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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)

 
 

Mathematics Scissors

Do you need a perfectly proportioned pair of scissors? No, you don’t, unless you care a lot about the golden ratio when it comes to your office tools and accessories. Or maybe you’re a mad genius or a very particular design aficionado, then I suppose you are also allowed to *need* this cutting tool. These semi-crazy-looking scissors are the design baby of iAN Yen & Design YxR, and have the useful function that you’d expect along with a comfortable holding position.
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Price: €150.00
Available from: DESIGN YxR

Tangram Travel Organizer

It’s almost the end of February, which prompts this question: is it time to take a trip somewhere? It really doesn’t matter where, as long as it’s not extremely cold (unless you’re skiing or snowboarding). This Tangram Travel Organizer cleverly folds up in a flat, triangular fold to make packing easy. Unfold at your destination- use the elastic loop as a hook if you wish- to see everything neatly organized.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Umbra

Chimney Humidifier

If the dry air is getting on your nerves, get yourself a humidifier. And, as we’re in the business of selecting well made items that have a pleasing appearance, you should probably take my advice* and buy the Chimney Humidifier designed by Takeshi Ishiguro. The slim profile and tall chimney blend in with a room’s furnishings easier than other large humidifiers, and, using a silent, ultra-sonic system, the mist is emitted at a height that humidifies the whole room instead of one particular area.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: Leibal

Hub Ladder by Matt Carr

Yes, this ladder would be great for hanging towels or clothes in the bedroom or bathroom, but it has an extra trick up its sleeve. The solid ash wood portion expands out from the matte-painted steel side so you can adjust it to fit your needs. So, on a day you need a little storage, slide it inwards, and on a day you need a lot, expand it outwards.
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Umbra

MAGNETIC Static Notes, Boards and printable Sheets

Here’s a different sort of way to make sure your notes stay put: static electricity. MAGNETIC Static Notes, Boards and printable Sheets function with a stable static charge, which allows you to stick them to any dry surface without any residue. Did you catch the ‘any dry surface’ part of that last sentence? Wood, plastic, metal, leather, glass, paper- these notes will stick to them all. Take a look at Magnetic’s Kickstarter page for more info.
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Price: $9.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Eva Solo Kitchen Scale

X marks the spot… where you can weigh your food. This digital scale by Eva Solo has an easy-to-read display on one of its legs, and it automatically switches off after 30 seconds. It’s lightweight and has an 8.6″ width, so it’ll be easy to stick it in a drawer when not in use. Available in orange or black, from Finnish Design Shop.
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Price: €49.95
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

SmorgasBoard

How’s this board for organizing your what-haves and thing-a-ma-jigs? It’s a wooden magnetic bulletin board called SmorgasBoard, and it has different wooden magnetic attachments: pegs, a hook, a box, and a shelf. Each piece may be placed anywhere on the board, so configure it just the way you like. There’s not too much, so things won’t get cluttered, but there’s enough to give those essentials (like your phone, keys, etc.) a home. Each piece may be placed anywhere on the board, or on your fridge or metal surface.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: iLoveHandles

Stackable Stool/Table by Atelier de Troupe

A stackable stool is a pretty smart buy, as you’ll not be caught without extra seating if a whole load of friends stop by (we all know how popular you are). Plus, this stackable stool by Atelier de Troupe could easily double as a side table in the living area or bedroom. Made of an iron base and a waxed alder wood seat, it’s a safe bet you’ll not regret adding a few of these, as they’ll last a very long time.
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Price: $345.00
Available from: Atelier de Troupe

Beam Smart Projector

Screw the Beam Smart Projector into a light socket and then use your smartphone to watch movies, play games, or share content. That’s right, it’s a projector built into a compact casing that fits into a light socket. Maybe you’ll put it above the kitchen island to watch a food prep video directly on the counter, or above the dining table to play games, or maybe you’ll prefer to place it on a table (with included power cable) for projecting onto the wall or ceiling for movies and videos. You can also program Beam to run certain ‘if this then that’ rules, which opens up a lot of fun options for you and your family. Check it out over at Kickstarter.
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Price: $369.00
Available from: Kickstarter

General Series by Good Thing NY

Don’t assign any piece of the General Series by Good Thing NY to just one function, as they’re meant to fulfill myriad needs around the home or office. A hard timber handle makes it easy to carry each bucket, bowl, or tray from one place to another, and the spun aluminum base/container should withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. Use them in the kitchen for serving food stuffs, in the office for corralling supplies, or in a living area or bedroom to catch various bits and bobs that need a home.
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Price: $44.00 - 54.00
Available from: Good Thing NY

Soap Stones

I know, I know, your hands are clean enough, but wouldn’t it be nice to keep them clean with soaps that look like gemstones? I think so, but maybe you’d prefer to keep them as your ‘fancy’ soaps for guests, as they’re sort of special. All are handcrafted, all natural, vegetable-based soaps, and they’re made and hand cut in PELLE’s Brooklyn studio.
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Price: $12.00+
Available from: Pelle

Friday Links

  • The Knoll Classics Sale begins today, February 20, and lasts through March 3. Save 15% and get free shipping on most items.
  • Beam: The smart projector that fits in any light socket. You’ll see this posted next week.
  • Zoomable 9 billion pixel photo of a Milky Way
  • Warming Huts
  • How loud is the U.S.?
  • Atomic Overlook: 12 – Clay Lipsky
  • UK government sets 2020 deadline to end replica furniture production
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    That’s it for this week. Have a nice weekend.

    Little Bishop Ceiling Hook

    Here’s a worthy pursuit: design a better option for placing light fixtures. Yes, you could call an electrician and spend hundreds of dollars. You could also buy a cheap brass hook and knot your cord’s fixture to keep it in place. Neither are ideal, but both are entirely feasible. Now you can add one more possibility to the mix. The Little Bishop Ceiling Hook aims to provide a hook specifically for cable hung pendant lights. This hook is shaped and cast by hand, with an elegant solution to wrap the cord around itself for a seamless installation. It might not fit every lighting situation, but for more temporary solutions on pendant light placement, it’s seems like a smart choice.
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    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Pon – The Punctureless Push Pin

    So smart! The Pon is a punctureless push pin by Mark Weiser. Instead of piercing your paper/photo/item, it hugs the item you want to display, thus keeping your item free of holes. Simply slide whatever you want to display inside the coil and then slide it out when you’re done looking at it. Back the project over at Kickstarter.
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    Price: $7.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Animal Box: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists

    I love, love, love this Animal Box full of postcards. Ten different artists have contributed their illustrations of all sorts of animals. Simply flip through the box to find the one that best suits your correspondence and prove to your family and friends that snail mail can be fun. Thanks to the colorful array of characters, there’s a good chance your postcard will be pinned up as art or kept as a keepsake.
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    Price: $19.95
    Available from: Princeton Architectural Press