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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)

 
 

Revolver Stool, 48cm

Remember the Revolver (Bar) Stool? Here’s the smaller sibling, standing right at 48 cm tall to give you a fully rotating seat at a normal table/desk height. Available in red, black, and grey.
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Price: $128.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

V Envelope and Key Holder

Do you still get a few bills in the mail? Perhaps you would have use of this elegant, small shelf. Hang it along its spine, and the top surface becomes an ideal landing spot for keys, with a shelf underneath for important mail. Hang it along its back, and it lies against the wall as a folder.
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Price: $55.00
Available from: designboom store

Track Baskets

Would you like a few metal baskets for your books, magazines, toys, or towels? Or, how about for all that soon-to-arrive fall firewood? The metal ‘tracks’ of these baskets give a visual pattern of small squares when empty and a diagonal pattern when full. Choose from four different sizes and three color shades.
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Price: $45.00 -110.00
Available from: Norman Copenhagen

Paper Collective Posters

Affordable art at… DWR?? Are we sure about this? Yep, it looks like there are quite a few graphic designs from Paper Collective, all at the approachable cost of $55. I know, I know, by the time you buy a frame with glass, it is no longer all that affordable, but not to worry, as Paper Collective has their Magnetic Stiicks Frame ($60) that easily lets you hang any poster quickly. No ugly thumbtacks required, thank you very much.
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Price: $55.00
Available from: DWR

LAND Gallery + Blu Dot Collection

Have you seen the collaboration between LAND (League Artists Natural Design) and Blu Dot? LAND teaches life skills through art to adult artists with developmental disabilities, and I’ve got hearts for eyes (emoticon-style) on every single thing. All profits go directly to the artists and gallery, so, go for it: purchase with abandon. You’ll feel warm and fuzzy each time you stand on/sit on/pass by the item you choose.
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Price: $299.00 +
Available from: Blu Dot

Lak Wall Sconce

This little Lak Wall Sconce manages to be both cute and considered. Made by Jielde, a company known for their work lamps, the sconce is a reissue of a design originally conceived in the 1960s by Jean Louis-Domecq. And, should you need a particular hue, you might just be thrilled to know there are many excellent color options available, in either a high gloss or matt finish, or you can get a more precise color match by requesting a RAL color chart.
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Price: $395.00
Available from: Horne

Richman Dustpan

Cleaning up is a quick job with this Richman Dustpan. How so? Well, the wooden brush nests inside the pan’s handle, which means sweeping up your minor/major messes is a grab-and-go affair. If you’re a multitasker, note that you can carry the dust/rubbish in the dustpan with the brush handily stored underneath, all in one hand. Hang the set together via the loop on the dustpan’s handle.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: good thing

Stacking Jewelry Boxes

Jewelry and other small items will be right at home in these stacking boxes. Their velvety, matte, scratch-resistant finish is due to 11 layers of lacquer. 11! Velvet interiors provide a soft landing for your baubles while cork bottoms offer protection for dressers or other tabletops.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Brace Bench and Stool

If these pieces by Dino Sanchez remind you a teensy bit of childhood, you’ve picked up on the inspiration of elementary school desks. Note the small detail of wood peg joins, rounded corners and slightly chunky proportions. Endearing, aren’t they? And, if you’re prone to collecting, you’ll be happy to know that each bench and stool is marked as a numbered edition.
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Price: $475.00 - 675.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer

If you thought cold coffee was for snobs or sugar junkies, think again. Cold brew coffee is often less acidic and less bitter than hot brewed coffee, and more palatable with milk. Using a slow-drip process with an adjustable valve, the Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer lets you play around with brew time to get your ideal cup. However, don’t think you’ll pull this sort of cold brewing off in a quick minute; the recommended brew time is a 6-hour span, at a drip per second.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Bruer

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? Now on sale.
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Price: $154.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Wire Hooks

You have absolutely no excuse to have scarves, coats and clothes on the floor this fall/winter, because these Wire Hooks are top notch and inexpensive. Pick a few bright colors in different shapes for a fun mix, or go the minimal route by repeating one shape in one color.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: NewMadeLA

Pivotante À Poser

If you’ve ever admired Charlotte Perriand’s work, I’ve got some good news for you: now you can own one of her lamps. The Pivotante À Poser swivels around to adjust the amount of light coming through its sheet metal body. It’s a simple idea, executed in a smaller size so that the lamp can fit easily on a side table or shelf. Now on sale for $210.95!
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Price: $210.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Fluted Talise Carafe

Water is a necessity, but nowadays too many of us rely on plastic bottles to get our daily intake. Perhaps by purchasing this very nice Talise carafe, you’ll cut down the amount of plastic you use and thus become a more responsible adult. Unending supplies of water and other beverages may be kept in its lovely fluted design, which looks so much more appropriate on a dinner (or conference) table than a six pack of plastic bottles. Use the inner funnel to hold a water filter, if needed, or remove entirely for non-filtered beverages.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: YLiving

Aluminum Ruler

Maybe you already own a perfectly good ruler, but does it use “visual hierarchies of color and shape to articulate the process of measurement”? Probably not, as that’s just what Allon Libermann and Hye Jin Ahn aimed to do with this Aluminum Ruler. If your mind works visually, you might as well have a very visual ruler.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Areaware