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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)

 
 

Kid O Beach Tools

If I say ‘beach’ and you say ‘sandcastles!’ then you probably need to investigate these tools by Kid O. Yes, they’re for kids, but you can use them too. You and your little ones can shovel, sift, and rake using the Triplet Toy Shovel and Rake (pictured above/below), or dig and sift using the Scoppi Toy Shovel. There’s also the Ballo Toy Water Bucket with a spherical shape for easier transport from sea to sandcastle.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00 - 30.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Nunabee Color Chip Boxes

Just how fun are these handmade boxes by Danish company nunabee? They would hold all manner of knickknacks, office supplies, accessories, etc., and cheer you up while doing so. If you’ve plenty of bills in that wallet of yours, you could also use it to present a special gift, in a gift-within-a-gift sort of way.
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Price: $68.00 - 96.00
Available from: LEIF

Evernote Triangle Commuter Bag

Messenger bags are okay, but what about one that won’t tip over when you set it down? That problem is solved by Japanese brand Abrasus: a triangular shape keeps the bag upright and allows you a bird’s-eye view of your contents when you unzip, allowing you to find your things efficiently. There are inside movable dividers for organization and an outside vented pocket allows you to see (and hear) smaller items.

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Price: $199.00
Available from: Evernote

Swivel Spork And Knife Set

Well, if the MoMA Store is carrying a Spork, then you know it’s an acceptable utensil to have in your everyday bag, camping backpack, or travel carry-on. Should you see anyone turn up their nose at your use of an orange, swiveling Spork and/or Knife, simply inform them that Wei Young designed the set in 2012 out of BPA-Free plastic and metal. Or just smirk in self-satisfaction at your preparedness: you have an eating utensil, after all, and it’s clean. Or flip them the bird, it’s up to you.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Obtineo Collection

If ordinary storage jars just won’t do, you’ll want to take a look at the Obtineo Collection by Yorkshire-based designer Tom Hutchinson. Handcrafted entirely in the UK, each storage jar is made from turned solid ash and oak, hand-blown glass, 100% wool felt, and a silicone seal to ensure a tight fit. Use them in the kitchen for storing foodstuffs or in the bathroom or office for organizing smaller items. Pledge £30 or more to back the project and receive one (or many) jar(s) of your very own.
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Price: £30.00 - 150.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Bertoia Side Chair

Bertoia chairs in a colorful mix certainly tempts one to go bold with outdoor furnishings this spring/summer, and, in case you need further convincing, here’s a reminder that today’s the last day of the Knoll® Outdoor Sale (15% off). Usually the Bertoia Side Chair with cushion is just around the $700 (plus shipping) price point, but with the sale, it’s just under the $600 mark. Still not cheap, but a chair plus $100 in your pocket wouldn’t hurt, would it?
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Price: $598.00
Available from: Hivemodern

Neon Alphabet

Just in case you’re in the market for not-inexpensive wall art, take a look at the Neon Alphabet letters from Bernadette Deddens and Tetsuo Mukai of London-based Study O Portable. Each 10″ letter is made from borosilicate glass tubes and patinated fine silver; these materials reflect “ambient light as a frozen spectrum of deep, rich color.” The price is per letter, so don’t go getting your heart set on buying enough letters for your favorite quote.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $690.00
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Rothko Serving Boards

These wooden boards are for serving rather than for cutting, which makes sense once you notice the nicely crafted recessed rectangles (hence the ‘Rothko’) and how well the different sizes would mix and match for an architecturally minimal presentation. Made from sustainable panga panga wood, the Rothko Serving Boards were designed by Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune and produced by Botswana furniture maker Peter Mabeo working in collaboration with local artisans.
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Price: $160.00 - 310.00
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Cliq

If we all had an unlimited budget for closet storage, there’s little doubt we’d all want to try out Cliq, a hookless hanger. Holding up to two kilogram (4.4 lbs.), each Cliq can be used on any metallic surface and easily slides sideways- similar to a regular hanger. You’ll have to see the video below to get the whole idea, and then figure out if the sleek, minimal look is worth the cost.
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Price: €149.00 s/3
Available from: Cliq

Buoy Multifunctional Chair

Need a chair that keeps you moving? There’s the ErgoErgo, which we’ve posted before, and now there’s also the Buoy. The Buoy Multifuncitonal Chair has a rounded bottom that encourages you to move often- swivel, tilt, and turn- and also allows for proper posture wherever you’re working. A gas lift mechanism within the built-in handle enables height adjustment (excellent for workspaces that accommodate several people) and brighter base colors are available as well.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: YLiving

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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Price: $30.00 - 44.00
Available from: Izola

Friday Links

  • The Selby: Pilar Munoz and Pepe Islas at home in Mexico City
  • How to never forget anything ever again
  • Friendly, intelligent flash cards: Anki (via the link above)
  • Stuff: The first things humans owned
  • What Facebook Is Doing to Your Brain
  • What if Google Was a Guy
  • Norwegian Skydiver Almost Gets Hit by Falling Meteor — and Captures it on Film
  • DIY Speaker Box Covers
  • Kickstarter: Totem Pens
  • ISSA: a new (electric) toothbrush
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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