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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)

 
 

Cone

The Cone portable speaker learns what music you like, and how and when you want to listen. Use voice commands to find music, podcasts, and radio stations, or just turn the dial to play or skip to another song. It has a 3″ woofer on board, dual tweeters, and a 20w amplifier to keep your audio experience pristine. And did I mention that it looks appropriately sleek? It’s easy on the eyes, that’s for sure.
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Price: $399.00
Available from: Aether

Squares Blanket

Autumn weather means cozying up with sweaters, and when available, wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket. For those chillier fall evenings, be sure you have a soft throw lying within reach of the sofa, as it’s better to use a throw than to turn up the heat (save money, save energy). This Squares Blanket by Zuzunaga is woven by hand using 100% ecological French merino wool, and just try not to feel anything other than cheeriness when covered, all safe and warm, with its bright pattern of squares.
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Price: $440.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Tool The Bookworm: Quill, Hand and Pen

I know, you rarely have time for books, and even then it’s safe to say you’re likely to pick up a Kindle or iPad instead of a paperback or hardcover. However, on that rare occasion you do read a book, it’d be nice to have a bookmark made of a digitally etched sheet of golden brass, wouldn’t it? Tom Dixon brings us the Quill, Hand and Pen, all of which would be quite at home in any of your favorite books.

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Price: $16.50
Available from: A+R Store

SnapRays Guidelight

There aren’t many night lights to write home about (except for the Night Light Galaxy), and even less that are considered particularly safe for those kiddos running around. That’s exactly why it’s worth taking a look at the SnapRays Guidelight. It replaces your standard electrical outlet cover plate, and lights the way with LEDs embedded along the bottom edge. No more clunky night lights hogging your outlets. Installation is easy (no wiring necessary), it simply clips around your outlet to draw power (5 milliamps = ~10 cents a year). A light sensor automatically detects when it’s needed, allowing it to turn on in the dark and off when it’s light.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: SnapPower

Kobenstyle Casserole – Green

Yes, your memory serves correct, we have featured the Kobenstyle Casserole dish before, but that was back in 2012 and it was a bright, tomato red. This time it’s done in a green color exclusive to MoMA, and, who knows, that might appeal to your kitchen’s aesthetic more than the red ever did. Kobenstyle was created in 1956 for Dansk┬«, a Danish manufacturer, and remains well known today for its lighter-weight enameled steel. The lid is especially handy with its cruciform handles; invert it and use it as the pot’s trivet.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Walnut & Leather iPhone Case

For your new iPhone 6, you should have a new case, and may I recommend this walnut and leather option from Grovemade? It’s very sleek, yet the materials give a tactile warmth to our cold, cold technology. The case also doubles as a stand, which is essential for all those videos and brilliant photographs you’ll want to look at and show off.

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Price: $129.00 - 139.00
Available from: Grovemade

Two-Propeller Mobile

Do you need an expensive, tabletop mobile? No, you don’t, unless you’ve got stacks of money lying around. However, you might want a “poetic work of wood, piano wire, and concrete” by Fran├žois Azambourg, as it’s a quiet piece of kinetic sculpture that’s sure to calm your mind. If you’re even a tiny bit interested, I can recommend watching the L’ATELIER d’exercices’ video, as it shows how each mobile is made.
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Price: $450.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Crank Grinder and Bird Mill

If you want, we could pretend you didn’t read the title and you could guess what this wooden thingamajig might be. I’ll wait while you guess.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Areaware

Less Mess Happy Mat

Parents and other adults who have tried to contain the mess of a child eating will know that it’s near impossible to come out of the encounter unscathed. Overturned plates and bowls are bound to happen, but if you turn your eyes to the slightly manaical grin of the Less Mess Happy Mat, you’ll know that there’s hope. This mat is silicone (CPSIA Certified, FDA approved and BPA, PVC, lead and Phthalate-free) and it self-seals to the table. There’s no moving it, and, unless your kid’s a genius and/or freakishly strong, they won’t be able to peel it off and throw it around. The integrated plate has three spots for food and the whole mat is dishwasher and microwave safe. Watch the video below for more.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Powder-Coated Steel Folding Table

Folding tables, ick. They never look good and they’re so very tacky… right? Wrong! There’s one folding table that actually looks decent, and sort of cheery, thanks to its bright green color. Designed by Benjamin Luddy and Makoto Mizutani, this Steel Folding Table has detachable legs and may be used wherever you need an extra impromptu surface- indoors or outside. You can even hang it on the wall for storage and double the function by using it as a message center with magnets and dry erase markers. Smart.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Marble Wall-Mounted Shelf

If you’re a complete snob, you might turn your nose up at “Carrara-style” marble, but marble is marble is marble for most people, and a smallish shelf for just under $50 might just go a long way to helping a storage problem. Maybe you could use an extra surface in the bathroom or in the kitchen? Snap one (or two) of these shelves up for an easy fix.
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Price: $47.96
Available from: CB2

Aerostat Table Lamp

Do you need a little extra light in your life? And I do mean that literally, as in an extra table lamp. If so, turn your eyes toward the Aerostat. As you may know, an Aerostat is a lighter than air craft that stays aloft with the use of buoyant gas. Similar in feel, the white blown glass diffuser of this lamp from Fabbian (designed by Guillaume Delvigne) rests upon a vertical steel frame, giving it an airy, light look. Choose between a Satin Nickel or Brass finish.

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Price: $394.20
Available from: YLighting

Pennant Belt Holster

I think it’s safe to say that most holsters are generally unfit for the discerning eye, especially when paired with a phone, as was popular when mobiles first became popular. Now, if you’re wearing a holster for tools, as in actual tools for a job or craft, it’s entirely forgivable, especially if it looks anything like this Pennant Belt Holster. It’s just strange enough to be interesting, and, of course, looks quite convenient for holding the tools you need immediately at hand.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Scarr

Bigshot Camera

Build a fully functional digital camera! While the Bigshot Camera would be enormously effective in any learning environment, you might also benefit from understanding how science makes capturing images possible. There’s three different lens settings, three fields of view, a flash, a lithium polymer (rechargable) battery, and a hand crank for back up power. Just follow the instructions and in no time you’ll be clicking away. If you do buy one for yourself, also consider buying one for someone else (kid or adult) that would enjoy assembling and using the camera, as $89 is a small price to pay for this sort of knowledge.
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Price: $89.00
Available from: Bigshot

Wooden Rulers by HAY

Striped, random rulers are sure to cheer you up no matter what. Just look at those colors and lines! Whether you’re in the back-to-school mood or not, a few patterned rulers will surely come in handy, plus, a set of 3 will give your desk area a little flair (in a good way).
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Price: $40.00
Available from: A+R Store