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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)

 
 

Beolit 12 Sound System

Yeah, I know you don’t need any more speaker options, but just in case you like to keep up to date, you’ll want to take a look at the Beolit 12 Sound System from Bang & Olufsen. Designed by Cecilie Manz, it has a friendly appearance and feel, and, of course, it’s wireless, and has a rechargeable battery and leather strap for transport. Stream music via Apple AirPlay or connect a device via the built-in 3.5mm minijack or USB port.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Available from: DWR

Sphere Bottle Opener

It’s a smooth, round bottle opener that fits the palm of your hand perfectly. What else could you ask for, besides a good beer or two? Available in black or natural wood, or cast iron if you can wait a bit longer (ship date of 11/1).
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Price: $18.00
Available from: Areaware

Mixrack

It’s that time of the year when stacks of logs in your living room are permissible… unless you don’t have a fireplace, that is, because then you’ll just look like a hoarder. This Mixrack is a simple frame of powder-coated steel that can accommodate firewood, wine bottles, or magazines. As long as you keep the stack tidy and avoid any other compulsive gathering of multiple materials, it’s an excellent way to minimally store whatever you choose.

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Price: $150.00
Available from: DWR

Scholten & Baijings’ Colour Crystal Stemware

Welcome all, please take your seats. Did you sign in? Do you have a name tag? Good… the Scholten & Baijings’ fan club is now in session. First order of business is admiring their new modern, crystal stemware with pinstripes and gradient colors. Fantastic, isn’t it? The colors and stripes are hand-applied, hence the cost, and have been noted to cause feelings of extreme distress to those individuals who can’t quite afford the whole collection, so please be aware and conduct yourself appropriately.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: A+R Store

Hitch Bookcase

If you’ve been jonesing for a wall of books to grace your living room- soon to be called ‘the library’ in a vague European accent- consider this new bookcase from Blu Dot. Steel uprights support wood veneered shelves for a slight industrial edge. How about the pricing, you say? One Hitch Bookcase is $599, with each additional Add-on at $499.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $599.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Avva Keeper

Very similar to the Avva S+P Shakers, the Avva Keeper features embedded magnet closures to keep contents secure. What you put in this little container is entirely up to you; it’s sized for those smaller things in life- keys, cufflinks, coins- that need safekeeping, especially as those small, important things tend to hide or disappear completely just at the moment you need them.

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Price: $25.60
Available from: Teroforma

Smoked Grey Table Vessel Light

The Plumen bulb looks especially appealing in this blown glass form by Decode, doesn’t it? The subtle color tint softens the light ever so slightly while the glass gives an irregular reflection that accentuates the form. In other words, it’s pretty. Also, don’t forget you can purchase the Plumen Bulb separately for your own existing light fixture should it need an upgrade.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £276.00
Available from: FAO Shop

Milton Glaser at MoMA Store

Show your love for Mr. Glaser in the form of a timepiece on your wrist or on your wall. The Sprocket Wall Clock is shown above, but as hinted in the previous sentence, you can wear a wrist version if you prefer. Shown below is the Presto Wall Clock, featuring a blue face with white perforations that change throughout the day (wrist version: Presto Watch).

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Price: $80.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Cupboard

Storage pieces don’t come cheap, so after you digest the price tag of this Cupboard, take a look at its sliding doors and think of the different ways you might choose to display certain keepsakes. Thanks to the lack of hardware, the doors may remain open or closed without looking messy, giving you various options for storage versus display. This piece is made from high-quality birch plywood- straight from locally harvested forests, of course- in Belgium.
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Price: $2,459.00
Available from: leibal

Photostrap

If you’re semi-serious about photography, you need a good camera strap. And, hey, if you can get one that’s a little more customized to your color preference, and maybe even with a monogram on the shoulder pad, then that’s even better. Should you need further encouragement, 10% will be donated from every purchase to Fotolanthropy, a non-profit that gives portrait sessions and short films to inspiring people who are overcoming adversity.

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Price: $85.00 - 125.00
Available from: Fotostrap

Alphabet Notebooks by Monotype

Pick your favorite letter from this set of Alphabet notebooks by Monotype. Each notebook features one letter (A-Z) from the Monotype library printed in silver to GF Smith Colorplan stocks. It might be smart idea to bookmark these notebooks for future gifts for coworkers and/or friends.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £8.00
Available from: FAO Shop

Friday Links

  • Video: How to be Creative
  • Video: DIY-crafted Seattle micro apartment
  • Calcified creatures
  • A Monumental 3-Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg
  • Video: Crazy house made of 6 million bottles
  • Sommarhus Gotland (via thisispaper)
  • Su-Mei Tse: Swing (2007)
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    Enjoy your weekend!

    Waiter/Waitress Tables

    Now, we can all agree that these two tables aren’t cheap (even on sale), but let’s pay attention to the fact that each one can be positioned in different ways for different functions. If used in the C shape position, the tables can nest under and over a seating surface, giving you a very handy tabletop for a drink or device (or both) without taking up too much floor space. Or, perhaps you like breakfast in bed? Either table could be the perfect resting spot for your morning coffee/tea and breakfast plate. As these tables are relatively slim, I’m guessing that they’d be easy to move around your home as needed.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $896.00 - 1,676.00
    Available from: SUITE New York

    Desk set, Matte Black

    If there are multiple paperclips and post-it notes scattered about your desk, you and I have something in common. Maybe we should consider these handcrafted paper boxes by Timothy Wikander of MaterialMaterial. In addition to the desk set you see above, there’s also a small box w/lid and a large box w/lid, any of which is sure to hide/store our miscellany with subtle style. Each box is constructed from 2 mm grey board (the same material used in hardbound book covers) and coated in smooth matte textured card stock.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $58.00
    Available from: MaterialMaterial

    October Playing Cards

    My neighbors have their Halloween decorations up, so I feel it’s permissible to post a seasonal item. It is October, after all, and you might just need a new deck of cards to have around for games with friends and family. 52 frightfully good illustrations by Steven Noble graces this deck of October playing cards, and you’ll be appropriately spooky should you choose to carry them around for the next few weeks.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $7.95
    Available from: Dan & Dave