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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)

 
 

Copper Chemistry Carafe and Glasses

A little copper makes a big difference in this drinkware set. The copper bands wrapped around each piece are like cummerbunds; it’s pretty obvious someone’s dressed up for a fancy occasion. And, just like a cummerbund, the copper band could be kept on all the time for a dressier look, or you could take it off to bathe put the set in the dishwasher or go for a more casual appearance. Okay, let’s forget how funny tuxedos are and take a moment to admire the copper feature, and how it will develop a nice patina over time.
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Price: $22.00 - 45.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Triada Blocks

When the summer laziness hits you, you’d better take a break and do something different. Like, say, play with some three-pronged blocks. Many grownups see blocks as a toy meant purely for the playroom, but others know a pile of wooden blocks can be just as useful on a desk or in an office break room. So, buy a set for yourself or buy a set for some little ones, either way, be sure to roll up your sleeves and join in with stacking/arranging something different (it might just give your brain a rest, or at least some creative freedom).
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Price: $58.00
Available from: Poketo

Upcycled T-Shirt Lampshade Kit

Yes, the Bowie image makes this Upcycled T-Shirt Lampshade Kit way more appealing than it probably is, but you could possibly have some fun with this, especially if you have a t-shirt that you never wear but refuse to donate. Or, might this might be a great project for a favorite kid during these long summer days? Just make sure they use their own t-shirts instead of your prized concert relics. What’s included in the kit? Adhesive, 12″ diam. top and bottom lampshade rings, molding stick, binder clips, lampshade glue, and an instruction booklet. Your favorite t-shirt = lampshade. That’s the idea, anyways. Good luck.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Ystudio Collection

If you’ve got a weakness for nice pens, pencils and pen cases, then you’re in trouble. Ystudio’s offerings are made of brass and copper and wenge wood, and the various pieces are all beckoning to belong to your collection. The Pen Case, shown above, would protect your best writing implements while on the go, while the Pen Container (below) would keep them at hand on your desk. But what if you don’t have a nice pen/pencil collection? Take a look at their Mechanical Pencil and the Rollerball Pen to see if they’d suit.
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Price: €70.00 - 120.00
Available from: Kohezi

Ceylon Pitcher

Regular water is so offensive. Personally, I only drink lemon-infused water or cucumber-mint water. That’s a big fat fib, but I certainly could drink my water that way every single day if this pitcher was in my fridge. Iced tea or fruit infused water is super easy to make and have on hand with the Ceylon Pitcher. The removable filter allows for easy separation of leaves or fruit and the oval shape is sized to fit your fridge.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: CB2

Easy To Strain Bowl by Ryann Aoukar

You do rinse your fruits and vegetables, don’t you? There’s no telling who sneezed on it, after all, and there’s always a chance that some creepy crawly bug has hitched a ride, unbeknownst to us all. But it wastes so much water, you say. I know, I know.

The Easy To Strain Bowl by Ryann Aoukar will help with that, as it has a spout/handle that makes draining easy- into a cup or plant or wherever. Also, if you’re a pasta lover, you’ve got to see the possibilities of draining the pasta on the counter, away from the bottom of the sink (germs!). Plus, if you’re lazy, you could just eat directly out of the bowl, as it’s perfectly acceptable for use at the dinner table while watching your favorite shows on the sofa.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Stanley Magnetic Photo Stand by Plywerk

You’ve got to show off your favorite photographs somehow, because zooming in on a device just doesn’t do them justice. Instead of settling for sub-par frames at a local shop (ick), consider the Stanley Magnetic Photo Stand by Plywerk. Two pieces of walnut (locally harvested, hazard or salvaged) have super strong neodymium magnets that snap together to hold your favorite snaps. No glass to break, and you can change the wood around to rest flat, curved, or flipped. Or separate the two pieces and use them as magnets on the fridge. Snappity snap snap.
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Price: $26.00 - 35.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Uplift Adjustable Height Desk

Remember the Renew™ Executive Sit-to-Stand Desk featured last week? You might have thought it was a little out of your price range, and, if so, maybe you’ll find this Uplift Desk to be a bit more within reach. Sure, there’s a few differences you’ll notice between the two, but if you want a more affordable sit-stand option, this might be a winner. The steel frame has a motor in each leg to give 26″ of height adjustment- quickly and quietly. There’s also a memory keypad option to save the heights you use the most. Several different tops and a telescoping frame allow you to customize the look and width. Take a look at all the options to craft your ideal workspace.
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Price: $639.00+
Available from: UPLIFT Desk

OMY Giant Coloring Page

C’mon, it looks fun, right? A giant coloring page to fill, with markers or crayons or both. You could certainly wile a few minutes (or hours) away, and we’ve not even talked about how much kids would like it. Pin it in the hallway at home or in the office, with a box of art supplies nearby so people will occasionally stop to help out (and smell the scented markers). Plus, everything seems to move a little slower from June to the end of August, so no one will notice if you help fill in a section or two all by yourself.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Perfectly Smitten

Six Customized Brass Collar Stays

Father’s Day is June 21, but you knew that already, right? If your mind is blank on what to get your dad, here’s something perfect… if he wears dress shirts, that is. Here’s Six Customized Brass Collar Stays, with an engraving you specify. You can pick up to two engravings, so maybe pick your dad’s name for three collar stays and something sappy but nice like ‘BEST DAD’ or ‘I’M AWESOME’ on the other three. Or maybe you’ll be more imaginative than that, and then your dad will be oh-so-proud and quite happy that you took the time to make it clever.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Owen & Fred

Gemma Box

It’s a box, so what? Well, it is a box, and, at first glance, you’d think it’s a solid block of wood. However, there’s a bit of trompe l’oeil going on, and to those who know, the lid is held in place by a magnet, so there’s little to hint it holds precious things inside. The Gemma Box is available in Large and Tall sizes and Oak or Ash wood.
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Price: $59.00 - 69.00
Available from: Hem

Double Octahedron Ring Planter from Eric Trine

There’s a Double Octahedron Ring Planter and I’m not going to tell you about it? Puh-lease. Technically these planter rings from Eric Trine are on pre-order, so you can’t have them immediately (or, in four days, which is the usual shipping time). However, be patient and you’ll enjoy some geometric fun with plants in just a few weeks. Note: these are planter stands only- they’ll raise any ten-inch terracotta pot upwards to add height and interest to your plant gatherings.
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Price: $55.00 - 80.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Paper Clips by Daphna Laurens

Paper clips! But not just any paper clips, of course. These are Paper Clips by Daphna Laurens in all sorts of shapes to keep all sorts of papers in order. Originally these clips began as line drawings, and then were transformed into functional clips. Will they make organizing your paperwork a little more fun? Yes, absolutely, they will, so much so that your desktop will be the envy of your coworkers.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Framed Table Lamp

The Framed Table Lamp by FX Balléry gives off an indirect, warm light that creates just the right sort of ambience for your evening activities. Its outlined shape provides a modern, sculptural element that’s ideal beside the bed or on a living room’s shelf or credenza. Energy saving LEDs won’t gobble up loads of electricity either, so consider that when checking out Framed Lamp’s price tag.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $470.00
Available from: Lunimaire

Friday Links

  • How Berndnaut Smilde makes perfect clouds indoors (photo above: Nimbus Minerva by Berndnaut Smilde)
  • Japan’s ‘Cardboard Theater’ uses your tablet to create a private movie house. Yes, you too can do this at home.
  • 7 body language tricks to make anyone instantly like you (but don’t be creepy about it)
  • Can You Name These Famous Landmarks from Their Floor Plans? (I could only name 5)
  • Short read to make you feel better about not scooping up a bargain: What It’s Actually Like To Buy A $500 House In Detroit
  • Cool Kobeiagi Kilims on Kickstarter
  • Such a pretty dog chew toy
  • Tom Dixon’s Favorite Things
  • For perspective, In Hong Kong, the Apartments Are Fit for a Mosquito
  • And another neat dog toy: The Odin
  • FIELD creates sculptural virtual reality helmets for Violescence exhibition
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    Have an excellent weekend.