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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)

 
 

Portable Toolbox Walnut

Architects and designers, this isn’t for all your tools, just the ones you use the most, preferably at your desktop. Designed by Hallgeir Homstvedt for Mjolk, this walnut toolbox’s handle was inspired by oversized knobs on Shaker furniture. Easily move the box from desk to drawing board or meeting room with all your essentials on hand, ready to dazzle others with your skills.
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Purchase Information:

Price: CAD285.00
Available from: Mjölk

Potence Pivotante Wall Lamp

You’re familiar with the Potence Lamp, right? Nemo has re-launched the original design by Charlotte Perriand in collaboration with Prouvé’s Tropique house. The long-armed, L-shaped light rotates 180 degrees on the wall, which lets light reach all around a room, making the most of its single halogen bulb. Of course, this version is a little more pared-down and straightforward than the angled Potence. Don’t tell anyone, but I think I prefer it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $632.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Onsen Bath Towels

Do you have slightly musty bath towels? Uh-oh, that means bacteria is growing. Yuck. Don’t worry though, Onsen towels are to the rescue. They have a waffle weave design that is “effortlessly absorbent” and very quick to dry. Made of 100% premium cotton, they are soft and strong, yet surprisingly lightweight. Tempted to refresh your towel collection? Me too.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Paper Vase

Fun! No need for fancy vases here, thank you very much, because there’s this water-resistant Paper vase that slips right over any small glass or plastic vessel. Its die-cut pattern and assertive color add a modern touch, so you’ll have an instant impressive display of wildflowers, a single stem, or a precious bouquet, quick as can be.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $27.00
Available from: MoMA

All Wood Stool by Karoline Fesser

Nice! This All Wood Stool is made entirely from (you guessed it) wood. A wooden screw-in mechanism allows you to adjust the height from 14 to 19 inches. That’s very handy for getting just the right height for your drink/laptop/etc. Choose between the straight bobbin base or the angled rocket base; either is available in solid ash or walnut.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Hem

Chamfer Serving Boards

When you need to dress up your dinner spread, you can’t go wrong with one of these Chamfer Serving Boards. The ebony marble or clear crystal glass are heavy and luxe, which means you could put cheap crackers and cheese on them and they’d still look nice (though you would never do that, would you?). The sloped edges look sharp, and have the added benefit of easy lifting from the table.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00 - 120.00
Available from: A+R Store

Mega 2 Seater and Daybed

Close your eyes and imagine the smell of freshly baked bread. Now open them and feast your hungry eyes on the Mega 2 Seater and Daybed. See any similarities? Designer Chris Martin was inspired by risen loaves against a metal frame in a bakery, and now we can all get an idea of what sitting on bread would feel like, with the added bonus of continual comfort, of course.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,050.00
Available from: Leibal

Dry Goods Vessel

If you are quite particular about storage containers, you may just want to snag a couple of these Dry Goods Vessels from Fort Standard. They feature large cork stoppers with turned hardwood handles, so your dry goods in the kitchen will stay appropriately dry. Choose between short, medium, or tall toppers, or get a full set (one of each) and receive 10% off.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $88.00
Available from: Fort Standard

CROZ DIY Digital Camera

This DIY Digital Camera is about as simple as it can get. A lightweight transparent case lets you see exactly how it works, which is a plus for those with curious minds. And, it only has two switches: an on/off button (also serves as the shutter clicker) and a selection switch for different photo effects (Normal, Black & White, Sepia and Blue). A fisheye and wide-angle lense are included.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Boom Table Light

Need a little light? The Boom task light by Tom Dixon is composed of a series of cylinders and tubes arranged in a semi-industrial sculptural stack. Inspired by traditional draftsman’s and machinist’s lamps, the pivoting arm and head will focus light right where you need it, which may just help you get your work done a tiny bit faster. If not that, then at the very least you won’t have headaches from eye strain.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $330.00
Available from: Horne

Friday Links

Piaggio introduces Gita personal cargo droid that follows you around

– Daily news got you down? Experts Suggest How to Adjust Your Media Diet

– And, Positive News

Kayashima: The Japanese Train Station Built Around a 700-Year-Old Tree

– Cute Little Lightning Bolt Light (there’s also a Little Neon-Like Heart Light

– Neat New York Cityscape Architectural Model

– Zoomable version of The Cat’s Paw Nebula from ESO.

– Pink! Crosby Studios

Crosby Studios

Scout Tall Stool

I know finding the right barstools are tough, and that’s exactly why I keep my eyes out for anything remotely interesting or decent. Surname’s Scout Stools are more than decent, they’re downright perfect. No frills except for a brass or copper finish on the footrest, each stool is made from antique heart pine salvaged from dismantled New York area buildings. A gentle slope to the seat keeps your backside comfortable, and your wallet will be happy to see the price tag is just under the $300 mark.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $340.00
Available from: Surname Goods

Raised Fist Poster

The clenched fist is a “a universal sign of solidarity and support.” Should you feel beaten down by the news of the past few days, remember, you are not alone. This particular print may just be enough to keep you going… organizing, uniting, and working to make sure your voice is heard.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: A+R Store

In Between Chair

You might sense a resemblance to Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair in the curved back rail of this chair, and you’d be spot on, as designer Sami Kallio has a high regard for the world renowned Danish designer. Kallio’s chair occupies a certain ‘in between’ place in method of manufacturing as each one is hand and machine made. Ash and oak, the two options, both respond quite well to woodturning, more of classic hand-held lathe technique, and compression molding, a technique that allows for strength despite an overall lightness. The back and side panels provide support as well as a nicely contrasting visual gap.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $630.00
Available from: A+R Store

Trash Me Lamp

Do you have any egg cartons lying around? Maybe you could make a lamp… or, at least appreciate that this small lamp is made from paper pulp comprising of four egg cartons, water, and aluminum screws. Designed by Victor Vetterlein, the lamp is intended to reflect the transient nature of the material used. At the end of its life the lamp can be recycled.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: Matter Matters