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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)

 
 

Mazama Wares Glasses

These hand blown soda-lime glasses are worth a second look. Maybe it’s the jade green tint that catches our eye for its hint at the past, or maybe it’s the angled silhouette with a heavier base that suggests a comfortable hold. Maybe it’s all those subtle cues combined that say they’re special. There’s plenty of other colors as well (nightshade, smoke, clear aqua, haze, and honey) and three different sizes to suit your beverage of choice (cocktail, wine, and pint).
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Price: $34.00 - 38.00
Available from: Mazama

Tangram Erasers

Uh, Tangram Erasers? Of course we need a set. Do you know the history of the Tangram? Do you have fond memories of making shapes with one when you were younger? Maybe you could see if your brain still has the skills to hammer out a few puzzles with these erasers, knowing they could always do some erasing if you fail to have fun with the puzzle part.
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Price: $2.50
Available from: Kikkerland

Ada Sconce

The Ada Sconce is a versatile little light, for its shade is made of two adjustable reflectors on friction hinges. This means you can move the shades around in many different ways to direct the light exactly where you wish. Fans of Charlotte Perriand might recognize a little of her CP-1 Sconce in this design, as this light was inspired by that exact design. And, another nice tidbit: the Ada sconce is named for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which dictates that sconces in hallways must not protrude from the wall more than 4”.
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Price: $450.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Contour Key Rings, Black

Remember the brass Contour Key Rings with their bell, drop, hoop, and bend shapes? Now they’re available in black, and you can get the whole bundle ($66) with the intention of organizing all your keys. Each Key Ring closes with a screw clasp, which makes adding and removing keys super easy.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Areaware

Cymbal Pendant

Well, what do we have here? It’s a very simple pendant that uses the light bulb as support for the shades. Aluminum disks diffract the light and trick your eye with reflections of its environment. Does it remind you a little of the Grain Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill? It’s the same sort of idea, and a little more affordable at that.
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Price: $355.00
Available from: MATTER

Friday Links

MYCANOE: Origami Folding Canoe That Travels in a Box

Patrick Stewart and a Pitbull named Ginger

Artist Remixes “If You See Something, Say Something” Posters in NYC Subway

What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money?

Six irrefutable pieces of evidence that prove climate change is real

The art of conversation, explained by the only artist to get eight US presidents to sit still

Mr. Rogers Introduces Kids to Experimental Electronic Music by Bruce Haack & Esther Nelson (1968) (I’m sure I’ve linked to this before.)

Enjoy your weekend.

Digital 8 House Number

Are you geeking out over this Digital 8 House Number? I know I am, and I don’t even need one*. To get your number, just remove the unwanted segments from the number display. Mount several together for longer street numbers (in a very straight line, of course). In any case, you’ll show your love for the digital side of things while adding a thoroughly modern touch to your home’s exterior.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Deuce Pitcher/Watering Can

Another weird watering can? Of course! And, even better, this one could also be a carafe, if you should so desire, as one spout is for plants and the other for pouring drinks. Use the long spout as a handle when filling your glass, or, alternatively, grasp the 1 1/4 liter body to water plants. This double function will let you donate any other watering cans and carafes that are cluttering up your cabinets while also delighting in your ability to find such well-designed containers. Go ahead, pat yourself on the back.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: modernintentions

Classic Glass Cup

Surely you’ve been served a cup of tea or coffee (or dessert) in one of Silodesign’s Glass Cups? Well, you can replicate the finery that’s associated with that heat resistant, double-walled glass vessel, right at home. There’s various sizes for all sorts of drinks and desserts, and, in addition to the Classic Glass Cup, there’s also the Original Glass Cup with no handle.
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Price: $$24.00 - $40.00
Available from: Luminaire

Rosa Rocker

Okay, child development specialists, is it better for a kid to have a rocking horse that looks like a horse, or a minimalist version with just a handle for a head? (Technically, it’s a rocker, not a rocking horse, but my traditional sensibilities keep looking for a horse’s head or tail.) Will their imagination grow in leaps and bounds with the lack of exterior input? In any case, it’s nice to see such a considered, spare interpretation of a toy.
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Price: $270.00
Available from: Horne

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. Take time to get involved, whether it’s by pledging your support to #BeBoldForChange or by participating in A Day Without a Women (see below).
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Journal Desk by Normann Copenhagen

Another petite desk option? You betcha. This one arrives flat-packed (that makes it affordable) and has a moveable drawer to suit right or left hand users. An integrated wire grommet helps control cord clutter and its smaller footprint can fit snugly into a corner of the room, making the most of every inch.
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Price: $665.00
Available from: Horne

Marmoreal White or Black Board

So, maybe you can’t quite afford to have Max Lamb’s Marmoreal Bathroom or even a Marmoreal Side Table. You’re not alone. However, if you’re really, truly in love with the engineered stone, maybe you can afford to serve your cheese on a Marmoreal Board. My favorite is the black (it looks like outer space!) but the white is equally appealing as it showcases the colors just as well.
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Price: €250.00
Available from: Makers & Brothers

Seed Shelf

Who needs a tiny shelf to hold smaller things? Maybe your keys or your phone? How about your prized trophy (small, though it is) or your toothbrush? C’mon, you know there’s something you can store or display on the Seed Shelf. It comes in a handful of lovely colors and has a mounting mechanism that easily fastens to the wall, making installation a snap.
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Price: $9.50
Available from: good thing

Snake Blocks

You’ll have fun twisting and turning these colorful Snake Blocks to make all sorts of interesting shapes and patterns. 24 wooden triangles are held together with an elastic band, and you have your pick of a large or small version. It’ll keep your hands busy when you’re brainstorming (or waiting for an idea to hit, as is often the case).
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Price: $16.00 - 48.00
Available from: Areaware