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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)

 
 

SkyBell Video Doorbell

It’s about freaking time. Often when we search for a home tech product, nothing pops up that looks good (or gets good reviews). That’s been my experience when searching for home security, more specifically, video cameras at the entryway. I know some of my neighbors have spent thousands of dollars on a whole home security package just so they can see a person at their front door. If they were patient, they could have saved a lot of money by trying out this $200 doorbell.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Skybell

Blackline Collection from Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

If I were one to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I would give one of these cutting boards from the Blackline Collection to my love. Why? Because they’re black, like my heart. Just kidding. The pieces of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.’s Blackline Collection aren’t painted or stained, instead, a natural reactive process is used to obtain a distinctive dark finish. This finish is durable and food-safe, as the source of the dye “comes from within the wood itself.” Pretty impressive, and altogether lovely.
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Price: $60.00 - 350.00
Available from: Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Easy Mirror

Stainless steel mirrors are a smart purchase- you’d have to try hard to break them, of course, and they could also possibly double as a weapon. Those two things aside, this Easy Mirror designed by Jamie Wolfond is also really convenient for the glamorous sort of vagabond. Simply press the leg outward to make it stand vertical, then press it back flat when it’s time to pack it away.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: SFMOMA Museum Store

Amish Scooter

Scoot around town with ease in this Amish Scooter. This version is a scooter-bicycle hybrid and it combines the best of both worlds. A powder-coated steel frame and fenders will stand up to all sorts of bumps and bruises while 16-inch wheels will get you to your destination almost as quickly as a regular bike. There’ll be little to no balance or knee strain issues, yet it’s large enough to tote around a bag of groceries. Plus, it won’t look like you stole a kid’s scooter, which is important for your reputation. A Pennsylvania-based Amish family has been manufacturing these for three generations; they invented the scooter as an alternative to a bicycle, which their church does not allow.
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Price: $320.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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Pitcher with Cup from Lagos del Mundo

Maybe you think this pitcher and cup from Lagos del Mundo doesn’t belong on your ‘must have’ list, but that will all change when you’re sitting outside on a hot summer’s day without an aesthetically pleasing receptacle for a cool, refreshing drink. The ceramic pitcher with cup is handmade from natural clay and glazes; the same materials have been used for over 3,000 years, so you’ll not need to worry about this set ever going out of style.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer

If you thought cold coffee was for snobs or sugar junkies, think again. Cold brew coffee is often less acidic and less bitter than hot brewed coffee, and more palatable with milk. Using a slow-drip process with an adjustable valve, the Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer lets you play around with brew time to get your ideal cup. However, don’t think you’ll pull this sort of cold brewing off in a quick minute; the recommended brew time is a 6-hour span, at a drip per second.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: A+R Store

Repurposed Beer Cloth Apron

If you want to look cool while cooking, throw one of these aprons on. Then, when someone says, ‘Hey, that’s a cool apron’ you can say, ‘Oh, this thing? Yeah, it’s a repurposed beer cloth with old climbing rope for the neck strap and waist tie. Kind of cool, huh?’ And then you’ll flip your omelette (or gourmet pancakes or some other incredibly delicious breakfast food) and look like you’ve got your life completely figured out, you smug bastard.
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Price: $118.00
Available from: Dwell

The Level from FluidStance

No, it’s not a hoverboard, but it certainly will help you move around more. The Level by FluidStance is a platform that increases your range of movement while standing. It’s similar to a skateboard in size, yet it has a central rounded base that keeps your muscles engaged- they’ll need to work a little harder to keep you steady. Take a look at the project over at Indiegogo or see the video below.
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Price: $289.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Source: Fast Company

Ceramic Self-Watering Planter

Thank goodness, there’s a self-watering planter that hides the fact that you suck at taking care of your plants. It’s ceramic, so that in itself helps make it look nicer, and has two parts to reduce your watering chores. The upper matte cylinder holds the plant and the lower glossy water reservoir will let the plants roots drink as much as they like. Finally, you’ll have a happy plant in a happy, nice-looking planter. It’s a win/win sort of situation.
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Price: $110.00
Available from: Spartan Shop

Tomnuk Walnut Trivet Tray Set

Why should you care about a walnut trivet tray set? Maybe you shouldn’t, as there are much more important things going on in your life, but your dining table just emailed to let me know that it cares an awful lot about not being burnt from hot pots and pans, and why don’t you stop being a slob and protect your nice furniture? That’s what your table said, basically, word for word. You can stack, nest and store these Walnut Trivets from Tomnuk Design, you can even use them as small trays for snacks and other small sundries.
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Price: CAD52.00 - 150.00
Available from: Tomnuk Design

Wood Block Desk Organizer

All those little papers- mail, tickets, postcards- can now have a proper home without hiding them away. 5 slots allow for papers and letters to be displayed within easy reach of your working surface along with a receptacle for pens and other small accessories.
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Price: $57.00
Available from: Luminaire

FUWL Cage Shelf

Do you need a shelf plus some sort of storage spot for mittens and hats? Perhaps you need a Fuwl Cage Shelf from Stockholm-based design studio Form Us With Love. It’s an ideal landing pad for your keys and such, and the lid lifts off to keep your other personal things within sight and within reach.
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Price: $119.95
Available from: Menu Design Shop

Moment Case

Mobile photography is only getting better as more and more people rely on their smartphones, and, thankfully, the people of Moment aren’t resting on their laurels. They’ve entered the iPhone 6 case market, with a shell that turns your phone into a better camera. The shutter button has half press and full press features, the Moment Lenses can easily be attached/detached, and there’s a strap attachment at the bottom to keep your phone from falling through your fingers right after you’ve taken a great shot. See the video below for more, or visit their Kickstarter page to back the project.
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Price: $49.00 +
Available from: Kickstarter

Fire Tools by Arik Levy

If you have a fireplace (lucky you), you’d best have a decent set of fire tools to keep the flames under control. This set by Arik Levy includes tongs, shovel, brush, and a bucket with the word ‘fire’ on its side just in case anyone gets confused. The tools are constructed of sturdy lightweight aluminum with rubber handles for a strong grip.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: DWR

Plant Walls by Ferm Living

What are these strange wire rectangles and circles? They’re plant walls, and they’ll help your plants grow up and outwards without disturbing your oh-so-perfectly designed interior (or exterior). Made of iron wire with a protective powder coating, each wall is designed in a simple diagonal pattern with subtle pastel shades to compliment your plant collection.

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Price: $54.00
Available from: Clever Spaces