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This Lamp Has The Coolest Switch

Look, we’re actually getting excited about the switch on a lamp, which might sound sad until you realize it’s actually really cool. The Heng Balance Lamp doesn’t turn on like a regular lamp: “HENG lamp has a switch structure of two balls inside the wooden frames with embedded magnets. By moving them, these magnets will attract one another, thereby triggering the switch.” It’s not life changing, but it’s a cool design element that’s actually entirely fundamental for the device’s functioning. The lamp itself isn’t life changing at all either. It’s really just a nice looking lamp with two magnetic balls that serve as a switch. But when you realize it’s only a €42 ($44 USD) pledge, and not some ridiculous sum that these types of things usually cost, then it becomes even more attractive.

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The Designer In Your Life Will Love These Pantone Christmas Ornaments

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These have been around for a few years, so don’t think you’ll be getting your hands on groundbreaking tech, here. But the Pantone Christmas Ornaments make the perfect casual gift for any designer, regardless of how long they’ve been on the market. Featuring classics like 268 Purple, or 7406 Yellow, each 3in. ball costs roughly $20 when you factor in shipping.

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Redundant Clock Is Redundant

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This is the Redundant Clock, by graphic designer Ji Lee. It’s a clock that shows you what time it is by showing you what time it is… if that makes any sense. He conceived of it several years ago as a school project and ever since he posted the image to his portfolio, he’s had people all over the Interwebs ask him where they can buy it. It was just a concept until recently, but now he’s got a fully funded Kickstarter where you can get your own for all of $49.

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A Swan Ladle Is The Best Kind Of Ladle

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You guys might remember the furiously popular Nessie Ladle from back in 2015. It was so popular, it spawned spinoff products like the Nessie Tea Infuser and the Mama Nessie Colander. While cool, all these products were based off the “Loch Ness Monster” concept but now the designers, Ototo, are back with a new twist. It’s called The Swanky and its claim to fame is that it floats on top of your soup pot. So the same ladle with which you’ll scoop out soup with will also float on top of it, looking graceful and elegant and somewhat reminiscent of a swan. It’s kind of cool, though we’re not sure it has the same appeal as the Nessie line of products. Still, the Kickstarter is fully funded and a $17 pledge will get you your own, so there’s definitely some interest out there.

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You’ll Never Get A Flat On Your Bicycle With The Nexo Ever Tires

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The best way to make sure your tires never deflate is simply to never inflate them in the first place. The Nexo Ever Tires feature a puncture-proof design using a unique polymer blend as well as a bunch of holes to promote a more comfortable ride. They are said to be as smooth as air-filled tires, and much more durable; a set will last about 5,000 miles, which let’s be honest, might actually outlast your actual bike. The design also makes for a lightweight tire that’s at least as light, if not lighter than traditional tubes. A $75 pledge will get you in on the action, with delivery slated for December of 2016.

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Side Facing Apple Charger Plug

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It’s the little things, we like to say. But it’s true. Sometimes the smallest change can make such a huge difference. For anyone with an Apple charger, you’ll know there are situations where you can’t power up due to its design. The Blockhead Side-Facing Plug for Apple Adapters and Chargers changes all that by making it possible to plug the transformer sideways, giving it a slim profile. It’s a simple $20 adapter, but it’s one that makes a heck of a big difference.

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Polygon Is A 4-in-1 Origami Measuring Spoon

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Good design has always attracted us, and the Polygon spoon is as elegant a design as we’ve seen in quite some time. It’s a measuring spoon that’s flat in its natural state, but when pinched at the appropriate places it folds up into an appropriately sized receptacle. There is a tablespoon Polygon and a teaspoon Polygon, each one featuring 1/2, 1, 1-1/2, and 2 T, and 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 tsp, respectively. It’s really easy to use, wipes clean with just one swipe of a wet rag when laying flat, and lets you wipe off sticky liquids (think honey) back into their receptacle for little to no wastage. It’s even possible to use it as a spatula with which to spread whatever you just scooped with it. The fully funded Kickstarter will require a $12 pledge to secure your own pair of Polygons, with shipping in January 2017.

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These Tables Look Like Animals Peeking Out From Underwater

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Once you free your mind from the notion that a table needs to be a flat surface held up on four legs, a world of opportunities opens us. No one seems to understand this better than artist Derek Pearce, who makes a series of coffee tables called “Water Tables”. They depict various animals partially submerged in water, where the glass surface represents the water surface. From hippos to seals, and frogs to dolphins, Derek’s tables have become collector’s items. Like any good collector’s item, the tables are expensive, ranging in price from $4,800 to $5,500. But hey, if you’ve got that kind of cash burning a hole in your wallet, we’re pretty sure that’s as good of a conversation piece as anything.

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Secret Wood Rings Are Otherworldly

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Rings and other jewelry, as you well know, don’t necessarily have to be made from precious metals and cost a fortune. In fact, some of the most eye catching pieces are made from mundane materials. The rings from a company called Secret Wood are made from resin and wood, and we’d pick them over fancy designer jewelry any day. They take a piece of wood, split it, and fold it into a ring shape, then cast the splintered ends into a clear resin. It’s the splintered bits of wood that create the otherworldly landscape, and since each one is hand made and no two pieces of wood split quite in the same way, each ring is unique. It’s a cool idea, and one you’ll have to pay between $90 and $180 to own, but you’ll have quite the conversation piece on your finger for your troubles.

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