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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)

 
 

Paloma Triangle Coaster Set and Trivet

A set of bright coasters with a cubist-inspired print is just one small way to combat the dreariness outside the door, for who could feel glum with such cheery patterns around? Wolfum brings us the Paloma Triangle Coaster Set and Trivet, all made of birch wood in the USA. Add it to your gift list possibility pronto- for that favorite coworker perhaps?
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Price: $34.00 - 36.00
Available from: Leif

Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone

Gramophones made in the 1920s did a couple of things really well; they distributed sound and made a big visual impact with their curvy, horn speakers. Considering we are all about streaming music from our devices nowadays, it’s good to see that Gramovox has married the old Gramophone design with bluetooth technology, giving us the Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone, a sort of nostalgic filter in which to play our tunes.

The solid walnut base houses the brains, putting the rest of our focus on the larger steel horn. No cords means less clutter, but it also means batteries, though 15+ hours is a good span of play time, and no big deal when you rely on rechargeables. It’s Android™/IOS® compatible, of course, and has a micro USB & stereo input. It’s not the first modernization of the iconic gramophone shape, but this version certainly has an authentic and minimal edge over any competition.
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Price: $399.99
Available from: Gramovox

Snow Peak Wooden Stacking Mug Set

Snow Peak’s wooden stacking mugs might not look like much, but if you’re out on a day trip, they’re a perfect pairing for a full carafe of hot tea or coffee. Hand-crafted in Japan, they’re lightweight, durable, and, in my opinion, a pleasure to hold. Consider adding them to your lunch, picnic, or campsite bag for a more tactile (and dignified?) drinking receptacle.
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Price: $120.00
Available from: Snow Peak

Porter Bar Cart

When you entertain family and guests this holiday season, don’t look like a glipe rushing around to find your cocktail shaker and gin/vodka/whiskey/etc. Instead, look calm while you preside over the Porter Bar Cart and deposit drink requests smoothly into your guests’ hands. Two sustainable mango wood trays may be lifted out to pass around drinks and/or appetizers, and the aluminum wheels will make shifting the party from the dining to living area quick and easy.
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Price: $399.00
Available from: CB2

Wish Lists 2014

If you haven’t already been peppered with gift suggestions and guides in your inbox, here’s a hint: the holiday season is here. This year we’d like to try something different. Instead of featuring our online (and in person) friends’ wish lists like we do every year, we’d like you to submit your list. What would you, a semi-faithful reader of BLTD, like to give or receive this year?
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One of a Kind Quilt by Piet Hein Eek

Recycled quilts are great, but recycled quilts from Piet Hein Eek and Borre Akkersdijk are even better. They’re made of unused silk necktie fabrics, and were inspired by a visit to a former ties factory in Milan called the Spazio Rosanna Orlandi. All those silky fabrics with interesting patterns being reused to keep us warm? Yes, please. Smart, and sort of not surprising, considering Piet Hein Eek’s work in recycled wood. Each one is unique, so be prepared for a different version than the quilts pictured.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,225.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier

I know, I know, a block of wood with some strange carvings won’t make much sense until you pair the title with the picture. It’s the Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier, and it does just what it says- it passively amplifies sound on your iPhone. Two channels allow you to set your phone in either landscape or portrait mode, and you can customize the face. However, fair warning, this is more for a woodworker or DIY-er- you have to glue on the faceplate, cut to size and shape you prefer, sand, and then finish. Could be fun project (or gift), right?
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Price: $49.99
Available from: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

Adap.Table Legs

The Adap.Table Legs follow along the same lines as the Floyd Leg; by simply tightening the legs onto a flat surface, you create a table. Two versions are available from Adap.Table (the Delta or the Ribbon) and a contribution of $130 gets you a set of two (add hinges for a fold down table) or $230 gets you a set of four.
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Price: $130.00 - 230.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Dearborn Glassware

What says ‘grown-up glassware’ more than the $70 per piece price tag of the Dearborn Glassware? Maybe the intricate, fluted Borosilicate glass, or the knowledge that each piece was expertly created by master glassblowers in the Czech Republic. Borosilicate glass, if you didn’t know, gives thermal resistance, which translates into a durability appropriate for daily use- it’s safe to use in ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers- and that gives us all a little more understanding to the collection’s value (and, ultimately, the aforementioned price tag).
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Price: $65.00 - 70.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Proper Audio 2

Remember the PA1 Bluetooth Speaker? Well, Studio Proper had decided to make some small changes to make it better, and now there’s the Proper Audio 2, ready for your pledge. The PA2 is a wall mount and portable speaker, giving you some much-needed flexibility when it comes to listening to your music. A quick turn releases or mounts the Proper Audio 2, so there’s little fuss when moving it from room to room, or from home to office or outside.
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Price: $89.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Revolver Stool

There’s no telling how much fun you’ll have with a spinning barstool, but enjoyment aside, there’s a practicality in having a stool rotate a complete 360 degrees: ease of use. The Revolver Stool designed by Leon Ransmeier for HAY has circular seat, upper leg portion and footrest that spins completely around, giving you a comfortable and sensible seating option that fits in nicely with many a modern interior. And the price? Not too bad, considering the other barstools on our want list.
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Price: $350.00
Available from: Dwell

My Spot Bauhaus Memento Display

Hey, how about a string, a weight, and some anchors to hold up your important photos and notes? That sounds dreadfully dull, but it’s not, I promise. My Spot is just a very, very minimal approach to a pin board. Gravity keeps the string taut, allowing the anchors to hold your postcards, calendar pages, and notes within reach and perfectly displayed on a simple, horizontal line. Switch out your items easily without succumbing to the mess of a traditional bulletin board.
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Price: $150.00 - 160.00
Available from: Dwell

Asplund Tati Coat Rack

Oh, how wonderful it would be to have additional coat storage, especially if that coat storage was the Asplund Tati Coat Rack. Designed by Johan Ridderstråle & Mats Broberg for ASPLUND Collection, the Tati Coat Rack is available in two different sizes and several colors (anthracite, white, violet, olive, nougat, deep blue and orange) as well as a base in either Carrara mabrle or black granite. Which one would look best in your entryway or bedroom? I vote for deep blue.
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Price: $1,645.00 - 1,745.00
Available from: Huset-shop.com

Salt, Pepper, & Sugar Flasks

No more mismatched serving vessels for your salt, pepper, and sugar. Tse & Tse offers up this set, each flask with its own stainless steel top to serve a specific function. The pepper flask has a pierced cone, the salt a small sprinkler, and the sugar flask tip incorporates a spoon. A soft plastic plug is located at the bottom for refills.
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Price: $68.00
Available from: Horne

Light Line

A new design from the Lindsey Adelman Studio that’s available immediately? What!? Usually any design takes weeks to ship, but not this little Light Line designed by Mary Wallis. It utilizes a cold cathode tube to form a somewhat traditional table lamp shape and has a brushed brass base and dimmer switch. If you’re looking for a special lamp to add some edginess to your decor, this just might be it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,200.00
Available from: Lindsey Adelman