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Is the pigeon New York City’s unofficial mascot?

There may be more people who think so following the global unveiling of Destination: NYC, a collection of 200 New York-designed products for sale at MoMA Design Stores. The collection’s visual identity is the handiwork of students graduating from the MPS Branding Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), chaired by Debbie Millman.

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I think it’s fair to say that whatever the Mad Men season premiere holds for us, it is sure to be a visual delight. Here are a few gifts inspired by the mid-cenutury interiors at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. And remember, there is nothing wrong with giving yourself one of these atomic artifacts.


Vitra Nelson Night Desk Clock

We pretty sure we saw this George Nelson clock on Roger Sterling’s desk. This iconic example of mid-century modern design is both functional and a geometric work of art.

Design Public 460.00

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Guest Post by Tania Garbe

Have you ever made a design purchase because you liked the story behind the product? Because the product involved former gang member’s talents in its designs, or because the entrepreneur behind minimalist home wooden artifacts supports a NY non-profit urban garden, composting and learning center?

This new way to purchase is called “shopping by story,” a new trend whereby consumers like yourself make purchasing decisions not just based on the beauty or functionality of a product, but primarily based on the story behind the product and its  unique social benefits.


Handcrafted wooden radios, clocks, and toys from Central Java by Magno Design

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Still hunting for the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Here are 5 Valentine’s Day gifts inspired by the color of the day.



Still in the early stages of your relationship? Make sure the calls keep coming with this retro handset in vivacious red. Your Valentine will certainly enjoy the comfort and style of this classic wall phone but won’t ever miss a tweet or text since it plugs right into your smartphone.

modcloth $35.99




Maybe you’re not ready for diamonds yet. How about this USB ring from Kate Spade instead? With 4GB of memory this memento is both playful and useful.

kate spade  $50.00




Your sweetheart is sure to fall in love with these bright red Beats headphones. Dr. Dre’s signature brand is known for its powerful sound and lightweight feel and they are even compact enough to fit in your purse or bag. Better yet, with every sale of Solo HD RED Edition headphones, Beats by Dr. Dre donates a percentage of the proceeds to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

beatsbydre $199.95




Here’s a unique way to share your heart. The Heart-Shaped Cone chair was originally designed in 1958 by Verner Panton. This wee reproduction, developed by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, may look small but will pack a big punch in the hands of your sweetheart.

momastore $300.00




If your sure you have a keeper you might want to splurge on this Valentine Typewriter, first introduced by Olivetti in 1969. It’s bright red body and easy-to-carry case catered to creatives who preferred to work outside the traditional workspace. Though now a vintage piece of machinery, the Valentine is still fully functional as a writing tool. If nothing else, this gift should yield some fantastic love letters. 

JnrlStr $ 620.00

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