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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)

 
 

Friday Links

Iceland’s Turf Houses (via archinect)

– Large Folded Pouch for your iPad/tablet in Emerald Green and Vibrant Orange

If the World Economy Were the Solar System

– Blu Dot’s Strut Collection is now available in Sweetness, a pale pink.

– Free high-resolution downloads of Audubon’s Birds of America

Why the Earth isn’t a perfect sphere

The Bumblebee Bat weighs about the same as a penny.

– Op-Doc: Richard Twice (the animation!)

Enjoy your weekend.

Bo Light

Yes, you just saw the Hiline Lighting, but this new Bo Light from Massess is something else. Shaped like an archery bow, a slim strip of solid oak is tensioned by wire, which magically doubles as the light switch. Simply touch the wire to activate the imbedded LEDs for a diffused light on the wall or tabletop. Watch the video below to see it in action.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Human home

Document Tote

Briefcase schmiefcase, who wants to lug around a bag that looks like it holds the nuclear codes? Well, maybe some people do, but for those of us that would rather look effortless, there’s the Document Tote. It will do the job of carrying our 15″ or 13″ laptop all in a very succinct sort of package- there’s no straps or exterior pockets, just two interior pockets for the usual accessories. Made of vegan leather, you have your pick of black, cream, or caramel.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: Poketo

Lillagunga Rings

Get these Lillagunga Rings and your kids (or nieces/nephews) will never say you didn’t encourage their gymnastic skills. Worst case scenario is that they’ll injure themselves; best case scenario is that they’ll wear themselves out whilst developing muscle strength. Maybe they’ll even have fun. The rings are designed to be comfortable in the hand and height is easily adjustable.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

X’s And O’s Hook

You may not like shopping at a retailer known for furnishing dorm rooms, but these X’s and O’s Hooks fit everyone’s budget. They’re not going to hold winter coats, of course, but for jewelry and smaller accessories, they might just be the perfect thing. They look a little jewelry-ish on their own, which gives a delicate touch to your dressing area.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00
Available from: Urban Outfitters

Weathering Steel Obelisk Chiminea

An outdoor chiminea is just what your patio needs for cooler summer or autumn nights. Thankfully, your modern sensibilities won’t be offended by this obelisk-shaped option. Made from a single piece of weathering steel, the body will develop a stable, rust-like finish over time, letting it blend in to the surrounding landscape.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $448.00
Available from: Terrain

Moon Lamp

Do you need a moon lamp? Hmm, maybe you could justify the purchase if you plan to study the Moon’s craters, elevation and ridges for scientific research… or artistic inspiration? The Moon Lamp is a 1:20 million replica, done in an expertly crafted mold*, that has an LED ring that revolves around the globe to recreate lunar phases as seen from our planet. Pretty cool, right?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,050.00
Available from: MOON

Wylie Hose Reel

An attractive… hose reel? Yep, and this one is made from high-gauge aluminum, powder-coated in white, black, or silver. Will this make watering plants or washing the car easier? Probably not, but you’ll at least like the look of the hose in its home.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $78.00
Available from: SHIFT

Citronella by Fredericks and Mae

You’re familiar with citronella and its insect repelling properties, but have you ever seen it hung in a coil, like a strange sort of light fixture? Probably not, and that in itself is worth our attention, or at least a nod of appreciation.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00 - 36.00
Available from: Fredericks and Mae

Golden Ratio Sticky Notes

You know all about the golden ratio, and appreciate its premise, so why not have some sticky notes that pays homage to the tradition? Four different sizes of notes are included in one pad, so you can have whatever size you need right at your fingertips.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Poketo

Hiline Lighting

You can make your own deconstructed, utilitarian lighting, but will your attempt look as good as these Hiline pieces? And, while we’re considering your skills, let’s reflect on the price of the Hiline Spotlight, Sconce, and Pendant, and think about if it’s worth the time and effort to make your own, or if it’s best to just support someone else that’s doing it right. I vote on the latter.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $164.00 -179.00
Available from: MASSESS

Fairmount Tile Planters

Itching for a roof garden? Or a herb patch on your patio? The Fairmount Tile Planters make that a real possibility, as you can grow your garden in a modular way that’s easy to assemble and easy to transport. Each aluminum tile is 12″x12″; you get four tiles in each pack along with metal tab connectors and rubber feet. Line them up in a row or make a large block in your backyard (or on your roof!) and know that you can easily move them should the need arise.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: SHIFT

Friday Links

Half-Tree House

Was the Oldest Smiley Found on a 3,700-Year-Old Jug?

– Mobile-to-magazine app: Recently (via swissmiss)

Feminist Sticky Notepad

Feminist Sticky Notepad

– Gah! Tiny Paper Model Chair (Plywood)

Feel Great Laundry Bag

– For vampire DIY-ers: Sol Y Luna Metal Tool Box in Leather

Sunset on Mars Print

Cloud Notebook

Enjoy your weekend.

Cloud Notebook

Signal Flashlight

You don’t think you need a flashlight until you do, so, make sure you have one at the ready, just in case. And, if you have to have a flashlight, why not make it the Signal Flashlight by Sylvain Willenz? It’s made from aluminum and silicone and has a handy USB rechargeable battery that powers an ultra-bright LED. As a bonus, you can pick your favorite color option (you know, to match your decor).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00
Available from: good thing

The Abbott Stool

This three-legged stool is comfortable in its nudity. Solid construction with tenon joints, shapely legs, and a slightly beveled top combine to make it easy on the eyes; it’d be a shame for it to hide any of its parts behind paint.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $285.00
Available from: Coolican & Company