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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)

 
 

Graph Cork Board

Like these graphic, silk screened cork boards? You could easily point-and-click purchase them and no one will think less of you because, hey, you’re busy, and it’s nice to have a little pattern on the wall. Or, you could go to your local craft or office supply store and buy some regular cork board tiles (like these on Amazon), mask each corner half off with painter’s tape and paper, and then spray or brush on black paint to create the same sort of look. Remove taper/paper and ta-da! You have your patterned cork board. It’ll take a little more time, but it’ll save you a little cash.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Umbra

Bluelounge Messenger Bag

Do you recall the Bluelounge Backpack we featured a while ago? This messenger bag is similar in its simple exterior style and multi-pocketed interior, yet suits the over-the-shoulder mode of carrying around your goods. A quick release buckle makes the on/off process easy and (of course) it’s also got an ergonomic fit that’s pretty important if your commute is longer than, say, 5 minutes. Just like the backpack, the fabric is made of 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: Bluelounge

Scrabble Letter Pillows

Scrabble pillows. It was only a matter of time, really, before these hit the radar. And, if you want to shop around, it looks like Etsy has quite a few sellers offering their own versions in different sizes and such. These pillows (available from Spoon Sisters) are printed on organic cotton and measure 15.75″ square.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Spoon Sisters

Friday Links

  • More historical images colorized by Mads Madsen.
  • What is light?
  • Claustrophobic Hong Kong “Cubicle Apartments”
  • The church dome painted by graffiti artists
  • Just what activities are you involved in that you would need a Titanium Escape Ring? (via twentytwowords)
  • Any Two Pages on the Web Are Connected By 19 Clicks or Less (via Explore)
  • We Found Our Son in the Subway (via kottke)
  • Have a nice first-weekend-of-March. The nice weather is just around the corner, I promise.

    Scout Security System

    Home security systems aren’t all that exciting- long term contracts usually dissuade renters and homeowners alike- but this one offers something new. You install it yourself. There’s no wires or technicians required, and you can take it with you if or when you move. There’s also no required monthly fees. Sounds pretty good, right?

    There’s a base station, which works over WIFI and allows you to use the security system on your smartphone or computer, an arm/disarm panel to place on main doors, open/close sensors on any door or window you want monitored, and a motion sensor to cover other areas where open/close sensors might not work (glass breakage, for example). You pick and choose which ones you want, and how many. Read more about the software at Scout.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $120.00
    Available from: Scout

    Tatlin Color Magnets

    This is getting filed under toys instead of desk accessories, as the fun potential is much higher than the somewhat boring/functional office usage. They’re simply a set of 288 cardboard magnets, to be placed on your magnetic board/wall or fridge, for making shapes, animals, landscapes or whatever else your imagination wants. Share them with the kids or keep them in your office space, up to you.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: £29.00
    Available from: SCP

    Public Art Tote

    Are you though? Or do you only appear to be? Such questions, such statements. Designed and printed by Izabella Dennis for Fifi du Vie. (Sound familiar? You might recognize some of her work that’s recently been pinned/posted around your regular (internet) haunts: Adventurers and Good People Print .)

    Screen printed using non-toxic ink on 100% cotton tote bag.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: Fifi du Vie

    RestartMilano Lamps

    I hesitate to use the word ‘dainty’ to describe these lamps from RestartMilano, mostly because it brings to mind doilies and frail flowers. With their sleek swivel arms and warm brass finish, these lamps are just the opposite, yet the thin silhouette allows for a light (as in, not heavy) touch in any interior, allowing other elements to take center stage. Three versions available: Long Wall Lamp, Short Wall Lamp, and Table Lamp.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $550.00 and up
    Available from: Merchant No. 4

    T-frame T-shirt Display

    Now, some might say that framing a favorite t-shirt is for a 20-something’s decor, but we’ll politely ignore them and carefully put ours behind this frame from Umbra. Never say donate! (Never say donate to the one (or two) worn out shirts that are worth keeping, that is, but donate the heck out of the clothes you don’t wear.)
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Stick-lets

    And just when you thought you were too old to enjoy the outdoors, Stick-lets comes along. Sure, they’re meant to help kids get back outside and build forts with sticks, but who says you can’t enjoy them too? Be sure to share with others (team building, anyone?), and stay away from trees and branches that don’t belong to you- that could cause some problems- but other than that, have fun. Made from 100% silicone, each Stick-let stretches to meet your construction needs, whether you use natural branches or wood dowels. On the count of three, what’s the first thing you’d build? (One..two…three) a TIPI! Other answers are acceptable, of course. Need it be mentioned that this could be an excellent gift?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $11.99 and up
    Available from: Stick-lets

    Math Dishtowel, Mug, Pencil Case

    For your favorite mathematician (a.k.a. mathemagician), how about a dishtowel, pencil case, or mug? Or all three? Chalk white lines on a black backgroung evoke memories from past math classes, and no matter if you liked/loved/hated them, you (or someone you know) can still enjoy a little math imagery with appreciation.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $12.95 - 17.95
    Available from: Fishs Eddy

    Yield Picnic Bag

    Any bag that unfolds into a blanket wins points for versatility, but it also gets a gold star for making it easy to embark upon an adventure at a moment’s notice. Throw in the necessary goods and then take off for your destination. One zip and the bag unfolds to a blanket- the perfect thing for a picnic (or playdate, if kids and toys are involved).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $56.00
    Available from: Yield Design Co.

    Knoll Classics Sale

    Sale alert! It’s time again for Knoll’s Classics Sale, which means 15% off of Knoll products. Some retailers have free shipping as well, so if you’ve been jonesing for a particular classic, perhaps it’s time to bite the bullet. The sale is from February 25- March 3, 2013.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15% off
    Available from: Hivemodern

    Orson Desk

    Whoa, cast iron legs means no messing around when it comes to materials. Matthew Hilton mixes rich hardwood with cast iron to create this quiet-yet-strong desk. On the drawers you’ll find solid wood and dovetail joinery, while there’s more to the tabletop than meets the eye- a cable management system is found under hinged doors (secret compartment!). The two storage trays and pencil holder are available separately.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $3,855.00
    Available from: hivemodern

    Triangle Cork Dinner Mats

    Table linens can look tired after a while- especially if you use them every day- and if you’re super picky and feel the need to iron your placemats and napkins after the wash, you will look tired from laundering them. These cork dinner mats just need a quick wipe to clean, so they’ll save you some time as well as jazzing up your dinner table with some stacked triangle action. Sold as a 2 piece set.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $29.95
    Available from: ferm LIVING