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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)

 
 

Nest Office Caddy

Hmm, this little office caddy has caught my eye with its simple compartments for those small(ish) desk essentials. However, it’s not just for paperclips and rubber bands; stack a few for extra storage or use the steel frame as a stand for your phone or tablet. The frame may also be used as a handle if you tend to move around your home or office to work.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: A+R Store

Book Binder

Hmm, here’s something different in the world of bookends. Instead of two separate stand-alone ends, this book binder has an elastic band to hold the books together. The flexibility of the band allows you to remove or add books as you like without them tumbling over and also makes it possible for the stack to be freestanding wherever you wish.
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Price: $48.97 - 76.97
Available from: MENU

Marina Mirror Rack

Here’s an oak coatrack to ease your entryway woes. Where to hang your bags and coats? Three steel hooks off to the left take care of that. Where to check your face before you leave the house? In the generously sized two-foot diameter mirror, that’s where. That’s plenty of space to make sure you look somewhat presentable, especially in a spatially challenged area like an entry hall.
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Price: $229.00
Available from: CB2

Houses Throw by Alyson Fox

Need another throw to keep your toes warm? This one is a good choice, as it’s made of 100% baby Alpaca Jacquard (by a socially sustainable collective in Peru, no less) and has a hand embroidered pattern by Alyson Fox. Yes, you’ve probably heard of Alyson Fox and, yes, you probably love her just as much as everyone else. Maybe you’ve seen her rug designs or maybe you’ve run across images of her house via Freunde von Freunden, either way, there’s no arguing she’s got talent.
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Price: $350.00
Available from: Horne

OK Lamp

You know what’s cool? A floor to ceiling LED light designed by none other than Konstantin Grcic. I swear, I want everything he’s designed, and this ultra-flat light disk hung from a wire is currently at the top of my list (if only I had a place to put it). The light is directable over 360 degrees, so use it as a reading light in the living or bedroom, or just hang it in a corner for an ambient light source. A cone-shaped counterweight keeps it in place.
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Price: $695.00 - 795.00
Available from: Lunimaire

Handmade Cohabitation Console

This console shelf has a few tricks up its sleeve. Three interconnecting parts allow you to change its function slightly. An angled surface fitted on top of the base has a parapet edge can hold hangers or other necessary items in place, or use the level surface piece for more stable items. Each section is all made from the same piece of wood to minimize waste.
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Price: $189.99
Available from: Dot & Bo

Paper Display

This new Paper Display by Jamie Wolfond & Sam Anderson (and available from good thing) simply acts as a curved base to provide papers to stand. Think of it for displaying your current project or paperwork or for showcasing photos and notes. Made of slipcase stoneware, each stand can be grouped with others to provide a larger display.

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Price: $39.00
Available from: Good Thing

Cantili Tape Dispenser

If you hadn’t seen the title, would you have known this was a tape dispenser? Hanshi Chen and Shikai Tseng of Poetic Lab further expand their desk accessory collection with the Cantili Tape Dispenser. Two concave circles and a cantilever compose a light design that’s stable enough to use with one hand. Available in three tones: Polished Silver, Polished Copper, and Polished Gold.
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Price: $139.00
Available from: Luminaire

Foundry Floor Light

Save your dollar bills (or your tax refund) because Resident Studio has a few new lighting options available. The Foundry Floor Light by Nat Cheshire, shown above, stands at 6 feet 2 inches high and has a minimal rectangular frame. The LED light source shines warm light onto the hand-cast bronze base, providing ambient light in a large, vertical visual space. The entire impression is more sculptural object than useful light source, but, hey, in this case, it can be both.
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Price: $3,750.00
Available from: A+R Store

Lathe Coat Hook

Don’t you worry, I’m on the lookout for anything that will help you keep your coats and scarves off the entryway floor. This particular option is quite affordable ($9.95) and has a Victorian vibe thanks to its turned woodwork stained to a dark charcoal. The front groove doubles up storage capacity to hold leashes, bags, and lighter coats.
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Price: $9.95
Available from: CB2

Maison De Gaspé

Before you turn your brain off for the weekend, here’s a little house candy to consider. The Maison De Gaspé by la SHED architecture is oriented around a central family space. As is the trend, an open common area provides a clear view of the kitchen, living, and dining room, and the overall neutral color palette of this space allows a bright pop of red in the staircase to stand out. Maybe you’re not gutsy enough to make such a strong statement with your staircase, but it’s worth considering in a smaller space, maybe with a different semi-vibrant color, to add a little unexpected punch to your home.
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Prism Pendants

It is always a relief to see affordable lighting options, especially in these days of over-the-top-wondrous designs that cost more than a new car. The Prism Pendants hit the right note as they are very budget friendly ($99 – $129) and have geometric brass frames with glass panels. Add one or two to a hallway, bar area, or powder room for an instant update.

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Price: $99.00 - 129.00
Available from: West Elm

Duo Notebooks

How much easier would your life be if you had a Duo Notebook? At least a little, as you’d be able to keep track of two projects, or split your ideas into drawings/sketches and handwritten notes. Half of the pages in a Duo are blank and the other half are lined. And, as you can see from the photo above, the cover is split equally with a different color for each side, so you’ll fumble less when searching for the right page.
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Price: $24.00
Available from: Canoe

Slowood Studios Modernist Collection

What the what(!). If you’re not impressed with the subtle colors of this stool, side, and coffee table, then we can’t be friends. Steel frames with tonal powder coated panels combine to create these versatile little surfaces from Slowood Studios and Hawkins New York. With their smaller silhouettes, they can easily fit in beside a sofa or bed, or nestle alongside a favorite reading chair. Choose between three different sizes and blue, pink, or peach color ways.
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Price: $295.00 - 350.00
Available from: Hawkins New York

Japanese Porcelain Stacking Tools

My goodness, this stacking set packs quite the punch in tools. A mortar with pestle, a ginger/garlic/zest grater, a citrus juicer, and a storage canister (that also acts as a ladle holder) all stack together for a unified system. So, don’t go running back to the kitchen to get whatever tool you need, bring the whole thing to the table for an impressive display of dinner prep right in front of your guests and/or family. They’ll be awed by your efficiency and skills (let’s hope for the best case scenario).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile