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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)

 
 

Hide and Park

Oh, looky what we have here: a coatrack with hidden hooks and a hidden ledge for storing away all sorts of miscellany. The best part is when you’re not using it, there’s no extraneous details to catch your eye- it’s sleek and shows off the material of the wood. Chances are you’ll utilize most, if not all, of the hooks underneath this season, but it’s nice to know when you’re not weighed down with scarves, mittens and hats, you’ll have a visually clean coatrack/shelf to catch and store other sundries as they crop up.
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Price: $306.00 - 710.00
Available from: Suite NY

Gfeller Document Case

Special documents deserve something more than just a plain folder; this Gfeller Document Case will keep important papers secure and protected, no matter your commute or journey. An iPad or 13″ MacBook Air also fits into the hand-stitched case, should you prefer to use it as a case for a device instead.
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Price: $325.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Life is Fantastic Tea Towel X David Shrigley

Isn’t it though? This tea towel features an image by Scottish artist David Shrigley, and will perhaps remind you to appreciate where you are in life every time you dry your hands or dishes. Or, hey, you could even frame the thing as art, if you so desire. And, if you’re not thinking your life is particularly fantastic, maybe now is a good time to assess what would make it so, considering the new year is just around the corner.
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Price: $32.80
Available from: Third Drawer Down

Machine Era Bottle Opener

This bottle opener by Adam Hogsett has weight and durability on its side. Manually machined from cold formed steel, it’ll withstand far more bottles than you’ll ever consume… just be careful not to drop it on your toes.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Machine Era

Duo Server

How to keep your cheese visually separated from your baguette and/or crackers? By reminding your family/guests that the cheese stays on the marble circle dammit(!). But you’re not obsessive compulsive, are you, so you wouldn’t say something like that and you surely wouldn’t mind a few crumbs encroaching upon your beloved cheese… right? Especially when the pairing of a solid walnut cutting board looks so nice against a white (or dark) marble circle. The parts can be separated and used individually (marble=trivet).
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Price: $180.00
Available from: Leibal

Postalco Wall Calendar 2016

Back at your desk (or device) so soon after the holidays? Yeah, me too, so just one post today. You might as well gear up for 2016 with a new calendar, right? Postalco’s wall calendar shows every day for every month in 2016, so you can get a view of the whole year all at once.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to you and yours! Have a superb break with lots of fun and/or rest (whichever you need the most). We’ll return next week with posts as usual.
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Kris Bernard Wish List 2016

Last to share her wish list is BLTD’s co-founder, Kris Bernard. Thanks, Kris, for sharing your list!
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Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon Williams Wish List 2016

The next holiday wish list is from Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon Williams via Wintercheck Factory. Thanks to both of you for sharing your lists!
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Modern Art Kitchen Towel by Craig Damrauer

Oh, how we love a good kitchen towel with a witty statement. Craig Damrauer succinctly sums up the perfect response to anyone sneering at modern art. Prefer a mug? No problem. There’s also a version for your favorite cook that’s worth a look- especially for a gift.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Artware Editions

Klein Reid Brass top

This is a sort of gift for someone who has everything. It’s a toy, so it’s hard not to spin it around, and it’s beautiful, so even when not in use, it’s a lovely little thing to look upon. Precisely turned, hand-polished and signed, each top is gift boxed with with chamois and care and spinning instructions.
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Price: $138.00
Available from: bird

Gregory Buntain Wish List 2016

Next up to share his wish list is Gregory Buntain from Fort Standard. Thanks Gregory!
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Music Box

If you’ve not already purchased a Mozartkugel Music Box, then do be sure to consider this other option from Adam + Harborth. It’s a square music box that plays “The Blue Danube” by Johannes Strauss II. Think of it as the perfect gift for someone who has everything- except a modern music box, of course.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: Plastica

Turrialba Volcano Silk Scarf

So effing pretty, it’s tempting to buy one for yourself rather than a loved one. Maybe you can do both, as some of these lovely scarves from Slow Factory are on sale. All are 100% silk, made in Italy.
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Price: $52.00 +
Available from: Slow Factory

Dandelight by Studio Drift

This is another wonderful sort of object we featured years ago (2008) and now deserves an update. Lonneke Gordijn of Studio Drift first started gluing dandelion seeds to LEDs a decade ago, and I think it’s now safe to say that the Dandelight is now somewhat of a design classic, made all the more certain by the MoMA Store offering it up for sale. Plus, right now, MoMA is offering free shipping and guaranteed holiday delivery(!).
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Price: $140.00
Available from: MoMA Store