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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)

 
 

Aurora Light Kit

Fun! The Aurora Light Kit is a set of set of nine interlocking, triangular LED lights that you can program with your smartphone or your voice (there’s an included controller as well). Attach them to any flat surface- no holes required- then play around with colors and patterns to create your own lighting installation. Light up a dark hallway or add a little luster to a boring lounge area; they might be just the thing to add some sparkle for your upcoming holiday soirées.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Dymaxion Folding Globe

You may be familiar with Buckminster Fuller’s 1946 patented a map of Earth, as it presents no visible distortion of the relative sizes of land masses. Designer Brendan Ravenhill has taken Fuller’s projection (and architect Shoji Sadao’s hand drawn 1954 Dymaxion Projection) and turned it into a magnetic folding globe, which means we all have something to do with our hands next time we’re waiting for a brainstorming session to strike. Fold it into a geometric globe or unfold it to see our planet flattened out.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

– If you do one thing today, make sure you Register to Vote.

– Nice- Limited Edition: Oldest Living Things

WOKit™ 2.0 – An Everyday Object Carabiner Multi-tool by WOHO

What to Do When You Fail, a guide by Adam J. Kurtz

– Should you want to build a parametric brick facade, here are the plans to do so

– Get ready for Halloween: Cobweb Shooting Gun (DIY?)

Simple laptop stand by HumbleWorks

Have a great weekend!

Simple laptop stands by HumbleWorks

Wool Throws by Arthur Arbesser

Staying warm this fall and 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’s wool throw collection by fashion designer Arthur Arbesser is still available, plus some designs from Sylvain Willenz thrown in to tempt you further. Dare we say that each pattern and colorway is both modern and fun, and absolutely perfect for any interior?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00 - 149.00
Available from: Hem

Tab Shelf by Phil Procter

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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Purchase Information:

Price: €40.00
Available from: Phil Procter

Clad 3 Door Credenza

Warm, solid wood wrapped in cool, smooth steel sounds like a match made in heaven. Add storage to the mix and you’ve got us hooked. The Clad 3 Door Credenza is right at the 2 grand price point (walnut is just over; hickory, just under), which is pretty reasonable considering the sturdy and sleek materials. Integrated groove pulls keeps surfaces clean while soft closure mechanisms keeps things quiet. There’s a smaller 2 Door Credenza if you’re short on space. And, even better, the Clad Collection is from Blu Dot, which is has a 20% off sale from now through October 30.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,919.00
Available from: Blu Dot

que Collapsible Travel Bottle

A collapsible travel bottle? Yes, please. The que Bottle has a smart spiral design that shrinks into half of its size for easy transport. It’s made of BPA-free food-grade silicone (completely plastic-free) that keeps it lightweight, dishwasher safe, and taste and odor free. A 100% kitchen-grade stainless steel lid tops things off with a secure air-seal that prevents spills and leaks. Fill it up, hydrate throughout the day, and then scrunch it down to a smaller size to throw in your bag. No more empty, bulky bottles rattling around. What else? You have your pick of two sizes: high-capacity 20 fl oz for everyday use and a smaller 12 fl oz bottle.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Twin Tote

Nice briefcases and fancy handbags are all fine and good, but sometimes you just need an inexpensive tote, preferably with a few pockets. This tote from Poketo is divided into two roomy compartments with a smaller middle pocket for your keys, phone, and wallet. The two larger compartments are especially handy for gym days, as you can keep your work clothes separate from your workout gear, or your water bottle away from your tablet.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Poketo

Maple Raised Chopping Block

Short on counter space? The Maple Raised Chopping Block is just for you, as it creates space underneath for placing knives or other accoutrements. Quality craftsmanship takes it straight to the table for food presentation, as the sliding dovetail joints are cut with such precision that no glue is required. It’s equally suited for camping, as the legs keep the board off the ground and the surface is long grain (instead of the usual end grain) to keep the board light and packable.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $148.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Iso Organizer L

Well, hello there. The Iso Organizer now comes in a larger, longer profile, which is pretty perfect for organizing all sorts of papers, mail, and books. It’s made of heavy gauge cold rolled steel (6 lbs.) with a cork underside, so it’ll stay put without scratching the surface underneath. I have the original size (in blue) on my desk and I’m now trying to think if I need this larger version somewhere else. Hmm.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Field

Stone Fruit Bowls

Who says all your dish ware has to match? Get a set of these Stone Fruit Bowls to add a little interesting texture to your tabletop. There’s four ceramic bowls in all, and each one is cast from four different melons. They’re the right sort of size for fruits, snacks, and desserts and look neat enough to leave out on display- maybe on some open shelves in your kitchen?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Areaware

Lapel Pin, Art

Just in case you wish to poke fun at art and artists, this enamel pin is for you. At 1.5″ across, it should fit onto your jacket/bag/shirt just fine, and I’d be surprised if you don’t get a few knowing nods whenever you take it out for a spin. Should you wish to hang the same message on your wall, there’s also a Art Print: Art, signed and embossed.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00 - 50.00
Available from: Benjie Escobar

Friday Links

Mirrored viewing platform by Natura Futura is disguised against the Ecuadorean landscape

– Water fun: Bixpy Jet

3 Exercises to Smash Your Creative Blocks

– NASA Climate Change: How global warming stacks up

– Serious business: Marble Business Cards

Furniture made from recycled newspaper has brick-like strength, marble finish

Enjoy your weekend!

Sunda: 2+ Person Tent & All-in-One Hammock

If you enjoy spending time outdoors, chances are you’ll be interested in the Sunda Tent & Hammock. Configure it into its tent mode, and you’ll have 35 square feet of livable space that’s perfect for two people. Or, should you find yourself on rocky ground, take it into its hammock version, which becomes a one-person, all-in-one hammock shelter. Plus, there’s a ‘Fly Light’ mode that’s suited for a more casual, outdoor, day shelter. So many options, all with the same pack of materials. There’s a ton of extra features: Lumos™ light enhancing fabric, interior zippered pockets for storage, hanging loops for gear… they all add up to a well suited shelter for your next outdoor adventure. Learn more on their Kickstarter Page.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Snowe Bath Towels

If you need to refresh your bath towels, you need to look at Snowe’s offerings. I ended up buying their Starter Bathe Bundle last year* and I can honestly say they’re the nicest towels I’ve ever owned. They’re soft and lightweight, and soo much better than the top-of-the-line towels I used to buy from you know where. I am still impressed with the quality, so much so that I ended up buying another towel bundle (plus two bath sheets) from them just now**.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00 - 285.00
Available from: Snowe