20 Below: Tunell Tissue Box

Malko Takagaki’s Tunell tissue box is functional and simply sleek.

Tunell tissue box, $14.95 (on sale), MOMA


A ruler among us

Since discovering earlier that Jordana has not one but six rulers, I thought I should share & show my own special ruler.

I, too, have more than one ruler but you’ll understand why this one is still kicking around: it’s a three-sided drafting ruler that belonged to my geologist dad. I inherited it since he no longer needs it (he no longers drafts but still has the drafting table… ahem office supplies hoarding, dad!) and as much as it is mildly confusing (to me) I can’t help but like its specificity and said handiness.

Ta-da! My ruler. I know, eh? It looks nothing like a ruler.

Now you get a better sense of it

The drafting ruler is made by Faber-Castell; the model number is indicated

and when I searched online I discovered that there are Faber-Castell

vintage drafting rulers for sale on Ebay! Who would have thought-? Mine is

definitely vintage but certainly not a fancy one

What makes this ruler special is that there are various ratio measurements

all along each side. So if you’re in school and you use the wrong side

to measure your algebra shapes you can kiss those homework marks goodbye.

You’ll find that each side offers two different sets of ratios running in the opposite

direction along the length, so there are six measurement scales in total (fyi)

I also like that the three colours along the sides are different:

red, forest green and black

Images courtesy of me.


Whited eyed

All the excitement yesterday about the traverse of Venus across the sun has got me thinking about protective eyewear.

For me, wearing prescription sunglasses has improved my enjoyment of the outdoors a millionfold. And I love the sunshine- but being rather unable to wear contact lenses, and being sensitive to light in general, prescription sunglasses have changed my life.

Are you thinking about getting a new pair of sunglasses this summer? I am. And the white frames do make for a very striking look, don’t they?

Neff’s Spectra sunglasses in matte white finish, $25 at Neff

Michael Kors retro Griffin sunglasses, $115 at Nordstom

Miu Miu white sunglassses, about $350 at House of Fraser


Marketplace: Z Gallerie Storage Solution

I don’t know about you but if I used a suitcase as a decorative storage solution I would probably be depressed. A constant reminder that I’m not on vacation!?

Veneto suitcases, $79.95, Z Gallerie

Thoughts?

p.s. Is anyone else surprised at the price of these storage containers? Do people really pay $80 for storage boxes? A better-for-your-budget option – buy an old suitcase at a thrift store and paint it white! Genius!


Light bulb moment

Aren’t this amazing energy saver light bulbs lovely all on its own?

Every angle delivers a new twist of light.

Designed by Hulger, the bulb is inspired by a bird’s show feather and boasts an 8,000 hour lifetime emitting a warm white light.

The Plumen bulb is available at MoMA, $30


A tree in your house

Has spring sprung yet? (Here neither.)

In the meantime, how about a sculptural tree to add some forever-winter branches to your home? Does that sound too blah? Would you rather see flowers and birds? (Will I ever stop asking questions?)

The Gondor tree (25″ x 22″), made in India and available at CB2, $80 on sale.

See? I have a bird too:

Candle stick bird, available at CB2, $9.95


Kaweco love

This week I’m sporting a new accessory: a beautiful white hexagonal Kaweco Sport pen given to me by Jordana- White Cabana‘s heart and soul.

Thank you so much Jordana! I love it!

(Isn’t it beautiful!?)

Kaweco is a German company that celebrated 100 years crafting beautiful and functional writing tools meant to be tucked in a pocket and resist leakage.

What first started as a fountain pen company, you can imagine that quite a bit of innovation went into preventing those fountain tips from dripping ink into trousers and petticoats. The Kaweco Sport no-leak fountain pen was introduced in 1913 and marketed to athletes, officers, and ladies, offering the most secure closure for every situation imaginable.

Kaweco continued to offer pens designed for specific markets such as the launch of a ladies’ pen in 1925 and a mechanical pencil in 1934. As the years went on, the Kaweco collection expanded and became something of a best-seller during the 1950s through to the 1970s, as business offices made it their tool of choice and offered it as a special promotional gift to business partners. With increased popularity, special editions of the Sport model appeared in 1965 and additional details like a leather pouch, Kaweco “clock” in a wooden case and a Stoffels handkerchief sweetened the instrument.

You may know that the pen was marketed as a pendant at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games- how stylish indeed!

Despite years of success and style, Kaweco pens went into relative dormancy from the 1980s -1994 until distributor H&M Gutberlet GMBH revived the product line and relaunched it full-force.

The beautiful Kaweco Sport pen model that I received from Jordana was released in 1999 and is a ball point in classic white with gold plated trim. Its simple elegance and compact length really do make it a perfect pen to take on the road- it fits nicely in the tiniest of clutches and looks stylish when it comes out to sign your name on the dotted line.

Even my white cat Groseille likes it:

Groseille takes a sniff (above). He likes!

Bad Kitty! Bad bad bad Kitty!


20 Below: C. Wonder Ring Box

A couple of weeks ago I bought this sweet little ring box at C. Wonder. Now it’s gone on sale (ugh – I hate when that happens).

ring box (other styles available), $9.99, C. Wonder

p.s. Read more about C. Wonder here.


January is organizing month

Happy New Year!

Are you poking around your home and office clearing out accumulations of stuff to start the new year a few pounds lighter?

We are. And we’re coveting these cool modular shelves by Belgian-Dane Julien De Smedt of JDS Architects for Muuto. Perfect (or painfully obsessive) for the indecisive designer who likes to redesign.

Stacked shelving system designed by JDS Architects for Muuto, available at Design Within Reach

Julien De Smedt explains, “Our projects are humanly designed, politically engaged, financially viable, and structurally realistic.” When asked how he sees the “new Nordic” celebrated by the Danish company Muuto, De Smedt says it is “like an embrace of a southern culture with a northern rigueur.”

In three sizes and held together with strong steel clips, the shelves are the best design storage investment we’ve seen all year. Ha.

Might I recommend watching this neat video I’m now renaming, How Do I Shelve Thee? Let Me Count The Ways-?


A good boy

We’re still into animals this week, and really- what’s not to love about our sweet elephant?

Charles and Ray Eames were apparently really into elephants, having documented circuses and their adventures in India, both of which prominently feature the impressive animal. The Eames designed two prototypes made of molded plywood that was too complicated to produce for sale and so were displayed at the MoMA from 1945-6.

We hear that today, only one of the original elephants remains and is privately held by the Eames family. The copycat toy elephant we’re featuring below is made of white polypropylene and is created by the Vitra Design Museum and made in Germany. A perfect toy for the stylish toddler.

Eames Elephant, $290 at Design Within Reach


Wearable planter

Would you wear a little plant around your neck?

Wearable acrylic polymer planter by Colleen Jordan, $30 at Vespoe

 


Marketplace: Citta Design

Oh how I wish New Zealand’s Citta Design was in Canada! I just had the most wonderful time browsing their collection.

rattan mooring waste paper basket

market bag with leather handles

paper rope baskets

Lanky Larry Lamb

Poppy the Sausage Dog

wool scarf with sequins

Photos courtesy of Citta Design.


Marketplace: Chapters Indigo at Home

I’m at Chapters at least once a week and over the last few months I’ve really noticed an increase in the quality of products for the home. Is anyone else impressed with the home wares at this Canadian bookstore?

Sicura small owl white lacquer bookends, $29.50

Karlsson white alarm clock, $64.99

Indigo reading lamp, $99.50

Indigo The End bookends, $29.50

Indigo small white lacquer box, $15

Voluspa truffle white candle, $16.50

Rumba watch, $25


The Friday Five: Luxurious Louis Vuitton

The styles are agreeing with me. The prices are not.

Alma MM, $2390

Artsy MM, $2670

L’essentiel, $3150

Lockit MM, $3900

Petit Noe, $1380

Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton.


20 Below: Measuring Spoons

Thanks to my friend Tonya, I now have Fred’s matryoshka measuring spoons to match the measuring cups that Celina got for me! Do I have the most thoughtful friends or what?

I just love using these products!

M-Spoons, $7.23, Amazon

You can view the full line of Fred & Friends products here.