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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)

 
 

Friday Links

Look Inside Artist Alex Katz’s Eccentric Industrial Loft

– Uh-oh. The almond milk craze could be bad news for bees

Ephemeral Rugs Formed From Oklahoma’s Red Earth by Rena Detrixhe

Talk to Your Kids About Inappropriate Pics on Facebook

Augmented Reality Is About To Change Art Forever. Maybe.

A Designer’s Dream Apartment — for Someone Else

Enjoy your weekend!

Block Shop Dhurrie Rugs

As promised, here are the Block Shop Rugs. Made of 100% Indian cotton, dyed and woven by hand, each rug features a simple, graphic design that’s sure to liven up any lonely room. Dhurries, if you’re not familiar, are flat woven rugs designed for heavy use. While they don’t have a thicker pile like other rugs, they are lightweight, durable, and reversible. Now, to choose a favorite… it’d have to be the Walter or the Temple, I think.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00 - 2,000.00
Available from: Block Shop

Baggu All Weather Bag

Originally designed for surfers, this all-weather gear bag has welded seams and a water resistant zipper to keep water completely in (or completely out, if that’s your goal). Surfers, just stand inside the bag to remove your wetsuit, then zip it up for your trip home. Sand and seawater will be safely contained within. Everyone else, know that whatever you put in the bag will stay dry no matter what (within reason).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: BAGGU

Compact Weather Station

Yes, you could rely on your smartphone for the weather forecast, but wouldn’t it be more fun to read an an aneroid-capsule barometer, bimetallic dial thermometer, and mechanical coil hygrometer, all from your desktop or kitchen counter? Those three tools are all in this Compact Weather Station, which measures in at 5″ diameter and 1.5″ depth. You’ll be able to read just what to expect from the climate, indoors and out, and look like an old school smartypants (in the best possible way) whilst doing so.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $148.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Canot Cutting Boards

A lovely cutting board, is it not? And it’s got an accompanying Canot Kitchen Brush especially suited to “scrape, scrub, clean and cut” those fruits and vegetables that are oh-so-good for that body of yours. Maybe with both the cutting board and brush you’ll be more inclined to fit those fruits and veggies into your daily meal planning. It’s worth a shot.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $66.00 - 75.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

We can all agree that $400 is a lot of money to spend on a hair dryer. Not everyone is going to plonk down four big ones just for shinier, smoother hair that dries in half the time. Actually, if you have short hair, there’s really no reason to read any further. However, if you’ve got longer hair, well, here’s a personal review.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Sephora

Table Mortar by Mark Braun

Would you like an extra special table mortar to grind your spices? This one by Mark Braun is
inspired by archetypical millstones. The circular design shows off the marble (five different color options, fyi) while the satisfying heft of the material will crush those herbs and spices to the perfect consistency at the dinner table. No need to hide it away, as it looks perfectly fine sitting out on the table or countertop.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: Hem

Stack Collection by Debra Folz

Such a smart solution for versatile storage! The new Stack Collection by Debra Folz utilizes long, diamond-shaped runners to hold drawers or shelves in place. It’s easy to move the pieces around and you can customize a precise or random look depending on your preferred placement. Stacks of drawers or shelves with an optional quartz top are apart of the introductory collection, with three different wood stains to suit your color scheme.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,800.00 - 12,700.00
Available from: Debra Folz

Enamel Steel Keychain

Need some sturdy tags to make sure you keep your home, work, camp, and ‘play’ keys separate? Take a look at Best Made Co.’s enamel steel tags. They’ll take a beating, as they’re made on World War Two-era machinery, just like the other enamelware offered from the retailer. Buy the set of four or choose just one.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00 - 48.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Rule of Thirds Finder

Similar to the Golden Section Finder, this little pocket sized gazing device helps you break images into the Rule of Thirds (first written down by John Thomas Smith in 1797, fyi). This ratio is found all over the place- in photography, art, advertisements, etc.- and once you start looking for it, there’s no doubt you’ll find it. It might also encourage you to “create compelling compositions” of your own in photographs or other artworks by placing your subjects just off center.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

– High Line Art: Zoe Leonard / I want a president (view text via pdf)

Abstracted Alterations to The New York Times’ Front Pages by Fred Tomaselli

Yves Béhar designs Samsung television to look like a framed work of art. Yes.

How to overcome shyness

– Seems like everyone is excited by this (for good reason): Nimuno Loops – The Toy Block Tape

Erling – Jewelry for Apple Airpods

Solving All the Wrong Problems

Ikebana Ring

Enjoy your weekend.

Ikebana Ring

Block Shop Scarves

Block Shop’s rugs will get their due attention next week, but, first, let’s just admire their scarves, shall we? A mix of thin lines and shapes create patterns, all hand block printed by 5th generation master printers in Bagru, India, with natural dyes on a silk/cotton blend. I’ve got my eye on the Tent design, or maybe the Sidewinder. Which one is your favorite?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00 -120.00
Available from: Block Shop

Udon Chair by Staffan Holm

An updated version of the classic bistro chair might just be what your dining room or office needs. Nothing too fancy, of course, but, hey, we all like a room to look a little polished once in a while, you know? Look close and you’ll notice a few clever joints to keep the lines minimal. The color options are easy on the eyes as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Hem

Split Step Stool

If you’re going to have a step stool, you might as well make it this one. Why? Well, it’s made of molded steel- that’s what gives the split-legged design its sleekness and strength- and it’s very minimalist. So minimalist, in fact, you could even leave it out all the time as a resting spot for books or a special plant. You’d not say the same for any other step stool you find at the local hardware store, would you?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $210.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Muuto’s Grain Pendant

At first glance, you’ll most likely wish Muuto’s Grain Pendant was a bit bigger than ~8″ in diameter. However, once you see a few lined up over a kitchen island or a large grouping over a table, you’ll be glad that it’s not too large, as the size is perfect for multiples. Get up close and personal, and you’ll see the shade is made from a mix of bamboo fibers and polypropylene, which gives it a subtle texture and warmth. Now on sale.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $126.65
Available from: Lumens