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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)

 
 

Grip LED Torch Flashlight

Why not employ the same grips of the BMX bicycle to a flashlight? You don’t want to drop it on your toes, after all, especially not in a dark, potentially scary room when there’s no electricity. It’s a practical, tactile solution to sweaty palms.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Friday Links

– Runners: Million Mile Light

Marie Kondo: “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

– Hooray! Snow Peak develops Food-Grade Silicone Cups (will be a post next week, I’m sure)

– Good news or bad? A Lot of Published Psychology Results are Bullshit

And you thought the Clintons were paid a bunch of money per speech ….

– For your laptop or phone: Marble covers

100,000 white balloons fill Covent Garden for art installation reflecting human heartbeats

Have an excellent weekend.

Covent Garden ballooons

Butterfleye: Smart and Versatile Monitoring Camera

Finally, there’s a security camera that’s wireless! And it only records when sound or movement is detected! Yes and yes! The Butterfleye is currently an Indiegogo project, and it looks like one worth backing. Don’t you want to know when your kid/pet wakes up and starts crying/barking or tearing up the crib/room? Don’t you want to know if some reprobate breaks into your house and tries to steal your stuff? The Butterfleye will record as soon as something sounds or moves, and it’ll save energy when nothing does.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Swole Tables

An imperfect circular top gives character to the Swole Table collection, and whether you add just one of the side tables or choose the larger coffee table, you’re sure to appreciate the organic shapes next to your more rectangular pieces. Different heights also mean they’d look great all together in the same room, just be sure to pick at least two different colors for variation and interest.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00+
Available from: Blu Dot

Border Three Tiered Containers

Stash your stuff in these Three Teired Containers by Hatashikkiten. Yes, they are available in three nice color ways (the Navy, Ivory, Black is the winner in my book), but it’s the handmade nature and various storage use that grabs attention. The containers have a food safe urethane coating, so they’re entirely appropriate for keeping snacks sorted. Of course, they’d also be right at home in a bathroom storing cotton balls and q-tips or in a bedroom for jewelry and odds and ends.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Available from: Nalata Nalata

Brass Pendant Lamps by Futagami

Have you seen Futagami’s brass Pendant Lamps? Designed by Oji Masanori, each one has a perfect geometric shape that reflects a warm glow for just the right amount of richness. Choose between the Myojo faceted shade, the Hemisphere (shown above), the Cone, or the Star Shadow (not shown). Or, if you’ve got money to burn, choose several as a grouping above a dining table or island for a bigger statement.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $380.00 - 395.00
Available from: Nalata Nalata

Blackline Furniture Collection

If you’re in the market for dark and minimal pieces, have I got a treat for you. Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. has recently expanded their collection to include a Bench, Low Table, and Step Stool. If the dark/black version doesn’t float your boat, you may also specify a bleached or natural finish as well. Traditional wood joinery sets the collection in the heirloom category, so it’ll last a lot longer than you (plan to note in your will which favorite kid/niece/nephew inherits which piece- happy thoughts, huh?). Each piece has a timeless, simple silhouette and will work in whatever room you choose.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00 +
Available from: Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Craftworker Cabinet

Let’s take a moment to geek out just a tiny bit over this Craftworker Cabinet. For $130, you get a wooden cabinet with flip-open doors along with a starter kit of 27 tools, from basic to professional. 27 tools, in a cabinet, that you can hang on a wall or tuck in a closet or under the bed. The set was first produced in 1919, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s still one heck of a deal. Is there a better housewarming gift for someone’s first home? Nope.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Bambino Kids Set, Warm and Cool

Parents, can we discuss the silly plates and dishes on which you serve your children food? Maybe they like garish pink or blue, or the cartoon characters in colors that would make a discerning adult nauseous, but why not gently steer them towards something easier on the eyes? This tableware by Ekobo Home is still colorful, yet the color is of a softer, quieter variety. Made from bamboo, a renewable natural resource, each piece is dishwasher-safe, so you’ll not need to sacrifice an easy cleanup. The set has four pieces; a cup, a bowl, a deep plate and a spoon, just enough to cover the essentials, or pick and choose your pieces individually.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Gretel Home

Waka Waka Cutting Boards

I know just what you need: a couple of odd-shaped cutting boards. Right? They’ll be just the thing to add a little interest to your charcuterie and cheese spread, and they won’t hurt your wallet either. Choose between boards shaped like thought bubbles and baguettes, or a triangle and mirror-shape. Plus, just say ‘Waka Waka’ outloud- it’s Fozzie Bear!
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Price: $65.00 +
Available from: IKO IKO

Cage Table by FUWL

Can you ever have too many side tables? The answer is yes, of course, you can, but if you find that you’re often searching for an appropriate surface to set down a cold glass of water or a hot cup of tea, chances are that you need another one. The Cage Table by FUWL (Form Us With Love) is both storage unit and table. In addition to the table’s obvious useful surface, you might just find yourself storing magazines or a favorite throw underneath.
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Price: $199.95
Available from: Menu

Magnetic Mirror Shelf

Who needs a small-ish magnetic mirror with a shelf? Because this one is the bee’s knees, as the saying goes. Set your phone, sunglasses and keys on the shelf in an entryway or office for safekeeping, or even hang it in the bathroom to have a handy spot for toiletries. The magnetic backing (plus two included magnets) offers you all the more storage- be sure to utilize that feature by posting reminders, notes, or special keepsake photos out where you’ll see them everyday.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Tech Dopp Kit

So many cords and chargers, what’s a person to do? Well, you could swear off gadgets, maybe go off the grid permanently, or you could get something like this Tech Dopp Kit from This is Ground. The zip-up organizer offers plenty of spots to keep your cords and adapters strapped down and tidy, so you can easily grab whichever one you need without untangling it from all the others while shouting out profanities. An internal zipped pouch keeps smaller items separate. The larger grande size has room for headphones, while the regular size will keep your basic essentials.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00 - 199.00
Available from: This is Ground

Solitaire Cards

Look a little closer at these cards and you’ll see Susan Kare’s original artwork for the Windows 3.0 Solitaire game. Did you know that the original Solitaire computer game is now 25 years old? Sheesh. So, you can now celebrate the computer game’s anniversary by playing with physical cards that look like the computer version. Kind of fun, huh?
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Price: $14.00
Available from: Areaware

HAY Quilts

More minimal/modern quits, and this time they’re from Tanja Vibe and Petra Olsson, the Danish-Swedish team known as All The Way To Paris. The quilts are cotton with polyester filling, and each one has graphic stripe patterns in softer primary colors. And, good news, they’re sized to fit a queen bed, so they can be your main coverlet/blanket for your bedroom, and not just a small throw size that you keep wishing was just a tiny bit bigger.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: MoMA Store