Agate Coasters $64
Cut from a slab of colored agate, each of these coasters bring an authentic chunk of volcanic material into your home. In parts of Africa, legend goes that agate has healing powers to cure snake bites and scorpion stings. Whether you believe or need that or not, you'll have an array of jewel-toned accessories for your next cocktail party and a little something to start the conversation.
Long Range Bluetooth Speaker Adaptor $70
Wirelessly stream music to any old speaker via your Bluetooth-enabled device with the BTSA1. The simple adaptor turns older stereos or docks into Bluetooth-ready systems, removing the need to physically tether. With an impressive range that's double that of traditional adapters, the BSTA1 allows you to roam your home without losing your connection.
Glassbaby first awed us with a line of opaque and translucent votives that ranged from bright, saturated hues to more serene tones, each constructed using a multi-layered glassblowing process that makes for a thick, sturdy structure and sublime lines of color. They've now perfected a new shape for a stunning line of drinking glasses. A set of these tumblers and a bottle of booze will surely satisfy your favorite tippler, and 10% of the sale of every drinker (and votive) goes to charity.
Leather Extension Cord $39
The hand-braided cotton extension cord from Sea Cliff, NY-based Allied Maker is one to show off rather than hide. With a subtle, vegetable-tanned leather wrap detail topping off the 100% cotton herringbone woven thread, this handsome cord adds an elegant accent to any lamp in your home or office.
Beeswax Candles Cast from Antique Bottles $30
Arizona-based husband-and-wife duo Peter and Juwels hand make candles with pure beeswax, which burns longer and brighter than any other wax on the planet, and employs lots of honey bees! Be sure to check out their other styles on Etsy, such as the Atlas Mason Jar or the Bartender's Brew Bottle, which are cast from a diverse array of antique bottles and jars.
Paris 1969 $21
A never-before-released audio recording of Thelonious Monk's late-career concert at Paris' Salle Pleyel is finally available from Blue Note Records. Monk, a self-taught musician, was 52 years old at the time but balanced the quartet with two new young members—17-year-old drummer Paris Wright, and student bassist from Berklee, Nate Hygelund—for a fresh performance. Listen out for Monk's attraction to dissonant harmonies and unusual rhythms that he subtly slips in, and the way he almost attacks the piano recklessly but with allure.
Riposte Magazine $16
A creative publication celebrating smart women making the world a more interesting place, the newly launched, London-based Riposte Magazine follows a set format of "five ideas, four meetings, three features, two essays and one icon" for a fully fascinating read.
Firefly Vaporizer $270
Enjoy the benefits of a solid toke without inhaling gnarly smoke with the Firefly vaporizer. Running on a rechargeable battery, this slick, portable device will heat up your plant of choice for a healthier draw, keeping you lit wherever you roam.
Stool 60 $310
Created in 1933 by Alvar Aalto, the the simple yet genius idea behind the stackable, now-classic Stool 60 is based on the design of three bent legs, a distinctive feature that eventually became a telling characteristic of all Aalto furniture. The painted round seat is now available in anniversary colors—black, white, orange, yellow, green and turquoise.
A Winter Shop
Roll-Up Backgammon Set $58
Throw your beach towel into this canvas bag, and once you hit the sand empty it out and you're ready to play. The board is printed on the duffle and the game pieces all get stored in a drawstring bag, making for easy playing in any travel situation. The backgammon set is also available in denim and made in the USA.
Santiago Calatrava: Ultimate Collection $640
Along with Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, Spanish-born Santiago Calatrava is one of the most significant architects to emerge out of the latter part of the 20th century with his free-spirited structures, which disrupt the usual quadratic urban landscape. From the opera house in his hometown of Valencia and the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens to Sweden's famous Turning Torso skyscraper, this hardcover box set is the ultimate collection of Calatrava's most famous and not-so-known architectural masterpieces, containing drawings, engineering and sculpture examples from his tremendous and inspiring body of work.
Inventor's Kit $100
Great for both the beginner and experienced user, the SparkFun Inventor's Kit provides the necessary building blocks to get started in the wondrous world of embedded electronics. Included are all the tools for create circuits, as well as a full-color guidebook, in a handy carrying case.
Brian Farrell Art + Design
Snowflake Ornaments $20
Cut from hard maple wood and then screen-printed on both sides with an original illustration by Brooklyn-based artist Brian Farrel, the snowflake ornament makes for a handsome piece of home decor throughout the entire year as well as during the holidays.
The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design $31
Take a closer look at the works and design principles of the late and great Maurice Noble, a notable American cartoonist responsible for much of the Warner Brothers' aesthetic, particularly the Roadrunner series. One of the pioneers of background animation, Noble's 60 years of work is compiled in this extensive book, which is both a biography and guide for budding animators.
Scotty Doorstop and Bookend $30
This Scotty is the perfect pooch pet with zero of the responsibility. Made from solid synthetic rubber, he sits, stays and holds books and doors open too.
Open the spiritual path to your happy place (aka bottle of wine) with the steel cross corkscrew wine opener from Los Angeles-based artist and interior designer Kelly Lamb, who laser cut the design from solid iron.