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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)

 
 

Print Rack

If you’re still holding out on print copies of your favorite magazines and newspapers, maybe you’d like this rack from Fruitsuper. Its looped steel body with walnut handle holds your reading materials in a tidy stack, off the floor (and nearby tables) so your living space appears more orderly. Choose between White or Forest Green.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: SFMOMA Store

Switch Stool and Table

What’s better, a side table or a stool? That’s a tough one, so how about both? Bend Goods offers up the Switch Stool and Table. Add a glass top to the base and it’s a table. Add a stool pad (in vegan leather) and it’s a seat. The stool pad flips over for a more compact side table option too. Pretty handy to have around, don’t you think?
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Price: $380.00 - 450.00
Available from: Bend Goods

Trays from Kalon

Need a few nice wooden trays for snacks and drinks and such? Turn your eyes toward Kalon’s set of trays, in either bamboo or black walnut. They’re nice enough that they could venture out of the eating areas and into the living zone- perhaps to keep your pocket contents corralled or your reading stack organized?
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Price: $117.00 - 295.00
Available from: Kalon

Twin Carafe

This double-walled carafe is just about as simple as it gets. For coffee, use the center of the lid as a pour over set. Not big on coffee? The lid’s ridged edge filters loose-leaf tea. Pretty smart that the lid works for both, right? Without the lid, the glass carafe works overtime to hold water, juice, or maybe even (if you’re feeling nice) flowers.
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Price: $38.00
Available from: Good Thing

Cup Lamp by Paul Loebach

A combination pen cup and lamp? Sure, why not? Designer Paul Loebach combines the two for an ultra efficient desktop or bedside companion. A built-in USB port makes charging your devices a breeze, and a dimming knob allows for just the right amount of light. No searching around in the dark for your writing utensils- they’ll be at the ready whenever inspiration should strike.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Klein Reid Brass Top

This is a sort of gift for someone who has everything. It’s a toy, so it’s hard not to spin it around, and it’s beautiful, so even when not in use, it’s a lovely little thing to look upon. Precisely turned, hand-polished and signed, each top is gift boxed with with chamois and care and spinning instructions.
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Price: $138.00
Available from: Klein Reid

Friday Links

– Orit Dolev creates NOMAD, a digital music instrument for travellers

An oddly soothing live jellyfish cam

These Smart Contact Lenses Could Painlessly Monitor Diabetes

Boy learns to drive on YouTube for McDonald’s joyride

Not a lot of links today, as we’re traveling. Enjoy your weekend!

Duck Duck Pillows

Just so you know, the Duck Duck Pillows have a bunch of fun color combinations, and they’re all kind of perfect for the sofa, or a reading chair, or as an accent pillow (or two) on the bed (don’t go overboard*). My favorite? Color Mix 5 or Color Mix 3, I can’t quite decide.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00 - 79.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Kime Shoe Horn

Do you sometimes need a shoe horn? You know, that thing that helps you put on your nice shoes without crushing their heels? If so, get this one, because it’s beautiful. Perfectly symmetrical and carved from a single piece of wood, the Kime Shoe Horn appears to be an art piece rather than a functional tool. Lucky for us, it’s both. “Kime” means texture or wood grain in Japanese and is the name of the collection.
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Price: $ 56.00
Available from: ode to things

Concrete Trivet

Remember the Table Tiles Optic? Now there’s a concrete trivet with the same 3D illusion, which means you’ll be able to join several together for a larger mosaic pattern on your tabletop. Each trivet fits a kettle or saucepan, so double (or triple) them up for larger casserole dishes.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Areaware

Bub Table Lamp

This isn’t the first or last bulb-stuck-in-the-side-of-a-lampshade you’ll see, but it is perhaps the most alluring. A bulb pierces the side of the hand blown glass shade, at just the right height for a friendly, floating apparition. The olive tint gives the lamp an extra amicable look that’s sure to get along with other pieces in your collection.
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Price: $399.00
Available from: Blu Dot

LAX Milking Stool

Add this stool to the list, as it has a delightfully simple design with a T-shaped cross brace to make sure the legs stay put. What height do you need? There’s the counter seat height (24″h, shown), bar height (30″h), standard height (16″h, shown below), and a wider side table version (16″ h x 24″ dia.). Take your pick.
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Price: $320.00
Available from: Horne

Dusen Dusen Sheet Sets

What might you pair with your new Hay Polygon Quilt? How about Dusen Dusen’s Alphabet or Objects Sheet Set? Yes, that makes for a lot of shapes and pattern, but that’s what makes a bed fun… riight? I’m pretty crazy about all the accompanying throw pillows but they’re all sold out (sad face). The throws are so good they’ll need their own post, so stay tuned.
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Price: $120.00
Available from: Dusen Dusen

Palladio Tables

If you’re not afraid of color, you may want to add the Palladio Table collection to your list. Thanks to a sturdy leg joint, many sizes and proportions are possible. There’s 20 color options for the top and 18 color options for the legs- that’s enough to make my head spin with crazy color pairings.
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Price: $799.00 - 1,319.00
Available from: Modern Intentions

FIXR Pocket Tool

The MacGyvers among us won’t be caught without a decent EDC kit, because you just never know when you may need more than a paperclip. The FIXR may not be the most streamlined, but when you’re in a jam, you’ll at least have a hell of a lot of tools to get you out of trouble. It packs 20 tools into one easy-to-hold and easy-to-attach little gadget.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $8.29
Available from: Amazon