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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)

 
 

Paperback Notes

Despite having the latest version of the iPhone, do you still write down your grocery or to-do list on a sticky note? I certainly do; sometimes it’s simpler to write a list with a pen on paper, and then cross them off as completed, rather than type them in a notepad or calendar app. If you feel the same, then take a look at these Paperback adhesive notes. They fit perfectly on the back of the iPhone (removable adhesive covers most of their surface), and give a little more room to jot notes than a traditional sticky note. Use one at a time, or attach a small stack for additional lists later on.
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Price: $7.95
Available from: iLoveHandles

HS1 48-Inch Wall Shelves

The HS1 48-Inch Wall Shelves by Henry Julier have a unique bracket which acts as a shelf support as well as a bookend, and that’s good news for everyone, as there’ll be less book avalanches startling us out of our reveries. Maple shelves are combined with the steel brackets, and you can select 2, 3, or 4 shelves for your space, as well as several bracket color options. If you have more to store, not to worry, there’s the HS1 108-Inch Wall Shelves with a longer length; for a smaller option, there’s the set of 2 HS1 Wall Shelf Brackets (shown below).
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Price: $1,270.00
Available from: YLiving

Fire

If you’ve ever fumbled about in drawers and pockets to find a set of matches, you might just need want a dignified canister to keep them safe at hand in a designated spot. Set your eyes upon Fort Standard’s Fire kit, which is a spin-off of the Life is Precious Survival Kit they designed for Wallpaper’s Handmade Exhibition. The brass canister is waterproof and contains strike anywhere matches and a cotton ball in the cap for tinder. “Fire – Light & Warmth – Strike on bottom” is engraved on the surface, reminding the user to use the roughened bottom as the striker.
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Price: $150.00
Availability: Buy Fire here

Maharam Frame Bag Indigo

Indigo, anyone? Yeah, you’ve seen the Safety Orange version, but the Indigo is sooo incognito. Designed by Konstantin Grcic for Maharam, the Frame Bag displays its architecture on its exterior. PVC Webbing creates a sturdy frame while the nylon skin keeps the bag lightweight and soft to the touch.
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Price: $295.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Standing Bowl

If you have a very good memory, you probably remember seeing this bowl before when Gregory Buntain, of Fort Standard, shared his holiday Gift Ideas. It’s well past the shopping frenzy that is December, but I still have my eye on the Standing Bowls, and their splendid “architecturally inspired” planar legs. Each bowl is finished with a food safe powder coating, so it’d be just at home in the kitchen or dining room as anywhere else.
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Price: $84.00 - 110.00
Available from: Fort Standard

Spektral Mobile

As we anxiously await spring, let’s preemptively add color to the dreariest room in the house with a colorful Spektral Mobile. Yes, it is very colorful and would be quite the brave decision for those of us prone to choosing grays, blacks, and browns when it comes to furnishings and accessories, but it would be nice to see a little rainbow color moving around in the breeze, wouldn’t it?
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Molecule Design

Studio 5 Sound Dock

There’s a ton of choices for Bluetooth speakers nowadays, so how do you choose one right for you? Well, first off, what size do you need? If you need one that will be at home on a desk or countertop, or your bedside table, be sure to consider the Studio 5 Sound Dock, which offers Lightning compatibility, dual-pairing Bluetooth, auxiliary input, and bass control. Dual Bluetooth will be especially handy, as you and your friend’s/roomate’s/lover’s/partner’s music libraries can be paired to the speaker simultaneously, thus eliminating going back and forth pairing each device as needed.
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Price: $179.00
Available from: Grand St.

Numerouno Pendant Lamp

This Numerouno Pendant Lamp made an appearance on some design sites a few weeks back, but, before we go any further, I should warn you that it’s not available for shipping to the US or Canada. However, it is available to buy within the EU, so you’re lucky if you reside in one of those countries or the surrounding area.

Now, onto the lamp: the simple materials (corrugated cardboard, wire plastic, nylon thread) make for a lightweight light source that has a low environmental impact. The length and overall minimal silhouette makes it a great choice for above a kitchen island, dining table, or desk, and all you’ll need to provide is the 21W tube, which will emit more light than two 75W light bulbs.
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Price: €89.00
Available from: KIESSLER

Lumo Projection Alarm Clock

No need to turn your head to see the time with this little Lumo Projection Alarm Clock. It features a rotating arm which projects the time on the wall or on the ceiling. A digital diplay on the front shows the time and the alarm time (when it’s set), so you can quickly do the math on how many hours of sleep you have ahead of you.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Luminaire

Babel Modular Shelving System

Every once in a while I’ll have to plug in the name of a piece into BLTD’s search bar to see if we’ve posted it before, which is no surprise, really, considering there’s over 8,000 posts and my memory refuses to remember them all. Such was the case with this Babel Shelving System. It’s modular, so you can place the block modules in the layout you desire, as long as you maintain a staggered design to keep it structurally sound. I smell a DIY opportunity for someone crafty with a table saw and a whole lot of patience (and math skills). However, if you avoid DIY projects like the plague, luckily the pricing isn’t so prohibitive that you can’t save up for it (eventually).
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Price: $1,588.00 - 4,263.00
Available from: Suite New York

Weekly Desk Notepad

Oh, Poketo, what nice stationery you have. This grid notepad is perfect for the desk- there’s room enough to organize anyone’s week, with space for a lengthy to-do list along with other scribbles that may or may not happen while on a conference call.
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Price: $14.00
Available from: Poketo

Peg Wall Coat Hook

There’s no excuse for disarray when you have an appropriate place for everything, so make sure everything has an appropriate place. Sounds easy enough, but then you actually have to move your limbs to buy, and then install, hooks for coats and accessories so they don’t end up on the chair, bed, or (gasp) floor. Jonah Takagi’s wooden Peg Wall Hook might make the whole experience easier, as you’ll have a nice array of colors to reward you each time you hang your hat, coat, or scarf in the right spot.
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Price: $52.00
Available from: Luminaire.com

Workstead 3 Arm Chandelier

The Workstead 3 Arm Chandelier caught my eye again in a small yet lovely interior the other day (thanks Kris for the link), and was reminded of how the arms allow for such versatility in terms of dimensions. As a horizontal fixture, it hangs 36″ from the ceiling, however, if you choose to take advantage of the vertical length, you’ll have up to a 62″ drop. That is a dramatic difference, and allows for different moods depending on the height of the light bulbs. I’m planning on adding this chandelier to my ‘save-up-for-pronto’ list.
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Price: $1,800.00
Available from: Workstead

What Is It?

Let’s play the guessing game: what the heck is the item shown above? Despite looking like some sort of futuristic alien egg, it serves a useful purpose when it comes to oenology. If that word is unfamiliar to you, oenology is “the science and study of all aspects of wine and winemaking” (-wikipedia). Looky there, you just learned something, and now you probably have a good idea of the item’s purpose. Yes? No? If not, the pictures below will give it away.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: Luminaire

Genius Pack 30″ Extensive Wheeled Upright

Need new luggage? You’ll want to consider the 30″ Extensive Wheeled Upright from Genius Pack, as it has internal organizational compartments and a fancy feature called Laundry Compression Technology™. Both features allow you to pack more without adding extra bags- and that’s music to any frequent flyer’s ears. A neoprene handle and recessed in-skate wheels provide comfort and ease of movement, and there’s an exterior laundry chute for dirty laundry, because nobody wants their clean clothes canoodling with smelly stuff.
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Price: $278.00
Available from: Genius Pack