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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)

 
 

The City Backpack

Need a light backpack for carrying essentials during the day? The City Backpack might just work. It’s made of water-repellent nylon and has a padded interior (for a 13″ laptop) with an inner pocket for an iPad or Kindle. A small front slip with a magnetic snap keeps writing implements and smaller items close at hand; that plus an inner zip pouch will keep your stuff properly sorted. There’s also the no-nonsense nylon City Briefcase (in black or slate, if you’re interested.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $128.00
Available from: Poketo

U Desktop Caddy

Do you feel like sometimes you need a second desk for work overflow? Join the club. Perhaps adding the U Desktop Caddy by wstudiog will give you the extra storage you need, as it adds a long, vertical spot to stand journals, notes, gadgets, and writing utensils. The high sides keep your visual space uncluttered as well, which is always nice when things get chaotic.
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Price: $295.00
Available from: DESU DESIGN

Nomad Carafe

This stainless steel carafe hits all the right notes with its minimalist cork stopper and four nesting cups. Stack the cups and invert them on top of the carafe for an easy to carry stack that’s perfect for picnics or just for transporting a hot or cold beverage from the kitchen to patio. Designed by Hlymur Vagn Atlason.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Jackson Pollock Table Textiles

Do you find these Jackson Pollock Table Textiles amusing? Those of us with any interest in art history may be a tiny bit offended (eating on a likeness of a Pollock painting? Gasp!), yet the pragmatic side of us must admit his art could hide a multitude of dining sins, thus making these textiles very… convenient.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00 - 65.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Wire Planters by Norm Architects

If things feel dull and dreary in a room, perhaps you need a plant or two. Plants are excellent for purifying the air and they give a much needed dose of nature (and texture) into boring rooms. The Wire Planters by Norm Architects elevate plants at varying heights, which makes things more interesting and, well, more natural.
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Price: $75.00 - 95.00
Available from: DWR

Alphacrete, Concrete Neon Light

Get your message across with some heavy lettering- though you’d be smart to keep it short and sweet (each letter sets you back $200). Maybe just one, short word? Seletti’s Alphacrete Lamps have neon glass surrounded by concrete for a sharp contrast. Kind of fun, right? They can go indoors or outside and can be hung on the wall or kept on a tabletop or shelf. Keep in mind to add the right transformer to your order for the amount of letters you buy.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Gessato

Brushhanger

Are you always looking for a decent clothes brush when you travel? Check out the Brushanger from Tim Parsons. It’s an updated version of an original design from the 1930s. The hanger folds up to form a handle for the central brush, allowing you to brush off your coat/jacket efficiently. And, of course, that makes the Brushanger easier to pack away in your luggage as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Field

Friday Links

– Pretty trash: Whitney Paperweight by Chen Chen and Kai Williams

– Tiny multi-tool! MyPocketMaster-titanium multi-tool for everyday carry

– Tip: How to Hang Curtains

Anish Kapoor flaunts use of “world’s pinkest pink” despite personal ban from its creator

– And, should you want to buy “The World’s Most Pinkest Pink” or other very vibrant hues: Stuart Semple

– Fun: Two professors sculpt each other in less than ten minutes

– Did we already link to this? Elegant three-step method for creating new habits

Have a great weekend!

Supermetal Table by Chiara Ferrari

If you’re a minimalist, you may need help picking your jaw up off the floor, then a tissue to wipe your tears. The Supermetal Table by Chiara Ferrari is impressive- it features a very thin single-sheet top with squared-off metal legs (placed flush to the tabletop, of course). It’s just what any super-minimalist wants, except for the tiny little part of it only being available for delivery in Southern California.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,250 - 3,200
Available from: A+R Store

Magnetic Dustpan and Brush Set

Tidying up will become much easier when you pick up this Magnetic Dustpan and Brush Set by Bürstenhaus Redecker. Not only does it have a horsehair brush and an oiled beech handle, which will feel right at home in your hand, but embedded magnets let the brush snap back in place on the dustpan once you’re done. Be sure to take a look at the Shoe Cleaning Hedgehog too- it’s pretty cute.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: DWR

Magnetic Wood Knife Block

This pie-shaped wooden block holds knives in place on both of its sides, so you can line up your whole collection within easy reach. Note that you could place it against your backsplash to save room or even use it as a bookend for your cookbooks. So, now to decide, do you prefer Acacia wood or walnut?
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Price: $125.00
Available from: Food52

Koinobori Travel Laundry Bag

You may scoff at this travel laundry bag, as it’s not the fanciest, nor the most efficient. However, when one is living out of a hotel room, as I am now, one tends to appreciate a brightly colored bag for less-than-fresh clothes that’s slim enough to fit snugly inside a shallow drawer or stuffed suitcase. It’s certainly more cheerful than a space bag, that I can tell you.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Blu Dot x Handsome Bike

Let’s call this an altruistic purchase, because if you buy a Handsome Bike, Blu Dot will donate a bike in your name to World Bike Relief. Nice! This particular Handsome Cycle is single speed and has coaster brakes, a Brooks saddle and leather gripped handlebars. It’s a pretty perfect machine for getting you around town, and you’ll enjoy it all the more knowing there’s someone else in a developing country cruising around on their own bike because of you.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Friday Links

FlipBooKit, the original hand cranked movie machine. (Create your own animation for fun.)

Do you knit?

WOJR designs forest cabin for a grieving man

Hang Upside-Down to Save Yourself from Choking

Gerardo Osio designs range of mobile objects to suit a nomadic lifestyle

– Video: Lithography

– Old news, but somehow I never saw this Freaky Rug by Bertjan Pot. (via SightUnseen)

Enjoy your weekend.

Neat Lounge Chair

Look at this cute little lounge chair from Blu Dot. It’s completely upholstered, so it has a snug and comfortable appearance. Sure, it looks friendly, and your backside will most likely confirm that its sloping seat and back is indeed amiable. Choose Citron or Blue for a color kick, or Grey for a more subdued statement.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Available from: Blu Dot