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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)

 
 

NUD Classic Black Pendant

A simple grouping of hanging pendants is made all the more interesting when you mix up the cord colors and bulbs. After all, it’s fun to go a little crazy in lighting options, especially if you pick a few of your favorite hues. The NUD classic pendant has a load of color options, even more so if you order directly from the NUD Collection Webshop, and you could even go super crazy and pick out different socket colors, though I’d advise against it as it could look a lot less planned and a little more insane.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Lumens

Aquabot

How often are you out at the beach, campsite, or park and wish you had a garden hose to wash off dirt and grime? This is exactly where the Aquabot by Lunatec comes into play: it transforms your regular water bottle into a pressurized device, giving you the function of a portable hose/faucet/fountain/mister so you can use water efficiently. It’s currently a Kickstarter project, and if you pledge $29 and up, you’ll be one of the first to have an Aquabot in your hands.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: Kickstarter

WeMo Light Switch

And, now, ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes upon a Wi-Fi® enabled light switch. It’s by the same company as the WeMo Switch (makes a lot of sense) and it allows you to turn lights on and off from anywhere. Maybe you’re on the other side of the house or maybe you’re in another country, either way, you can control your lights remotely with a Android smartphone, tablet, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also program your lights for specified times, as in on at sunset and off at sunrise, which would be especially helpful for certain areas like your front door. And, if you’re not afraid of a little DIY, you can easily replace your regular light switch with the WeMo; there’s an installation video to guide you along.
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Price: $49.99
Available from: Belkin

Celine Desk

I’ve always been a fan of furniture with simple, clean lines, and so it’s no surprise that this Celine Desk caught my eye. One drawer hides away clutter and, on the right, an open cubby provides a nice spot for a stack of papers or folders. And, hey, 15% off (for a limited time, of course) makes this desk a little more ‘within reach’, if you know what I mean. The designer Nazanin Kamali was inspired by mid century architecture.
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Price: $722.50
Available from: DWR

Spork & Cork

What to do when you’re away from home and without utensils? Pull out the Spork & Cork from your bag, desk drawer, or glove box and chow down. The all-in-one eating implement is hand-shaped from a single piece of Certified organic bamboo and it’s lightweight and compact enough that you’ll want to bring it along on any adventure.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Bambu Home

Nest™ 100

Whether you’re just starting out or just starting to upgrade your kitchen tools, you’ll want to make note of this preparation set from Joseph Joseph. What’s included? Two mixing bowls with non-slip bases, a sieve, a large colander, and a set of five measuring cups (from 1 teaspoon up to 1 cup). The mixing bowls, sieve and colander are all made from high quality 18/8 stainless steel and they all stack neatly together to save space in your drawer/cabinet.

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Price: $100.00
Available from: Joseph Joseph

Friday Links

  • Crowsflight, a GPS compass app.
  • Are viral cat videos actually viral?
  • Mr. Rogers Takes Breakdancing Lessons from a 12-Year-Old
  • Lichtenberg Figures: The Fractal Patterns of Lightning Strike Scars
  • Bullets Split Exactly in Half
  • Cocoon By Tanya Shukstelinsky: Sew Yourself A House
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    Only a short list of links this week due to a half-week vacation. Have a lovely weekend!

    Waxed Canvas & White Ash Travel Chair

    Ah, how nice it is to be out of doors, sitting around the campfire or at a music festival… unless your back hurts and you’re starting to get really annoyed at yourself for not bringing your own darn chair. This foldable, portable chair will do well on your trips and travels thanks to a treatment of all-weather Danish oil on its white ash wood frame. The chair back is high enough to rest your neck or head, and the waxed cotton fabric will stay put with stainless steel hardware.
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    Price: $98.00
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

    Folded Paper Furoshiki

    Furoshiki are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used as scarves, gift wrapping, or even as a wall hanging. You know this, of course, if you’ve seen any of the offerings from the Link Collective (etsy shop: LINK), as they have quite the collection. There’s also a Leather Carry Strap ($20-$28) that allows you to use a Furoshiki as a bag.
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    Price: $48.00
    Available from: thelinkcollective

    Snug Cloud Cutting Board

    This petite Cloud Cutting Board sure would make perfect surface for assembling a small sandwich, or for presenting a snack of cheese and crackers. Just recently it’s appeared over at Rare Device, where you’ll avoid any overseas shipping charges (original retail link: orphansocks-shop).
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    Price: $42.00
    Available from: Rare Device

    Pin Table

    Outside tables are often wobbly on uneven ground, but not this Pin Table designed by Andreas Engesvik. You push it into the ground with the top button/post, instantly creating a sturdy spot to rest your food and drinks. The high gloss finish would have you thinking this table is made plastic, but that’s not the case. It’s made of wood (surprised?) and available in five different colors.
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    Price: $104.97
    Available from: MENU

    Book Binder

    Hmm, here’s something different in the world of bookends. Instead of two separate stand-alone ends, this book binder has an elastic band to hold the books together. The flexibility of the band allows you to remove or add books as you like without them tumbling over and also makes it possible for the stack to be freestanding wherever you wish.
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    Price: $48.97 - 76.97
    Available from: MENU

    Noguchi Akari Lights

    Paper lights are everywhere in today’s marketplace (for example, IKEA’s VÄTE Table lamp), yet there’s still something entirely special about the original designs of Isamu Noguchi. Icons of mid century design, each Akari lamp is handmade from washi paper and bamboo ribbing by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan. In the words of Noguchi, “the harshness of electricity is thus transformed, as if by magic, into the light of our origins – sunlight – so that it’s warmth can carry on filling our rooms after dark.”
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    View Noguchi Akari Lights here

    ButcherBlock

    These end grain ButcherBlocks are very durable; the design allows you to cut in between the fibers of the wood instead of across them like most cutting boards. This makes for easy maintenance and a very long lifetime, which are two important features for any cutting board over the $100 mark.
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    Price: $150.00
    Available from: HollerDesign

    Pablo Clamp Lamp

    Task lights tend towards the metal/utilitarian look, and that’s why this wooden Clamp Lamp stands out. Whether you choose walnut or white oak, the wood gives a certain charm and warmth, and the seemingly simple design of 3 components gives a wide variety of positions for focused light.
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    Price: $350.00
    Available from: 2modern