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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)

 
 

Balad Lamp from Fermob

Need some flexible outdoor lighting? The Balad Lamp from Fermob is just the right size to tote around. And, compared to some other portable, outdoor lights (like the Uma), it’s absolutely affordable. The aluminum handle has a button at its base that dims the light and turns the lamp on and off. As a bonus, the accompanying Small and Large Stand transform the hand-held Balad into a floor lamp for outdoor dining or seating areas.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $114.00
Available from: YLiving

Pour Over Coffee Dripper

Does pour over coffee taste better? That’s up for debate, but there’s certainly something relaxing about mastering a brewing technique that requires patience. This Pour Over Coffee Dripper by Tetsuya Otani is beautifully crafted, so you’ll enjoy the aesthetics of your preparation as well as the taste of the finished brew.
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Price: $188.00
Available from: Nalata Nalata

3D Puzzle Dinosaurs and Insects

I know you don’t need more clutter around your desktop, but these 3D puzzles are small, fun, and inexpensive. Maybe you could get a few to encourage coworkers little ones to use their brain skills for something other than staring at their phones? They’d be fun puzzles to keep out on shelves, or to disassemble for another day.
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Price: $4.00 - 6.00
Available from: Kikkerland

que Collapsible Travel Bottle

Remember this guy? The que Bottle has a smart spiral design that shrinks into half of its size for easy transport. It’s made of BPA-free food-grade silicone (completely plastic-free) that keeps it lightweight, dishwasher safe, and taste and odor free. It’s now available directly from the makers (instead of Kickstarter).
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Price: $19.95 - 24.95
Available from: que Bottle

Standing Pens

A special, standing pen! It won’t walk away from the reception’s guestbook, because it’s a big pen with geometric heft, and can’t be tucked into a pants pocket easily (without an obvious bulge, that is). The tip is easily removable for refill with any ballpoint pen cartridge. Available in several colors and three different shapes.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Areaware

Concrete Brain Bookends

Braaiiins!! Feel free to pretend you’re a zombie, and walk around disjointedly with your arms extended and your head cocked to the side whilst saying that, as it’s entirely appropriate. Just don’t bite into this particular brain, as the two hemispheres are made of concrete. Designer Bertrand Jayr brings these smart bookends to our bookshelves- they’re excellent pieces of heavy ‘gray matter’ to hold your books in place.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Concentric Wall Light

You can’t afford a commissioned Turrell light installation in your living room, but maybe you can afford a Concentric Wall Light from Marset. It’s still expensive, sure, but if you’re a big fan of glowing color, you’re going to like the options you get from the concentric design, especially in the dark.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,640.00+
Available from: Horne

Mellow Vases

If you opt to add one of the Concentric Wall Lights to your home, you may want to coordinate colors with one of Studio Hattern’s Mellow Vases. They look like they’re in the same family, don’t they? Color and light combine to give these acrylic vases a diffused glow. A blurred option is available on Studio Hattern’s site. So pretty.
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Price: $179.00
Available from: Wallpaper

Helen Dealtry Scarves

Can you ever have too many light scarves? You know, for keeping warm when it’s just a bit too chilly outside- or in the office? Artist Helen Dealtry uses her watercolors as designs for these cotton/modal scarves. Keep one nearby for yourself or bookmark it as a future gift for your favorite feminine friend.
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Price: $145.00
Available from: Helen Dealtry

Suga Wetsuits Yoga Mat

What happens to old, worn wetsuits? Well, they usually end up in landfills, but if they’re lucky, they end up becoming a Suga Yoga Mat. Suga recycles old wetsuits into a soft, cushiony, surface for your yoga practice. Eventually, when it’s time for retirement (the mat, not you), it can be recycled. And, for $20 more, Suga’s C2G Mat offers you a replacement when your mat wears out- for life.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Friday Links

Iceland’s Turf Houses (via archinect)

– Large Folded Pouch for your iPad/tablet in Emerald Green and Vibrant Orange

If the World Economy Were the Solar System

– Blu Dot’s Strut Collection is now available in Sweetness, a pale pink.

– Free high-resolution downloads of Audubon’s Birds of America

Why the Earth isn’t a perfect sphere

The Bumblebee Bat weighs about the same as a penny.

– Op-Doc: Richard Twice (the animation!)

Enjoy your weekend.

Bo Light

Yes, you just saw the Hiline Lighting, but this new Bo Light from Massess is something else. Shaped like an archery bow, a slim strip of solid oak is tensioned by wire, which magically doubles as the light switch. Simply touch the wire to activate the imbedded LEDs for a diffused light on the wall or tabletop. Watch the video below to see it in action.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Massess

Document Tote

Briefcase schmiefcase, who wants to lug around a bag that looks like it holds the nuclear codes? Well, maybe some people do, but for those of us that would rather look effortless, there’s the Document Tote. It will do the job of carrying our 15″ or 13″ laptop all in a very succinct sort of package- there’s no straps or exterior pockets, just two interior pockets for the usual accessories. Made of vegan leather, you have your pick of black, cream, or caramel.
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Price: $68.00
Available from: Poketo

Lillagunga Rings

Get these Lillagunga Rings and your kids (or nieces/nephews) will never say you didn’t encourage their gymnastic skills. Worst case scenario is that they’ll injure themselves; best case scenario is that they’ll wear themselves out whilst developing muscle strength. Maybe they’ll even have fun. The rings are designed to be comfortable in the hand and height is easily adjustable.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

X’s And O’s Hook

You may not like shopping at a retailer known for furnishing dorm rooms, but these X’s and O’s Hooks fit everyone’s budget. They’re not going to hold winter coats, of course, but for jewelry and smaller accessories, they might just be the perfect thing. They look a little jewelry-ish on their own, which gives a delicate touch to your dressing area.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00
Available from: Urban Outfitters