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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)

 
 

Menu Grow Pot with Wooden Board

More plant-related paraphernalia for you, but this time the item on show is specifically for the herbs or flowers kept indoors on a windowsill. Set off by an oak plank base, the dark terracotta planter pot will contrast nicely with a small bouquet or your favorite herbs or sprouts without disrupting the clean/minimal vibe you’ve got going on in the rest of your house. Set your Japanese garden scissors (or other elegant clippers) beside the pot for easy trimming and a casual oh-I-use-fresh-herbs-so-often-I-need-scissors-out-all-the-time sort of look.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Water Bulb by Anderssen & Voll for Mjolk

Here’s a prettier water bulb for your plants, but it’ll cost you a teensy bit more than some of the other options out there. Okay, maybe a lot more, but this one is more of an art object than some ol’ watering bulb you’ll throw out when you get sick of it, and that explains the price tag. Each one is mouth-blown and hand shaped by glass artist Gregor Herman, so you’ll be able to admire its odd beauty alongside your prized plant.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: Mjolk

Clug Clip Hanging Bike Rack

Please don’t attach your bike to a rock. You could, though, judging by Clug’s main hero shot, shown above, which gives you an idea of its function and strength. I actually purchased two Clugs when it was a Kickstarter campaign, and now our two bikes are stored orderly in our entry way, and not looking like two drunken hobos crashed crazily against the wall.

The Clug Clip all but disappears once installed, as it’s small and you can choose colors to fit your interior (or bike’s) color scheme. It hugs your bike’s tire, keeping it snug against the wall in either a vertical or horizontal position. There’s three different sizes to fit road, hybrid, and mountain bikes, and installation is easy- it’ll take just a few minutes.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Friday Links

  • Text Walking Lanes in Belgium (via thisisnthappiness)
  • Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain
  • And, How to De-Quasimodo Yourself
  • The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator
  • Baron Fig’s Mosaic App
  • fireflies in timelapse (via goodstuffhappenedtoday)
  • “Landowners often loot or destroy archaeological sites. Is this new subdivision a solution?”
  • DIY Furniture You Can Clip Together in a Single Step
  • Female Scientists Strike Back at Sexist Nobel Prize Winner
  • How to tell if a mirror is one-way glass. You know, just in case.
  • Have fun this weekend.

    Ete Plate

    Problems with portion control? Join the club. The Ete plate can help, as it has portion sizes drawn directly on the plate. Fill the veggie portion up, cut your meat portion to fit, or follow the color guides for a mixed dish. See? It’s super simple, even a kid could get the hang of it. And, for every ten plates sold, one goes to a high school or academic institution. Back the project over at Indiegogo to get your own ($15), or a set of two ($40), four ($60) or six ($90).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Indiegogo

    Source: Fast Company

    Copper Chemistry Carafe and Glasses

    A little copper makes a big difference in this drinkware set. The copper bands wrapped around each piece are like cummerbunds; it’s pretty obvious someone’s dressed up for a fancy occasion. And, just like a cummerbund, the copper band could be kept on all the time for a dressier look, or you could take it off to bathe put the set in the dishwasher or go for a more casual appearance. Okay, let’s forget how funny tuxedos are and take a moment to admire the copper feature, and how it will develop a nice patina over time.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $22.00 - 45.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Triada Blocks

    When the summer laziness hits you, you’d better take a break and do something different. Like, say, play with some three-pronged blocks. Many grownups see blocks as a toy meant purely for the playroom, but others know a pile of wooden blocks can be just as useful on a desk or in an office break room. So, buy a set for yourself or buy a set for some little ones, either way, be sure to roll up your sleeves and join in with stacking/arranging something different (it might just give your brain a rest, or at least some creative freedom).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $58.00
    Available from: Poketo

    Upcycled T-Shirt Lampshade Kit

    Yes, the Bowie image makes this Upcycled T-Shirt Lampshade Kit way more appealing than it probably is, but you could possibly have some fun with this, especially if you have a t-shirt that you never wear but refuse to donate. Or, might this might be a great project for a favorite kid during these long summer days? Just make sure they use their own t-shirts instead of your prized concert relics. What’s included in the kit? Adhesive, 12″ diam. top and bottom lampshade rings, molding stick, binder clips, lampshade glue, and an instruction booklet. Your favorite t-shirt = lampshade. That’s the idea, anyways. Good luck.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $35.00
    Available from: Uncommon Goods

    Ystudio Collection

    If you’ve got a weakness for nice pens, pencils and pen cases, then you’re in trouble. Ystudio’s offerings are made of brass and copper and wenge wood, and the various pieces are all beckoning to belong to your collection. The Pen Case, shown above, would protect your best writing implements while on the go, while the Pen Container (below) would keep them at hand on your desk. But what if you don’t have a nice pen/pencil collection? Take a look at their Mechanical Pencil and the Rollerball Pen to see if they’d suit.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €70.00 - 120.00
    Available from: Kohezi

    Ceylon Pitcher

    Regular water is so offensive. Personally, I only drink lemon-infused water or cucumber-mint water. That’s a big fat fib, but I certainly could drink my water that way every single day if this pitcher was in my fridge. Iced tea or fruit infused water is super easy to make and have on hand with the Ceylon Pitcher. The removable filter allows for easy separation of leaves or fruit and the oval shape is sized to fit your fridge.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: CB2

    Easy To Strain Bowl by Ryann Aoukar

    You do rinse your fruits and vegetables, don’t you? There’s no telling who sneezed on it, after all, and there’s always a chance that some creepy crawly bug has hitched a ride, unbeknownst to us all. But it wastes so much water, you say. I know, I know.

    The Easy To Strain Bowl by Ryann Aoukar will help with that, as it has a spout/handle that makes draining easy- into a cup or plant or wherever. Also, if you’re a pasta lover, you’ve got to see the possibilities of draining the pasta on the counter, away from the bottom of the sink (germs!). Plus, if you’re lazy, you could just eat directly out of the bowl, as it’s perfectly acceptable for use at the dinner table while watching your favorite shows on the sofa.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: Uncommon Goods

    Stanley Magnetic Photo Stand by Plywerk

    You’ve got to show off your favorite photographs somehow, because zooming in on a device just doesn’t do them justice. Instead of settling for sub-par frames at a local shop (ick), consider the Stanley Magnetic Photo Stand by Plywerk. Two pieces of walnut (locally harvested, hazard or salvaged) have super strong neodymium magnets that snap together to hold your favorite snaps. No glass to break, and you can change the wood around to rest flat, curved, or flipped. Or separate the two pieces and use them as magnets on the fridge. Snappity snap snap.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $26.00 - 35.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Uplift Adjustable Height Desk

    Remember the Renew™ Executive Sit-to-Stand Desk featured last week? You might have thought it was a little out of your price range, and, if so, maybe you’ll find this Uplift Desk to be a bit more within reach. Sure, there’s a few differences you’ll notice between the two, but if you want a more affordable sit-stand option, this might be a winner. The steel frame has a motor in each leg to give 26″ of height adjustment- quickly and quietly. There’s also a memory keypad option to save the heights you use the most. Several different tops and a telescoping frame allow you to customize the look and width. Take a look at all the options to craft your ideal workspace.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $639.00+
    Available from: UPLIFT Desk

    OMY Giant Coloring Page

    C’mon, it looks fun, right? A giant coloring page to fill, with markers or crayons or both. You could certainly wile a few minutes (or hours) away, and we’ve not even talked about how much kids would like it. Pin it in the hallway at home or in the office, with a box of art supplies nearby so people will occasionally stop to help out (and smell the scented markers). Plus, everything seems to move a little slower from June to the end of August, so no one will notice if you help fill in a section or two all by yourself.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: Perfectly Smitten

    Six Customized Brass Collar Stays

    Father’s Day is June 21, but you knew that already, right? If your mind is blank on what to get your dad, here’s something perfect… if he wears dress shirts, that is. Here’s Six Customized Brass Collar Stays, with an engraving you specify. You can pick up to two engravings, so maybe pick your dad’s name for three collar stays and something sappy but nice like ‘BEST DAD’ or ‘I’M AWESOME’ on the other three. Or maybe you’ll be more imaginative than that, and then your dad will be oh-so-proud and quite happy that you took the time to make it clever.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00
    Available from: Owen & Fred