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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)

 
 

90 Degree Wall Shelf by Frama Denmark

How do you make your home look a little more edgy? Adding a few metal pieces will do the trick, and this 90 Degree Wall Shelf provides an unadorned light bulb as well as a small ledge for your current reading material (or other accessories). Could you make something like this yourself? Maybe, if you’re not afraid of bending metal and adding electricity. The rest of us will have to settle for spending a little money on this particular lighting option.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Indigo Splatter Ceramics by Chris Earl

An indigo splattered coffee cup is just what your tea or coffee would like to live in (however briefly) before you sip/gulp/slurp it down. Los Angeles-based designer Chris Earl is the man with the blue paintbrush, and he splatters indigo glaze across his hand-thrown tumblers, coffee cups and bowls with equal enthusiasm.
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Price: $40.00+
Available from: Chris Earl

Star Spangled Spatula

Just how patriotic are you anyways? Enough to have your very own Star Spangled Spatula? And, 5% of proceeds will be donated to the Penn Abramson Cancer Center; doesn’t that sweeten the deal? Crafted of solid walnut and stainless steel, this spatula is, of course, hand fabricated by the oldest manufacturer of cutlery in the United States: Lamson and Goodnow. Enjoy your 4th of July holiday!

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Price: $65.00
Available from: Areaware

15.0% Ice Cream Spoon

Before you roll your eyes at a $45 spoon, you need to know this is a very special spoon, for ice cream. It uses your body heat to cut through your frozen favorite flavor, which makes your “scooping experience” effortless. The solid aluminum spoon has a thermal conductivity of 237 W/mK (watts per meter kelvin), so you’ll be slicing through your mint chocolate chip/vanilla/rocky road with ease, like an ice-cream-eating ninja. And, of course, if you are searching for a gift for someone that adores their ice cream, you now know what to get.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Friday Links

Bouroullec brothers create minimalist outdoor installation on Vitra Campus

We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.

Mindfulness Card Set

Magnetic Dry Erase Notepad

How To Manage Your Mood
How To Manage Your Mood

I’m Starting to Have Serious Doubts About Amazon Prime

How to Draw a Black Lady, Part 2

Papa’s Maze and the story behind it

Enjoy your weekend.

Papa's Maze

The Packable Backpack

How handy! This travel-friendly nylon backpack folds into its own pocket, so you can throw it into your bag or luggage and know you’ll have it just when you need it. A couple of shiny zippers paired with nylon give it a versatile look, so you can wear it out and about during the day or to dinner.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Everlane

OGK Daybed

Did you know that the OGK Daybed was designed back in 1962? Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen created it for his son for their camping trips. It’s entirely portable and arrives in a linen bag with shoulder strap. No screws or tools are needed for assembly; you fit the parts together and twist the sisal ropes for tension and structure. Could it be your next favorite napping spot or impromptu guest bed? Yes and yes. Could you take it outside when the weather is nice? Of course!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $361.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

GrowOya Watering Vessel

Did you know that surface watering is inefficient? Plants do best when they get water right at their roots. That’s just where the GrowOya aims, as it’s a terracotta vessel that’s buried mostly underground. Fill it every few days and water will naturally seep into the soil so roots can take just the right amount. You’ll be saving water and time… score!
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Price: $24.95 - 39.95
Available from: GrowOya

Guidelight

This little guy will be the perfect accessory for your garden soirée or camping trip. With a simple twist of its head, you can change the light from an ambient glow of the base to the focused work light at the top. It’s wireless, mobile, and very energy efficient; it’ll give you ten hours of high-intensity light and 150 hours at the lowest setting. And, it’s now on sale!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

– So fun. Inflatable Constellations Ball

Christo unveils floating Serpentine sculpture made from 7,506 barrels

– Kids’ Small Cana Watering Can Toy

Cardprotector: Titanium

Banana Fiber Placemat Set (maybe the look isn’t your favorite, but recycled banana sheaths!)

Wanmock Kit by Torafu Architects

Enjoy your weekend!

Wanmock Kit by Torafu Architects

Elin Storage Caddy

Who doesn’t need a little help with storage? Inspired by the toolbox, this storage caddy is made of powder-coated aluminum and has integrated compartments to organize all sorts of stuff. A wood handle keeps it from being too industrial, and, of course, makes it very handy to tote from your desk to shelf storage spot.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Available from: Most Modest

Standing Coffee Measure Spoon

Is $40 too much for a coffee measure spoon? Well, do you drink coffee every day, 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

Power Planters by Chen Chen & Kai Williams

Do you love these Power Planters by Chen Chen & Kai Williams because their own saucers are integrated into the design or because they remind you of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s legs? In either case, they’re excellent options for holding your green, leafy friends, as they’ll catch extra water and dirt without being completely (and often horribly) obvious like the alternatives.
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Price: $55.00 - 80.00
Available from: Chen Chen & Kai Williams

Welf Wall Shelf

Here’s another steel wall shelf to consider, and there are quite a few appealing colors, so, fair warning. Blush, Grey Green, Marine Blue, Putty, a deep Red, and the requisite black and white… just how will you decide? You have the choice of small (24″w) or large (40″), and there’s an added felt pad to make a softer landing spot for keys, phones, and other miscellanies.
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Price: $89.00 - 129.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Kartio Glassware

Glassware may not be the most exciting thing to you, but, hey, you use it every single day for your juice/water/spirits. Why not upgrade to something more visually appealing than the mix-matched set you’ve had since college? You can’t go wrong with Iittala’s Kartio Collection, as the series dates back to 1958, when Kaj Franck first created their simple, balanced design. There are quite a few subtle colors (you’re sure to find something to suit your preferences) and they’re durable enough for everyday use.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00 - 28.00
Available from: AllModern