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Published on April 20th, 2012 | by Greg


SUCK UK: Great Items For Your Flat… Pad… Home

You know those cute lit­tle bou­tiques, where you walk in­side and find your­self drawn to dozens of in­ven­tive lit­tle items, per­fect as gifts, and maybe that’s why you went in­side, but now that you’re there… We love shops like those, and we’re hap­py to find some ob­scure cre­ators who aren’t even wide­ly avail­able in stores here yet. Of course, the in­ter­net and e-com­merce have shrunk the world a bit, so you can now pur­chase the goods on­line and get them shipped any­where in the world. If you’re in Lon­don, though, def­i­nite­ly check out the SUCK UK flag­ship store in the OXO Tow­er, not far from some oth­er great de­sign­ers.

We’ve been us­ing four of their items, from small and dis­pos­able to a per­fect gift for the lit­er­ary in­di­vid­u­al who sim­ply can’t han­dle any more books. Let’s kick things off with their very sim­ple twist on the Post-It Note- shaped like flop­py disks, they come in a pack of three dif­fer­ent col­ors. Of course, you lose quite a bit of the writ­ing sur­face to the clever de­sign, so these are def­i­nite­ly for folks who are used to jot­ting down small notes and want to do so in style. Avail­able for about $12, and great for the geek in your life.

Our fa­vorite item of the group is the quite sub­ver­sive, and yet quintessen­tial­ly British, Ter­ror­ist Tea Pot. A black fab­ric bal­a­cla­va serves as a tea cozy, and the white teapot has a pair of paint­ed on eyes that align nice­ly with the holes in the mask. It looks a lit­tle bit sil­ly when ‘naked’, but al­ways gets a laugh when we make a pot of En­glish Break­fast and pour it to un­sus­pect­ing guests or vis­i­tors. It’s a 1.5 liter pot, which is good for five to six big cups, or up to ten small­er ones when us­ing fin­er grades of tea. You’ve like­ly seen and used teapots like this one- it’s fair­ly durable stoneware, with a de­cent han­dle. There isn’t a re­mov­able fil­ter, but there is a set of typ­i­cal small holes sep­a­rat­ing the cham­ber from the spout- they’ll work, but we would’ve liked a bas­ket for eas­i­er clean­ing and han­dling. The cozy def­i­nite­ly makes this one, and it’s avail­able for around $40.

Noth­ing says “Lon­don” like “um­brel­la”. That’s our im­pres­sion, at least. And if you’re tired of buy­ing the cheap ones on the street, or haven’t yet found the rain re­peller that feels per­fect for you, look no fur­ther. The Col­or Chang­ing Um­brel­la sad­ly doesn’t change the col­or of the wa­ter, or the world, but does go from plain to col­ored with a bit of rain. As with the teapot, the ba­sic um­brel­la func­tions are pret­ty ba­sic- you know, it col­laps­es and comes with a small bag that you’ll prob­a­bly lose im­me­di­ate­ly. The han­dle is fine, but not par­tic­u­lar­ly good. No, the on­ly rea­son you should buy this one over any oth­er is the fun bonus fea­ture. We con­fess that few seemed to no­tice the col­ors chang­ing, as the ef­fect doesn’t pop out to most peo­ple im­me­di­ate­ly, and it on­ly mod­i­fies the edges. Avail­able for about $30.

Fi­nal­ly, we’d be re­miss not to sug­gest some­thing for the book­worms out there. The Book Rest Lamp is a lit­tle house-shaped soft-glow light, per­fect for set­ting on your bed­side table, fold­ing a book over the top, and hav­ing your read­ing ma­te­ri­al handy for late night sto­ry­time. Grant­ed, some books work bet­ter than oth­ers- your hard­cov­er copy of In­fi­nite Jest would look a lit­tle odd, and it does feel a lit­tle lone­ly when un­cov­ered. Your book will get a bit warm, but that’s not a ma­jor is­sue. We liked the frost­ed glass for in­di­rect light, and the de­cent price- $60 seems com­plete­ly fair for a love­ly de­sign that can fit in a li­brary, study, or even liv­ing room.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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