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Magic Potion

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Graze

How's that new year's resolution to eat better and/or less coming along? Stoke your willpower and satisfy your easily bored tastebuds with Graze, a delicious take on the by-subscription craze. The company has whipped up 90 (and counting) healthy snacks--think nuts, seeds, dried fruits, crackers, dips, and some sweet treats--ready to deliver to your mailbox in boxes that will set you back $6 a month. Lest you be unpleasantly surprised by a handful of "Mississippi BBQ pistachios" or "Wasapeas," you can specify which snacks you "love," "like," or would prefer to "trash," so you can graze away.

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Kool Ade

Old school, retro picks
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Everyday Design

Why do some objects delight, while others frustrate? What is "good design," and what does your brain have to do with it? Find out in the pages of The Design of Everyday Things by Dan Norman. First published in 1988, the beloved book has been revised and expanded for a new edition out this month from MIT Press.

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House Blend

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Eco

A number of companies have made eyeglasses more affordable and even added a philanthropic "buy-one-give-one" twist, but what happens to all of those specs when they're replaced by more stylish models? Enter eco, a line of eyewear that is proudly "earth-conscious" as well as reasonably priced. The eyeglasses and sunglasses, available for men and women, are made from recycled stainless steel and repurposed plastic. But that's only the beginning of the brand's commitment to sustainability: eco plants a tree for each frame sold (through a partnership with Trees for the Future) and makes it easy to donate your unwanted eyewear.

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Book Brew

New and upcoming books
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The Design Book

Discover and reacquaint yourself with 500 inspirational designs that span a half century in the pages of The Design Book, a handy and affordable ($19.95) new publication from Phaidon. We guarantee that many of the items featured are in your home already, and everything in the book is still in production. "It doesn't matter if it dates from the 17th or 21st century; if it's in The Design Book it has stood the test of time," says Phaidon editor Joe Pickard. "Read the whole thing and you'll understand the whole history of design."

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House Blend

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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

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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

Must-see places or events
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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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