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Katie

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)

 
 

V.Stand

This small V.Stand is not for your backside, but for any little thing weighing up to 20 pounds. That shouldn’t be a surprise once you find out that it’s made from lightweight corrugated plastic and weighs less than a pound. Maybe set a drink upon its surface, or a small stack of books… or a cat? You name it, as long as it’s not too terribly heavy, this stand will keep it off the floor and within reaching distance of your favorite chair/bed/beanbag/chaise lounge. You could even stack a few for an art-ish sculptural column in that lonely corner of your home. Handmade in designer Jae Won Choor’s (“J1”) L.A. furniture studio.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: A+R Store

Tokyo 2 and New York 1 Bitmap Blanket

Gah! I know that Cristian Zuzunaga’s Digital Sunrise Blanket might have been a little too much color and pattern, but don’t let that dissuade you from considering some of the other knitted blankets in the collection. Tokyo 2 Bitmap Blanket is the one above, and New York 1 Bitmap Blanket the one below. Both are a little less crazy with their limited color palette, yet they’ll still prove that you can be brave when it comes to textiles. Perhaps one might fit the bill for a lightweight summer blanket for your bed? You may also purchase these blankets (amongst other items) directly from Zuzunaga’s Design Studio (€240 ex.VAT), but be advised you’ll need to pay for shipping/customs.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $406.00
Available from: A+R Store

Oon Power Outlet

Power outlets are ugly. We do all manner of things to hide or hang them out of sight, because a mess of cords isn’t pretty, no matter what you do to them. However, maybe, just maybe, this Oon Power Outlet might change our minds, as it divides each electrical socket into individual blocks, allowing the unit to flex and rotate. A soft color scheme and cloth cord add a familiar warmth, making this outlet less of what you might find in a cubicle and more of what you’d find in a small, elegant toy box.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: OKUM

Homerun Hooks (set of 2)

These Homerun Hooks won’t make those annoying dents in your clothes, and, hey, they might even cheer you up each day with their bulbous, cartoon-like shape. Each set includes 1 small and 1 big hook and installation is easy with the included screw.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop

Friday Links

  • Leth & Gori’s Brick House (Photo: STAMERS KONTOR) (via dezeen)
  • Advanced Style Coloring Book
  • Tesla: All Our Patent Are Belong To You
  • Living Succulent Jewelry
  • Notapaperhouse.com
  • GET AN UP-CLOSE LOOK AT BRAZILIAN SOCCER CULTURE
  • The esence of jerkitude from Eric Schwitzgebel
  • T-Rex Illusion
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    That’s it for today. See you on Monday.

    Amuze Salad Set, Stripe

    Yep, they’re salad servers. Not for the more traditional tabletop, of course, but for those of us that prefer the very modern take on just about everything, they tick the right box. There’s something a little science fiction about them, don’t you think? As if they’d look right at home in 2060, if robots haven’t taken over salad serving by then. There’s also a serving set ($33.90) to match, fyi.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $27.00
    Available from: YLiving

    Modern Mailboxes

    Someone has mentioned to me that we need a new mailbox, and given that my job is to find modern, well-designed things, I feel that I cannot ignore such a plea. So, what you see below are all the items I see as acceptable options. However, I don’t necessarily feel that there’s a clear front runner. Perhaps we should have a vote on some sort of social media outlet? Hmm, stay tuned. If you are also in the market for a mailbox, and know of another (or better) option, please let me know.
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    Graded Shelving Kit

    Now, here’s an interesting take on a shelving kit. Notice how the legs thicken towards the bottom? That enables “precisely machined plastic collars” on each of the five shelves to fit at certain spots, thus creating shelving space. Those legs are produced in collaborations with RJH Custom Pool Cues, as those of you who play pool might have noticed. No other hardware is needed, just slide the shelves over the four legs.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,200.00
    Available from: Jamie Wolfond

    Walnut Keyboard Tray

    What’s so great about a keyboard tray? Well, nothing if you’re a strict minimalist and don’t have a bunch of little things rattling around on your desk. However, if you’re like the rest of us, you could use a small spot to stash a few pens, paperclips, extra batteries and other little miscellany that has no home. A slim profile keeps the ergonomics of Apple’s keyboard and the natural black walnut will look good with almost anything.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $59.00
    Available from: Grovemade

    Magnote

    Perhaps you have a favorite notebook, but I bet you a dollar bill that it doesn’t have magnets as a main component. Huh? Yep, magnets. The Magnote, currently a Kickstarter project, has neodymium magnets embedded in its spine, allowing you to easily carry several at once while keeping your ideas or projects separate. It lays completely flat when opened, so you can take advantage of the full page surface. Carry just as many as you need in an orderly stack and separate them whenever needed. At the size of an iPad, each notebook stacks easily alongside the others on a shelf, and you can choose between a blank, gridded, ruled, or a daily or monthly minimal planner.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $29.00 +
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Metamorphic Rock Bookend

    You may not see the allure in stone shards cast in cement only to then be shoved upon a shelf to hold books in place, but these Metamorphic Rock Bookends now occupy the number one spot on my wish list, and will likely stay there until the holiday season. Three flat, perpendicular sides enable the bookend function while one decorative, textured side provides sculptural interest. Each unique set is signed and dated by Chen Chen and Kai Williams.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $170.00
    Available from: Chen Chen & Kai Williams

    Ball LED Indoor Outdoor Lamp

    How about adding a cordless, rechargeable, waterproof, and energy efficient light that can live indoors or out to your abode? The Ball LED Lamp is pretty perfect for making your outdoor evening soirees a little more romantic. It’s entirely portable, and will withstand all sorts of bad weather. You can even throw it in the pool for a floating lighting display (I’m sure party planners already know this) should you want a more impressive atmosphere. Get the Pebble Remote to control color options and/or several lamps up to a distance of over 66 feet.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $177.65
    Available from: YLiving

    Grill Basting Brush and Beaker by Eva Solo

    The official beginning of summer is almost upon us, and the summer means backyard grilling. And, if you do any backyard grilling, you need a basting brush. This brush and beaker by Eva Solo is a smart little set to aid you in your outdoor cooking, as the silicone brush rests upon the side of the beaker to keep things tidy. It’d be a handsome addition to your other grilling tools.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $39.00
    Available from: Emmo Home

    HB6B / Karin Matz

    Small, well designed apartments that take advantage of cramped quarters will always have a place in my heart, thanks to living in a ~450 square foot studio apartment in my 20s. I remember imagining countless ways to remodel it if I owned instead of rented. That’s why, despite its somewhat rough looking walls, this little apartment by architect Karin Matz in Stockholm has caught my interest. Take a look at the lofted bed sharing a glass wall with the kitchen, with storage underneath, and marvel at the smart way they’ve incorporated necessary living areas all within under 400 square feet (36 sq meters).
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    More information:

    View HB6B / Karin Matz here

    OK Dish

    Stay sane with a daily reminder that everything is, in fact, going to be okay. Take a deep breath, put on your jewelry/pick up your keys/etc., and head out for the day. Similarly, at the end of your how-the-heck-did-end-up-with-a-12-hour-a-day work schedule, take off your jewelry/put down your keys, and relax. This small dish might just be the one spot where things won’t get lost.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.