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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)

 
 

Laundry Basket by Lorenzo Petrantoni for Seletti

Few people would say doing laundry is fun, so if there’s any opportunity to make it more visually appealing, then we might as well take advantage of it. This particular Laundry Basket by Lorenzo Petrantoni for Seletti might help you not hate laundry day as much, thanks to its nicely balanced old-world graphic on a natural cotton basket/bag shell. A drawstring top with cord closure and rope handles finish off the functionality.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: GSelect

Hot/Cold Carafe

This handy Hot/Cold Carafe holds two stacking cups for easy transport from the kitchen to patio. Hand-cast stoneware will insulate beverages appropriately, so use it in the summer for lemonade and iced tea and in the winter for cocoa or coffee. The silicone bands at the help you keep a firm grip while pouring. Available in Clay or Red.

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Price: $60.00
Available from: A+R Store

Hoop Brushes

It pains me to put these handmade Hoop Brushes by Fredericks & Mae into the cleaning category, but I think it would be too pretentious to classify them as strictly art. Now, if I owned one or two or three of these, I would be tempted to clean with them (maybe occasionally for spots with dust) and display them as art somehow, but you’re the master of your own domain. What would you do, use them for function or just for display?
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Price: $64.00 - 180.00
Available from: Fredericks & Mae

Totem Stools

The Totem Stool has a pyramid shaped notch in its side that allows you a little bit of versatility. Stack them up for a sort of sculpture or storage solution, or maybe even utilize the pyramid notch for a temporary book rest. They’re lightweight and durable, and should you want them to stay put on a deck or patio, simply fill them with sand or water.
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Purchase Information:

Price: AUD130.00
Available from: Anaesthetic Design

Akiko Petanque Bocce Game Set

Pétanque, Bocce, Boule, whatever you decide to call it, any variation is a great lawn game for these last few days of summer. Six chrome boule balls and a target ball are all packaged in a teak box for storing and carrying the game. And what do you do? Throw the small target ball out into the lawn, then take turns trying to get your chrome boule/bocce balls closest to the target. That’s a simplified version, of course, and I’m sure there’s several fanatics that have steam coming out of their ears for my lack of specificity as to the rules, but the point is you’ve got to try it out at your next outdoor gathering, preferably with this nice Akiko Petanque Bocce Game Set.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Nest Office Caddy

Hmm, this little office caddy has caught my eye with its simple compartments for those small(ish) desk essentials. However, it’s not just for paperclips and rubber bands; stack a few for extra storage or use the steel frame as a stand for your phone or tablet. The frame may also be used as a handle if you tend to move around your home or office to work.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: A+R Store

Reso Armchair, Set of 2

If you’re very fond of the Bend Farmhouse, Bunny Lounge, or the Bertoia Side Chair, but find their price tags just a tad too high, you should add in the Reso as an alternative. The Reso Armchair is made of powder-coated steel that form a fanned back and straight seat slats. It may not have the same recognition of the previously mentioned chairs, but it is sold in sets of two, so split the $395 or $495 in half when considering the impact on your wallet. Pick from yellow, dark green, charcoal, or white.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00- 495.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Sphelar® Solar Flashlight

This flashlight utilizes micro-spherical solar cells to harness the sun’s power. Micro-what? Mirco-spherical solar cells. They’re tiny orbs that capture sunlight from all directions, which means a lot of light is absorbed. The Sphelar® Solar Flashlight will provide you with up to four hours of LED light, all powered by the sun. A wooden base is included for stability while charging.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

  • For you or your favorite kiddos: Complete the bodies of each animal in this Animal Drawing Notebook (3€ will be donated to the WWF).
  • Or, Connect the Dots and Become the Artist!
  • No. 009: Grey Thumb: concrete cacti
  • Shop local art via a map: Global Yodel
  • @WtfRenaissance via buzzfeed
  • Cute! Alphabet Pillows
  • Laurent Chehere’s Flying Houses (via honestlywtf)
  • Perfect, tiny cabins: The Bothy Project
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    Have fun this weekend!

    Triangulum Fire Pit

    Fair warning, this fire pit isn’t cheap. However, for certain fans of geometry and aesthetics, it could fit the bill just fine. Made of a durable composite concrete, the Triangulum Fire Pit elevates the fire off the ground 10″, giving much needed oxygen to the fire without disrupting a conversational area. The vertical slots also allow water drainage, making this fire pit an elegant option for the cooler nights of the year.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,979.00
    Available from: Boxhill

    Trusco Deluxe Tool Box

    Who wants a big, blue tool box designed smack dab (or close enough) in the middle of the 20th century? I certainly do. Talk about a robust sort of toolbox, the Trusco Deluxe is made from stamped-steel with a bold blue enameled finish. That beats the pants off any plastic toolbox you’re bound to find at any hardware store. Open it in one smooth motion to find several spots for organizing your tools and/or art supplies; the dividers are removable so adjust them to fit your needs.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $110.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Lytro Light Field Camera

    Remember the Lytro? This little camera is pretty special; you can focus each picture after you take it. The Lytro Light Field Camera (a.k.a. the first generation) captures the entire light field, allowing you to pick foreground/middle/background, whichever you prefer, by simply clicking on the area you want to focus on. Take a look at their living pictures to get the idea. Now priced at $199-$249. (Also, if you’re more serious about your photography, you’ll want to take a look at the Lytro Illum).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00 - 249.00
    Available from: Lytro

    Brick Wall/Desk Clock Copper

    A flip clock will never lose its charm, probably because of its analog appeal. There’s something nice about hearing a soft click or flutter as a minute passes, and it’s a welcome alternative to all of those digital screens surround us. This Brick Flip Clock has a beefier case of copper, welded and brushed by hand, so it’ll add a sleek vibe to your home or office. Hang it on the wall or leave it out on a desk or tabletop.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $399.00
    Available from: Horne

    Wired Alphabet Square Blanket

    I bet there’s a depressing amount of bad baby blankets out there. So many that it’s best not to look, I think. So, it’s up to you: make sure that newborn babe of yours/your friend/your relative develops their eyesight on this highly approved Wired Alphabet Square Blanket. It’s made of 100% GOTS-certified four-ply organic cotton muslin, and it’s reversible with the alphabet printed on both sides. The very lucky recipient may use the blanket as a stroller or nursing cover or even a soft play blanket.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $124.00
    Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

    Equilateral Nails

    No, these aren’t earrings, they’re nails. Why would we need decorative nails? Why do we need decorative anything? Maybe ‘need’ is the wrong word.The purists among us might scoff at beautifying the humble nail, but, for jewelry or other small trinkets or photos, the triangle head and post (made of hand cast bronze) does justice to our finer, special things.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $28.00
    Available from: General Store