When displayed en masse, designer Tarsicio Colzani's Stars
mirrors give off an effervescent retro vibe. Their ash frames,
stained wengé or gray, come in diameters of 8, 12, or 16
inches. Eurotrend, 580 Broadway, 904, New York, NY 10012;
Literally extending accessibility for health-care IT
workstations, the aluminum Pterodactyl extension arm has a
7-foot reach—but protrudes just 3 inches when retracted. 400
Collier MacMillon Drive, Cambridge, Ontario N1R 7P3, Canada;
The T4 Point-of-Care cart masters technology and ergonomics
for health-care environments. Essentially a mobile computer
console, it's made of aluminum, with steel and plastic
components, and features push and pull handles on all sides to
serve patients with limited mobility. The castors handle
carpet and hard floors. 11 East 26th Street, 8th Floor, New
York, NY 10010; 800-400-0625; humanscale.com.
Boje Estermann's ingenious strainer caters to those with
tiny kitchens. It stands at 51/3 inches when fully open, then
collapses to an unobtrusive 11/4 inches for storage. Offered
in red, green, yellow, and black rubber, with a bottom grate
in stainless steel. 98 Strandboulevarden, 2100 Copenhagen
East, Denmark; 45-35-55-44-59; normann-copenhagen.com.
Swedish simplicity meets contemporary flair in the crisp
patterns and colors of these pillows covered in a cotton-linen
blend. Choose the Medaljong pattern, solids with or without
knitted frill, or more than 40 other styles. P.O. Box 248,
Madison, MS 39130; 601-853-2647; swedishinspiration.com.
The clean simplicity of Raul Barbieri's brushed-steel coat
rack enhances its sculptural appeal. The 70-inch-high,
21-inch-wide piece sits on casters and can be ordered in
either 471/4- or 63-inch-long versions. The hat grid-iron is
optional. 7 Via Edison Cusago, Milano I 20090, Italy;
Peter Pepper Products
This sleek, modern panel, part of the Envision collection,
is the soul of understatement. It can be used for exhibition
and display, or as a free-standing partition. An aluminum
frame surrounds each 72-by-36-inch panel, which is available
in a choice of 38 fabrics or laminates. 17929 South Susana
Road, Compton, CA 90221; 800-496-0204; peterpepper.com.
Celebrated Swedish glass artist Bertil Vallien's Dreams
series features nine ethereal glass sculptures made in large
sand molds. Like every piece in the series, the
57/8-by-43/8-inch Distant Friend is a dreamlike vision that
evokes a subtle beauty and mystery. 200 Lexington Avenue,
Suite 602, New York, NY 10016; 212-684-5455; kostaboda.com.
Lyle and Umbach
Add a contemporary sculptural accent to any fireplace with
this series of six andirons from this Maine manufacturer. Each
is available in a choice of bronze or white bronze in a
polished or brushed finish. Andiron #1 is 5 inches wide and 17
inches high. P.O. Box 269, Islesboro, ME 04848; 207-734-8299;
The Branch votive, handcrafted in Italy, is inspired by the
delicate beauty of coral, and it's so elegant that it hardly
needs candlelight to shine. Each openwork forged-metal piece
is cast in polished pewter and is 4 inches high and 3 inches
in diameter. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1414, Chicago,
IL 60654; 800-592-2537; bakerfurniture.
Gaia & Gino
Hills fruit bowl
A true Turkish delight, rendered in glazed porcelain:
Istanbul, the great seat of the Ottoman Empire long known as
the City of the Seven Hills, was the inspiration for the
undulating curves of the stunning, sculptural 7 Hills fruit
bowl, created by prolific design genius Karim Rashid. Through
Ameico; 888-350-8765; gaiaandgino.com.
You may not want to eat off of this art, but you can. This
Los Angeles retailer loves mixing influences and finishes.
Case in point: Duo, a two-toned lacquered salad bowl,
available in delicious combos like chocolate and red, cream
and white, green and yellow, and latte and cream. 7977 Melrose
Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046; 323-653-8278; tartontheweb.com.
Hable Smith pillows
Whimsical felt pillows herald the coming of spring, even if
the weather does not. Onion blossoms, mums, and starfish are
brought to life by Hungarian craftswomen using the
hammer-and-chisel reverse-appliqué technique. Designed by
Susan Hable Smith, the line began as a complement to her
original collections of screenprinted textiles in purple and
Latte. 230 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012; 877-422-5304;
Who knew that some of today's greatest proponents of New
Zealand textiles are Swedish? The Designer's Eye line of
products uses 100 percent felted virgin New Zealand wool for
everything from room dividers and runners to blankets and
nautical-inspired pillows. 8 Irving Road, Wallingford, PA
19086; 610-872-8164; greatnordicdesign.com.
This manufacturer has "re-edited" a selection of
20th-century design classics with an eye toward the century to
come. The collection includes an iconic glass tea service from
Wilhelm Wagenfeld, as well as lamps from Salvador Dalí. And
even after an update, Angelo Mangiarotti's Maritime Table
Clock from 1956 still knows what time it is. 1 Church Street,
New Milford, CT 06776; 888-350-8765; ameico.com.
Up keyboard tray
The Stand Up adjustable keyboard tray takes ergonomics a
step further…up. The lightweight steel-and-nylon tray not only
pulls out and down to sit comfortably in your lap, it also
rises to the occasion when you do—as much as 12 inches. The
piece retrofits to all existing keyboard trays and collapses
to a height of one inch. 3904 North Texas Avenue, Bryan, TX
77803; 800-446-3746; igoergo.com.
The size of a tape dispenser, Babble produces enough white
noise for voice confidentiality in an open-plan office. All
you need is a standard electrical outlet. P.O. Box 302, 855
East Main Avenue, Zeeland, MI 49464; 800-851-1196; hermanmiller.com.
Raul Barbieri's handsome, treelike Nox Ipso coatrack is
finished in brushed stainless steel. The design stands 67
inches high, with a head measuring 16 1/4 inches in diameter.
7 Via Edison, 20090 Cusago, Italy; 39-029-039-0013; rexite.com.
Magic plastic laminate
Like a Jackson Pollock painting, Alu Magic is an
artistic-looking plastic laminate—with thin aluminum filaments
integrated into a solid-color background. The 51-by-120-inch
sheets come in three color families. 13291 Vantage Way, 104,
Jacksonville, FL 32218; 877-277-2669; arpausa.com.
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The glass drop fringe in the Fontaine Collection is
precious enough to satisfy the most devoted fan of baubles and
beads. Equally charming dangling from a pillow or a lampshade,
the trim fits a range of styles, from antebellum South to
modern and ethnic motifs. The line is available in 13
different colorways. 983 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022;
Peter pepper products
shelving and display
Envision shelving and display is a big show-off.
Wall-mounted aluminum uprights support a range of inset
panels, storage units, and shelves in glass, maple, and rigid
thermofoil-laminated MDF. Credenzas are also available. 17929
South Susana Road, Compton, CA 90221; 800-496-0204; peterpepper.com.
Easy-to-install plastic Sicisbricks are about creating
surface with style. For even more dazzle, the Glimmer
collection's bricks refract color with their mosaic-tiled
face. The three shapes available—one rectangular and two
curved—each measure about 19 by 10 by 6 inches. 155 East 56th
Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022; 212-829-8341; sicis.com.
Swedish designer Anne Nilsson means just what she says.
Big, her collection of gigantic glass bowls in simple,
colorful forms, measure in at more than three feet in
circumference. The Ikea alumna's bright, elegant creations are
thought to be the largest free-blown glass pieces ever
produced in Sweden and are offered in five lively colors. 140
Bradford Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091; 800-433-4167; orrefors.com.
Sit up straight! The KCG-110 height-adjustable dual
swing-arm desk mount makes following your third grade
teacher's edict much easier. The pivot-arm desk mount for
small flat-panel displays is offered in black or silver; it
combines ergonomics with advanced functionality and strength,
ensuring that you'll never have to crane your neck
again—unless it's to eavesdrop on what's going on in the next
cubicle. 8401 Eagle Creek Parkway, Suite 700, Savage, MN
55378; 800-582-6480; chiefmfg.com.
Out, out damned spot! Silence that familiar cry for good
with the Eureka Optima. Not only will it suck up all dirt in
sight, it won't leave your hand and wrist aching. The
telescoping handle adjusts to eight heights and allows for the
most comfortable grip in any cleaning situation. It weighs 11
pounds, and the finish is candy-apple green. 807 North Main
Street, Bloomington, IL 61701; 877-270-9289; eureka.com.
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