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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)

 
 

Friday Links

  • Sabaoarch build three-metre-wide concrete house in Tokyo
  • Photography: Mikhail Mishainik reveals the wonders of Russia’s salt mines
  • Jamie Wolfond: Inflatable Floor Fan, $400.00 (so fun)
  • If you need kids’ rooms inspiration: the boo and the boy
  • Mamiko Otsubo – “Concrete Moon” (via ode to things)
  • Photo: green house by guen-k
  • Bryan Zanisnik, artist: New York Close Up series
  • This is so, so wrong: Pizza Bed, A Conceptual Bedding Set Design That Looks Like a Delicious Slice of Pepperoni Pizza
  • 3D printed hats
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    Have an excellent weekend.

    Take-off Lights

    Ooo, this light is fun! You’re in charge of the final design pattern, so put your designer hat on and start brainstorming. Each lampshade is made of two sheets of paper with a fine pattern of laser stitches. Punch out the small triangle pieces to create whatever pattern you wish. Yes, you’d have to do a fair amount of punching, but it’d be worth it, right? After a little assembly, hang it up and then stand back and admire your hard work. (Note: free worldwide shipping, so don’t be dissuaded by the ‘€’ in the price.)
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €129.00
    Available from: fifti-fifti

    Collage Sticky Notes Duo

    And you thought sticky notes could not be improved. Just take a look at the geometric print on these sets and tell me they’re not terrific. I want all of them, but I will restrain myself and just get one set. Maybe. They’d be handy for notes or reminders that need to stand out amongst all the other papers on our desktops, wouldn’t they?

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $7.00
    Available from: Poketo

    Beautiful Insight Storage Boxes (Gallery, Hobbyist, or Storekeeper)

    Do you remember the Beautiful Insights Storage Boxes we posted last year? If you liked them, but didn’t like the international shipping fee, now you’re in luck as MoMA Store is carrying three sizes (hooray!). You now have a reason to organize, if only to make the Gallery, Hobbyist, or Storekeeper Box functional.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Lerival Felt Stool

    This isn’t new, but who cares? It’s still a felt stool that holds weight simply by its folds and rivets. Think origami, in a larger scale and in felt. Exploring the most efficient use of fabric led to this design with a comfortable saddle-shaped seat. Designed by Moorhead & Moorhead and manufactured by Lerival.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $480.00
    Available from: Switch Modern

    Trappestigen Stepladder

    The Trappestigen Stepladder has an integrated sidepiece that works as a railing, so you’ll not need to sacrifice your design aesthetic for the sake of safety. If you’ve ever lost your balance- or almost lost it- while on a step stool, chances are you’ll appreciate the extra security this one has… question is, can you afford to spend almost ten times as much (plus international shipping) as what you’d find at your local hardware store?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: AUD990.00
    Available from: Grate Dane Furniture

    Arne Jacobsen espresso cups

    All you Arne Jacobsen fans should be drinking out of these espresso cups, numbered 1-4 to accompany the regular letter cups, when you have your hit of caffeine. And you thought your kitchen cupboard could hold no more Bauhaus inspired typography, well, happy days, you were wrong. These cups are small enough to work as tealight holders too, fyi.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $55.00
    Available from: Finnish Design Shop

    Birdy T Table Lamp

    Some of the new offerings from Forestier are interesting enough to mention, one of which is this Birdy T Table Lamp. A handful of materials (metal, marble, stone, and cloth cord) make for a simple, white T-shape lamp that would fit on a desk or side table quite well. LEDs give you energy efficiency without sacrificing the brightness you need to read by, and the 4 feet of red fabric cord adds a nice pop of color against the otherwise all-white body. Also be sure to check out the Deposit Table Lamp, which has a similar look but a more concentrated beam.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $662.40
    Available from: YLighting

    Vintage Printed Trays

    Forgive me, but I’m a little in love with the Vintage Printed Trays from Robyn Glaser. How could I not be, when we’re talking about updating older wooden trays with a geometric pattern that’s sure to catch the eye as well as all manner of miscellany around the house? Suddenly I’m inspired to round up every wooden tray I find on ebay and try my own hand at adding triangle patterns, though I’m guessing my attempt won’t look near as nice as these.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $210.00
    Available from: Robyn Glaser Home

    Typeblocks

    However will you teach your children (or nieces and nephews) your favorite typography? With these blocks, of course. A different typeface whose name begins with the letter is carved upon each block (“A” for Avant Garde), with a large upper and lowercase example along with the designer(s), date, and classification. These could also be a thoughtful gift, so keep them in mind the next time a graphic designer friend has a new offspring.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $85.00
    Available from: Typeblocks

    Model Six Stool

    Several years ago when we posted this stool, 2007 to be exact, it was simply known as the ‘Covey Stool’ from the designer Jeff Covey. Now its name is the Model Six, and it’s on sale from MoMA Store for $349.95. Chrome-plated steel legs snap together and the walnut seat can be adjusted from 24″-28″ height, making this strong stool an excellent flat-packed option for your bar or counter area.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $349.95
    Available from: MoMA Store

    V.Stand

    This small V.Stand is not for your backside, but for any little thing weighing up to 20 pounds. That shouldn’t be a surprise once you find out that it’s made from lightweight corrugated plastic and weighs less than a pound. Maybe set a drink upon its surface, or a small stack of books… or a cat? You name it, as long as it’s not too terribly heavy, this stand will keep it off the floor and within reaching distance of your favorite chair/bed/beanbag/chaise lounge. You could even stack a few for an art-ish sculptural column in that lonely corner of your home. Handmade in designer Jae Won Choor’s (“J1”) L.A. furniture studio.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Tokyo 2 and New York 1 Bitmap Blanket

    Gah! I know that Cristian Zuzunaga’s Digital Sunrise Blanket might have been a little too much color and pattern, but don’t let that dissuade you from considering some of the other knitted blankets in the collection. Tokyo 2 Bitmap Blanket is the one above, and New York 1 Bitmap Blanket the one below. Both are a little less crazy with their limited color palette, yet they’ll still prove that you can be brave when it comes to textiles. Perhaps one might fit the bill for a lightweight summer blanket for your bed? You may also purchase these blankets (amongst other items) directly from Zuzunaga’s Design Studio (€240 ex.VAT), but be advised you’ll need to pay for shipping/customs.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $406.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Oon Power Outlet

    Power outlets are ugly. We do all manner of things to hide or hang them out of sight, because a mess of cords isn’t pretty, no matter what you do to them. However, maybe, just maybe, this Oon Power Outlet might change our minds, as it divides each electrical socket into individual blocks, allowing the unit to flex and rotate. A soft color scheme and cloth cord add a familiar warmth, making this outlet less of what you might find in a cubicle and more of what you’d find in a small, elegant toy box.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $79.00
    Available from: OKUM

    Homerun Hooks (set of 2)

    These Homerun Hooks won’t make those annoying dents in your clothes, and, hey, they might even cheer you up each day with their bulbous, cartoon-like shape. Each set includes 1 small and 1 big hook and installation is easy with the included screw.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00
    Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop