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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)

 
 

Maple Wood Utensil Set

Did you know that the closed grain of maple wood will not absorb any flavors or bacteria? That makes it an excellent material for cooking utensils in the kitchen, and looky here, here’s a set that includes a spatula, spoon, straining spoon, and tongs- what more do you need? Each piece in this set is hand carved from a block of locally-sourced wood in an Indiana workshop.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Gray Fabric Sofa

If you’ve ever shopped for a sofa with a clean, minimal style, you know that most of the time they’re shockingly expensive. This Gray Sofa is not (in comparison). It has reverse-stitched seams, the requisite low profile, and an option of high or low arm height…or, do one of each, as shown in the image above. Custom fabric is also available. Curious? Yeah, me too. This may help your decision as well: each piece of Interior Define’s furniture collection* is made-to-order and every piece has a 365-day return policy. Pretty crazy (in a good way), right?
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Price: $1,500.00 - 1,800.00
Available from: Interior Define

Wool Throws by Arthur Arbesser

Staying warm this winter is as simple as having a good wool throw in the immediate vicinity of your sofa, bed, or desk (if your workplace is casual). Hem has a new wool throw collection by fashion designer Arthur Arbesser, and dare we say that each pattern and colorway is both modern and fun, and absolutely perfect for almost any interior. Might this be a good gift idea for someone with perpetually cold feet and hands? Hmm…
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Price: $119.00 - 149.00
Available from: Hem

iPad Pro Sleeve and Stand by This Is Ground

I’d say this is an elegant option for a iPad Pro sleeve/stand, wouldn’t you? It fits your tablet, stylus, and a file for loose papers- that’s it. A front flap on the inside allows you to prop up your tablet against the folded back side, giving you a two-in-one function with sleek and simple styling. Smart.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: This Is Ground

Tab Shelf

Sure, it’s a shelf, what of it? Well, this powder-coated steel shelf has a ridge down the middle to keep photos and art propped up as well as a lip on the front. That allows you to display all sorts of things without worrying about little (or big) things falling off, which makes it suitable for anywhere you need an extra display or storage space.
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Price: €40.00
Available from: Phil Procter

Keytags by Various Projects

Know a blogger, a bon vivant, or a bad ass? What about a fashion editor, a freeloader, or a philanderer? Maybe one of those people needs a keychain with their stand-out attribute written for all to see, or maybe you need a bunch to label your keys and/or yourself. Give some as gifts, give one to yourself, go crazy. See the whole collection at Various Projects.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Various Projects

Poketo Design Planners

We can avoid thinking about 2016 all we want, but that won’t do anything to postpone its arrival. Might as well prepare yourself by thinking about a new planner for the new year, right? Poketo has a fresh collection of open-dated planners, with weekly and monthly pages ready to start whenever you’d like. I chose the large Mon Cahier Planner myself, but this latest group would fit into a bag much easier for on-the-go planning. Plus, the fun covers are a definite bonus.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Poketo

Dux Brass Pencil Sharpener

Do you use pencils? Do you have a plastic pencil sharpener? Pfft. Toss it in the recycling bin, because this one is much better. Made of solid brass, the Dux sharpener is built to last. The weight of it alone would keep it from getting lost/shuffled around with your other desk tools, but there’s no guarantee that it wouldn’t walk away with a coworker with sticky fingers, so watch out.
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Price: $19.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Verloop Colorblock Touchscreen Gloves

These color-blocked gloves by Verloop will cheer up any dark and dreary winter day, and, yes, they will work with all your touchscreen devices. Nano-metallic conductive yarn on the thumb, index and middle fingertips ensure warm fingers and uninterrupted scrolling/tapping/texting while you’re out and about.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

Friday Links

– Those aren’t birds, they’re plastic bags: Murmurations by Alain Delorme (via Slow Show)

A Machine That Wakes You Up And Gets You Dressed

MomentumMobiles

Geometric Paper Sculptures by Paperwolf

5 Cool Things You May Not Know About Your Tape Measure (via neatorama)

3-D printed cape by Love & Robots

Little House with a Big Terrace / Takuro Yamamoto

Have a great weekend.

Little House with a Big Terrace Takuro Yamamoto

Murmurations by Alain Delorme

Hanko Side Table

Need a side table with decent storage and good, solid construction? Check out the Hanko Side by Chadhaus. Soft-close slides will shut the drawer softly while the pared down appearance will slip in nicely alongside a mix of modern furnishings. Pair two on either side of a bed for nightstands or just add one to your living area to store the clutter of remotes and charging cables.
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Price: $1,200.00
Available from: Chadhaus

Nambu Cast Iron Tea Pot

Designed by Makoto Koizumi, the Nambu Cast Iron Tea Pot is made using traditional craftsmanship in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan. That craftsmanship goes back to the middle of the 17th century, so rest assured that this kettle will last for generations, and look exceptionally good while providing your daily cup or pot of tea. And, should you need an extra skillet or pan, have a look at the other Nambu pieces.
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Price: $350.00
Available from: Gessato

Tafla Mirrors

Remember the Plopp Stool? Well, that kind of manufacturing process (called FiDU, by the way: ‘Freielnnen Druck Umformung’ = ‘free inner pressure deformation’) isn’t going to just be confined to seating, thank goodness, as that would be a crying shame. Just look at the Tafla Mirrors. Are they not stupendous? Are they not stunning? They’re certainly not cheap (understandably), but man-oh-man, are they spectacular.
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Price: $767.00 - 5,850.00
Available from: A+R Store

Concrete Brain Bookends

Braaiiins!! Feel free to pretend you’re a zombie, and walk around disjointedly with your arms extended and your head cocked to the side whilst saying that, as it’s entirely appropriate. Just don’t bite into this particular brain, as the two hemispheres are made of concrete. Designer Bertrand Jayr brings these smart bookends to our bookshelves- they’re excellent pieces of heavy ‘gray matter’ to hold your books in place.
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Price: $69.00
Available from: Gessato

Grid and Rain Table Linens by Sylvain Willenz

Need I remind you that Thanksgiving is right around the corner? I know, I know, there’s too much to think about, and you just don’t have the space in your brain to consider how your dining table will look. After all, who cares about food presentation and the overall aesthetics of your home? Oh, wait, you care. Darn it.

So, take a look at the collection of table linens from Hem. You can basically close your eyes, point at any pattern, add to cart, and voilà! Your table will look fantastic, as the patterns are modern and simple and will set off your food fabulously. Plus, they’re not holiday-centric, so you can use them year round.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00 -49.00
Available from: Hem