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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)

 
 

Friday Links

Trust Me, 2011 by Moyra Davey. “16 photographs taken by Davey – showing details of interior spaces, dust, spiders, tiles, a stuffed animal, a tree – have been folded, addressed, and mailed to the writer Lynne Tillman…” (via Augenweide*)

A view from the bottom of the watering hole

How to photograph the night sky on a phone

– And all this time I thought it best to opt out: Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them

– Just a reminder: women who draw, an open directory of female* illustrators

– Download A:LOG’s drawings (.dwg,.3dm,.ai)

Redefining Women’s Underwear – SilverTech

How “Chameleons” change color

– Remember, Sunday is Mother’s Day.

Mothers and daughters, Bobby Neel Adams
Mothers and daughters, Bobby Neel Adams

Have a great weekend.

‘Wood’ mug

Remember Richard Woods’ Tree Trunk Vase from Hay? Now there’s a smaller, handheld version just right for your morning cup of coffee (or tea). That’s right, you can now sip from your own cartoonish-wood-grain cup, which will make everything taste better…I’m sure of it.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

Kartio Glassware

Glassware may not be the most exciting thing to you, but, hey, you use it every single day for your juice/water/spirits. Why not upgrade to something more visually appealing than the mix-matched set you’ve had since college? You can’t go wrong with Iittala’s Kartio Collection, as the series dates back to 1958, when Kaj Franck first created their simple, balanced design. There’s quite a few subtle colors (you’re sure to find something to suit your preferences) and they’re durable enough for everyday use.
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Price: $22.00 - 28.00
Available from: TRNK

Meet Bench

Look at this cute little guy. He’s got slender steel tubes for legs and a rounded rectangular seat perfect for perching on while you remove your shoes. Or perhaps you’ll share the seat with someone else- there’s just enough room for two. Norm Architects liked the size of traditional piano benches, which are just wide enough for a pair of people. The Meet comes with a removable non-slip felt cover if you’d like just a little extra padding. Add one to your entryway, hallway, or bedroom.
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Price: $177.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

ButcherBlock by HollerDesign

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

Welf Wall Shelf

Here’s another steel wall shelf to consider, and there’s quite a few appealing colors, so, fair warning. Blush, Grey Green, Marine Blue, Putty, a deep Red, and the requisite black and white… just how will you decide? You have the choice of small (24″w) or large (40″), and there’s an added felt pad to make a softer landing spot for keys, phones, and other miscellany.
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Price: $89.00 - 129.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Cha Kettle Teapot

How many kettles look like they belong on a tablecloth amongst finger sandwiches and scones? Not too many. The stainless steel Cha Teapot was designed by Naoto Fukasawa- that’s worth mentioning, of course- and has a magnetic steel bottom that makes it suitable for induction cooking. A simple curved handle and knob in black thermoplastic resin completes the design.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: YLiving

Eric Trine + Dusen Dusen Outdoor Collection

Whaat? Eric Trine and Ellen Van Dusen paired up to make an outdoor collection and no one told me about it!? Well, at least we’re finding out just in time. The light jade metal with cushions in Dusen’s squiggly Dash print may be just what your patio needs to freshen up for the summer. Maybe add a lounge chair or sofa to your outdoor area for extra seating? While you’re at it, add a coffee or side table to make it a set.
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Price: $83.00 - 664.00
Available from: West Elm

Plant Walls by Ferm Living

What are these strange wire rectangles and circles? They’re plant walls, and they’ll help your plants grow up and outwards without disturbing your oh-so-perfectly designed interior (or exterior). Made of iron wire with a protective powder coating, each wall is designed in a simple diagonal pattern with subtle pastel shades to compliment your plant collection.
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Price: $54.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Falling Line Rug

Another exciting (if you think rugs are exciting) product from good thing is the Falling Line Rug by Sam Anderson. How so? Well, the hand-woven rugs strike the right balance of color and pattern without overwhelming the senses. There’s a little of a digital/pixel feel that keeps it modern while the mostly neutral hues will work well with your existing pieces.
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Price: $340.00 - 950.00
Available from: good thing

Picture Ledge

One might argue that ‘clever’ may not be the best description of Raumgestalt’s Picture Ledge, as it is, in fact, two pieces of wood held together by an elastic band. The more craftier among us may be able to replicate the design with just a little elbow grease (to cut the wood) and determination (to search for the right sort of rubber band). However, if you refuse to pick up a hand saw and really, really need a place to display some extra pictures, notes or photos, maybe you’ll decide to buy a few of the ledges and call it a day*.
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Price: $20.00 - 26.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Links

Muji to sell tiny blackened-timber prefab huts for £21,000

Why Don’t People Return Their Shopping Carts? (via FC)

– Just in case you need the advice: How to Make the Best Protest Sign

This idea could restore ice in the Arctic Ocean

Brilliant Hack Lets You Wrap A Band-Aid Neatly And Securely Around Your Finger (just cut two little slits at both ends of the band-aid)

Have a great weekend.

Vinyl Record Frames

If you’ve got a vinyl collection, you must show off some of your favorites- it’s a law, I think. If you’re still searching for the right thing, consider these Vinyl Record Frames. They make it easy to slip a record in and out so you can play or display your LPs whenever you want. They’re easy to install too- drywall screws are included but you can use indoor mounting tape or nails if you’re feeling extra lazy.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: The Ghostly Store

The Lucky Gardener DIY Kit

This DIY Terrarium Kit is meant for the untalented gardener, thank goodness. Hardy terrarium plant seeds are included along with a proprietary soil mix and a terrarium vessel, all designed to work together to make sure you get your plants thriving in no time.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Power Planters by Chen Chen & Kai Williams

Do you love these Power Planters by Chen Chen & Kai Williams because their own saucers are integrated into the design or because they remind you of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s legs? In either case, they’re excellent options for holding your green, leafy friends, as they’ll catch extra water and dirt without being completely (and often horribly) obvious like the alternatives.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00 - 80.00
Available from: Chen Chen & Kai Williams