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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)

 
 

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    Waiter/Waitress Tables

    Now, we can all agree that these two tables aren’t cheap (even on sale), but let’s pay attention to the fact that each one can be positioned in different ways for different functions. If used in the C shape position, the tables can nest under and over a seating surface, giving you a very handy tabletop for a drink or device (or both) without taking up too much floor space. Or, perhaps you like breakfast in bed? Either table could be the perfect resting spot for your morning coffee/tea and breakfast plate. As these tables are relatively slim, I’m guessing that they’d be easy to move around your home as needed.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $896.00 - 1,676.00
    Available from: SUITE New York

    Desk set, Matte Black

    If there are multiple paperclips and post-it notes scattered about your desk, you and I have something in common. Maybe we should consider these handcrafted paper boxes by Timothy Wikander of MaterialMaterial. In addition to the desk set you see above, there’s also a small box w/lid and a large box w/lid, any of which is sure to hide/store our miscellany with subtle style. Each box is constructed from 2 mm grey board (the same material used in hardbound book covers) and coated in smooth matte textured card stock.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $58.00
    Available from: MaterialMaterial

    October Playing Cards

    My neighbors have their Halloween decorations up, so I feel it’s permissible to post a seasonal item. It is October, after all, and you might just need a new deck of cards to have around for games with friends and family. 52 frightfully good illustrations by Steven Noble graces this deck of October playing cards, and you’ll be appropriately spooky should you choose to carry them around for the next few weeks.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $7.95
    Available from: Dan & Dave

    MIDORI MD 2014 Monthly Notebook

    It’s October already, and you know what that means. Besides getting your Halloween festivities sorted, your Thanksgiving plans arranged, and your subconscious started on options for special holiday gifts, you need to find a decent monthly planner for 2014. No? Lucky you. Yes? Join the club. I’ve been on the quest to find the perfect (i.e. minimal) monthly planner for what seems like forever, and though Moleskine and others have come close, I think this one by MIDORI (and available from Baum-Kuchen) might just win first place for 2014.

    With plenty of negative space on each monthly calendar, there’s oodles of room to make notes. Memo pages are divided into eight sections for optional weekly pages and there’s plenty of blank pages for extra sketches or notes. Last but not least, the MIDORI Monthly Notebook is bound by strings, so the planner opens flat for easier writing and perusal.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $16.00
    Available from: Baum-Kuchen

    Push Pull Rotate Door Knobs

    While these door knobs from Brinks Home Security aren’t as visually appealing as a minimalist/modernist would hope, they do pack a certain punch in terms of function. Simply push, pull, or rotate the door knob to open a door. Have your arms full of groceries/kids/laundry/etc? Use your hip/elbow/knee/whatever to push the knob and open the door.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $24.97 - 32.97
    Available from: Lowe's

    Infinity Rose Square Mirror

    What’s better than a square mirror? A rose square mirror, because you can finally take off those ridiculous tinted glasses you’re always wearing and just stare into the mirror instead. It’s a sure thing that a rose mirror is a different way to throw light around a room, and it will no doubt add a little bronze edginess to an interior. Available in a square, $149, or narrow version, $129.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.00
    Available from: CB2

    Wintercheck 06/08

    What happens to orphaned furniture? Often they end up in a very sad place called the landfill, sitting unused and unloved. Wintercheck Factory has saved a few pieces from this slow death, and, with some upgrades and additions, they’re now available online for your purchase (at not bad prices, I might add). Pictured above is the Felt Top Table, $375, who in a previous life sported a linoleum top and was drawerless.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $175.00 - 375.00
    Available from: Wintercheck 06/08

    Tangram City Sculpture Puzzle

    This grey conglomeration might perplex you at first, but it’s actually a puzzle that doubles as
    table décor. You’re most likely familiar with tangrams, those puzzles with seven flat pieces meant for rearranging in a certain shapes, and this tablescape takes that idea into 3D territory with each piece being a part of a miniature city landscape.

    Each piece is made of solid concrete, so you’d be smart to place them well out of any small child’s reach, but that said, it would be an interesting piece to have out and test yourself occasionally on making certain shapes (exercise for the brain!).

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $200.00
    Available from: Molla Space

    Standard Magnets

    If only small, turned, wooden magnets existed, we could place them upon any metal surface and know that our papers, notes, and tear-outs would be shown as an elegant web of ideas (all due to the uniform simplicity of the magnets, of course) thus allowing our brains to settle upon brilliant results previously unknown. Oh, wait, they do exist, available from Fort Standard in a set of six, no less, and feature very strong rare-earth magnets, so they’ll hold up all manner of things (keys, perhaps?) with no problem. Nothing stopping those brilliant results now.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $58.00
    Available from: Ford Standard

    Soma Water Filter

    You know what’s impressive? A water filter from the future. That’s really the only explanation for such a well executed design, after all. The handcrafted glass carafe is a beauty all on its own, then you add the filter on, and you’ve got an excellent option for purifying water. No need to mess with finicky lids either, as the Soma has a pour-through lid that automatically opens when you add water. The all-natural filters are biodegradable, and you can sign up to have fresh filters delivered every two months for $13, shipping included.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.00
    Available from: SOMA

    Bulb Flashlight

    Say what? It’s a flashlight and a low-heat LED rechargeable bulb? Sounds strange, but it makes sense, I guess. Extend the telescopic handle to use as a flashlight (up to 3 hours) or use it as a bulb in any standard screw-in light fitting. Like I said, strange, but seemingly practical. Using only six watts of power, the bulb is equivalent to a 40w incandescent bulb.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Perch Barstool

    Hmm, I don’t quite understand how the same barstool could cost roughly $150 more on one site than the other. Do you? One site has it on sale, so that explains a little discrepancy, but perhaps it’s not exactly the same barstool, or by the same designer/manufacturer, or maybe someone is smoking something somewhere and the profit margins were messed up. Either way, this teak and iron base barstool has that spindly-yet-sturdy look and would provide extra seating without taking up too much visual space.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $216.00
    Available from: West Elm

    Prime Media Console

    Hmm, this media console by Mark Daniel (of Slate Design) has the right sort of look and the right sort of price. Plantation-grown shesham wood is set off nicely by an iron base, and there’s the nice detail of a finished back in case you need to float the piece in the middle of a room. Two open shelves provide space for components with two drawers below for storage. And, yes, don’t worry, there are cutouts for managing cords.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $699.00
    Available from: CB2

    Luis Organizer

    I’ve long admired the Uten.Silo, but somehow can’t bring myself to pay the $475 for organized bliss. The Luis Organizer isn’t a whole lot less in terms of the damage done to your wallet, but it provides the same sort of function with a minimal, geometric purity, and is handmade in Barcelona by OLI13 (so you won’t see it around as much, if you care about that sort of thing).

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €300.00
    Available from: OLI13