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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

The Joys and Sorrows of Parenting

Resilience is the new happiness

Bandicoot Headlamp, ‘A silicone headlamp without the bulk, the endless batteries, and the “boring.”’

– More IKEA upgrade options: Norse Interiors

– Dogs! Sleepy Dog Duvet & Pillowcase Set

Compact Suit Folder

What if ET is an AI?

Huckleberry Make Your Own Motor Boat

Enjoy your weekend.

Huckleberry Make Your Own Motor Boat

Bathroom Recycling Separator

No one gets excited about bathroom trash cans, but what about a bathroom recycling separator? This two-compartment bin makes it easy to separate out trash from recycling, so you’ll not need to think twice about sorting plastics from the regular icky stuff later on. That’ll make your life a tiny bit easier, right? (Now, if someone could just make it look a little bit more exciting…)
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

PictoScanner

Do you have negatives or slides in your closet from the days before smartphones? I know I do, and I haven’t gotten around to tackling the task of transferring them into digital format. The PictoScanner makes that job easy, as you use your smartphone’s camera to ‘scan’ the backlit film and slides. Easy, right?
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Price: $45.00
Available from: SF MoMA Store

Print Rack

If you’re still holding out on print copies of your favorite magazines and newspapers, maybe you’d like this rack from Fruitsuper. Its looped steel body with walnut handle holds your reading materials in a tidy stack, off the floor (and nearby tables) so your living space appears more orderly. Choose between White or Forest Green. Now on sale!
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Price: $49.95
Available from: SFMOMA Store

Ekua Half Donut Dish

Need a home for those extra bits and bobs? Keep them in this ceramic half donut dish, as its satin glaze with raw bottom gives just enough specialness (it is hand thrown by Sara Ekua Todd, after all). It may be perfect for your entryway console (keys, coins) or your wardrobe dresser (watch, jewelry).
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Poketo

Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is this Sunday, so now’s your chance to get the gift that says “thanks for raising such an awesome kid” or, something more modest, like a card that says “I love you, Dad.”
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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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Price: $275.00+
Available from: WorkOf

Kalon Shaving Set

What, you’re not particularly fond of your razor? Well, there’ll be none of that once you get your hands on this shaving set, because each piece is handmade in Los Angeles with black walnut and natural vegan tan leather hanging straps. Oh, and the shaving brush has a 100% natural, silver tipped badger knot, which is only the “most luxurious and rarest of badger knots.” You’re bound to feel pretty special whenever you shave… perhaps this could make an excellent Father’s Day gift?
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Price: $45.00 - 135.00
Available from: Kalon Studios

Flower Constellations

Here’s another trick to flower arranging: use the brass Flower Constellation disk. Stretch out the disk (in your favorite Zodiac design, of course) so that it rests snugly in whichever glass or vase you have handy, and then pop in single flowers from the supermarket, florist, or nearest field. You’ll find that it’s easy to create a “voluminous” arrangement thanks to the openings in each disk.
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Price: €15,00
Available from: House of Thol

Splash, Petal, and Plough Serving Boards

These platters by Gareth Neal use digital manufacturing techniques to create inset lines, boxes, and ripples on the surface of the wood. And, yes, they do all look very intriguing thanks to these carved shapes and textures, but they are also quite functional, as these features provide resting spots for your favorite foods and their necessary crumbs and juices.
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Cymbal Pendant

Well, what do we have here? It’s a very simple pendant that uses the light bulb as support for the shades. Aluminum disks diffract the light and trick your eye with reflections of its environment. Does it remind you a little of the Grain Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill? It’s the same sort of idea, and a little more affordable at that.
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Price: $355.00
Available from: MATTER

Tangram Erasers

Uh, Tangram Erasers? Of course we need a set. Do you know the history of the Tangram? Do you have fond memories of making shapes with one when you were younger? Maybe you could see if your brain still has the skills to hammer out a few puzzles with these erasers, knowing they could always do some erasing if you fail to have fun with the puzzle part.
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Price: $2.50
Available from: Kikkerland

Desk Knife

No need for any subpar shiv in your desk drawer (the office is ridiculously competitive, isn’t it), because you’ll have the Desk Knife. It’s a multipurpose cutting tool that’s pretty enough to leave out, within arm’s reach. Inspired by the small, pocket-sized Japanese Kiridashi Knife, this knife feels closer to a writing tool, so you’ll enjoy handling it while you slice open boxes, mail, and other paraphernalia (NOT your coworkers).
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Craighill

Anywhere Vases

Fun! Make anything a vase with fruitsuper’s Anywhere Vases. The set of steel shapes transform vessels into vases, simple as can be. They’re cork-backed, so they’ll stay put, and have openings to accommodate stems. The color will brighten up the most ordinary of glasses or mugs, giving you a fun vase no matter what you have to work with.
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Price: $38.00
Available from: fruitsuper design

Veritable® Smart Indoor Garden

A smart, indoor garden? Sure, sign me up. Originally a Kickstarter project, the Veritable® Smart Indoor Garden is designed to help you grow herbs and small vegetables effortlessly, all year round. While it has a small footprint (easy to fit in a kitchen, don’t you know), four different types of plants can grow together at their optimal rate. The lamps’ specific LED technology ensures quick growth; they also can be set to automatically adjust brightness based on ambient natural light. And, if that’s not enough, you’ll see the light softly pulsating when it’s time to add more water.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: MoMA Store