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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)

 
 

Friday Links

In Residence: Rose Uniacke (that faux brick wall door in the garden- whoa)

Sit on everything

The Dice Tool

Plastic Sculptures from Ocean Garbage (via npr)

Rippled Portals of Color Created with Spray Paint by HOXXOH

Constellation Embroidery Kit

Learn all about salps, vortex rings, and underwater robots.

– If you need a project, and like flowers: Paper Allium Tutorial (via peone)

World’s Darkest Material Absorbs 99% Of Visible Light, Used In Space Photography

Enjoy your weekend.

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Steel Drop Lamp by Pulpo

If you’re not to be trusted around delicate glass lamp shades, this Steel Drop Lamp is for you. The perforated steel light screen diffuses light for a soft glow while the opaque metal base gives a hefty, sculptural weight to any room. Place one on a sideboard, table, or on the floor for extra ambience. Available in two sizes and several appealing finishes.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $525.00 - 665.00
Available from: A+R Store

Cutlery Set

Ditch those plastic forks, spoons, and knives, because you’re going to buy this Cutlery Set. All three utensils nest together into a compact case for safekeeping and easy transport, which is convenient for your daily lunch at the office or your next camping trip. Stainless steel won’t bend or break, and, as a bonus, you can freely lecture anyone around you about how their use of plastic cutlery is lame, both in function and for the environment. You may not make new friends this way, so maybe it’s best to just wait as others slowly notice your superior eating utensils, then tell them all about it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $13.95
Available from: Box Appetit

Tangram 3D

Okay, do you like tangrams? You know, the traditional puzzle of seven geometric 2D pieces that you rearrange to make bigger shapes? If so, you’ll be happy to see that there’s a colorful, magnetic version that’s appropriate for all ages. Show off your designs upright, and keep them close at hand on a shelf or desk so you can mess around with them when your brain needs a break.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Luminaire

Sale: Finn Chaise, Eos Lounge

Whoa, if you’re still in the market for outdoor furniture, take a look at the Finn Chaise and the Eos Lounge, both on sale right now from DWR. Maybe you wouldn’t buy them both for the same outdoor seating area, but if you need a pair of either, now’s the time to snap ’em up. The Finn Chaise (in black) is $1,305.50, on sale from $1,865.00. The Eos Lounge Chair (in white) is now on sale for $213.50, on sale from $305. $213! For the Eos Lounge! Come on, doesn’t that seem like a steal? Oh, and the Dusen Dusen Towels are also on sale ($56). Adding to cart now…
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,305.00
Available from: DWR

Fluted Talise

Water is a necessity, but nowadays too many of us rely on plastic bottles to get our daily intake. Perhaps by purchasing this very nice Talise carafe, you’ll cut down the amount of plastic you use and thus become a more responsible adult. Unending supplies of water and other beverages may be kept in its lovely fluted design, which looks so much more appropriate on a dinner (or conference) table than a six pack of plastic bottles. Use the inner funnel to hold a water filter, if needed, or remove entirely for non-filtered beverages.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Hose Jockey Wall Mount

If a messy hose situation is ruining the appeal of your outdoor area, you’d best get things sorted with an appropriate storage solution. There’s many storage options around for much less than this one, but most are slightly depressing in that they’re made of plastic or have unnecessary/disappointing decorative accents. Ten10 Design’s Hose Jockey, on the other hand, keeps hoses tidy without offending your design sensibilities, and is made of industrial-grade, powder-coated steel.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: Modernica

DriStore Bags

Raise your hand if you like using plastic bags to protect and organize your gear. If so, maybe you’re ready to upgrade from disposable food bags to the DriStore Bags. The triple-polymer film is rugged and touchscreen compatible, while the IPX8-rated seal is airtight and waterproof to 10 meters. Whether you’re traveling to work in a downpour or to an exotic location clear across the world, put your devices, papers, matches, etc., inside these bags and know your stuff will remain safe and dry (and organized).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Best Made

Phosphor Bronze Circle Keychain Bottle Opener

Another keychain bottle opener… no big deal except for this one is elegant. Surprised? Yeah, me too. The circular design incorporates a bottle opener without visually screaming ‘I LOVE TO DRINK BEERS!’ at everyone. Instead, it says confidently, ‘I am prepared for opening all manner of bottles.’ Just the kind of keychain bottle opener we all could use.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Paulistano Armchair in Canvas

It’s rare that outdoor furniture is described as exciting, mostly because it’s meant for outdoors and not many of us have the time and money to spend on amazing furnishings that will only get rained on. Such is the state of things. However, the Paulistano’s canvas cover means it can go outside and be its comfortable pleasing-to-the-eye self, thus saving us from the unfortunate cry of ‘there’s no decent outdoor furniture!’ (If you’re not familiar, the Paulistano is a 1957 classic originally designed for the Paulistano Athletic Club in São Paulo, Brazil.)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,250.00

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Available from: DWR

Lempi Glasses

Sometimes those cheap plastic cups just won’t cut it at the dinner table. Upgrade to the Lempi (means ‘favourite’ in Finnish) Glassware from Iittala. Use them for everyday water or for that special occasion wine; they’ll fit every occasion. And, the major bonus, the Lempi is stackable to save space in your kitchen. If you’d rather a bit of color, check out the lilac, light blue, and grey.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $67.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Friday Links

– So fun: Playhouse by Anna & Eugeni Bach

Modern Mallorca: Ohlab compose a home out of a series of white boxes

Project Cookbook

Masked Figures Found in Macro Insect Photography by Pascal Goet

31andchange

– Ha ha. The Try Guys Get Photoshopped Like Women

Bob: a home for your glasses and devices

petcozy

Sheep View 360 (via npr.tumblr)

Enjoy your weekend.

Hinza Tote

You know what’s fun? Colorful, recycled, polyethylene totes that are very sturdy, because you can lug them around everywhere and not worry about messing them up. Take it to the beach, the grocery store, your local garden nursery, attach it to your bike, use it for kids toys, fill it with ice to cool down drinks, etc… it’s a multipurpose tote that won’t crumple no matter what you throw in it. You’ll be happy to know that the green totes are made of sugar cane, which is super environmentally friendly (and a little more expensive).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00 - 50.00
Available from: Plastica

Greenlid Compostable Compost Bin

Thank goodness, no more messiness. We can now throw the bin into the compost and avoid the inevitable cleanup of gross leaks. Greenlid makes all this possible by providing compostable compost bins made of locally-recycled cardboard. You get one dishwasher-safe reusable lid to keep odors in and fruit flies out. When the bin is full, remove the lid, seal it with a paper top, and toss the whole thing into your compost. Order refills when you run out; well worth the zero clean up, right?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.49
Available from: Greenlid

Plant-In City Mini Terrariums

Okay, stick with me here. Think of this strange terrarium as an “architectural plant system” and you’ll most likely understand the appeal. Yes? No? Despite your love (or hate) of the cantilevered top and sparse cacti arrangements, you must see how one of these Minis would fit in well with any interesting interior, as they’re a sculptural and artistic way to add plants into a space with a minimal vibe.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: HomeMade