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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)

 
 

Covered Copper Bird Feeder

If you like the birds in your backyard/neighborhood, you’ll want to consider giving them a proper feeder that doesn’t offend your oh-so-picky-aesthetic. This feeder could be a contender: it’s handmade from solid 16 ounce, unfinished copper by a Swiss-trained metal craftsman and features a sculptural, twisting top that protects birds and seeds. Meant for smaller sized birds like chickadees and sparrows, it can hold all manner of feed so you can customize your own mix. If you prefer something less curvy in terms of design, take a look at the Flythrough Copper Bird Feeder for $79.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $74.95
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Wally Case

When I don’t want to carry a wallet or bag, I use a rubber band to hold a couple of credit cards to my phone. And, yes, I often wonder when that method will fail, because, let’s face it, a rubber band isn’t the most reliable in terms of security/longevity.

So am I interested in the Wally Case from Distil Union, which secures one’s cards to the iPhone via a snap-on hardshell case with a pull-tab action slim pocket? You betcha. However, don’t go thinking you can carry all your cards; it’s recommended that you keep it down to 3 cards plus a folded bill (or two). Back the campaign on Kickstarter for $40 or more to receive a case for your very own.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Pasquier Tea Towel Sets

Don’t be boring when it comes to your tea towels- have a little fun and pick some with a pop of color and/or pattern. These two sets have playful, strong designs that typify the work of Nathalie Du Pasquier, and either would make an excellent housewarming or host/hostess gift.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Artware Editions

Heartwork Media Credenza with Legs

Here’s a media credenza that happily fits the bill of a not-so-big budget with an uncompromising I-refuse-to-buy-anything-else-from-Ikea ideology. There’s a full-length adjustable shelf and it has cord management holes inside and through to the bottom to allow the credenza to float within a room if desired.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $850.00
Available from: Heartwork, Inc.

Ollie

I know you don’t need yet another thing to put in your wallet, but what if this extra thing could fit all sorts of handy tools like a bottle opener, ruler, spoke wrench, protractor, metric and standard ruler, metric wrenches, drill guides, and a 1/8″ hex drive, all in one slender credit-card-like shape? Maybe then you’d find some room? Laser cut and etched from 18 gauge stainless steel or titanium, the Ollie arms you with the tools to do all sorts of everyday odd jobs. Back the project for $25 for the stainless steel version, or $35 for the titanium.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00 - 35.00
Available from: Dragon Innovation

Howard Stool

Guess what my favorite barstool is lately? Yep, it’s this guy, mostly because it takes up a minimal amount of visual space and still has a fair bit of personality. “The Howard” is an all-weather, stackable barstool available in 3 heights and 9 different colors. It looks super sharp, as you can see, but you’ll also be glad to hear that its ergonomic shape will help your posture as well. Too good to be true? Not if your budget fits the price tag.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $455.00 - 495.00
Available from: RADfurniture

50% Table

Pair this 3-part table to your Dowood Table Lamp and call it a day. Keep all parts together for a full 50%, or split them up to accommodate your guests’ drinks. Oh, and each table part is stackable if you’d rather save space than have the full spread. Available in yellow or white.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $390.00
Availability: Buy 50% Table here

Faraday Tote

A tote that transitions into a messenger bag sounds like a winner. Made from waxed canvas and vegetable tanned leather, Modern Industry’s Faraday Tote will hold all manner of your gear thanks to its generous proportions. The messenger strap stows away when not in use, and in either formats a 15″ laptop easily fits. There looks to be a limited number in each color available, so don’t dawdle around.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $325.00
Available from: Modern Industry

Dowood Table Lamp Collection

A little geometry with a little color won’t do your home any harm, and, in fact, one of these lamps by new French house Colonel might just do it some good. The petite size will fit into any dark and dreary corner and give off a nice, warm glow. The shade is made of thin sycamore hand-painted with various colors and sits upon a diagonal steel wire base.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Available from: A+R Store

Shell Chair, Maharam Fabric

Whoa, Wegner’s Shell Chair with Maharam fabric? Let’s just adjust to this slowly and give our brains time to absorb something as sacrosanct as the Shell with something as bright and colorful as the Maharam options. I think we approve- and by ‘we’ I mean you and I and not the royal ‘we’- don’t we?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,695.00 - 3,980.00
Available from: DWR

Little Big Trivet

As you can tell from the image and title, this trivet is easily adjusted to fit everything from a huge casserole dish to a tiny teapot. It’s also available in multicolor if you’d like to add a little rainbow touch to your tabletop.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Areaware

The Alarming Clock

Here’s a different sort of alarm clock whose sound depends entirely on what you put in front of it. Huh? The signal sounds like a woodpecker drumming against a tree, but if you put a vase of water, or some other vessel or surface, against the ‘beak’ or nose, then you’ll create a different sound. Unfortunately, it’s available only to residents in the UK or Europe, but you can put your name on the waiting list if you live elsewhere. Watch the video below to hear/see an example.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £300
Available from: Alarming Industries

Friday Links

  • In the absence of an interesting image for Friday Links, I present David Shrigley’s FANCY ROOM TEA TOWEL.
  • Half of the people in the United States live in the counties colored in blue.
  • Set your Tweets to disappear with a simple hashtag: Spirit (via Fast Company)
  • “Like a fingerprint, your heartbeat is unique.” -Nymi
  • Scientists Spark Auroras In a Bottle for Traveling Northern Lights Show
  • Edible Vegan Chalk (for you or your kids)
  • I’m collecting for someone who.. (not new but clever)
  • If you have a cat, this tshirt is for you: Ask Me About My Cat tee shirt
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    Have a nice weekend!

    Rocky Credenza/Bookshelf

    What the what?! This strange 3D play on perception is called a door-less credenza, or bookcase, if you prefer. Walk around it and you’ll see its surfaces shift and change according to the light and your point of view. See it with books (image below) to help your brain make sense of it. Designed by Charles Kalpakian, of Paris-based design house La Chance.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $4,975.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Cashmends

    September means sweaters, right? And, if you’ve ever found a rather worn spot or a moth hole on your favorite sweater, you know the sinking feeling once you know it’s headed for the donate pile. So, get ahead of any disappointment and get some Cashmends- either in an Elbow Patch or Band-Aid shape (the flowers and moths are a bit too decorative for my taste)- and know that you can fix it right up with a quick iron-on patch. Also, as an alternative, don’t forget about the Woolfiller Kits, as they can provide a less obvious fix option.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $16.00
    Available from: Stella Neptune