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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)

 
 

Miles Desk Lamp

Brass has made a comeback, and this little number from Schoolhouse Electric certainly catches the eye for its perfect, petite size that’s ideal for smaller desktops or side tables. With vintage style and an aged black patinaed arm, it offers an ambient light that would quietly compliment a refined interior.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Source: Svpply

What is it?

What’s this metal mesh thing? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not intended for use as clothing or body armor- though I suppose in a pinch you could try and use it as such if someone comes at you with a rusty sword- instead think of it more as armor for a surface. Do you know? Answer below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £10.00
Available from: Jasper Morrison

Clothes Rack

Would you like an alternate version of this clothing rail ($399) we posted a few weeks ago? Well, Ferm Living has a rather similar idea in the clothes rack you see above. An iron rod hangs from the ceiling by harness leather belts, so there’s a material/textural difference- a nice touch, I think. And, your wallet will be happy that it’s less expensive than the other one (by $150). It should also be pointed out this could make a nice pot rack in the kitchen, if you need one.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00
Available from: Ferm Living Shop

Window Wall Hanging

Think of all the windows in your home, then think of the one with the worst view. Change that view for one with trees, light, and plants in the window, for the bargain price of $120. How’s that possible? Well, buy this Window Wall Hanging by Michigan-based photographer Debbie Carlos, and you’ll have a nice scene instead of whichever one gives you a headache. Here’s the deal, though, don’t go hanging it everywhere, because that will spoil the effect. Pick just one window and keep it special.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: CB2

Ivey Magazine Holder

If you’ve not changed over to digital subscriptions, you know that piles of magazines can be a little messy at times. There’s also always the fear that someone will come along and change the stack to a stepped fan spread (a la doctor’s office), and that would just be the worst. thing. ever. So, head off that particular horror by considering this Ivey Magazine Holder by Hugo Passos. It has three internal dividers to allow for easy browsing, and will keep your periodicals pristine and orderly.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £210.00
Available from: Hugo Passos

ProTravel Carry-on

You know what’s so special about this backpack? It’s pared down to the absolute essentials- that’s important to those of us that prefer a minimal look- and there’s a few thoughtful design details that makes packing and unpacking a breeze. Sounds good, right? There’s also a feature that hides away the backpack straps for a more professional look so you can go straight from the airport to business meetings. See Minaal’s video below, or visit Kickstarter to learn more and/or back the project.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $229.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Spacebox Wall Mounted Storage Table

If you have a small space, you need a few tricks up your sleeves to maximize every square foot. Count this Spacebox Wall Mounted Storage Table as a smart option for a small worktop. Use it for your laptop (or breakfast), and then when you’re done, fold the top down to free up extra floor space. The open-front compartments are ideal for displaying your favorite items and books, and will give a little personality to the otherwise blank white frame. Think of it for the kitchen, hallway, or kid’s room.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $448.80
Available from: YLiving

Dock Tray

Also by Objekten, the designer of yesterday’s Swing LED Table Lamp, is this Dock Tray. Featuring a spot to store your cords and other small items underneath, your iPad can rest comfortably on its back or angled in the outer edge, horizontally or vertically. It’s a pretty perfect catch-all plus device stand for a desk/worktop.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $135.00
Available from: Rypen

Swing LED Table Lamp

Minimal perfection doesn’t come cheap, especially when it comes to items in the lighting category. However, for $640 smackeroos, you can get an iconic, eco-friendly, table lamp that has 270° of adjustability- meaning it can be a compact side lamp or extend fully for desk usage. The Swing LED Table Lamp by Objekten is made of 100% recyclable copper and has high quality LEDs to light your worktop perfectly. Available in black, brown, red, or blue.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $640.00
Available from: Rypen

Miller Planisphere

Most of us can recognize the major constellations (Orion, the Big Dipper, etc.) but if we arm ourselves with the flat, plastic disc of the Miller Planisphere, we’ll be able to potentially learn and locate all of them. First, find your latitudinal position (map also available via retailer), then order the correct wheel. Once you have it in your hands, spin the wheel to pick the right date and time, and you’ll see all the constellations, stars, and planets above you, simple as that.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Shoester Closet Organizer

Some people are fortunate enough to have custom cabinetry perfectly fitted to their wardrobes, and some people have a mess of shoes at the bottom of their small closets. If you belong to the latter group, you might consider this shoe shelf, especially if you want something quick and easy (as in, no tools required). It hangs from the existing closet rod and can be adjusted to fit under shorter jackets and shirts or longer hanging items like dresses, winter coats and more.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Umbra

Friday Links

  • Bio-wool hard shell luggage made from recycled carpets
  • A few good loft spaces over on Architizer
  • It’s only a matter of time before you send one of these GIF ecards. Via @netted
  • Cat teaches baby how to walk (or, rather, to hold on to a cruiser)
  • So much fashion at fashion week.
  • And, to you London peeps, have fun next week.
  • Documentary: Herb & Dorothy.
  • Blobfish wins ugliest animal vote. (And it doesn’t like the look of you either.)
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    That’s all for this week. Enjoy the weekend!

    Mirror #180

    Need a mirror? Consider this one with two mirror halves spliced and bent to give you different perspectives. There are three positions to consider, so you’ll have fun figuring out which angle catches the best light or spot in the room. Could be a clever choice for a powder room or other small spaces.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €195.00
    Available from: halb/halb

    Fall Dining Chair With Armrests

    Take the silhouette of an antique Chinese Horseshoe chair, remove extraneous details, simplify curves and joints, and what remains? An entirely elegant seating option from Morelesss, made from black walnut (imported from renewable North American forests) with a finish of natural varnish. The armless version, Fall Dining Chair, would make a nice companion piece if you have plans to update your dining room set.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $530.00
    Available from: MAKERmade

    Oven Mitt (Bubble)

    Your guest(s) peering into the kitchen: “Uh, why do you have a big oven mitt made of bubble wrap? You know plastic melts, right?” You: “Yes, I do know, but this is a magic bubble wrap oven mitt.” It’s always best to answer questions this way, as you’ll appear enigmatic, if you aren’t already. Made of durable, heat-resistant silicone, this oven mitt has a secure and flexible grip.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00
    Available from: MoMA Store