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ceramic mini cargo containers

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Cargo Containers

For your shipping container architecture-enthusiast friend Carl: Modern homes built from repurposed shipping containers that are stacked and conjoined like LEGO blocks are all the rage. Know someone who's obsessed with the notion of living in such a home but will probably never escape from their stick-built reality? Give ‘em the next best thing, Cargo Containers from designer Daniel Ballou. Inspired by Long Beach’s bustling port, Ballou designed these 8-inch-long stackable ceramic storage containers to safely store all of your household cargo — spare keys, checkbooks, cuff links, you name it. Sold in sets of two in either gray/orange or blue/white. $24.