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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)

 
 

Mozartkugel Music Box

What do you get the person who has everything? A Mozartkugel Music Box, of course. Turn the key and Mozart’s ‘Voi Che Sapete’ from ‘Marriage of Figaro’ begins playing from inside the large, solid wooden ball. Magic? We wish. This wind-up music box is cleverly designed by Adam + Harborth of Siebensachen and is available in Light Beech, Dark Smoked Oak, special edition #01 Snowball, or special edition #03 Golden Oak.

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Price: $120.00 - 170.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re taking the rest of the week off to spend time with friends and family. Here’s hoping that your Thanksgiving is better than you hope, and that you get your fill of turkey (or another seasonally appropriate alternative) and all the other wonderful stuff.
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Wilson Keyring, Carbon Black

Would you like a minimal keyring with a nitrocarburized coating? I know I would, especially when it costs $10. You may have already seen the brass version (or the brass with enamel stripe), but the black is a little more fetching in my humble opinion. It’s a pre-order, FYI, so best snap a couple up now if you’re thinking about gifts for friends.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Craighill

Carrie Portable LED Lamp

Take this portable LED light practically anywhere- outside on the patio, over to the beach, or beside your chair or bed for reading. The steel base and handle holds an opaque glass shade while the internal LED light is rechargeable via USB. When you’re not toting it around, you can remove the handle for a simpler shape.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: Gessato

Haze Vitrine

If you are disorganized, and tend to stuff any available storage cabinet with everything in haphazard way, then just ignore the Haze Vitrine. If you are organized, and tend to neatly stack and arrange items, then this Vitrine was made for you. Textural armored glass hazily hides the details of what’s stored inside, while sleek powder coated metal gives an industrial edge. Think of it for a storage space for dinnerware in the dining room or for towels and beauty essentials in the bathroom.
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Price: $1,599.00
Available from: Horne

Grain Plank Tray

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States, so you still have a tiny bit of time to round out your dishes and trays before your family descends. Take a look at Grain’s Plank Tray- it’s made from sustainably sourced ash in the Pacific Northwest and would look wonderful as a centerpiece, with or without food and drinks.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: Grain Design

Friday Links

Sparkr: Fire & Light in One

– Watch this Futuristic Vat of Water Paint a Cat

SafariSeat: Open source wheelchair for developing countries.

The Japanese Museum of Rocks That Look Like Faces

– Here’s a someone writing his thesis on the Danish brand MUUTO, so, if you’d like to help him out, here’s the survey.

– Cute: Mondrian Wallet

– Architectural curves: Villa Q

Know Yourself Prompt Cards

– Also cute: Plant Talkers Plant Labels

Enjoy your weekend!

Q-Hook

S-hooks are handy to have, but they often fall when you unhook something. Therein lies the improvement of the Q-Hook. It extends the traditional ‘s’ shaped design into a curled ‘q’- this keeps the hook attached no matter how many times you grab stuff off of it, yet still keeps the hook easy to add and remove. Smart, right? Available in blue, grey, and pink, in a set of 3.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

Keytags by Various Projects

Know a blogger, a bon vivant, or a bad ass? What about a fashion editor, a freeloader, or a philanderer? Maybe one of those people needs a keychain with their stand-out attribute written for all to see, or maybe you need a bunch to label your keys and/or yourself. Give some as gifts, give one to yourself, go crazy. See the whole collection at Various Projects.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Various Projects

Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are the perfect thing for anyone adverse to a lifetime commitment. Running across this one (shown above) reminded me how much I like tattoos of text. I’ll never get an actual tattoo, as I would not be able to settle upon just one phrase (plus I’m scaredy cat when it comes to needles), but temporary tattoos? Sure, let’s get some and plaster them all over our bodies. Could be fun to give as a gift, don’t you think?
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Price: $5.00
Available from: Litograph

OYOBox Eyewear Organizer

I know, I know, organizing your eyewear is not at the top of your list. However, if you have more than three pairs of good glasses/sunglasses, chances are that you often fumble around with cases and worry about scratches. So, maybe you need an OYOBox; it’s a box just for your eyewear. A glass lid keeps dust out while a leatherette interior has one centered ridge to keep glasses upright and aligned. I’ve seen a sample in person and I’m impressed. And, yes, you guessed it, the boxes aren’t cheap, but your glasses aren’t either, so why not keep them safe in a nice, lacquered box? Maybe put the small one on your holiday wish list?
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Price: $135.00 - 350.00
Available from: Neiman Marcus

Rule/One

How much do you want the Rule/One? I guess that all depends how often you measure things, or how often you need a straight line. The Rule/One is a aluminum ruler and a pen, all in one. The pen clicks into place inside the spine of the ruler thanks to a strong magnet. With three interchangeable heads (pen on paper, stylus tablet, or lanyard attachment), you can alter it to suit your needs. Plus, its droplet shape makes it suitable as a bookmark as well.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Poketo

The Weather Station

You need a smartphone to check the weather? Pfft. You wouldn’t if you had this Weather Station affixed outside within view of the kitchen sink. Best Made Co. has joined forces with a manufacturer in Germany to bring you a weather station that does things the old fashioned way. A thermometer and a hygrometer simultaneously read heat and humidity; when both needles cross in the hatched section of the gauge, you’ll know it’ll be a pleasant day. Those city folk can have their phones- you’ll rely on something that’ll never need a power cord, thank you very much.
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Price: $178.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Maple Wood Utensil Set

Did you know that the closed grain of maple wood will not absorb any flavors or bacteria? That makes it an excellent material for cooking utensils in the kitchen, and looky here, here’s a set that includes a spatula, spoon, straining spoon, and tongs- what more do you need? Each piece in this set is hand carved from a block of locally-sourced wood in an Indiana workshop.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Halflight Leather Valet Tray

If a certain someone you know doesn’t have a tray or container to catch all the paraphernalia in their pockets, then you know exactly what to get them as a present this year: a valet tray. This leather one is available in natural or black, and is sized appropriately to fit anywhere- on a desk, dresser, console, or nightstand.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Available from: TRNK