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Written by Vivian McInerny   
Friday, June 29, 2012

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Unusual shapes, different design and a splash of whimsy and fantasy.

 Forever young

The best modern design has a timeless quality. The bent plywood Mag Table 2000 from Pfeiffer Lab fits the bill. Gracefully curved lines form a low table surface with storage for magazines, perfect beside a reading chair or as a nightstand with a platform bed. Put on its end, the piece becomes a simple laptop stand. Beautiful and smart. V.M.

$200 in birch; Canoe, Portland;

2012AugSept Homeward ForeverYoung 
 2012AugSept Homeward NaturalLight

Natural light

These sculptural glass lamps by husband-and-wife duo David and Melanie Leppla are available at The Real Mother Goose in Portland. The handblown lamps add a dramatic focal point to any room. Part of the artists’ Kyoto series, the lamps are inspired by the simplicity of the Japanese aesthetic. Their fluid, natural shape mimics the simple design of stones. E.H.


Party plates

These Japanese-designed WASARA party kits bring haute couture to single-use tableware. Made from tree-free materials like sugarcane fiber and bamboo, the green products are biodegradable and compostable. The kits include round or square plates, bowls, tumblers, utensils, napkins and even compostable waste bags for cleanup. Hassle-free and eco-friendly parties are now attainable. E.H.

$44 for eight settings, $249 for 50;

 2012AugSept Homeward PartyPlates