I found this gorgeous carpet at the 2011 IDS West show in Vancouver this year. For those that don't recognize it, that's a map of Downtown Vancouver, BC. From Salani, this "map" is part of the "Where Are We Going" collection ceated by Canadian designer Tracey Sawyer. Carpets are available in Chalk, Graphite or Charcoal, either in all wool, or in combinations of wool, silk or cashmere. I'd just find it useful to find my way home after too much rum & eggnog.
Here's a great little mechanical pencil I found on the Designboom store. I really like a writing instrument that has some weight to it, and this one should have it in spades since it's made from cast concrete. I just think it's a good looking pencil, and for $50 it's a perfect stocking stuffer.
Merry Christmas from Useful Spaces!