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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)

 
 

GINO Glass Dripper

Here’s an elegant little coffee dripper that fits directly onto your cup. Made from borosilicate glass, it’s heat and scratch resistant. The dripper has double-walled construction that insulates, and the angle of the cone’s wall and the size of the bottom holes are engineered for an optimal extraction for perfectly brewed coffee. Brew for one or use the Gino Server for two or more.

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Price: $24.00
Available from: notNeutral

SAIC Origin Cuatro Platters

Platters with grids will bring out the best of your OCD, or at least that’s what we’ll hope. SAIC student Allison Rokusek uses various fine-lined grids for the design of these porcelain platters, as she believes grids “help section the world into more digestable pieces.” Makes sense, doesn’t it?
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Price: $3.50 - 21.95
Available from: CB2

Neon Light by Minimalux

Have your own Dan Flavin-esque light sculpture by getting one of these Neon Lights designed by London based MINIMALUX. A bright, radiant glow is made visible from the colorful interiors of a folded steel box, giving off the impression of neon strip lights. Group several together for a bigger lighting statement or just pick one for a quieter glow.

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Price: $182.00
Available from: Luminaire

Cycloc Endo Bicycle Storage

What, you need another bicycle storage solution? The Endo from Cycloc might check off all the right boxes: it’s a vertical hanging solution that fits a wide variety of bicycles while protecting walls from both front and back tires. It’s definitely more utilitarian in design than some of the others you’ve seen, yet its low profile when not in use will keep a space from looking too cluttered. An extra bonus: the hollow hinge allows for bicycle lock storage.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: YLiving

Walnut and Marble Storage Cube

Add a little marble and suddenly a wooden cube is not just a wooden cube- it’s something special. Ike Bahadourian chose Italian Calacatta Gold marble for the inlay on one interior surface of each of his storage cubes. This gives a luxe background to each cube’s contents; maybe your old books and other collectibles will look better in proximity. Choose the smaller sizes for a group stacking feature, or just one or two of the larger size for a side table option.

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Price: $395.00 - 595.00
Available from: 2131 Collection

Fragment Cushions

Does anyone else feel like it’s hard to find the right sort of accent pillow? You don’t want anything too wacky, and sometimes a solid block of color seems too safe (and a little boring). Perhaps some might sort these Fragment Cushions from Ferm Living into the wacky pile, but I think they’re fun, and have a bolder color scheme that would inject a good bit of pattern into an otherwise ho-hum room.
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Price: $82.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Endless Rain Record

Kris originally posted this record forever ago, but now that it’s shown up for sale at a new retailer, it’s worth another mention. Created by Japanese artist Kouichi Okamoto (a.k.a. Bekkou), the vinyl phonograph record has two sides: one side has raindrop sounds that loop endlessly, the other has a 10 minute track of the “soothing sounds of a summer rainfall.”
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Prism Steel Chiminea

If you’re going to have a chimney, it might as well be a geometric, prism-like one. Raw, hand-welded steel will develop a patina (that’s a nice word for rust, by the way) over time and the chimney is removable for cleaning.
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Price: $698.00
Available from: Terrain

Dot Wall Light

There’s nothing complicated about the Dot Light from Lambert & Fils; it’s just a handmade brass disc with plenty of nylon wire to hardwire it onto a wall (or specify a rocker switch and plug). However, the size of the circular base makes the warm reflection of the bulb more visible and entirely more elegant (in a subtle Hollywood glamour sort of way).
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Price: $330.00
Available from: Merchant no. 4

Sucabaruca Memphis “Pop” Coffee Service

You better act fast if this coffe service set makes your heart beat faster, as only 10 editions exist. That kind of limited availability halfway explains the price, and once you add in the vibrant, hand mixed color pigments, it makes complete sense. Made by porcelain artist Alissa Coe, the set includes a wood gift box and a small book about the production process of Sucabaruca.

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Price: $890.00
Available from: Mjölk

Shimmer Table

Safety glass? Indeed, this table from Patricia Urquiola is made from iridescent safety glass with a light-reactive multicolored finish that seems to change hue as you walk around it, making it a fascinating piece that’s sure to catch anyone’s eye. Fair warning, though, the price is more than a little hazardous to your wallet.
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Price: $2,200.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Tribeca Franklin Chandelier

A little brass, a dash of branch-like design… put them together and it’s enough to make you want to assemble your own Adelman Chandelier. However, if putting together a semi-complicated light isn’t your thing, then, not to worry, Søren Rose Studio will hook you up with the Tribeca series, or, more specifically, the Tribeca Franklin Chandelier. Retro-chic? Certainly. A lighting statement? Most definitely. Also be sure to take a look at the Tribeca Leonard Chandelier, the Tribeca Reade Table Lamp, and the Warren Wall Lamp.
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Price: $699.95
Available from: Menu Design Shop

Reika Leather Bag Honey by Elk

Perforated material is a good thing most of the time, and this Reikä Tote makes the most of it by using perforations as a pattern. Made from raw, washed cow hide, it’ll withstand your every day wear and tear; a small zipped pouch on the inside keeps smaller wallets or other accessories secure.
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Price: $235.00
Available from: SF MOMA

Coat Hanger by Norm Architects

Another coat hanger? You might think this is an intervention for your messy hallway, but really, it’s just because the weather is so cold and wet out there, that I can’t help but show hooks and hangers for you to hang your hat (and coat). The Coat Hanger by Norm Architects is slightly different from the others featured recently; it’s a long, vertical rod attached to the wall with one hook and two levels for your shoes/bag and other small sundries. Think of it as your very own private and inanimate butler, for you and you alone, to last until the robots fill the job. Perhaps it’s perfect for your office as well?
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Price: $149.95
Available from: Menu Design Shop

Nest Office Caddy

Hmm, this little office caddy has caught my eye with its simple compartments for those small(ish) desk essentials. However, it’s not just for paperclips and rubber bands; stack a few for extra storage or use the steel frame as a stand for your phone or tablet. The frame may also be used as a handle if you tend to move around your home or office to work.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: A+R Store