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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)

 
 

Palissade Collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

All right, now, we’re in outdoor furniture shopping mode, thanks to the summer heat. If the Hot Mesh Lounge featured yesterday didn’t quite hit the spot, maybe you’ll like the Palissade Lounge Chair by Ronan + Erwan Bouroullec. Why? It’d be easier to ask why not, because then we could agree on your ignorance or lack of design sense* and then our conversation would be over.
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Price: $385.00 - 425.00
Available from: A+R Store

To Go Cup

How many times have you fumbled around with your travel mug? And has it ever spilled? Or has its lid had a weird smell/taste/defect that made you dislike it immensely, yet you’ve not found something better to replace it with? If none of this sounds familiar, lucky you. All the rest of us flip you off will pay attention to Eva Solo’s thermal To Go Cup. The double walls keep temperature control in check while a click-open lid simplifies one-handed use. The silicone strap will make carrying a hell of a lot easier. No snagged fingers or juggling- you’ll just slip it around your wrist or hang it on your bag when you’ve got an armful.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Gessato

Hot Mesh Lounge Chair

Ooo, the Hot Mesh collection just got a new sibling: a lounge chair. You know what’s great about that? It not only looks modern and unfussy, it’s very affordable. I mean, come on, $299 for a cool lounge chair? It’s a no-brainer. Oh, and it’s stackable and suitable for indoor or outdoor use. If we had a little celebratory ‘great deal!’ ribbon jpg to add to certain images, I’d add it without a second thought.
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Price: $299.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Greenhouse

Will having a greenhouse make your thumbs more green? I bet it will, because how could you have a greenhouse like this without lovingly attending to the plants inside? This miniature conservatory is made from lacquered solid ash timber, a galvanized metal planting tray, and toughened glass panes. Both sides open so you can easily care for all your greenery, and if you prefer it not to rest on an existing table or countertop, there’s an optional stand (+$235).
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Price: $695.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Chamber Light

If you’re particularly attuned to any and all forms of lighting ambience, chances are likely that you’ll not settle for any ol’ hurricane lantern for all the summer evenings ahead. So, feast your eyes upon the Chamber light, which is appropriate for tealights or oil. A small handle incorporated into the base makes it quite portable, while the glass shade is just.. well, pretty.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Leibal

EDC Minitool Kit No. 2

Another EDC kit on a keychain? Yep, and before you pretend to yawn from seeing so many, have you seen a minitool kit, all in black? No? Well, this one includes a flathead and Philips screwdrivers, a pill case, bottle opener, ruler and hex wrench, and the pill case can be engraved with up to 10 characters of your choice. In fact, it would be a great Father’s Day gift if you can order it soon (as in, right now, as Father’s Day is this Sunday).
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Iron and Glory

Volga Desk

What to do when you’re short on space but need a desk? How about the Volga Desk by TemaHome? At just 35″ wide and 34″ deep, it has just enough desktop space for laptop and other essentials. Short walls keep clutter contained, with three panels on the right to organize papers, books, or folders. It’s not expensive, and there’s a few different color options to sweeten the deal.
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Price: $406.00
Available from: YLiving

Heller Rainbow Mugs

A big dose of cheerful, rainbow color in the morning would do everyone some good, don’t you think? The Heller Mugs are iconic tableware pieces, first winning the Compasso d’Oro Award in 1964, if you can believe it. This classic set will match any existing vintage pieces, as they’re made using the same molds.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: DWR

Boyce Studio Succulent Planters

You won’t be able to fit any large plants into these wooden containers by Boyce Studio, so don’t even try. However, do plan to place a few small succulents into the smaller receptacles, as they’ll be right at home. The shaped planters are fashioned from wood and finished with a low VOC oil and wax combo. Pick a couple and group them together for a bigger statement.
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Price: $32.00 - 75.00
Available from: WorkOf

LED Smart Jump Rope

Who wants a smart jump rope? I do, I do! And you do too, because it shows your jump count midair with LED lights, which means you’ll be more motivated to hit your goals and therefore healthier. Right? Right. Set training intervals and track progress, all via the included Smart Gym mobile app. What about battery life, you ask? Because you will be jumping ALL THE EFFING time now? A two-hour USB charge will give you 36 hours of active use, which is plenty. You’ll need a break now and then, anyways.
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Price: $89.99
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Friday Links

Ian Stell’s Ingenious Transforming Designs

Modern Brazil Home by ATRIA

– Cool, graphic scarves at Black Plum

SPYNDI furniture invention

– Small office space by Marc&Co

– Recycled glass is melted together to make these Splinterbowls

Enjoy the weekend!

Mega and Mini Dot Quilt

Aside from not having more US distributers, Hay can do no wrong in my book. These reversible Mega Dot Quilts hit the target for lighter summer bedding. I recently purchased another one for my home, as it’s the perfect weight for summer nights, and was delighted to find the price has decreased quite a bit from a couple of years ago. That certainly doesn’t happen often. If you’d rather have a smaller size as a throw for the cooler evenings or for a smaller children’s bed, there’s the Baby Dot Quilt for $99.00.
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Price: $99.00 - 165.00
Available from: A+R Store

Sony Glass Sound Speaker

You’d be forgiven for thinking this glass cylinder is some sort of lantern, for it certainly looks like a sleek little light. However, it packs a punch in sound quality. Crystal-clear sound is reverberated through the glass cylinder, the vibration giving a unique “lifelike sound experience.” Lightweight and portable, the Glass Sound Speaker is ideal for use both indoors and out. And, yes, of course, it connects to your device via Bluetooth.
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Price: $799.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Timeless Travel Planner

Do your travel plans need a little more organization? That’s just what this planner aims to provide, with pages to specifically map out where you’re going, track expenses, and plan your itinerary. The amount of detail is spot on, as it has places to note current exchange rates, as well as entertainment, accommodation and transportation costs. There’s also room to list your very important ‘To Do’s’ before you leave. Does this mean you’ll travel smarter? Probably, as it would be hard not to take advantage of such an easy system. And maybe, just maybe, getting all your info written down in such a manner will free you up to enjoy your journey more.
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Price: $22.00
Available from: Kickstarter

‘The Narlai’ Canvas Shower Curtain

While shower curtains are pretty much the worst decorative thing about most bathrooms, if you have to have one, you now have a pretty good alternative to the requisite white. ‘The Narlai’ Canvas Shower Curtain looks like a geometric quilt that you’d put on your bed, and that’s exactly its inspiration. Think of it as a rugged-sail-meets-American-quilt and you’ve got its design aesthetic pegged.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $198.00
Available from: TRNK