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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)

 
 

Piper Home Security

Well, surprise, surprise, it seems like the home security market is coming up with a few more options for renters and homeowners. Piper is a complete home security system with high definition panoramic video, motion detector, two-way audio, piercing siren, and 3 customizable security modes, all housed in a relatively compact device.

Easy to setup and use, you can control Piper with its mobile app (all user access is authenticated), and, for extra peace of mind, know that all security and automation rules are active without reliance on your internet being active- that means your settings will work (like the siren going off when motion is detected) whether the internet is connected or not. More below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $209.00 and up
Available from: indiegogo

Riki Stool

Whoa, considering we first posted the Riki Stool over 6 years ago, it’s time for an update. Designed by Riki Watanabe in 1965, this stool is made of cardboard, which allows it to be lightweight and very strong- it can take the weight of over 1,000 pounds. No tools needed for assembly, you just need a few folds to create a comfortable seat.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Crest Bottle Openers

Hey, what should you get someone that’s fond of their bottled beverages? A special bottle opener, of course. This collection of solid brass openers by Fort Standard use a minimal amount of material to get the job done, and, since they’re too pretty to be tucked away in a drawer, there’s the option to leave them out on the table or on a wall hook for display.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Fort Standard

Apollo Floor Lamp

Release your inner screen god/goddess with the Apollo Floor Lamp. 6 low-watt globes give off a dramatic, old Hollywood glow, and an exposed indigo denim-cotton cord provides an industrial vibe to keep things practical. Each lamp is custom made, with a variety of wood species, cord colors, and powder-coating options available upon request.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $890.00
Available from: Allied Maker

Dang 1 Door / 3 Drawer Console

Just in case you need yet another option for your television’s throne, here’s a modern-yet-slightly-retro console that will fit all sorts of miscellany. It has three drawers on the right and one door on the left with a perforated steel front so your remotes will work. Brass handles and a powder-coated steel base complete the picture.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,699.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Casamista Portable Humidifier

If you travel often to dry climates, you might be familiar with some of the portable humidifiers out there in the marketplace, but have you ever seen a house shaped humidifier that works with any water bottle or glass? No? Well, set your eyes upon this little house with its purifying filter. It’s around 3 inches square- making it a pretty compact choice for your travel needs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Umbra

Source: NYTimes.com

Hee Chair & Barstool

It’s been nine years since the Hee Seating Collection first hit the market, but it looks just as good now as it did back in 2004. Designer Hee Welling was originally inspired by the interior of a refrigerator, but you won’t find that on Hay’s site anymore, as the many other attributes of the seating collection have the spotlight. The chairs are made from galvanized solid steel, with outdoor powder coating that withstands weather throughout the year. They’re stackable, with a floor linking connection, and even cushions, if needed (contact HAY for availability). All that with the simple, perfect design and you’ve got yourself an excellent option for seating wherever you might need it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $245.00 - 345.00
Available from: A+R Store

Trakdot

If you’ve ever lost luggage while flying, you know it’s beyond annoying. How do you fix that problem? Put the Trakdot™ inside your bag to ensure that never happens again- you’ll know exactly where it is when you take off and land. The Trakdot uses micro-electronics to connect to local cellular networks and gives you a text message to report the location. Learn more at Trakdot.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Availability: Buy Trakdot here

Source: Netted

El Gringo – Wall Mounted Surfboard Rack

Make Co., of the Make Bike Rack fame (which we’ve posted before), now brings us this Wall Mounted Surfboard Rack called El Gringo.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but there aren’t so many surfboard racks that look at home in your living/dining/hallway area as there are that look like a store display system. And you certainly don’t want your home to feel like you’re selling surfboards, do you? Choose between steel or stainless steel; both versions have cork pads to protect your board. There’s also a small hook for hanging your towel and/or leash. Oh, and just one last thing- if you’re making time for surfing at this tail-end time of summer, you must be doing something right. Long distance high-five from me.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: Make Co.

Driftwood Wall Hooks

Whoa, lucky for us, some customers of a certain store didn’t purchase all of the colored driftwood hooks by Keil Mead at full price. Regularly $25, now you can add a few to your home for $9.99 each. Perhaps hang a few along the entrance hall, or in the closet or bathroom? They won’t last long at this price, so best act quickly if you’re interested. Available in Green, Orange, Pink, or Red.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $9.99 (sale)
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Arne Jacobsen Tea Towel Set

If you love the work of Arne Jacobsen, you might as well get his typography Tea Towel Set alongside your Jacobsen cups and perhaps the Jacobsen Milk & Sugar Set. Not to worry, I’m sure there are more items to come along- let’s just hope the powers that be don’t go crazy and plaster his 1937 typography over every possible thing (like they did with Pantone).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Fair Trade Basket Collection

Baskets aren’t usually the first thing you’ll find in a modern interior, but this Fair Trade Basket Collection possesses a sharp, sculptural quality that would do well whether used as objets d’art or as functional storage pieces. Made from palm wood, these baskets would normally warp over time, but Piet Hein Eek chose to string thin slats together to allow for shrinking and expansion.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00 - 263.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

The Pattern Box: 100 Postcards

If you like patterns and postcards, you’d best snap up this box set now. Curated by New York City’s Textile Arts Center, this collection has one hundred designs from ten international designers. I’d be tempted just to keep it as a pattern resource for inspiration purposes, but then it’d be a shame not to share such interesting postcards with friends and family (and postal workers, of course).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

Friday Links

  • Nice transition from floor tiles to hardwood
  • When ‘Smart Homes’ Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger’s House Via The Internet (via TYWKIWDBI)
  • A House Built from Salvaged Materials Physically Transforms into an Open Air Theater
  • Earth’s Seasonal “Heartbeat” From Outer Space
  • Measuring the sky, the handy way
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    Not many links this week due to vacation/travel; that reminds me, if you’ve sent an email in the last week or two, it’ll be a while before you’ll get a response. Have a superb weekend!

    Charbonize Bag & Sleeves

    Simple and utilitarian are two of my favorite adjectives when describing gadget sleeves and bags, so of course this collection by Charbonize gets a spotlight. Using vegetable tanned leather and recycled wool felt, each piece is created by hand in their workshop and follows the aim of “being simple, timeless and functional”. And don’t worry, the wool is anti-piling & water repellent. Now available in the US via HORNE.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $265.00
    Available from: HORNE