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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)

 
 

Snowe Drink Essentials Set

Bargain glassware has one thing going for it: bargain pricing. But it’s not such a bargain if the glassware breaks after a couple of uses, right? Here’s a drinkware set that’s durable, elegant, and rather affordable. A set of four glasses are paired with a tall carafe; all are made in Italy of lead-free crystallized glass that is both ultra-clear and break resistant. Quality and beauty combined? Yes, please. This might be an excellent gift, by the way- you may want to bookmark it for a nice housewarming or holiday gift option.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Snowe

Mixrack

It’s that time of the year when stacks of logs in your living room are entirely permissible… unless you don’t have a fireplace, that is, because then you’ll just look like a hoarder. This Mixrack is a simple frame of powder-coated steel that can accommodate firewood, wine bottles, or magazines. As long as you keep the stack tidy and avoid any other compulsive gathering of multiple materials, it’s an excellent way to store whatever you choose in a minimal way.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: DWR

Wooly Wood Throw

How about a Wooly Wood Throw to keep you warm this winter? Soft and reversible, this 100% lambswool throw is woven in Scotland and designed by Donna Wilson. Drape it nicely over a sofa or chair back or keep it at the end of the bed, and it’ll be ready to warm up your appendages at a moment’s notice.
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Price: £200.00
Available from: Donna Wilson

Hummingbird Foldable Bike

A folding bike that weighs the same as two cats? For reals? The Hummingbird Bike is the lightest folding bike on the market, thanks to its carbon fibre frame and smart design. It weighs in at 6.5 kilograms (that’s 14.33 pounds)- pretty impressive. After all, is there anyone sane who enjoys lugging their bike up stairs after they’ve pedaled for miles and miles? Or finding a spot in the office where it’s not in the way? No, of course not. The Hummingbird solves both those issues, as you can easily carry and fold it up, making it ideal for city commutes and even longer routes that involve public transportation. Learn more over at Kickstarter.
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Price: $1,662.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Grovemade Minimalist Wallet

You don’t really need all that stuff in your current wallet, do you? Grovemade’s Minimalist Wallet will force you to pare down to the essentials. Made from lightweight anodized aluminum and a hidden steel faceplate, the wallet holds around five cards (plus a bill or two). Vegetable-tanned leather ups the ante in the style department, and you’ll look a lot more organized and put together when you’re not searching through a dozens of cards and receipts for the right payment.
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Price: $99.00
Available from: Grovemade

Friday Links

– Freunde von Freunden: Juerg Judin

Randomly selected webcams & surveillance cameras from around the world (via @presentcorrect)

Which of these works of art sold for more at auction in New York in the last week?

– If you’ve got a lawn: Why you should mulch leaves, not rake them

Auroma: The Coffee Maker That Learns Your Preferences Over Time

Fordite: a rare mineral only found in old Detroit auto-painting facilities

Here’s what to do with your hands during a job interview via @Jenna_Goudreau

Samuel Wilkinson’s Ommatidium Sculpture

Enjoy your weekend.

Samuel Wilkinson's Ommatidium Sculpture

Soma Black Pitcher

Soma has just released a limited edition Pitcher in black, and doesn’t it look nice? Just like the carafe, the lid features a pour-through lid that automatically opens when you add water. The all-natural filters are biodegradable, and you can choose to have them delivered every 2 months for $12.99 each, with free shipping. Oh, and if you want to feel better about yourself, know that every purchase includes a $15 donation to global water projects.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Soma

Hay Punched Organizers

A little perforated pattern won’t harm your kitchen or desktop, for it adds a little punch of organization with its tidy grids- maybe subconsciously it will encourage you to get your ducks in a row, so to speak. Perhaps your kitchen utensils will sit nicely in the larger holder, or maybe your pens will be at home in the low tray, either way, it always helps to have a couple of containers around to confine necessary clutter.
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Price: $34.00
Available from: Hand Eye Supply

Noguchi’s Light Sculptures

This is just a reminder, if you’ve forgotten, that Isamu Noguchi’s table light sculptures are very affordable. Case in point, the Table Lamp Model 1AG you see above, comes in at $145. My other favorite, the Floor Lamp Model UF3-Q, isn’t so incredibly affordable ($525), but it’s still worth considering as a collector’s item that provides a wonderful, diffused light.
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Price: $75.00+
Available from: The Noguchi Museum

Maple Wood Utensil Set

Did you know that the closed grain of maple wood will not absorb any flavors or bacteria? That makes it an excellent material for cooking utensils in the kitchen, and looky here, here’s a set that includes a spatula, spoon, straining spoon, and tongs- what more do you need? Each piece in this set is hand carved from a block of locally-sourced wood in an Indiana workshop.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Gray Fabric Sofa

If you’ve ever shopped for a sofa with a clean, minimal style, you know that most of the time they’re shockingly expensive. This Gray Sofa is not (in comparison). It has reverse-stitched seams, the requisite low profile, and an option of high or low arm height…or, do one of each, as shown in the image above. Custom fabric is also available. Curious? Yeah, me too. This may help your decision as well: each piece of Interior Define’s furniture collection* is made-to-order and every piece has a 365-day return policy. Pretty crazy (in a good way), right?
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Price: $1,500.00 - 1,800.00
Available from: Interior Define

Wool Throws by Arthur Arbesser

Staying warm this winter is as simple as having a good wool throw in the immediate vicinity of your sofa, bed, or desk (if your workplace is casual). Hem has a new wool throw collection by fashion designer Arthur Arbesser, and dare we say that each pattern and colorway is both modern and fun, and absolutely perfect for almost any interior. Might this be a good gift idea for someone with perpetually cold feet and hands? Hmm…
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Price: $119.00 - 149.00
Available from: Hem

iPad Pro Sleeve and Stand by This Is Ground

I’d say this is an elegant option for a iPad Pro sleeve/stand, wouldn’t you? It fits your tablet, stylus, and a file for loose papers- that’s it. A front flap on the inside allows you to prop up your tablet against the folded back side, giving you a two-in-one function with sleek and simple styling. Smart.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: This Is Ground

Tab Shelf

Sure, it’s a shelf, what of it? Well, this powder-coated steel shelf has a ridge down the middle to keep photos and art propped up as well as a lip on the front. That allows you to display all sorts of things without worrying about little (or big) things falling off, which makes it suitable for anywhere you need an extra display or storage space.
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Price: €40.00
Available from: Phil Procter

Keytags by Various Projects

Know a blogger, a bon vivant, or a bad ass? What about a fashion editor, a freeloader, or a philanderer? Maybe one of those people needs a keychain with their stand-out attribute written for all to see, or maybe you need a bunch to label your keys and/or yourself. Give some as gifts, give one to yourself, go crazy. See the whole collection at Various Projects.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Various Projects