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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)

 
 

Plant Walls by Ferm Living

What are these strange wire rectangles and circles? They’re plant walls, and they’ll help your plants grow up and outwards without disturbing your oh-so-perfectly designed interior (or exterior). Made of iron wire with a protective powder coating, each wall is designed in a simple diagonal pattern with subtle pastel shades to compliment your plant collection.

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Price: $54.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Dandelight by Studio Drift

This is another wonderful sort of object we featured years ago (2008) and now deserves an update. Lonneke Gordijn of Studio Drift first started gluing dandelion seeds to LEDs a decade ago, and I think it’s now safe to say that the Dandelight is now somewhat of a design classic, made all the more certain by the MoMA Store offering it up for sale.

Each seed is attached, one by one, to the LED light. Held aloft by a thin copper stem, the light is powered by a very visible 9 volt battery. Perhaps this could go into your ‘excellent gifts to give’ category? And, if you’re fond of this light, do be sure to take a look at Studio Drift’s Fragile Future III light sculpture.
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Price: $140.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Collapsible Pack-Away Bucket

Never underestimate the need for a bucket. Whether it saves the day in the laundry, kitchen, bathroom, or garden, it’s one of the handiest things to have around. Now, add to the ubiquitous bucket this one particular function: collapsibility. Suddenly it’s much easier to stash in the smallest of places, and have one at hand whenever the need appears.
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Price: £19.95
Available from: Wacky Practicals

Extending Table, 2131 Collection

Remember the Walnut and Marble Storage Cube from Ike Bahadourian’s 2131 collection we posted a few days ago? There’s also this walnut Extending Table that extends from 5′ to 10′ long. Doubling your seating capacity without messing with additional leaves or tables sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? And, don’t just think of it for the dining room- you can also rotate the top for more of a workstation setup.
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Price: $2,600.00
Available from: 2131 Collection

GINO Glass Dripper

Here’s an elegant little coffee dripper that fits directly onto your cup. Made from borosilicate glass, it’s heat and scratch resistant. The dripper has double-walled construction that insulates, and the angle of the cone’s wall and the size of the bottom holes are engineered for an optimal extraction for perfectly brewed coffee. Brew for one or use the Gino Server for two or more.

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Price: $24.00
Available from: notNeutral

SAIC Origin Cuatro Platters

Platters with grids will bring out the best of your OCD, or at least that’s what we’ll hope. SAIC student Allison Rokusek uses various fine-lined grids for the design of these porcelain platters, as she believes grids “help section the world into more digestable pieces.” Makes sense, doesn’t it?
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Price: $3.50 - 21.95
Available from: CB2

Neon Light by Minimalux

Have your own Dan Flavin-esque light sculpture by getting one of these Neon Lights designed by London based MINIMALUX. A bright, radiant glow is made visible from the colorful interiors of a folded steel box, giving off the impression of neon strip lights. Group several together for a bigger lighting statement or just pick one for a quieter glow.

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Price: $182.00
Available from: Luminaire

Cycloc Endo Bicycle Storage

What, you need another bicycle storage solution? The Endo from Cycloc might check off all the right boxes: it’s a vertical hanging solution that fits a wide variety of bicycles while protecting walls from both front and back tires. It’s definitely more utilitarian in design than some of the others you’ve seen, yet its low profile when not in use will keep a space from looking too cluttered. An extra bonus: the hollow hinge allows for bicycle lock storage.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: YLiving

Walnut and Marble Storage Cube

Add a little marble and suddenly a wooden cube is not just a wooden cube- it’s something special. Ike Bahadourian chose Italian Calacatta Gold marble for the inlay on one interior surface of each of his storage cubes. This gives a luxe background to each cube’s contents; maybe your old books and other collectibles will look better in proximity. Choose the smaller sizes for a group stacking feature, or just one or two of the larger size for a side table option.

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Price: $395.00 - 595.00
Available from: 2131 Collection

Fragment Cushions

Does anyone else feel like it’s hard to find the right sort of accent pillow? You don’t want anything too wacky, and sometimes a solid block of color seems too safe (and a little boring). Perhaps some might sort these Fragment Cushions from Ferm Living into the wacky pile, but I think they’re fun, and have a bolder color scheme that would inject a good bit of pattern into an otherwise ho-hum room.
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Price: $82.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Endless Rain Record

Kris originally posted this record forever ago, but now that it’s shown up for sale at a new retailer, it’s worth another mention. Created by Japanese artist Kouichi Okamoto (a.k.a. Bekkou), the vinyl phonograph record has two sides: one side has raindrop sounds that loop endlessly, the other has a 10 minute track of the “soothing sounds of a summer rainfall.”
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Prism Steel Chiminea

If you’re going to have a chimney, it might as well be a geometric, prism-like one. Raw, hand-welded steel will develop a patina (that’s a nice word for rust, by the way) over time and the chimney is removable for cleaning.
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Price: $698.00
Available from: Terrain

Dot Wall Light

There’s nothing complicated about the Dot Light from Lambert & Fils; it’s just a handmade brass disc with plenty of nylon wire to hardwire it onto a wall (or specify a rocker switch and plug). However, the size of the circular base makes the warm reflection of the bulb more visible and entirely more elegant (in a subtle Hollywood glamour sort of way).
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Price: $330.00
Available from: Merchant no. 4

Sucabaruca Memphis “Pop” Coffee Service

You better act fast if this coffe service set makes your heart beat faster, as only 10 editions exist. That kind of limited availability halfway explains the price, and once you add in the vibrant, hand mixed color pigments, it makes complete sense. Made by porcelain artist Alissa Coe, the set includes a wood gift box and a small book about the production process of Sucabaruca.

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Price: $890.00
Available from: Mjölk

Shimmer Table

Safety glass? Indeed, this table from Patricia Urquiola is made from iridescent safety glass with a light-reactive multicolored finish that seems to change hue as you walk around it, making it a fascinating piece that’s sure to catch anyone’s eye. Fair warning, though, the price is more than a little hazardous to your wallet.
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Price: $2,200.00
Available from: MoMA Store