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My New Flame

Candles go high tech in "My New Flame," an enchanting lamp designed by Moritz Waldemeyer and recently acquired by New York's Museum of Modern Art. Powered by 256 small LEDs, the German-made light source has a double-sided circuit board that displays the gentle movements of a flame flickering in the wind.

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Magic Potion

Cool ideas & design solutions
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Off the Wall

Art lovers short on wall space should check out s[edition], a London-based venture trying to create a market for limited-edition downloads of works by artists including Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, and Tracey Emin. The online gallery offers digital images and videos that can be purchased for display on mobile phones, tablets and computers, or simply hoarded in one's virtual art "vault." Prices range from $8 for a Wim Wenders photograph to $800 for ownership of one of 2,000 digital editions of Hirst's "For Heaven Sake," a platinum cast of a baby's skull that is covered in diamonds.

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Book Brew

New and upcoming books
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Pretty Pictures

Typography meets illustration in the extraordinary work of Marian Bantjes. The Canadian designer-craftsman's first complete monograph, Pretty Pictures (Metropolis Books), is an inspiring thicket of some 800 images, including sketches and rejected concepts, with descriptions of each project supplemented by Bantjes's candid thoughts. "I wanted to create a book that answered many of the questions people ask me about my work, and showed both the process of some of the pieces and the progress and development of my career over the past ten years," she says. "This book is full-on intense. It's not the type of thing you flip through and absorb at a sitting."

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Mixed Drinks

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Dwell Store

From print to web to...retail. That's the bold path taken by Dwell Media, which has parlayed its modern design expertise into e-commerce. The recently launched Dwell Store is stocked with products from the likes of Kartell, Flos, the Bouroullec Brothers, and Grain Design. The site will also showcase designs developed exclusively for Dwell. “Our audience constantly asks us, ‘Where can I buy that?’" says Dwell president Michela O’Connor Abrams. "I am so pleased to now say ‘at dwell.com!’" Start the new year off with a few Delfonics wooden pens from Japan ($10 each) and an Eames notebook ($20).

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Book Brew

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PIN-UP Interviews

Peek inside creative minds such as Zaha Hadid, Ettore Sottsass, Rick Owens, and Richard Meier in the pages of PIN-UP Interviews (powerHouse). The book is a sort of greatest hits collection for PIN–UP, launched in 2006 as "the magazine for architectural entertainment" and known for its refreshingly playful take on rare architectural gems, amazing interiors, and smart design. Editor and creative director Felix Burrichter describes the thought-provoking tome as "448 pages of unadulterated architectural entertainment."

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House Blend

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Desk Egg

What do you get for the officemate who has everything? An egg that doubles as a paperclip keeper. Among the most popular items for sale at the Museum of Modern Art store, this trompe-l'œil desk accessory also works as a paperweight, utterly simple conversation piece, or eggsellent happy-new-year gift. Each egg is accompanied by 50 gold paperclips.

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Kool Ade

Old school, retro picks
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Scrabble Typography Returns

Andrew Clifford Capener's fontastic version of Scrabble is back! The California designer set out to reinvent the beloved board game in a way that would excite people about typography. His concept was to replace the familiar bleached-wood, monofont letter tiles with rich walnut versions in a variety of typefaces. An additional design tweak: all of the game components would be magnetized, an innovation that anyone who has lost that lone "Z" or "K" can appreciate. A licensee of Hasbro is back on board with a second (limited) edition, which includes new fonts and Bauhaus-inspired game components.

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House Blend

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Work Happy

Tired of boring beige office supplies? Meet Poppin. The e-retailer specializes in "workstyle" products: designer-friendly desk accessories in a range of hues, including pure, unbesmirched white. Look no further for your hot-pink tape dispenser, transparent emerald acrylic ruler, and neon notebooks. In need of more than accents? Poppin also offers a large assortment of techie goods (earbuds, neoprene laptop sleeves, gadget "nests") and clean-lined furnishings.

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Font Fizz

Typography
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All Aboard

When Ludvig Bruneau Rossow discovered an old model train set in his grandmother's basement, he did the obvious thing: made letters out of it. The Norwegian designer's "self-initiated typography experiment" resulted in Train Set, a zippy typeface dotted with tiny houses and the odd caboose. Rossow photographed his font and laid it out with a choo-choo twist, replacing the usual fox-jumping dog with another pangram: "The quick brown supertrain travels from Oslo to Grua."

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Viyet

If the term "vintage" makes you slightly nervous when it comes to furniture, check out Viyet, "the new way to buy nearly new furniture." The site's selection of items combines finds from New York City homes and interior designers. Among the items that are sure to be hit under any tree this month: chic and cheery Jonathan Adler pillows, a Wendell Castle table, and any of the striking organic forms by Designlush.

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