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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)

 
 

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    Yogibo Bean Bag

    If you can get past the fact that this is, in fact, a bean bag, let’s ask this question: Does this or does this not look incredibly comfortable? I know, I know, it’s really hard to get past the video-gaming-soda-drinking sort of perception we have of bean bags, and, let’s be clear, no one is saying you should put this in your living room next to a Wegner Chair (the horror!).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $119.00 - 399.00
    Available from: Yogibo

    Spectrix Card Game

    What to do when an uncomfortable lull sets in amongst a friendly/family gathering? Pull out the cards, of course. And, seeing as not everyone knows that complicated card game that everybody else and their aunt plays every Thursday, why not mix it up with a color card game called Spectrix? It’s a play on the card game Rummy, just extremely simplified- it’s based on groups of color matches and sequences. No need to read suits or numbers, so it’s appropriate for all ages. Just build strategic groups of color to play out your hand. Easy, right?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

    Leather Trim Storage Desk

    $699 for a leather, wood, and brass desk? Not too bad of a price, eh? Leather panels across the front surface of this desk lift up to access the drawers below. Brass studs and struts compliment the acacia veneered frame, while plenty of your desktop miscellany will fit into the double-cubbied drawers. There’s even cord cutouts and storage along the back. You’ll be organized and have money to spare. Now, let’s move on to what you can buy with that extra money…
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $699.00
    Available from: CB2

    Bento Bowl

    This Bento Bowl won’t make your life any better if you never bring your lunch to work. However, if you do, then it stands a fighting chance to make your midday break a little more tidy and enjoyable. Styled after the traditional Japanese bento box, this bowl system is layered and stackable to separate your meal and transport it safely. You’ll be delighted when your lunch isn’t smushed or mixed with your other snacks or drinks- unless you like disintegrated chips or crushed fruit all over your sandwich. Maybe you’ll even get creative with a little bento box art, hmm?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    360 Shelf

    This isn’t an ordinary wall shelf- it turns 360 degrees for custom display options. A built in adjustment system lets you angle it any which way- books, magazines, tablets, you name it, and it’ll look more interesting when you switch it from a 45 degree angle to a 70, just because you feel like it. Group a few together for a bigger statement or just get a couple for your favorite reading spot. Fun!
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Everlane and Paper Chase Press Stationery

    Just how will you thank your friend or family member for a thoughtful deed or gift? Maybe you’ll write a handwritten note on this minimal stationery from Paper Chase Press and Everlane, and forever be known as the most polite and elegant person they know (we can all aspire, after all). This limited-edition includes Asterisk, Quotations, and Parentheses.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: Everlane

    EM Press Coffee Maker

    Did you know Erik Magnussen’s Stelton Vacuum Jug was designed way back in 1977? Or that the very recognizable shape is now available as a coffee press? Brew your coffee and keep it hot for hours, all in the retro-cool iconic thermos. The EM Press brews up to 8 cups, and has the same simple open-close mechanism of the Stelton Jug.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $44.00
    Available from: DWR

    Paloma Triangle Coaster Set and Trivet

    A set of bright coasters with a cubist-inspired print is just one small way to combat the dreariness outside the door, for who could feel glum with such cheery patterns around? Wolfum brings us the Paloma Triangle Coaster Set and Trivet, all made of birch wood in the USA. Add it to your gift list possibility pronto- for that favorite coworker perhaps?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $34.00 - 36.00
    Available from: Leif

    Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone

    Gramophones made in the 1920s did a couple of things really well; they distributed sound and made a big visual impact with their curvy, horn speakers. Considering we are all about streaming music from our devices nowadays, it’s good to see that Gramovox has married the old Gramophone design with bluetooth technology, giving us the Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone, a sort of nostalgic filter in which to play our tunes.

    The solid walnut base houses the brains, putting the rest of our focus on the larger steel horn. No cords means less clutter, but it also means batteries, though 15+ hours is a good span of play time, and no big deal when you rely on rechargeables. It’s Android™/IOS® compatible, of course, and has a micro USB & stereo input. It’s not the first modernization of the iconic gramophone shape, but this version certainly has an authentic and minimal edge over any competition.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $399.99
    Available from: Gramovox

    Snow Peak Wooden Stacking Mug Set

    Snow Peak’s wooden stacking mugs might not look like much, but if you’re out on a day trip, they’re a perfect pairing for a full carafe of hot tea or coffee. Hand-crafted in Japan, they’re lightweight, durable, and, in my opinion, a pleasure to hold. Consider adding them to your lunch, picnic, or campsite bag for a more tactile (and dignified?) drinking receptacle.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $120.00
    Available from: Snow Peak

    Porter Bar Cart

    When you entertain family and guests this holiday season, don’t look like a glipe rushing around to find your cocktail shaker and gin/vodka/whiskey/etc. Instead, look calm while you preside over the Porter Bar Cart and deposit drink requests smoothly into your guests’ hands. Two sustainable mango wood trays may be lifted out to pass around drinks and/or appetizers, and the aluminum wheels will make shifting the party from the dining to living area quick and easy.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $399.00
    Available from: CB2

    Wish Lists 2014

    If you haven’t already been peppered with gift suggestions and guides in your inbox, here’s a hint: the holiday season is here. This year we’d like to try something different. Instead of featuring our online (and in person) friends’ wish lists like we do every year, we’d like you to submit your list. What would you, a semi-faithful reader of BLTD, like to give or receive this year?
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    One of a Kind Quilt by Piet Hein Eek

    Recycled quilts are great, but recycled quilts from Piet Hein Eek and Borre Akkersdijk are even better. They’re made of unused silk necktie fabrics, and were inspired by a visit to a former ties factory in Milan called the Spazio Rosanna Orlandi. All those silky fabrics with interesting patterns being reused to keep us warm? Yes, please. Smart, and sort of not surprising, considering Piet Hein Eek’s work in recycled wood. Each one is unique, so be prepared for a different version than the quilts pictured.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,225.00
    Available from: The Future Perfect

    Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier

    I know, I know, a block of wood with some strange carvings won’t make much sense until you pair the title with the picture. It’s the Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier, and it does just what it says- it passively amplifies sound on your iPhone. Two channels allow you to set your phone in either landscape or portrait mode, and you can customize the face. However, fair warning, this is more for a woodworker or DIY-er- you have to glue on the faceplate, cut to size and shape you prefer, sand, and then finish. Could be fun project (or gift), right?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.99
    Available from: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware