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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)

 
 

Beer Freeze

Let’s get this straight: this mug will keep your beer cold without diluting it. Huh? What?? No more warm beers? That’s right, this BPA-free plastic Beer Freeze mug has a built-in proprietary cooling gel that will keep your beverage ice cold. Keep it in the freezer until you’re ready, then pour your drink in. A rubber grip will keep your hand comfortable. There’s no info yet as to just how long this mug will keep its temperature, but chances are that it’s long enough to enjoy your favorite beverage (if you’re not a beer drinker, just think of smoothies or soft drinks).
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Price: $16.99
Available from: The Fowndry

Please Call Key

Have you ever lost your keys? Or found someone else’s? This Please Call Key by Noah Lambert will give any finder your mobile or office number so they can call and let you know your keys have been found. Engraved to a depth of .005″, the number will be legible for years, so make sure it’s one you’ll keep. Once you and your keys are reconnected, be sure to thank whoever found them profusely, as they just made your life a little easier.

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Price: $30.00
Available from: Noah Lambert

Toby Bag Small

Would you like to see a cool box bag that you can use horizontally or vertically? Okay, here you go. It’s the Toby Bag, and you’re seeing the small size (there’s also a large). An all-around zipper makes things fun; open it completely as a work surface (or placemat, as Otaat suggests) if you so desire.
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Price: $585.00
Available from: OTAAT

Eames® Molded Plastic Chairs

I know, I know, you don’t need any temptation to buy new furniture, especially as you’re in back-to-school mode. Even if you don’t go to school, or don’t have kids in school, it’s still the end of summer, and that means your nose should be back to the grindstone. That said, there are some new colors for the Eames® Molded Plastic Chairs, and after clicking on a few combinations, it seems awfully tempting to inject some color into a dining area by buying just a couple of new chairs. Two new armchairs, perhaps? Or four new DSWs? Aqua Sky, Blue Ice, Kelly Green, Pale Yellow, Stone.. my goodness, nine new colors with eight (eight!) leg options is enough to make your head spin.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00 - 428.00
Available from: DWR

Round Walnut and Solid Brass Wall Hooks

Cooler weather will be here before we know it, so you might as well gear up for fall by making sure there’s a few extra hooks for hanging up all those scarves, hats and coats. Go the minimal route with the Round Walnut Wall Hooks (Set of 2), $24.00, or the Solid Brass Wall Hooks (Set of 2), $98.00. Both sets are by the designer Farrah Sit and may be purchased through her website, Light and Ladder , or from Kaufmann Mercantile.
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Price: $24.00 - 98.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Ceramic Champagne Cooler

Warm champagne is so, so sad, so you need to make sure that expensive bottle of whatever it is stays cold. How about a Naturally Cooling Ceramic Champagne Cooler to ensure it remains at the optimum temperature? It’s made from ceramic, so it utilizes the natural evaporation process to keep a bottle chilled for 2 to 4 hours. Be sure to soak the terra-cotta cooler in cold water for a couple of minutes beforehand, add in ice, an optional message in chalk on the matte black finish, and then pop the cork and celebrate.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: A+R Store

Handled Cutting Boards

What’s this pile of curvy, ornate wood planks? They’re cutting boards by Haidee Drew, and each one has an intricate handle that’s sure to dress up every bit of food you prepare and serve. You might recognize a small nod to old silver serving pieces in the design of the handles, and you’d be spot on, as the designer drew her inspiration from the silver collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Price: $64.00 - 119.00
Available from: Gretel Home

Silicone Wall Mirrors

These two round mirrors are especially suited to a more casual atmosphere, as their frames are coated in silicone. Think of the larger 20″ mirror above a bathroom sink or console in a hallway. The smaller 6″ size is best hung somewhere handy so you can make sure your face is presentable before you head out the door. And, if you’re not too fond of the ‘Ferrari Red’ color, don’t you worry, there’s also the go-with-everything standbys black and white.
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Price: $65.00 - 220.00
Available from: Kontextür

Sprig Bar Stool

I’ve been a big fan of Council ever since they first hit the design scene, so it’s no surprise this Sprig Bar Stool has shot to the top of my favorite barstool list. A powder-coated steel frame will ensure durability, while a subtle angle at the seat back and front makes for comfortable seating. The overall minimal shape has a stainless steel footrest to make it a little more special, and you’ll be happy to note the barstool can be used indoors or outside.
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Price: $575.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Swing Bin

A beautiful waste bin? Indeed, it is. The Swing Bin by Shigeichiro Takeuchi is composed of a simple cylinder with a wooden lid precisely balanced across its diagonal opening. The lid swings and tilts, allowing disposal while hiding the contents. Support the project over at Kickstarter to receive one in a few months.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Rosie Table Lamp

Most people look better with a warm, rosy glow on their face, and while you may not be able to carry around this table lamp with you everywhere you go, you will be able to sit strategically beside it should you want to impress a guest. Designed by Ceci Thompson, the Rosie Lamp is made of Carrara-style marble and handmade rose-colored painted glass.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: CB2

Friday Links

  • Why you should wear sunscreen.
  • Origami in space
  • Hidden kitchen (via pinterest)
  • 92 square feet backyard office
  • An urban nature garden
  • Excellent extension by Pendal and Neille, via plastolux
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    Have a nice weekend.

    Tote Table

    A pink side table is just what you need, right? Don’t worry, there are other options too (blue, green, white, black, orange, and red) if pink isn’t your thing. It’s lightweight and perfectly at home indoors or outdoors, and with an easy-to-grab handle, you can move it back and forth as needed. Light to medium weight bodies may also use the Tote Table as a stool, so you’ve got a versatile option for all your living areas.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $99.00
    Available from: The Utility Collective

    Stop Marble Bookend

    File this under things that you definitely don’t need but want anyways. The Stop Marble Bookend is just what it says it is: a marble bookend. Squared off, the white Carrara or black Marquina marble bookend will solidly hold your books in place with its weight while showcasing the natural beauty of stone. And, if you’re thinking you could source something similar from your local stone supplier, best of luck to you. I bet you’d end up spending just as much, if not more.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $79.00 - 131.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Georg Console Table and Stool

    Small spaces can be tricky, but choose a few furnishings that work in multiple ways and you’ll be as happy as a clam. Take this Georg Console and Stool by Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm, for instance. The minimal, raw oak console would work in entryway as landing pad for keys and mail or in a living or bedroom area as an extra workspace. With only a 12.75″ depth, it could tuck in nicely in all sorts of spots to maximize your space.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $254.15 - 509.15
    Available from: DWR