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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)

 
 

Repurposed Beer Cloth Apron

If you want to look cool while cooking, throw one of these aprons on. Then, when someone says, ‘Hey, that’s a cool apron’ you can say, ‘Oh, this thing? Yeah, it’s a repurposed beer cloth with old climbing rope for the neck strap and waist tie. Kind of cool, huh?’ And then you’ll flip your omelette (or gourmet pancakes or some other incredibly delicious breakfast food) and look like you’ve got your life completely figured out, you smug bastard.
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Price: $118.00
Available from: Dwell

The Level from FluidStance

No, it’s not a hoverboard, but it certainly will help you move around more. The Level by FluidStance is a platform that increases your range of movement while standing. It’s similar to a skateboard in size, yet it has a central rounded base that keeps your muscles engaged- they’ll need to work a little harder to keep you steady. Take a look at the project over at Indiegogo or see the video below.
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Price: $289.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Source: Fast Company

Ceramic Self-Watering Planter

Thank goodness, there’s a self-watering planter that hides the fact that you suck at taking care of your plants. It’s ceramic, so that in itself helps make it look nicer, and has two parts to reduce your watering chores. The upper matte cylinder holds the plant and the lower glossy water reservoir will let the plants roots drink as much as they like. Finally, you’ll have a happy plant in a happy, nice-looking planter. It’s a win/win sort of situation.
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Price: $110.00
Available from: Spartan Shop

Tomnuk Walnut Trivet Tray Set

Why should you care about a walnut trivet tray set? Maybe you shouldn’t, as there are much more important things going on in your life, but your dining table just emailed to let me know that it cares an awful lot about not being burnt from hot pots and pans, and why don’t you stop being a slob and protect your nice furniture? That’s what your table said, basically, word for word. You can stack, nest and store these Walnut Trivets from Tomnuk Design, you can even use them as small trays for snacks and other small sundries.
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Price: CAD52.00 - 150.00
Available from: Tomnuk Design

Wood Block Desk Organizer

All those little papers- mail, tickets, postcards- can now have a proper home without hiding them away. 5 slots allow for papers and letters to be displayed within easy reach of your working surface along with a receptacle for pens and other small accessories.
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Price: $57.00
Available from: Luminaire

FUWL Cage Shelf

Do you need a shelf plus some sort of storage spot for mittens and hats? Perhaps you need a Fuwl Cage Shelf from Stockholm-based design studio Form Us With Love. It’s an ideal landing pad for your keys and such, and the lid lifts off to keep your other personal things within sight and within reach.
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Price: $119.95
Available from: Menu Design Shop

Moment Case

Mobile photography is only getting better as more and more people rely on their smartphones, and, thankfully, the people of Moment aren’t resting on their laurels. They’ve entered the iPhone 6 case market, with a shell that turns your phone into a better camera. The shutter button has half press and full press features, the Moment Lenses can easily be attached/detached, and there’s a strap attachment at the bottom to keep your phone from falling through your fingers right after you’ve taken a great shot. See the video below for more, or visit their Kickstarter page to back the project.
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Price: $49.00 +
Available from: Kickstarter

Fire Tools by Arik Levy

If you have a fireplace (lucky you), you’d best have a decent set of fire tools to keep the flames under control. This set by Arik Levy includes tongs, shovel, brush, and a bucket with the word ‘fire’ on its side just in case anyone gets confused. The tools are constructed of sturdy lightweight aluminum with rubber handles for a strong grip.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: DWR

Plant Walls by Ferm Living

What are these strange wire rectangles and circles? They’re plant walls, and they’ll help your plants grow up and outwards without disturbing your oh-so-perfectly designed interior (or exterior). Made of iron wire with a protective powder coating, each wall is designed in a simple diagonal pattern with subtle pastel shades to compliment your plant collection.

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Price: $54.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Dandelight by Studio Drift

This is another wonderful sort of object we featured years ago (2008) and now deserves an update. Lonneke Gordijn of Studio Drift first started gluing dandelion seeds to LEDs a decade ago, and I think it’s now safe to say that the Dandelight is now somewhat of a design classic, made all the more certain by the MoMA Store offering it up for sale.

Each seed is attached, one by one, to the LED light. Held aloft by a thin copper stem, the light is powered by a very visible 9 volt battery. Perhaps this could go into your ‘excellent gifts to give’ category? And, if you’re fond of this light, do be sure to take a look at Studio Drift’s Fragile Future III light sculpture.
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Price: $140.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Collapsible Pack-Away Bucket

Never underestimate the need for a bucket. Whether it saves the day in the laundry, kitchen, bathroom, or garden, it’s one of the handiest things to have around. Now, add to the ubiquitous bucket this one particular function: collapsibility. Suddenly it’s much easier to stash in the smallest of places, and have one at hand whenever the need appears.
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Price: £19.95
Available from: Wacky Practicals

Extending Table, 2131 Collection

Remember the Walnut and Marble Storage Cube from Ike Bahadourian’s 2131 collection we posted a few days ago? There’s also this walnut Extending Table that extends from 5′ to 10′ long. Doubling your seating capacity without messing with additional leaves or tables sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? And, don’t just think of it for the dining room- you can also rotate the top for more of a workstation setup.
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Price: $2,600.00
Available from: 2131 Collection

GINO Glass Dripper

Here’s an elegant little coffee dripper that fits directly onto your cup. Made from borosilicate glass, it’s heat and scratch resistant. The dripper has double-walled construction that insulates, and the angle of the cone’s wall and the size of the bottom holes are engineered for an optimal extraction for perfectly brewed coffee. Brew for one or use the Gino Server for two or more.

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Price: $24.00
Available from: notNeutral

SAIC Origin Cuatro Platters

Platters with grids will bring out the best of your OCD, or at least that’s what we’ll hope. SAIC student Allison Rokusek uses various fine-lined grids for the design of these porcelain platters, as she believes grids “help section the world into more digestable pieces.” Makes sense, doesn’t it?
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Price: $3.50 - 21.95
Available from: CB2

Neon Light by Minimalux

Have your own Dan Flavin-esque light sculpture by getting one of these Neon Lights designed by London based MINIMALUX. A bright, radiant glow is made visible from the colorful interiors of a folded steel box, giving off the impression of neon strip lights. Group several together for a bigger lighting statement or just pick one for a quieter glow.

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Price: $182.00
Available from: Luminaire