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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)

 
 

U Desktop Caddy

Do you feel like sometimes you need a second desk for work overflow? Join the club. Perhaps adding the U Desktop Caddy by wstudiog will give you the extra storage you need, as it adds a long, vertical spot to stand journals, notes, gadgets, and writing utensils. The high sides keep your visual space uncluttered as well, which is always nice when things get chaotic.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: DESU DESIGN

Closca Fuga Foldable Helmet

If you ride a bike, you should have a helmet. We don’t want to hear that they’re bulky, ugly, or mess up your hair, because a bulky head with messed up hair is better than one smashed on the pavement. Plus, the Closca Fuga Foldable Helmet isn’t bulky, it’s foldable, so it will fit into your bag when not in use without looking like you’re carrying around a coconut. Three mobile rings are utilized to make the foldable design possible.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $126.00 - 140.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Native Union Docks: Colors

I’m sure you’ve seen Native Union’s charging docks for your devices, and I’m sure you agree that they’re pleasantly minimal and perfectly acceptable to a discerning eye. However, did you know there are a couple of new colors to match your phone/watch? Stone/Rose Gold and Midnight Blue/Gold, to be exact. Because your device deserves a matching charger, doesn’t it, for all its hard work? It’ll look perfect.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99 - 87.99
Available from: Native Union

Fredericks And Mae Kites

Kites! by Fredericks And Mae! Sold on Areaware! Gah! Excuse the excitement, but what better thing to do on a windy day than fly a kite? There’s two different triangular kites and three different windsocks, so pick the one that makes you happiest.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00 - 44.00
Available from: Areaware

Roswell Throw

Images of aliens and UFOs will keep you oh-so-warm and comfy when you cover up with this recycled cotton and acrylic throw. A homemade foil hat is entirely optional. Choose the black/white or the lighter white/gold.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Bulletin

Ash Glass Set And Carafe

Don’t be afraid of color; this glass set won’t hurt you (unless someone throws one at you). The drips of color are carefully blown directly into the glass, making each one slightly different and unique in gradation. Designer Kira A. Heuer created this set to bring awareness to our relationship with water (“Aesthetic Activism“) and to decrease the use of plastic bottled water by providing “chic and functional” glassware.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $210.00/set
Available from: Bib & Sola

Friday Links

Studio Octopi adds loft extension to RCA professor’s house

John Lautner house donated to Los Angeles County Museum of Art (otherwise known as the Big Lebowski porn house)

Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist. Now What?

– Cute: Bruce, a juice squeezer

– Also cute: How to Build an A-Frame Cabin by Carey Quinton Haider

Osteoid Medical cast, attachable bone stimulator by Deniz Karasahin (via designmilk)

Harper Lee quotes and, if you want pictures with the quotes, 32 Memorable Harper Lee Quotes We’ll Never Forget

Enjoy your weekend.

Instant Dry Umbrella

An instantly dry umbrella? Really? Yes, in fact, this umbrella is made with water-repellant fabric that allows you to simply shake water off in one flutter. Watch the video below to see it with your own eyes, and then marvel how nice it would be to not have water puddles inside entryways. Sure, it’s a small issue, to be sure, but an improvement none the less.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Mirror Mask

You are allowed any of these three mirrors. However, let’s hope that the frowny face ‘no‘ mirror reflects your attitude less of the time, and that the smiley face ‘yes‘ mirror reflects your attitude most of the time. The ‘maybe‘ mirror is for all the times in between.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Areaware

Fort Standard Oak Coat Hooks

If you’re thinking that these coat hooks look a lot like other circular coat hooks you’ve seen here and there, you’d be right. However, the best thing about these (other than their faceted edges) is that they come in three different sizes, in sets of 2, 3, and 4. All of the sets are the same price, which means you just have to decide on one thing: what size (and number) of hooks you need.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $ 82.00
Available from: Fort Standard

Cork Cube Tape Dispenser

Cork + cube + tape dispenser. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Cork is very eco-friendly (100% sustainable, biodegradable, recyclable) and oh-so-handy to use as a pinning spot as it has self-healing surface. Throw in a tape dispenser on one side and you’ve got a two-in-one desktop tool that will help keep your notes and pictures tidy.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: Gessato

All-In-One Bar Tool

Corkscrew, knife, and bottle opener all in one, it’s hard to argue with such efficiency. However, your traditional waiter’s friend might just need an update, or at least you’ll think so after checking out the elegant cylinder from Stotz-Design. Their updated version makes the tool more ergonomic, as it will rest comfortably in your hand, and much more visually appealing.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00 -32.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Medamade Oil Dispenser

Oil is a finicky liquid; it really likes to escape its container at every opportunity. What to do? Get a better container, that’s what. The Medamade Oil Dispenser has a handy stainless steel lid that opens with gravity, thus keeping your fingers (and the dispenser’s sides) oil free. You’ll also learn a little science along with your salad, as the molecular structure of olive oil adorns the borosilicate glass.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Stowit Jewelry Box

If you have bits of jewelry floating around your home, perhaps you should consider the Stowit Jewelry Box. The upper drawer has open storage with ring pillows, while the lower drawer is a perfect spot for bracelets, watches, and necklaces. Use the top surface as temporary place to keep your everyday adornments. As a bonus, there’s a hidden drawer on the top level that can hide your more precious keepsakes.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Umbra

Friday Links

– Restored 1930s Paris Apartment by Marcante-Testa (UdA) has a large, interesting French Metal Rack dividing its spaces.

– Guitar help: Fret Friend

– Onesies for little future Designers and Design Critics.

– Indiegogo: Orilamp

– How to be happy? Train for it

Wood Expanding Table

Einstein’s gravitational waves ‘seen’ from black holes and What are gravitational waves?

Mesmerizing Mass Sheep Herding

Enjoy your weekend.