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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)

 
 

Zip Backpack by Joshu+Vela

Sure, we’ve featured more than a few simple backpacks, but there’s something especially nice about the one from Joshu+Vela. With no external pocket, it refuses to be cluttered, and, with its robust materials, will most likely refuse to break down after years of use. It does have one interior pocket along with an interior iPad Sleeve, so you won’t be entirely bereft of organization. Choose between waxed twill canvas (olive, black, navy, natural, or safari tan) and black leather (super sleek, but more expensive, of course). There’s a small version of the backpack too, which is perfect for daily commutes.
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Price: $280.00 - 680.00
Available from: Joshu+Vela

Cork Flashlight

A cork flashlight! Now, that’s a good idea for boaters or anyone that loves taking baths in thunderstorms. Cork floats, of course, so there’ll be no losing this light in water. Plus, the cork adds a warmth and softness to an otherwise usually cold and metal tool. Bright LEDs will shed plenty of light out on the water or staying in at home.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Gaze Coffee Dripper

Any discerning coffee aficionado will occasionally turn their attention to a new and clever coffee dripper, especially if it appears simple and elegant. The Gaze is certainly that, as it’s made up of two double walled glass pieces; one houses the coffee and filter while the other catches your brew. The process is entirely visible, which hopefully will add to your enjoyment rather then your impatience.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: HMM

HAY Iso Hooks

Geometric wooden hooks? Sure, sign us up, for they’ll hold hats and bags aplenty, all while giving an “optical illusion of an isometric cube.” There are several color options, so the hard part will be figuring out which hues works best… or go for minimal light grey if you’re not so fond of contrasting colors.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: MoMA Store

The Jean Hanger

So smart. The Jean Hanger lets you say goodbye to folding creases and dryer woes, for it delicately holds your jeans up by their back belt loops. This allows your denim to hang appropriately alongside your other clothes without crumples or creases. Air dry them on the hanger, and you’ll have none of the shrinkage or wear that dryers often cause (plus less energy use!). Shall we say this hanger is a brilliant solution for those of us that love our jeans? Yes, I think we shall.
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Price: $10.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

45 Record Case

What to do with your 45s? Well, if you possess plenty of money, might I suggest storing them in this particular record case? It’s intended for carrying or storing seven inch records, and has three custom solid wood 45 adaptors in a drop-down compartment along with a hidden storage compartment. It’s a beautiful box*, to be sure, and is very appropriate for your favorite 45s.
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Price: $850.00
Available from: WorkOf

Livada Fragrance Vase

If you or someone you love is challenged in the olfactory department, there’s no need to despair. This Livada Fragrance Vase will help enhance your sense of smell, thanks to its glass bell enclosure. A small hole at the top concentrates fragrances, so that you may enjoy the fragrant wafts of flowers (or whatever else you should so choose). Alternatively, this vase could be the answer to your ‘my-pet-always-eats-plants’ woes.
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Price: $38.00
Available from: Luminaire

New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle

Yep, you can get the New York Times in a puzzle. Chances are you’ll want to commemorate a special date- you’ll be able to get any front page since 1851- so have a think about which day you’ll choose. Maybe it’s a birthday or anniversary, or maybe it’s the day someone special got a promotion or graduated. Maybe bookmark it for a future gift?
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Price: $44.95
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Samsung Serif TV

It’s here. The Samsung Serif TV by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is available to purchase. Are you going to put your name on the waitlist? I’m sure some of us are tempted, for the Bouroullec brothers have chosen to increase the depth of their flatscreen by adding a bottom and top shelf, thus creating more of an object at home amongst our things than a boring, thin, run-of-the-mill black box.
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Price: $1,499.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Pinch Spice Containers

These small wood vessels are intended for tabletop use, as their lids are carved to allow for a small sampling of spices. Their sides are also cut at an angle so that you may place them either at a vertical or horizontal position. Considering their size and placement option, I bet you could also find a use for them in the office or bathroom, for paperclips or bath salts perhaps?
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Price: $62.00 - 68.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Link

Hey, we’re out of the office today, so you just get one link. That means you have less to click through and more time to look out the window while you wait for your Friday workday to end.

-Cartographic drawings by Tiffany Chung (shown above: DUBAI 2020, 2010) (via thinx)

As usual, enjoy your weekend!

Ito Bindery Memo Block

Well, here’s a paper pad that makes me wish I had more notes to take. Each Ito Bindery Memo Block contains 350 tear-off sheets, and, with three modular sizes to choose from, you can combine or stack them as you wish. A recycled paperboard base gives stability and weight.
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Price: $20.00 +
Available from: Ode to Things

Tubelor Grande Trash Bin

Why, yes, we have featured the Tubelor Grande Trash Bin before (back in 2013). But the Rosewood version is new, and can we just take a moment to appreciate how pretty it is? A pretty trash can- you certainly don’t see one of those everyday. The design of the bin is made up of two parts: a decorative outer lid and the inner liner which holds the plastic bag. The result is a clean, streamlined look that would fit well within any room.
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Price: $53.00
Available from: Luminaire

Sempli’s Incanter

Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll need cold drinks in good supply. Sempli’s Incanter looks sort of fun, if you can get past the tipsiness that you might feel watching it spin around. Maybe you’ll put fruits in the borosilicate glass infuser and then pour in a liquor, but I’d opt for water or lemonade because I’m not a boozehound (like you). There is something nice about the vessel doing the mixing for you, and it’ll look oh-so-pretty on your table.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: A+R Store

Standard Magnets

Small, turned, wooden magnets will only enhance those papers, notes, and tear-outs that create that elegant web of ideas you have, thus allowing that brain of yours to settle upon brilliant results previously unknown. These Standard Magnets are available from Fort Standard in a set of six and feature very strong rare-earth magnets, so they’ll hold up all manner of things (keys, perhaps?) with no problem.
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Price: $77.00
Available from: Ford Standard