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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)

 
 

Lak Wall Sconce

This little Lak Wall Sconce manages to be both cute and considered. Made by Jielde, a company known for their work lamps, the sconce is a reissue of a design originally conceived in the 1960s by Jean Louis-Domecq. And, should you need a particular hue, you might just be thrilled to know there are many excellent color options available, in either a high gloss or matt finish, or you can get a more precise color match by requesting a RAL color chart.
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Price: $395.00
Available from: Horne

Bottle Humidifier Mini

You may be needing a humidifier to combat the dry winter air or to provide some relief from seasonal allergies. This little mini 11+ Bottle Humidifier promises to supply enough humidity for any personal space, all powered via USB. Skeptical? That’s understandable, due to its compact size, but it is powerful enough to use in a bedroom, office, or living room. There’s also the regular sized Bottle Humidifier ($69), if you prefer a bigger size.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Leibal

Moon Bowls by Normann Copenhagen

You could probably use an extra decorative bowl or two, as there’s usually a few odds and ends floating about that need a home temporarily (because you’re eventually going to put it away to where it belongs, riiight?). The concave wooden vessels you see above and below are named after the moon, for they resemble perfectly shaped moon craters. Use them together or individually to hold your smaller things in the office (paperclips), closet (jewelry or keys), or kitchen (dry foods only).
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Price: $22.00
Available from: Gretel Home

The City Backpack

Need a light backpack for carrying essentials during the day? The City Backpack might just work. It’s made of water-repellent nylon and has a padded interior (for a 13″ laptop) with an inner pocket for an iPad or Kindle. A small front slip with a magnetic snap keeps writing implements and smaller items close at hand; that plus an inner zip pouch will keep your stuff properly sorted. There’s also the no-nonsense nylon City Briefcase (in black or slate, if you’re interested.
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Price: $128.00
Available from: Poketo

U Desktop Caddy

Do you feel like sometimes you need a second desk for work overflow? Join the club. Perhaps adding the U Desktop Caddy by wstudiog will give you the extra storage you need, as it adds a long, vertical spot to stand journals, notes, gadgets, and writing utensils. The high sides keep your visual space uncluttered as well, which is always nice when things get chaotic.
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Price: $295.00
Available from: DESU DESIGN

Nomad Carafe

This stainless steel carafe hits all the right notes with its minimalist cork stopper and four nesting cups. Stack the cups and invert them on top of the carafe for an easy to carry stack that’s perfect for picnics or just for transporting a hot or cold beverage from the kitchen to patio. Designed by Hlymur Vagn Atlason.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Jackson Pollock Table Textiles

Do you find these Jackson Pollock Table Textiles amusing? Those of us with any interest in art history may be a tiny bit offended (eating on a likeness of a Pollock painting? Gasp!), yet the pragmatic side of us must admit his art could hide a multitude of dining sins, thus making these textiles very… convenient.
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Price: $24.00 - 65.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Wire Planters by Norm Architects

If things feel dull and dreary in a room, perhaps you need a plant or two. Plants are excellent for purifying the air and they give a much needed dose of nature (and texture) into boring rooms. The Wire Planters by Norm Architects elevate plants at varying heights, which makes things more interesting and, well, more natural.
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Price: $75.00 - 95.00
Available from: DWR

Alphacrete, Concrete Neon Light

Get your message across with some heavy lettering- though you’d be smart to keep it short and sweet (each letter sets you back $200). Maybe just one, short word? Seletti’s Alphacrete Lamps have neon glass surrounded by concrete for a sharp contrast. Kind of fun, right? They can go indoors or outside and can be hung on the wall or kept on a tabletop or shelf. Keep in mind to add the right transformer to your order for the amount of letters you buy.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Gessato

Brushhanger

Are you always looking for a decent clothes brush when you travel? Check out the Brushanger from Tim Parsons. It’s an updated version of an original design from the 1930s. The hanger folds up to form a handle for the central brush, allowing you to brush off your coat/jacket efficiently. And, of course, that makes the Brushanger easier to pack away in your luggage as well.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Field

Friday Links

– Pretty trash: Whitney Paperweight by Chen Chen and Kai Williams

– Tiny multi-tool! MyPocketMaster-titanium multi-tool for everyday carry

– Tip: How to Hang Curtains

Anish Kapoor flaunts use of “world’s pinkest pink” despite personal ban from its creator

– And, should you want to buy “The World’s Most Pinkest Pink” or other very vibrant hues: Stuart Semple

– Fun: Two professors sculpt each other in less than ten minutes

– Did we already link to this? Elegant three-step method for creating new habits

Have a great weekend!

Supermetal Table by Chiara Ferrari

If you’re a minimalist, you may need help picking your jaw up off the floor, then a tissue to wipe your tears. The Supermetal Table by Chiara Ferrari is impressive- it features a very thin single-sheet top with squared-off metal legs (placed flush to the tabletop, of course). It’s just what any super-minimalist wants, except for the tiny little part of it only being available for delivery in Southern California.
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Price: $1,250 - 3,200
Available from: A+R Store

Magnetic Dustpan and Brush Set

Tidying up will become much easier when you pick up this Magnetic Dustpan and Brush Set by Bürstenhaus Redecker. Not only does it have a horsehair brush and an oiled beech handle, which will feel right at home in your hand, but embedded magnets let the brush snap back in place on the dustpan once you’re done. Be sure to take a look at the Shoe Cleaning Hedgehog too- it’s pretty cute.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: DWR

Dewy Floor & Table Lamp

It’s hard to feel bad when you’re next to a dewy glow. These blown frosted glass domes let off a bright, cozy bubble of light, just like a new day. We could all use a fresh start, couldn’t we? Especially with the state of things. Maybe this little lamp will switch our brain on towards a happier mood even on the dreariest of days… we can hope.
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Price: $215.00 - 285.00
Available from: Luminaire

Magnetic Wood Knife Block

This pie-shaped wooden block holds knives in place on both of its sides, so you can line up your whole collection within easy reach. Note that you could place it against your backsplash to save room or even use it as a bookend for your cookbooks. So, now to decide, do you prefer Acacia wood or walnut?
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Price: $125.00
Available from: Food52