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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)

 
 

Wicker Lunch Box

Okay, so maybe this isn’t the highest quality lunch box/bag you’ll find (look at the price), but you might as well trick your eyes into thinking you’re on a picnic, because then you’ll enjoy that sandwich just a tiny bit more. Of course, do be sure to note that this is a wicker printed soft lunch box, and not actually a wicker lunch box. There’s also a Wicker Wine Cooler for boozier lunch/evening occasions. You can even get the Picnic Fun Pack ($18) which includes the box and cooler along with a zipper bag (that looks like a Mason Jar) and some Buoy Bag Clips.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $5.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Corkframe Pinboard

Who doesn’t love a cork board to keep important notes and correspondence handy? This Corkframe Pinboard upgrades your classic board with a thicker, more robust version. A cutout shelf at the bottom holds smaller items like pens, pencils, and keys, making the board your go-to spot for everything important. Rounded edges give it a polished look that will work for years.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00 - 155.00
Available from: DWR

Octagon One Desk Lamp

Looking for small, portable lamp for your desk or bedside table? The Octagon One Desk Lamp has a simple octagonal base that lets you position the light at three different angles. A built-in rechargeable battery means no wires, so you can move it around your home as needed with little to no fuss.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: SFMOMA Museum Store

Friday Links

Vertical transportation concept by Elena Larriba allows city dwellers to cycle up skyscrapers

Muista Active Chair: Freedom To Rock and Fidget At Work

Self-tinting smart windows powered by the sun

– I can’t decide if I love or hate these: f.lashes, LED Lashes

Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses. Save Your Eyeballs.

– Decent window shades over at Barn & Willow.

Titanium Two-Bit Fly Pry – EDC Bottle Opener & Multi Tool

– Can you tell real news from fake news? Facticious, a game that checks your news sense (via neatorama)

Quiz: See How Well You Can Draw All 50 States (via kottke)

John Gerrard creates simulated flag of black smoke as a symbol of climate change

Enjoy your weekend.

The Frame TV

Who loves that the TV is being reconsidered as art? I sure do. There’s the Serif TV, an excellent option by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, and now there’s this one, The Frame. It transforms into a piece of art when you’re not watching a show or movie, making it blend into your home’s decor. A TV that doesn’t look like a TV? Sign me up.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,999.00
Available from: Samsung

Portside Lounger

Is it just me, or does this seem like one heck of a deal? Finding outdoor loungers that are comfortable on the backside and easy on the eyes can be a daunting task for someone that appreciates a pared-down approach, so seeing a less-than-$400 option is a nice surprise. This lounger is made from sustainably sourced wood and features Textilene® fabric for extra breathability. Plus, it’s on sale, which makes the deal even sweeter (and 25% off for a limited time with code provided on site).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $389.00
Available from: West Elm

Lands Rug

Do you see the aerial landscape inspiration in this rug from Grain? There’s a little hint of crop circles, of course, but the overall shape is what sets this rug apart from its very rectangular siblings in the retail world. And, if you’d prefer a less neutral colorway, the braided wool rug may be ordered in custom sizes, colors, and materials.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $4,750.00
Available from: Grain

MagLock Sunglasses

Oh, this is such a smart idea, and I hope it starts a trend. The MagLock Sunglasses have magnets embedded into their frame so that they ‘clip’ onto your shirt instead of falling off. No more worrying about losing your shades! No more scratched lenses! Wonderful, right? The magnets also mean you can attach the frames to any magnetic surface (even a thumbtack). Here’s hoping they expand the frame selection soon, but for now there’s two safe styles to pick from. There’s also a fun Origami hard case to store your glasses ($14).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Panobook Notebook

Picky about notebooks? Me too, and I just bought/backed the Panobook, a notebook intended for your desk. What’s so special about it? Well, it has a panoramic format (160 mm x 288 mm) that fits nicely in front of or next to your keyboard. A subtle dot grid lets you draw layouts easily (most prominently, three 16:9 boxes or quadrants) and a slip case is included for storage. Nice!
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Collet Corkscrew

Yes, this does look like a tool for a spaceship, but it’s even better (because you don’t have a spaceship). It’s a bottle opener that conceals a corkscrew. That’s right, two tools in one, shiny, solid bar of brass that’ll look just fine left out on the counter or tabletop, if you so desire. It may be a good gift for someone special, so bookmark it for the future.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Fort Standard

Happy Fourth of July!

Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday tomorrow! Don’t lose any fingers to fireworks, but do enjoy the festivities.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

In Residence: Gawie and Gwen Fagan

– If you’re going to own an Ikea sofa, you might as well make it your own: DY MARKERS Klippan Cover

– Tetris-like plywood boxes: since1984

Inspirational Pencil Set

– Fun: Fantastic Coloring Masks

The most skips over a single rope in one minute by a team

– Yves Behar’s Dreem headband

Enjoy your weekend.

Monument Bookend

The Monument Bookend by Chen Chen & Kai Williams will keep any books in place, thanks to the heft of Italian White Carrara marble. The triangular shape will fit right into any geometry fan’s aesthetic ideal while the neoprene under the bookend’s base will protect the surface of any tabletop, desk or shelf. Super minimal and very sleek, I’d think many a modernist would be happy to receive this as a gift for a special occasion.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $190.00
Available from: Chen Chen & Kai Williams

Cap Table Lamp

It’s cute, right? Available in white, blush, misty blue, or midnight blue, the Cap Table Lamp has an adjustable shade on a small, cylindrical base. That means it won’t take up too much room on a side table or worktop, yet you’ll be able to direct the light right where you want it. Is it the perfect reading lamp for your favorite reading spot? Could be. Take a look at the different colors and see if one catches your eye.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $~304.00
Available from: Normann Copenhagen

Zig Zag Cutting Board Set

The Zig Zag Cutting Board Set does double duty; use the flat side as a cutting board or flip it around to use the zig zag side as a trivet or serving board. Plus, they’ll stack and store neatly away when not in use. Both pieces are finished with a food safe, homemade all-natural mix of beeswax and oil (a small tin of the wood balm is included). Nice, huh?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: Pat Kim Design