Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Found on MocoLoco, the Larsen C Toothbrush Holder is modern, beautiful, and named after the melting Larcen C Ice Shelf. Despite the odd association (brushing teeth + global warming), the toothbrush holder would work as great modern accessory for a guest or child's toothbrush (assuming you own an electric). In fact, I think paired with the Paul Smith Novelty Toothbrushes, they would make a perfect match. If you want to go all out, buy the Harman Kardon look-alike speakers (for $999.95).


This foosball table is almost too perfect to use. Found on The Fancy, the table -- simply called "11" -- features "atmospheric lighting" and chromed metal players. Perfect for adding pizzaz to the game room, you might need to sacrifice a few other games in order to pay the €48,500 price-tag. With the company based in the Netherlands, the table is not a last minute gift. Hand-production takes 12 weeks but the final product is one of a kind. If table games spark your interest, check out the previously featured Lux Minimalist Foosball Table and Puma Chalk Ping Pong Table.


The BLANCORONIS Sink from Blanco features perfect accessories for the most convenient experience. Found on Yanko Design, the sink features a rotating glass cutting board and two stainless steel bowls. More details are available on the website but you'll need to visit a dealer to find it available for sale. Blanco also offers plenty of other sinks with similar concepts of modern design and sliding cutting boards to fit every kitchen.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I found a new app called Fancy which features modern and well-designed products hitting the market.  Apparently a mobile version of The Fancy Blog, it was featured in Apple's app store. The iPhone 4 Black Veil from Killspencer was one of my first finds and I plan on buying. The cover effectively adds an extra dimension to the iPhone without ruining the hallmark simplicity of the phone. The iPhone 4 is known for being part-glass, part-metal, but the dark black wood stiff veneer adds another basic element to the collection. Available for $20 on the Killspencer website,  add inconspicuous flare to the gadget you couldn't do without.

If you like this modern pattern, check out the minimalist Gray Wood background featured on Yanko Design's website.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


I originally planned to include the Opus Square (2009) with my original post about Lolli & Memmoli but I realized it deserved its own post. I've been a fan of smoke-tinted glass ever since I saw a smoke-tinted mirror at Arkitektura In-Situ late last year but this chandelier adds many more dimensions and interest. The Opus Square effectively combines my love of art deco with modern design, creating a complex and elegant chandelier that's also minimalist and bare.


This robot from CB2 is made from antique-finished recycled iron and features a salvaged meter in lieu of heart. While the meter doesn't tick, the arms move and each $19.95 robot is unique. I previously featured the Flying Saucer Bowl Set by Museum of Robots and the two would go together well.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Founded in 1994, MALIN+GOETZ is the child of Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz and born in New York's Chelsea District. I found the company in my quest to discover a better deodorant  that could last long without making me smell like a Gillette locker room. After reading the awards racked up on GQ, Details, The New York Times, Vogue etc., I assumed they were doing something right. When I went to buy their signature eucalyptus deodorant, they were sold out in stores... and online... and it stayed that way for a month. Finally Bloomingdales received stock and I bought.

The deodorant is amazing. The smell is great but it's the protection -- not the scent -- that lingers, providing neutralizing protection without complicating your parfum. Their peppermint shampoo paired with cilantro conditioner creates a perfect duo that smells and works great. I also use their geranium body wash after going through both eucalyptus and bergamot (like them all). The packaging looks great and the font coordinates with proper use: green for body, blue for face, red for hair. If you want simple and natural scents that do a superb job, MALIN+GOETZ is the standard.

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MALIN+GOETZ Eucalyptus Deodorant | $18

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011


The Nambé Twist Cocktail Shaker is a modern instrument with edge. While I'm normally a fan of straight lines and right-angles, the curves on the shaker -- designed by Fred Bould -- are classy but simple. I had seen the Nambé Twist Shaker on many websites before it appeared in the Stanford Magazine article featuring Fred Bould as alumnus  ('95) turned successful product designer. Part of the larger Twist line, the cocktail shaker is the only product I like but stainless steel is easy to mix and match. Available from Unica Home for $145, the shaker is "made of thermal-retentive Nambé metal" which can be "freezer-chilled before mixing, transferring the cold to your favorite concoction without adding unnecessary ice." A tight fit is guaranteed by rubber rings in both the lid and removable strainer and the 10-inch shaker holds 15 ounces, just enough for two.


Cast of Vices fuses pop-culture, addiction, and self-medication to find the aesthetic in our favorite vices. The company claims these products -- cigarette butts, pulls, bottle caps, etc. -- will be the only remains "when our Rome falls." Crafted in the US, the necklaces feature .925 sterling silver and 14k gold with price tags between $200 and $500. Available at A+R, American Rag, and a few other retailers, the necklaces give a tinge of hipster without pushing too far.

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Monday, March 7, 2011


I first discovered Lolli e Memmoli in a short mention while reading about the Minotti showroom for a previous post. After some digging, I discovered their beautiful and modern chandeliers. It's practically impossible to find any price tags online but nothing this fancy comes cheap. According to their website, the only authorized retailer in the US is at Minotti in Los Angeles. Although their products aren't readily accessible, they would be the focal point of any room and make a trip to buy worth the effort.

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I'm picky with my belts and view them as an accessory -- not a technological indulgence -- so I wouldn't buy the Roland Iten belt buckle made for Bugatti (pretending I could afford it in the first place) but the technology is fun and unique. Found on Luxist, the website claims the buckle is made to "preserve the life of the belt, to offer smooth operation, and micro-flexibility in size and adjustment." With 100 parts featuring 18k white gold with 18k rose gold accents, the price is TBA but other belts by Rolan Iten run upwards of $25,000, making a regular designer belt seem like chump change.

Although Minotti is over 50 years old, their first flagship showroom opened in West Hollywood in 2004. With modern furniture spanning every category, their creations come from collaborations with Rodolfo Dordoni, Lolli e Memmoli, Venini, and other great (Italian) designers. Even their showrooms provide high-end experiences: Ecru provides the fur accessories and Minotti enlists Bang & Olufsen's technology to give backdrop to Minotti's elegant and modern designs.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Artesian water is for poor people. Iceberg water, on the other hand, is the new Voss. Found on Lovely Package, Iluliaq water is collected from icebergs off Greenland "after more than 100,000 years" as Ice Age snow.  Voss, the preferred water of celebrities, contains 22 total dissolved solids as measures by parts per million; Iluliaq is below five. Featuring a glass cork, the water is currently unavailable on the Iluliaq website but normally sells for $50.


The Mercedes-Benz G550 is iconic, luxurious and rough, and expensive. With a base price of $105,750, the do-it-all SUV will hit the bank account with intent. The powerful machine, found on Luxist, is laden with chrome and stainless-steel. According to Mercedes, the "chrome front grille guard frames the chrome three-bar grille and headlamps. Rugged stainless-steel running boards ease your entry. And the rear-mounted full-size spare tire is protected by a chrome-trimmed cover."

The interior features 14-way power front seats and premium leather that goes beyond the seats to cover the dash and door inserts. The vehicle also comes with a heated steering wheel, ambient lighting, extensive technological capabilities, heated and active ventilating seats, and a full swing door in the back for loading cargo. If you can't decide which features you want, Mercedes makes it easy: "This vehicle is equipped with all available equipment as standard. No additional packages or options available."