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2 fun sites for home and productivity pr0n

Two sites of potential interest to fellow lovers of home and productivity pr0n (both via Mrs. Mann and her humiliatingly addictive Domino Magazine).

The Museum of Useful Things is a Cambridge MA-based store and site with sexy, IKEA-esque tools for an organized and interesting home life. I mean who couldn't use a diner-style napkin dispenser, new wave potato masher, or kitchen timer on a lanyard? Prices generally look pretty reasonable, too, making this a good place to hunt for gifts for a housewarming or for students heading off to college.

If MUT is similar to IKEA, then russell+hazel is a little more Design Within Reach-y (in terms of dollars). But they carry a ton of nifty, good-looking products for a design lover's home and office. I like the looks of the Three Subject Notebook, the Notebook Jacket, and this foxy Leather Stash Sack. Plus they let you shop by color, which you gotta love.

Got a favorite source of home and office pr0n you've been ogling lately?

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I love going to MUT,...

I love going to MUT, and you can find some good stuff for not too much, so I respectfully disagree with korinthe. Black Ink and MUT are run by the same folks. I'm sure you could get some of that stuff at a feed and seed store (especially 20 years ago), but then you'd have to drive (or take a time machine)! Who drives to Harvard Square?

I don't think it's at all IKEA like. It's like 20 feet by 50 feet and crammed with stuff, more retro-modern than nordic-modern. I like how they jam their door open with the worlds largest iron bolt (Which you could get for like 50 cents if your just drive to the scrapyard!)




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