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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Snaps from The New York Gift Show

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Design Public hopped over to the other coast this week to check out the gift show in New York City. This is an exhilarating and exhausting trip, where we get to talk to our vendors and meet new ones.

I’ll never forget my first gift show. I was completely overstimulated and fascinated, and my feet had never throbbed so much. There were creatives from all over the world, presenting everything they had worked so hard on all year.

I couldn’t make it this year, but Todd Thedinga did. Here are just a few fun shots he’s snapped at the show as he booth-hops. We’re excited to be bringing all of the new products to you as soon as they are available. In the meantime, here’s a peek, and some links to shop all of  their current goodies.

Shop Modern-twist

Shop Pablo

Shop Area

Shop Bob’s Your Uncle

Shop iittala

Shop Ameico

Shop Chilewich

Shop Haptic Lab

Shop Fatboy

Shop Sempli

Shop Areaware

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Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Weekend Shopping Sale Alert: 20% Off iittala

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Been saving up for your favorite iittala bird by ? Looking to up your glassware, serveware or everyday china and silverware to something with timeless Finnish modern style? Do it now. iittala is on sale for 20% off now through December 3, 2013.

Here are just a few standouts from the collection, geared toward those you may need to buy a gift for:

The consummate cook: iittala Tools Cookware. This is for a cook/chef whom you really love a lot. Quality meant for professional chefs and style geared toward design aesthetes make these pieces the ones they’ll proudly leave out on the stovetop or pot rack even when they are not in use.

The bird lover: iittala Toikka Birds. Each glass-blown bird is a one-of-a-kind work of art by Oiva Toikka, and is something your giftee will treasure for life.

The MoMA member: An Aalto Vase. No modernists home is complete without an iconic Alvar Aalto vase. The smallest version starts at $54.40 with this sale, a total steal.

The oenophile: Essence Drinkware. These glasses are crafted from lead-free crystal and were designed to serve a full range of wines.

The modern host with the most: Vitriini Tray in Oak. Of course this is also a great gift for the hostess with the mostess. It’s a lovely tray for serving or corraling dressertop, nightstand or desk items or iittala glass boxes.

For me: Sarjaton Metsa Bowl. This little bowl is at the top of my list. No, I don’t expect you to send me one, but what the heck, I thought I’d throw my personal favorite in there. While it’s really meant for food and is dishwasher and microwave safe, my plans are to leave this Finnish porcelain beauty out on a shelf, on top of a stack of related books, like Finnish Summer Houses. Holy moly, I just looked up that book so I could shoot you guys a link and saw that sellers are reselling it for over $200! I may sell my copy so I can scoop up this bowl and a Toikka bird …

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Areaware on Sale

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Just wanted to let you guys know about a great sale we have going on – 20% off Areaware if you spend $100 or more, now through Wednesday, November 20, 2013.  What’s great about Areaware is that they have a ton of lines that make fantastic unique and fun gifts. Shop now, make it all add up to $100 or more and you’ll save big while checking names off your holiday shopping list.

Now, you’ll have to pay just a little bit of attention here: Use coupon code GIVEIT20 at checkout to get the deal.

Areaware covers a huge range of different product lines, so I am going to highlight just a few of the fabulous options, starting with something I’ve been coveting for years:

Patrick Townsend Orbit Chandelier

Patrick Townsend’s Orbit Chandelier has turned 10 and is still one of the most stylish eye-catching chandies around.

Paul Loebach Shanty Lamp

For a smaller funky light that’s less of a commitment, check out Paul Loebach’s Shanty Lamp

Harry Allen Pig Bank

Harry Allen Pig Banks are a super chic way to save your pennies.

David Weeks Cubebots

David Weeks Cube Bots are fun for kids and grownups.

Fauna Pig Pillow

Fauna’s fun pillows come in a variety of colors and shapes. And species!

Jonas Damon Radio Dock

Jonas Damon’s Radio Dock renders a familiar form in unexpected materials. It goes really well with all sorts of styles, from contemporary to eclectic.

Fort Standard Sphere Bottle Opener

The Fort Standard Sphere Bottle Opener is a favorite host/hostess gift of mine. It’s something even a strict minimalist will be tempted to leave out on the counter.

Anyway, get cracking on your shopping – sale ends November 20, 2013. Remember the code GIVE20 for checkout!

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Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Stay Tuned for Fun, Modern Holiday Gift Guides

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I know you’re still munching on your kids’ Halloween Candy, but November means one thing – and I’m not talking about turkey. It is time to get a jump start on your holiday shopping, and the peeps at Design Public have been working hard adding new products and highlighting some of our favorites for the Holiday season. This year’s gift guides will feature products for all of your loved ones. Here’s a little teaser to get your gift-giving creative wheels turning:
Well first off, I can whole-heartedly endorse this product because it was given to me as a gift and I was gob-smacked. It’s the Thomas Paul Octopus Shower Curtain. It’s perfect for that person who loves the aquarium, octopi, or Sea of Shoes (that amazing blogger is responsible for my octopus love). It’s also perfect for someone who has a ho-hum bathroom and a pathetically boring shower curtain. Just be warned that this sea creature will dominate the entire room, and all other elements will have to tread water around it.
Wondering about that bathmat? It’s a great alternative for someone who may not want their bathroom taken over by an 8-legged beast. It’s the Thomas Paul Shell Bath Mat. It’s also a great complement to said beast because it’s in the same colorway and has similar graphic style.
A smaller way to add octopi to your home décor is via the smashing Octopus Tea Towels. I use them as hand towels in my bathroom, but they are also great in the kitchen of course.
Next, another one of our all-time best sellers is the David Weeks Cubebot:
This thing is awesome for kids and grown ups alike. You can put him into all kinds of Hans and Franz-esque poses. Personally, I like to sneak in, re-pose him and leave it as a surprise for his owner:
He also transforms into a simple wooden cube, one that can be opened and provide fun surprises:
Finally, another one of our most popular, stylish and functional items is the Fatboy Junior, a modern beanbag that is perfect for lounging…
…or sitting up straight:
I first fell up with the grown up version at The International Contemporary Furniture Fair. How? Fatboy had plopped a field of these down in the middle of the show for all of us to flop down and try to save our tired feet.
Stay tuned to Hatch: The Design Public Blog for help shopping for the season. You won’t have to leave your sofa to find something for everyone on your list.
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