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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 The Edge Lamp

Hmm, this little lamp features a matte finish and multiple convex facets. So what, you say? Well, it’ll look and feel nice, and you’ll be able to position it in multiple ways to get the light right where you want it. Think of it as a subtle spotlight, perfect for ambient lighting in a living area or bedroom.
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Price: $299.00
Available from: Gessato

Nello Bike Bell

How about a bike bell that looks like a clown’s nose? It packs 80 decibels of three sound variations, so it will give plenty of oomph when you need to alert someone of your presence. Fasten it magnetically to your handlebar when you’re riding and pop it off and put it in your bag or pocket when you’re on foot.
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Price: $24.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Open and Closed Helix Keyring

I’ve got a thing for simple keyrings, so of course these two Helix Keyrings by Craighill caught my eye. Choose between the open and the closed; both have one knurled side for adding or removing keys. As they say on their site, the keyrings would be “a daily, tiny joy.”
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Craighill

Yeh Wall Table

If you’re short on space, you’ll want to take a look at this Yeh Wall Table by Taiwan-based designer, Kenyon Yeh. Inspired by the position of someone sitting against a wall with their feet placed firmly on the ground, the table rests against the wall with the help of a small, upturned 90-degree angle on its edge. It won’t take up much room, yet will provide just enough space for the essential lamp, stack of books, or coffee cup.
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Price: $130.00
Available from: Leibal

Moon Tables

Sleek! These Moon Tables from Ethnicraft’s Universo Positivo collection strikes the right note with their solid oak tops and lacquered stainless steel sides. The slight rim helps corral any miscellany- not that you have any- and the materials give a refined feel to a rather simple, no-frills design.
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Price: $449.00 - 799.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Soft Aerating Pourers

You’re not going to want to carry around a bulky wine aerator on all your future picnics this summer, are you? Nah, all you’ll need to bring is one of these little plastic Pourers. It’ll fit into the neck of any bottle and will aerate your wine while making sure there’s no drips or spills- unless you have too much wine, that is, and then all bets are off.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Last Stool Steel

A splattered steel stool by Max Lamb? Yes, please. Hem has a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find something you love. The polished copper version is especially cool, but it’s sold out. Boo-hoo. Thank goodness there are so many other options.
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Price: $249.00 - 349.00
Available from: Hem

Tama Door Chime

You may not need a door chime, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a gentle announcement of a door opening or closing? Assassins Friends and family members (or customers?) would be thwarted from sneaking up behind you to scare you silly, that’s for sure, or you can just think of it as a ‘welcome’ and ‘goodbye’ each time someone comes and goes. The Tama Door Chime installs easily via its magnetic back or included mounting plate.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Natala Natala

Atelier Février Rugs

Prepare yourself, because the rugs from Atelier Février are not cheap, and that’s a bit of an understatement. The Diamond and Sri di Rugs are made of 100% Tibetan wool that is hand-carded and hand-spun; the Nazar rug is made of silk and Himalayan Wool. All are hand-knotted by Tibetan artisans. You should have heard a slight swooshing sound at each of those compound adjectives; they indicate the price tag leaping up way over your budget. The designs are quite beautiful and compelling, as their off-kilter lines keep your eyes enthralled.
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Price: $6,605.00+
Available from: The Future Perfect

Secret Decoder Ring

For your secret messages, you’ll need a Secret Decoder Ring. Pass communication on paper, email or text without fear of prying eyes to your spouse/partner/coworker knowing that only they (and other people with the ring) can decode your words. It’s sorta fun, right?
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Price: $19.00
Available from: Whitney Museum Shop

Friday Links

Ikea moves into indoor gardening with hydroponic kit

Is Dyson’s $400 Hair Dryer Design Worth It?

– Uh-oh, the Herman Miller Sale is on. Are you tempted?

Boaty McBoatface to Bear David Attenborough’s Name, and the Web Pouts

A Sculptural Geometric Pop-Up Book By Tauba Auerbach

DIY: Floating Acrylic Shelves

Rube Goldberg HTML form (via kottke)

In Residence: Kulapat Yantrasast

Enjoy your weekend.

Raumgestalt Watch Box

If you possess more than four watches, you need a Watch Box. Alternatively, if chunky bracelets or large brooches are more your thing, this box will keep those jewels safe and secure. The box has eight compartments with soft tyvek® lining; the divisions are removable should you need a larger storage compartment.
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Price: $90.00
Available from: Luminaire

Tio Easy Chair

With all this talk of enjoying the outdoors, we might as well discuss the seating arrangements. After all, you can only spend so much time on a picnic blanket before your back gets tired. Hopefully, if you have an outdoor area attached to your home, you have some sort of comfortable seating already, but, if not, you might want to take a look at Massproductions’ indoor-outdoor Tio Easy Chair. It’s stackable and and will withstand all sorts of weather as it’s made with polyester powder-coated galvanized wire. That said, no one will question it if you move it indoors, as it could stand proud as a sculptural seating option inside the home just as well as it would outside.
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Price: $342.00
Available from: A+R Store

The Lunch Box

Foodies and minimalists will love THE* Lunch Box. It’s made from anodized aluminum- that means it’s sturdy, lightweight, heat-conductive and hygienic. There’s no clips, straps, buttons, or branding (thank goodness), so your food will be the star of the show. Fun fact: the proportions of the box are based on the Japanese flag.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Dusen Dusen Towels

Fun! Dusen Dusen Towels are just what you need by the pool or on the beach, as the prints are lively and the colors vivid- just right for the summer sun. Pick your favorite or go crazy and get one to match each of your bathing suits. Now, if they’d just make bathing suits…
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Price: $80.00
Available from: DWR