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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)

 
 

Muuto’s Grain Pendant

At first glance, you’ll most likely wish Muuto’s Grain Pendant was a bit bigger than ~8″ in diameter. However, once you see a few lined up over a kitchen island or a large grouping over a table, you’ll be glad that it’s not too large, as the size is perfect for multiples. Get up close and personal, and you’ll see the shade is made from a mix of bamboo fibers and polypropylene, which gives it a subtle texture and warmth. Now on sale.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $126.65
Available from: Lumens

Mazama Wares Glasses

These hand blown soda-lime glasses are worth a second look. Maybe it’s the jade green tint that catches our eye for its hint at the past, or maybe it’s the angled silhouette with a heavier base that suggests a comfortable hold. Maybe it’s all those subtle cues combined that say they’re special. There’s plenty of other colors as well (nightshade, smoke, clear aqua, haze, and honey) and three different sizes to suit your beverage of choice (cocktail, wine, and pint).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00 - 38.00
Available from: Mazama

Contour Key Rings, Black

Remember the brass Contour Key Rings with their bell, drop, hoop, and bend shapes? Now they’re available in black, and you can get the whole bundle ($66) with the intention of organizing all your keys. Each Key Ring closes with a screw clasp, which makes adding and removing keys super easy.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

MYCANOE: Origami Folding Canoe That Travels in a Box

Patrick Stewart and a Pitbull named Ginger

Artist Remixes “If You See Something, Say Something” Posters in NYC Subway

What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money?

Six irrefutable pieces of evidence that prove climate change is real

The art of conversation, explained by the only artist to get eight US presidents to sit still

Mr. Rogers Introduces Kids to Experimental Electronic Music by Bruce Haack & Esther Nelson (1968) (I’m sure I’ve linked to this before.)

Enjoy your weekend.

Digital 8 House Number

Are you geeking out over this Digital 8 House Number? I know I am, and I don’t even need one*. To get your number, just remove the unwanted segments from the number display. Mount several together for longer street numbers (in a very straight line, of course). In any case, you’ll show your love for the digital side of things while adding a thoroughly modern touch to your home’s exterior.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Deuce Pitcher/Watering Can

Another weird watering can? Of course! And, even better, this one could also be a carafe, if you should so desire, as one spout is for plants and the other for pouring drinks. Use the long spout as a handle when filling your glass, or, alternatively, grasp the 1 1/4 liter body to water plants. This double function will let you donate any other watering cans and carafes that are cluttering up your cabinets while also delighting in your ability to find such well-designed containers. Go ahead, pat yourself on the back.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: modernintentions

Classic Glass Cup

Surely you’ve been served a cup of tea or coffee (or dessert) in one of Silodesign’s Glass Cups? Well, you can replicate the finery that’s associated with that heat resistant, double-walled glass vessel, right at home. There’s various sizes for all sorts of drinks and desserts, and, in addition to the Classic Glass Cup, there’s also the Original Glass Cup with no handle.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $$24.00 - $40.00
Available from: Luminaire

Rosa Rocker

Okay, child development specialists, is it better for a kid to have a rocking horse that looks like a horse, or a minimalist version with just a handle for a head? (Technically, it’s a rocker, not a rocking horse, but my traditional sensibilities keep looking for a horse’s head or tail.) Will their imagination grow in leaps and bounds with the lack of exterior input? In any case, it’s nice to see such a considered, spare interpretation of a toy.
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Price: $270.00
Available from: Horne

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. Take time to get involved, whether it’s by pledging your support to #BeBoldForChange or by participating in A Day Without a Women (see below).
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Journal Desk by Normann Copenhagen

Another petite desk option? You betcha. This one arrives flat-packed (that makes it affordable) and has a moveable drawer to suit right or left hand users. An integrated wire grommet helps control cord clutter and its smaller footprint can fit snugly into a corner of the room, making the most of every inch.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $665.00
Available from: Horne

Marmoreal White or Black Board

So, maybe you can’t quite afford to have Max Lamb’s Marmoreal Bathroom or even a Marmoreal Side Table. You’re not alone. However, if you’re really, truly in love with the engineered stone, maybe you can afford to serve your cheese on a Marmoreal Board. My favorite is the black (it looks like outer space!) but the white is equally appealing as it showcases the colors just as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €250.00
Available from: Makers & Brothers

Seed Shelf

Who needs a tiny shelf to hold smaller things? Maybe your keys or your phone? How about your prized trophy (small, though it is) or your toothbrush? C’mon, you know there’s something you can store or display on the Seed Shelf. It comes in a handful of lovely colors and has a mounting mechanism that easily fastens to the wall, making installation a snap.
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Price: $9.50
Available from: good thing

Friday Links

Moment 2.0: Make your iPhone or Pixel A Better Camera

Trigger: Retaliatory Online Donations (via mashable)

You Can Wire Up A Rose To Store Electricity

How to make your kid good at anything

– Kickstarter: Leverage Bottle Openers

DID THE OSCARS JUST PROVE THAT WE ARE LIVING IN A COMPUTER SIMULATION?

Someone paid $15,000 for a chunk of mold and honestly what a steal

10 Hours of Ambient Arctic Sounds Will Help You Relax, Meditate, Study & Sleep. Hopefully.

Enjoy your weekend.

Playtype Attitude Mugs

Are you an activist, a feminist, or an optimist? Or maybe you’re an egoist, a narcissist, or a materialist? Get the mug to match the quality you most identify with, and then prepare yourself for a high five (or a few raised eyebrows) when you next get your midmorning cup of coffee. Could be a good gift for a friend/family member too.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €19.00
Available from: Playtype

Turn Around Juicer

If you don’t mind using a little old fashioned elbow grease to produce your morning orange juice, then you’ll want to consider the simplicity of this wooden juicer from KiBiSi and Muuto. The Turn Around Juicer stands on its own and fits the palm nicely. Shall I point out that this won’t need any updating as years come and go, unlike other electrical juicers? Plus, the juice will taste all the more sweeter knowing you made it yourself (and burned some calories whilst doing so).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: DanishDesignStore