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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)

 
 

Haptic Lab Kites

Please tell me you plan to fly a kite before the end of summer. After all, with Haptic Lab’s colorful array of Diamond and Delta Kites, you know you’re tempted. The patterns are pretty wonderful and they’re quite affordable. And, besides, what in the world is more important than taking some time off to go outside during these last few days of summer and throw a kite into the air, watch the wind catch it, and then hold on to it as it takes flight into the bright blue sky?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

Bodum® Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker

Are you up for a bit of chemistry when making your morning brew? If so, this Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker from Bodum could be an interesting experiment. How does it work? Steam escapes from the bottom bowl into the top, mixing with the oils of your coffee. Once you remove it from heat, and the newly brewed coffee filters back down into the bottom bowl for serving. That’s a simplified version, of course, but you get the idea. It’ll take a little longer (5 to 11 minutes) than a regular coffee maker but the brewing time and temperature are calibrated precisely for a perfect cup each time.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Sur La Table

Walnut Cable Manager

Why do you need a walnut, puck-shaped thingamajig? Well, it’ll keep your charging cords and cables it place, so you can avoid crawling around on your hands and knees behind/beside your desk/sofa/bed every time one slips away. Remove the magnetic base, snake cables through the channel, pop the base back on, flip it over, and all your cords are tidy and secure.
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Price: $24.95
Available from: CB2

Snaregade Tables by Norm.Architects

Need a dining table or work surface? You can’t go wrong with one of the three Snaregade* Tables by Norm.Architects, as it has such slender supports for its oak veneer tabletop. That leaves plenty of room for legs, and, with such a spare and elegant look, it would be right at home in the dining room or office. The Snaregade was originally a one-off design for Bjarne Hansen, Menu’s creative director and founder, but Norm.Architects were so fond of it they made a few for their own studio. Now, thankfully, it’s a collection available to all.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,700.00 - 2,300.00
Available from: A+R Store

Control Table Lamp

Need a little bit more light? Consider Muuto’s Control Table Lamp. Its E27 bulb sits on a rectangular metal tray with one control knob. It’s slender enough that it will fit on windowsills and narrow shelves, so you could place it almost anywhere for more illumination in dark and lonely spots around your home.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $104.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Friday Links

Beautiful Blue Lakes Are Invading East Antarctica and That’s Not Good

– “Yes, there is such a thing as a ‘Introvert’ Hangover.” (via kottke)

How Weight Training Can Help Women Stay Strong

Vindicated: The Award-Winning Restoration That Sparked Architecture’s Greatest Debate

– Are you a A ‘Super-Recognizer’ Of Faces? (via iflscience)

What Makes a McMansion Bad Architecture?

Anyone Can Follow These Steps To Avoid A Cell Phone Hack

Enjoy your weekend.

Ruban Mirrors by Inga Sempé

Feeling lonely? I know just what you need: a few Ruban mirrors to keep you company. Inga Sempé brings us this collection of small mirrors, all framed by a colorful ribbon. The smallest is sized at just over 3″ square while the larger measures in at around 17″ wide. I bet you’ll have fun hanging these up and arranging them just so… they’ll let light bounce around a bit more and liven up your living quarters.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.20 - 49.65
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Bike Speaker, Blue

Bike speakers are certainly a popular thing nowadays, aren’t they? This one is similar to the Soundflex Bluetooth Speaker, but at a lower price point. Not a bicyclist? You could also hang this around a shower head for your morning playlist. Its battery charges via USB and it has a wireless range up to 10 meters.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Can Sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

This sofa is has a secret; any guesses as to what it is? Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Hay, the Can Sofa is modern, looks quite comfortable, and has several color options. There’s a 2-seater, 3-seater, and a Lounge Chair. The secret is that it arrives at your door flat-packed, in a box. That gives you eco-friendly points, as it cuts down on shipping and delivery costs. Assembly is uncomplicated- no screws or tools needed. Nice, right? Oh, and if you get the 3-seater, please note that it quickly becomes a quick guest bed by just removing the back cushions.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,270.00 - 6,255.00
Available from: A+R Store

Leather Desk Mouse Pad

This Leather Desk Mouse Pad has come to your rescue, because it doubles as a carrying case for your iPad, mouse, and power cords. That’s right, carry your stuff around in it, then empty it out for a mouse pad. You’ll never be looking around for a mouse pad stand-in again. An embossed ruler across the side is there for reference whenever you might need.
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Price: $99.95
Available from: CB2

Workhorse Perpetual Calendar

Another calendar already and it’s not even the end of August? I know, I know, but this one is a perpetual calendar. Anyone who’s visited this site often enough will know that I’m fanatic about perpetual calendars, specifically well-designed ones, so I can’t not post it. This one from Workhorse Printmakers is letterpress printed, foil stamped and die cut for a functional circular design. Workhorse also has a green calendar on their site, if that suits you better.
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Price: $24.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Clock Clock 24

Whoa, here’s a clock that’ll knock anyone’s socks off. You’ll need to watch the video to get the full effect, but here’s a quick explanation: the twenty-four small round clocks create one big digital display. All the smaller clock hands are choreographed to show either 12- or 24-hour time, with three different modes of movement. As I said before, watch the video and you’ll appreciate how this clock is almost more of an art piece than a time telling device… hence the price.
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Price: $4,999.00
Available from: MoMA Store

AC002 Jewel Box

Fair warning, you won’t like the price of this jewelry box. However, it’s very notable for its beauty and organizational efficiency. Three circular components stack on top of one another, with each layer having concentric, curved dips where items may be placed. No tangled mess of watches, earrings and necklaces here- everything will be laid out and easily accessible. A lid on top keeps dust from your valuables. (Also, for a less expensive option, do take a look at the Box Modular Jewelry Container.)
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Price: $670.00
Available from: Wallpaper

Niko Hex Extension Cord

An extension outlet that you’d want to leave exposed? Really? Meet Niko, a hex-shaped power outlet made of solid white ash and a knitted mesh cord. It’s designed to be left out amongst your furniture, with its warm wood housing and tactile cord doing their best to make friends with their surroundings. Hang it on the wall with the included hook or prop it on one of its six sides to get power right where you need it.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: Most Modest

Milà Chair by Jaime Hayón

Let’s take a look at the Milà Chair by Jaime Hayòn for Magis. It’s a little less severe than some of our other favorite chairs, but it has a sculpted, playful quality that reminds us a little of Gaudí’s creations (i.e. Catalan Modernism). The organic shape is achieved thanks to a a gas-assisted injection moulding technique, which makes the Milà easier to produce and therefore very affordable. Keep a set outside or indoors; they’re stackable too.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $153.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop