You Need: Modern Utilitarian Accessories

When it comes to filling our homes, we tend to abide by designer William Morris' maxim: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be beautiful or believe to be useful." Now those everyday items you tend to tuck away may need to be displayed once you see their well-designed contemporaries. From basics like extension cords and lighters to speciality items like glass straws and letter openers, check out our picks for everyday items that are just, well, better. shop-look
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Modern Tape Dispenser, $62, Nova68

Japanese Cast Iron Bottle, Opener, $25, Poketo

Benbecula Paper Knife, $86, Nova68

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A Tempo Dish Drainer, $250, Alessi

Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer, $100, Y Living

Beater Whisk, $18, A+R

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Belle Ring Holder, $140, Mjolk

Pyrex Glass Straws, $4, Butter Home Sphere Bottle Opener, $18, Areaware
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Cloth Extension Cord, $38, Best Made

Baton Lighter, $28, Moma Store

Futagami Brass Trivet, $102, Douglas and Bec