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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)

 
 

Merican Dream Mug

How’s your Merican dream doing? It may or may not be doing great, due to the current political situation, but perhaps you could use a little reminding that certain opportunities and dreams are still possible here in the good ol’ US of A. Remembering that along with your morning cup of coffee/tea everyday might do you some good. The Merican Doormat is still available too, fyi.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Reed Wilson Design

Roger Stool by Sika-Design

This handmade stool is made from suar wood, which, if you’re not familiar, is a fast growing (and non-endangered) tropical hardwood. It has an interlocking grain that reduces the likelihood of cracking with temperature changes, and that’s very good news for those of us that hope our furniture lasts longer than our pithy life spans. And did you see the price? Very, very affordable which is oh-so-nice to see. Use it as a low table in the living room or take it outside, as it can go back and forth to suit your place-to-put-my-drink needs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $179.00
Available from: Luminaire

Menu Grow Pot with Wooden Board

More plant-related paraphernalia for you, but this time the item on show is specifically for the herbs or flowers kept indoors on a windowsill. Set off by an oak plank base, the dark terra cotta planter pot will contrast nicely with a small bouquet or your favorite herbs or sprouts without disrupting the clean/minimal vibe you’ve got going on in the rest of your house. Set your Japanese garden scissors (or other elegant clippers) beside the pot for easy trimming and a casual oh-I-use-fresh-herbs-so-often-I-need-scissors-out-all-the-time sort of look.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Friday Links

Angela Deane manipulates vintage postcards to create a cast of flowery characters

Alexander Rotondo Captures Moments In Between Days

Gene editing opens doors to seedless fruit with no need for bees

– Cool! NERD’s 3CSup is an ultra light + translucent paddling board for surfers

NERD's 3CSup

Enjoy your weekend.

Minna Rugs

More rugs for your consideration, this time from Minna. Sure, their scarves, pillows, and napkins are equally appealing, but let’s just focus on rugs for now. With lines, boxes, and triangles, each rug shows off a simple pattern in muted hues sure to befriend your other soft furnishings.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $260.00 - 1,200.00
Available from: MINNA

Anywhere Vases

Fun! Make anything a vase with fruitsuper’s Anywhere Vases. The set of steel shapes transform vessels into vases, simple as can be. They’re cork-backed, so they’ll stay put, and have openings to accommodate stems. The color will brighten up the most ordinary of glasses or mugs, giving you a fun vase no matter what you have to work with.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: fruitsuper design

Polo Table Lamp

An articulated task lamp is essential if you’re at your desk in the early morning or very late at night, though let’s hope you’re not working too hard. Check out the Polo Table Lamp, with its small footprint and long, skinny arms. Three joints allow for precise illumination and smooth movement, both a must when you’re in a work zone. A succinct shade takes up little visual space, allowing for a minimal vibe that fits your workspace perfectly.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $505.00
Available from: Gessato

Print Rack

If you’re still holding out on print copies of your favorite magazines and newspapers, maybe you’d like this rack from Fruitsuper. Its looped steel body with walnut handle holds your reading materials in a tidy stack, off the floor (and nearby tables) so your living space appears more orderly. Choose between White or Forest Green.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: SFMOMA Store

Switch Stool and Table

What’s better, a side table or a stool? That’s a tough one, so how about both? Bend Goods offers up the Switch Stool and Table. Add a glass top to the base and it’s a table. Add a stool pad (in vegan leather) and it’s a seat. The stool pad flips over for a more compact side table option too. Pretty handy to have around, don’t you think?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $380.00 - 450.00
Available from: Bend Goods

Trays from Kalon

Need a few nice wooden trays for snacks and drinks and such? Turn your eyes toward Kalon’s set of trays, in either bamboo or black walnut. They’re nice enough that they could venture out of the eating areas and into the living zone- perhaps to keep your pocket contents corralled or your reading stack organized?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $117.00 - 295.00
Available from: Kalon

Twin Carafe

This double-walled carafe is just about as simple as it gets. For coffee, use the center of the lid as a pour over set. Not big on coffee? The lid’s ridged edge filters loose-leaf tea. Pretty smart that the lid works for both, right? Without the lid, the glass carafe works overtime to hold water, juice, or maybe even (if you’re feeling nice) flowers.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Good Thing

Cup Lamp by Paul Loebach

A combination pen cup and lamp? Sure, why not? Designer Paul Loebach combines the two for an ultra efficient desktop or bedside companion. A built-in USB port makes charging your devices a breeze, and a dimming knob allows for just the right amount of light. No searching around in the dark for your writing utensils- they’ll be at the ready whenever inspiration should strike.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Klein Reid Brass Top

This is a sort of gift for someone who has everything. It’s a toy, so it’s hard not to spin it around, and it’s beautiful, so even when not in use, it’s a lovely little thing to look upon. Precisely turned, hand-polished and signed, each top is gift boxed with with chamois and care and spinning instructions.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $138.00
Available from: Klein Reid

Friday Links

– Orit Dolev creates NOMAD, a digital music instrument for travellers

An oddly soothing live jellyfish cam

These Smart Contact Lenses Could Painlessly Monitor Diabetes

Boy learns to drive on YouTube for McDonald’s joyride

Not a lot of links today, as we’re traveling. Enjoy your weekend!

Duck Duck Pillows

Just so you know, the Duck Duck Pillows have a bunch of fun color combinations, and they’re all kind of perfect for the sofa, or a reading chair, or as an accent pillow (or two) on the bed (don’t go overboard*). My favorite? Color Mix 5 or Color Mix 3, I can’t quite decide.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00 - 79.00
Available from: Blu Dot