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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)

 
 

Moistly

I’m guilty of forgetting to water plants, how about you? With this gadget we can change our ways, as it beeps and blinks when a plant is thirsty. Just stick Moistly in the soil of your plant and go about your business, and know that when the time comes, you’ll be alerted before your leafy friend becomes too parched.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Moistly

Eames® Hang-It-All, Black and White

Remember the walnut version of the Eames® Hang-It-All? Well, it was only a matter of time- 3 years, to be exact- when other color options hit the marketplace, and now you have your choice of white or black powder-coat finish. Is your response ‘hooray!’ or ‘ho-hum’? I’m leaning towards ‘hooray’ as the multicolored version can sometimes feel just a tiny bit too colorful in certain environments.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: YLiving

Turn Stool

Stool, side table, ottoman, whatever function fits your needs, this solid Acacia wood stool will last through thick and thin. Cut out handles make it easier to shift around and an optional thick Felt Top (+$19) gives a softer surface for the backside.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Pie Chart Patchwork

Does anyone have a baby I can borrow? Just for two minutes? That way I can buy this Pie Chart Patchwork, set the baby down on it, and say, “Hey, little person, how happy are you on this wonderful, rainbow, lambswool thingamajig?” After the baby smiles (because of course he/she would, sitting on a thing of wonder such as this), I would return him/her, because then my purchase would be entirely justified. I don’t know what I would do with it after that (a throw on a sofa, perhaps?) but I’ll think of something.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £262.50
Available from: Donna Wilson

Verte Carafe

You know what makes this a better-than-average carafe? Take a look at the spout: that’s a patented “two lip system” which ensures that any and all drips return to the bottle. That’s right, no drips. Water, wine, juice… you name it, and this carafe will transport it safely from your fridge to a drinking vessel with no mess. The hand-blown glass container fits perfectly into the fridge door for convenience.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: noro shop

Tool The Mathematician

Finally! These desk tools from Tom Dixon are now available online, and they’re just the kind of thing you want even if you don’t necessarily need them, or maybe that’s just me. Choose the whole set (Tool The Mathematician- includes a Ruler, Protractor, Set Square and Paper Clips for $130) or purchase the items separately (Tool The Golden Rule, $20, Tool The Copycat, $80, and Tool The Clip, $16). All pieces are cut from sheet brass.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: YLiving

2×4 Pendant

Is it magic that keeps this pendant in place? No, it’s not, but you can pretend if you want. This light fixture appears to be floating, thanks to a mono filament suspension, giving you a very minimal (and magical) look to your room. A frosted glass lens hides an LED strip on the underside, which keeps the 2×4 pristine with its simple, whitewashed finish.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $280.00
Available from: Alex Allen Studio

Aluminum Lunch Box

Why do you need an aluminum lunch box? Who knows. Maybe you’re a little clumsy, and tend to drop your lunch bag repeatedly to the point where your sandwich, fruit, and/or chips are no longer recognizable. And that’s no fun, is it? With an aluminum lunch box you’d be hard pressed to do any damage, unless there’s a car or other heavy machinery involved in your daily commute, in which case I wish you the very best of luck. Too bad this box doesn’t have a handle, though, as that would make it a little easier to carry around, don’t you think?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Friday Links

  • Eames Elephant DIY
  • Split the bill with an easy bill-splitting app: Tab
  • I can’t decide if this is a brilliant or bad idea: The Balcony BBQ (via Good Stuff Happened Today)
  • Ode To The Laser Cutter: Things To Make When No One Is Watching
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Science Sermon
  • What happens when you teach young people to code?
  • Temperature chart for the last 11,000 years
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    Not as many links this week due to a civic service requirement (a.k.a. jury duty). Have a nice weekend.

    Knoll Annual Sale

    Yeah, I know, you don’t normally see sale alerts here on BLTD, but this is Knoll we’re talking about. Saarinen tables, Platner chairs, Bertoia barstools, plus many more classic design pieces are all 15% off until October 1st. And, as 15% off a price tag of thousands of dollars is nothing to scoff at, you’d best take a moment to look and see if there’s something you can’t live without.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15% off!
    Available from: DWR

    Roll / Rule

    Hold your hand up if you want an etched acrylic ruler. My hand is raised, how about yours? Designed by Paul Cocksedge, these rulers are sculptural pieces with millimeter accuracy, and they’re intended for functional use, mind you, so don’t just admire it from across the room. Choose between the classic square or the round barrel. Also, do I need to hit you over the head with the obvious fact that either of these would make an excellent gift? No? I didn’t think so.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $130.00
    Available from: The Glass House

    I Love You Mug

    How do you say ‘I love you’ in a different way? With a knife, a bloody heart, and a horseshoe, preferably in picture form upon an enamel mug, of course. Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari (of Toilet Paper magazine fame) are responsible for this drinking vessel, and it seems to strike the perfect balance between creepy-weird and very practical, as it won’t break and, perhaps more importantly, if you take it to work, it’s unlikely anyone will accidentally grab it thinking that it’s just some generic coffee mug for his or her own use. Take a look at the rest of the collection over at MoMA Store.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Miles Desk Lamp

    Brass has made a comeback, and this little number from Schoolhouse Electric certainly catches the eye for its perfect, petite size that’s ideal for smaller desktops or side tables. With vintage style and an aged black patinaed arm, it offers an ambient light that would quietly compliment a refined interior.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $275.00
    Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

    Source: Svpply

    What is it?

    What’s this metal mesh thing? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not intended for use as clothing or body armor- though I suppose in a pinch you could try and use it as such if someone comes at you with a rusty sword- instead think of it more as armor for a surface. Do you know? Answer below.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: £10.00
    Available from: Jasper Morrison

    Clothes Rack

    Would you like an alternate version of this clothing rail ($399) we posted a few weeks ago? Well, Ferm Living has a rather similar idea in the clothes rack you see above. An iron rod hangs from the ceiling by harness leather belts, so there’s a material/textural difference- a nice touch, I think. And, your wallet will be happy that it’s less expensive than the other one (by $150). It should also be pointed out this could make a nice pot rack in the kitchen, if you need one.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $249.00
    Available from: Ferm Living Shop