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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)

 
 

onefortythree Wall Lamps

Bear with me here as I calm myself down from a conniption fit. I’m frantically trying to figure out where in my home I need an extra (and rather large) swing arm lamp after perusing the awfully affordable wall lights from onefortythree. (Have we posted these lamps before? Who cares?) You think I’m over exaggerating, and I am ever so slightly, but just take a look at the prices- $95, $145, $275- and each light is remarkably lovely. You can’t go wrong with those prices or any of the lamps… but, if you do, just let me know and I’ll be happy to take it/them off your hands.
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Price: $95.00 - 275.00
Available from: onefortythree

Pixelivery Tshirts

Let’s pause for a moment to appreciate all things pixelated. Particularly, your home state pixelated on a T-shirt. Pixelivery were kind enough to send me a Texas shirt, and it meets, if not surpasses, my expectations. If you would like to show your home state some love, Pixelivery would like to offer you 15% off any shirt until the end of May: use BLTD15 as a promo code. (There are other designs, of course, my favorites being the Camera and the Bike shirts.)

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Price: $24.00
Available from: Pixelivery

Riviera tray

Need an elegant landing pad for your precious phone, keys, and other pocket contents? The Riviera tray is hand made with solid wood, and the only decoration is the interwoven slats of the two sides. The resulting appearance, while austere, is surprisingly fresh and, not to sound too pretentious, timeless.
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Price: $175.00
Available from: DESU DESIGN

Windowfarms

Short on space but still want to grow your own greens? Not a problem. A Windowfarm utilizes vertical window space for year-round growing. A hydroponic system allows maximum yield; nutrient-spiked water is pumped from a reservoir down through each bottle to bathe the roots of the plants, giving them adequate food and water on a set schedule. You can order a system directly from Windowfarms, or if you’d prefer, simply build your own by gathering parts and recycled materials yourself (note: this will take a fair bit of effort/time).
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Windowfarms

The Lightbracket

What is this strange light emanating from this shelf bracket? So strange, so, um, delightful, isn’t it? Alexandra Burr and Allen Slamic of AlexAllenStudio bring us a shelf bracket and under shelf light all in one, bringing light to those dark spaces beneath your bookshelves, wherever you decide to put them (beside your sofa, by your nightstand, in the imaginary grand library, etc.). Choose between red, orange, green, blue, red, and white nylon cords.
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Price: $195.00
Available from: AlexAllenStudio

Soft Blocks

Bookmark this block set as a gift for your favorite little one, and save yourself the trauma of going into a toy store. This 30 piece set is waterproof (they float – think bath time) so kids from 3 years and up can safely throw them around without hurting anyone… or the furniture, as might be the case. And, who knows, maybe you can practice your construction skills alongside the little future architect/designer and learn a thing or two about unedited creativity. Also available in color.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: arango

Comback Chair

It feels like this chair was on the wait list forever, and now, finally, at last it’s available to purchase here in the US. Before, we linked to the UK retailer Utility, but now Hivemodern carries all three versions: 4 leg, Swivel, and Sled base. The Comback chair is Patricia Urquiola’s updated version of the classic Windsor chair, with a single mold plastic form for functionality and bright colors to make it thoroughly modern.
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Price: $540.00 - 720.00
Available from: Hivemodern

Tessel Jet Pack

This backpack won’t make you fly, but it does utilize a faceted fabric that expands/contracts according to the bag’s contents, which is just as good, really. What else besides this interesting visual effect? It has the requisite laptop sleeve (faux fur), two zippered compartments, places for pens and pencils, as well as another internal sleeve for an iPad or sketchbook. So, room for everything plus the very cool faceted fabric, all for $60. See Kickstarter for more details.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Clean Slate

Spring cleaning = blah. If you need motivation to clear out the cobwebs, why not get a few new cleaning supplies that will help you along? Someone has added quite the selection of brushes, tools, and cleaning agents to help get our houses in order, and there’s a good chance it’ll kick some of us into cleaning mode. Check out the collection- the brushes from Redecker are shown above, fyi.

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Price: $4.95 and up
Available from: Crate and Barrel

Map 1: The Northern Sky

If you go nuts for astronomy maps, then hide your credit card, because this silkscreen print from stellavie will tempt you into adding to your print collection. Choose between the Northern or Southern sky, both printed on black paper stock with custom mixed silver-white inks.
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Price: €70.00
Available from: stellavie

Aura Pendant Lights

A simple brass or copper ring highlights the bulb and its illumination, giving the light source a small yet significant emphasis. Available in two sizes, hang one on its own for a simpler look, or make a statement with a cluster hung at various heights. Comes hard-wired for ceiling mounting and includes canopy with 8ft black cord.
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Price: $345.00 and up
Available from: Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Pebble Coffee Table

Well, seeing as this concrete table weighs almost 100 pounds, you’ll not want to move it around much, but it’s a relief to see that it has an affordable price tag of $254. The rounded shape will soften up all those sharp edges of your other furniture, inside or out. And, chances are that this table will require less upkeep than other pieces- though don’t go tempting fate by pouring red wine or other colorful drinks over it. (Also available: Pebble Side Table, $126.)
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Price: $254.00
Available from: West Elm

X-Table

There’s been a lot of talk in the last year or two about the health benefits of standing while you work, but unfortunately there hasn’t been a lot of excellent options when it comes to height adjustable desks. That’s why this X-table is a welcome sight for our sore eyes and backsides. A hand-operated crank adjusts the work top from 25″ to 47.25″, so you’ll be able to change the height rather easily should you wish to switch from standing to sitting. There’s also a handy cable management space on the underside to hide messy computer cords.
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Price: $1,250.00
Available from: ModMobili

Unimug by Kinto

Another tea strainer? Yes, but this one has a mug and lid, so you have a single-serve service all in one. The glass is heat-resistant, as it should be, and the strainer and lid are in copolyester. The strainer is large enough to hold a generous amount of loose leaf tea and looks easy to clean as well. If pink ( or, as they call it, wine red) isn’t your thing, not to worry, as there is also gray, yellow, and navy.
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Price: $17.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Patch Herb Planter

Ah-ha! Here’s a crutch for those of us that have trouble with watering herbs- either too much or too little. The Patch Herb Planter has a water reservoir built in, so that the plant can take exactly the amount of water it needs. There’s a central wicking ‘leg’ that draws water up into the soil around the plant’s roots, so you’ll not need to fuss about any watering schedule- just keep the reservoir topped up.

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Price: $39.95
Available from: Patch, Inc.