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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)

 
 

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    Herman Miller Sale

    It’s almost June, and for those of us that are having a hard time believing the year is almost halfway gone, maybe the Herman Miller Sale will ease us into the first days of summer. As usual, it’s 15% off of all Herman Miller furniture and accessories from May 30 to June 9, so if you’ve had your eye on the Wireframe 2-Seat Sofa, the Eames Molded Armchair, or a brightly colored Limited Edition Eames® Wire Base Low Table, you’d better get ‘em while the gettin’s good, as they say. See the full collection at YLiving, Hivemodern, Room&Board, DWR, or, you guessed it, the Herman Miller Store.

    Shown above: Wireframe 2-Seat Sofa, Now: $3,314.15 (regular retail: $3,899.00)
     

    Herman Miller Sale

    Eames® Molded Plastic Armchair with Dowel-Leg Base, Now: $424.15 (regular retail: $499.00)

    More information:

    View Herman Miller Sale here

    Hozuki Lantern by Snow Peak

    If you’re a camper (or glamper, there’s room enough for all), chances are that you’ll appreciate the Hozuki Lantern by Snow Peak. It has a Candle Mode setting that lets the LED respond to wind or sound with a flicker, just like a real candle but without the fire hazard. At its lowest setting, it will last for 80 hours; at its highest, 8 hours. The Hozuki Lantern is powered by four AA batteries (Alkaline or NiMh/Zrb rechargeable) or may be powered by a USB cord as well.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $89.95
    Available from: Aether Apparel

    Boo Fire Basket

    Sitting outside on a summer’s night is made all the more enjoyable with a little fire… and s’mores, of course. The Boo Fire Basket will help contain several logs for an outdoor fire, or, flip it over for a perfect spot to hold a lantern. It’s a good option for a non-permanent fire feature and would be easy to move around an outdoor area as needed.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $275.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Haptic Lab Signature Kites

    What should you do on a windy, sunny day? Go fly a kite, of course. Should you not already be in possession of a semi-wonderful wind instrument, Haptic Lab will set you up right with one of their Signature Kites. Traditional/semi-tradional shapes made from patterned nylon fabric will keep your eyes entertained, while the removable hardwood spars give structure. Each kite is slightly different, as they are handmade, yet all feature one (or two) of Haptic Lab’s signature ten-foot-long patchwork kite tail. Use it as a wall hanging when you’re stuck at your desk.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $38.00 - 46.00
    Available from: Haptic Lab

    Yeh Wall Table

    If you’re short on space, you’ll want to take a look at this Yeh Wall Table by Taiwan-based designer, Kenyon Yeh. Inspired by the position of someone sitting against a wall with their feet placed firmly on the ground, Yeh created this two-legged table that rests against the wall with the help of a small, upturned 90-degree angle on its edge. Next to the bed, in a hallway, or beside any sitting surface, this small table won’t take up much room, yet will provide just enough space for the essential lamp, stack of books, or coffee cup.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $130.00
    Available from: Leibal

    Iris Hantverk Concrete Shaving Kit

    We’ve featured some things from Iris Hantverk before, but seeing as Father’s Day is fast approaching, it seems appropriate to spotlight their Concrete Shaving Kit. Designed by Lovisa Wattman, the kit includes a soft concrete shaving dish, shaving soap, and a shaving brush with badger hair bristles. Iris Hantverk is known for their handmade brushes, so you know you’re getting high quality. Plus, join the Ode to Things mailing list and receive 15% off (do take a look at their collection-you’ll like it, I promise).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $110.00
    Available from: Ode to Things

    Beer Foamer

    It is what it is: a Beer Foamer. What’s the point of that? Well, to those of you that are craft beer aficionados, you know that the “complete beer experience” includes those precious bubbles, and when you pour beer from a bottled or can, it just doesn’t have the same effect. So, that’s where this little device from Norm Architects comes in. A clear, shatterproof container holds your beer while the copper top supports the foaming device. A press of the button will create the dense foam you’d expect straight from the tap. It’s as simple as that.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: YLiving

    Stikwood

    So…wood walls, yes or no? If your ‘no’ has aesthetic reasons, then I’ve got some images that might change your mind. If your answer is ‘yes, but…’ then join the club. Often wood walls are struck off the to-do list because of cost and installation, yet with the product Stikwood suddenly we’re thinking ‘hey, I could do that.’ Stikwood is just like its name- you stick the wood onto whatever surface you want. It’s got a peel-and-stick backing that makes it easy to attach, whether on a wall, ceiling, or furniture. How exactly does it work? Here’s the installation instructions. And, if you’re still not intrigued, here are a few images for inspiration (note: below images aren’t Stikwood products, just wood wall inspiration).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $8.00 - 12.00 /sq. ft.
    Available from: Stikwood

    LapTilt Table-Desk

    While this isn’t new (we originally featured it in 2010), it’s still a pretty smart option if you’re leashed to your laptop. The Lap Tilt transforms from an occasional table into a small laptop desk with a simple tilt of the base. If you use your laptop in your living area for work- or, more specifically, whilst lounging on our sofas updating/perusing social networking sites- then this table would come in handy on many occasions. When not in use, the table automatically reverts back to an upright position.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $910.00
    Available from: YLiving

    IDV Cruiser Swinging Love Seat

    I do hope you had a nice holiday weekend. Did you make it outside to enjoy the weather in the park or your backyard? If you’re nodding your head to the backyard bit of the last question, here’s another one for you: are you lucky enough to have a little patio area where a hanging swing might fit? I haven’t seen many options for a simple, metal swing until happening upon this IDV Cruiser Swinging Love Seat. And, it appears to be a good option for an outdoor swing as it’s made with a powder-coated aluminum frame, seat, and back. The double braided 3/8″ nylon rope is in keeping with the modern vibe and adds a small jolt of contrast to the pacific, marigold, mint or fog color options.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $920.00
    Available from: Ilan Dei Venice

    Backpocket Phone Wallet

    We’ve discussed minimalist wallets before, and this Backpocket Phone Wallet should join the list. The silicone sleeve sticks on to the back of your phone or phone case for a secure spot to store some cash and/or credit cards. It appears to work better than a thick rubber band (raise your hand if you’ve tried that before) and it’s almost as cheap. Well, okay, it’s almost as cheap as a bag of heavy duty rubber bands.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $4.99
    Available from: Perpetual Kid

    Magnet Tacks, Set of 3

    Sometimes the simplest innovations have the biggest impact. Imagine the possibilities for storing your favorite (magnetic) things with these magnet tacks. Don’t worry, they’re strong enough for keys, pens, etc. You’d double the function of any bulletin board, for sure, or maybe scatter a few around on a regular wall to float odd-but-necessary things en masse.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00
    Available from: Emmo Home

    Memorial Day Weekend

    Here’s hoping you’ll make the most of the holiday weekend, and fingers crossed that the weather participates with any out-of-doors plans. If you’re fond of grilling in the open air, be sure to check out the Mon Oncle Barbecue by RS Barcelona, shown above and below. It’s portable (note the briefcase carrying handle) and provides a large surface for all your foodstuffs. Might be a good choice for future patio/picnic/beach excursions. We’ll return with normal posts next Tuesday.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $375.00
    Available from: 2Modern

    Airvase Message Card

    What’s better than a handwritten card? A handwritten vase. Huh? Well, rather, a handwritten message on an Airvase. Designed by Torafu Architects, each Airvase arrives as a flat, brightly colored paper disk that you shape into a bowl or vase. This gift card version has the option of adding your own note so that the recipient may sculpt your message into a 3D form, perhaps to be enjoyed long after the initial message arrived.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $9.00
    Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop