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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)

 
 

Heller Rainbow Mugs

A big dose of cheerful, rainbow color in the morning would do everyone some good, don’t you think? The Heller Mugs are iconic tableware pieces, first winning the Compasso d’Oro Award in 1964, if you can believe it. This classic set will match any existing vintage pieces, as they’re made using the same molds.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: DWR

Boyce Studio Succulent Planters

You won’t be able to fit any large plants into these wooden containers by Boyce Studio, so don’t even try. However, do plan to place a few small succulents into the smaller receptacles, as they’ll be right at home. The shaped planters are fashioned from wood and finished with a low VOC oil and wax combo. Pick a couple and group them together for a bigger statement.
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Price: $32.00 - 75.00
Available from: WorkOf

LED Smart Jump Rope

Who wants a smart jump rope? I do, I do! And you do too, because it shows your jump count midair with LED lights, which means you’ll be more motivated to hit your goals and therefore healthier. Right? Right. Set training intervals and track progress, all via the included Smart Gym mobile app. What about battery life, you ask? Because you will be jumping ALL THE EFFING time now? A two-hour USB charge will give you 36 hours of active use, which is plenty. You’ll need a break now and then, anyways.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.99
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Friday Links

Ian Stell’s Ingenious Transforming Designs

Modern Brazil Home by ATRIA

– Cool, graphic scarves at Black Plum

SPYNDI furniture invention

– Small office space by Marc&Co

– Recycled glass is melted together to make these Splinterbowls

Enjoy the weekend!

Mega and Mini Dot Quilt

Aside from not having more US distributers, Hay can do no wrong in my book. These reversible Mega Dot Quilts hit the target for lighter summer bedding. I recently purchased another one for my home, as it’s the perfect weight for summer nights, and was delighted to find the price has decreased quite a bit from a couple of years ago. That certainly doesn’t happen often. If you’d rather have a smaller size as a throw for the cooler evenings or for a smaller children’s bed, there’s the Baby Dot Quilt for $99.00.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00 - 165.00
Available from: A+R Store

Sony Glass Sound Speaker

You’d be forgiven for thinking this glass cylinder is some sort of lantern, for it certainly looks like a sleek little light. However, it packs a punch in sound quality. Crystal-clear sound is reverberated through the glass cylinder, the vibration giving a unique “lifelike sound experience.” Lightweight and portable, the Glass Sound Speaker is ideal for use both indoors and out. And, yes, of course, it connects to your device via Bluetooth.
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Price: $799.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Timeless Travel Planner

Do your travel plans need a little more organization? That’s just what this planner aims to provide, with pages to specifically map out where you’re going, track expenses, and plan your itinerary. The amount of detail is spot on, as it has places to note current exchange rates, as well as entertainment, accommodation and transportation costs. There’s also room to list your very important ‘To Do’s’ before you leave. Does this mean you’ll travel smarter? Probably, as it would be hard not to take advantage of such an easy system. And maybe, just maybe, getting all your info written down in such a manner will free you up to enjoy your journey more.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: Kickstarter

‘The Narlai’ Canvas Shower Curtain

While shower curtains are pretty much the worst decorative thing about most bathrooms, if you have to have one, you now have a pretty good alternative to the requisite white. ‘The Narlai’ Canvas Shower Curtain looks like a geometric quilt that you’d put on your bed, and that’s exactly its inspiration. Think of it as a rugged-sail-meets-American-quilt and you’ve got its design aesthetic pegged.
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Price: $198.00
Available from: TRNK

Cacoon Single Hammock

How would you like to spend your summer reading books and taking naps in a Cacoon Hammock? Crafted from sturdy, weatherproof canvas, the Cacoon Hammock is easy to assemble and easy to hang, thanks to its one-hook/one-rope hanging design- no tools needed. A few add-on accessories will make your Cacoon a little more comfortable- think about getting a bug net, tree loop, a ‘door’, or even a metal tripod to finish out your set up.
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Price: $370.00
Available from: A+R Store

Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer

If you thought cold coffee was for snobs or sugar junkies, think again. Cold brew coffee is often less acidic and less bitter than hot brewed coffee, and more palatable with milk. Using a slow-drip process with an adjustable valve, the Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer lets you play around with brew time to get your ideal cup. However, don’t think you’ll pull this sort of cold brewing off in a quick minute; the recommended brew time is a 6-hour span, at a drip per second.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: A+R Store

Father’s Day 2016

It’s June, and that means Father’s Day is coming up. June 19 is the day, so you’ve got just under two weeks to figure out just what might appeal to your dear old dad. Here’s a few odds and ends that he might like, or at least get you started on the right track.
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Impossible I-1 Analog Instant Camera

The Impossible Project now brings us the I-1 Analog Instant Camera, the first camera system that uses the original Polaroid® format from way back when. But wait, it comes with an accompanying I-1 App, which lets you control aperture and shutter speed. Yep, pick your jaw up off the floor and soak it in. Autofocus and ring flash (eight LED’s plus it counts how many photos are left on the film) makes your photo skills shine, and you’ll have an actual instant photo to show off, give away, or frame. Oh, and, of course, you can upload your images to social channels with the app as well. Hip, hip, hooray!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Crosscut Trestle Legs

Don’t get too excited; that price you see to the right is for the trestle legs only, not the whole dining table. But, hey, maybe you’re excited about that price for just the trestle legs, as that means you can add whatever top you wish and have a great, portable option for your work or for feeding your face. Two pieces of laser-cut steel and six oak legs make up the Crosscut Trestle Legs set, and, as you can see from the product photo, the cylindrical legs fit neatly into the steel. Update: Now on sale from the Dwell Store for $309.99 until quantities last.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $435.00
Available from: HORNE

Friday Links

Desert Courtyard House (via Minimalissimo)

What would happen if all humans disappeared? 

Small Victories takes files in a Dropbox folder and turns them into a website. (via Creative Mornings)

– Going on a big trip? A Skross Travel Adapter may be handy.

The Triangle Hi-Fi Speaker

– A 3D printed electric Violin: 3Dvarius

LiftHook

Oldest Handwritten Documents In British History Discovered (via Good Stuff Happened Today)

Have a great weekend.

Mushroom Lamp

This cute little Mushroom Lamp hides an iPhone dock in its base. How handy is that? I’d say it would be perfect beside your bed or desk, as it gives you a place to charge your phone along with an ambient light for reading or working. Plus, it’s smart how you only see the docking station when you flip it over… when it is in its upright ‘lamp only’ position, the dock is hidden.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $69.00
Available from: Kickstarter