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Katie

About Katie: Katie has been a product and textile designer, an art restoration specialist, and an interior designer/merchandiser. Her interests are focused on finding well designed items that improve daily life as well as reading fiction and making stuff. (View Profile)

 
 

The Lunch Box

Foodies and minimalists will love THE* Lunch Box. It’s made from anodized aluminum- that means it’s sturdy, lightweight, heat-conductive and hygienic. There’s no clips, straps, buttons, or branding (thank goodness), so your food will be the star of the show. Fun fact: the proportions of the box are based on the Japanese flag. (Back in stock!)
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Chopping Board Set

When you’re out on an adventure there’s no reason to do without decent kitchen tools. This medium sized chopping board folds up and stores a knife inside, allowing you to prepare foods with ease on your picnic or camping trip. Does that mean you don’t have to suffer through anymore soggy sandwiches? Yep, it sure does.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: Snowpeak

Hex Corner Mirror

I’m sure there’s some corner of your home that would benefit from the Hex Corner Mirror from Hyfen. The mirror fits into any corner to reflect other parts of the room. Placed strategically, it could let you keep an eye on a certain spot of your home (the front door or fridge?) or ensure that coworkers can’t sneak up on you behind your desk. Shaped as a hexagon, it lends an edgier vibe that’s sure to work with your surroundings.
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Price: $286.00
Available from: Gessato

Concrete Brick Lamp by Hyfen

This LED lamp has no switch, shade, or wires, which begs the question, how on earth do you turn it on? Well, it’s more of an intuitive system, so, you simply raise it in an upright position to turn it on. Lay it facedown to turn it off. It’s completely portable- remember, no wires- so, pick it up and take it with you from room to room to get a warm, white light illuminating your immediate vicinity.
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Price: $185.00
Available from: Gessato

Voter Registration Deadlines

Have you registered to vote? Did you move, and need to change your address? Get it changed in time to vote. Here’s the voter registration deadlines for each state.

Participate in democracy: vote!

Pujo Coat Rack

Here’s an interesting coat rack that won’t take up any floor space. The Pujo attaches to the wall and offers two ways to store items: hanging from the top on the rounded knob or from the inner spacer bracket. Both ways keep items snug against the wall, giving you more valuable room in an entry or dressing room.
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Price: $259.00
Available from: Lumens

Douwes Pendant Socket and Lamp

Hiding a wall socket in plain sight is not an easy trick, but the Douwes Pendant Socket does just that. It matches the Douwes Pendant Lamp, so you can have both lamp and socket hanging from the ceiling. The lamp provides light and the socket (looking like a smaller lamp) provides electricity for your gadgets. Pretty clever, isn’t it?
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Price: $114.95
Available from: Menu

Revolver Stool, 48cm

Remember the Revolver (Bar) Stool? Here’s the smaller sibling, standing right at 48 cm tall to give you a fully rotating seat at a normal table/desk height. Available in red, black, and grey.
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Price: $128.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

V Envelope and Key Holder

Do you still get a few bills in the mail? Perhaps you would have use of this elegant, small shelf. Hang it along its spine, and the top surface becomes an ideal landing spot for keys, with a shelf underneath for important mail. Hang it along its back, and it lies against the wall as a folder.
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Price: $55.00
Available from: designboom store

Track Baskets

Would you like a few metal baskets for your books, magazines, toys, or towels? Or, how about for all that soon-to-arrive fall firewood? The metal ‘tracks’ of these baskets give a visual pattern of small squares when empty and a diagonal pattern when full. Choose from four different sizes and three color shades.
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Price: $45.00 -110.00
Available from: Norman Copenhagen

Paper Collective Posters

Affordable art at… DWR?? Are we sure about this? Yep, it looks like there are quite a few graphic designs from Paper Collective, all at the approachable cost of $55. I know, I know, by the time you buy a frame with glass, it is no longer all that affordable, but not to worry, as Paper Collective has their Magnetic Stiicks Frame ($60) that easily lets you hang any poster quickly. No ugly thumbtacks required, thank you very much.
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Price: $55.00
Available from: DWR

LAND Gallery + Blu Dot Collection

Have you seen the collaboration between LAND (League Artists Natural Design) and Blu Dot? LAND teaches life skills through art to adult artists with developmental disabilities, and I’ve got hearts for eyes (emoticon-style) on every single thing. All profits go directly to the artists and gallery, so, go for it: purchase with abandon. You’ll feel warm and fuzzy each time you stand on/sit on/pass by the item you choose.
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Price: $299.00 +
Available from: Blu Dot

Lak Wall Sconce

This little Lak Wall Sconce manages to be both cute and considered. Made by Jielde, a company known for their work lamps, the sconce is a reissue of a design originally conceived in the 1960s by Jean Louis-Domecq. And, should you need a particular hue, you might just be thrilled to know there are many excellent color options available, in either a high gloss or matt finish, or you can get a more precise color match by requesting a RAL color chart.
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Price: $395.00
Available from: Horne

Richman Dustpan

Cleaning up is a quick job with this Richman Dustpan. How so? Well, the wooden brush nests inside the pan’s handle, which means sweeping up your minor/major messes is a grab-and-go affair. If you’re a multitasker, note that you can carry the dust/rubbish in the dustpan with the brush handily stored underneath, all in one hand. Hang the set together via the loop on the dustpan’s handle.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: good thing

Stacking Jewelry Boxes

Jewelry and other small items will be right at home in these stacking boxes. Their velvety, matte, scratch-resistant finish is due to 11 layers of lacquer. 11! Velvet interiors provide a soft landing for your baubles while cork bottoms offer protection for dressers or other tabletops.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store