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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)

 
 

X-Cap Light Up Hat

Headlight plus hat? Sign me up, because who knows what outdoor exploring we’ll be up to these winter evenings? The removable head lamp clips into and out of the beanie so you can charge (via USB) the 120-lumen light. I’d say this is an improvement over single strap headlamps, as the beanie is less likely to slip off the ol’ noggin, don’t you think? Could be a good gift, as well.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Gradient Puzzle Small Bundle

So, were you aware that Bryce Wilner’s Gradient Puzzles come in a smaller size? AND you can buy the whole bundle for a whole lot of slow and deliberate color sorting that’s sure to calm anyone down (or frustrate the hell out of them?). Either way, it’s a gift that keeps giving, as it can be assembled/disassembled many, many times.
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Price: $68.00
Available from: Areaware

Open-Editions Thank You Tote

Why would you pay $32 for a plastic bag? Because it’s not plastic, that’s why. Open-Edition’s embroidered taffeta shopping bags look like single-use plastic bag so you can make an ironic statement every single time you use it. Perhaps it would be a good gift as well?
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Poketo

Little Puzzle Thing

Hand me that last piece of birthday cake, will you? Little Puzzle Thing™ jigsaws look just like your favorite food and can be completed in twenty minutes (or less, if you’re clever). Go ahead, give your brain a break and put together a broccoli or ramen bowl; perhaps time your task just before lunch?
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Areaware

HAY Dish Drainer Tray and Rack

Dish drainers are pretty much the least interesting thing in the kitchen, so that’s why our eyebrows are up in exclamation over this duo (trio?). Designer Shane Schneck chose a ridged melamine dish-draining tray paired with a steel rack for drying plates. A Dish Draining Cup (sold separately and not on this particular retailer’s site just yet) completes the picture.
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Price: $29.00 - 39.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Phi Scissors by Hay Denmark

Such pretty scissors! A carbon gold plated handle will dress up any cutting chore while two different sizes will ensure that the blade fits the job. What, like someone is going to spot ugly scissors on your desktop? Of course not. It would ruin all those artistic instagram shots of your workspace (and disappoint your fans).
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Price: CAD43.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

The Lunch Box

Foodies and minimalists will love THE* Lunch Box. It’s made from anodized aluminum- that means it’s sturdy, lightweight, heat-conductive and hygienic. There’s no clips, straps, buttons, or branding (thank goodness), so your food will be the star of the show. Fun fact: the proportions of the box are based on the Japanese flag. (Back in stock!)
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Chopping Board Set

When you’re out on an adventure there’s no reason to do without decent kitchen tools. This medium sized chopping board folds up and stores a knife inside, allowing you to prepare foods with ease on your picnic or camping trip. Does that mean you don’t have to suffer through anymore soggy sandwiches? Yep, it sure does.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: Snowpeak

Hex Corner Mirror

I’m sure there’s some corner of your home that would benefit from the Hex Corner Mirror from Hyfen. The mirror fits into any corner to reflect other parts of the room. Placed strategically, it could let you keep an eye on a certain spot of your home (the front door or fridge?) or ensure that coworkers can’t sneak up on you behind your desk. Shaped as a hexagon, it lends an edgier vibe that’s sure to work with your surroundings.
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Price: $286.00
Available from: Gessato

Concrete Brick Lamp by Hyfen

This LED lamp has no switch, shade, or wires, which begs the question, how on earth do you turn it on? Well, it’s more of an intuitive system, so, you simply raise it in an upright position to turn it on. Lay it facedown to turn it off. It’s completely portable- remember, no wires- so, pick it up and take it with you from room to room to get a warm, white light illuminating your immediate vicinity.
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Price: $185.00
Available from: Gessato

Voter Registration Deadlines

Have you registered to vote? Did you move, and need to change your address? Get it changed in time to vote. Here’s the voter registration deadlines for each state.

Participate in democracy: vote!

Pujo Coat Rack

Here’s an interesting coat rack that won’t take up any floor space. The Pujo attaches to the wall and offers two ways to store items: hanging from the top on the rounded knob or from the inner spacer bracket. Both ways keep items snug against the wall, giving you more valuable room in an entry or dressing room.
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Price: $259.00
Available from: Lumens

Douwes Pendant Socket and Lamp

Hiding a wall socket in plain sight is not an easy trick, but the Douwes Pendant Socket does just that. It matches the Douwes Pendant Lamp, so you can have both lamp and socket hanging from the ceiling. The lamp provides light and the socket (looking like a smaller lamp) provides electricity for your gadgets. Pretty clever, isn’t it?
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Price: $114.95
Available from: Menu

Revolver Stool, 48cm

Remember the Revolver (Bar) Stool? Here’s the smaller sibling, standing right at 48 cm tall to give you a fully rotating seat at a normal table/desk height. Available in red, black, and grey.
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Price: $128.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

V Envelope and Key Holder

Do you still get a few bills in the mail? Perhaps you would have use of this elegant, small shelf. Hang it along its spine, and the top surface becomes an ideal landing spot for keys, with a shelf underneath for important mail. Hang it along its back, and it lies against the wall as a folder.
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Price: $55.00
Available from: designboom store