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Playing with extinct animals

Recent extinct animals are a great inspirational source for designers. Josh Finkle created special wooden toys based on four lost species: the Tasmanian Tiger, the Quagga, the Pig Footed Bandicoot and the Steller's Sea Cow, chosen for their beautiful shapes and patterns. The only difference is that the miniature toys have more simplified, vertical statures and human-like proportions.

Josh Finkle, Extinct ToysJosh Finkle, Extinct Toys

Glass philosophy

Anna Torfs began designing her own glass collections in 2002, and through the years developed two beautiful lines, Anna Torfs Basics and Anna Torfs Edition. Her approach: to create contemporary design using traditional glass techniques. Color is crucial, evoking emotions, but transparency and translucency are not always identical, that is Anna's central theme.

Anna Torfs, Anna Torfs Edition, Caja Caja DuoAnna Torfs, Anna Torfs Edition, Caja Caja Duo

Perfect for an afternoon siesta

I can't think for anything better in this hot summer than to stay relaxed in a lounge seat, at the sea-side, drinking orange juice or a delicious cocktail. I don't know what your favorite drink is, but I can give some ideas regarding the perfect lounge seat in which you can take a nap or read all day long. Miami-based PIE studio offers us beautiful, comfortable lounging chairs that cost from $1,400.00 to $5,400.00.

PIE Studio, Natural Spaghetti chairPIE Studio, Natural Spaghetti chair

Origami inspired pottery

Many people find their true passion later in life. Ceramist Ann Van Hoey was an established industrial engineer before she started focusing on ceramics. She graduated the Institute for Arts and Crafts in her hometown Mechelen, Belgium, in 2006, and nowadays she designs splendid and innovative ceramic collections, including her latest “Étude Géométrique” (“Geometric Study”).

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Kalon - the beauty of meaningful

"To be kalon is more than being beautiful; it is having a beauty that both is and inspires excellence". Following the ancient Greek philosophy the husband-wife design team of L.A./Berlin based Kalon Studios, Johannes Pauwen and Michaele Simmering engaged in the mission of designing unique, innovative furniture with a great sense of usefulness and consideration for details.

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The Book of Jungle on your walls

Animal-print looks fancy in fashion, but did you know it makes a good impression on your wall, too? Balsa Wall Hanging, from Fauna, designer Ross Meneuz, displays psychedelic images of zebras, leopards, camels and other wild animals which are hand-printed on small rectangular pieces of balsa wood or cotton broadcloth.

Fauna Balsa Wall Hanging, LeopardFauna Balsa Wall Hanging, Leopard

A number one vase

If you had asked me long time ago if I consider it proper buying vases for a present, I would have told you that vases are just not the right thing to gift. Now, my opinion has radically changed, and I consider beautiful and artistic vases not only make a great present but also a must-have modern home accessory.

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Today's obsession: interactive bookcase

Open bookcase can look messy. This is why we strongly suggest you should buy partly covered storage. Here's a very interesting option: Block Party bookcase designed by Thomas Wold. It is available on two versions, Butter and Cream ($3,990.00) and Hello Color ($3,990.00), a creamy beige and a multicolored item.

Thomas Wold, Block Party Bookcase and credenza, Hello ColorBlock Party Bookcase, Hello Color

Perfumes, candles and pure relaxation

Now there's a romantic and eco-friendly gift for your girlfriend! JenSan Candles relax you with delicate scents of roses, lavender, ylang-ylang and a touch of sandalwood, floral perfumes that can be sensed in the air long after the candle flame is burned down.

JenSan Rose CandleJenSan Rose Candle

A clean elegant sconce

What we love most about this lighting device is its elegant, minimalist and nevertheless modern design. Legna Wall Sconce is fabricated of steel, frosted acrylic and wood veneer - teak, walnut or zebrawood.

 Jefdesigns Legna Wall Sconce Jefdesigns Legna Wall Sconce 

Mirror mirror from the sea

This is a stunning peace of art, I would say. Handmade Shell Mirror is designed by talented Colleen Furano. In creating this unique piece of house decoration she was inspired by exotic places like Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Mexico, Hawaii where she spent hours walking on the beach and looking for beautiful, unique shells.

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