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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)

 
 

Master Kit #5575

If your toolbox is a mess, with missing hex bits and no Phillips Head to be found, you could probably use a complete tool overhaul. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you are either very lucky, very rich, or have your home falling apart. In any case, this Master Kit has pretty much everything you need should you need a basic tool set, all in a securely latching box.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Chapman Manufacturing Company

Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack

There’s nothing wrong with a little scuffs here and there on a great leather bag, especially when that bag keeps your 15″ MacBook Pro pristine. This Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack is made of high quality untreated leather that protects your Macbook, with space for an iPad, a magazine, a moleskine or A4 documents. The front removable pocket perfectly fits a charger, or, more likely the case, just use it to carry all those other smallish things you need upon your personage. The straps may be changed around for use as a briefcase, shoulder bag, or backpack. Remove the straps and pocket altogether and it’s simply a sleeve.
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Price: €210.00
Available from: Soffio

Stendig Oversized Calendar

Ugh, really? A 2015 calendar already? I know, it’s a little frightening that we’re nearing the end of 2014, but at least we can get ahead of the game and order a Stendig to prepare ourselves. The oversized Stendig Calendar has been in production for 40+ years- Massimo Vignelli created the design in 1966- and remains a classic option for keeping your dates straight.

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Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Fronzoni Chair

This chair might not look like the most comfortable, but it is delightfully minimal. Graphic designer A.G. Forzoni designed this metal square tube frame and lacquered wood seat back in 1964, and its simplicity lies in Forzoni’s goal to “avoid waste and excess.” White or anthracite will set you back just over a grand, and for another Benjamin (plus some) you can get one lacquered in India blue, sun-yellow or cherry-red.
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Price: $1,034.00
Available from: Hive Modern

Brass Desk Set

How do you get yourself excited about work now that summer is over? You could think about your fall wardrobe, cooler weather, and the approaching winter holidays, or you could buy some new desk organizers. I vote for the latter, as it brings about less stress. The four-piece Brass Desk Set by Danish designer Trine Andersen (of Ferm Living) might get you to tidy up those odds and ends and make your desk look like it belongs to someone who needs a promotion.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00 - 125.00
Available from: Poketo

Trace Coffee Table by Tom Dixon

What is this lovely thing before us? It’s a coffee table by Tom Dixon and it’s strange enough to catch our eyes and have us thinking a glass coffee table is a good idea. The thinly printed stripes intersect at different angles depending upon our perspective, and that creates an interesting sort of moiré pattern. Made from UV‑bonded sheet glass, the Trace Coffee Table is designed for domestic or contract use.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,100.00
Available from: Vertigo Home

Double Sided B&W Notebooks

Hey, we all need a little encouragement now and then, and what better way to remind yourself that you’re something special than a simple black and white notebook that says so? Pick one of these three Double Sided B&W Notebooks with the encouraging phrases on their covers and you’ll be set right anytime you’re feeling a bit down before a meeting or brainstorming session. These could also be a fun gift for a co-worker, friend, or family member, so maybe get a few- one for yourself and a couple to give away.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00
Available from: Poketo

Friday Links

  • Xenia Moseley’s ladder from the Wish List project
  • The Prepster, the Luxury 3 Day Survival Bag (via Tish’s Place)
  • How to eat sushi
  • Katsutoshi Sasaki’s Imai house is just three metres wide
  • Skateboard Swing (DIY?)
  • Yikes. This video shows the lung capacity of smokers vs nonsmokers
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    Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!

    B-Desk

    In the spirit of those back-to-school vibes fluttering around, let’s take a look at a petite desk from Ethnicraft’s Universo Positivo collection. A solid oak frame and surface lends warmth to the workspace while lacquered stainless steel sides creates a sense of privacy and keeps tabletop clutter corralled. Measuring in at almost 40″ wide and just less than 18″ deep, the B-Desk could easily fit into a small bedroom or a larger living space.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $749.00
    Available from: Lekker Home

    Party Hat

    Come on, now, remember when party hats were standard birthday party fair? Why let kids have such special ceremonial attire when we adults deserve just as much (if not more) for certain events? LA designer OTAAT creates these leather Party Hats just for those festive times, whether it be a birthday or other significant life event. Keep one in the office or at home to use again and again, and make sure certain things are celebrated appropriately.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $80.00
    Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

    Pencil Tray Large

    Ethnicraft’s Universo Positivo Collection is full of interesting items, and you’ll no doubt see several of them featured over the next few days. This large Pencil Tray has the same mix of solid oak and lacquered stainless steel as the B-Desk and offers organization for pens, pencils, and other small desk accessories. There’s a Pencil Holder as well, shown below, with the same color options of Salmon Red, Yellow, White, or Agate Grey.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $75.00
    Available from: Lekker Home

    Magno Tube Lamp

    With some magnet trickery, you can change the angle of this copper-colored Magno Tube Lamp to suit your needs. Such flexibility is possible thanks to the separate parts of concrete base, tube, and cord. Let the light hang, pull the cord taut, whichever way you change it up it’ll be more versatile than any regular ol’ table lamp. Neat!
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $390.00
    Available from: Into Concrete

    Beer Freeze

    Let’s get this straight: this mug will keep your beer cold without diluting it. Huh? What?? No more warm beers? That’s right, this BPA-free plastic Beer Freeze mug has a built-in proprietary cooling gel that will keep your beverage ice cold. Keep it in the freezer until you’re ready, then pour your drink in. A rubber grip will keep your hand comfortable. There’s no info yet as to just how long this mug will keep its temperature, but chances are that it’s long enough to enjoy your favorite beverage (if you’re not a beer drinker, just think of smoothies or soft drinks).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $16.99
    Available from: The Fowndry

    Please Call Key

    Have you ever lost your keys? Or found someone else’s? This Please Call Key by Noah Lambert will give any finder your mobile or office number so they can call and let you know your keys have been found. Engraved to a depth of .005″, the number will be legible for years, so make sure it’s one you’ll keep. Once you and your keys are reconnected, be sure to thank whoever found them profusely, as they just made your life a little easier.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: Noah Lambert

    Toby Bag Small

    Would you like to see a cool box bag that you can use horizontally or vertically? Okay, here you go. It’s the Toby Bag, and you’re seeing the small size (there’s also a large). An all-around zipper makes things fun; open it completely as a work surface (or placemat, as Otaat suggests) if you so desire.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $585.00
    Available from: OTAAT