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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)

 
 

Bandit Titanium Keychain Knife

See this tiny, very adorable pocket knife? It kicks ass, because it’s the size of a standard house key when folded. That means you won’t look like a lumberjack carrying it around (not that there’s anything wrong with looking like a lumberjack); it’s small enough to unobtrusively fit in your jean’s coin pocket or attach to your keychain (or even a zipper!). So handy.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: quiet carry

AYTM Circle Trays

I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like our country is in pieces today. I’ll avoid any more political commentary, except to say let’s hope to move forward together and heal this huge divide. So, look at these Half Circle and Quarter Circle trays by AYTM. Aren’t they cool? Aren’t they great? They’re food-safe, but would work equally well for desk items. Aubergine, brass, and black combine for a stronger statement, or you can keep them divided for smaller needs and wants; it’s up to you.
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Price: $41.00 - 52.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

S’well Bottle

Here’s another option for your water needs. The S’well Bottle is suitable for hot and cold beverages, features a double-walled stainless steel design, has a wide mouth (for ice cubes), and comes in so many great colors it will make your head spin. Blue Suede, White Gold (shown above), Pink Diamond, and so many more… take a look and you’re sure to find just the right one.
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Price: $35.00 - 45.00
Available from: Need Supply

Flat Iron Trivet

Speaking of your tabletop needs, do you have enough trivets? You know, those things that protect your table from hot pots and dishes? This one by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Swedish brand Smaller Objects hides two trivets in one- the inner plate rests in the outer ring. Keep it in place for one-dish dinners and storage; lift it out when you need a second surface. A simple and elegant solution, don’t you think?
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Price: $68.00
Available from: Ode to Things

POSTALCO One Year Wall Calendar 2017

It looks like featuring POSTALCO’s Wall Calendar will be a tradition, as we’ve featured it the last three years. What’s so special? Well, you’ll see the whole year, all at once, with this wall calendar. There’s just enough room to note important dates and block out your planned vacations- very, very important- so that your whole team/family cannot claim to be surprised when those dates roll around. Might as well get ahead of things now so 2017 starts out on the right foot, right?
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Price: $13.00
Available from: Need Supply

Mara Marble Serving Collection

Can we all just pretend that there’s only Thanksgiving to think about, and ignore the other holiday mail that’s in our inbox? After all, the annual tradition of giving thanks is just a couple of weeks away, so it’s the perfect time to take stock of your tabletop situation. Do you have enough serving pieces for your fabulous feast? If not, please do consider adding one or two (or all?) of the Mara Serving pieces, as they will be spectacular in contrast to your plates, bowls, and glassware.
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Price: $145.00+
Available from: Hawkins New York

High and Low Vases

Here’s a couple of lovely vases by Jaime Hayon that aren’t going to hurt your feelings by being too expensive. The hand blown glass vessels have bulbous ends that would otherwise topple over if not for the contrasting solid cedar rings they rest upon. This mix of grey glass and warm cedar give you receptacles that are sculptural enough to display on their own or fill with a bouquet of seasonal flowers.
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Price: $150.00 - 175.00
Available from: Suite NY

Friday Links

James Turrell: Gathered Sky (Photo above by Kevin Holden Platt)

– What will your taxes be next year, depending on who wins Tuesday? Take a look at the Tax Policy Election Calculator

– Hmm, interesting: Chronos Smartwatch

– Hope for new parents? SNOO, a smart sleeper.

8 Productivity Experts Reveal The Secret Benefits Of Their Morning Routines, just in case you need some inspiration

Art Every Day 2017 Mini Calendar

Enjoy your weekend.

Art Every Day 2017 Mini Calendar

Want Shelf

Treat your books, art, or tchotchkes right with the Want Shelf by Andrew Coslow’s studio. The interior is kept at a natural wood grain (with protective clear coat) while the outside is finished in a white wash. The warm wood grain guides your eye towards the items on the shelf, while the end caps seemingly give them a protective embrace- no bookends necessary.
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Price: $350.00
Available from: ByAndrewCoslow

Luci Color Lamp

What’s this deflated solar thingy anyways? It’s the Luci Color Lamp, and it could be a fun addition to your household, especially if you’ve got kiddos running around. The Luci is waterproof, lightweight, and completely solar. It displays 8 colors (red, green blue, purple, yellow, cyan, orange, white) and takes 7 hours to charge. Use it in the pool or in the bathtub for fun- maybe get a couple, just so there’s no fighting over one- or string a few together for party lights.
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Price: $24.95
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

To Go Click Travel Mug

Need a new travel mug? Stelton has improved the vacuum mug by making it possible to drink from all sides. Click the spill-proof lid open or closed, it’s that simple. You’ll not look ridiculous trying to drink from the wrong side, and your beverages will stay hot or cold according to your preference. Choose from copper, steel, black or chalk.
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Price: $35.00 -45.00
Available from: A+R Store

Minor History Traveler Backpack

Can there ever be too many minimal totes? I think not, because we are all a little picky in our quest for an everyday bag. This backpack by Minor History has a fold-over top with a magnetic closure, adjustable brass buckle straps, and a large zippered compartment (in the fold-over). That leaves plenty of room for a laptop and other necessities, either for your daily commute or a longer journey.
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Price: $280.00
Available from: Poketo

Good Luck Charms

Thank goodness, now there’s a less gross version of the wishbone. This one is wooden and made with magnets, so you won’t have the waiting and… well, like I said before, the gross part of bone breaking. Ick. Let’s retire that part, shall we? There’s also a wooden Clover and Feather, should you need more luck. Bookmark these for thoughtful little gifts to friends and family.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: Areaware

Etage Legs and Tabletops

If you need an occasional table that knocks down for storage, take a look at the Etage Collection. Choose your table legs (12″ or 15″), then choose your tabletop. Also, at first glance, it may appear that you could use the legs with any surface, which you could, but it’s worth noting that the round bracket of the leg is inlaid with the accompanying top. A nice detail in an affordable occasional table, don’t you think?
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Price: $118.00 - 190.00
Available from: Horne

Stelton Theo Coffee Set

A small coffee set may be just what you need at your desk, just so you can waft those delicious artisan aromas over to your coworkers to “encourage” them to do what you ask in a timely manner. Matte black stoneware with a bamboo lid keeps your coffee hot; the filter holder fits nicely on top. Add the accompanying milk jug to make sure you get your ratio just right every time.
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Price: $45.00 -75.00
Available from: Poketo