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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)

 
 

Bdoja Chair

Hmm, what’s this? A big ball of yarn? Not quite, though on first glance the assumption is understandable. It’s a chair hand-knitted with cotton cord by a group of women of Mexican-descent in Los Angeles, California. Amaya Gutierrez, the designer, works with this team to produce textiles inspired from her home town in Oaxaca, Mexico. Gutierrez aims for style and durability in all of her products with hopes it will limit further consumption in future years. A worthwhile goal, for sure.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,800.00
Available from: Komai

2213 House Numbers

How about some new numbers to update your home’s facade? You just can’t go wrong with these very cool numbers from 2213. They’re made of steel and powder coated, so they may even last longer than your house. And, don’t tell anyone else, but I think these might just be slightly better than the styling of the Neutra Numbers. (sacrilege!)
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Price: $30.00
Available from: 2213

DS Kit 03

How about a little DIY lighting? Dino Sanchez has added a new (and affordable) table lamp to brighten up any small, dreary spot. All the pieces are included, so just add your own elbow grease and in no time at all you’ll have your lamp assembled. (Available for pre-order; it will begin shipping 03/25/2013.)
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

Seattle Indoor-Outdoor Rug

What’s better than a black and white patterned rug? A reversible, indoor-outdoor black and white patterned rug, of course. Recycled polypropylene won’t be the softest on the soles of your feet, but the trade off is that you simply hose it down to clean. That means toting it out to the patio, park or beach is perfectly acceptable, if not encouraged.

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Price: $89.95
Available from: CB2

Mast Humidifier

If you hadn’t seen the title, would you have known what this was? This guy is probably one of the more elegant humidifiers out there, as it allows water to diffuse into the air through its thinly sliced hinoki (Japanese cypress) ‘mast’, thus accelerating moisture diffusion tenfold. Of course, if you need a beefier, electronic humidifier, do consider the Drop ($49), the Anton Ultrasonic Humidifier ($139), or the Takumi Chimney ($200).
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Price: $109.00
Available from: IPPINKA

Automatic

Just when you thought your smartphone had enough wizardry, it goes and upgrades your car’s capabilities. The Automatic Link uses your smartphone to ‘talk’ to your car’s onboard computer, learning your driving style and scoring you on gas efficiency. What else? It can detect crashes (and immediately report it to 911 and text your loved ones), help you understand what the ‘check engine’ light means, and will always remember where you parked. That, in itself, might be worth the cost alone for some of us.
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Price: $69.95
Available from: Automatic

Acapulco Black/Blue Lounge Chair

And so the intrigue continues over the pricing of the Acapulco Chair. Such mystery! That sounds a little like the title of a paragraph intended for a bilingual learning exercise, but nonetheless, just do a quick search and see the prices out there online. $400 – $500? No thank you, not when it’s $249 from this retailer. Craziness.
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Price: $249.00
Available from: CB2

Muir Reclaimed Wall Coat Rack

New stuff may be arriving left and right for the spring season, but let’s not forget there’s always a need for appropriate coat racks by the front door. This one from Amenity Home has a smart storage slot for mail and papers that’ll be handy long past the cold, dark days of winter. Handcrafted from reclaimed wood, you have a choice between a 42″ or 54″ size, or, if needed, custom sizes are also available.

Available in Natural and Walnut.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $197.00 - 233.00
Available from: Amenity Home

SOCCKET

And you thought the soccer ball was just a soccer ball. Well, thanks to the company Uncharted Play it can be much, much more. The SOCCKET is soccer ball that harnesses and stores energy. Thanks to a pendulum-like mechanism inside the SOCCKET, a mere 30 minutes of play can generate a simple LED lamp for 3 hours. Innovative idea, isn’t it? An off-grid power source is obviously needed in many areas of the world, and by pledging $99 or more, you’ll help get more of these where they need to be- and you’ll receive your very own SOCCKET (with LED Lamp) to use. Spread the word.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Farm Messenger Bag

Still looking for a decent messenger bag? A bit picky, aren’t we now? That’s okay, because you should be when it comes to the bag you carry around most everyday. This flap front, messenger style bag is made of heavy cotton duck and natural HF leather for a utilitarian look, feel, and function. Two large compartments and two smaller pockets keep things partitioned on the inside with a snap front closure to keep your belongings secured. And, if you’d rather rock a different style bag with the same sort of look, MAKR has a ruck sack, tote, and satchel as well.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Available from: MAKR

Bauhaus Airvases

At first glance, these Airvases by Torafu Architects seem too light and, well, airy, to pay much attention to, but then the ‘Bauhaus’ title piques one’s interest. Rather bold designs appear on these flexible and lightweight paper vases when seen from different angles, giving an interesting play of postitive/negative space. The set of three airvases arrive flat and ready for sculpting.
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Price: $22.00
Available from: upon a fold

Grip LED Flashlight

Why not employ the same grips of the BMX bicycle to a flashlight? You don’t want to drop it on your toes, after all, especially not in a dark, potentially scary room when there’s no electricity. It’s a practical, tactile solution to sweaty palms.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: neo-utility

Plateau PÖL

Don’t say you don’t need a desktop organizer because you’ll just sound all put together and organized. These trays by Caroline Gomez offer two ways to give order to chaos: the plateau is a simple surface with two compartments for small accessories and the tablette tray offers rails to hold cards, photographs and notes.
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Price: €35.00
Available from: Orphan Socks

Boulders

Faceted boulders! Low-res rocks! Talk about a great addition to a landscape, or as a sort of objet d′art (air quotes) in an empty corner of a room. There’s not a lot of info, but really, what do you need to know other than they’re made from steel? Update: No longer available through original link (Etsy), but good news, now available directly from the designer/maker, Wyatt Studio.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,500.00
Available from: Wyatt Studio

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Friday Links

  • SOCCKET: The Energy-Harnessing Soccer Ball (via fastcoexist)
  • The 10 year hoodie (via kottke)
  • Comparing Couches
  • Hand-cut newspaper by Donna Ruff
  • Basalt Formations
  • Pictures of hipsters taking pictures of food
  • Interview Tips for when someone asks, “What questions do you have for us?”
  • 20 fun facts about the human body
  • Have a nice weekend!