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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)

 
 

Box Modular Jewelry Container

When an ordinary box just won’t do, take a look at the Modular Jewelry Container. Made of solid walnut, it has four stackable pieces that may be repositioned to accommodate different shapes and sizes of watches and other jewelry. Take a look at the video to get a better idea of the size and how the trays can be flipped to make more room on a tier.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $260.00
Available from: Luminaire

10×10 Shelves

Now, fair warning, this pair of shelves isn’t cheap. However, each 10×10 shelf may be installed in either orientation, which gives you a variety of arrangements suitable in many locations throughout your home. Maybe your office needs an extra ledge, or a spot to put extra books? Perhaps your bathroom needs more storage space for lotions, or all those beauty potions? There you go, two problems solved with one set of shelves. And, if you’re thinking that the 24″ length is a tad too small, you’ll be happy to hear that custom sizing (and wood species and finishes) are available.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $750.00
Available from: Assembly Design

Ixtapa Loveseat

Are you itching to get your outdoor space set up for the summer? If so, take a look at the Ixtapa Loveseat currently on sale for $319. Think of it as two seats, as in $159.50 per seat, and you’ll see the value. Handwoven white PVC cord over a black powder-coated steel frame makes it outdoor friendly, and it will work with whatever color scheme you already have planned.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $319.00
Available from: CB2

Cup Lamp by Paul Loebach

A combination pen cup and lamp? Sure, why not? Designer Paul Loebach combines the two for an ultra efficient desktop or bedside companion. A built-in USB port makes charging your devices a breeze, and a dimming knob allows for just the right amount of light. No searching around in the dark for your writing utensils- they’ll be at the ready whenever inspiration should strike.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Eau Carafe

Similar to black + blum’s ‘Eau Good’ Filter Water Bottle, this Eau Carafe is the ideal candidate for storing water in your fridge. A binchotan active charcoal filter purifies the water while the overall shape is pleasing to hold and pour from; it’s even nice enough to keep it out during dinner. You can’t say that for many water purifiers.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: black + blum

Mail Slot Bowl by Dan Sjogren

No matter how neat and clutter free we attempt to be, there’s still a fair amount of mail, keys, and miscellany that follow us through our front doors. To conquer this choas, consider the Mail Slot Bowl by Dan Sjogren. It will keep your most recent paper correspondence lined up neatly in a row. Will it force you to take stock of which documents go to the recycle bin and which go to the filing drawer? Eh, maybe. It also has a reasonably sized bowl to park your keys, which might mean you’ll never lose them again. We can hope.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Cymbal Pendant

Well, what do we have here? It’s a very simple pendant that uses the light bulb as support for the shades. Aluminum disks diffract the light and trick your eye with reflections of its environment. Does it remind you a little of the Grain Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill? It’s the same sort of idea, and a little more affordable at that.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: MATTER

Friday Links

– The Tambour Credenza is a thing of beauty- just take a look at this video to see it in action. Too bad it costs $27k (understandably, considering those doors- it takes 12 weeks to make just one!).

– Inside a Suit That Makes You Feel 85 Years Old: Aging in Virtual Realty

Panic Rooms Are Going to Outlast the Pyramids

– Here’s everything we know about how to talk about climate change

– Where’s Wally Warhol? Find Andy Warhol

– Interesting subscription: Designer Box

– Acrobatic male bonding: True Bromance

– Eric Fischer’s “Locals and Tourists”. Locals are blue dots, tourists are red. (via @presentcorrect)

Enjoy your weekend.

Eric Fischer Locals and Tourists

Kiki Toolbox Keyring

Another EDC tool thingamajig? Yep, and it ticks all the boxes, just as you’d expect. Plus, it comes in a leather sheath for a friendlier feel on your keyring. Bottle opener, standard and metric ruler, spoke wrench, hex drive, small and large pry bar, and screwdriver- that’s what you get all on one small tool. Fit it alongside your keys so you’re prepared for anything, anywhere.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Felt Bedside Caddy

In theory, it’s probably best to reduce the amount of bedside clutter or get a bigger nightstand than add in an extra little pocket caddy. However, if you absolutely have to have all your stuff (and you can’t find the right nightstand) then maybe it’s okay to get this little guy. Temporarily. Technically, it fits sofas as well, but, please, please, please try to avoid that usage by any means necessary- unless you can hide it behind a cushion or next to a wall. Why? Because this. Avoid that association, or else you’ll cause significant aesthetic discomfort*.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

The Hot Seat from Bend Goods

Looking to fill up your outdoor space with furniture? You should be aware that there’s a sale on Bend Goods over at one particular retailer, and, at 20% off, you could snap up a few deals. Take the Hot Seat, for example. Normally, it’s at a semi-scary price of $3,200, but now it’s $2,560. Still a bit too high for your wallet? Check out their more petite lounges (like the Bunny Lounge) and their accessories (Bend Baskets, anyone?).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,560.00
Available from: YLiving

Giant Coloring Roll by Jeff Koons

Love or hate Jeff Koons, you’ve got to agree a $30 giant coloring roll is a good idea for almost anyone. Pin it on the wall or roll it out on the floor for hours of meditative coloring- at home or in the office. There’s a roll by Keith Haring, too, if that’s a better fit for your aesthetic sensibilities*. Should you wish to use a paintbrush instead of markers and pencils, be sure to consider the Large Paint Tin Set with Haring imagery ($22) as an accompaniment. Fun!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Artware Editions

Slim Insulated Water Bottle

This skinny, baton-like thing is a water bottle. And why is it skinny? To better fit in your bag, of course. It’s a double walled vacuum flask, so it’ll keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold for up to 12 hours. With such a thin profile, it’ll slide in amongst papers (or clothes) easily without causing your bag to bulge.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Awair Air Quality Monitor

It’s a little sad when an air quality monitor is considered a useful tool to have in the home. However, for those of us that live urban areas or have annoying allergies, we can’t ignore the fact that air quality directly affects our health. So, meet the Awair Air Quality Monitor. It reads five data points in the air: temperature, humidity, CO2, VOCs, and dust. After analyzing aggregate levels, the air quality is determined and an Awair Score (0 to 100 color-coded scale) is assigned. Tell it what concerns you the most (allergies, sleep, etc.) and it will give you recommendations (via the app) on certain changes you might make based on daily air quality levels in specific rooms.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Bike Spoke Reflectors + 12

These inexpensive Bike Spoke Reflectors will make sure you’re seen in the dark, which is very important because most drivers are idiots (all cyclists know this). At the price, I’d encourage you to buy several packs and trick out your bike so that all the spokes have reflectors; it’s extra likely you’ll be spotted at night (and it will look fun).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Available from: Kikkerland