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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)

 
 

Mother’s Day Gifts

Next Sunday, May 13, is Mother’s Day, so don’t be surprised when you next see your mom and she looks a little disappointed at the sight of your empty hands.
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De JONG & Co. Walnut Salt and Pepper Mills

Need a nice salt or pepper mill? After all, you are an adult now, and not just any salt and pepper shakers will do. De JONG & Co. provides these lovely hand-turned shapes, which are perfectly functional and lovely to use. Don’t limit yourself to just salt and pepper either; each mill can be used for coffee beans or other spices. They also have beautiful serving boards available directly from their website, De JONG & Co..
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: Spartan Shop

Friday Links

Braille Neue (via)

Introverts are better at sales?

Cancel / OK – Sticky Notes

Human Food – Vegan & Organic Meal Replacement Bar

Electric Car Charging Road Opens in Sweden

Plastic eating enzyme could aid recycling

Farewell My Dudes: 69 Dystopian Haikus

“TO PLACE AMONG OTHER COLORS AND FORMS” by Thomas A. Clark x Book/Shop

Have a good weekend!

TO PLACE AMONG OTHER COLORS AND FORMS

Ringtool

The Ringtool is a compact toolkit that lives on any standard keyring. Hardened stainless steel (strength + corrosion resistance) means it’ll withstand a rough and tumble world. It has five different Hexheads, a Flathead and Phillips Driver, a Torxhead, and two Spoke Wrenches, so it’s a good choice for any cyclist that would rather not lug around a bigger toolkit.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Reductivist

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?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $210.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Swallow and Crane Kite

You’ve got an excellent reason to get out and enjoy the weather, because this Swallow Kite is just too good to pass up. Its wings flap when flying in the air, just like a real bird. There’s a larger Crane Kite as well, with “gangly” bamboo legs. Both would look just fine on a wall as decoration, but do make sure that they stretch their wings every now and then when the sun is out.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00 - 56.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

Eeny Meeny Miny Trays

These Eeny Meeny Miny Trays nest together in various ways to accommodate that extra home and office paraphernalia that accumulates despite your best intentions. And, with three lovely color combinations, you’re sure to find just the right hues to complement your decor.
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‘Pion’ Lamps

A lamp by Bertjan Pot, you say? And it’s not too terribly expensive? Well, sign me up. The ‘Pion’ lamps for Wrong.London and Hay have a shape that references a pawn chess piece (‘Pion’ is the Dutch word for “pawn”). Crafted from a stitched composite ‘Nomex’ paper, the lamp gives off a soft, diffused glow that’s sure to set the right ambience in any room. The shape is supported by a steel frame and carbon-fibre rod, and, don’t worry, the shade is both UV-stable and flame resistant. Suitable for floor or table use.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €275.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

Pia Shopping Bag

Raise your hand if you like strange shopping bags. This one from Milk Design and Feel Good Home has a different sort of 3D shape made from Tyvek and leather handles, which will surely tote your purchases safely home with a fair amount of style (don’t be surprised if people ask you where you got it). Tyvek is durable and water resistant, and very light… plus, did you see the price?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.50
Available from: MilkDesign

Folded Vessel

Ah-ha! This proves that some designers are mercifully kind to those of us that can’t afford to just plonk down a thousand plus dollars for a beautiful book/magazine stand. Chen Chen & Kai Williams have designed the Folded Vessel for Good Thing, and it’s similar, though less expensive, to their Third Eye Vessel design. Three identical petals fasten together to form the floor-standing container, giving you an excellent spot to keep your records, books, and magazines. The pale pink or cobalt blue are very appealing options if you don’t mind a little color.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: good thing

Torch Lantern

Yep, it’s a flashlight and a camp lantern, but it would look just fine left out on your beside table. Not too bad, eh? The Torch Latern’s collapsible head lets it function as either a flashlight or a lantern. For a focused beam, keep it screwed tight, or unscrew the top to spread the light out in your tent or room. And, get this: it has a bottle opener (in its base, I think?). Also, check out the smaller Stashlight.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Izola

Hay Ash Wood Wall Hook

As you might have guessed, this Ash Wood Wall Hook is made from a steamed strip of solid ash wood. The two upward ends provide a resting place for all manner of accessories while the curved bow allows for a gentle hold of sweaters and coats without the bothersome indentation you’d get from other small hooks. It’s a smart choice for an entryway or bedroom, or wherever else you need a tiny bit of extra clothes storage.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $105.00
Available from: Danish Design Store

All On Board

Now, isn’t this a convenient cutting board? Designer Alain Gilles’ All On Board is a wooden cutting board just like your others, yes, but it rests within a useful plastic scoop. This scoop slides along the board, allowing you to separate food from their scraps for easy disposal and move ingredients directly from board to pan. The funnel-shaped handle acts as a pouring vessel for juices or stocks- handy for those ‘au jus’ dishes, right?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $165.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Links

‘Future Flowers’ Blossom in a Digital Collaboration

Z Lok is back, with a combination

The Met Museum Releases 400k Free High-Res Images For Personal & Commercial Use

Magnetic Folding Moon

A helpful meditation exercise for use in public places

How many triangles?

Goodnight Light Cactus

Have a great weekend!

Tic-Tac-Trivet

Okay, sign me up- it’s a Tic-Tac-Toe game and a trivet. Fun for your family and friends, and functional. The five Xs and five Os also can double as drink coasters. Three uses, all in one product- score!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store