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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)

 
 

Big Tournebrille Lamp

The Serge Mouille Wall Sconce is well beyond most of our budgets, and that’s why seeing the price tag of the Tournebrille Lamp by Tse & Tse is a nice surprise. It’s a little less grande than the Mouille Sconce, yet that’s not a bad thing. Flying under the design radar occasionally might just make your home more interesting, and you’ll certainly have more money in the bank. A rotating shade and swing arm make the black matte Tournebrille an excellent, affordable choice for your preferred reading spot.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $380.00
Available from: Horne

Bin 8 Multi Kitchen Tool

Short on drawer space in the kitchen? This Bin 8 Multi Kitchen Tool will help. It has 8 essential kitchen tools, all housed within a shape similar to a wine bottle. You’ll have a funnel, a lemon juicer, a spice grater, and egg masher, a cheese grater, a lid grip/opener, an egg yolk separator, a measuring cup, and even a little attachment to use the funnel as a vase. It’s not expensive, so it might not last the longest, but if you’re on a tight budget it’ll do the job(s).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $13.99
Available from: Amazon

EYEteleporter by Juste Kostikovaite

This is so ridiculous it’s wonderful. The EYEteleporter is a mask that displaces your eyesight. Put it on and you’ll either see the view point of your belly, above your head, or above your head, backwards, and upside down. Those three modes will hopefully insert a little bit of fun into your day at the office, as long as your coworkers don’t mind you wearing a large, cardboard, telescope-like contraption. Yes, you’ll look weird, but at least you’ll have fun.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $55
Available from: Kickstarter

The Public Radio by Centerline Engineering

There’s not much time left to back this project (eek!), but it’s better to post it now than never. For radio monogamists, The Public Radio by Centerline Engineering is the perfect pairing. It’s a single station FM radio in a Mason jar, pre tuned to your favorite station. There’s only an on/off/volume button, an antenna, and the radio, all housed in/on a Mason jar. No complications, no tuning, just the one station you tune into most.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Kickstarter

EM77 Vacuum Jug

Lukewarm coffee is just not acceptable, and this EM77 Vacuum Jug will ensure hot coffee stays hot. When tipped, the rocker stopper automatically opens to let coffee flow out- this limits the amount air entering the jug, thus preventing your coffee from cooling prematurely. You can use the EM77 Vacuum Jug to keep beverages cold as well, so don’t put it in the back of the cupboard when spring comes around.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Dwell Store

NeighBirds Birdhouse

There’s never a bad time to put up a birdhouse, especially if that birdhouse is modular. A modular birdhouse? Yep, thanks to the hexagonal log shape of the NeighBirds Birdhouse, it can be paired with other units as your avian neighborhood grows. The soft polyester strap won’t damage your tree and stretches to accommodate more houses.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Gessato

Blu Dot Sale

You know that Blu Dot is having their big sale, right? You can get 20% off all designs until November 9, so it’s worth checking out if you’re in need of a few furniture pieces that don’t cost an arm and a leg (and looks good too). A few quick links to some favorites below.
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View Blu Dot Sale here

Tilt Cutting Boards

As we’re all well aware, there are many excellent cutting boards for us to choose from, and now we can add one more to the ever growing pile. Danish designer Tobias Tøstesen has created the Tilt Cutting Board for Menu, and it has an angled side to let it lean steadily against a wall for storage. Its asymmetry adds further to its aesthetic; rounded and straight lines set it apart from the usual (now boring?) rectangle.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 - 35.00
Available from: A+R Store

Superior Labor’s Brass Clipboard

If you owned a brass clipboard, you and your to-do list would feel appropriately important. Plus, when you checked off completed items, you could congratulate yourself while also admiring the slight patina the brass surface acquires over time. Sized for letter size (or A4) paper, this clipboard is made in the Superior Labor’s southern Okayama workshop in Japan.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Baum-kuchen

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    Have a great weekend.

    Refold’s Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

    What’s this stack of cardboard? It’s a standing desk from Refold, and it’s “flexible, foldable, portable, affordable & 100% recyclable.” Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? If you’d like to try the standing desk option without buying an expensive desk replacement then this would be a good way to try it out. Or, maybe you just move around a lot, and need an easy-to-move surface. Either way, check it out over on Kickstarter.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: NZD160.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Mr. N LED Table Lamp

    That’s right, it’s a lamp. The Mr. N LED Table Lamp will most likely get a few double takes thanks to its outside illuminated surface. Shaped like a lowercase ‘n’, the lamp uses advanced light panel technology to emit a soft, warm glow that’s easy to control and adjust with a one-finger touch. Mr N’s dimensions are small- 7.5″ H x 4.30″ W x 3.2″ D- so it could easily fit on a smaller desk, bookshelf, or table.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $106.17
    Available from: YLighting

    Pixo LED Table Lamp

    Remember this little guy? The Pixo Lamp incorporates a USB port in its base, which means more convenience when charging our mobile devices. However many times you’ve reached behind your sofa/bed/table/desk to pick up a charging cable, you know it’s been too many.

    There are other impressive things about this lamp (360 degree rotating head, three-axis articulating stem, uses just five watts thanks to low-energy LEDs, etc.) but all we’re going to appreciate right now is the USB port (Hat tip to designers Pablo and Fernando Pardo for this small yet significant detail). Now on sale from DWR, $169.15 – $174.25, until October 23, 2014.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00
    Available from: DWR

    Emu Heaven Lounge Chair, Set of Two

    I know, I know, now’s not really the time to be highlighting outdoor furniture, but the Emu Heaven Lounge Chair could easily live indoors as well, and the price becomes way more reasonable once you grasp that it’s for a set of two. Metal mesh gives a visual lightness to the draping silhouette, making the chair a friendly modern statement wherever it ends up. Stack up to four chairs for storage.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,659.00
    Available from: YLiving

    Hexagon Stand

    Paper towel holders aren’t big business, so there’s not a plethora of options out there to fit a picky person’s aesthetic. However, Ferm Living comes to the rescue with this Hexagon Stand. Made of solid brass (matte polished) and a marble base, it’s subtle and, dare I say, beautiful. Does a paper towel holder deserve such high praise? This one does.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $63.00
    Available from: Ferm Living Shop