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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)

 
 

Variopinte Plates

How about some colorful dinnerware for this season’s festivities? Variopinte* enamel plates were created as part of the A TAVOLA! project, where Stefania Di Petrillo created a dining room that’s easily transported via a clever packing plan/container. The plates are available in three sizes and can be stacked or used separately. Best of all, the enamel is durable enough to use outdoors should you fancy a picnic.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €12.00
Available from: Variopinte

.ORG Deskscape System

Now, don’t have an apoplectic fit when you see the price tag along with the image above- there’s more than just a small wooden container for your odds and ends. Rather, the price is for the whole .ORG Deskscape System from L & G Studio (a.k.a. Ladies & Gentlemen Studio) in collaboration with Pat Kim. Four modules can be combined in different ways to suit your needs: there’s a mail organizer with adjustable metal dividers, a zig zag catch all tray, a cork block for pinning messages and cards, and the double container for smaller items you see above. Take a look and tell me if you’re not tempted to organize your desktop immediately afterwards.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: L & G Studio

Sweeper and Funnel

It’s just a regular ol’ sweeper and dustpan, so what’s the big deal? Well, the dustpan has a hollow handle, which allows you to store the sweeper perfectly inside, and, perhaps more importantly, also enables you to cleanly deposit dust & debris into the trash with ease. Smart!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Leibal

Acacia Honey Dipper

Hmm, perhaps we all need to upgrade our honey dippers- if we even have one to begin with, that is. The hexagonal shape of a honeycomb attached to a polished stainless steel handle allows honey to drizzle easily into your tea or toast. Designer Miriam Mirri brought this clever idea into existence, and we might just have to say it’s the coolest honey-drizzling tool to ever cross our computer screens.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: A+R Store

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    Enjoy the weekend.

    24K Gold-Plated Cocktail Shaker

    What do you need for the winter other than a 24K Gold-Plated Cocktail Shaker? Plenty of alchohol to put in it and just enough food to survive, and that’s about it. This three-piece cobbler shaker makes any drink look like it was mixed by a pro, and you’ll no doubt enjoy your concoction more when it’s poured from such a luxurious receptacle.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $128.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Entomo Dinnerware

    How about some creepy-crawlies alongside your dinner? Might sound unappetizing, but the pattern is delightful. Black butterflies and beetles provide such a nice pattern on bone china; a few of these plates or mugs are sure to find their way into any entomologist’s (amateur or professional) hands. The mug would make an especially excellent gift, by the way.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $26.00 and up
    Available from: Switch Modern

    Midori MD 2015 Monthly Notebook

    Do you have your 2015 planner yet? No? May I suggest Midori’s MD 2015 Monthly Notebook? It’s a minimal planner that has plenty of blank space for your notes and sketches. Often planners get a little too crowded with text and someone else’s idea of organization, and that’s why the quiet pages of this planner seem especially welcoming. Memo pages are divided into eight sections so that you may use them as weekly pages or just for notes. That plus the monthly layouts and blank pages at the back allows room for you to organize dates and information the way you prefer. The Midori Monthly Notebook’s pages open flat as they’re bound by strings.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Baum-kuchen

    Big Tournebrille Lamp

    The Serge Mouille Wall Sconce is well beyond most of our budgets, and that’s why seeing the price tag of the Tournebrille Lamp by Tse & Tse is a nice surprise. It’s a little less grande than the Mouille Sconce, yet that’s not a bad thing. Flying under the design radar occasionally might just make your home more interesting, and you’ll certainly have more money in the bank. A rotating shade and swing arm make the black matte Tournebrille an excellent, affordable choice for your preferred reading spot.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $380.00
    Available from: Horne

    Bin 8 Multi Kitchen Tool

    Short on drawer space in the kitchen? This Bin 8 Multi Kitchen Tool will help. It has 8 essential kitchen tools, all housed within a shape similar to a wine bottle. You’ll have a funnel, a lemon juicer, a spice grater, and egg masher, a cheese grater, a lid grip/opener, an egg yolk separator, a measuring cup, and even a little attachment to use the funnel as a vase. It’s not expensive, so it might not last the longest, but if you’re on a tight budget it’ll do the job(s).

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $13.99
    Available from: Amazon

    EYEteleporter by Juste Kostikovaite

    This is so ridiculous it’s wonderful. The EYEteleporter is a mask that displaces your eyesight. Put it on and you’ll either see the view point of your belly, above your head, or above your head, backwards, and upside down. Those three modes will hopefully insert a little bit of fun into your day at the office, as long as your coworkers don’t mind you wearing a large, cardboard, telescope-like contraption. Yes, you’ll look weird, but at least you’ll have fun.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $55
    Available from: Kickstarter

    The Public Radio by Centerline Engineering

    There’s not much time left to back this project (eek!), but it’s better to post it now than never. For radio monogamists, The Public Radio by Centerline Engineering is the perfect pairing. It’s a single station FM radio in a Mason jar, pre tuned to your favorite station. There’s only an on/off/volume button, an antenna, and the radio, all housed in/on a Mason jar. No complications, no tuning, just the one station you tune into most.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    EM77 Vacuum Jug

    Lukewarm coffee is just not acceptable, and this EM77 Vacuum Jug will ensure hot coffee stays hot. When tipped, the rocker stopper automatically opens to let coffee flow out- this limits the amount air entering the jug, thus preventing your coffee from cooling prematurely. You can use the EM77 Vacuum Jug to keep beverages cold as well, so don’t put it in the back of the cupboard when spring comes around.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    NeighBirds Birdhouse

    There’s never a bad time to put up a birdhouse, especially if that birdhouse is modular. A modular birdhouse? Yep, thanks to the hexagonal log shape of the NeighBirds Birdhouse, it can be paired with other units as your avian neighborhood grows. The soft polyester strap won’t damage your tree and stretches to accommodate more houses.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.00
    Available from: Gessato

    Blu Dot Sale

    You know that Blu Dot is having their big sale, right? You can get 20% off all designs until November 9, so it’s worth checking out if you’re in need of a few furniture pieces that don’t cost an arm and a leg (and looks good too). A few quick links to some favorites below.
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    More information:

    View Blu Dot Sale here