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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

– Pretty trash: Whitney Paperweight by Chen Chen and Kai Williams

– Tiny multi-tool! MyPocketMaster-titanium multi-tool for everyday carry

– Tip: How to Hang Curtains

Anish Kapoor flaunts use of “world’s pinkest pink” despite personal ban from its creator

– And, should you want to buy “The World’s Most Pinkest Pink” or other very vibrant hues: Stuart Semple

– Fun: Two professors sculpt each other in less than ten minutes

– Did we already link to this? Elegant three-step method for creating new habits

Have a great weekend!

Supermetal Table by Chiara Ferrari

If you’re a minimalist, you may need help picking your jaw up off the floor, then a tissue to staunch your tears. The Supermetal Table by Chiara Ferrari is impressive- it features a very thin single-sheet top with squared-off metal legs (placed flush to the tabletop, of course). It’s just what any super-minimalist wants, except for the tiny little part of it only being available for delivery in Southern California. Not fair! Surely there’s a way around that, right?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,250 - 3,200
Available from: A+R Store

Magnetic Dustpan and Brush Set

Tidying up will become much easier when you pick up this Magnetic Dustpan and Brush Set by Bürstenhaus Redecker. Not only does it have a horsehair brush and an oilded beech handle, which will feel right at home in your hand, but embedded magnets let the brush snap back in place on the dustpan once you’re done. Be sure to take a look at the Shoe Cleaning Hedgehog too- it’s pretty cute.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: DWR

Dewy Floor & Table Lamp

It’s hard to feel bad when you’re next to a dewy glow. These blown frosted glass domes let off a bright, cozy bubble of light, just like a new day. We could all use a fresh start, couldn’t we? Especially with the state of things. Maybe this little lamp will switch our brain on towards a happier mood even on the dreariest of days… we can hope.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $215.00 - 285.00
Available from: Luminaire

Magnetic Wood Knife Block

This pie-shaped wooden block holds knives in place on both of its sides, so you can line up your whole collection within easy reach. Note that you could place it against your backsplash to save room or even use it as a bookend for your cookbooks. So, now to decide, do you prefer Acacia wood or walnut?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: Food52

Bookscapes

What, there’s a functional sculpture that displays your favorite books and I’m not going to tell you about it? Please. These ‘functional sculptures’ aren’t cheap, but they are quite special if you have some very special tomes. Mountains holds an open book, so that you may peruse the pages slowly. Peaks intends to show off a book’s cover, or one cover and several spines, if you so wish. Waves has blackened steel upright dividers to mark your place in your smaller novels and other current readings.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00+
Available from: WorkOf

Koinobori Travel Laundry Bag

You may scoff at this travel laundry bag, as it’s not the fanciest, nor the most efficient. However, when one is living out of a hotel room, as I am now, one tends to appreciate a brightly colored bag for less-than-fresh clothes that’s slim enough to fit snugly inside a shallow drawer or stuffed suitcase. It’s certainly more cheerful than a space bag, that I can tell you.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Blu Dot x Handsome Bike

Let’s call this an altruistic purchase, because if you buy a Handsome Bike, Blu Dot will donate a bike in your name to World Bike Relief. Nice! This particular Handsome Cycle is single speed and has coaster brakes, a Brooks saddle and leather gripped handlebars. It’s a pretty perfect machine for getting you around town, and you’ll enjoy it all the more knowing there’s someone else in a developing country cruising around on their own bike because of you.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Keep Track

This coat rack and shelving system has a sleek sensibility. Metal pieces slide into and along a channel cut into a solid block of alder wood, letting you adjust and change the pieces as you see fit. The larger piece can be flipped up to use as a mail holder or kept level for use as a small shelf. Use the smaller metal pieces as hooks for scarves, bags, and hats. Maybe you’ll use it in the entryway or office?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: ILOVEHANDLES

Friday Links

FlipBooKit, the original hand cranked movie machine. (Create your own animation for fun.)

Do you knit?

WOJR designs forest cabin for a grieving man

Hang Upside-Down to Save Yourself from Choking

Gerardo Osio designs range of mobile objects to suit a nomadic lifestyle

– Video: Lithography

– Old news, but somehow I never saw this Freaky Rug by Bertjan Pot. (via SightUnseen)

Enjoy your weekend.

Neat Lounge Chair

Look at this cute little lounge chair from Blu Dot. It’s completely upholstered, so it has a snug and comfortable appearance. Sure, it looks friendly, and your backside will most likely confirm that its sloping seat and back is indeed amiable. Choose Citron or Blue for a color kick, or Grey for a more subdued statement.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Reflective Notabag

The reflective straps on this Notabag are sure handy, as they will make you very visible when you’re out and about at night. But, the design of the straps is even handier; do you notice their angle? With a single pull of those straps, the bag transforms from a tote into an easy backpack. That makes carrying contents much more convenient, either by foot or by bicycle. Smart.
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Price: $36.00
Available from: MoMA Store

100 Dropped Pendant Lights

Fun! For Kickstarter’s Make/100 project, CW&T has produced 100 unique limited edition lamps. For $85, you get a unique Dropped Pendant Light, fully assembled with a LED bulb included. Or, if you happen to have your own 3D printer, you can pledge $45 for a light socket, cord, and plug, along with a link so you can download and print a lampshade. It’s just a $1 pledge for the link only.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1.00 - 85.00
Available from: Kickstarter

2017 Sunlight Calendar

Another calendar for your consideration… this one subtly shifts tones from one month to the next, signaling seasonal changes with a “haze of hues.” Pretty, right? Inspired by the sun’s height and intensity, the year is laid out with intuitive color. Don’t worry, the cold winter months are pretty too, perhaps sometimes in direct contradiction with what you may feel when you step outdoors.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $52.00
Available from: A+R Store

Mobilhome Phone Storage Unit

Let’s be clear, some of us need a phone storage unit like this, and others of us don’t. However, all of us would most likely benefit from the idea behind this particular wool felt pocket thingamajig.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: mobilhome