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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)


Lean-To by Scout Regalia and Reunion Goods & Services

That summer sun is so damn hot sometimes, isn’t it? How to get some relief without denying yourself the freedom of the outdoors? Get a Lean-To, like this one from Scout Regalia and Reunion Goods & Services. It’s a simple shade structure, with front and side panels that open up to let the breeze in. It’s easy to assemble and easy to knock down, and it also comes with a travel bag to make things easy. Set it up at the beach or in your own backyard to beat the heat.

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Available from: Scout Regalia

Oslo, Fanfare, Code, Azi, Division Rugs

Code words? Nah, just a bunch of rugs. A certain retailer just released a slew of new products, and I’ve got to say, they’re killing it in the rug department. All of the rugs are affordable, so don’t expect silk or anything made with unicorn hair, but just take a look and tell me you don’t think they’re a decent bunch of patterned rugs. I dare you. (If you should take my dare, I’ll tell you to find another retailer with a better selection in the same price range, and then we’ll argue about which one of us has better taste, so, be prepared.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00 - 499.00
Available from: CB2

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Wald HI-LO Lamp

Remember the Wald Plug Lamp we posted earlier this year? Imagine it a little more refined, with a dimmer switch, and you’ve got the Wald HI-LO Lamp. Just like the original, there’s no need for hardwiring, as it plugs directly into an electrical socket. Talk about an easy installation, huh? Available in 3 subtle color finishes- Olive Drab, Dark Plum and Neutral.

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00
Available from: Feltmark

Wooden Bowls and Round Box

Don’t tell me you don’t need a few bowls and boxes to stash miscellany, because then we’ll all feel inferior to your mad minimalist lifestyle. Plus, this grouping of Wooden Bowls and Round Box are the sort of objects that organize and elevate everyday clutter. Odds and ends will be hidden away inside while a beautiful oak object is left to be admired. The Wooden Bowls, above, have a hollow base in the bottom and a shallower, fine bowl at the top, so smaller items like keys and coins can be kept at hand. The Round Box, shown below, offers a hiding spot for jewelry and knick-knacks, or even your smartphone and tablet.

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00 - 249.00
Available from: Leibal

Friday Links

  • Mariano Dallago’s Camera Obscura
  • Need help decorating your home? This looks interesting: havenly
  • How deadly are sharks?
  • Type Nite NYC, July 16
  • Porcelain trophies given for great reasons by Vika Mitrichenko
  • (via thisisnthappiness)

  • The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares
  • An explanation, if you’re not sure what happened- Greece Is The Word: Making Sense Of The Greek Crisis
  • Jan Van Huysum’s ‘Flowers’ recreated on surfboard
  • Have a great weekend.

    an Van Huysum's 'Flowers' recreated on surfboard

    UNDO Laces

    So, did you know that a shoe creates a lot of environmental damage? Raw materials plus an intense manufacturing process means that those things we wear on our feet have a big carbon footprint (typical shoe = 30 pounds of CO2). Alarming, isn’t it?

    UNDO Laces aims to offset that carbon footprint by purchasing credits from a wind energy, solar energy or reforestation project on your behalf. You get a pair of UNDO Laces, too, of course. Mini magnets installed in each end of the shoelace makes them easy to change out for color matching (it also eliminates those bothersome plastic ends hitting your ankles when you walk. Am I the only one with that issue? Back the project on Kickstarter.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $11.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Polo Table Lamp

    An articulated task lamp is essential if you’re at your desk in the early morning or very late at night, though let’s hope you’re not working too hard. Check out the Polo Table Lamp, with its small footprint and long, skinny arms. Three joints allow for precise illumination and smooth movement, both a must when you’re in a work zone. A succinct shade takes up little visual space, allowing for a minimal vibe that fits your workspace perfectly.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $443.00
    Available from: Gessato

    Spoonless Container

    No spoon needed with this container. Just remove the cork lid from the small spout and pour. What will you store in it? Up to you, of course, but all sorts of things would work. Dry goods like loose leaf tea, rice, or sugar perhaps? Use it in the kitchen for oft-used ingredients or on the table for serving. In either case, the containers are pretty enough to be left out for all to see.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00 -69.00
    Available from: Leibel

    Circus Pouf by Normann Copenhagen

    The Circus Pouf by Normann Copenhagen is so fun I can hardly resist adding one or two somewhere in my living room. Plus, it’s now available in velour, and, just in case you were wondering, yes, that does increase its appeal. It’s so round and friendly- I bet we’d all sit back and put up our feet more often if this little guy was around. Use it as a footrest, a coffee table, or an extra seat when guests drop by. It won’t lose its shape either- two different types of foam ensures softness on the upper and firmness on the bottom.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $355.55 +
    Available from: Normann Copenhagen

    Flotiform Jewelry Stand

    Is it some sort of wire sculpture? I suppose you could treat it as such, but it’s actually meant to organize and display your jewelry. A waxed wooden base holds an oddly shaped steel wire that has plenty of room to hang necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Keep your favorites out where you can see them, and you’ll be able to enjoy them twice as much.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $42.00
    Available from: Dwell

    Cosmic Diner Collection

    A cosmic collection of dinner plates? Yes, please. Thank goodness Diesel Living teamed up with Seletti to produce the Cosmic Diner Collection, because our tabletops just aren’t complete without a sun, moon, and a few planets. Made of porcelain, each plate is decorated with an image of a planet, so pick your favorites for a colorful presentation and possible astronomy lesson.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $70.00
    Available from: Gessato

    Alter Ego Water Bottle Filtration System

    If you’ve ever been thirsty on a day expedition, you know that sometimes water is scarce and not always safe to drink. That’s unfortunately the daily experience for many people around the world, a fact that’s easy to forget if you live in a well developed, urban environment. So, what’s the fix?

    Products like this Alter Ego Water Bottle Filtration System help, as portions from sales go to to ONE DROP, an international non-profit organization dedicated to developing sustainable water access programs worldwide. Of course, the actual Alter Ego Water Bottle also does an important job directly for you with its filters. For city dwellers, the Globetrotter filter removes 99.9999% of contaminants and lasts for approximately 75 gallons of filter water. For hikers and explorers, the Outdoor Filter will remove 99.99% of contaminants and lasts for approximately 200 gallons.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $64.99
    Available from: Horne

    Ovo iPhone amplifier

    Add this to your list of things you absolutely don’t need but want sort of badly. I mean, come on, it’s a passive amplifier made from Carrera marble for your iPhone. The shape is carved very slowly from a single block of marble (does the price make more sense now?) and works solely from mechanic sound diffusion. No cords, no batteries, just plain ol’ geometry working to optimize your listening experience.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $368.00
    Available from: designboom shop

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    Frame Canopy Bed

    Huh? This seems like a price too good to be true for a canopy bed. I always thought Room&Board’s Architecture Bed was the best price in the business, but now this Frame Canopy Bed just might take the spot. Canopy beds are excellent for creating a room within a room, which is very suitable for large rooms with high ceilings. Will you get tired of the the brass plated corners after a few weeks years? Maybe, but whenever that happens, there’s more than enough DIY guides on painting brass that will fix that. A quick spray primer on the brass parts and then another contrasting color (dark blue?) would look fantastic.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $699.00 - 799.00
    Available from: CB2