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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)

 
 

DIMORESTUDIO Rugs

‘Price upon request’ is never a good thing to see when you’re on a tight budget, so let’s just all pretend that we can afford these bold and colorful rugs from DIMORESTUDIO. Feast your eyes upon the graphic blocks of color, in strange, non-rectangular shapes that will definitely set an edgy vibe in any room. I’d be tempted to hang them on the wall, as they feel more like art pieces than something to trod upon.
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Price: $Price upon request
Available from: The Future Perfect

Ooh La La Fruit Bowl

Ignore the name, but pay attention to how this bowl is made of three rectangular pieces of magnetized oak. The pieces fit together like a puzzle, which allows you to separate and stack them to hide the bowl away in a cabinet or cupboard. Smart!
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Price: $60.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Gardenias Vases by Jaime Hayon

If you’re going to get a vase, why not go all out and begin collecting Jamie Hayon’s Gardenia Vases for BD Barcelona? Purchase one at a time, so as to not shock your credit card, and know that any plant you put in it will look wonderfully weird (in the loveliest way possible). Each terracotta vase is hand-thrown in Hayon’s recognizable style.
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Price: $354.00+
Available from: Mjolk

Cowboy Coffee Kettle

Wait a minute, a coffee kettle without a filter? Pshaw! It might go against everything you’ve ever believed in, but, yes, this kettle is based on the campfire version of coffee and has no filter. Simply bring water to a boil, add your grounds, and let it steep. After 5 minutes, pour your brewed coffee slowly out, preferably while singing this song. Now on sale (for $36!).
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Price: $90.00
Available from: A+R Store

Friday Links

Send a letter, and an entire galaxy, with Starry Sky Envelopes (via thisisnthappiness)

Paint Your Own IPhone Case I6

– Good idea: Action Button (via swissmiss)

– Cute: Vegas Styled Marquee Garden Markers and Egg Monster Toast Cutters

– “Food and surrealism make perfect bedfellows…” Dalí: Les Diners de Gala (via mymodernmet)

Kids have some pretty weird ideas about what Republicans and Democrats are

– Go bold: Burgundy color cabinets

Sweater Mug Hugger

Enjoy your weekend!

The Illuminated Bookmark

Okay, now, no need to worry about what to get me for a gift- one of these Illuminated Bookmarks will do just fine. It’s a bookmark printed on a special film with ink that transmits electricity. See the circuit the ink creates? Add a lithium coin battery between the positive and negative ends and you’ve got an LED light. Pretty fun, huh? It’s sure to please any reader that is fond of technology.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: designboom

Hex Corner Mirror

I’m sure there’s some corner of your home that would benefit from the Hex Corner Mirror from Hyfen. The mirror fits into any corner to reflect other parts of the room. Placed strategically, it could let you keep an eye on a certain spot of your home (the front door or fridge?) or ensure that coworkers can’t sneak up on you behind your desk. Shaped as a hexagon, it lends an edgier vibe that’s sure to work with your surroundings.
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Price: $286.00
Available from: Gessato

Concrete Brick Lamp by Hyfen

This LED lamp has no switch, shade, or wires, which begs the question, how on earth do you turn it on? Well, it’s more of an intuitive system, so, you simply raise it in an upright position to turn it on. Lay it facedown to turn it off. It’s completely portable- remember, no wires- so, pick it up and take it with you from room to room to get a warm, white light illuminating your immediate vicinity.
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Price: $185.00
Available from: Gessato

Portable Barbecue by Groovebox

Don’t say goodbye to outdoor eating just yet- Groovebox has this oh-so-convenient Portable Barbecue to get us grilling out on our patios/parks/campsites in the crisp fall air. The whole design breaks down flat to make transport easy (it has a carry bag), so make sure to bring it with you on your next outing. Don’t forget the marshmallows.
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Price: $72.00
Available from: Horne

Swedese Spin Stool

The good news is the Spin Stool from Swedese in now on sale over at the Finnish Design Shop. The bad news is that shipping to the United States is sort of expensive- you’d still save a little cash, just not as much as if you were in the EU/UK. Made from laminated ash veneer, the Spin Stool is available in black, white, ash, grey, yellow, orange, and blue.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: The Finnish Design shop

Polygons Flat 4-in-1 Measuring Spoon

Polygons is an origami-like measuring spoon that lays completely flat; how you pick it up determines which spoon size you’ll get. Pretty smart, right? Premarked areas show you where to grasp to get the right measurement, making it easy to switch between volumes while cooking or baking. Use the Polygons to scoop and spread, and know that clean up is quick and unfussy. Now, who wants one of these for their kitchen? Back the project over at Kickstarter.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Herman Big Bag

Okay, raise your hand if you use or have used Ikea’s large, blue shopping bag around your home or for other errands. Don’t worry, you won’t be ostracized, as I’m guilty of the same. It just goes to show that really large totes can be extremely useful. Ferm Living’s Herman Big Bag slides in as an alternative option, as it measures in at 26″ long with a 15″ and 13″ height and width. Heavy cotton canvas with leather handles is durable enough for all manner of toting to and fro and looks quite a bit nicer than plastic… though it does cost quite a bit more as well. It would be well suited for a weekend getaway bag, don’t you think?
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Mixrack

It’s that time of the year when stacks of logs in your living room are entirely permissible… unless you don’t have a fireplace, because then you’ll just look like a hoarder. This Mixrack is a simple frame of powder-coated steel that can accommodate firewood, wine bottles, or magazines. As long as you keep the stack tidy and avoid any other compulsive gathering of multiple materials, it’s an excellent way to store whatever you choose in a minimal way. And, it’s now on sale, at 15% off through October 20.
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Price: $110.50 - 136.00
Available from: DWR

Aurora Light Kit

Fun! The Aurora Light Kit is a set of set of nine interlocking, triangular LED lights that you can program with your smartphone or your voice (there’s an included controller as well). Attach them to any flat surface- no holes required- then play around with colors and patterns to create your own lighting installation. Light up a dark hallway or add a little luster to a boring lounge area; they might be just the thing to add some sparkle for your upcoming holiday soirées.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Dymaxion Folding Globe

You may be familiar with Buckminster Fuller’s 1946 patented a map of Earth, as it presents no visible distortion of the relative sizes of land masses. Designer Brendan Ravenhill has taken Fuller’s projection (and architect Shoji Sadao’s hand drawn 1954 Dymaxion Projection) and turned it into a magnetic folding globe, which means we all have something to do with our hands next time we’re waiting for a brainstorming session to strike. Fold it into a geometric globe or unfold it to see our planet flattened out.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Areaware