Class Up the Joint
Chalkboard paint, ubiquitous in Bloomingdale/Columbia Heights hipster bars and on design blogs, gets slightly back to its original school-days vibe via CB2’s new Tucker Laptop Table ($149, CB2, 3307 M St. NW; 202-333-6204). Sized to fit computers and tablets, it can also be used for non-text messages. Other CB2 pieces with a blackboard finish include a platform bed ($700) with cool underbed storage.
Sober Bar Games
Buckyballs, everyone’s fave desk accessory (read: productivity killer), is back with a new shape. Buckybars ($25, Getbuckyballs.com) are tube-shaped magnets that can be joined on their own or used with balls to build geometric structures. It took two Expressers 40 minutes and about as many expletives to construct an icosahedron, but the satisfaction of destroying it and making it all over again was well worth it.
Remembrance of Blings Past
These ain’t your grandma’s rings. But they might be her buttons. Susan Davis was digging in her nana’s attic when she found a stash of fasteners. She turned them into a jewelry line, Grandma’s Buttons. Davis now sources materials beyond gran’s boxes, but she keeps it old-school with finger candy ($104 and up, shown) and pendants ($70-$80) at Proper Topper (1350 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-842-3055).
A Go Bottle
We’d be crushed if biking to the picnic meant we smashed our bottle of rosé. Good thing the Vinni Bag ($28, Vinnibag.com) has harnessed the same cutting-edge technology used in blow-up beach balls and pool floats, allowing us to haul vino in an inflatable case. It’s also good for backpacking or bringing chardonnay back from California, if you’re a check-your-luggage kind of drunk.