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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)

 
 

Want Shelf

Treat your books, art, or tchotchkes right with the Want Shelf by Andrew Coslow’s studio. The interior is kept at a natural wood grain (with protective clear coat) while the outside is finished in a white wash. The warm wood grain guides your eye towards the items on the shelf, while the end caps seemingly give them a protective embrace- no bookends necessary.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Available from: ByAndrewCoslow

Luci Color Lamp

What’s this deflated solar thingy anyways? It’s the Luci Color Lamp, and it could be a fun addition to your household, especially if you’ve got kiddos running around. The Luci is waterproof, lightweight, and completely solar. It displays 8 colors (red, green blue, purple, yellow, cyan, orange, white) and takes 7 hours to charge. Use it in the pool or in the bathtub for fun- maybe get a couple, just so there’s no fighting over one- or string a few together for party lights.
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Price: $24.95
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

To Go Click Travel Mug

Need a new travel mug? Stelton has improved the vacuum mug by making it possible to drink from all sides. Click the spill-proof lid open or closed, it’s that simple. You’ll not look ridiculous trying to drink from the wrong side, and your beverages will stay hot or cold according to your preference. Choose from copper, steel, black or chalk.
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Price: $35.00 -45.00
Available from: A+R Store

Minor History Traveler Backpack

Can there ever be too many minimal totes? I think not, because we are all a little picky in our quest for an everyday bag. This backpack by Minor History has a fold-over top with a magnetic closure, adjustable brass buckle straps, and a large zippered compartment (in the fold-over). That leaves plenty of room for a laptop and other necessities, either for your daily commute or a longer journey.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $280.00
Available from: Poketo

Good Luck Charms

Thank goodness, now there’s a less gross version of the wishbone. This one is wooden and made with magnets, so you won’t have the waiting and… well, like I said before, the gross part of bone breaking. Ick. Let’s retire that part, shall we? There’s also a wooden Clover and Feather, should you need more luck. Bookmark these for thoughtful little gifts to friends and family.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: Areaware

Etage Legs and Tabletops

If you need an occasional table that knocks down for storage, take a look at the Etage Collection. Choose your table legs (12″ or 15″), then choose your tabletop. Also, at first glance, it may appear that you could use the legs with any surface, which you could, but it’s worth noting that the round bracket of the leg is inlaid with the accompanying top. A nice detail in an affordable occasional table, don’t you think?
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Price: $118.00 - 190.00
Available from: Horne

Stelton Theo Coffee Set

A small coffee set may be just what you need at your desk, just so you can waft those delicious artisan aromas over to your coworkers to “encourage” them to do what you ask in a timely manner. Matte black stoneware with a bamboo lid keeps your coffee hot; the filter holder fits nicely on top. Add the accompanying milk jug to make sure you get your ratio just right every time.
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Price: $45.00 -75.00
Available from: Poketo

Perpetual Wall Calendar by Dan Reisinger

How about a Perpetual Wall Calendar to brighten up your days? Dan Reisinger’s calendar lets you combine different colors and compositions each day to switch up its graphic, day after day and year after year. Exercise a little creativity to match the day’s image with your mood (or the weather) by rearranging the six reversible bi-color cut-out sheets and cards. And, as a limited time offer, use TREATS30 to get 30% off.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $78.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Papercraft Halloween Masks

If you still haven’t figured out your Halloween costume, you could always download one of these Papercraft Masks from Paperstatue. There’s quite a few to choose from, so you can go with a nonthreatening Red Panda Mask or with something more disturbing like the Rabbit or Ram Mask. Last minute procrastination won’t haunt you anymore, that’s for sure. Happy Halloween!
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Price: $6.75
Available from: Paperstatue

Slim Bookends

Those books and papers of yours might like a pair of very Slim Bookends to keep them upright. Two basic shapes joined by one single screw is all it takes to create order out of the chaos scattered across your desk. Available in yellow, grey, and blue.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Good Thing

Friday Links

– Hope for small apartments: At His 350-Square-Foot Apartment, Small Space Champion Graham Hill Practices What He Preaches

How To Successfully Respond To A Question You Really Don’t Want To Answer

– Too late for a pool float? Eh, no: Hot Bod Float

– Whaaat. Due to Apple price hikes in the U.K., it’s now cheaper for Brits to fly round-trip to the U.S. to buy a MacBook Pro

– Wireless charging over on Kickstarter: Power Q Case

Birds Appear in the Negative Space of Shattered Windowpanes

Triangle Tea Light Holder

– Sounds promising: Balmuda Toaster uses steam to make toast taste bakery fresh (via blessthisstuff)

Have a fun weekend!

Balmuda Toaster

Lucina Wearable Light

If you’re going to spend any time outside at night walking, running or biking, make sure you are visible to vehicles around you. Clip on the Lucina Wearable Light and you’ll do just that, with either a steady or flashing beam to alert others of your presence. The Lucina uses magnets, so it’s easy to fasten it to your shirt/coat, bag, or leggings. Just push a button to turn it on or off.
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Price: $19.50
Available from: Canoe

Egg Press x Schoolhouse Big Picture Calendar

Okay, here’s your chance to get 2017 all planned out before it even begins. The Egg Press x Schoolhouse Big Picture Calendar shows you the entire year all in one manageable rectangle. Add those important annual dates and note possible vacation time (it’ll be fun to use different colors of ink for different occasions) just so it is entirely obvious that you are going to slam dunk your work/life balance in 2017.
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Price: $34.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric

Free Standing Hanging Rack

Don’t freak out about the impending mess of coats that accompanies winter; get one of these hanging racks to siphon off the pressure. Put it in an unused corner or extra room for bulkier coats and clothes, knowing that the lower shelf will keep larger bags and shoes up and off the ground, thus giving you (and your guests) an impression of everything being in its right place. There’s also the Leaning Tower Rack ($110), shown below, that makes efficient use of extra wall space.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: Brook Farm General Store

Cube Side Table

This Cube Side Table is a bajillion dollars… oh, wait, never mind, it’s less than $150. Good deal, eh? It’s got a black marble base with an oak veneer top, and with a 15.5″ diameter, it’ll probably fit into those tight spots and corners with room to spare. After all, with all of your upcoming holiday entertaining, you don’t want someone setting their champagne on the floor (gasp!), do you?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $143.00
Available from: West Elm