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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)

 
 

Babel Modular Shelving System

Every once in a while I’ll have to plug in the name of a piece into BLTD’s search bar to see if we’ve posted it before, which is no surprise, really, considering there’s over 8,000 posts and my memory refuses to remember them all. Such was the case with this Babel Shelving System. It’s modular, so you can place the block modules in the layout you desire, as long as you maintain a staggered design to keep it structurally sound. I smell a DIY opportunity for someone crafty with a table saw and a whole lot of patience (and math skills). However, if you avoid DIY projects like the plague, luckily the pricing isn’t so prohibitive that you can’t save up for it (eventually).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,588.00 - 4,263.00
Available from: Suite New York

Weekly Desk Notepad

Oh, Poketo, what nice stationery you have. This grid notepad is perfect for the desk- there’s room enough to organize anyone’s week, with space for a lengthy to-do list along with other scribbles that may or may not happen while on a conference call.
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Price: $14.00
Available from: Poketo

Peg Wall Coat Hook

There’s no excuse for disarray when you have an appropriate place for everything, so make sure everything has an appropriate place. Sounds easy enough, but then you actually have to move your limbs to buy, and then install, hooks for coats and accessories so they don’t end up on the chair, bed, or (gasp) floor. Jonah Takagi’s wooden Peg Wall Hook might make the whole experience easier, as you’ll have a nice array of colors to reward you each time you hang your hat, coat, or scarf in the right spot.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $52.00
Available from: Luminaire.com

Workstead 3 Arm Chandelier

The Workstead 3 Arm Chandelier caught my eye again in a small yet lovely interior the other day (thanks Kris for the link), and was reminded of how the arms allow for such versatility in terms of dimensions. As a horizontal fixture, it hangs 36″ from the ceiling, however, if you choose to take advantage of the vertical length, you’ll have up to a 62″ drop. That is a dramatic difference, and allows for different moods depending on the height of the light bulbs. I’m planning on adding this chandelier to my ‘save-up-for-pronto’ list.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,800.00
Available from: Workstead

What Is It?

Let’s play the guessing game: what the heck is the item shown above? Despite looking like some sort of futuristic alien egg, it serves a useful purpose when it comes to oenology. If that word is unfamiliar to you, oenology is “the science and study of all aspects of wine and winemaking” (-wikipedia). Looky there, you just learned something, and now you probably have a good idea of the item’s purpose. Yes? No? If not, the pictures below will give it away.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: Luminaire

Genius Pack 30″ Extensive Wheeled Upright

Need new luggage? You’ll want to consider the 30″ Extensive Wheeled Upright from Genius Pack, as it has internal organizational compartments and a fancy feature called Laundry Compression Technology™. Both features allow you to pack more without adding extra bags- and that’s music to any frequent flyer’s ears. A neoprene handle and recessed in-skate wheels provide comfort and ease of movement, and there’s an exterior laundry chute for dirty laundry, because nobody wants their clean clothes canoodling with smelly stuff.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $278.00
Available from: Genius Pack

Friday Links

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  • THE OYLER HOUSE: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat – Official Trailer
  • What if you saw a shivering child on the street?
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    It’s the weekend, enjoy it.

    Crosscut Trestle Legs

    Don’t get too excited; that price you see to the right is for the trestle legs only, not the whole dining table. But, hey, maybe you’re excited about that price for just the trestle legs, as that means you can add whatever top you wish and have a great, portable option for a worktop or for feeding your face. Two pieces of laser-cut steel and six oak legs make up the Crosscut Trestle Legs set, and, as you can see from the product photo, the cylindrical legs fit neatly into the steel.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $499.00
    Available from: HORNE

    Loop trivets

    Is it a magnet? Nope, it’s a trivet, a solid aluminium (or aluminum, as us Americans say) trivet, to be exact. Heat proof paint in either yellow or matte black finishes off this simple device to protect your tabletop in the most minimal fashion. By Daniel Emma.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: AUD70.00
    Available from: The Minimalist

    Orion Mighty Wallet

    “It is a great adventure to contemplate the universe…” Quick, who said that? The answer is the author of The Meaning of it All: Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist, Richard Phillips Feynman. And, now, with this Orion Mighty Wallet made of Tyvek®, you have the opportunity to contemplate the stars in the universe each and every time you pull out your wallet, which might just put your spending into perspective.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Clutch Dining Chair

    Smokey Purple, please. Or Pewter… or one of the other several lovely colors paired with smoke on ash wood (or white oak). Often dining chairs look so uncomfortable, never mind once you sit down on them, but not the Clutch Dining Chair with its elegant rounded edges and curved back. Choose two for the table ends or go all out and get a full six or eight to surround your whole table. However, be advised that guests may linger well after you wish at future dinner parties.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $399.00
    Available from: Blu Dot

    Chimney Humidifier

    If the dry air is getting on your nerves, get yourself a humidifier. And, as we’re in the business of selecting well made items that have a pleasing appearance, you should probably take my advice and buy the Chimney Humidifier designed by Takeshi Ishiguro. The slim profile and tall chimney blend in with a room’s furnishings easier than other large humidifiers, and, using a silent, ultra-sonic system, the mist is emitted at a height that humidifies the whole room instead of one particular area. (Last fall I ended up buying one, and so far I’m pleased with its performance.)
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $200.00
    Available from: Leibal

    Peliship

    Display your prized possessions with a Peliship, an angular wall-mounted ledge. Available in small, medium, or large, and available pointing either right or left, you’ll be able to pick the right size and shape to optimize the space for your favorite stack of books and whatever other special objects you wish to display.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $80.00 - 120.00
    Available from: Elkamii

    Paper Cabinet

    Primary colors might not be your thing, but you might want to reconsider when it comes to buying the next storage piece for your home, as Moooi has some new color options for their Paper Collection by Studio Job. If you’re not familiar with the line, each piece is made entirely of paper, cardboard and papier-mâché, and possesses enough classic lines to regally nod at the past while thumbing its nose (so to speak) at it as well with its uncharacteristic materials and colors. The Paper Cabinet, shown above, has four shelves for book and media display, with two bottom panels more storage space.

    The whole piece is easy to assemble yet requires no screws, nuts or bolts; this gives the cabinet a “seamless, light sensibility with loads of personality.” Do be sure to take a look at the Paper Patchwork Cabinet (shown below) if you’re a little more brave when choosing multiple colors in your home’s scheme. There’s also the Paper Cupboard in white (also below) for the less adventurous.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $4,172.00
    Available from: YLighting

    Shiner

    You’ve so many Instagram photos, but they’re all stuck on your phone or hidden in ‘the cloud’. Plus, you have a couple of empty walls just begging for a piece or art or two. What to do? Get a few of your Instagram photos printed from Shiner, formerly known as GlossyGram. Your Instagram photos are mounted on smooth, solid pine with a resin finish (or the new uncoated option for $6), all in a petite 3.5″x 3.5″ size.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $6.00
    Available from: Shiner