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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)

 
 

Lillagunga Swing

Come on, North America retailers, get on board and add this swing to your stock. Lillagunga’s swing is an updated version of the classic wooden swing, and with a patented mechanism for attaching the ropes and adjusting the height of the seat, it can grow and change with whoever the passenger might be. Seven different rope colors to choose from.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €149.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Spindle Side Table

Nice! This white powder coated steel table from SOBU is suitable for indoors or out. It obviously has a little Saarinen influence, but, happily, has a pretty affordable price tag. Also available in bronze (indoor only), where you’re able to see the textured/patterned top.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: SOBU

Sedia 1 Chair

What?! You did’t build the chair you sit upon? Well, we all know that you’ve got extra elbow grease to spare, and hey, when’s the last time you picked up a hammer anyways? This Sedia Chair, designed by Enzo Mari in 1974, arrives ready for assembly; all you need is your brain, half an hour, and a hammer. And, when you’re done, you can sit back in the chair and shout to anyone within earshot, “I [insert expletive] BUILT this with MY OWN TWO HANDS!” Instructional video below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $310.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

The HOST Chill Cooling Pour Spout

Has warm wine got you down? It’s just horrible, isn’t it, when your favorite bottle isn’t the ideal temperature? Picky drinkers will be happy to see this particular pour spout that integrates a cooling rod, thus insuring your bottle won’t lose its luster due to these warmer days of summer. And, if you’re not sure what the recommended temperature is, don’t you worry, there’s a chart below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: Cooking.com

Boya Lamp

This little lamp takes its inspiration from the sea- think lighthouse beacons and buoys. At 8.5″ high and 7.5″ in diameter, it’s small enough to fit on a desk or large side table without taking up a lot of visual space, especially as there’s no traditional cloth lampshade. The base is made of reclaimed American red and white oak beams and the shade is thick, tinted grey glass.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $360.00
Available from: Environment

Biscuit Stool

Pay attention and you’ll see the charm in this stool designed by outofstock. The seat is gently curved so it’s easy on the thighs and criss-crossed dowels ensure that the legs stay sturdy- all this with no screws. Another little tidbit: this stool was inspired by traditional wooden stools seen at a Singapore fish market.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $245.00
Available from: Environment Furniture

006 Qwstion Backpack

Those of us that prefer to avoid ‘i-am-carrying-a-backpack-and-i-am-SPORTY’ look can now breathe easy for this backpack has the look of a regular bag. A side handle gives an option to carry/hold it in briefcase mode, and a Neoprene protection cover keeps your laptop safe and sound. Take a look at the photos to see how the bag opens up completely.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $245.00
Available from: wejetset

Kii: Compact Charger-Connector

This Kii compact charger-connector fits handily on your keychain for convenience. No need to search through your bag for a charging cord- just pull the Kii from your keychain and plug in and sync your device to any laptop via the dual-sided connector. Note that I said laptop there; the connection would not be a wise choice on a usb port on the back of a desktop machine, as it’s meant for a flat surface for stability. See photos below and/or visit Bluelounge for more info.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95 - 39.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Berlin Boombox

Remember the boombox? If you don’t, congratulations, you’re young. If you do remember, then you might have a few fuzzy feelings for the old school stereo and speaker style and you’ll want to know more about this cardboard version. That’s right, cardboard.

The black and white graphics by Berlin-based designer & illustrator Axel Pfaender are printed on heavy corrugated cardboard with a strong carrying handle and a one big knob for power and volume. You’ll enjoy listening to your playlist (at the correct volume) via the D-class stereo amplifier.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €65.00
Availability: Buy Berlin Boombox here

Box Turtle Box

Where to hide small valuables? In a resin and marble turtle, of course. The Box Turtle Box opens to reveal a secret compartment perfect for your precious odds and ends. Designed by Harry Allen as part of his Reality Series. Oh, and it’s available in gold too.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00 - 55.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

  • There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.
  • Super Awesome Sylvia’s WaterColorBot
  • A Chef and Doctor Talk About Butter
  • Water Bottling Plant in Coihaique, Aisén, Chile
  • Sleep Cycle app.
  • You’ve seen this before, but here it is again: How to Open a Wine Bottle with Your Shoe
  • Die, Links, Die! How Link ‘Suicide’ Could Save the Web
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    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Fizzy Farm

    No backyard? No problem. The Fizzy Farm from Zero Mile Farms will give you the room to grow food hydroponically so you can have fresh fruits and veggies anytime, indoors or out. As you might know, growing food hydroponically uses only 10% of the water that normal gardens do, and with a little added nutrient, your produce will put those at the grocer’s to shame (hopefully).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.00 - 199.00
    Available from: Zero Mile Farms

    Sailing Ship Kite

    If you plan to go outside anytime within the near future, you might just want to have a kite- you know, in the interest of having fun and enjoying the last weeks of summer and such. And, if you’re going to have a kite, have it be a sailing ship, for then you may have the opportunity to recite passages from Melville’s Moby-Dick, or any other classic literature that may feature a sailing vessel. Also, need I point out how this would make a lovely gift for a child?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: Haptic Lab

    Hay & Scholten & Baijings’ Dot Carpets

    Superb graphic patterns are nothing new from Scholten & Baijings, but apply those superb graphic patterns to a carpet made from over a thousand felted balls, and we’ll sit up and pay attention. Did you catch the ‘made from over a thousand felted balls’ bit? Each of those woolen felt balls are hand stitched, so that gives you an idea of the time that goes into each carpet and makes the price a little easier to understand as well.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,600.00 - 2,200.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Canary Home Security Device

    Renters and home owners, rejoice, for there is now an affordable home security device that you can easily take with you when you move. The Canary contains an HD video camera with multiple sensors that track just about everything- motion, temperature, air quality, vibration, sound, and activity.

    Maybe there’s a sudden temperature change (could be a fire) or maybe there’s enough sound and movement that indicates a possible burglary… when anything is out of the ordinary, the Canary will send an alert to your iPhone or android device, giving you options to instantly respond and keep your home safe.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00
    Available from: indiegogo