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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)

 
 

CH28 vs. Lars Lounge Chair

When Room&Board released their new Lars Lounge Chair, I thought that maybe I had seen it somewhere before. Of course, it borrows heavily from a handful of classic Mid-20th century designs, and, in this particular case, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s lots of mid century lounge chairs that hit a pretty perfect note of top-notch design and comfort, and often you can find a pair for a decent price (i.e. less than $1k) if you scour eBay and/or resale shops. There’s also a plethora of dodgy manufacturers that copy classic designs outright, and that’s not cool (or so most people think, myself included) because it’s pretty much stealing someone’s work.
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Price: $1,299.00 - 3,358.00
Available from: Room & Board / Hivemodern

I Ricchi Poveri – Silver Bzzzz

What’s with Ingo Maurer and flying things? Who cares? Because pretty much all of it is amazing, and that includes this table lamp with a delicate handmade silver-coated aluminum dragonfly resting on a bulb. Prepare yourself for a price tag punch, though, as it’s not cheap (you should know this as ‘handmade’ was in front of ‘silver-coated’ and ‘aluminum dragonfly’) and you might just have to put it in your wish list folder until you get a spectacular raise. Oh, and if you really like the whole insects-on-a-light-bulb lighting option, do be sure to take a look at Ingo Maurer’s Johnny B. Butterfly Pendant Light as well as his JB Schmetterling Pendant Light.
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Price: $1,830.00
Available from: Luminaire

The Captain Chair

Here’s something snazzy and new from Bend Goods. It’s called The Captain Chair, and it’s currently available in gold and white, though the product images show a bold red that’s sure to follow. Add the optional cushions for a softer seat or keep it bare to show off the grid work.
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Price: $490.00
Available from: Bend Goods

SawHorse Table

This SawHorse Table has substantial legs that are sure to withstand many heavy dishes of lots of casual dinners. No need to worry about the tabletop surface either, as the table will age well thanks to its fitting materials. The ebonized oak base holds a blue ash top, and both are made to order by Matt Alexander of HollerDesign in his family’s workshop/CowBlade Sawmill.
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Price: $4,300.00
Available from: Holler Design

Duo Server

How to keep your cheese visually separated from your baguette and/or crackers? By reminding your family/guests that the cheese stays on the marble circle dammit(!). But you’re not obsessive compulsive, are you, so you wouldn’t say something like that and you surely wouldn’t mind a few crumbs encroaching upon your beloved cheese… right? Especially when the pairing of a solid walnut cutting board looks so nice against a white (or dark) marble circle. The parts can be separated and used individually (marble=trivet).
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Price: $180.00
Available from: Leibal

1100 Carded Wool Blanket by Roberta Licini

It’s still cold outside, so here’s a very fashionable 100% carded wool blanket to keep you warm. Fair warning, though, it’s not cheap, partly because it looks like it should be hanging on the wall as an abstract art piece instead of on your bed as a blanket. You could probably even get away with wearing it out in public as a sort of sweater coat/wrap (if you’re brave), especially as it’s from fashion knitwear designer Roberta Licini.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $809.26
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Tre Side Table

Good news: this little table is only $199 AUD. Bad news: It’s not available for international shipping. So, you’ll just have to befriend someone in Australia and ask them to ship it to you, because how you could pass up such a deal on a small, sleek side table?
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Price: AUD199.00
Available from: The Minimalist

Ruuto Vases

Delicate colors and various diamond-shaped sizes mean endless rearranging- in a fun sort of way. This sort of combination sets the Ruuto Vases firmly in the ‘excellent gift’ category. It takes seven craftsmen twenty four hours to create just one vase, as the colors require expert care and it takes time to create precise, square edges from lava-like liquid glass. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Have a look at Iittalia’s video below (from Dezeen) with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec describing their thoughts on the Ruuto collection.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

  • For your future mouth: 3-D printed snacks
  • Open source DS Kit 01 wall lamp: Kits by You
  • For your wrist: Fake Roley
  • Wasted space or effing cool entryway? Tubakuba Mountain Hub
  • Germinate your avocado pits (easily): AvoSeedo
  • For the kiddos: Minimal Walnut Step Stool
  • For the walls: Paper Trophies
  • Here’s one way to spread the word. Revolution Bike Stamp
  • Revolution Bike Stamp

     
    Have a nice weekend.

    Underfuse Iron-On Reflective Strips

    Does your favorite workout gear have reflective strips? Mine certainly don’t, but that’s about to change. Underfuse Iron-On Reflective Strips are easy to apply and will help make sure you don’t get run over by a bus/truck/inattentive driver when you’re out walking your dog or running at night. Iron a few strips on your jacket, bag, or workout clothes and stay visible. Also, Underfuse also has an iron-on pocket for your smartphone and/or keys, just in case you’d like to further customize your clothing.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Mathematics Scissors

    Do you need a perfectly proportioned pair of scissors? No, you don’t, unless you care a lot about the golden ratio when it comes to your office tools and accessories. Or maybe you’re a mad genius or a very particular design aficionado, then I suppose you are also allowed to *need* this cutting tool. These semi-crazy-looking scissors are the design baby of iAN Yen & Design YxR, and have the useful function that you’d expect along with a comfortable holding position.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €150.00
    Available from: DESIGN YxR

    Tangram Travel Organizer

    It’s almost the end of February, which prompts this question: is it time to take a trip somewhere? It really doesn’t matter where, as long as it’s not extremely cold (unless you’re skiing or snowboarding). This Tangram Travel Organizer cleverly folds up in a flat, triangular fold to make packing easy. Unfold at your destination- use the elastic loop as a hook if you wish- to see everything neatly organized.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $10.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Chimney Humidifier

    If the dry air is getting on your nerves, get yourself a humidifier. And, as we’re in the business of selecting well made items that have a pleasing appearance, you should probably take my advice* and buy the Chimney Humidifier designed by Takeshi Ishiguro. The slim profile and tall chimney blend in with a room’s furnishings easier than other large humidifiers, and, using a silent, ultra-sonic system, the mist is emitted at a height that humidifies the whole room instead of one particular area.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $200.00
    Available from: Leibal

    Hub Ladder by Matt Carr

    Yes, this ladder would be great for hanging towels or clothes in the bedroom or bathroom, but it has an extra trick up its sleeve. The solid ash wood portion expands out from the matte-painted steel side so you can adjust it to fit your needs. So, on a day you need a little storage, slide it inwards, and on a day you need a lot, expand it outwards.
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    Price: $100.00
    Available from: Umbra

    MAGNETIC Static Notes, Boards and printable Sheets

    Here’s a different sort of way to make sure your notes stay put: static electricity. MAGNETIC Static Notes, Boards and printable Sheets function with a stable static charge, which allows you to stick them to any dry surface without any residue. Did you catch the ‘any dry surface’ part of that last sentence? Wood, plastic, metal, leather, glass, paper- these notes will stick to them all. Take a look at Magnetic’s Kickstarter page for more info.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $9.00+
    Available from: Kickstarter