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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)

 
 

Izola Water Bottles

Izola has a new collection of stainless steel bottles to keep water near at hand. With simple phrases like Onward & Upward and A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss, the bottles are true to the Izola aesthetic while providing functional storage for life’s essential liquid. There’s also a Blank Water Bottle (25 oz.) (and 10 oz.) if you prefer an all stainless steel look.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 - 44.00
Available from: Izola

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    Enjoy your weekend. See you on Monday.

    Suburbia Wall Storage

    If you’re in need of wall storage and haven’t yet fallen in love with the Uten.Silo ($395), then maybe you’ll like the Suburbia by Seletti. When viewed from its edge, a small neighborhood with fences, trees, and homes appears. That novel detail does well when hung vertically, as it provides plenty of nooks and crannies to store all sorts of things in the office, bathroom, or entryway.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $478.13
    Available from: YLiving

    x3 Watering Can

    Yeah, it’s just a watering can, big deal. And, yes, a single metal tube is bent three times (hence the name) to create the handle and the pour spout. The handle allows it to be held from the top when full and at the side when watering. All those things plus a semi-decent price tag must mean that this year you’ll finally take decent care of your plants; with a watering can like this, who wouldn’t? Just don’t over water your plants accidentally while admiring the water can.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00 - 120.00
    Available from: Kontextür

    Keyplate

    This might not be to everyone’s taste considering its very utilitarian appearance, but it certainly will come in handy to anyone who tends to misplace their keys or other small, important things. The Keyplate replaces the existing strike plate and extends around the frame to offer up a small space for hanging whatever you need to take with you out the door. It’s a simple solution that would fit small entryways perfectly.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: 2nd Shift

    Knoll® Outdoor Sale

    In case your email inbox wasn’t flooded with notices of the Knoll® Outdoor Sale, here’s a tip: you can now save 15% off until April 8, 2014. And what pieces might you be able to save on? The Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chair, for starters, or the Petal® Dining Table perhaps. Check out the collection and see if your outdoor space could use a classic, because now’s the time to buy.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,132.00
    Available from: DWR

    Hafele’s “Fineline” Drawer Organizers

    Have you ever walked into a kitchen showroom like Bulthaup or Poggenpohl? If you have, you’re familiar with their customized drawer organizational systems, and you may have even (metaphorically) drooled over the sleek lines of perfect boxes in which to place your utensils, spices, plates, and pans. Dropping $60k to $80k for kitchen cabinets is unfortunately much more than many of us can afford, and, sadly, we say goodbye to such lovely drawer interiors, thinking they are beyond our budgets.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $50.00 - 160.00
    Available from: kitchensource.com

    Boskke Cube Planter

    Here’s a planter that alludes to the traditional shape of the humble terra cotta pot, however, rather than hiding the dirt and roots, it puts the plant’s root system on display for all to see. And, there’s a handy function not immediately apparent: the clear body also acts as a water reservoir that supplies up to four weeks of water.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.00 - 35.00
    Available from: Gretel Home

    Snappgrip

    Nice! Now your iPhone can have real shooting controls thanks to Snappgrip. It mounts to a protective phone case so you can use it when you want (and detach it when you don’t). The Snappgrip has a Shooting Mode, Portrait, Landscape, Flash, Video, Zoom In, and Zoom Out functions, plus a standard tripod mount on the underside and a standby power switch. How’s that for bridging the gap between smartphone photography and more expensive cameras?

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $69.99
    Available from: BiteMyApple.co

    Idle vs. Skiff

    Here’s an interesting match up in the world of modern/minimal sun loungers: one of these is $899 and the other is $299. If you’re a stickler for details, you’ll probably notice a few subtle design clues to help you assess which one has the higher/lower price tag, and, as usual, the call on which lounger you like best is completely up to your discerning/nondiscerning eye (and wallet).

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $299.00 - 899.00
    Available from: CB2

    Turn Around Juicer

    If you don’t mind using a little old fashioned elbow grease to produce your morning orange juice, then you’ll want to consider the simplicity of this wooden juicer from KiBiSi and Muuto. The Turn Around Juicer stands on its own and fits the palm nicely. Shall I point out that this won’t need any updating as years come and go, unlike other electrical juicers? Plus, the juice will taste all the more sweeter knowing you made it yourself (and burned some calories whilst doing so).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00
    Available from: DanishDesignStore

    TON Chair 77

    $99! No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke, that is the actual price of this chair originally designed by the legendary Czech furniture maker Michael Thonet. Recognize the name? Thonet is known for his iconic bentwood chairs in 1861, and TON updates the original design with a slim, rectangular backrest and a few gentle curves that show off the subtle flair possible with steam-bending techniques.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $99.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Omnioutil Basket [Bucket]

    Yes, it’s a bucket, which doesn’t sound very exciting, but it’s also a basket and a stool, and that versatile array of functions means it’s pretty suitable for any home. As a stool with the lid in place, they support up to 331 pounds (150 kg). Fill the Omnioutil Basket with garden stuff, toys, water/ice, recycling…or, my favorite, use the hole in the handle to thread a hose- perfect for outside clean up or washing the car.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Conceal Vertical Display

    You’ve most likely already seen the Conceal Bookshelf, and know of its apparently magic floating effect, and now you can trick the eye with the Vertical Display version. That’s right, make books float against your wall with just a simple bracket and voilà! cover art is displayed where everyone can see it.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Umbra

    My Writing Desk

    Is this a smart idea or what? My Writing Desk by Inesa Malafej has an outer edge or ‘wings’ to catch papers and books, not to mention all the other small desk debris that wants to jump off the surface of your worktop. The higher edges also help make the desk feel like a mini-room or microclimate, enveloping you amongst your precious things so you can concentrate and be brilliant at whatever task you attempt. Also available in a smaller size.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €1,075.00
    Available from: Mookum