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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)

 
 

Ready Stacking Barstool

Take a look at this stacking barstool. It’s made from powder-coated steel sled legs and a molded plywood seat and is oh-so-minimal. Not impressed? Oh, and it’s under $200. Compare that price tag with another favorite barstool and it’s a downright steal. Choose between black, grey green, or white.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $179.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Memorial Day

Enjoy your Memorial Day! Try to take a few moments to honor those who have died in military service, as that’s the whole reason you have today off work… then you can get back to your grilling whilst enjoying the nice weather. Posts will resume tomorrow as usual.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00
Available from: Gessato

Friday Links

Amy Bennett paints her self-built 3D miniature models. (via slow show)

Okja, from Netflix, available on June 28 (via kottke)

– More fold-out furniture in this space: WAATAA By Studios

– Paintings: Becky Suss- Homemaker (via hyperallergic)

– Noise Pollution: National Transportation Noise Map (via curbed)

Japanese Woodblock Prints Reimagined as Contemporary Tattoos (via thisisnthappiness)

Have an excellent weekend.

Japanese Woodblock Prints Reimagined as Contemporary Tattoos

Kobayashi Harvester Scissors

Those herbs aren’t going to harvest themselves, so get yourself these hand-forged steel shears for precise pruning. They’re suitable for cutting plant stems up to 3mm thickness and feature ergonomic handles so you can take your sweet time getting just the right cuts.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Ode to Things

A5 Pouches

Who doesn’t need a handy, zippered pouch? The A5 Pouch is the perfect size for a mini iPad or for your notebook, plus your other smaller necessities. There’s an inside pocket sized for a passport, so maybe you’ll use it on your trips to corral the essentials.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £135.00
Available from: Campbell Cole

PH 5 Pendant Light

If you’re going to buy a PH 5 Pendant Light, it might as well be on sale. This classic light was designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 and remains one of the smarter choices for glare-free illumination. You’re probably familiar with the slightly more popular PH Artichoke by Henningsen, yet the price tag on that makes it a little less attainable. The curved reflectors on the PH5 ensure that light is directed appropriately, and, with several superb color combinations, it’s a perfect choice for above a dining table or workspace.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00 - 597.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Sans Calendar by Rationale

It’s the middle of May and you’re seeing a calendar. What’s up with that? Well, this calendar is worth buying, if only for half a year’s use, as dates are listed as two vertical columns with space for important notes. The vertical layout may be just a little more workable for your desktop area. If the minimal black, white, and red design looks familiar, that’s because it’s got the same sort of feel as Massimo Vignelli’s popular Stendig Calendar.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: BOOK/SHOP

Flange Vessels

Ooo, these vessels are want-worthy. Maybe plant a few cacti for an impressive grouping, or use the bowls as a gathering spot for keys and mail. In any case, you’d do well to get a few, say, three or all five, so you can make a modern terra-cotta statement somewhere within your home. Or perhaps even on your patio?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00 - 99.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Cube Cat House

Would your feline friend like a new place to curl up and rest? The Cube Cat House might just work well with your home’s interior, as it’s composed of a handwoven fiberglass cocoon nested inside a clean graphic frame. The cocoon acts as a bed and a scratching tool, so you’re already a step ahead on minimizing the kitty paraphernalia. Now, if someone would just figure out a better option for housing litter…
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Luminaire

Slow Brew Iced Tea Maker

Slow brewed tea sounds slightly pretentious, I know, but this little guy makes it look super easy and worth a try. After all, summer is almost here, right? Apparently cold-brewed tea is less bitter and astringent, just like cold-brewed coffee. A double-walled, clear infuser lets you keep an eye on the color while also keeping the tea’s temperature stable. You can even try cold-brewing coffee in it, as the retailer notes.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Construct Bench

Pared down to the essentials, this Construct Bench will make a minimalist’s heart all aflutter. A thin steel base supports a surface with an inset felt pad for softness. Use it as a bench seat in a hallway or along an empty wall, or in the living room as a coffee table. Available in a 72″ or 42″ length, with either a Heathered Graphite or Off White felt pad.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00 - 699.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Space Pod Playhouse

If any of your kiddos are even slightly interested in space, you’re kind of obligated to get this Space Pod Playhouse. It’s a kit, so it’ll take a tiny bit of elbow grease to construct the “four-foot cosmic cruiser” (75 plastic fasteners and tools are included). Who knows, you may encourage a career in astronomy or engineering. 55 cardboard panels printed with all sorts of details help encourage playtime.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Magnetic Mirror Shelf

Who needs a small-ish magnetic mirror with a shelf? Because this one is the bee’s knees, as the saying goes. Set your phone, sunglasses and keys on the shelf in an entryway or office for safekeeping, or even hang it in the bathroom to have a handy spot for toiletries. The magnetic backing (plus two included magnets) offers you all the more storage- be sure to utilize that feature by posting reminders, notes, or special keepsake photos out where you’ll see them everyday. Now on sale (reg. $110)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Kaenjusai Watering Can

Will a pretty watering can make your houseplants happy? Probably, but it will be because you’re happy watering them with the Kaenjusai Watering Can by designer Keita Suzuki. See the matching angle of the handle and spout? That will give you a precise “point-and-pour control” to ensure less spillage. A walnut handle compliments the copper body.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Triangle Stacking Tables

How about a stack of side tables for your favorite room? These Triangle Stacking Tables are small enough (16″ x 14″ x 15″) that they can sit quietly together beside a sofa or chair. When you have friends and family over, simply unstack them for three handy spots to hold drinks and plates. Choose between Birch, Slate, or Marble tops. And, if you’re allergic to triangles, there’s the Rectangle Nesting Tables as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $265.00 - 395.00
Available from: NewMadeLA