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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)

 
 

Laundry Punch Bag

Get your frustrations out and then do your laundry. This punch bag is a heck of a lot cheaper than a real punching bag, and might just motivate you to keep your dirty laundry all in one place. Sure, it’s a little silly, but it’s also a kind of fun. Hang it in the closet or in the corner of a bedroom for easy access.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Earthenware Cup

Does drinking coffee or tea out of a special cup make it taste better? Absolutely, or so says the wisdom of an aesthete. Make your morning or afternoon ritual a little more perfect with a beautiful earthenware cup, handmade by Sue Pryke in the UK.
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Price: $36.00
Available from: Herriott Grace

Flavour It Glass Water Bottle

Like a bit of lemon or mint in your water glass? Or perhaps a hint of strawberry? Now you can take your fanciness on the road with this glass bottle, thus reducing your own plastic bottle usage as well as that snobbery that crops up whenever you’re faced with plain tap water. I’m sure you’ll get creative with infusions, as it’d be hard not to try all sorts of fruits and flavors while you stay hydrated.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

DriStore Bags

Raise your hand if you like using plastic bags to protect and organize your gear. If so, maybe you’re ready to upgrade from disposable food bags to the DriStore Bags. The triple-polymer film is rugged and touchscreen compatible, while the IPX8-rated seal is airtight and waterproof to 10 meters. Whether you’re traveling to work in a downpour or to an exotic location clear across the world, put your devices, papers, matches, etc., inside these bags and know your stuff will remain safe and dry (and organized).
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Price: £8.49
Available from: lifeventure

Self Watering Planter by Joey Roth

Holiday travel is booked, you’re wrapping up at work, and all is set for you to head off to family/friends for the upcoming break. It’s only at the last minute where you have a minor freak-out wondering who is going to water your plants. Instead of bribing your friend or neighbor, maybe get this self watering planter by Joey Roth. The planter’s earthenware central chamber allows water to slowly seep into the soil as the plant absorbs only what it needs. The planter is inspired by the Olla, an ancient irrigation tool used in arid climates.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Joey Roth

Archway and Steps Beach Towel 

Not everyone wants to spend $175 on a beach towel, but if you’re exceptionally picky, you just might like the simple motifs on these 100% Irish linen towels. Did you know linen is very absorbent and durable? And that it’s lint-free and gets softer the more you use it? Do you feel a little bit better about the price point now?
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Price: $175.00
Available from: Pretend Store

Hay Jug with Handle

You know you’re going to need some very cold beverages this summer, so make sure you have a decent jug, preferably one that makes you happy every single time you fill it up. The Hay Jug with Handle might just do that, as it has a friendly, amorphic body and a beefy handle for a firm grip. The color versions are certainly tempting, aren’t they?
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Price: $32.55 - 41.80
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Friday Links

“I Went to Planned Parenthood” Canvas Tote

Usem cards: note cards the size of a credit card

– A bit clunky, but…SolarGaps– Energy Generating Solar Panel Window Blinds

– For future doctors, or for kids about to be patients: Little Patient

A biologist explains CRISPR to people at five different levels of knowledge

– Gah! Astronaut Duvet and Pillowcase Set

Time-Lapse Sun-cats (via goodstuffhappenedtoday)

Tai Chi synthetic chemistry

Enjoy your weekend!

Tai Chi synthetic chemistry

Pretend Store Pocket Art Director

Suffering from a creative block? Well, no need to discuss it with an actual art director. With just a simple roll of this dice*, you’ll get snippets of constructive feedback. It’s professional advice in your pocket, and you can ignore if you don’t like it. Score!
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Poketo

Lempi Glasses

Sometimes those cheap plastic cups just won’t cut it at the dinner table. Upgrade to the Lempi (means ‘favourite’ in Finnish) Glassware from Iittala. Use them for everyday water or for that special occasion wine; they’ll fit every occasion. And, as a major bonus, the Lempi is stackable to save space in your kitchen. If you’d rather a bit of color, check out the lilac, light blue, and grey.
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Price: $44.35
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

National Park Bandanas

Are you planning on visiting a National Park this summer? If so, you’d be smart to get one of these bandanas. Each one is printed with a full-color official National Park Service map; detailed topographical information is shown as well as visitor services info. It’ll be a useful fashion accessory and an essential tool. Win/win.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Poketo

Fermob Planter Baskets

Fermob has plenty of practical outdoor furnishings, but these Planter Baskets are particularly perfect for a patio. Why? Well, the handles, of course. If you’ve ever tried to move a heavy planter, you know the value in that. They also have two holes for water drainage (with plugs) and the feet and trays separate for easy filling and transport. The baskets are available in a plethora of colors, several of which are sure to suit your fancy.
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Price: $775.00 - 838.00
Available from: Horne

Tonal Boob Pillow

It’s a Tonal Boob Pillow, and why wouldn’t you want one? You’re not the type to shy away from an cartoonish image of a body part, and, in fact, you can celebrate it without any of the awkwardness that may come from someone more serious.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Need Supply

Koki Ice Cream Scoop

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… you know the rest. Make sure you have a decent scoop for your ice cream, because you don’t want it to melt while you wrestle your serving (plus others) out of the box or tub. The Koki’s handle is comfortable to hold and has a length suitable for all types of containers. It’s perfect for soft and creamy ice creams (homemade is best!).
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Hive

Verterra Compostable Dinnerware

At your next summer soirée, upgrade the dinnerware from the humble paper plate to compostable dinnerware made from fallen leaves. What, you say? Yep, spend a bit more and have a sturdier surface for food (no collapsing, no mess), and know you can toss it all in the compost when the party’s over. Sounds good, right?
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Price: $15.00 - 18.00
Available from: Food 52