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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)

 
 

Smartphone Projector

Cool! It’s a $40 cardboard projector, and it’s just the thing for getting those movies from your smartphone onto the wall. Photos and videos being shown to the office or at a family gathering just got a whole lot easier, though, do be realistic with your expectations- it is made from cardboard, after all. It’ll be easy to move around, as it’s light, compact and portable, and fits phones up to a maximum size of 3.2 x 5.7 inches.
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Price: $39.99
Available from: Animi Causa Boutique

Wine Twirls

If you enjoy white or rosé wine, then you’re probably familiar with the ideal serving temperature. Now, unless you live somewhere quite cold most of the time, there’s the issue of keeping your glass at that ideal temperature until it’s finished. Sure, you can keep the bottle on ice, but what about the actual glass? That’s the point of these Wine Twirls: they chill your wine in the glass without dilution. They’re made of food-safe resin (BPA-free FDA-approved) and a high-tech thermal gel and rest at the bottom of the glass so as to not interfere with each sip.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Teroforma

SR Ranger Stools

These stools by Scout Regalia have storage space underneath the seat, which give them a schoolhouse sort of look and feel. They’re made of white oak and powder coated steel, so if they were put in a room full of crazy kids they’d probably come out looking just fine at the end of the day. Available in 3 sizes and 2 standard colors (Forest Ranger Green or Cream), with custom colors available on request.
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Price: $360.00 - 395.00
Available from: Scout Regalia

Jump Charging Cable

A cable plus charger in a smaller, less bulky size? Yes, please. The Jump will charge your phone as well as packing a power boost whenever/wherever you need it. It automatically charges itself whenever it’s plugged in and packs 800mAh into a compact form that weighs less than two AA batteries. 800mAh means roughly 3 hours of additional talk-time, which will definitely save the day if you’re caught with the dreaded red dead battery sign. Stuff it in a bag or keep it in your pocket and rest assured you’ll have a charge or a boost whenever needed.
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Price: $49.99
Available from: BiteMyApple.co

mc squares dry-erase system

Dry erase boards are great for jotting down ideas and collaborating, but they’ve also got limitations. It’s not easy to take a big dry erase board from conference room to office, and often only a few people can use one board at the same time. The mc squares dry-erase system solves those issues. They’re small, personal dry erase boards that can be combined on the wall or moved around as ideas and projects change. Magnets on the back mount to a wall bracket for display, and you may combine as many as you’d like for a large scale presentation. See the Kickstarter video below for more info.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Charcoal Ridge Tray by Yield Design Co

We’ve established that trays are good to have, haven’t we? For smaller items, consider this Charcoal Ridge Tray. It’s the perfect size for holding cards, jewelry, or pens and pencils, and can be grouped together with additional trays and the Ridge Stand for more organization options.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Social Studies

Brick Lamp

Maybe you’re a no-nonsense sort of person, and if so, maybe you’d like the Brick Lamp by Philippe Malouin. It’s a task light, that’s for sure, but it’s reduced down to the bare essentials. The aluminum light rod (with LEDs) may be moved by shifting/poking it through the holes of the concrete “brick” base. Would this fit within the industrial aesthetic arena? Yes, indeed. The Brick Lamp will provide a visual weight (and physical heft) to your work area.
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Price: $220.00
Available from: A+R Store

Avva Small Tumblers

Any self-respecting whiskey drinker isn’t going to pour their water of life into any ol’ glass… unless the circumstances are quite dire, and then, of course, it is permissible to drink directly from the bottle. On normal and/or celebratory evenings, be sure to treat your whiskey well by drinking it from a receptacle like these mouth-blown, non-lead crystal glasses. One nests inside the other for storage, and, as you may have guessed, their shapes enhance the body of your beverage.
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Price: $46.00
Available from: teroforma

Brass Towel Hanger and Toilet Paper Holder

Towel rings and toilet paper holders… yawn. Those two things are perhaps the least exciting items in a bathroom and possibly the hardest to find for any discerning modernist. Now, considering there are several nice brass home accessories available nowadays from respectable retailers, we shouldn’t be too surprised to find that Ferm Living has these two options available. Solid brass combined with oak wood does the job without getting in the way of a quiet, minimal look.
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Price: $52.00
Available from: Ferm Living Shop

Slow Factory: Mars Scarves

Do you follow all news of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission? Do you have a fondness of ethereal, beautiful imagery? Do you sometimes get cold? If your answer was yes to any of those questions, congratulations, you deserve a Slow Factory scarf showing images taken by HiRISE. That’s the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, if you’re not familiar. Bookmark the collection as an excellent source for gifts this holiday season, and know that you’ll be thanked profusely if you decide to be so generous.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: Slow Factory

Sterling Side Table Stool

For $100, you could do so much worse than this Sterling Side Table/Stool. Believe me, I just did a quick search and it’s not a pretty sight. Save yourself by considering this sand cast aluminum seating option. It has a slight rippled surface thanks to its hand-poured nature, with a high mirrored finish to obtain a sleek-yet-subtle vibe.
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Price: $109.00
Available from: CB2

Above Home Floor Mat

You might see simple, graphic squares adorning these woven mats, but these images are stylized patterns of backyards and swimming pools as seen from above. Made of abaca, an odor and moisture resistant natural plant fiber, and designed by Icelandic-born designer Hlynur Atlason, the Above Home Floor Mat gives you a place to wipe your feet along with a little rectangle of conceptual outdoor space.
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Price: $90.00
Available from: A+R Store

The Convertible Roadtrip Tripod

What will make your photos better? A tripod, of course. No more shaky pics or blurriness, hooray. The Convertible Roadtrip Tripod will show off its features the more you use it. Lightweight aluminum means it’s easy to carry along and, with a few quick twists, you can convert it into a monopod for quick shots. Oh, and for those of you that care, there’s also a bubble level, a bullhead, a center column hook for stabilizing weights, and a carrying case.
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Price: $189.00
Available from: Photojojo Store

9.9.2 Box : Tray

What’s the big deal about a walnut tray? Well, if you own anything, you know that little things tend to multiply, and it helps to have a tray handy to corral important things together. For instance, in the living area, a tray, such as the 9.9.2 Box you see above, would be an ideal spot to hold magazines and those unsightly TV remotes. In the kitchen, a tray would make a short job of setting the table- you can carry an armload’s worth of stuff safely to and fro. Use one in the office for an important stack of papers or in the bedroom for a safe spot for your phone, keys, and other pocket contents. The 9.9.2 Box : Tray is handmade from solid four quarter American black walnut. Check out OnOurTable to see more of their Box Collection, as various sizes (some with lids) are available.
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Price: $190.00
Available from: OnOurTable

Nomad Carafe

This stainless steel carafe hits all the right notes with its minimalist cork stopper and four nesting cups. Stack the cups and invert them on top of the carafe for an easy to carry stack that’s perfect for picnics or just for transporting a hot or cold beverage from the kitchen to patio. Designed by Hlymur Vagn Atlason.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store