There are, of course, many aspects of Black Friday that are unseemly and unsavory. But this doesn't mean that, like most people, we aren't regularly seduced by fantastically designed products. To wit: our Best Of Wanted picks for 2011, from our stylish sister site, Co.Design. From low tech (The Most Fashionable Hot Water Bottle Ever), to high (A Chic Stylus For Drawing On iPads), here we've collected our favorite products of the year. Happy shopping!
This Stem Vacuum Cuts Energy Use By 43%
Remember those ads where a vacuum cleaner picks up a series of ridiculously oversized items to demonstrate its supposed strength: peanuts... bolts... golf balls?

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The Most Fashionable Hot Water Bottle Ever
Sounds oxymoronic, doesn't it? But see for yourself.

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A Steve Jobs Portrait Made From MacBook Pro Parts
“That morning in the studio, when we heard the sad news, it seemed fitting to create a tribute to Steve Jobs using his own work,” designer Genis Carreras told Co.Design.

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LED Lamps That Magically Glow For Hours After Being Switched Off
Gionata Gatto and Mike Thompson, a couple of grads from the Design Academy Eindhoven, showcased a striking, new lighting concept at Milan's furniture fair: Glass lamps that glow well after the lightbulb goes dark, like magic.

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Toy Container Ships That Are Impossibly Cool
Papa Foxtrot renders three of the world's largest transport ships in brilliant, modern detail.

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Rocker, The Best Way To Crush Garlic
A curve of stainless steel that looks like something out of the Georg Jensen catalog, the gadget chops garlic using, yes, a rocking motion.

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Jasper Morrison's Alarm Clock Has Clever UI Touches
You shouldn't use your phone to wake up, this beautiful new timekeeper argues.

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Pocket Piano Makes Synthy Loops Portable And Fun
There are no labels on the gorgeous brushed-aluminum casing or luscious looking wooden knobs and keys: it's so delightfully physical that you just want to pick it up and play with it.

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Alessi's Ultimate No-Mess Bathroom Set
If you're of the opinion that the bathroom is a good place to think--and many of us are--then it couldn't hurt to surround yourself with a purposeful set of objects while you're in there. The line includes a toilet brush, soap dish, cotton-swab tray, cups, waste bin, and Kleenex box.

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Oxo's Good Grips Egg Beater
Leave it to Oxo, the design-minded kitchen-tool manufacturer behind Good Grips, to lure you back to fluffing eggs and whipping cream the old-fashioned way.

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The Raleigh Rush Hour, A Stylishly Bare Urban Bike
Urban cycling is a tribal sport in New York and London, but you have to admit: The most rakish of urban bikes have a little bit of Detroit in them. Done in the messenger style, the Raleigh Rush Hour is an urban bike in blank form.

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A Handy Toolkit For Making Catchy Protest Signs
Here’s something that oughta come in handy now that Occupy Wall Street has officially transformed into Occupy Everywhere: a toolkit for making your own protest signs that covers an indiscriminate raft of causes--and in multiple languages.

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The Cheap 35mm Camera Lives Again!
Attention indie music video directors: Your next retro-beautiful visual trend has arrived, courtesy of a little $79 film camera called the LomoKino.

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The Libratone Speaker Blends In, Instead Of Just Blasting
With audio speakers, a good rule of thumb is this: The better they sound, the more ugly and massive they get. (A quick Google image search serves as Exhibit A.) That needn’t be the case, according to Libratone, a Copenhagen-based audio company that produces speakers whose Italian upholstery and Scandinavian minimalism could put the rest of your furniture to shame. What’s more, they’re wireless, able to stream your entire iTunes library directly from Airplay.

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Kicks Solve A Subtle Failing Of The iPad's Design
Apple’s Smart Cover was a stroke of genius. It attaches to the iPad by magnetic hinges, hugs tight to the screen, automatically puts the gadget to sleep and wakes it up, and folds into a stand. What doesn't it do? Protect the gadget's vulnerable metallic underside--or keep the damn thing from slipping onto the floor when you're leaning it up against anything. Bluelounge came with a simple complementary accessory called Kicks: two silicone-rubber strips that adhere to the back of the screen for added traction.

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Nendo's Collection Of Electronics Accessories
Oki Sato, the low-profile principal of the Japanese firm Nendo, is the design world's James Franco, a man who can seemingly do just about anything.

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A Racy E-Dress That Helps You Flirt
For ladies who don’t have the patience for coy flirtation, here’s something that gets the job done quickly: a sensor-enabled cocktail dress that flashes a whole lot of skin the more excited you get.

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Grid-It, A Carrying Case That Holds Everything
They call it an "object retention system"--which just sounds disciplined, doesn't it?

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A Fishbowl That Doubles As Glass Sculpture
If there’s one accessory that looks horribly out of a place in a minimalist home, it’s a fish tank decked out with plastic accessories. Which is kind of a shame, since a fish is one of the few pets that won’t wreck the Mies van der Rohe daybed.

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Famed Theater Director Robert Wilson's "Electric Chairs" For Kartell
You won’t find electric chairs on death row anymore (save in a few notable Southern states that still think it’s 1908). You will, however, find them in the foyer at La Scala, the most famous opera house in the world. Well, sort of.

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Fuego's Portable Grill
Spring will be back eventually (right?) and we've always got barbecuing on the brain. One tool we're lacking is a decent portable grill. I mean, let's say you're playing whiffle ball in the park or lazing on the beach. Do you really want to eat a clammy chicken salad? Obviously not, but you just might settle if the alternative is lugging around a bulbous Weber "portable" grill.

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A Bendable, Infinitely Adjustable Stand For iPhones And iPads
Where other iPad and iPhone stands are limited to only a few positions, InfiniteLoop can be twisted into whatever application you can imagine.

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A Sexier Wristband For iPod Nano
Gadget accessories maker Incase was on a roll this year, from capsule collections with A.P.C. and Andy Warhol to an expansion into headphones.

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A Chic Stylus For Drawing On iPads With Hyper Precision
Remember when a Palm Pilot stylus signaled cutting-edge technology? Fortunately, one doesn’t need a small stick to operate a smartphone anymore, but a stylus can be handy for tablet users who want to bang out a quick sketch. Especially if that stylus is The Architect, created by Pedro Gomes.

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A Teaspoon That Wrings Out Your Tea Bags
A simple innovation for a teaspoon keeps fingers dry when making tea.

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Steven Alan Brings Understated Style To A Nike Line
If you like wearing stylish sneakers but dislike looking like a reject from Step Up 3D, your footwear options can often seem scant. Nike brought designer Steven Alan to the rescue, with his collection of classic, low-key designs that say "Yes, I have evolved beyond my five-year-old pair of New Balances" without looking like you're auditioning for a pop-and-lock dance crew.

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A Runner's Watch With Touch Screen and GPS
More from Nike. Popular fitness device Nike+ launched years back to much fanfare, thanks to a smart, simple design and sleek integration with Apple's iPod and iPhone. CEO Mark Parker's newer training gadget no longer relies on Apple's branding. Instead, Nike has teamed with car-navigation company TomTom for the Nike+ SportWatch GPS.

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The First Windowfarm Kit, From A Pioneer In Micro Gardening
You don’t need a plot of land for growing your own food. Heck, you don’t even need soil, according to Windowfarms Projects, a Brooklyn-based startup that hopes to receive enough funding on Kickstarter to manufacture easy-to-assemble kits for growing vertical hydroponic gardens. Previous versions of the system are made from recycled bottles and require a full day (and some MacGyver skills) to put together. The new model is an elegant, streamlined set of pots that can be snapped together in about 10 minutes.

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This Sleek Bike Charges Its Own Headlights And Your iPhone
The math on your bike doesn't seem to add up. The sweat from all those thigh-burning, hill-climbing miles evaporates into thin air, as you change batteries in your bike light and drag your GPS inside to charge it. And so a German bike company, Silverback, made the Starke, which can transfer all those pedal revolutions into energy you can actually use.

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The Best Of Wanted, 2011

There are, of course, many aspects of Black Friday that are unseemly and unsavory. (Trampling other humans comes to mind.) But this doesn't mean that, like most people, we aren't regularly seduced by fantastically designed products. To wit: our Best Of Wanted picks for 2011, by way of our stylish sister site, CoDesign. From low tech (The Most Fashionable Hot Water Bottle Ever), to high (A Chic Stylus For Drawing On iPads), here we've collected our favorite products of the year. Happy shopping!

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