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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)

 
 

On a Roll Tape Dispenser

A tape dispenser is rarely described as anything other than just plain (snore) useful, but black + blum have certainly put their brains to use in creating one that is decidedly better than above average- and that translates into pretty damn good. Yep, you read it right, that’s a ‘damn’ in front of a ‘good’ and I’m talking about a tape dispenser.

Gravity removes the need for a separate spindle and the cast iron is heavy enough to use with one hand. So, it’s minimal, durable, and functional? Check, check, and check. And high five to you, black + blum, for creating an excellent alternative to the cheap and unattractive plastic versions found on too many desktops. If I shared an office with anyone other than my dog, I’d be hinting pretty hard that I’d want this for the next gift exchange.

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Price: $43.50
Available from: black + blum

3 Leg Table

You won’t like the price tag, but you will probably grow to like- or even love- Wrk-shp’s 3 Leg Table. It’s a little quirky but also entirely minimal and simple in its approach to providing a surface and a light. Three steel legs, one of which houses the fabric covered cord of the light fixture, balance the console-sized wood top, resulting in a perfect piece to live in an entryway or hallway. Concrete facing on the drawer and feet adds further interest to the mix of materials.
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Price: $4,000.00
Available from: A+R Store

NYC Transit Kerchief

Maybe you have the NYC Subway map memorized, and, if so, good for you. The rest of us rely on our smart phones when we’re in the city, and, oh, the horror when our battery dies and there’s not a reliable map to be found street side. If we had a NYC Transit Kerchief (or a Crumpled City Map), we could pull it out of our bag or pocket and then proceed to our destination without missing a beat. (We’ll avoid thinking about what happens when you’re sick and you badly need a tissue as well as directions.)
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Price: $24.00
Available from: Few & Far Company

Corner Hanging Bar

What is this, you ask? It’s a Corner Hanging Bar, and it has come to rescue that pile of clothes on the floor. Now, this might be handier to have during the winter months, as there are all sorts of scarves and coats and such that seemingly multiply without so much as a second glance, but summer has its array of accessories as well. And, if you need some extra hanging space, this bar is a heck of a lot prettier than this guy, so you could put it out in the open in an unused corner space and not worry about building out an actual closet.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: CB2

Plum Cocktail Shaker

Let’s be honest: some of Tom Dixon’s products look like they should be on the altar of some strange, futuristic church (Cog Candelabra) or else an excellent receptacle for cremains (Beat Vessel). That might sound a little morbid or serious, but I mean it as a compliment. For instance, the Plum Cocktail Shaker could easily live in some sacred place with its bright copper plating. However, considering its purpose, best use it as intended; you’ll enjoy it more that way. The tapered ends help make the shaker easier to grip and the cap functions as a spirit measure or shot glass.

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Price: $135.00
Available from: Lumens

Smash Cup

You can plan to donate or recycle your big travel mug, because you won’t need it once the Smash Cup ships in October. But you love your travel mug, don’t you? Well, is your mug collapsible and highly portable? No? I thought so. The Smash Cup is a reusable cup that can be ‘smashed’ down after you’ve finished your coffee/tea. Fun, right? It’s leak-proof, so you can stuff it in your bag or pocket without worrying about drips or spills. Keep it with you throughout the day and eliminate disposable cups from your daily routine. Permission to now boast about your eco-friendly credentials granted.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Peg Board

The old peg board: we all know it has its usefulness, but it could stand for a makeover. That’s the thought behind Human Crafted’s Peg Board. Made by hand from machined walnut, each board also comes with a bungee cord, which gives the board various storage functions. Choose a few accessory hooks and you have more possible customizations for specific items (kitchen tools, keys, etc.). Combine all three sizes for a bigger board, or just choose one for your essentials.

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Price: $45.00 - 75.00
Available from: Human | Crafted

Funnell – EJECT | WEAR

You know when you’re riding your bike or walking on the street and all of the sudden it starts to rain? You have to stop, get out your rain gear- if you have it- and put it on, then pedal or walk to your destination partially soaked, which is really no fun at all. That’s exactly where this backpack comes into play. A jacket ejects out of the backpack quickly (see the video below) to cover you and your pack sufficiently. It’s slightly super-hero-ish, and looks pretty easy in terms of function and use.
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Price: $188.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Handy Gold Caddy

If you’re going to have anything on your desk or dining table called a ‘caddy’ you might as well make it gold, or gold-plated, at least. A black pine handle shows off the oh-so-shiny gold, and it could hold your mail, pens and notepads just as easily as flatware and napkins. Less is usually more, so don’t go overboard with other gold accessories. You don’t want to blind coworkers or family members with your show of wealth, now, do you?
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Price: $39.95
Available from: CB2

Reclaimed Wood Tree Swing

Do you see the size of this Reclaimed Wood Tree Swing? Sure, there’s a little kid in the photo, but it’s still pretty sturdy in terms of length, width, and depth. Made from salvaged antique flooring, this swing from Peg and Awl has a vintage look that will fit in any backyard, especially when hung from a large tree branch. Natural tung oil keeps the seat water resistant and a five-loop fisherman’s knot secures the rope.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Cross, Hex, and Tri Pendants

If money was not a concern, I’m sure many of us would opt for one of these pendants designed by Resident Studio. Aluminum or brass channels have LEDs hidden inside to keep the shape extremely clean and sculptural. The results are a group of light fixtures that double as art objects; each could provide a modern contrast with more traditional interiors or fit in easily with similarly minimal/modern furnishings. Take your time considering all three: the Cross, the Hex, and the Tri Pendant Light.
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Price: $1,295.00 - 2,250.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Bend Farmhouse and Bunny Lounge

If you’re still searching for outdoor seating, it’s your lucky day. Remember Bend Goods? You can now purchase either the Farmhouse Lounge or Bunny Chair in White, Peacock Blue or Orange at 25% off the regular price. These summer sales sure are helpful, aren’t they?
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Price: $368.00
Available from: Bend

Perimeter Tray

I know, a serving tray is not on the top of your list on this Monday morning after the holiday weekend. I wouldn’t care much either, except it’s the Perimeter Tray, and if you remember from our previous post last year, it normally retails for $195. And now MoMA Store has it on sale for $139.95 ($125.95 members). That’s a price that one could afford for a nice tray made of reclaimed walnut hardwood veneer, isn’t it?
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Price: $139.95 (sale)
Available from: MoMA Store

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July! Here’s hoping you have an excellent weekend full of delicious food and astounding fireworks. See you back here on Monday!

Shown above: Coltellerie Maserin BBQ Grill Set, $135.00

Made of rosewood and rust-free steel, includes 21″ spatula and fork, and 20″ knife.

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Price: $135.00
Available from: Modern Anthology

The Chimney Box

Fire and being outdoors go hand in hand, don’t they? There’s lots of options available to house a small fire, but I doubt any of them come close to the efficiency of the Chimney Box by Tom Goodson. Handmade in Texas, each Chimney Box is made out of 1/4 inch, 1/8 inch and 14 gauge steel. A triangular shaped hearth allows for wood to be burned “teepee” style; this design allows for a more efficient combustion as well as better smoke control. What else? It’s easy to clean, it has a natural rust finish for minimal maintenance, and there are wheels for portability. Watch the video below for more.
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Price: $1,499.00
Available from: The Chimney Box