Large Tote $435
Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel met by chance at a concert in LA. Two days later, they began designing a line of streamlined bags that speak for themselves. Crafted from vegetable-tanned Tuscan leather, unlined and lacking the bells and whistles of many of today's totes, Mansur Gavriel’s high-quality carriers are notable for their classic silhouettes, elegant proportions and minimal hardware. Their Large Tote has a detachable wallet, is as fitting for a day in NYC as for a trip to Cannes, and adds a timeless quality to any ensemble.
The Messograf is a lifelong friend for architect types. Part multi-tool, part writing instrument, the Messograf features a ruler, a metric thread scale, a tire tread gauge, a four-inch caliper gauge, and yes, a ballpoint writing tip. The click-to-open pen, chrome plated and solid brass, will undoubtedly make a home in your loved one's pocket.
Dandelight is a charming little night light covered with real Dandelion seeds. The battery-powered lamp fuses nature with technology—each seed is attached to an individual LED creating a light-emanating dandelion growing out of its own energy source, right before your eyes. Each is handmade by Lonneke Gordijn of Netherlands-based Studio Drift.
Tilden Top $200
Upstate creators Kalen and Astrid design one-of-a-kind garments and home fabrics using their own take on shibori and dip-dyeing methods. Upstate's elegant Tilden Top, made of 100% silk, is made more playful and causal with bold shibori patterning. Available in an array of refined color pairings, each hand-picked and hand-dyed, the shirt is a totally unique piece for any wardrobe.
Bryan Nash Gill
Woodcut Notecards $14
This lovely set of a dozen notecards and envelopes in based on the book "Woodcut" by Connecticut artist Bryan Nash Gill. Exquisite tree trunk cross sections come to life in striking detail, revealing the immense power and beauty that lies within a tree's organic structure.
The various laser-cut patterns and porcelain-like finish of the CityLight illuminate any modern interior by casting playful abstract cityscape shadows throughout the open spaces. The stylish CityLight lamp is made of double-sided white laminated paper on a metal frame by Dutch design studio DeJongKalff.
M500 Hi-Fi On-Ear Headphones $300
The REF M500 Hi-Fi headphones offer one of the best on-ear fits on the market, all thanks to integrated "smart hinges" which keep you from having to do any of the adjusting. They fold flat for portability and feature a flat, tangle-free and detachable cord.
TiVo Roamio $200
TiVo Roamio, available in regular, plus and pro, will keep your roommates and relatives at ease and record up to six shows at once, no matter their current TV obsession. With all that power and over 450 hours of HD recording capability, you can ditch the multi-box household layout for a single, easy-to-use device. TiVo even lets you record season finales and big games while you stream shows, movies and music from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and more.
Cool Weather Edible Seedbombs $5
This two-pack of cool weather edible seed bombs includes Pot Marigold, "Seven Top" Turnip and Tatsoi. Greenaid hand rolls their seed bombs using socially responsible labor practices and works in partnership with Chrysalis, a non-profit that creates employment opportunities for formerly homeless men and women in Los Angeles.
The Art of Rube Goldberg $40
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, inventor of convoluted yet weirdly-brilliant machines—like Professor Butts and the Self-Operating Napkin—a humorist, sculptor, author and engineer. Loaded with never-before-seen essays, letters, memorabilia, patents and rare photos, "The Art of Rube Goldberg" is a brilliant compilation of his wide body of work luminously edited by his grandaughter Amy from a career spanning nearly three-quarters of a century.
Fat Toad Farm
Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce $13
The Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce is for the boozie foodie—the infusion of Kentucky Straight Bourbon will imbibe, and the tongue-smacking creaminess of the cajeta caramel (similar to dulce de leche but is goat milk-based) will punch you in the mouth with goodness. A pinch of organic sea salt brings it all together. Handcrafted on a Vermont family farm, the Fat Toad Farm Caramel Sauces are a nut-free and verified gluten-free product.
Parsons Shuffleboard Table $4,500
Constructed from reclaimed oak, the Parsons Shuffleboard Table features a custom playing surface thanks to the varying grains of wood. District MFG uses dyed leather hides as the base for the gutter, which elegantly boarders the tabletop on all sides. Most impressively, the frame features a unibody design constructed from high strength steel. The table is as classic as the game itself, and is as aesthetically pleasing as it is entertaining.
A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps $15
"A History of Britain in Thirty Six Postage Stamps" is kind of like Cliff's Notes, but better. The stamps themselves are art, and Chris West incorporates not only the country's history, but culture and politics as well, into a snappy survey of three dozen British stamps.
Carola Zee + Label Aleph
Coffee Spoons $22
From her Unique Series, Carola Zee's set of four gray ceramic coffee spoons for Label Aleph will delight any bean aficionado. The various porcelain shapes are manipulated by pressing the thumb into the clay—a key feature in the design—not only for functionality but because it uniquely molds each shape during the firing process.
Back to the Roots
AquaFarm allows you to nurture your very own ecosystem. It's a fish tank, all parts included, and a set of planters for herbs and wheat grass that you can grow right on your kitchen counter. Better yet, the tank is self-cleaning and powered by the science of aquaponics. All you need to get started is a fish and some seed.
Charles-Heidsieck Brut Reserve $50
Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just keeping it classy at a BYOB dance party, a bottle of Charles-Heidsieck Brut Reserve is sure to put a little effervescence in your night. This accessibly priced Champagne goes down smooth till the very last drop, which you're sure to savor as much as the moment it inspires.
TLC200 Pro HDR Time Lapse Video Camera $255
This professional grade camera simplifies HDR timelapse photography and video production, packing loads of pro quality power into an affordable, easy to use package. With a monster-sized image sensor and 97 other sweet features, the Brinno TLC200 captures ultra-high dynamic range—115db, for crisp videos even in low-light or back-lit conditions.
Much Loved $15
Through portraits by noted Irish photographer Mark Nixon, the hauntingly beautiful Much Loved series captures well-worn rabbits, teddy bears and other stuffed animals, fondly reminding us of our younger years. Bittersweetness abounds in looking back at the missing buttons and exposed stuffing of our earliest and best-loved companions.
Co-op Leather Sandal $98
This 100% naturally varnished, vegetable tanned leather sandal—for men and women—was designed in Tel Aviv and is manufactured in Hebron, Palestine. Their work symbol for hope that one day this kind of partnership will inspire more peaceful relationships in the region.
Heirloom Towels $20-120
A deliciously super-plush collection of organic luxury towels made of natural fibers and materials from Nandina Organics, a company that utilizes a sustainable business model. Bonus: even delicate hand-made elements such as on the Tassel towel promise to machine-wash like a dream on the gentle cycle.
Anki Drive Starter Kit $200
Anki Drive takes slot car racing to an entirely new level—and it's certainly not a kids-only toy. Using iPhones as controllers, kids and adults alike can race their friends, or better yet, their artificial intelligence-enabled opponents, who totally own the race track. The more you play against them, the better they'll get at beating your tactics. Just charge the cars and unroll the track for racing anytime, anywhere.
2014 Calendar of Silly Holidays $12
Boom Box Parade Day, Haunted Refrigerator Day, and Walk on Your Wild Side Day are only a few of the festivities to look forward to in 2014, thanks the Calendar of Silly Holidays by artist Annica Lydenberg from Brooklyn based design studio Dirty Bandits. Each hilarious and very handsomely illustrated set comes with a collection of 12 postcards each digitally printed with a super silly but absoutely real holiday waiting to be celebrated.
Each page of "Archidoodle: The Architect's Activity Book" contains a famous architectural wonder, incomplete without your finishing touches—so be as accurate or as imaginative as you'd like. With big time structures like the Taj Mahal, Sydney Opera House and Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe, even the youngest of design dreamers can be the architect at the drafting table.
100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age $37
A provocative look inside the last two decades of the most significant works of art from our time, with compelling snapshots of the artists behind them from art critic and historian Kelly Grovier. The collection of 100 works best capture the spirit of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, impacting our generation as Picasso and Dali have of the previous. The text is accessible and enough for an art school student yet compelling enought for any contemporary culture-ist offering a biography of each piece, tracing its inception and impact, highlighting a unique look into the imagination of each artist who created it and the social effects they've created through their works.
Le Pliage de Noel Bag $725
Longchamp, the luxury leather goods company which somehow manages to embody both classic Parisian chic and sorority cliché recently named Alexa Chung the new face of the company. Their limited edition Le Pilage de Noel tote, with a woven landscape pattern, braided trim, stud accents and just the right amount of seasonal kitsch, we deem this showstopper the most covetable holiday bag from the iconic French brand.