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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)

 
 

Chieftains Chair

When we originally posted the Chieftains Chair designed by Finn Juhl, it was 2011 and it cost $11,500. Today’s price finds it at $17,175, which, unfortunately, is much higher than the rate of inflation. And so goes the world of design classics and their price fluctuations.

Inspired by primitive weaponry, Juhl originally created the chair for the 1949 Cabinetmakers’ Guild in Copenhagen. I’ve long admired this chair, and while the price is firmly outside of any budget I might have in the foreseeable future, I can still appreciate the slight curves and teak and walnut frame that have made it one of the more iconic pieces of mid century design.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $17,175.00
Available from: DWR

Wörther Wood Mechanical Pencil

I’ve held my share of mechanical pencils, and there’s something entirely comfortable about the hexagonal, thick barrel of the Wörther Wood Mechanical Pencil. That ergonomic shape starts to become very important when you’re sketching or writing for longer periods of time, as you might know if you’re in any creative field. Plus, the fact the 3 mm thick graphite lead doesn’t need sharpening means that it’s an excellent tool for anyone who relies on a pencil for getting their ideas down on paper (or wood, metal, paper, or plastic, as the lead will work on almost every material).
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Mirobolite Lamp

Let’s start the day off with a semi-expensive floor lamp. The Mirobolite has obvious influences from an ordinary task lamp, yet with its multiple joints and color options it becomes slightly extraordinary. ‘Slightly’ because the black and raw version don’t entirely blow your socks off, however, if you’re a little more daring in your color scheme, you might prefer the multicolor, which doesn’t hold back with its palette one bit.
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Price: $825.00
Available from: HORNE

Color Block Bookcase

I’m not one for too much color in my own home; grays, browns, and blacks are normally my choice of furnishings. That said, this Color Block Bookcase looks awfully tempting as a storage solution with its soft color palette of grey, powder blue, yellow and red/orange. At first glance, the shelves almost look like translucent glass, yet instead the color is hand-applied enamel poured over smooth, metal shelves.
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Price: $599.00
Available from: CB2

Dual-Action Watering Can

If you have a green thumb, you might appreciate this sculptural Dual-action Watering Can. A recess in the base allows for a firm hold while the stainless steel lid allows for pouring from a removable spout or showering from the perforated section, take your pick. Holding the can’s neck instead of a handle is a bit more ergonomic too, which is a definite plus.
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Price: $84.00
Available from: A+R Store

Cuboid Doormat

If details matter to you, maybe you’d like a better doormat. This one, made from coir (natural coconut fiber), is pretty cool in a minimal-sleek-undercover way. The 3D illusion makes a statement, or at least more so than a regular doormat. It would go well with this door, though it might look tiny in comparison, or this house (or, even better, this K House).
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Price: $145.00
Available from: Dwell Store

The Autographer

Hmm, if you’re the type of person who likes looking through loads of photographs, then this little gadget will be your best friend. The Autographer is a wearable camera that automatically takes pictures as you go about your day. A GPS, a compass, accelerometer, thermometer, color sensor and infrared motion detector are all utilized in order to figure out the best time to snap a shot. You can set the capture rate, and it will grab 50 to 100 photos an hour, leaving you to enjoy your hike/bike ride/vacation/adventure. All the photos upload via bluetooth to your iPhone (or USB for Android) for later viewing.

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Price: $400.00
Available from: Photojojo

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

Minimalist 2 Key Ring Bottle Opener

This key ring looks more like a piece of jewelry than a bottle opener, so I suppose we could look at it as multi-purpose kind of accessory. A triangle pin keeps the shackle closed, keeping your keys secure and your hand at the ready should an unopened bottle of beer or soda cross your path. Each key ring is precisely cut within thousandths of an inch by family company J. L. Lawson & Co.

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Price: $48.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Hopewell Quilts + Pillows

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured Hopewell’s quilts and it certainly won’t be the last. Have you taken a look at their recent collection? There’s quite a few modern pillows and quilts, so if your bed, sofa, or wall needs a little kick in the pants in terms of color, you’d best take a look and see if something catches your fancy.
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Price: $240.00 - 365.00
Available from: Hopewell Workshop

Strand End Table

This end table has a trick up its sleeve; the base can be fastened in two different positions to change up its look. Each table is made with Stephen Lysak’s trademark joinery, you may also request a fixed location if you tend to be picky about such things. Strand end tables are available in three different finishes: Natural Birch, Walnut, and Charcoal.
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Price: $550.00
Available from: Stephen Lysak Design

Indigo Basic Roll Pencil Case

If all your pens and pencils rattle around on your desk and in your bag, you need to consider a pen case. This one will make a nice home for your writing implements as it’s handcrafted from high quality waterproof felt. It can carry around 20 to 25 pens/pencils, so you’ll not need to be picky with your collection. (Ladies, this case could do double duty as makeup brush storage when traveling as well.)
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Price: $29.99
Available from: VAULT

Marmoreal Collection by Max Lamb

Like the look of this side table? Well, tough, you can’t have it. Just kidding, you can have it, you just need to fork over $3Gs for it. Marmoreal is an engineered, multipurpose marble developed by Max Lamb (and facilitated by Dzek), and is comprised of large chunks of Italian marble fragments— in the palette of green, red, ochre, and white you see above. It’s stronger than natural marble as polyester resin bonds the material together. You might hate it, you might love it, but one thing’s for sure, it will certainly set the tone in whatever room it’s in. A few more pieces of the collection shown below.
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Price: $3,072.42+
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

MilkMaid Stool Custom

I’m such a sucker for small wooden stools, mostly because they offer quite a bit of versatility. Side table or extra seating, whichever you need, a little stool can be handy to have around. These custom milking stools by grayworksdesign are a variation of the traditional three-legged stool that we all are familar with, but the design is updated just enough to fit into any room, be it rustic or modern. Engraving is also offered should you wish to make it a special gift.

To see more, visit grayworksdesign’s etsy shop.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Available from: grayworksdesign

MATT Pen Holders

How about a ring to round up your pens and pencils? The MATT collection is made of black soft plastisol, a textured, somewhat flexible material that feels like rubber. Choose between the Ring, $45, or Oval, $59.
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Price: $45.00 - 59.00
Available from: Leibal