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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)

 
 

Block Shop Scarves

Block Shop’s rugs will get their due attention next week, but, first, let’s just admire their scarves, shall we? A mix of thin lines and shapes create patterns, all hand block printed by 5th generation master printers in Bagru, India, with natural dyes on a silk/cotton blend. I’ve got my eye on the Tent design, or maybe the Sidewinder. Which one is your favorite?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00 -120.00
Available from: Block Shop

Udon Chair by Staffan Holm

An updated version of the classic bistro chair might just be what your dining room or office needs. Nothing too fancy, of course, but, hey, we all like a room to look a little polished once in a while, you know? Look close and you’ll notice a few clever joints to keep the lines minimal. The color options are easy on the eyes as well.
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Price: $299.00
Available from: Hem

Split Step Stool

If you’re going to have a step stool, you might as well make it this one. Why? Well, it’s made of molded steel- that’s what gives the split-legged design its sleekness and strength- and it’s very minimalist. So minimalist, in fact, you could even leave it out all the time as a resting spot for books or a special plant. You’d not say the same for any other step stool you find at the local hardware store, would you?
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Price: $210.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Muuto’s Grain Pendant

At first glance, you’ll most likely wish Muuto’s Grain Pendant was a bit bigger than ~8″ in diameter. However, once you see a few lined up over a kitchen island or a large grouping over a table, you’ll be glad that it’s not too large, as the size is perfect for multiples. Get up close and personal, and you’ll see the shade is made from a mix of bamboo fibers and polypropylene, which gives it a subtle texture and warmth. Now on sale.
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Price: $126.65
Available from: Lumens

Mazama Wares Glasses

These hand blown soda-lime glasses are worth a second look. Maybe it’s the jade green tint that catches our eye for its hint at the past, or maybe it’s the angled silhouette with a heavier base that suggests a comfortable hold. Maybe it’s all those subtle cues combined that say they’re special. There’s plenty of other colors as well (nightshade, smoke, clear aqua, haze, and honey) and three different sizes to suit your beverage of choice (cocktail, wine, and pint).
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Price: $34.00 - 38.00
Available from: Mazama

Tangram Erasers

Uh, Tangram Erasers? Of course we need a set. Do you know the history of the Tangram? Do you have fond memories of making shapes with one when you were younger? Maybe you could see if your brain still has the skills to hammer out a few puzzles with these erasers, knowing they could always do some erasing if you fail to have fun with the puzzle part.
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Price: $2.50
Available from: Kikkerland

Ada Sconce

The Ada Sconce is a versatile little light, for its shade is made of two adjustable reflectors on friction hinges. This means you can move the shades around in many different ways to direct the light exactly where you wish. Fans of Charlotte Perriand might recognize a little of her CP-1 Sconce in this design, as this light was inspired by that exact design. And, another nice tidbit: the Ada sconce is named for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which dictates that sconces in hallways must not protrude from the wall more than 4”.
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Price: $450.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Contour Key Rings, Black

Remember the brass Contour Key Rings with their bell, drop, hoop, and bend shapes? Now they’re available in black, and you can get the whole bundle ($66) with the intention of organizing all your keys. Each Key Ring closes with a screw clasp, which makes adding and removing keys super easy.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Areaware

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: $355.00
Available from: MATTER

Friday Links

MYCANOE: Origami Folding Canoe That Travels in a Box

Patrick Stewart and a Pitbull named Ginger

Artist Remixes “If You See Something, Say Something” Posters in NYC Subway

What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money?

Six irrefutable pieces of evidence that prove climate change is real

The art of conversation, explained by the only artist to get eight US presidents to sit still

Mr. Rogers Introduces Kids to Experimental Electronic Music by Bruce Haack & Esther Nelson (1968) (I’m sure I’ve linked to this before.)

Enjoy your weekend.

Digital 8 House Number

Are you geeking out over this Digital 8 House Number? I know I am, and I don’t even need one*. To get your number, just remove the unwanted segments from the number display. Mount several together for longer street numbers (in a very straight line, of course). In any case, you’ll show your love for the digital side of things while adding a thoroughly modern touch to your home’s exterior.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Deuce Pitcher/Watering Can

Another weird watering can? Of course! And, even better, this one could also be a carafe, if you should so desire, as one spout is for plants and the other for pouring drinks. Use the long spout as a handle when filling your glass, or, alternatively, grasp the 1 1/4 liter body to water plants. This double function will let you donate any other watering cans and carafes that are cluttering up your cabinets while also delighting in your ability to find such well-designed containers. Go ahead, pat yourself on the back.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: modernintentions

Classic Glass Cup

Surely you’ve been served a cup of tea or coffee (or dessert) in one of Silodesign’s Glass Cups? Well, you can replicate the finery that’s associated with that heat resistant, double-walled glass vessel, right at home. There’s various sizes for all sorts of drinks and desserts, and, in addition to the Classic Glass Cup, there’s also the Original Glass Cup with no handle.
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Price: $$24.00 - $40.00
Available from: Luminaire

Rosa Rocker

Okay, child development specialists, is it better for a kid to have a rocking horse that looks like a horse, or a minimalist version with just a handle for a head? (Technically, it’s a rocker, not a rocking horse, but my traditional sensibilities keep looking for a horse’s head or tail.) Will their imagination grow in leaps and bounds with the lack of exterior input? In any case, it’s nice to see such a considered, spare interpretation of a toy.
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Price: $270.00
Available from: Horne

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. Take time to get involved, whether it’s by pledging your support to #BeBoldForChange or by participating in A Day Without a Women (see below).
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