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Whiskey/Wine Case by Walnut Studiolo

You might carry your favorite tipple around with you a bit more often if you had this tactile leather holder from Walnut Studiolo. The Whiskey/Wine case can be used to store a bottle out of the light or to bring it along for your next outdoor concert or sunset picnic.

The case fits most whisky, scotch, and wine bottles up to 12.25” tall and 3.375” in diameter. Sustainable cedarwood ends protect the bottle in the case, and a strong snap keeps it closed tight. The leather case is hand-stitched and hand-dyed using the finest USA-sourced vegetable-tanned leather in Walnut’s workshop in Nehalem, Oregon. It comes with two natural leather coasters and a monogram can be added for an extra $18 charge. $145.00

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Images courtesy of Walnut Studiolo.

Designythings Nominated for a JDR Annual Industry Blogger Award

I’m excited to share the news that designythings has been nominated for a JDR Annual Industry Blogger Award. The 8th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards recognizes exceptional design and remodeling blogs. According to the organizers, the award continues to strengthen in reach and influence, with tight races in several categories in last year’s competition.

The annual award, run by San Diego-based Jackson Design and Remodeling, highlights the best bloggers in Architecture, Interior Design, Remodeling, Construction Business, Green, and Microblog categories. Last year’s winners include the blogs by interior designer Sarah SarnaDecoist, and others.

Designythings is running in the Interior Design category. If you’d like to vote, please click here.

Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a 2017 JDR Industry Blogger Awards badge for display. Voting opens March 6th and closes April 24th, so please take a moment to vote now!

Highlights from Alessi’s New Collection

The Italian accessories brand Alessi has brought together a range of collaborators — from star architects to new talent — for their Spring/Summer 2017 collection of tabletop products. Below are a few of my favorites from the new collection.

Forma Grater by Zaha Hadid

The Forma Grater was the late Iraqi architect’s final project for Alessi. Like many of her works, its shape was inspired by organic, natural forms that have been smoothed over time by water and wind. It consists of two elements: a sculptural black melamine base holding a mirror-polished stainless steel grater. $80

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The Va Bene cooking utensil for testing pasta, vegetables, and other hot foods is produced via a complex sheet metal processing technique of molding, cutting, and welding to create a form that recalls part of a musical instrument. $45

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T-Timepiece by Titus Wybenga

Inspired by the shape of an antique pocket watch, this infuser was a result of the “Life in Transition” workshop organized in collaboration with Dutch University TU Delft, with a mission of analyzing symbolic objects of daily life. I see it as a reminder to take the time to enjoy a cup of tea once in a while. $45

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Virgula Divina by Frédéric Gooris

Named after the Latin term for a Y-shaped rod or “water diviner” used to find underground sources of water, this bottle opener offers a comfortable grip for those folks looking to quench their thirst. $40

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Water Tower by Daniel Libeskind

Inspired by the legacy of Aldo Rossi, Libeskind has created a miniature work of architecture for the table that is an interpretation of the iconic American water tanks seen on New York City rooftops. The Water Tower’s mirror-finished cylinder of stainless steel sits atop a lattice-structure base, capped by a pointed lid. It can be used to store sugar cubes at the table, or other items on the nightstand or desktop. $210 (black base); $265 (all stainless steel)

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Pizzico by Busetti, Garuti and Redaelli

This salt castor features a silicone body that allows the user to pinch the container and crush the salt crystals without making contact with the salt itself. The pliable material allows for easy control of flow without clogging. It’s offered in black, gray, light green (shown) and white, with a stainless steel base. $29

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All images courtesy of Alessi.

DIY Shark and Diver Models

The accessories brand Kontextür has introduced two new model kits created by the Brooklyn-based designer Matt Cavanaugh. Shark and Diver feature flat pieces of vinyl and plastic screws that come in an accordian-style package with graphic step-by-step assembly instructions. So will you be the shark or the diver? ($39.50 each or $79 for the set)kontextur_shark-2 kontextur_shark-1 kontextur_diver-2 kontextur_diver-1

Images courtesy of Kontextür.