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Guggenheim Color

Hunting for the perfect paint color? Try the purply blue favored by van Gogh or a Gauguin-ish green. These are just some of the shades to choose from with Guggenheim Color, a line of wall colors. Woodstock, Vermont-based Fine Paints of Europe teamed with New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to create two paint collections suitable for residential and commercial use. The Classical Colors range offers 150 colors drawn from paintings in the Guggenheim's permanent collection, while the more subued Gallery Colors consist of 50 hues favored by generations of Guggenheim curators, artists, and designers including Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed the museum and originally wanted to make its exterior red, "the color of creation."

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Charcoal Soap

Rare is the soap that doubles as a chic, antibacterial paperweight, but we've found it in this onyx-hued oval from Japan. It's infused with Binchō-tan, traditional white charcoal, that has all sorts of Zen powers of purification. Keep the bar handy to exfoliate, moisturize, and carry away any lurking impurities in a cloud of dusky bubbles.

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Moleskine Bags

In the wake of its 2013 initial public offering, Moleskine continues to expand beyond little black notebooks. The latest addition to the Milan-based company assortment is myCloud, a line of bags and wallets "for everyday and extraordinary journeys." Created with both form and functionality in mind, the bags are analog networks of compartments, loops, and pockets designed to fit on-the-road essentials such as a laptops, tablets, notebooks (of course), and pens. Other nice touches include colored linings that make it easier to find things in a rush and Velcro closures for battening down your belongings.

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Drumstick Pencils

Percussion meets pencils in the latest addition to our ever-expanding collection of novel writing utensils. Designed by London-based Moko Sellars, the Drumstick Pencil goes from work (the pencil end) to play (the drumstick end) and back again. Suck UK produces them with classic HB graphite using wood from well-managed forests, so you'll never write--or play--a bad note.

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Boskke Cube

If you've ever returned from a trip to discover your favorite plant reduced to a parched pile of leaves, you'll want to treat your photosynthetic friends to the Boskke Cube. Designer Patrick Morris deconstructed the traditional plant pot and added an ingenious irrigation system to create this self-watering planter, which acts as a reservoir for a month’s supply of water. “The clear plastic body reveals the water, soil, and roots of the plant, allowing you to witness firsthand the mechanics of plant growth,” says Morris of the Cube, which comes in assorted sizes. “And great for all those travelers…you only need to water it once a month.”

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Kung Fu Writing

Blazing gold Dixon Ticonderogas are no good for stealthy sketching or plotting sabotage in your most shadowy of Moleskines. For those covert tasks, you'll want to stock up on Ninja Pencils, available in highly trained packs of twelve from Perpetual Kid. The sleek utensils are all black, except for their Ninja faces and "Hi-Ya!" Use them wisely.

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PinWorld

Get a clear look at where you've been and where you're going with the PinWorld Wall Map. Designed by Emanuele Pizzolorusso and Alessandro Maffioletti for Florence, Italy-based Palomar, the flexible felt map--available in two sizes and colors--can be used as a diary of visited destinations, a travel wish-list, or simply a worldly bulletin board. The package comes with a set of 15 snappy red pins to help you combine cartography with autobiography.

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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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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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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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