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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)

 
 

Friday Links

Half-Tree House

Was the Oldest Smiley Found on a 3,700-Year-Old Jug?

– Mobile-to-magazine app: Recently (via swissmiss)

Feminist Sticky Notepad

Feminist Sticky Notepad

– Gah! Tiny Paper Model Chair (Plywood)

Feel Great Laundry Bag

– For vampire DIY-ers: Sol Y Luna Metal Tool Box in Leather

Sunset on Mars Print

Cloud Notebook

Enjoy your weekend.

Cloud Notebook

Signal Flashlight

You don’t think you need a flashlight until you do, so, make sure you have one at the ready, just in case. And, if you have to have a flashlight, why not make it the Signal Flashlight by Sylvain Willenz? It’s made from aluminum and silicone and has a handy USB rechargeable battery that powers an ultra-bright LED. As a bonus, you can pick your favorite color option (you know, to match your decor).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00
Available from: good thing

The Abbott Stool

This three-legged stool is comfortable in its nudity. Solid construction with tenon joints, shapely legs, and a slightly beveled top combine to make it easy on the eyes; it’d be a shame for it to hide any of its parts behind paint.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $285.00
Available from: Coolican & Company

Duo and Pool Rug

There’s something special about irregular rugs. It’s the unexpected shape, so different from the regular rectangle, that leads the eye around the rug’s circumference and lends a sense of playfulness. Grain’s Duo Rug combines two shapes to create one; each shape is composed of a different braiding technique, adding a subtle textural difference.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,985.00 - 3,085.00
Available from: Grain

Bari Cheese Grater

Spending close to $200 on a cheese grater may sound ridiculous, but then you’ve never seen how serious I am about cheese. This Bari Cheese Grater combines a grater with a serving dish; this cuts down on dishes needed, of course, but it also elevates your fresh parmesan into a proper experience. A glass lid keeps grated cheese fresh- that’s no small thing if you’re serious about your cheddar (haha).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $190.00
Available from: Luminaire

Clouds Poster by Debbie Carlos

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s hard to find an interesting piece of art under $50. This Clouds Poster by Debbie Carlos is pretty much just what it looks like: an image of clouds printed on a plotter, which is a large format printer primarily used to produce architectural and engineering prints. The rougher image is made of a series of dots, just like images from newspapers or magazines. The photograph is visible when viewed from at least a few feet away.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $42.50
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

OYOY Gotoku Trivet

Trivets! If you don’t have a few lying around for hot dishes, then snap up some of these. The silicone OYOY Gotoku Trivets have geometric shapes and nice colors, so they’ll complement your crockery and linens for a nice mix. Get a couple for intimate dinners, or get a bunch for handling a larger spread.
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Price: $14.00 - 25.00
Available from: Huset Shop

CoopDPS Cotton Blankets

Blankets in July? WTF, right? Yeah, well, it’s cold somewhere right now, and someone is going to want a soft, cozy throw to warm their toes. Plus, summer won’t last forever, and these throws by ZigZagZurich (designed by Nathalie Du Pasquier & George Sowden, founder members of Memphis movement) are relatively inexpensive and very much pattern-fantastic.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

Grip LED Torch Flashlight

Why not employ the same grips of the BMX bicycle to a flashlight? You don’t want to drop it on your toes, after all, especially not in a dark, potentially scary room when there’s no electricity. It’s a practical, tactile solution to sweaty palms.
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Price: $22.00
Available from: A+R Store

Lumos Helmet

If you’re a smart cyclist, you’re going to try to be as visible as you can be at night. This helmet will certainly help, as it integrates lights, brakes and turn signals. That’s right, it’s a smart helmet; the rear lights automatically turn red when you slow down and the turn lights are activated by a small remote on your handlebars. Sounds great, right?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $179.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Nomu Vacuum Flask

All flasks are not equal, as you may be aware. Some leak, some do not keep hot beverages hot, some look atrocious… you know the story. The Nomu* Vacuum Flask is in the top tier of your available options, as it is a thermo insulated double walled flask perfect for either hot or cold drinks. Flavor and aroma are preserved, so you’ll get the full enjoyment of your coffee/tea/rocket fuel hours after you first pour it in.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Hivemodern

Friday Links

hearO: a Wireless Speaker in a Championship Tennis Ball

Send a Text to SFMOMA and They’ll Text You Back an Artwork

Historic Day of Action: Net Neutrality Allies Send 1.6 Million Comments to FCC. High five, internet!

Digital House Number on sale (from $45 to $29.95)

– Are Instagram and Facebook are ruining our fond memories of vacations?

Mini, Mirrored Prefab House

This Mini, Mirrored Prefab House Can Be Yours for Just $36,000

KEYANCHOR, World’s Smallest EDC Multi-Tool & Key Organizer

– Anti-theft, dual function Bobby Bizz Briefcase/Backpack

Good at Naps Throw

Enjoy the weekend.

Good at Naps Throw

Cork Planters

How about some cork containers for plants and such? There’s several sizes to suit your needs and you know that every plant will be pleased as punch to have a home in such a sustainable container. There’s also lidded Canisters (with cherry or walnut tops) for special sundries and a specific Coffee Canister ($125) that comes with a scoop.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00 - 250.00
Available from: Need Supply

Tower Magazine Rack

It’s hard to get too excited by a magazine rack, unless having your current stack of books and magazines stacked up perfectly straight is exciting (no one is judging you, promise). A handle on this rack makes carting your stack from the living room to office or bedroom easy, which might just make you a more well-rounded reader. The simple, futuristic styling is pretty perfect.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.80
Available from: Domino

Cloud High Back Sofa

Prepare yourself, for this high-backed sofa carries a high price tag. But you can understand why, can’t you, especially when considering the feather and foam-filled cushions, slim steel legs, and tall, curved shell that envelopes you whenever you sit down to rest your weary feet. You’re sure to find that this sofa provides a quiet spot for reading or watching movies (or napping), which is a valuable thing in any busy household.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $6,427.00
Available from: Mjölk