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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)

 
 

Ceramic Champagne Cooler

Warm champagne is so, so sad, so you need to make sure that expensive bottle of whatever it is stays cold. How about a Naturally Cooling Ceramic Champagne Cooler to ensure it remains at the optimum temperature? It’s made from ceramic, so it utilizes the natural evaporation process to keep a bottle chilled for 2 to 4 hours. Be sure to soak the terra-cotta cooler in cold water for a couple of minutes beforehand, add in ice, an optional message in chalk on the matte black finish, and then pop the cork and celebrate.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: A+R Store

Handled Cutting Boards

What’s this pile of curvy, ornate wood planks? They’re cutting boards by Haidee Drew, and each one has an intricate handle that’s sure to dress up every bit of food you prepare and serve. You might recognize a small nod to old silver serving pieces in the design of the handles, and you’d be spot on, as the designer drew her inspiration from the silver collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Price: $64.00 - 119.00
Available from: Gretel Home

Silicone Wall Mirrors

These two round mirrors are especially suited to a more casual atmosphere, as their frames are coated in silicone. Think of the larger 20″ mirror above a bathroom sink or console in a hallway. The smaller 6″ size is best hung somewhere handy so you can make sure your face is presentable before you head out the door. And, if you’re not too fond of the ‘Ferrari Red’ color, don’t you worry, there’s also the go-with-everything standbys black and white.
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Price: $65.00 - 220.00
Available from: Kontextür

Sprig Bar Stool

I’ve been a big fan of Council ever since they first hit the design scene, so it’s no surprise this Sprig Bar Stool has shot to the top of my favorite barstool list. A powder-coated steel frame will ensure durability, while a subtle angle at the seat back and front makes for comfortable seating. The overall minimal shape has a stainless steel footrest to make it a little more special, and you’ll be happy to note the barstool can be used indoors or outside.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $575.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Swing Bin

A beautiful waste bin? Indeed, it is. The Swing Bin by Shigeichiro Takeuchi is composed of a simple cylinder with a wooden lid precisely balanced across its diagonal opening. The lid swings and tilts, allowing disposal while hiding the contents. Support the project over at Kickstarter to receive one in a few months.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Rosie Table Lamp

Most people look better with a warm, rosy glow on their face, and while you may not be able to carry around this table lamp with you everywhere you go, you will be able to sit strategically beside it should you want to impress a guest. Designed by Ceci Thompson, the Rosie Lamp is made of Carrara-style marble and handmade rose-colored painted glass.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: CB2

Friday Links

  • Why you should wear sunscreen.
  • Origami in space
  • Hidden kitchen (via pinterest)
  • 92 square feet backyard office
  • An urban nature garden
  • Excellent extension by Pendal and Neille, via plastolux
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    Have a nice weekend.

    Tote Table

    A pink side table is just what you need, right? Don’t worry, there are other options too (blue, green, white, black, orange, and red) if pink isn’t your thing. It’s lightweight and perfectly at home indoors or outdoors, and with an easy-to-grab handle, you can move it back and forth as needed. Light to medium weight bodies may also use the Tote Table as a stool, so you’ve got a versatile option for all your living areas.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $99.00
    Available from: The Utility Collective

    Stop Marble Bookend

    File this under things that you definitely don’t need but want anyways. The Stop Marble Bookend is just what it says it is: a marble bookend. Squared off, the white Carrara or black Marquina marble bookend will solidly hold your books in place with its weight while showcasing the natural beauty of stone. And, if you’re thinking you could source something similar from your local stone supplier, best of luck to you. I bet you’d end up spending just as much, if not more.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $79.00 - 131.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Georg Console Table and Stool

    Small spaces can be tricky, but choose a few furnishings that work in multiple ways and you’ll be as happy as a clam. Take this Georg Console and Stool by Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm, for instance. The minimal, raw oak console would work in entryway as landing pad for keys and mail or in a living or bedroom area as an extra workspace. With only a 12.75″ depth, it could tuck in nicely in all sorts of spots to maximize your space.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $254.15 - 509.15
    Available from: DWR

    Lacquer Lid Boxes

    If there’s a handful of small, necessary stuff lying about, you might want to get a couple of these Lacquer Lid Boxes. They’ve got a clean look with an affordable price tag, and they’d go a long way to tidying up whatever surface that is currently covered in that stuff you need at hand. Ash veneer plus a peach or blue lacquered top would fit in wherever you need them: office, entryway, bathroom, or bedroom.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $24.95 - 34.95
    Available from: CB2

    Pyramid and Ring Shape Mirrors

    Yes, you’re right, you have seen some of Bower Studio’s Shape Mirrors featured on BLTD before. However, don’t you worry, I’m going to alert you to new designs just as soon as I know about them, because I know you probably are extremely fond of them, even if you can’t quite afford one (yet).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,000.00 - 1,800.00
    Available from: MATTER

    NeoLucida Drawing Aid

    If you’ve ever said you can’t draw, then you need this thingamajig. The NeoLucida Drawing Aid is a portable camera lucida and it utilizes a prism to project a desired image onto a piece of paper for tracing. This saves time, of course, as it helps you get the drawing right the first time around. Created by Pablo Garcia and Golan Levin, the NeoLucida is adjustable, compact enough to fit in a bag, and effective in all lighting conditions.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Laundry Basket by Lorenzo Petrantoni for Seletti

    Few people would say doing laundry is fun, so if there’s any opportunity to make it more visually appealing, then we might as well take advantage of it. This particular Laundry Basket by Lorenzo Petrantoni for Seletti might help you not hate laundry day as much, thanks to its nicely balanced old-world graphic on a natural cotton basket/bag shell. A drawstring top with cord closure and rope handles finish off the functionality.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $89.00
    Available from: GSelect

    Hot/Cold Carafe

    This handy Hot/Cold Carafe holds two stacking cups for easy transport from the kitchen to patio. Hand-cast stoneware will insulate beverages appropriately, so use it in the summer for lemonade and iced tea and in the winter for cocoa or coffee. The silicone bands at the help you keep a firm grip while pouring. Available in Clay or Red.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00
    Available from: A+R Store