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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)


InstruMMent 01

A new measuring tool? Sign us up. The InstruMMent 01 captures dimensions of any object and logs the measurements through your smartphone. One end of the pen/pencil/stylus has a black rubberized wheel that rolls over flat and curved surfaces. Sensors record the distance travelled (in 0.1 mm increments) with a laser to help you gauge exactly where you start and finish. Want to see how big your face is, or capture your exact profile? Roll the end from your forehead to your chin, then watch the line appear in the accompanying app. What about measuring a chair or a sculpture? Roll the end across and around, and ta-da! You’ll have the dimensions ready to share. The app will translate scaled quantities as well (and you can import to CAD!). So fun.

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Price: $79.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Wire Hooks

You have absolutely no excuse to have scarves, coats and clothes on the floor, because these Wire Hooks are top notch and inexpensive. Pick a few bright colors in different shapes for a fun mix, or go the minimal route by repeating one shape in one color.

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Price: $15.00
Available from: NewMadeLA

Ripple Glasses and Carafe

If you’re drinking your favorite cold beverage out of a chipped mug, snap up this set of Ripple Glasses pronto. Mouth blown into the mold, each glass features a lovely rippled surface. Look closer and you’ll see that each glass has a varied height to its collar; that adds interest, of course, but it also means you’ll be able to tell which glass is yours when your friends and family are around. Go ahead and get the matching carafe too- you might as well, as the whole grouping is quite affordable.

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Price: $42.00 - 48.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Serving Trays by Urbancase

No serving trays? Good, because now you have an excuse to buy one or two of Darin Montgomery’s Serving Trays. Made from FSC certified solid domestic maple, each tray is hand finished with food safe oil/wax. Subtle curved edges provide a functional handle while also adding to the beauty of the simple design. Your tea (or snack) time just became more special.

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Price: CAD75.00 - 215.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Ro Lounge Chair

Slow down, take a seat. Breathe in, breathe out. ‘Ro’ is Danish for “tranquility” after all, so you are assigned to nothing but relaxation when you rest your weary legs on this comfortable armchair. A flared outer shell and a tufted back give a nod back to the more traditional aspects of lounge seating, while Jaime Hayon’s organic lines and fabric pairings root it firmly in the present. This may just be the perfect reading chair for a living room, study, or bedroom. Don’t we all need (another) one of those?

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Price: $3,801.00
Available from: DWR

Kaymet Rubber Grip Lap Tray

Breakfast in bed seems like a great idea, if you’re coordinated enough not to spill coffee/crumbs/whatnot all over the sheets and covers. It would certainly help to have a lap tray with rubber grips, and perhaps a rubber backing, to help keep plates and cups in place, wouldn’t it? The Kaymet Lap Tray has both, so you can dine and/or work (with your laptop) in comfort. It was designed in 1965 and is still made at the Kaymet south London factory.

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Price: $295.00
Available from: The Line

Perforated Calendar

It’s the middle of February already. How did that happen? This reductionalist calendar designed by Snæfríd & Hildigunnur offers you the chance to tear off each day as it occurs, so you’ll not be caught unawares when 2018 rolls around. Maybe make it a daily ritual, so you gradually absorb the passing of time.

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Price: $25.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Tangerine Barstool

I meant what I said about looking out for decent barstools. This Tangerine Barstool by Simon James for Resident Studio has a subtle curve to its seat to make things comfortable. Solid oak contrasts nicely with the dark steel crossbars to provide a perch that quietly performs its function without commanding too much attention. Call me crazy, but that’s refreshing amongst all the other crazy, colorful stools that are just a bit too loud for most minimal interiors.

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Price: $450.00
Available from: A+R Store

Banshu Hamono Folding Knife

You need a knife often enough to have a nice one. After all, all those boxes from your online shopping escapades don’t open themselves, do they? Plus, this one is small enough you could tuck it into your pocket or bag, just in case you find yourself walking alone at night and the shadows are just a bit too dark for your liking. A little light glinting off of a hand-made, high carbon “Ao-hagane” blue steel blade might just be enough to knock some sense into anyone dumb enough to mess with you*.

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Price: $65.00
Available from: Leibal

Friday Links

Qoowl Shade

LOVE – The World’s First Intelligent Turntable

– seikon creates vibrant mural painting on old balneotherapy center in świdnica, poland

Researchers now know the words that make you sound credible (or phony) on Twitter

‘FUCK I LOVE YOU’ Rubber Stamp

Amuneal Murphy Bed

How “I’m not a Robot” checkboxes work

Botanium – Grow Edible Greens

DAYZ planner 18 months 2016-2017

Enjoy your weekend.

Portable Toolbox Walnut

Architects and designers, this isn’t for all your tools, just the ones you use the most, preferably at your desktop. Designed by Hallgeir Homstvedt for Mjolk, this walnut toolbox’s handle was inspired by oversized knobs on Shaker furniture. Easily move the box from desk to drawing board or meeting room with all your essentials on hand, ready to dazzle others with your skills.

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Price: CAD285.00
Available from: Mjölk

Potence Pivotante Wall Lamp

You’re familiar with the Potence Lamp, right? Nemo has re-launched the original design by Charlotte Perriand in collaboration with Prouvé’s Tropique house. The long-armed, L-shaped light rotates 180 degrees on the wall, which lets light reach all around a room, making the most of its single halogen bulb. Of course, this version is a little more pared-down and straightforward than the angled Potence. Don’t tell anyone, but I think I prefer it.

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Price: $632.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Onsen Bath Towels

Do you have slightly musty bath towels? Uh-oh, that means bacteria is growing. Yuck. Don’t worry though, Onsen towels are to the rescue. They have a waffle weave design that is “effortlessly absorbent” and very quick to dry. Made of 100% premium cotton, they are soft and strong, yet surprisingly lightweight. Tempted to refresh your towel collection? Me too.

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Price: $40.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Paper Vase

Fun! No need for fancy vases here, thank you very much, because there’s this water-resistant Paper vase that slips right over any small glass or plastic vessel. Its die-cut pattern and assertive color add a modern touch, so you’ll have an instant impressive display of wildflowers, a single stem, or a precious bouquet, quick as can be.

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Price: $27.00
Available from: MoMA

All Wood Stool by Karoline Fesser

Nice! This All Wood Stool is made entirely from (you guessed it) wood. A wooden screw-in mechanism allows you to adjust the height from 14 to 19 inches. That’s very handy for getting just the right height for your drink/laptop/etc. Choose between the straight bobbin base or the angled rocket base; either is available in solid ash or walnut.

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Hem