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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)

 
 

Pixo LED Table Lamp (black/brass)

With the new color pairing of black and brass, the Pixo looks like it has put on its tux (or little black dress) and is ready for a night out. As you might remember from our previous post last year, the standout feature of the Pixo is not necessarily the 360 degree rotation and three-axis articulated stem; instead its USB port in the base for charging mobile devices seems to set it apart from the pack.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $205.00
Available from: DWR

Cedric Walnut Desk

If you’ve a decent budget to spend on a desk, turn your eyes toward the Cedric. Rounded edges provide subtle detailing, giving it a quiet craftsmanship that makes it the sort of piece you’d pass down to the next generation. Made from solid European walnut; choose between a dark brown or orange leather top (and lined drawers, a nice detail).
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Price: $3,290.00
Available from: Horne

Melting Mug by Studio Arhoj

The thick glaze of the Melting Mug will hopefully give you a better grip so you don’t spill your tea/coffee all over your desk/boss/coworker. Each mug is made of hand-cast porcelain and will fit nicely in the hand, especially as the mug is similar in shape to traditional Japanese Yunomi tea cups. Available in pink, mint, yellow, white, and gray.

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Price: $29.00
Available from: Gessato

ROLU Chairs

If you’re looking for a true-to-materials seating option, check out these chairs hand made by ROLU Studio. They’re extremely simple plywood and OSB chairs inspired by 70s DIY books, which has a certain minimalist charm that’s bound to add variety and interest to your interior. And, though I don’t have updated pricing at the moment, you can bet that they won’t break the bank.
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Price: $POR
Available from: ROLU

Orbit Collection Bags

There are several simple messenger bags out there, and the Orbit Collection by Sputnik Zurich most definitely belongs in that category. There’s two pockets and one strap. It’s a rectangle. Don’t yawn yet, though, because the bag incorporates reflective stripes to make sure you stay visible at night. The stripes will completely surround your torso; that means you’re safer no matter what direction you (or the vehicles around you) plan to go. The front, back, and straps all have reflective material, so you’ll be able to wear the bag on either shoulder.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00 and up
Available from: Kickstarter

Bicycle Spoke Keyring

If you’ve spent a lot of time on two wheels, you might recognize that this keyring is made from used bike spokes. Just screw/unscrew the spoke nipple to add or remove keys; it’s as simple as that. And don’t go thinking you have to be a bicycle nut to have one of these- the simple reuse of a spoke is reason enough to consider it for your everyday keys. Available from scene3.
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Price: $8.00
Available from: scene3

Friday Links

  • Tiny road: Kensington International Kindergarten
  • “Geraldine Spilker has developed a process of binding ashes with resin, creating a tactile object from cremated remains.”
  • Carbon Fiber Eames Sofa by Matthew Strong. (via design milk)
  • Pinohuacho observation deck
  • Smart Ikea Hack for displaying Fome-Cor Boards
  • Fun Paper Masks
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    Have a super-fun-fantastic weekend.

    Primary Desk by Nathan Yong

    This Primary Desk is an odd sort of fellow with its angles and points and slim drawers. Inspired by mid-century furniture in the designer’s childhood, the desk hits a mark somewhere in between classic and futuristic, which isn’t an easy target, to be sure. Solid walnut makes for a sturdy frame with just enough worktop space for a small computer and writing area, and five drawers are available to squirrel away odds and ends. There’s also another thoughtful detail worth mentioning: the angle of the top drawers allow for the pitch of an open laptop. Now 15% off (until July 31).

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,534.25
    Available from: DWR

    Crescendo Wall-mounted Tackboard

    No matter how hard we all try to minimize bits and pieces of paper and cards and invites, they show up unbidden in our bags and on our countertops. What to do? Don’t buy a normal (boring) cork board to keep yourself organized, buy this tackboard with stripes! That’s right, it’s a tackboard, made of thin strips of industrial mill-made paper, all of which are stacked tightly together for the express purpose of holding your miscellany all in one place.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $59.95
    Available from: CB2

    11+ World Clock

    This might seem like just a simple grey clock, but it has a clever rolling mechanism that allows it to display 24 different time zones. The hands work independently from the body, so you can roll the clock to whatever time zone you wish, and then roll it back to the local time. Only the side shows each time zone, leaving the face free of any extra graphics.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.00
    Available from: Leibal

    Holy Stool and Candy Table

    This colorful table and stool by UM Project would be a great choice for occasional tables. Whether you choose to go monochrome or mix colors, the duo-tone finish would add interest and warmth to a room. It’d be smart to use the sturdy stools as side tables for daily use and then as extra seating when you have a few more guests than chairs.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $330.00 - 640.00
    Available from: Gessato

    WAKA WAKA’s Shaped Bookends

    Fun bookends? Yes, please. WAKA WAKA’s Shin Okuda turns ordinary plywood into these colorful bookends. They’re sold in sets of two, in mismatched colors, mind you, so tell your books to stand up straight for their semi-crazy and exciting new friends. You DIYers might feel an itch to replicate these with your own shapes and colors, and, if so, go for it, as you’ll only need some plywood, glue, paint, and some sort of metal bookend to sandwich between the wood (right?).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $160.00
    Available from: Sight Unseen

    Craig Large Carrying Case

    Don’t be dissuaded by the size, the Craig Carrying Case is not necessarily a clutch purse, though it could be if you so choose. Japanese stationary brand Delfonics brings us this option for storing a small laptop and a magazine. One large zipper pocket buttons down over an open pocket on the front, in a size that’s handy enough to carry on its own or stash in a larger bag. It would be sort of perfect for travel, don’t you think? One place for the essentials: iPad, passport, eye mask, etc.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $70.00
    Available from: SHOP Cooper Hewitt

    Fleche Rug

    If you choose any of the Fleche rugs for your home, you are allowed to be socially boring*. The rugs are Samare Studio’s update to the Pays d’en Haut Legacy collection, and utilize traditional felting techniques to create the imagery of flames and bolts of lightning (as evoked by the Quebec native ‘fléchée’ motif). Four different palettes are available.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $3,990.00
    Available from: MATTER

    Degree Table Unit

    Any piece of furniture that incorporates cork into its design has my attention, and this table by Patrick Norguet for Kristalia is no exception. A removable table top/lid means it is also a storage piece, and that’ll no doubt be useful wherever it ends up. You have a few options: white or black rotational polypropylene, with or without a genuine cork coating; white, black, or cork lid, all in either round or square.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $595.00 - 861.00
    Available from: Ultra Modern