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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)

 
 

Mirror Mask

You are allowed any of these three mirrors. However, let’s hope that the frowny face ‘no‘ mirror reflects your attitude less of the time, and that the smiley face ‘yes‘ mirror reflects your attitude most of the time. The ‘maybe‘ mirror is for all the times in between.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Areaware

Fort Standard Oak Coat Hooks

If you’re thinking that these coat hooks look a lot like other circular coat hooks you’ve seen here and there, you’d be right. However, the best thing about these (other than their faceted edges) is that they come in three different sizes, in sets of 2, 3, and 4. All of the sets are the same price, which means you just have to decide on one thing: what size (and number) of hooks you need.
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Price: $ 82.00
Available from: Fort Standard

Cork Cube Tape Dispenser

Cork + cube + tape dispenser. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Cork is very eco-friendly (100% sustainable, biodegradable, recyclable) and oh-so-handy to use as a pinning spot as it has self-healing surface. Throw in a tape dispenser on one side and you’ve got a two-in-one desktop tool that will help keep your notes and pictures tidy.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: Gessato

All-In-One Bar Tool

Corkscrew, knife, and bottle opener all in one, it’s hard to argue with such efficiency. However, your traditional waiter’s friend might just need an update, or at least you’ll think so after checking out the elegant cylinder from Stotz-Design. Their updated version makes the tool more ergonomic, as it will rest comfortably in your hand, and much more visually appealing.
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Price: $28.00 -32.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Medamade Oil Dispenser

Oil is a finicky liquid; it really likes to escape its container at every opportunity. What to do? Get a better container, that’s what. The Medamade Oil Dispenser has a handy stainless steel lid that opens with gravity, thus keeping your fingers (and the dispenser’s sides) oil free. You’ll also learn a little science along with your salad, as the molecular structure of olive oil adorns the borosilicate glass.
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Price: $42.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Stowit Jewelry Box

If you have bits of jewelry floating around your home, perhaps you should consider the Stowit Jewelry Box. The upper drawer has open storage with ring pillows, while the lower drawer is a perfect spot for bracelets, watches, and necklaces. Use the top surface as temporary place to keep your everyday adornments. As a bonus, there’s a hidden drawer on the top level that can hide your more precious keepsakes.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Umbra

Friday Links

– Restored 1930s Paris Apartment by Marcante-Testa (UdA) has a large, interesting French Metal Rack dividing its spaces.

– Guitar help: Fret Friend

– Onesies for little future Designers and Design Critics.

– Indiegogo: Orilamp

– How to be happy? Train for it

Wood Expanding Table

Einstein’s gravitational waves ‘seen’ from black holes and What are gravitational waves?

Mesmerizing Mass Sheep Herding

Enjoy your weekend.

Hough Storage Vessels

Do we or do we not all need a couple of extra storage containers? The Hough Storage Vessels will hold all those annoyingly tiny things out of sight, thanks to their natural cork and rubber lids. Go with one of the brighter hues for a color kick or stick with the neutral off-white (my favorite).
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Price: $50.00 - 85.00
Available from: Most Modest

What is it?

Any clue as to what this little brass thing might be? Here’s a hint: it lives on a desk.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Cliq Hanger

If we all had an unlimited budget for closet storage, there’s little doubt we’d all want to try out Cliq, a hookless hanger. Holding up to two kilogram (4.4 lbs.), each Cliq can be used on any metallic surface and easily slides sideways- similar to a regular hanger. You’ll have to see the video below to get the whole idea, and then figure out if the sleek, minimal look is worth the cost.
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Price: €99.00 s/3
Available from: Cliq

Well Planter and Babylon Light

Question: How much do you want a light fixture that is also a planter? Answer: a) sort of a lot b) it’d be nice c) give it to me now. I’m wavering between a and b, because if plants were at eye level, I’d be less likely to forget to water them. You, however, would probably be ace at your plant care, and would therefore have a beautiful, thriving plant (or plants) to make a fantastic lighting statement. Designed by Ryan Taylor, of Object/Interface, the Well Planter and Babylon Light both feature space to plant greenery directly on the shade with an opaque diffuser to further soften the glow.
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Price: $345.00 - 550.00
Available from: Gessato

River Rock Cutting Boards

Smooth and rounded edges make these cutting boards a pleasure to use, as the organic shapes would fit well within your hands as you prepare and serve your snacks and meals. Each board is made using local wood, so you can be certain each board (or set) will be unique. They’d make a nice change from the regular, squared-off chopping block boards, especially as they look quite sculptural in a stack by themselves. You wouldn’t be crazy to leave them out on a shelf or countertop for visual appreciation.
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Price: $48.00 - 76.00
Available from: Scoutmob

Iittala X Issey Miyake Tote Bag

Issey Miyake has joined forces with Iittala and all you’re going to see is this Tote Bag. Don’t worry, you’ll see the rest. For now, though, just take a look at the lightweight, wrinkle-resistant bag, and marvel how it will fold itself up rather compactly, and how it expands into a cool, origami-ish tote when you fill it with your shopping.
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Price: $162.00 - 180.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Cherner® Task Chair

Do you know the contentious history of the Cherner Chair? I didn’t, but I’m glad Cherner’s sons revived their father’s designs, and created the variation you see above. Task chairs often look terrible, especially with today’s advanced ergonomic technology, and the simplicity of such classic lines when applied to an office/desk area seating option is enormously appealing. Now that we’ve discussed its aesthetic appeal, someone just needs to test out how comfortable this chair may or may not be after a few hours’ work.
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Price: $1,049.00-1,349.00
Available from: Dwell

Little Architect Set

Fun! The Little Architect Set* is a set of blocks to build and measure with. Inspired by an architect’s drafting kit, the building blocks include a triangle, protractor and ruler with units in metric and imperial. They snap together with hidden magnets, so you’ll be able to mix and match to your heart’s content. Be sure to share with others (young and old alike).
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Areaware