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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)

 
 

Perfect Wall Calendar

Ugh, is it really time to talk about 2018? Let’s face it, as soon as the holidays hit we won’t be in the mood to shop for calendars. So, is this the perfect Wall Calendar, as its name suggests? Maybe. It’s no-nonsense, printed on a textured cover stock, with hidden hanging holes on the back. Note-takers and doodlers will like the wide margins; they’re perfect for drawing in events and details.
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Price: $38.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

HAY Chopping Boards

Guys, did you know cutting boards can be fun? As in, not just bright, kindergarten-like-colors, but a variety of pleasant hues in blocky shapes and various sizes? Made from hygienic polyethylene, these boards are extra stable thanks to stay-put dots on their base. Fun!
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Price: $29.00 - 49.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Qbit Tool

Add this little guy to your measuring tool options. The Qbit is a modern interpretation of an ancient measuring device, the Cubit. Qbit has CNC machined measurement increments, so you can measure from any side, and it has an adjustable marker to keep a depth or dimension. Choose between metric or standard, stainless steel or brass, and short 3″ (key chain friendly) or long 6″ (desk/shop) versions.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Zippelin Travel Bag by FREITAG

What a smart idea; the Zippelin Travel Bag by FREITAG deflates for storage. Huh? Yep, it uses an inner tube of a bicycle for its frame, so you can just deflate it and roll it all up when you’re not traveling. Equally impressive is the material each Zippelan is made from- used truck tarpaulins are washed, cut, and fashioned into each one-of-a-kind, colorful bag, so you’ll know exactly which bag is yours when it rolls out in the baggage claim.
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Price: €380.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Glass Rulers

Why aren’t all rulers see-through? They sure make a lot of sense, plus they look quite nice as a paperweight. And, of course, you’ll get very accurate drawings and measurements as well. Choose between Inches or Centimeters, or get both (the metric system is international, after all).
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Areaware

Benjamin Brush

Do you have trouble getting your kids to brush their teeth? Or do you not brush your teeth long enough? The Benjamin Brush might fix that little problem, as it’s the first electric toothbrush with an integrated speaker and music store. Choose a song, and it’ll play for two minutes- the recommended amount of time to get those teeth clean. The Benjamin also features Sonic Vibe Technology and fun silicone bristles that won’t damage your gums or tooth enamel.
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Price: $59.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Duo Server

How to keep your cheese visually separated from your baguette and/or crackers? By reminding your family/guests that the cheese stays on the marble circle dammit(!). But you’re not obsessive compulsive, so you wouldn’t say something like that, and you surely wouldn’t mind a few crumbs encroaching upon your beloved cheese… riiight? Especially when the pairing of a solid walnut cutting board looks so nice against a white or dark marble circle. The parts can be separated and used individually (marble=trivet!).
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Price: $180.00
Available from: BOWER

Mirror Bookmark

Do you still read paper books? If so, you may enjoy using this Mirror Bookmark to find palindromes, as intended, or, perhaps more likely, to see if you have food stuck in your teeth.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

Red House by EXTRASTUDIO

This Cotton Is Grown To Glow

– “When you die, you can have your ashes made into a rock to form an ‘eternal memorial reef‘ so that you can help coral reefs bloom after you’ve died.” (via Did You Know?)

Create Your Own Random Design Challenge

– Make your baby look like Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Dissent Collar Baby Bib (via)

That’s it for this week, as we’re traveling. Have a great weekend!

Emma Thermal Cup

It’s getting colder, so we’re going to prefer our tea and coffee very, very hot, thank you very much. But what about our poor little hands? Well, when you use the Emma Thermal Cup its outer layer will insulate the hand from heat and keep your beverage hot. Of course, when the weather turns warm again, just think how perfect a scoop or two of ice cream would be in one of these.
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Price: $16.00 - 18.00
Available from: Luminaire

Large Vayu Floor Planter

Plant nerds, check out this planter from Light & Ladder. Do you love it? I sure do (though I don’t like the price). It’s a sculptural take on the planter vessel, suitable for indoors or outside. It’s going to catch the eye from every angle, thanks to its stepped surface, and it’ll make your plant feel like a thousand bucks.
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Price: $680.00
Available from: Sight Unseen

Buka Candlestick

The Buka Candlestick employs two pins to keep a candle suspended above its metal dish. Visually light and effortless, the look is elegant and a little mysterious; it may be just the thing to add some ambience during the winter evenings ahead.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Horne

Bookends by DANIEL/EMMA

It’s next to impossible for me to pass up a pair of delightfully simple bookends, and, of course, these are by DANIEL/EMMA, so I really have no choice but to show them to you. Machined from a single block of granite, each bookend set will support the heaviest books in your collection, no doubt about it.
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Price: $180.00
Available from: Field

LBR-2 Book Bench

Do I really need to explain how this bench is worth every cent of its price tag? Seating + Books = (!). It has an angled shelf for books (why, yes, I am nerding out a little bit over that detail). That will give you a perfect place to keep your favorites, tucked away under a handy seating surface.
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Price: $1,250.00
Available from: BOOK/SHOP

YUH Lamps

Yuh is for ‘you,’ at least, phonetically speaking. You may like its personal size and its built-in LED technology, but take note of the slim opening in the top that gives off a soft, upward illumination. There’s a dimmer switch, and if you’re the type to doze off with the lights on, you’ll like the fact that it has a timer function too.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $572.00
Available from: YLighting