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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)

 
 

Friday Links

– Kickstarter: URI Led Light Bulb

Sculpting a hand from clay

What’s the Best Way to Cover Your Webcam?

– Fun: Climbing wall provides roof access at Cache Creek Residence by Carney Logan Burke

Cache Creek Residence by Carney Logan Burke

Enjoy the weekend.

iPad Air sleeve by A.M. Ideas

Offset your super hi-tech gadgets with a little sustainably produced, hand-sculpted rush grass. Huh? Yep, it’s an iPad Air Sleeve, and there’s iPhone 6s Pouch too. A microfibre lining keeps those metal and glass devices safe while the rush grass gives you a natural yet durable exterior. Talk about high contrast, eh?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00 - 125.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

Pumice Stones

Umm, how odd and sort of wonderful are these Pumice Stones from Fredericks and Mae? Let’s just appreciate how combining two tools in one is clever, and also how this combination makes it more sculptural and special. Use one to help clean, shave, exfoliate, etc., and note how one would look perfectly at home left out on a ledge or countertop (artfully arranged with your other things, of course).
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Price: $36.00
Available from: Fredericks and Mae

Pinorama Board

All those little pieces of paper and bits and bobs scattered about, just where are you going to put them? Maybe on a perforated metal sheet, with a partial cork backing like this Pinorama Board by Inga Sempe for HAY? I’d say it’s as good as any other place, especially as it has a range of accessories (shelves, mirrors, cylinders, an elastic net(!), and hooks) to customize it just the way you want.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: Danish Design Store

Water Clock

Whether you love or hate this clock, we can all agree it adds a different element to tell the time. Magnets are employed to let the two balls float on the water’s surface, giving a magical sense of movement. The red ball shows the hours, the white one the minutes. Add an extra receptacle on top of the ceramic base for a more vertical display.
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Price: $319.00
Available from: Gessato

Future Glass Set

The colors of the Future Glass Set remind one of the Spectra Vases, and, lo and behold, they’re from the very same glassworks Holmegaard. Peter Svarrer designed the Future Glass set in 2000, and more than a decade later they look just as lovely on the table… or in a gift box perhaps? Choose between Rose + Yellow, Blue + Green, or Lavender + Aquamarine.
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Price: $38.00
Available from: Horne

Triangle Dinner Bell

There’s a certain nostalgia connected to a Triangle Dinner Bell like this one from Pat Kim- perhaps period films have us immediately imagining dinner time at an old farm? Whether your estate is vast or your apartment small, ringing a triangle will signify it’s time to sit down and eat, hopefully without our devices. The English Bridle Leather hanger conveniently holds the solid brass striker, making this hand bent steel triangle appropriate for display as well as use. A U Dinner Bell is also available.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Pat Kim Design

HAY UU Trays

More Hay office miscellany, and this time it’s a tray for your writing implements and other small stuff. A sloped, scalloped surface provides ledges for odds and ends, and there are three sizes to fit however much you need. Do consider stacking several sized together for a bigger organizing option.
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Price: $15.00 - 28.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Ico Bottle Opener

Do you need that bottle opened? Let me just grab this icosahedron from the table here so I can open it for you. That’s exactly what you’ll be saying if you choose to add this opener to your current display of interesting objects scattered about your home or office. Fort Standard partnered with OTHR to produce this 3D printed bronze beauty; each of the icosahedron’s 20 facets functions as a bottle opener.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: OTHR

Fredericks & Mae Star Dominos

$38 is much better than $80, which is what these dominos used to cost. I think that means that they’re entirely affordable, and very worth snapping up before another price change. Fun fact: the name ‘domino’ is from the pieces’ resemblance to Venetian Carnival masks known as Domini, which were white with black spots. There’s also plenty of other games from Fredericks & Mae, ranging from $12.95 (playing cards) to $320 (bocce!).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Fredericks & Mae

Friday Links

Studio E.O’s Indefinite Vases

– If you’re curious: How Long Does it Take to Design a Custom Home?

– A great (and comprehensive) list: Architectural Record’s Top 125 Buildings

Behind the scenes of ‘The Witness’, a video game designed by architects

Spiders ‘Tune’ Their Webs Like Guitar Strings

– Um, I’d like to volunteer in this park, please: Thoreau’s Cabin by cc-studio

Enjoy your weekend!

Thoreau's Cabin by cc-studio

The Lomo’Instant Automat Camera

In the days of digital everything, it’s pretty fun to mess around with instant cameras, don’t you think? Lomography has a new Instant Automat Camera over on Kickstarter and it packs all the punches you’d want. Auto adjustment on shutter speed, aperture, and flash output means you can take cool shots quick and easy. There’s a few creative features for a little more photo magic. Of course, seeing your images develop right before your eyes is the best part- a printed photo is sooo much better than a digital one buried in your photo stream, right? Back the project over at Kickstarter, or visit Lomography.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $135.00
Available from: Lomography

Knoll Sale

It’s that time of year again. The annual Knoll Sale begins. The many classic design pieces that you know and love are 15% off until September 27th. What should you consider? Maybe a Bertoia Side Chair, a Pollock Arm Chair, or Schultz’s Petal Dining Table (did you know you can pick colors for the base now)? Pick the piece you love, and then congratulate yourself for waiting so long.
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Price: $15% off
Available from: Knoll

Plumen 003 LED Light Bulb

A sexy lightbulb? Really? Well that’s an adjective everyone else is using, so, sure, it’s, uh, sexy. Let me introduce you to the Plumen 003. It is energy-efficient (it’s an LED) and gives off a focused, direct light directly below along with a softer sidelight. Similar to candlelight, it has a warm glow thanks to its center gold element. Unlike candlelight, it will last 10,000 hours. That means it will provide just the right amount of flattering ambient light to your oh-so-lovely features for a very, very long time. Add one above a workspace or add a few above a table; just be prepared for some ooo’s and ahh’s when your guests notice your “sexy” lightbulbs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $170.00
Available from: Plumen

HMM TapeDispenser

Shall we talk tape dispensers? They’re somewhat necessary in our homes and office environments, yet most are clunky and boring. Not the HMM TapeDispenser, though, as it has a magnetic core holder which holds the tape gracefully in one-third of a traditional dispenser’s size. A weighted base allows for one hand to pull and tear the tape, so your other hand can juggle, sip coffee or give someone the bird.
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Purchase Information:

Price: CAD65.00
Available from: Kickstarter