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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)

 
 

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

    BL7 Wall Sconce

    Brass Bauhaus attack! And from Bestlite again, no less. Listen, there’s the bad brass tchotchkes you can find at your local thrift store, and then there’s the good brass, which you will pay through the nose for and not regret it. This wall sconce is firmly in the latter category. So elegant and refined, your visitors will wonder if you’ve just inherited a big pile of cash (say you found it at a thrift store and they’ll not come back asking for a loan).

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $469.00
    Available from: HORNE

    Miac Whirlwind Jute Rug

    A round, whirlwind of a rug is just what your [insert a room in your home] needs. Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) partnered up with West Elm to revive a few patterns inspired by designs from an early 20th century Native basket, and there’s a couple of interesting options in the area rug arena. At six feet in diameter, this spinning triangle pattern will do a good job of putting a little pizzazz into an otherwise boring, ho-hum room.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $169.00
    Available from: West Elm

    Asplund Kub

    It’s just what you never knew you needed- a display box that costs half a grand. What am I smoking? Nothing, I promise, but they’re just so darn perfect as dust-free receptacles for all manner a strange objet d’art, it’s tempting to forget the price tag.

    Designed by Eva Lilja Löwenhielm for Asplund, each glass box or “kub” has a wood base, and, happily, there are a few fun colors and sizes to choose from: square violet, square orange, wide white or the tall yellow are in stock over at Huset Shop, while the Asplund online shop has two different wood base options as well as an extra olive color choice.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $528.00
    Available from: HUSET

    Roll-Up by Winter Session

    How to carry your various pens and pencils and tools? In an organized fashion, of course. This Roll-up, designed by Winter Session, is the perfect size for small tools and accessories. Maybe your drawing tools will be at home nestled away in the waxed cotton canvas, or maybe your bicycle tools or makeup brushes, it’s your Roll-up, so you decide.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $65.00
    Available from: The Vitrine

    Therm-O Bottle

    Hmm, this looks quite similar to the Noble Glass Thermos posted over a year ago, and if deductive reasoning is correct, we’ll assume it’s made by the same manufacturer. Made of borosilicate glass, this bottle will keep your beverages the temperature you want- hot tea or coffee will stay hot, cool ice water/beverages will stay cool. The double-wall feature keeps the outside surface free of condensation and heat, and it comes with a removable stainless steel tea strainer.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $29.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Baron Fig Notebook Sketchbook

    Are you very particular about your notebooks? Join the club. And then check out the Baron Fig notebook, because, chances are you’ll be pleased with the design. No branding (hooray!), it opens flat (hooray!), the dimensions are friendly for carrying around or keeping on your desk, and there’s one bookmark for keeping your page marked. Take a look at their Kickstarter page for more details.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00 or more
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Double Cross Dining/Console Table

    This dining table has a trick up its sleeve: it folds in half to use as a console, a bar, or a desk, thus giving you the versatility for multiple uses. Push it against a wall for console/bar/desk use, and when guests are over, simply pull it out, unfold it, and you have a proper dinner table.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,275.00
    Available from: HORNE

    Rich Brilliant Willing LED Table Lamp

    Today’s the last day of DWR’s Living Room Sale, which might not mean much to you until you are reminded that this includes some lighting, like the Rich Brilliant Willing LED Table Lamp you see above. You can save 15% off it or any other item in the sale (do be sure to look at the Floor Lamp), so take a browse before the savings end.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $211.65 (sale)
    Available from: DWR