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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)

 
 

Bob and Sara Lamps by Dan Yeffet

Molded blown glass forms the base and shade of the Bob and Sara Lamps by designer Dan Yeffet. If you’ve not heard of Yeffet yet, just wait a little while, his name will pop up. The two intersecting columns on these two lamps have slight variants in shade- the darker shade at the base- which helps highlight the craftsmanship of blown glass formed into a traditional lamp shape.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $430.00
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Shape Boards

Gah! I didn’t think it possible to admire a cutting board so much. This collection of Shape Boards from Bower Studio (also available from Cooper-Hewitt Shop) has my head in a spin. The blank side is for cutting, the (non-toxic) painted side for a decorative twist of a 3D geometric shape. And, get ready for it, Bower Studio also has Shape Mirrors, but that’s for another post (tomorrow).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00 - 100.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Friday Links

  • There are a lot of right things about this space: PASSAGE CHARLES DALLERY (via Remodelista)
  • The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now
  • CRT Tile: made from 100% Recycled e-Waste
  • Chivote: 2 sided backpack
  • Zulu Zion – The raddest socks of them all
  • Learn something over at Udemy
  • If you have kids, take a look at this Plywood Box
  • Kickstarter: Ziggy hook
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    Change those passwords and then have a nice weekend.

    Copenhague Desk

    Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are at it again with the Copenhague Desk, created for the new buildings at the University of Copenhagen. While originally designed for dorm rooms, classrooms, and common spaces, I think most of us will agree that the desk and chair look a heck of a lot nicer than anything we sat on at any stage of our schooling, and deserve to be somewhere better, maybe in our home office or spare room perhaps? The Copenhague Desk has trestle style legs with a backrest for leaning books, notepads, or tablets and is made from lacquered Oak.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,510.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Starry and Cloud Swirl Tea Towels

    It’s been a little while since a tea towel has been featured, and for all we know you’re standing there with your hands wet from the sink and nowhere to turn. Not to fret, dry your hands on your shirt and then buy a tea towel or two for all sorts of kitchen mop-ups. Piano Nobile’s Starry and Cloud Swirl Tea Towels are just as good as some of the art on your walls (probably), and the designs are printed with non-toxic ink on a GOTS-certified linen tea towel with neon pink edging.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: Leif

    Grab & Go Coasters

    These look a little similar to Food Huggers, don’t they? (Note to self: try out Food Huggers as coasters.) They do to me, and I wonder if condensation gets caught by the coaster or if the coasters are such a tight fit that condensation simply runs off the side. In any case, a coaster that stays with your drink (and possibly catches condensation) is a good fix for all those cold, drippy beverages that you’ll have this summer.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $8.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Kid O Beach Tools

    If I say ‘beach’ and you say ‘sandcastles!’ then you probably need to investigate these tools by Kid O. Yes, they’re for kids, but you can use them too. You and your little ones can shovel, sift, and rake using the Triplet Toy Shovel and Rake (pictured above/below), or dig and sift using the Scoppi Toy Shovel. There’s also the Ballo Toy Water Bucket with a spherical shape for easier transport from sea to sandcastle.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $10.00 - 30.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Nunabee Color Chip Boxes

    Just how fun are these handmade boxes by Danish company nunabee? They would hold all manner of knickknacks, office supplies, accessories, etc., and cheer you up while doing so. If you’ve plenty of bills in that wallet of yours, you could also use it to present a special gift, in a gift-within-a-gift sort of way.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $68.00 - 96.00
    Available from: LEIF

    Evernote Triangle Commuter Bag

    Messenger bags are okay, but what about one that won’t tip over when you set it down? That problem is solved by Japanese brand Abrasus: a triangular shape keeps the bag upright and allows you a bird’s-eye view of your contents when you unzip, allowing you to find your things efficiently. There are inside movable dividers for organization and an outside vented pocket allows you to see (and hear) smaller items.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00
    Available from: Evernote

    Swivel Spork And Knife Set

    Well, if the MoMA Store is carrying a Spork, then you know it’s an acceptable utensil to have in your everyday bag, camping backpack, or travel carry-on. Should you see anyone turn up their nose at your use of an orange, swiveling Spork and/or Knife, simply inform them that Wei Young designed the set in 2012 out of BPA-Free plastic and metal. Or just smirk in self-satisfaction at your preparedness: you have an eating utensil, after all, and it’s clean. Or flip them the bird, it’s up to you.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $10.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Obtineo Collection

    If ordinary storage jars just won’t do, you’ll want to take a look at the Obtineo Collection by Yorkshire-based designer Tom Hutchinson. Handcrafted entirely in the UK, each storage jar is made from turned solid ash and oak, hand-blown glass, 100% wool felt, and a silicone seal to ensure a tight fit. Use them in the kitchen for storing foodstuffs or in the bathroom or office for organizing smaller items. Pledge £30 or more to back the project and receive one (or many) jar(s) of your very own.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: £30.00 - 150.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Bertoia Side Chair

    Bertoia chairs in a colorful mix certainly tempts one to go bold with outdoor furnishings this spring/summer, and, in case you need further convincing, here’s a reminder that today’s the last day of the Knoll® Outdoor Sale (15% off). Usually the Bertoia Side Chair with cushion is just around the $700 (plus shipping) price point, but with the sale, it’s just under the $600 mark. Still not cheap, but a chair plus $100 in your pocket wouldn’t hurt, would it?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $598.00
    Available from: Hivemodern

    Neon Alphabet

    Just in case you’re in the market for not-inexpensive wall art, take a look at the Neon Alphabet letters from Bernadette Deddens and Tetsuo Mukai of London-based Study O Portable. Each 10″ letter is made from borosilicate glass tubes and patinated fine silver; these materials reflect “ambient light as a frozen spectrum of deep, rich color.” The price is per letter, so don’t go getting your heart set on buying enough letters for your favorite quote.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $690.00
    Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

    Rothko Serving Boards

    These wooden boards are for serving rather than for cutting, which makes sense once you notice the nicely crafted recessed rectangles (hence the ‘Rothko’) and how well the different sizes would mix and match for an architecturally minimal presentation. Made from sustainable panga panga wood, the Rothko Serving Boards were designed by Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune and produced by Botswana furniture maker Peter Mabeo working in collaboration with local artisans.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $160.00 - 310.00
    Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

    Cliq

    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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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €149.00 s/3
    Available from: Cliq