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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)

 
 

Bambus Glass Carafe

How about another nice carafe to hold your hydration source? This handblown carafe was inspired by the bamboo of Zen gardens; it has an elegant handle and a drinking glass that fits perfectly on top. As stated before, a carafe lets you rely less on plastic bottles of water (hooray!) and more on your own two feet… to get water from the office cooler or your fridge’s filter. Perhaps while you walk to replenish said water you can be thankful that it’s clean and plentiful, and that you’re crossing a distance of yards instead of miles, unlike lots of other people in other parts of the world. Did you know you’d get a guilt trip while reading about why a carafe is so great? Surprise, and you’re welcome.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $104.00
Available from: Luminaire

The Starving Artist Cookbook

Cool illustrations plus easy-to-make recipes? Sure, that sounds like the perfect thing for simple summer meals, doesn’t it? Artist Sara Zin has dutifully illustrated all her home-cooked meals in this smart collection of recipes that’s suited for any wallet, though starving artists might appreciate it a tiny bit more. French Toast and Crispy Bacon, Simple Carbonara, Oatmeal Cookies… is that your stomach growling or mine? Bookmark it for a recent or future graduate, as it’s the perfect gift for anyone starting out on their own. Check out Zin’s Tumblr for more illustrations and recipes.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.18
Available from: Barnes and Noble

Chairs by Donald Judd

So, how big a fan are you of Donald Judd, on a scale of 1 to 10? If you answered 7 or above, you might just like a reminder that Artware Editions is selling Judd’s chairs, $1,800+. I’m thrilled, though I might have to save up, as collecting some of the “most recognizable and significant artist-designed furniture in existence” isn’t cheap*. And, for fun, take this test: Donald Judd, or Cheap Furniture?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,800.00+
Available from: Artware Editions

Soundflex Bluetooth Speaker

Do you need an inexpensive bluetooth speaker? This one has a flexible arm that lets you hang or clip it practically anywhere, which is oh-so-convenient if you’re always on the go. Hang it on your bike or bag and take off on your everyday adventures. The lower price tag means you don’t need to freak out if it gets some sand on it or a scratch or two (remember, it’s a speaker, not a precious little kitten). It’s water-resistant and USB rechargeable (cable included), and has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Friday Links

In Residence: Rose Uniacke (that faux brick wall door in the garden- whoa)

Sit on everything

The Dice Tool

Plastic Sculptures from Ocean Garbage (via npr)

Rippled Portals of Color Created with Spray Paint by HOXXOH

Constellation Embroidery Kit

Learn all about salps, vortex rings, and underwater robots.

– If you need a project, and like flowers: Paper Allium Tutorial (via peone)

World’s Darkest Material Absorbs 99% Of Visible Light, Used In Space Photography

Enjoy your weekend.

vantablack

Steel Drop Lamp by Pulpo

If you’re not to be trusted around delicate glass lamp shades, this Steel Drop Lamp is for you. The perforated steel light screen diffuses light for a soft glow while the opaque metal base gives a hefty, sculptural weight to any room. Place one on a sideboard, table, or on the floor for extra ambience. Available in two sizes and several appealing finishes.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $525.00 - 665.00
Available from: A+R Store

Tangram 3D

Okay, do you like tangrams? You know, the traditional puzzle of seven geometric 2D pieces that you rearrange to make bigger shapes? If so, you’ll be happy to see that there’s a colorful, magnetic version that’s appropriate for all ages. Show off your designs upright, and keep them close at hand on a shelf or desk so you can mess around with them when your brain needs a break.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Luminaire

Sale: Finn Chaise, Eos Lounge

Whoa, if you’re still in the market for outdoor furniture, take a look at the Finn Chaise and the Eos Lounge, both on sale right now from DWR. Maybe you wouldn’t buy them both for the same outdoor seating area, but if you need a pair of either, now’s the time to snap ’em up. The Finn Chaise (in black) is $1,305.50, on sale from $1,865.00. The Eos Lounge Chair (in white) is now on sale for $213.50, on sale from $305. $213! For the Eos Lounge! Come on, doesn’t that seem like a steal? Oh, and the Dusen Dusen Towels are also on sale ($56). Adding to cart now…
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,305.00
Available from: DWR

Hose Jockey Wall Mount

If a messy hose situation is ruining the appeal of your outdoor area, you’d best get things sorted with an appropriate storage solution. There’s many storage options around for much less than this one, but most are slightly depressing in that they’re made of plastic or have unnecessary/disappointing decorative accents. Ten10 Design’s Hose Jockey, on the other hand, keeps hoses tidy without offending your design sensibilities, and is made of industrial-grade, powder-coated steel.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: Modernica

Phosphor Bronze Circle Keychain Bottle Opener

Another keychain bottle opener… no big deal except for this one is elegant. Surprised? Yeah, me too. The circular design incorporates a bottle opener without visually screaming ‘I LOVE TO DRINK BEERS!’ at everyone. Instead, it says confidently, ‘I am prepared for opening all manner of bottles.’ Just the kind of keychain bottle opener we all could use.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Paulistano Armchair in Canvas

It’s rare that outdoor furniture is described as exciting, mostly because it’s meant for outdoors and not many of us have the time and money to spend on amazing furnishings that will only get rained on. Such is the state of things. However, the Paulistano’s canvas cover means it can go outside and be its comfortable pleasing-to-the-eye self, thus saving us from the unfortunate cry of ‘there’s no decent outdoor furniture!’ (If you’re not familiar, the Paulistano is a 1957 classic originally designed for the Paulistano Athletic Club in São Paulo, Brazil.)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,250.00

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Available from: DWR

Friday Links

– So fun: Playhouse by Anna & Eugeni Bach

Modern Mallorca: Ohlab compose a home out of a series of white boxes

Project Cookbook

Masked Figures Found in Macro Insect Photography by Pascal Goet

31andchange

– Ha ha. The Try Guys Get Photoshopped Like Women

Bob: a home for your glasses and devices

petcozy

Sheep View 360 (via npr.tumblr)

Enjoy your weekend.

Hinza Tote

You know what’s fun? Colorful, recycled, polyethylene totes that are very sturdy, because you can lug them around everywhere and not worry about messing them up. Take it to the beach, the grocery store, your local garden nursery, attach it to your bike, use it for kids toys, fill it with ice to cool down drinks, etc… it’s a multipurpose tote that won’t crumple no matter what you throw in it. You’ll be happy to know that the green totes are made of sugar cane, which is super environmentally friendly (and a little more expensive).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00 - 50.00
Available from: Plastica

Greenlid Compostable Compost Bin

Thank goodness, no more messiness. We can now throw the bin into the compost and avoid the inevitable cleanup of gross leaks. Greenlid makes all this possible by providing compostable compost bins made of locally-recycled cardboard. You get one dishwasher-safe reusable lid to keep odors in and fruit flies out. When the bin is full, remove the lid, seal it with a paper top, and toss the whole thing into your compost. Order refills when you run out; well worth the zero clean up, right?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.49
Available from: Greenlid

Plant-In City Mini Terrariums

Okay, stick with me here. Think of this strange terrarium as an “architectural plant system” and you’ll most likely understand the appeal. Yes? No? Despite your love (or hate) of the cantilevered top and sparse cacti arrangements, you must see how one of these Minis would fit in well with any interesting interior, as they’re a sculptural and artistic way to add plants into a space with a minimal vibe.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: HomeMade