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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)

 
 

Standing Coffee Measure Spoon

Is $40 too much for a coffee measure spoon? Well, do you drink coffee everyday, or often enough to appreciate that this spoon stands up on its own, even full of coffee beans? Designed by Masaharu Asano, this spoon is easy to grab and comfortable to hold. Its curves and angled tilt are all intended to improve the coffee-making process.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Spoon & Tamago

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

Hand-Painted Abstract Cutting Boards

Okay, so this isn’t going to appeal to everyone, but hand-painted cutting boards! With abstract shapes! Is that not extremely fun to see in the realm of kitchen tools? They’ve got a good safe mineral oil finish, though you’ll still want to take care and treat these boards as what they are: three quarters utilitarian kitchen staple and one quarter piece of art.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: M. Crow

Iso Organizer L

Well, hello there. The Iso Organizer comes in a larger, longer profile, which is pretty perfect for organizing all sorts of papers, mail, and books. It’s made of heavy gauge cold rolled steel (6 lbs.) with a cork underside, so it’ll stay put without scratching the surface underneath. I have the original size (in blue) on my desk and I’m now trying to think if I need this larger version somewhere else. Hmm.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: Field

XL 2018 Wall Calendar

By now, you’ve probably accepted that 2018 is only a couple of months away, so it’s time to get ahead of the game by sorting out your calendar options. This minimal wall calendar has enough room to make all sorts of notes if you so wish, and once you hang it on the wall, your whole month will be laid out before you to organize to your heart’s content. Note how the weekend dates are shifted to the side for easy reference, that’ll keep your work week and time off visually separated.
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Price: $99.00
Available from: The Minimalist

Clad 3 Door Credenza

Warm, solid wood wrapped in cool, smooth steel sounds like a match made in heaven. Add storage to the mix and you’ve got us hooked. The Clad 3 Door Credenza is right at the 2 grand price point (walnut is just over; hickory, just under), which is pretty reasonable considering the sturdy and sleek materials. Integrated groove pulls keeps surfaces clean while soft closure mechanisms keeps things quiet. There’s a smaller 2 Door Credenza if you’re short on space. And, even better, the Clad Collection is from Blu Dot, which is has a 20% off sale now through October 29.
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Price: $1,919.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Voyager Backpack

If you spend a lot of time on the go, you know how useful a good accessory bag can be, as it keeps your important things organized and close at hand. The Voyager aims to hold your necessities for a weekend getaway or long flight. Its interior features a zipper pouch (perfect for a pair of shoes), two medium-sized mesh pockets, a small bottom pocket, plus two adjustable straps to keep everything in place. Notice the slip on the back; it fits over an extended luggage handle.
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Price: $158.00
Available from: Poketo

Perennial Garden Kit

Know anyone who likes gardening? You now have the perfect gift for them in this Perennial Garden Kit. Two scissors, one pruner, wood stakes, and twine with holder are all held in a tidy pinewood crate. Like I said, perfect, right? And, I think it’s safe to say any gardener can never have too many garden tools (or is that just me?).
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Price: $90.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Brass Clips

Mark your progress in a book or folder with these fun brass paper clips. Four different shapes (2 of each) will definitely keep your spot visible and easily referenced. Might also be perfect for a journal, notebook, or cookbook?
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Poketo

Friday Links

Dot Piano (via kottke)

Bento Stack for Apple Accessories

‘Bound’ Stool and ‘Bound’ Bench “The series is an experimental seating furniture projects assembled from scrap materials held together by ropes.”

Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened.

– So many lovely things: OEN Shop

Blue Fiets Bike Bell

peoplematchingartworks by Stefan Drashan via

Enjoy your weekend.

Paper Masks by SmagaPaperwood

You’ve seen some paper masks featured here before (Papercraft Masks), and now you’ve got some more to add to last-minute(ish) costume ideas. SmagaPaperwood has a Wolf, Raccoon, and Crow mask that particularly stand out as good Halloween fare, but there’s plenty more to peruse. What you’re buying is a digital download of templates with instructions on how to make your own, so don’t wait until the very last minute; you’ll need about 3-4 hours.
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Price: $7.36+
Available from: SmagaPaperwood on Etsy

Geo Ceramic Travel Mug

Not a fan of steel, glass, or plastic travel mugs? Well, maybe ceramic will be just the thing to transport your favorite beverage. And, this isn’t just any ceramic travel mug, it has a “patented tourmaline ionizing technology that helps improve the quality and taste of your drink.” Yep, you read that right. More below.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: Leif

Pidestall Planters

Normally planters this nice would have a cringe-inducing price tag, but the Pidestall Planters seem completely affordable when you spend a little time appreciating their bent metal legs and clean, cylindrical forms. Perfect for indoor or outdoor use, you have your pick of two sizes- Blue/short and Red/tall. It’s time to bring some plants indoors anyways, so you’ve got a reason to add one (or two) of them to your favorite room in the house.
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Euclid Measuring Cup

Yes, you saw this Euclid Measuring Cup back in a previous link pack, and now you get to see it again. What’s so special about it? Well, take a look at its funny shape and you’ll see how it’s tapered towards its bottom, and that mathematically optimal design allows for more precise measurements. Small measurements will have the same accuracy as larger ones, which is important for anyone that wants to get recipes just right.
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Price: $24.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Buckle Jars

Cast iron bowl, anyone? The little looped handle makes it feel fun, while the heftiness will make sure it stays put. It could live in the kitchen as a salt cellar, in the office for paperclips (or thumb drives?), or even in the bedroom or bathroom for smaller accessories and jewelry.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Available from: Clever Spaces