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HOOKED

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If there’s a more refined, beautifully crafted S Hook in existence–and one that makes a more convincing case for copper as metal of choice–I’m not aware of it.  Now, to invent a reason to spend $36 on this 6.25″ number…

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PRETTY BIRD

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When you assign the name Flamingo to something, you’re bound to raise expectations–and Italian designer Marco Guazzini delivers on that promise. His Flamingo is a pastel-hued console table defined by drawers that slide open in traditional fashion, but also move along its length, allowing for a variety of configurations and surface areas. Guazzini looked to Miami’s Art Deco-informed color palette for inspiration, but reduces the tones down to a level as sublime as the table’s reductive profile.  Alas, Flamingo, which debuted at the recently-concluded Milan Design Week, remains a prototype only, but fingers are crossed that it flies its way to market (and into our lives).

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GRASS ACT

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A dish rack that takes its form from a patch of grass isn’t exactly novel, and if it goes for a cool $160, it better have something else going for it. That something is, in the case of Sod, a drying rack from Austin’s design shop Finell, a long, skinny profile that’s either ingenious or utterly useless, and a stainless steel tray that matches its pale grey flexible blades. Arty drinkware not include.Sod-gray-detail-web-large_9fa805e2-b69a-4106-a7e1-fc839df6487e_1024x1024-1Sod_gray-context_d6c07f24-cb5f-4df8-ba2e-34bc8461e9dc_1024x1024-2

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OIL SLEEK

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Alessi is tantalizing its admirers with a sneak peak at a leafy green new olive oil taster/dispenser designed by architect Marta Sansoni. Details are scarce, but with a bottle design as preposterously luscious as this, who needs details?

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PERFECT GETAWAY

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The duo behind the Parisian design studio Atypyk isn’t interested in taking product design too seriously. Mostly cheeky, often subversive, and sometimes just plain sacrilege, they do have a softer side–exemplified by these nirvana and paradise passport stamps.

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