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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)

 
 

The Possibilities Kit

Let your inner MacGyver out with the Possibilities Kit. Your brain power combined with a set of basic tools is all you’ll need to solve small setbacks. The kit includes a small pry bar, a Phillips and Flathead screw key, 2 runt clips, 2 aviation cable key rings, one S-biner, 5 key maintenance rings, and a waterproof delrin capsule, all stored within a black tin case. Keep one in your vehicle, bag, and/or desk and be prepared for those unexpected situations.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

True Colors Vase Collection

So pretty… any one of these vases will get you out of a pinch when it comes to selecting a gift. Dutch designer Lex Pott has made each vase from a different metal, with each cylinder shape showcasing both an oxidized and a highly polished finish. This contrast of organic patina and polished metal makes for a spectacular-yet-subtle statement.
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Price: $130.00 - 395.00
Available from: A+R Store

Tré Wee Wish List 2015

Tré Wee, CEO & Co-founder of The Loppist, is next in line to share his wish list. Thank you, Tré, for such a varied list!
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Sony FES Watch

If you know someone who definitely doesn’t want an AppleWatch, but would still appreciate a wristwatch, take a look at the Sony FES Watch. I’m not saying it’s the coolest thing ever, but it is pretty fun. Using electronic paper, the watch can transform the look of its face and strap with just the touch of a button (24 design variations, by the way). Its digits are activated by your arm movement, otherwise it stays minimally blank. Oh, and if you’re into odd watches, you’ll also want to check out the Reflex LED Slap Watch.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Available from: MoMA Store

The Floyd Platform Bed

With all the gift getting and giving craziness, some excellent furnishing options have been piling up. One of which is the Floyd Platform Bed, made by the same smarties that brought us the Floyd Leg.

Engineered to be modular and sturdy, the Floyd Bed is an answer to a renter’s prayers. It’s both minimal and low-profile, and slots together thanks to metal supports, honeycomb core panels, and a tensioning strap. It’s easy to assemble and disassemble, and thus move from place to place when the time comes. Want to back the project to get your very own? There’s only a couple of days left in the campaign, so get to it!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $265.00 +
Available from: Kickstarter

Source: @shoeboxdwelling

Glass House Snow Globe

Anyone who has ever professed love for Phillip Johnson’s Glass House might like this very specific snow globe. Quoting the store, it’s the “ultimate souvenir” for an admirer- “a modern icon in a nostalgic representation.” There’s a limited edition blue version as well ($80).
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Price: $75.00 - 80.00
Available from: The Glass House Design Store

Michael Mundy Wish List 2015

Michael Mundy from anafternoonwith.com has found the time to share his list again this year. Thanks Michael!
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Cowboy Coffee Kettle

Wait a minute, a coffee kettle without a filter? Pshaw! It might go against everything you’ve ever believed in, but, yes, this kettle is based on the campfire version of coffee and has no filter. Simply bring water to a boil, add your grounds, and let it steep. After 5 minutes, pour your brewed coffee slowly out, preferably while singing this song.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00
Available from: A+R Store

San Lorenzo Money Clip

Fold those Benjamins with this bold, oversized money clip designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for San Lorenzo. One continuous piece of sterling silver metal twists around to give you an efficient clip for organizing your shorter stacks. Would it be a good gift for a discerning someone who doesn’t mind flashing their cash every now and then? Most certainly.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Available from: Wallpaper STORE

Gardenias Vases by Jaime Hayon

If you’re going to get a vase, why not go all out and begin collecting Jamie Hayon’s Gardenia Vases for BD Barcelona? Purchase one at a time, so as to not shock your credit card, and know that any plant you put in it will look wonderfully weird (in the loveliest way possible). Each terracotta vase is hand-thrown in Hayon’s recognizable style.
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Purchase Information:

Price: CAD455.00 - 475.00
Available from: Mjolk

Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar 2016

Yes, the 2016 Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar Calendar is sold out at its home website, and that’s very sad for those of us that planned to buy it for the new year. However, happy news, the Cooper Hewitt Shop has it available for your planning pleasure. Thank goodness, as we’ve posted it several years in the running, so it’d feel wrong not to continue the tradition.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Simon Yuen Wish List 2016

Simon Yuen is up next to share his list of gifts to give and get. Simon used to have time to post stuff here on BLTD, and we miss him terribly. Thank you, Simon, for sharing your list (and hopefully you can find time to post a few things in 2016)!
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Marble DOCK for Apple Watch

This is one seriously attractive Apple Watch dock. A brushed metal rotating arm is mounted on a block of solid marble, so while your watch charges, you can use and navigate at an optimal angle. Charge in the vertical, which is ideal for your desktop, or horizontal position, which isparticularly useful for bedside alarm use. The dock will provide a minimal charging base that suits the same simple elegance of your new(ish?) wrist device.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.99
Available from: Native Union

Mini Lumio+

Fun! The Lumio is now available in a mini version, thus creating an excellent gift idea for absolutely everyone on your list. Don’t believe me? Well, the Lumio is a small, portable, rechargeable light that folds up into the size of a book. In the Mini’s case, it’s a compact pocket size (think wallet dimensions), which makes it perfect for transport/travel. Oh, and it also can charge your smart phone. Bam! As I said, an excellent gift.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: MoMA Store

I scarcely know… Izola Pocket Knife

Talk about the basics, everyone needs a pocket knife. This one from Izola is made from 100% stainless steel and contains a corkscrew, large blade, bottle and can opener, and screwdriver. You never know when you’ll need one of those tools, right? The words “I scarcely know where to commence.” are engraved upon the surface.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: Burke Decor