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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)

 
 

Round Walnut and Solid Brass Wall Hooks

Cooler weather will soon be here, so it’s time to assess your entryway. Do you have enough hooks for hanging up all those scarves, hats and coats? Go the minimal route with these Round Walnut Wall Hooks or the Solid Brass Square Wall Hooks. Both sets are by the designer Farrah Sit and may be purchased through her website, Light and Ladder, or from Kaufmann Mercantile.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00 - 180.00
Available from: Light + Ladder

Friday Links

Tay Ham Greeting Cards

Which National Park should you visit next?

– Gah! Ridiculously cute Rainbow Suitcase Set

Trashy Recycling Bin makes use of your paper grocery bags.

100-Year-Old To-Do List Hack

– Weird, but sort of handy? Key Bell

– Nice and sort-of affordable Cast Iron Fire Pit Dish

– Today is Women’s Equality Day.

Workbench by Laura Mrkša

Enjoy your weekend!

Workbench Table by Laura Mrkša

Conic Table Lamp

Can you draw? Because this lamp needs to be the star of a short comic- its little shade looks just like a hat. Simple geometric elements with the slight skew of asymmetry give the Conic Lamp its personality. Set it up on your desk or a side table for a directional reading light (and pretend it’s your non-judgmental friend, always there with a bright outlook when you need it most).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $375.00
Available from: A+R Store

Rhom Trivet

Your dining table hates hot things, so do it a favor and get a Rhom Trivet by Shane Schneck. It’s made of silicone, so it’ll protect your table’s surface from all sorts of hot trays, dishes, and pans, and its rhombus-inspired shape will do wonders for your design credentials. That’s not a promise, mind you, just a very enthusiastic endorsement of a trivet design.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Oak Blackbird Sideboard Tall

Every once in a while there’s a furniture or accessory item that makes me wish I had a totally empty house, just so I could start with one piece and build outwards, completely tailoring the whole house around one single aesthetic. Ethnicraft’s Oak Blackbird Sideboard is one of those pieces, to be sure, as its black outline neatly delineates its stack of natural oak doors, compartments and drawers. How could one be messy with this sideboard sitting in one’s dining or living room? (I’m sure you’ll try, but I’ll roll my eyes and shake my finger at you if I see even one little paper out of place.)
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Purchase Information:

Price: €2,900.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Ystudio Collection

If you’ve got a weakness for nice pens, pencils and pen cases, then you’re in trouble. Ystudio’s offerings are made of brass and copper and wenge wood, and the various pieces are all beckoning to belong to your collection. Take a look at their Mechanical Pencil and the Rollerball Pen*- each have a satisfying heft in their cool, streamlined brass cases. Either (or both) would be excellent gifts, as the brass has a nice, understated elegance to its matte sheen. Consider adding a Pen Case or the Pen Container to keep your writing implements close at hand.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €62.00 - 105.00
Available from: Kohezi

Haptic Lab Kites

Please tell me you plan to fly a kite before the end of summer. After all, with Haptic Lab’s colorful array of Diamond and Delta Kites, you know you’re tempted. The patterns are pretty wonderful and they’re quite affordable. And, besides, what in the world is more important than taking some time off to go outside during these last few days of summer and throw a kite into the air, watch the wind catch it, and then hold on to it as it takes flight into the bright blue sky?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

Bodum® Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker

Are you up for a bit of chemistry when making your morning brew? If so, this Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker from Bodum could be an interesting experiment. How does it work? Steam escapes from the bottom bowl into the top, mixing with the oils of your coffee. Once you remove it from heat, and the newly brewed coffee filters back down into the bottom bowl for serving. That’s a simplified version, of course, but you get the idea. It’ll take a little longer (5 to 11 minutes) than a regular coffee maker but the brewing time and temperature are calibrated precisely for a perfect cup each time.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Sur La Table

Walnut Cable Manager

Why do you need a walnut, puck-shaped thingamajig? Well, it’ll keep your charging cords and cables it place, so you can avoid crawling around on your hands and knees behind/beside your desk/sofa/bed every time one slips away. Remove the magnetic base, snake cables through the channel, pop the base back on, flip it over, and all your cords are tidy and secure.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Available from: CB2

Snaregade Tables by Norm.Architects

Need a dining table or work surface? You can’t go wrong with one of the three Snaregade* Tables by Norm.Architects, as it has such slender supports for its oak veneer tabletop. That leaves plenty of room for legs, and, with such a spare and elegant look, it would be right at home in the dining room or office. The Snaregade was originally a one-off design for Bjarne Hansen, Menu’s creative director and founder, but Norm.Architects were so fond of it they made a few for their own studio. Now, thankfully, it’s a collection available to all.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,700.00 - 2,300.00
Available from: A+R Store

Control Table Lamp

Need a little bit more light? Consider Muuto’s Control Table Lamp. Its E27 bulb sits on a rectangular metal tray with one control knob. It’s slender enough that it will fit on windowsills and narrow shelves, so you could place it almost anywhere for more illumination in dark and lonely spots around your home.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $104.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Friday Links

Beautiful Blue Lakes Are Invading East Antarctica and That’s Not Good

– “Yes, there is such a thing as a ‘Introvert’ Hangover.” (via kottke)

How Weight Training Can Help Women Stay Strong

Vindicated: The Award-Winning Restoration That Sparked Architecture’s Greatest Debate

– Are you a A ‘Super-Recognizer’ Of Faces? (via iflscience)

What Makes a McMansion Bad Architecture?

Anyone Can Follow These Steps To Avoid A Cell Phone Hack

Enjoy your weekend.

Ruban Mirrors by Inga Sempé

Feeling lonely? I know just what you need: a few Ruban mirrors to keep you company. Inga Sempé brings us this collection of small mirrors, all framed by a colorful ribbon. The smallest is sized at just over 3″ square while the larger measures in at around 17″ wide. I bet you’ll have fun hanging these up and arranging them just so… they’ll let light bounce around a bit more and liven up your living quarters.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.20 - 49.65
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Bike Speaker, Blue

Bike speakers are certainly a popular thing nowadays, aren’t they? This one is similar to the Soundflex Bluetooth Speaker, but at a lower price point. Not a bicyclist? You could also hang this around a shower head for your morning playlist. Its battery charges via USB and it has a wireless range up to 10 meters.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Can Sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

This sofa is has a secret; any guesses as to what it is? Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Hay, the Can Sofa is modern, looks quite comfortable, and has several color options. There’s a 2-seater, 3-seater, and a Lounge Chair. The secret is that it arrives at your door flat-packed, in a box. That gives you eco-friendly points, as it cuts down on shipping and delivery costs. Assembly is uncomplicated- no screws or tools needed. Nice, right? Oh, and if you get the 3-seater, please note that it quickly becomes a quick guest bed by just removing the back cushions.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,270.00 - 6,255.00
Available from: A+R Store