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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)

 
 

Bigshot Camera

Build a fully functional digital camera! While the Bigshot Camera would be enormously effective in any learning environment, you might also benefit from understanding how science makes capturing images possible. There’s three different lens settings, three fields of view, a flash, a lithium polymer (rechargable) battery, and a hand crank for back up power. Just follow the instructions and in no time you’ll be clicking away. If you do buy one for yourself, also consider buying one for someone else (kid or adult) that would enjoy assembling and using the camera, as $89 is a small price to pay for this sort of knowledge.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: Bigshot

Wooden Rulers by HAY

Striped, random rulers are sure to cheer you up no matter what. Just look at those colors and lines! Whether you’re in the back-to-school mood or not, a few patterned rulers will surely come in handy, plus, a set of 3 will give your desk area a little flair (in a good way).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: A+R Store

Friday Links

  • I could live in a houseboat if it looked like this inside: Houseboat by Mjölk Architekti
  • Less Is More: The Tiny House Movement
  • What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes?
  • Just what you need: a terribly expensive firewood holder
  • Dyson’s Robot Vacuum Cleaner
  • How to Teach a Young Introvert
  • Fun: Hedge Planters on Kickstarter
  • Laser cut wood dividers for your vinyl, books, and media: Kate Koeppel Design
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    Have an amazing/exciting/relaxing weekend.

    Para Hammock

    Does this remind you of a wood bead seat massager thingy? Or is it just me? In any case, it certainly looks about a hundred times better thanks to its handcrafted flat walnut tiles. The Para Hammock is made of over 700 pieces of walnut, all connected by paracord. The flexing wood tiles provide comfort and is finished for outdoor use, so consider it for your patio or backyard; it should last a lot longer than any rope hammock you might have been considering.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $3,200.00
    Available from: 4th Period Woodshop

    Aqua Carafe with Cork Lid

    You’re not lazy, you’re just extremely efficient. Keep water (or your favorite beverage of choice) close at hand with a carafe. And, if you’re going to get a carafe, you might as well make sure it’s a little appealing, right? Mouth blown glass in green or blue creates a cool silhouette with a cork top to keep contents protected.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $24.95
    Available from: Burke Decor

    Ito Bindery Memo Block

    Well, here’s a paper pad that makes me wish I had more notes to take. Each Ito Bindery Memo Block contains 350 tear-off sheets, and, with three modular sizes to choose from, you can combine or stack them as you wish. A recycled paperboard base gives stability and weight.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00 and up
    Available from: Ode to Things

    Henrybuilt Drawer Accessory System

    These kitchen drawer organizers by Henrybuilt are perfect. Made of solid wood, each item holds and divides kitchen utensils and accessories in precise order, and, after installing them, the rest of your life will magically sort itself out. Maybe. But, before you get too attached to these drawer organizers, there’s some not-so-good news: they’re only available as part of a complete Henrybuilt system. That means it’s time to start saving for a new (perfect) kitchen.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,500.00
    Available from: Henrybuilt

    Highflyer Swing

    You know what’s fun? An indoor swing. There’s something about this Highflyer Swing that looks more at home indoors than out, but, hey, if you want to put it in your front or back yard, go for it. And, if you’re seeing the lines of a vintage aeroplane/airplane, you’re spot on, as that was the inspiration. The title tipped you off, didn’t it?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: AUD220.00
    Available from: Anaesthetic

    Master Kit #5575

    If your toolbox is a mess, with missing hex bits and no Phillips Head to be found, you could probably use a complete tool overhaul. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you are either very lucky, very rich, or have your home falling apart. In any case, this Master Kit has pretty much everything you need should you need a basic tool set, all in a securely latching box.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $95.00
    Available from: Chapman Manufacturing Company

    Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack

    There’s nothing wrong with a little scuffs here and there on a great leather bag, especially when that bag keeps your 15″ MacBook Pro pristine. This Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack is made of high quality untreated leather that protects your Macbook, with space for an iPad, a magazine, a moleskine or A4 documents. The front removable pocket perfectly fits a charger, or, more likely the case, just use it to carry all those other smallish things you need upon your personage. The straps may be changed around for use as a briefcase, shoulder bag, or backpack. Remove the straps and pocket altogether and it’s simply a sleeve.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €210.00
    Available from: Soffio

    Stendig Oversized Calendar

    Ugh, really? A 2015 calendar already? I know, it’s a little frightening that we’re nearing the end of 2014, but at least we can get ahead of the game and order a Stendig to prepare ourselves. The oversized Stendig Calendar has been in production for 40+ years- Massimo Vignelli created the design in 1966- and remains a classic option for keeping your dates straight.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $35.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Fronzoni Chair

    This chair might not look like the most comfortable, but it is delightfully minimal. Graphic designer A.G. Forzoni designed this metal square tube frame and lacquered wood seat back in 1964, and its simplicity lies in Forzoni’s goal to “avoid waste and excess.” White or anthracite will set you back just over a grand, and for another Benjamin (plus some) you can get one lacquered in India blue, sun-yellow or cherry-red.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,034.00
    Available from: Hive Modern

    Brass Desk Set

    How do you get yourself excited about work now that summer is over? You could think about your fall wardrobe, cooler weather, and the approaching winter holidays, or you could buy some new desk organizers. I vote for the latter, as it brings about less stress. The four-piece Brass Desk Set by Danish designer Trine Andersen (of Ferm Living) might get you to tidy up those odds and ends and make your desk look like it belongs to someone who needs a promotion.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $39.00 - 125.00
    Available from: Poketo

    Trace Coffee Table by Tom Dixon

    What is this lovely thing before us? It’s a coffee table by Tom Dixon and it’s strange enough to catch our eyes and have us thinking a glass coffee table is a good idea. The thinly printed stripes intersect at different angles depending upon our perspective, and that creates an interesting sort of moiré pattern. Made from UV‑bonded sheet glass, the Trace Coffee Table is designed for domestic or contract use.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,100.00
    Available from: Vertigo Home

    Double Sided B&W Notebooks

    Hey, we all need a little encouragement now and then, and what better way to remind yourself that you’re something special than a simple black and white notebook that says so? Pick one of these three Double Sided B&W Notebooks with the encouraging phrases on their covers and you’ll be set right anytime you’re feeling a bit down before a meeting or brainstorming session. These could also be a fun gift for a co-worker, friend, or family member, so maybe get a few- one for yourself and a couple to give away.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $6.00
    Available from: Poketo