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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)

 
 

Dock Tray

The designer of theSwing LED Table Lamp, Objekten, also offers this Dock Tray. Featuring a spot to store your cords and other small items underneath, your iPad can rest comfortably on its back or angled in the outer edge, horizontally or vertically. It’s a pretty perfect catch-all and device stand for a desk/worktop, don’t you think?
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Price: $110.00
Available from: Rypen

Tab Notebooks

Organize your projects, thoughts, recipes, dreams, or whatever else needs sorting with this set of 4 notebooks shaped with tabs. Nothing particularly fancy about tabs per se, yet when in a stack, labels are easily read and individual notebooks are easily found, meaning you’ll be a little more efficient than before. Inner tabs can also label further subcategories if needed.
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Price: $15.00/ set of 4
Available from: suckUK

Ikea’s Sinnerlig Collection

If you haven’t heard of Ilse Crawford’s collaboration with Ikea, you must have been hiding away under a rock. Now that you’ve crawled out to enjoy the sunshine, you’ll be happy to know that the Sinnerlig collection is finally making an appearance at some stores.

You’ll find tables and stools with cork tops on metal legs, woven baskets, bamboo lampshades, frosted table lamps, stoneware pitchers, pots, glass jars and bottles. It’s slightly overwhelming, but you’ll do fine. Just breathe slowly, stay calm, and take your pick. Personally, I couldn’t resist the coffee table in dark brown– $99, can you effing believe it?
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Price: $varies
Available from: IKEA

Ferm Living Plant Box

Ferm Living’s new Plant Box comes in such a nice array of colors- ochre, gray, black, and blue- that you’ll most likely be tempted to use them more for just plants. Books, perhaps? Some of those toys that your kids won’t put away? Or maybe a catchall in the entryway for bags and mail and such? Now, what color would be best… my pick would be the blue, I think.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: clever spaces

Hay & Scholten & Baijings’ Crystal Carafe

Yes, we have featured Scholten & Baijings’ Colour Crystal Stemware before. Well done for paying attention. However, not much fuss was made over the Crystal Carafes, which is understandable as they have a very subtle touch of color.

Choose the carafe with gradient blue or yellow descending from its top edge, or pick the carafe with gold pooling at its base. Pair a couple of Colour Glass Tumblers along with the carafe for an impressive serving set; water (or cocktails) will look oh-so-elegant.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: A+R Store

Friday Links

– It’s an artist’s canvas, and it’s also a speaker. The Soundwall® Chalkboard is pretty neat too.

– Say goodbye to stripped screws: Knife Edge™ Screwdriver Bits on Kickstarter

Modern Cornhole on Kickstarter

Donna Wilson Sweaters!

Deaths from gun violence vs. deaths from terrorism, in one chart

– I saw this in person last night at Houston’s Contemporary Art Fair, and it’s pretty fun: Finell Poke Container. This one also looks neat: Crawl Silicone Container.

Robot Guides Soybean Plant To Light (via we-are-star-stuff)

The Rich Color Variations of Pluto (via npr)

Enjoy your weekend!

Luminoodle

Who doesn’t want a 5-foot strand of ultra-bright, waterproof, and USB-powered LEDs? You could hang one or two strands up in the trees for late night dining, take one with you camping (use the bag as a lantern), or tie or hook one around whatever is handy whenever you need light. Watch the Kickstarter video below for more ideas, and see if you aren’t tempted to get one for your future outside-exploring self.
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Price: $19.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Building Block Leather Sleeves

I’ve got a nose like a bloodhound when it comes to minimal, expensive things, so it really shouldn’t surprise you that this leather 13″ MacBook sleeve is lodged firmly in the mid-$300 price range*. A smooth black exterior with a nude leather interior hits the right note of functional luxury without any extraneous details to get in the way of your daily work routine (or your excellent appearance). There’s the 11″ size as well as the iPad Mini Sleeve, so there’s something to suit each of your devices.
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Price: $240.00 - 345.00
Available from: GARDE Shop

Cluster Tables

Well, hello there, you set of delightfully minimal side tables. Would you like to come live with me? I promise to only put you in the best of spots, and to only split you up when extra guests show up and need a spot to set down their tea or coffee cup (there will be a coaster, of course) or maybe even their phone, or, if they’re brainy, their books. Otherwise, you’ll be free to sit together unencumbered so your clean lines and solid surfaces will be shown off to the best of their ability.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00
Available from: clever spaces

Balance Box

Tuck your trinkets away inside a Balance Box, which gently tilts depending on the weight of what you put inside. Might it inspire you to lighten your load, and keep only your prized possessions? Perhaps. Use it in the office for storing supplies or in a dressing area for your oft-used jewelry and see if it encourages you to whittle down your collection. Available in Pink and Forest.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Nannie Inez

Wall Hooks!

Okay, get ready for an influx of wall hooks, straight from Etsy. Whether you need just one for a towel or several for all the coats and scarves soon to be strewn about your entryway, here’s a bunch that are quite pleasing to the eyes and not too terribly expensive.
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Price: $9.50+
Available from: Etsy

Mika Barr Textiles

Origami textiles? Yes, indeed. We might have featured Mika Barr’s work previously, but right now our search isn’t working (sorry, we’re tweaking the site), so forgive the repeat if we have shown off her throws and pillows before. The throws are especially eye-catching, as the printed fabric shows off its faceted nature best when casually draped across a sofa or chair. Can you believe they’re machine washable? Pretty impressive.
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Price: $80.00 - 354.00
Available from: mikabarr's Etsy Shop

Nest Queen Storage Bed

Remember how I shared that I am building a lake house? Well, that endeavor also involves finding furniture to fill that lake house somewhat soon. I am against the idea of filling up a house all at once, because schedule constraints should not force one’s hand when it comes to collecting pieces that one will live on/around for the next several decades of one’s life. Plus, do you really need every room to be stuffed full? No, of course not. Personally, I like furnishing a home bit by bit, adding a piece here and there only when you need (or badly want) it.
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Price: $3,150.00 - 3,345.00
Available from: DWR

House Trivets

This wooden trivet folds into a small, architectural “objet d’art.” That in itself is pretty cute, but it also means that it’d be easy to tuck away in a drawer or on a shelf when not in use. There’s a leather loop for hanging as well. Note: this would make a great housewarming gift for a friend or coworker.
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Price: $38.00
Available from: MoMA Store

New Order Shelving System

I know, shelving is rarely exciting, but this shelving system sort of is. The shelves are made from aluminum- nothing new, I know- but these shelves can be up to 2 meters (>6′) long and they’ll support books and other weighty items, unlike some of the lesser quality aluminum shelves that bend and/or dent under the slightest stack of books.

There’s also an option of open or closed units, back panels, side panels, and folding doors that allow you to customize the look you need. Hide away what you don’t want to see, leave open other areas for display and easy access. There are quite a few colors as well, which just makes everyone happier.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $935.00 - 3,935.00
Available from: A+R Store