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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)

 
 

Craig Large Carrying Case

Don’t be dissuaded by the size, the Craig Carrying Case is not necessarily a clutch purse, though it could be if you so choose. Japanese stationary brand Delfonics brings us this option for storing a small laptop and a magazine. One large zipper pocket buttons down over an open pocket on the front, in a size that’s handy enough to carry on its own or stash in a larger bag. It would be sort of perfect for travel, don’t you think? One place for the essentials: iPad, passport, eye mask, etc.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: SHOP Cooper Hewitt

Fleche Rug

If you choose any of the Fleche rugs for your home, you are allowed to be socially boring*. The rugs are Samare Studio’s update to the Pays d’en Haut Legacy collection, and utilize traditional felting techniques to create the imagery of flames and bolts of lightning (as evoked by the Quebec native ‘fléchée’ motif). Four different palettes are available.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $3,990.00
Available from: MATTER

Degree Table Unit

Any piece of furniture that incorporates cork into its design has my attention, and this table by Patrick Norguet for Kristalia is no exception. A removable table top/lid means it is also a storage piece, and that’ll no doubt be useful wherever it ends up. You have a few options: white or black rotational polypropylene, with or without a genuine cork coating; white, black, or cork lid, all in either round or square.
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Price: $595.00 - 861.00
Available from: Ultra Modern

Loll Swing

If you can’t beat the heat, at least try to enjoy it a little. This one inch thick 100% recycled plastic swing is paired with a 100% recycled PET rope to make sure you get some sort of breeze by using your own pair of legs. Plus, you might have a little fun while you’re at it. Bit of info to note: the swing contains about 46 reclaimed milk jugs.

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Price: $250.00
Available from: DWR

The Power Pot: A Fire Powered USB Charger

Witchcraft!! That’s really the only explanation for a pot on the stove that can charge your phone… unless you believe in thermoelectricity, and then it explains almost everything. Here’s a short version: fire + water = power. Here’s the longer version: the PowerPot harnesses excess heat while cooking with its encapsulated thermoelectric modules, sends electricity through the flame-resistant composite charging cable and connectors, and then you can plug in your phone to charge it. Maybe you use it at home, maybe you use it on a camping trip. Either way it’s a smart option for charging your devices.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Photojojo

Same Same But Different Glasses

These three glasses are shaped differently yet each hold the same amount of liquid, hence their name. The familial likeness combined with the slight shape variation would add interest and movement to a table top, and, best of all, they’re stackable, so they’ll take up less space than normal glasses.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Danish Design Store

Fredericks & Mae Star Dominos

Is $80 too much for dominos? Probably. Does that keep me from wanting this set? Nope. Fun fact: the name ‘domino’ from the pieces’ resemblance to Venetian Carnival masks known as Domini, which were white with black spots. There’s also plenty of other games from Fredericks & Mae, ranging from $44 (darts) to $320 (bocce!).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Fredericks & Mae

SOND™ Watch

Yes, the SOND Watch by VOID is rather large, but it’s also reassuringly old school. The watch itself secures the nylon band, making it easy to change and adjust. It’s not for everyone, I know, but it is a fun option for a wristwatch, especially considering there’s eight colors of each component (the watch case, the watchband and the silicone fitting loops) so you have the possibility to create over 500 unique color combinations.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: VOID

Plopp Inflated Stool

We’ve featured this little guy before, but after several years, he needs his info updated. This stool appears to be inflated plastic, but is, in fact, made from welded steel sheets that are industrially inflated. This manufacturing process (called FiDU ‘Freielnnen Druck Umformung’ = ‘free inner pressure deformation’) was developed by Oskar Zieta and allows for lightweight forms to hold a fair amount of weight with minimal material. No two are alike.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $525.00
Available from: A+R Store

Definition Scarf

If you’re into graphic design, you might appreciate a scarf with the Definition of Graphic Design as authored by MATTER’s design director Rick Griffith. It’s made from soft cotton, so it’s light enough for summer nights (or sun protection) or for layering during cooler months. Available from Matterial, $20. There’s also Annotated Definition Pillowcases with the same definition, fyi.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Matterial

Friday Links

  • Now You Can Tour Le Corbusier’s Apartment and Studio
  • “The FingerReader is a wearable device that assists in reading printed text.”
  • Martha Stewart + drone
  • Kickstarter: DIY deep tissue massage
  • A sea gull photobombed a horse race finish
  • Human ‘Biohackers’
  • An Urban Aquarium Thrives Inside an Abandoned Bangkok Mall
  • Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash
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    On that note, enjoy your weekend!

    Eau Carafe

    Similar to black + blum’s ‘Eau Good’ Filter Water Bottle, this Eau Carafe is the ideal candidate for storing water in your fridge. A binchotan active charcoal filter purifies the water while the overall shape is pleasing to hold and pour from; it’s even nice enough to keep it out during dinner. You can’t say that for many water purifiers.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $55.00
    Available from: black + blum

    Index Collection Tea Towels

    If you’re interested in color theory, have I got the tea towels for you. Raw Color has created a series of tea towels that explore concepts from graphic design in woven form. From 10% to 100% intensity, each box of color appears to be printed on as a sort of large scale screen key (those little boxes on the sides of printed fabrics), yet each is expressed by altering the fabric weave. It’s the concept of print and traditional weaving combined. There’s also the Index Collection Blankets, which are even more impressive because of the larger scale; they’re available from Raw Color’s website for €375.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

    On a Roll Tape Dispenser

    A tape dispenser is rarely described as anything other than just plain (snore) useful, but black + blum have certainly put their brains to use in creating one that is decidedly better than above average- and that translates into pretty damn good. Yep, you read it right, that’s a ‘damn’ in front of a ‘good’ and I’m talking about a tape dispenser.

    Gravity removes the need for a separate spindle and the cast iron is heavy enough to use with one hand. So, it’s minimal, durable, and functional? Check, check, and check. And high five to you, black + blum, for creating an excellent alternative to the cheap and unattractive plastic versions found on too many desktops. If I shared an office with anyone other than my dog, I’d be hinting pretty hard that I’d want this for the next gift exchange.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $43.50
    Available from: black + blum

    3 Leg Table

    You won’t like the price tag, but you will probably grow to like- or even love- Wrk-shp’s 3 Leg Table. It’s a little quirky but also entirely minimal and simple in its approach to providing a surface and a light. Three steel legs, one of which houses the fabric covered cord of the light fixture, balance the console-sized wood top, resulting in a perfect piece to live in an entryway or hallway. Concrete facing on the drawer and feet adds further interest to the mix of materials.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $4,000.00
    Available from: A+R Store