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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)

 
 

Be Nice Tea Towel x David Shrigley

It’d be awfully tempting to stuff this tea towel into the mouth of a loud, mean person. Would we get punched in the face? Probably. But, it might shut them up, at least temporarily. And, it’d be hard to be mean when holding a tea towel with a pretty rainbow and the words ‘BE NICE’, wouldn’t it? So, maybe they’d change, as if by magic. After removing it from their mouths, of course.
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Price: $36.00
Available from: Third Drawer Down

Little Sun Diamond

You remember the pocket-sized Little Sun Solar Light? The latest iteration features a crystalline, faceted lens and packs in two more hours of light: five hours of sunlight charging gives five hours of power.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Sunday Sofa

This sofa looks like a pretty perfect place for a long nap, don’t you think? Sort of like sweatpants for your living room, it’ll keep you comfortable while signaling you give approximately zero forks what other people think of you. Just kidding, this sofa isn’t nearly that bad… but it does look that comfortable.
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Price: $2,799.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Michelle Rondelli Cotton Blanket

Now that we’re officially into September (the first few days didn’t really count), it’s time to take stock of your blankets, or more specifically, your throw blankets. Do you have one? Do you need another one?
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Price: $160.00
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

Pleated Planter and Vase

Handmade in terracotta-coloured earthenware, the Pleated Planter and Vase feature geometric pleats to catch the light. The planter has an added bonus of a self-watering wick to make sure your leafy companion gets just the right amount of water, while the vase is ideal for longer stems and less permanent greenery.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Umbra

Labor Day

Enjoy your Labor Day! We’ll return with the normal post schedule tomorrow.
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Friday Links

Here’s How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey

– Donations: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

An Online Guide to 350 International Art Styles & Movements

– Kickstarter’s Projects of Earth: 5000 Years of Human History Poster

Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach

– Ridiculous, but fun: Sequin Pineapple Throw Pillow. Also, cute: Furry Sloth Pillow

Rebecca Solnit: if I were a man

Juvet Landscape Hotel – Second phase (via)

Have a good weekend.

Juvet Landscape Hotel - Second phase

Umbra Shift Triplet Shelf

Okay, wait, a three-tiered shelf of whitewashed wood and powder coated steel for $300, and shipping is included? Is that right? Sure looks like it. Snap one up if you need a little more storage space for your books and such.
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Price: $300.00
Available from: Poketo

Wall Willy Hook

As another option of body-parts-as-hooks (see Female Support System Brass Hooks and the Boob Hook), Eric Trine offers up the Wall Willy Hook. I know what you’re thinking- which body part do my clothes like best? Don’t let your hats/jackets/scarves be discriminatory, get both the Wall Willy and the Boob Hook! Best to put them in different areas (entryway, bathroom, or dressing area), so they each get a chance to shine.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Need Supply

5 Sconces under $150

Not everyone can afford super expensive lighting, especially when that lighting might be going in, say, a kid’s bedroom or guest room. They should just be happy they’ve got a light to read by, right? So, here’s a break for you: five sconces under $150. Yep, you read that right, no zeros are missing. Now, I can’t vouch for the quality, so keep that in mind… though, usually you get what you pay for, in my experience.
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Price: $79.00 - 149.00
Available from: Spring

Painted Oak Stools

Maybe you can go chop down a tree, take off all the bark, then paint it and add a sturdy woven cotton handle, but some of us have other things to do. Plus, when these stools are less than $100 and made from sustainably harvested oak, it’s awfully hard to resist such affordable seats.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Female Support System Brass Hooks

Okay, so, back to work*. How fun are these Female Support System brass wall hooks by Kaye Blegvad? They’re laser cut from solid brass and work best in pairs (two facing each other, of course). Best for jewelry, towels, and other lightweight clothing. Pretty fun.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

Anker 15W Dual USB Solar Charger

With all the news coverage of the flooding in Houston, it’d be silly not to assess your disaster preparedness plan. Do you have one? Do you have the necessary food, water, and gear, just in case your city is hit with a natural (or man-made) disaster? And, considering most of us rely on our mobile phones, do you have a solar and/or hand crank charger? If not, now’s the time to get one, so you can at least be certain you can power up your device if the electrical grid fails you.
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Price: $49.99
Available from: Amazon

Houston Flood

No posts today, as it seems in bad taste to talk about stuff to admire and/or buy when Houston is flooding. Sorry. If you’re in Houston, stay safe. If you’re not in Houston, maybe take a moment to be thankful you’re not dealing with flooded roads/businesses/homes, power outages, and possible drinking water shortages. Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams).
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Friday Links

Fernando Abellanas hangs secret studio under a bridge in Valencia

CARDS TO COLOR “OUTSIDE” HAIR

– More cards: “You are better than unicorns and sparkles combined” ban.do Card Set, assorted and The SUBtext Collection Mixed Set

Pocket Synthesizer Factory

Pocket Synthesizer Factory

Louie is a glass baseball bat, “a contemporary take on a weapon for self defense.”

– Oooo, I want: Meet Singularity Black, the Blackest Paint on the Market. And you can buy it from NanoLab: Singularity Black Paint

World Traveler’s Cork Globe

The SHED Project offers micro-homes inside vacant London properties

Have fun this weekend.

The SHED Project micro homes