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Hem

From the design-obsessed people who brought you Fab comes Hem (Swedish for "home"), a new venture that is looking to bring high-end modern design to the online masses. The Berlin-based company, which ships to 30 countries, is not part of the flash sale fray: the focus is on original designs developed in collaboration with talents such as Sylvain Willenz, Luca Nichetto and Grain Design as well as those dreamed up in Hem's Helsinki R&D workshop and Stockholm design studio. Many of the furniture pieces and accessories can be customized with a few clicks.

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Loomi

Let there be...Loomi! The modular, makeable, paintable, recyclable light is a design-minded DIYer's dream. It arrives in pieces: 33 quadrilaterals of sturdy matte card stock that can be interlinked to create lights of all shapes and sizes. "It's not that hard! Honest," promise the Brooklyn-based team of friends who developed Loomi—with the help an expired Danish patent from the 1970s and a successful Kickstarter campaign. "If you follow our instructions, you'll be up and lighting in about 20 minutes. And remember, you only have to build it once!"

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Eco Eyewear

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 and makes it easy to donate unwanted eyewear.

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rOtring 800+

In 1928, rOtring debuted the world's first nibless fountain pen and laid the Bauhaus-influenced groundwork for a legacy in writing utensils. The latest addition to the German company's collection of cult creative tools is the 800+. Created to enable designers to "think on paper + think on digital,” the ultraprecise mechanical pencil doubles as a stylus. Rationalize the price ($85.00) by considering its unique hybrid nature—and all the time and energy you'll save not having to swap utensils as you go from paper to touchscreen.

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Postcard Notepads

So many photos. So little time. Grab 24 or 36 of your favorite digital images and transform them into a postcard notepad, a utilitarian take on the photo album. It's one of the DIY papergoods offered by Los Angeles-based Paper Chase Press. Simply head to the website of the family-run press, bindery, and publishing house, select your size and paperstock, and upload away. Your sturdy, chipboard-backed notebook will be on its way to you within a couple of weeks.

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Magneto

The secret to one of our favorite lamps from the bright lights at Foscarini? Magical magnets. At the heart of designer Giulio Iacchetti's versatile "Magneto" lamp is a small magnetic ball that affords total flexibility and control of the intense light beam, making it an ideal choice for creative workspaces. The magnetic force joins the microphone-like lamp's support rod with a cicular base and an LED, resulting in an effect that is at once elegant (a special channel houses the cable) and mysterious. Choose from table or floor versions of Magneto, available in red or gray.

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Typestaches

Mr. Didot is quite refined, Mr. Stencil always appears to be caught in an updraft, and Mr. Federal may work as an old-timey sheriff. These are just three of the characters you'll encounter in "A Field Guide to Typestaches," a witty anthropomorphizing of the curly bracket. Designed by Tor Weeks for Minneapolis-based Old Tom Foolery, maker of "unsappy, uncrappy cards and curiosities," the original Typestaches poster is now available as a tote bag or a t-shirt. Consider accessorizing with an angle bracket beard.

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Small World

The World Cup is, alas, over, but the spirit of international competition lives on in this deck of national flag playing cards from the design champions at IDEA International ($12.00 at neo-utility's online shop). Featuring 52 flags and a jet-setting bellboy joker, this durable plastic deck is bound to last 'til Russia 2018.

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AHAlife

Mother's Day? Check. Father's Day? Done. Summer is prime time to bestow gifts on yourself. Check out the spot-on selection at AHAlife, a "discovery shopping destination" that offers an ever-changing range of life-enhancing goods. Amazon this is not, so don't bother hitting up the site in search of bargains or staples. Instead, design-minded buyers will find a treasure trove of perfect presents, from the functional (Rich Brilliant Willing's Channel desk lamp, inkless pens) to the wonderfully ridiculous (a platinum iPhone, the $300 chocolate skull).

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Smencils

Our childhood was scented and colored by one Mr. Sketch, he of the jaunty beret and wonderfully smelly markers (we were partial to the bracing spearmint/green). The latest additions to our arsenal of fragrant writing utensils are Smencils, "gourmet-scented" pencils made of recycled newspaper. Flavors include Juicy Melon, Kinda Cola and Razzleberry. To ensure fresh-smelling sketching, each Smencil comes tucked in its own tube made of corn-based, biodegradable plastic.

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