unhappy accidents with unbalanced drink trays in your favorite lounge.

Drink’Tray, by Martino D’Esposito, for Ligne Roset

Watches by Denis Guidone

A simple and abstract way for telling time: designs for watch faces by Denis Guidone.

Watches, by Denis Guidone, at Denis Guidone Atelier
via: Design Milk

Three Champagne Glasses by Michael Anastassiades

Three Champagne Glasses and One Water Glass, by Michael Anastassiades

Two Lamps by Life Goods

Simple, functional lamp with the flashlight backup option for sudden power failures. The metaphor and the cone shape glow pushes all the right buttons.

Two Lamps by Life Goods

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Bell Side Table
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