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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)

 
 

Hanging Ring Perpetual Calendar

If you like the idea of a perpetual calendar, then add this Hanging Ring Calendar to your list of considerations. Change the date by rotating the rings and visually experience the cyclical nature of our calendar system. It would be an interesting accent on a wall in an office, living area, or even a kid’s room (if the child was old enough not to attempt to use the rings as frisbees).
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Price: $78.00
Available from: Dwell

Bookman Clip-On Reflectors

What are you looking at? Reflectors. Why should you care? Because it’s the end of September, and, in North America, that means it’s getting darker earlier in the evening, and you’re hard to see when you’re out running, biking, or walking your dog. These reflectors from Bookman are sort of special because they clip on with a magnet. Add one or two on in a snap- to your jacket, to your dog’s leash, to your bike, you name it. That makes it super easy to remain visible to other people (and those people in vehicles) when you’re out and about no matter what you’re wearing.
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Price: $9.00
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

Mark’s Notebook Calendars

Okay, don’t freak out, it’s just a calendar for 2015. You still have three whole months left until the new year rolls around, which is plenty of time to get your ducks in a row, so to speak. This past year I’ve kept my months organized by using one of Mark’s Notebook Calendars, and I’ll probably repeat the habit next year. There’s three different sizes- small, medium, and large- and it’s satisfyingly slim. Front-facing pages display the current month plus there’s just one yearly plan page- nothing else to weigh you down.
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Price: $12.00 - 18.00
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

Teaball Teapot

As a self-proclaimed tea junkie, it’s difficult to describe just how important certain tools in the tea making process can be. If you’re dealing in loose tea, some infusers can be irritating in that they’re hard to clean, and, if they’re hard to clean, you’ll probably get fed up and not use them anymore (which is the case with several infusers in my top kitchen drawer at the moment). Now, this Teaball Teapot is easy to clean- it has a removable stainless steel infuser- but it also looks extremely nice to hold and use, and I’d say that’s almost as (if not more?) important.
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Price: $105.00
Available from: Horne

Friday Links

Not a lot of links this week… projects got in the way of perusing the internet.
 

  • So cool: RoomScan app
  • Nika Zupanc: Homework Chair
  • Atrium House by Tham & Videgard Arkitekter
  • DIY Copper Clothing Rack
  • navy kitchen cabinets(!)
  • Slightly crazy wood chevron floor
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    Have a great weekend.

    Smartphone Projector

    Cool! It’s a $40 cardboard projector, and it’s just the thing for getting those movies from your smartphone onto the wall. Photos and videos being shown to the office or at a family gathering just got a whole lot easier, though, do be realistic with your expectations- it is made from cardboard, after all. It’ll be easy to move around, as it’s light, compact and portable, and fits phones up to a maximum size of 3.2 x 5.7 inches.
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    Price: $39.99
    Available from: Animi Causa Boutique

    Wine Twirls

    If you enjoy white or rosé wine, then you’re probably familiar with the ideal serving temperature. Now, unless you live somewhere quite cold most of the time, there’s the issue of keeping your glass at that ideal temperature until it’s finished. Sure, you can keep the bottle on ice, but what about the actual glass? That’s the point of these Wine Twirls: they chill your wine in the glass without dilution. They’re made of food-safe resin (BPA-free FDA-approved) and a high-tech thermal gel and rest at the bottom of the glass so as to not interfere with each sip.
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    Price: $20.00
    Available from: Teroforma

    SR Ranger Stools

    These stools by Scout Regalia have storage space underneath the seat, which give them a schoolhouse sort of look and feel. They’re made of white oak and powder coated steel, so if they were put in a room full of crazy kids they’d probably come out looking just fine at the end of the day. Available in 3 sizes and 2 standard colors (Forest Ranger Green or Cream), with custom colors available on request.
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    Price: $360.00 - 395.00
    Available from: Scout Regalia

    Jump Charging Cable

    A cable plus charger in a smaller, less bulky size? Yes, please. The Jump will charge your phone as well as packing a power boost whenever/wherever you need it. It automatically charges itself whenever it’s plugged in and packs 800mAh into a compact form that weighs less than two AA batteries. 800mAh means roughly 3 hours of additional talk-time, which will definitely save the day if you’re caught with the dreaded red dead battery sign. Stuff it in a bag or keep it in your pocket and rest assured you’ll have a charge or a boost whenever needed.
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    Price: $49.99
    Available from: BiteMyApple.co

    mc squares dry-erase system

    Dry erase boards are great for jotting down ideas and collaborating, but they’ve also got limitations. It’s not easy to take a big dry erase board from conference room to office, and often only a few people can use one board at the same time. The mc squares dry-erase system solves those issues. They’re small, personal dry erase boards that can be combined on the wall or moved around as ideas and projects change. Magnets on the back mount to a wall bracket for display, and you may combine as many as you’d like for a large scale presentation. See the Kickstarter video below for more info.
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    Price: $29.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Charcoal Ridge Tray by Yield Design Co

    We’ve established that trays are good to have, haven’t we? For smaller items, consider this Charcoal Ridge Tray. It’s the perfect size for holding cards, jewelry, or pens and pencils, and can be grouped together with additional trays and the Ridge Stand for more organization options.
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    Price: $32.00
    Available from: Social Studies

    Brick Lamp

    Maybe you’re a no-nonsense sort of person, and if so, maybe you’d like the Brick Lamp by Philippe Malouin. It’s a task light, that’s for sure, but it’s reduced down to the bare essentials. The aluminum light rod (with LEDs) may be moved by shifting/poking it through the holes of the concrete “brick” base. Would this fit within the industrial aesthetic arena? Yes, indeed. The Brick Lamp will provide a visual weight (and physical heft) to your work area.
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    Price: $220.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Avva Small Tumblers

    Any self-respecting whiskey drinker isn’t going to pour their water of life into any ol’ glass… unless the circumstances are quite dire, and then, of course, it is permissible to drink directly from the bottle. On normal and/or celebratory evenings, be sure to treat your whiskey well by drinking it from a receptacle like these mouth-blown, non-lead crystal glasses. One nests inside the other for storage, and, as you may have guessed, their shapes enhance the body of your beverage.
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    Price: $46.00
    Available from: teroforma

    Brass Towel Hanger and Toilet Paper Holder

    Towel rings and toilet paper holders… yawn. Those two things are perhaps the least exciting items in a bathroom and possibly the hardest to find for any discerning modernist. Now, considering there are several nice brass home accessories available nowadays from respectable retailers, we shouldn’t be too surprised to find that Ferm Living has these two options available. Solid brass combined with oak wood does the job without getting in the way of a quiet, minimal look.
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    Price: $52.00
    Available from: Ferm Living Shop

    Slow Factory: Mars Scarves

    Do you follow all news of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission? Do you have a fondness of ethereal, beautiful imagery? Do you sometimes get cold? If your answer was yes to any of those questions, congratulations, you deserve a Slow Factory scarf showing images taken by HiRISE. That’s the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, if you’re not familiar. Bookmark the collection as an excellent source for gifts this holiday season, and know that you’ll be thanked profusely if you decide to be so generous.
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    Price: $250.00
    Available from: Slow Factory