shopping 03.27.06

Cool Design

While they've just closed the Brooklyn store, Zipper, with its collection of smartly designed products, is still open in L.A. and the stuff is available through their website. We can't resist the Snoop and Sniff pull-along hound (pictured, $37), which was originally introduced in 1930 by Fisher-Price.

The high-heel purse is by Slovakian designer Peter Jakubik. His website isn't particularly easy to navigate, and there's not much info, but we love his work. You can try emailing him for details.

Could landline phones being much uglier these days? All the cool kids are designing cell phones, apparently. One exception is the VTech i5871, 5.8GHz phone with answering system. It has a little bit of the Bang & Olufsen design vibe, but at a gentler price point. It's available at Circuit City, Best Buy, J & R. List is $179, we've seen it for $149.

Strikingly simple, the Saint bag from designer Demian Repucci is made of leather, with a magnetic snap closure and interior zipper pocket. The red cord is a nice touch, useful for attaching keys. It's $149.

East Village artist Jeff Nimeh certainly has a way with clay. You can see his striking work, such as the 'Slender Bottle', at iluren and at his own website.

Can good design also be just plain adorable? We'd make the case for the Fidobag, $180, by British designer Nicholas Lovegrove, available in 4 colors. The magnetic 'head' of the dog can be removed.

We think footstools are underutilized in NY apartments since they're effortlessly multi-functional: footrest, tabletop, or seat. The playful, vinyl-covered ones from Canada's Smoking Lily come in two sizes, $148-$188.

The talented Anglo-Swiss duo of Black + Blum designed the Seed Light Shade that makes the most stylish transformation of a naked lightbulb imaginable. Two shade sizes, £19-26, available through their website or here.

It's the details of the Magnetic CupBoard Wall Organizer, by the Seattle company Three by Three, that make it stand out: six magnets, three hooks, a shelf with a letter slot, and a removable plastic cup. The organizer comes in four colors, lists for $35.95, though you can find it online for $14.99.

These websites are on the hunt for cool stuff every day:
Apartment Therapy
Cool Hunting
Design Spotter
MoCo Loco
Julia Roberts and GMHC
Three Days of Rain, the play by Richard Greenberg, has sold out its Broadway run with Julia Roberts (making her Broadway debut). But you can see her in the show on Tuesday, April 4th, 8pm, at a special benefit for GMHC. Tickets are $250 for the performance only, $375 including a post-performance reception at Sardi's. Call for tickets at 212.367.1472 or go to their website.


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