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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)

 
 

Touch Tonic

Why is this person painting their gloves with fingernail polish? Pfft, we know better than to assume that, and we’re probably thinking whatever they’re doing to their gloves has to do with cold weather and our devices, and we’d be right. It’s Touch Tonic, and you paint it on your favorite gloves so that you can connect with your device while keeping your fingers warm. It’s better to use it on darker fabrics, as it’s not completely clear, fyi, and each application lasts several weeks.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Photojojo

The Prepster Emergency Survival Bag

Too lazy to put together your own emergency survival kit? Don’t you worry, you can buy the Prepster Bag and be fit for any disaster, for 72 hours at least. There’s a hand crank radio and phone charger, a first-aid kit, ProBarĀ® Meals, BOXED WATER IS BETTERĀ® waters, tools, a tent, LED flashlight, and so much more. It’s assembled all for you, in a striped and monogrammed bag, no less. If you had this the next time a fire, earthquake, or hurricane rolled around, would you be more prepared? Definitely. Could you buy all this stuff yourself and possibly save some money? Probably, but will you ever get around to it? There’s also the Prepster Lite ($145.00) for a trimmed down version.
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Price: $345.00 - 395.00
Available from: Preppi

The Floyd Shelf

Thankfully, the clever people behind The Floyd Leg didn’t stop with increasing the amount of tables on this earth: there’s now The Floyd Shelf. One set of a left and right shelf bracket can create one shelf- you just have to supply the flat surface. Maybe you’ve got some wood lying around, maybe some other mysterious material, but put your brain to work in thinking up ways you can utilize your existing ‘stuff’ to create a new shelf to put your other stuff like books and plants and such.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: Floyd Studio

Source: Dwell

Ferm Living Circular Jute Rug

I don’t know where you’re going to put one of these circular jute rugs by Ferm Living, but you’d better figure it out, because for $62, they’re a steal of a deal. And don’t ask why, because the patterns- triangles! dots! sticks!- should pretty much convince you, if not the size (it’ll fit anywhere) and the fact that’s it’s made from 100% jute. I’d say it could work well in your entryway, laundry room, or any other high traffic space (a kid’s room, perhaps?).
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Price: $62.00
Available from: Ferm Living

NeoCover

If you’re always losing your keys, you might just need a NeoCover. It’s a standard light switch cover that has super-strong rare earth neodymium magnets inside, and that allows you to hang your keys, favorite pen, or even tools from it. Nickel-plated key rings come with it, and unless you have more than 27 keys, your collection will hang from the NeoCover with no problem. Installs on your existing light switch fixture- all you need is a screwdriver.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: NeoCover

Isaac Reina Dopp Kit

What do you buy when you’re design conscious, travel often, and have loads of money? An Isaac Reina Dopp Kit, that’s what. The square box-like shape converts handily into 2-compartment tray with the convertible snaps at the bottom, making all your toiletries organized and easily accessible. And, if you’re scoffing at those numbers in the price tag, consider the fact that Isaac Reina has worked in the Parisian house of Hermes, and his bags and accessories are only available in “select directional boutiques”.
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Price: $462.00 - 578.00
Available from: Luminaire

Logifaces

A game that looks like a tabletop sculpture? Sure, why not? Logifaces is a set of 16 prisms, hand-poured from concrete. Each piece has different angles on its top, and your challenge is to place the prisms next to each other to form a continuous surface. Choose between marble white, basalt grey, or charcoal black; $60 gets you the early bird 16-piece set. Adding this to your gifts-to-give list is a no-brainer.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Indigogo

Source: mocoloco

Rolo Luggage

Hmm, would packing and unpacking be easier with this Rolo rollup luggage? For shorter trips, it just might. There’s a hanging hook, so it will fit practically anywhere- closet, door, etc.- without taking up much room. Once it’s up you can easily see all the contents without rummaging around, or packing and unpacking just to get to one thing. And, seeing as you roll it up for transport, all your clothing is compressed to minimize the overall size. Take a look over at Rolo’s site to see more info and pics.
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Price: $49.99
Available from: Rolo

Elixir Mini Bar

What’s better than having libations in the house during the holidays? Having it within arm’s reach, if at all possible. This Elixir Mini Bar will fit in next to the sofa just fine thanks to its small, compact footprint. Two sides fold down to open up a self-serve bar, ready for your wizardry in mixing up drinks for you and your guests.
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Price: $299.00
Available from: CB2

Norm Steel Wall Clock

Before you turn your eyes away from this steel wall clock from Norm Architects for Menu, take a look at the bold blue color option. Even if you already have enough clocks in your home, it’s hard to resist a blue so bright. With simple hands and a traditional round face, it would fit in effortlessly into any room, even more so if you go with a quieter color. The four color options were chosen for their connection to the Scandinavian climate.

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Price: $100.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Friday Links

  • Terrifying: emoji masks
  • New Habit Challenge: Only check email twice a day
  • Bookmark for next year’s costume: Weird but Awesome Sweatshirt – Body Anatomy Science Teacher
  • Midnight Scoop Ice Cream Scoop (via Dwell)
  • Port Vieux pavilion by Foster + Partners
  • DIY: Silicone Mold from Silicone Sealant
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    Enjoy your Halloween, as well as the rest of your (spooktacular) weekend.

    Typography Mugs

    Excuse me while I geek out over this Bauhaus Typography mug- there’s also one for you Helvetica nerds, so keep your pants on. Even though some of us might already know the year of the design, the designer, and the type size, those details are printed upon the bone china mug so that everyone else may be educated as to two of the most popular typographies’ factoids. Would this make a great gift? Most certainly.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    The Ravens

    If only we had done a little research beforehand, a few of these iBride Ravens would be decorating our homes for this All Hallows’ Eve. Maybe you can get ahead of the game by buying one or two for next year, or maybe you’ll like to keep them out year round- they’ll be very quiet companions, I assure you. They arrive at your door needing a little assembly yet already named- the one with outspread wings goes by the name of Karl.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $183.00 each
    Available from: Switch Modern

    Arc Bottle Opener and Cork Screw

    The solid brass of the Arc Bottle Opener and Cork Screw will open up your wine and other bottles with ease, and, of course, they’ll look oh-so-elegant with their gold, textured finish. Fabricated with a sand-casting process, they’ll have a satisfying heft and tactile feel; these two tools designed by Tom Dixon are sure to become well used when it comes to enjoying your favorite beverages.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00
    Available from: YLiving

    Hide and Park

    Oh, looky what we have here: a coatrack with hidden hooks and a hidden ledge for storing away all sorts of miscellany. The best part is when you’re not using it, there’s no extraneous details to catch your eye- it’s sleek and shows off the material of the wood. Chances are you’ll utilize most, if not all, of the hooks underneath this season, but it’s nice to know when you’re not weighed down with scarves, mittens and hats, you’ll have a visually clean coatrack/shelf to catch and store other sundries as they crop up.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $306.00 - 604.00
    Available from: Suite NY