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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

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The Origami Robots

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-Cool! (Literally) Cold Pot (via treehugger)

Have a great weekend.

cold pot

Stockholm Sideboard

Few things manage to hit just the right note of elegant simplicity, but the Stockholm Sideboard by Mario Ruiz for Punt is perfectly pitched. Quality materials, fine detailing, and the absence of drawer pulls creates a minimal luxe look, while the elevated sides add an extra shelving space that will keep books and artifacts* safely placed. Something like this is surely customizable, yes? Of course. Choose between pale rose or gold for the top shelf edging and white, black, stone, or dark brown for the slim legs. See the various veneer options below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $4,320.00
Available from: A+R Store

Shapes Mirrors: Tall, Hexagon, Round

Agh! Shapes Mirrors! You’ve seen the Oblongs but what about the Tall Hexagon? And the Tall Round? And the Short Hexagon? It seems that there isn’t just one retailer with all versions in stock, so listed below is who has what at the moment.
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Price: $225.00 - 375.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Tubelor Grande Trash Bin

Why, yes, we have featured the Tubelor Grande Trash Bin before (back in 2013). But the Rosewood version is new, and can we just take a moment to appreciate how pretty it is? A pretty trash can- you certainly don’t see one of those everyday. The design of the bin is made up of two parts: a decorative outer lid and the inner liner which holds the plastic bag. The result is a clean, streamlined look that would fit well within any room.
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Price: $53.00
Available from: Luminaire

Kangaroo Light

Uh, who doesn’t want a flexible, portable, interactive light? Because you might want to check out the Kangaroo Light before professing that your lighting needs are fulfilled. Control it wirelessly with your device via the app, and play around with moods and sound sensitivities and light alarms. Pretty fun, right? It could be a good nightlight for little ones, or even soft lighting for outdoor activities like camping.
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Price: $108.00 - 120.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Step Stool by Federico Gregorutti

Don’t worry, I’m still on the quest for the perfect barstool- something simple and modern, yet not too terribly expensive*. The Step Stool by Federico Gregorutti might suit your needs, as it fits the requirements and has a handful of bright colors to choose from, though the blue/black option is my favorite (as usual).
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Price: $448.00
Available from: MATTER

Cinqpoints Badges

Less is more. Form follows function. Shout your beliefs from the rooftops or maybe just quietly wear a badge so those with similar tastes will know they’re not alone. Maybe you’ll even make a few more friends that believe in the Bauhaus or modern architecture. Wouldn’t that be nice?
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Price: $6.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Ostrich Travel Pillow

You might need this Ostrich Travel Pillow. Actually, let me rephrase that. You NEED THIS TRAVEL PILLOW. Sure, it looks a little neck-bracey, but it’s going to change your life. Use it as a combined eye mask and head pillow during your commute or on a long journey, or, hell, even while you’re at your desk. Naps can improve mood, alertness and performance, after all. The super soft cover contains lots of silicone micro-beads that support your head, block light, and muffle sound. Perfect. Amazing. Life-changing. And I’m only half-way kidding about the last one.
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Price: $36.00 - 40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

The Possibilities Kit

Let your inner MacGyver out with the Possibilities Kit. Your brain power combined with a set of basic tools is all you’ll need to solve small setbacks. The kit includes a small pry bar, a Phillips and Flathead screw key, 2 runt clips, 2 aviation cable key rings, one S-biner, 5 key maintenance rings, and a waterproof delrin capsule, all stored within a black tin case. Keep one in your vehicle, bag, and/or desk and be prepared for those unexpected situations.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Mini Cloud Cork Board

Do you remember when the BLTD logo had a cloud? If so, you might understand the soft spot I have for cloud-related merchandise. This set of 4 Mini Cloud Cork Boards would easily fit into a kid’s room, home office, or anywhere that has a casual decor vibe. It’d be a good spot to keep special photos, notes, and other pinnable things.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Walker Shop

Naturally Cooling Ceramic Wine Cooler

When you’re drinking rosé or white wine, do you really want to deal with ice and buckets? Nope. Get yourself this Ceramic Wine Cooler from Magisso and then pat yourself on the back for making chilled drinks that much easier. Soak the cooler in cold water for just a few minutes, then let the natural evaporation process keep your bottle perfectly chilled for 2 to 4 hours, no ice necessary. A glazed base prevents water rings. Smart, right? It does the trick; I own one myself and couldn’t be more pleased (unless it somehow opened the bottle of wine for me, of course).
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Price: $65.00
Available from: A+R Store

Cube Collection from Tom Dixon

Strategic placement of these office tools will signal to the world that you mean business, as the heavy cube-like tools don’t mess around. They’re functional, of course, but they’re also “stripped of superfluous details.” Pretty serious, huh? But they’re also copper plated, which bounces light around for fun reflections, so let’s say they’re serious and fun.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Lindsay Stead Collection Quilts

Modern interpretations of traditional quilt patterns are just one of those things that hit the perfect note between old and new, though sometimes the colors are a little too bright or the design just a tad too busy. You’ll be happy to know the Collection Quilts by Lindsay Stead are quietly modern and refrain from any garish colors or designs. Each quilt is of heirloom quality, as they are hand quilted by a group of women in rural Ontario. Pick your favorite design knowing it’ll keep you warm on chilly nights while adding a good dose of handmade charm to your home.
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Price: CAD1,400.00
Available from: Lindsay Stead

Ivy Muse Plant Stands

Plant stands! These will show off your prized plants perfectly well. Made by Ivy Muse in Melbourne, Australia, each stand is made from powder coated steel for a sleek finish. Given the variety of sizes, your pots are bound to fit, so start planning which of your green friends need a little extra height boost for optimal placement (and possibly more sunlight).
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Price: $130.00
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

Utility Mirror Pocket by Good Thing

Just how are you going to look at that cow lick or bald spot at the back of your head without contorting crazily in the bathroom mirror at work? By having a handy pocket mirror, of course. Good Thing has shrunk down its Utility Mirror to a pocket sized version so that no matter where you are, you can easily and inconspicuously check out any trouble areas. Alternatively, you could just believe me when I sincerely say you’re perfect just the way you are.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Good Thing