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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)

 
 

Sanctuary4 Charging Station

There’s absolutely no reason for fishing around for your charging cord like an idiot. Come on, give in to 2013 and get a charging station. Bluelounge recently released Sanctuary4, a new station that has loads more power (a 4-amp charger) which allows four devices to quickly charge all at once. There’s four USB ports, so simply unplug and replace the cables when you have a new device.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Forest, Wood Wall Mount Coat Hangers

You can’t see the forest for the… coats and scarves hanging tidily from the four ash tree pegs. Because that’s where coats, scarves, hats, etc. will be hung once you install this set in your entryway, right? Right. Made by designer team Tomas Kral and Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard.
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Price: $89.00
Available from: Gessato

Conrad Desk

A compact desk with a little storage is just what that disorganized corner of your home needs. Note that I used the word ‘little’ in conjunction with ‘storage': this is a good thing. You don’t need much more than the essentials, as clutter tends to multiply when left untended, so this Conrad Desk by Gus Modern will do the job efficiently without taking up too much room. And, hey, since file folders are almost as necessary as a typewriter these days, you only need a slim drawer for those papers that aren’t suitable for electronic storage.
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Price: $1,495.00
Available from: Mod Livin'

Proper Audio PA1 Bluetooth Speaker

What? There’s an amazingly minimal bluetooth speaker on Kickstarter and I’m not going to show it to you? Puh-lease. You can at least count on me for that every once in a while. The PA1 is a wired Bluetooth speaker with a smart mount that allows you to move it around easily.

The very word ‘wired’ might upset you, but do know that portable battery speakers sacrifice some amount of quality, and the PA1 designers wanted to run more power to larger drivers, which means fuller, well balanced audio. Take a look at the video below for more info, or visit StudioProper’s Kickstarter page to back the project.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Concrete Small Format Tape Dispenser

Sure, you’ve seen concrete desk accessories by Magnus Pettersen before, but have you seen the red and blue tape dispensers? Your life is simply not complete until you consider just how good red tape in a red concrete tape dispenser looks. I’m kidding, of course, but it does look pretty sharp, as does the blue. This version is a little smaller than the original version, fyi.
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Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Concrete Small Format Tape Dispenser here

Daniel Emma’s Gift Ideas

The next Gift Idea/Wish list is from Daniel To and Emma Aiston of Daniel Emma. They’ve designed several covetable desk objects and accessories, many of which are on my own personal wish list. Thanks Daniel and Emma for sharing your lists!
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Form Tea Set

Tea, anyone? Look like a grown up with this very proper, polished brass tea set by Tom Dixon. Rounded shapes made from spun brass are polished and then dipped in a warm gold wash to give each piece a subtle matte surface. The six-piece set includes a Tea Caddy, Jug, Milk Jug, Sugar Dish & Spoon and Tray (links & prices below).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00 - 210.00
Available from: YLiving

Tab Notebooks

Organize your projects, thoughts, recipes, dreams, or whatever else needs sorting with this set of 4 notebooks shaped with tabs. Nothing particularly fancy about tabs per se, yet when in a stack, labels are easily read and individual notebooks are easily found, meaning you’ll be a little more efficient than before. Inner tabs can also label further subcategories if needed.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: suckUK

Flip Around Stool/Table

Don’t choose between a stool or a table- have both with the Flip Around. For use as a stool, the table’s top post handle fits into the base for secure seating; for use as a catchall table top, simply flip the top over to utilize its curved lip to keep contents in their place. The top piece can also be used as a tray to carry things back and forth between rooms. Three functions in one piece is a win/win/win situation.
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Price: $249.95
Available from: YLiving

Triggertrap

Why have a shutter remote when you could just use your phone? That’s the idea behind the Triggertrap, a sync cord that triggers your camera’s shutter with motion, sound, and many other modes. Set for time-lapse, distance-lapse, face detection, and more. Oh, the fun to be had this holiday season with the Triggertrap. All you need is the sync cord and the (free) app.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Photojojo

58′ N Salt and Pepper Shakers

Porcelain paired with cork. It’s such a lovely contrast in materials that makes for a pleasing look as well as a comfortable grip. Should you wish to upgrade your own salt & pepper shakers, note that this pair from Normann Copenhagen is on sale and discontinued, so best act fast if you think they’re a good fit for your tabletop.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: YLiving

Friday Links

  • Just in case you’re looking for a home in in Wiltshire: Long Barn (via plastolux)
  • Consider a donation to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan: Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam, and American Red Cross
  • The Giphoscope, an analog GIF player, € 299. (via kottke)
  • Kikkerland will soon have a pop-up shop in NYC
  • Weather: Can you fly your kite?
  • A Year of Reading the World
  • Inujima Seirensho Art Museum Pavillions
  • A.P.C. is selling quilts. Worth a post? Perhaps.
  • Chinese Chopping Blocks, $17.95 – $65.00
  • Reading Net!!! Image below. (via thisisnthappiness)
  • Jessica Harrison (be sure to check out the Skin pieces)
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    Have a splendiferous weekend. Maybe do some of what these kids are doing in the pic below.

    Stitched Star Chart

    What’s the best gift: a plane ticket to the Caribbean or a hand-stitched Star Chart showing the overhead sky for any date, time, and location? As if you even need to think twice about that answer. Possible jet lag. Sunburn. Getting your wallet stolen, plus that crappy hotel that looked nice on their website. Yeah, that all sounds like a barrel of laughs and lots of warm memories. The Star Chart will last decades, and shows the recipient that you remembered their birthday, anniversary, their first child, etc. You’ll win big points, trust me.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $425.00
    Available from: The Made Shop

    Wine Preserver Bottle

    I rarely open a bottle of wine without finishing it, but that’s because I’ve got someone with a hollow leg to share it with me. However, a nice bottle of wine sometimes deserves to be enjoyed over a few nights, and this Wine Preserver Bottle will provide an air tight seal to lock in flavors for up to a week.

    After you pour in your wine, you drop the float on top to create the seal, thus protecting your precious wine from that pesky oxygen. And, when it’s time to pour the wine into your glass, remove the spill-proof lid, tip the bottle and the float automatically adjusts to the pouring angle.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $50.00
    Available from: Uncommon Goods

    Plunk Desk

    Standing is better than sitting, blah, blah, blah… you’ve heard all about it, but you’re not about to change out your favorite desk for some kind of wonky contraption that screws up your whole nicely-designed-house/office vibe. Plus, you work from lots of different places, so it might not even make much of a difference anyways. Am I right?

    Well, that’s just where the Plunk Desk fits in. It’s a portable, adjustable standing desk handcrafted from wood and aluminum, and, it fits into a custom bag for easy transport. Currently a Kickstarter project, you can pledge $395 to get the Plunk Desk at $100 off the retail price.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $395.00
    Available from: Kickstarter