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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)

 
 

Elephant Chair and Table

Thank goodness someone knows how to make decent children’s furniture without resorting to gimmicks and garish colors. The wrap-around beech wood on this Elephant chair is both fun and elegant in its simplicity. Pair it with the accompanying Table ($278) for a serene spot for your little one’s artwork and puzzles.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $297.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Friday Links

Structure grown from “mushroom sausages” shows potential for zero-waste architecture

– Looking for a new book to read? recommendmeabook

Call on G20 leaders to tackle the refugee crisis

– You probably already knew this: Study Finds Yoga Can Help Back Pain, and there’s a guidebook too.

– Also: The science behind why yoga makes us happy

– Magnetic “loops” for hanging towels and clothes: TAP-TAB (skip the video)

Have a great weekend. Also, next week there won’t be as many posts next week because we’re traveling, fyi.

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Merve Kahraman Mirrors

Merve Kahraman cleverly uses Kvadrat fabric to create pattern on his Pontiac Mirrors. Handcrafted on wood and foam (sounds like a DIY project, doesn’t it?), each mirror’s form is accentuated by fabric lines. A thin wood accent is meant to create an “earthy feeling,” further reinforcing the Native American vibe that serves as inspiration. If the price point is a bit too high for your liking, try making your own (and send me the pics!).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,925.00 - 3,150.00
Available from: MATTER

House Power Station Cable Holder

For a long name, this little block of wood doesn’t do much other than hold your cable in place and look cute. But perhaps that’s plenty enough? A slot alongside the bottom of the house lets your cable pass through, yet keeps it from falling off. Uncomplicated.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Luminaire

Less For Less Desk Lamp

Is this the thinnest desk lamp you’ve ever seen? A very slender metal tube bent into a perfect corner comprises the Less For Less Desk Lamp. Could it take up any less room? It’s doubtful; just check out its almost-not-there base. It’s safe to say it won’t get in your way. LED lights will save energy while providing ample light for your workspace.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $726.80
Available from: Luminaire

Totem by Estudio Persona

So, don’t fret, this isn’t some silly art object with no use other than aesthetics. Yes, it is a totem, but you get actually get a suite of functional objects that can be stacked to form a “singular minimal structure.” Two stools and a tray rest upon a concrete base, creating a tall stack that takes up very little floor space. Disassemble and arrange the components to fit your needs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,799.00
Available from: Leibal

RE.BIN

Do you use paper bags for recycling? If so, you’ll probably like the RE.BIN. It’s made entirely of 100% recycled plastic and works as a container for standard paper grocery bags. RE.BIN keeps the bag in place and cleans up its appearance, which makes your recycling station that much more aesthetically appealing.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: RE.BIN

NJP Lamp

The NJP is a new interpretation of the classic architect’s lamp. Meant for optimal flexibility for a work area, the lamp provides glare-free light precisely where you want it. It’s easy to adjust thanks to the two arm joints, and the shade has a rear opening for LED unit ventilation. Choose between the Wall (short or long), Table, or Floor versions.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $330.00 - 598.00
Available from: Hivemodern

Smart Blur Storage Box

These steel storage boxes with matte glass lids are just the thing for those odds and ends without a home. The blurry glass tops disguise the contents just enough to hide any chaos, while the subtle hues on the inside padded surface show through and provide a soft landing pad for hard things.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $59.95
Available from: Horne

Cottage Stools

How in the world has it taken so long for the Cottage Stools to hit our radar? The flat, rectangular tops plus the lovely joinery on the legs (see the tiny brass screws?) hit the right spot for everyday dining, or maybe even use the low stool as a side table in the living area or bedroom.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $525.00 - 625.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

The Honor Society Merit Badges

Would your little ones would be encouraged to do more good deeds if they got a few merit badges? That’s the aim behind these iron-on patches from The Honor Socitey. And, if you’re fond of these, or patches in general, don’t forget the badges from Disorderly Goods.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Available from: Perfectly Smitten

Caja Modular Wooden Crates

If you’re sick of stepping on toys or knocking over stacks of paper, do something about it. These modular wooden crates are easily assembled: snap them together, throw in all your miscellany and then stack them up out of the way. And, good news, they’re not expensive.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.95+
Available from: Sprout

Happy Messages Postcards

Fun! Pick up some markers or color pencils and fill in these postcards for a special note or message. It’ll keep your hands busy for a few minutes and make the recipient feel a little more important, as they should, because you’re sending them a personalized postcard.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $7.92
Available from: Omy

Friday Links

– Who else is looking forward to Netflix’s wrestling comedy GLOW?

Technology Will Save Us Kids, Kits, and the DIY Movement

R-PUR, an anti-pollution mask

My Drawing Board

My Drawing Board

KaWoof, an ecological produced ball launcher

– Make it easier for kiddos to launch kites: Castakite

DIY Stone Bench

I swear we’re not being paid by Kickstarter to promote anything, there’s just too many cool projects to ignore. Have a great weekend.

Serax Lovatt Coffee Cups

Don’t these Serax Lovatt cups look like they’d be nice to hold? A complete set of the black and white glazed ceramics wouldn’t do any harm left out on an open shelf for all to see, so there’s at least a couple of reasons to consider adding a few cups (and maybe the teapot) to your collection.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00 - 58.00
Available from: Poketo