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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)

 
 

TAIT Design Co. Perpetual Wall Calendar

Who doesn’t love perpetual calendars? Year after year, they’ll help you keep track of the days. This one by TAIT Design Co. features rotating discs with month, day and day-of-the-week. Spin the discs around to get the right day, then concentrate on getting your head straight for the rest of the workday.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $56.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Maracas Salt and Pepper

Why do you need these Maracas? Because they’re salt and pepper shakers. Fun, right? Bonus points, of course, if you shake them like you’re playing in a band every single time you add seasoning to your meal. Plus, they’re designed by Naoto Fukasawa. Really, it’s a no-brainer; be sure to bookmark them for a future housewarming gift.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: Leibal

Las Vegas Attack

It’s hard to continue life as usual when news of the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting is all we can think about. No matter what you think about the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, surely there’s got to be a way we can stop these horrific events.

Think about it, and then do something. Call your representatives, donate to an organization you believe will make a difference, and talk to those around you about how we can stop this from happening again.

Las Vegas Victims Fund
Preventing Mass Shootings Like the Vegas Strip Attack
477 Days. 521 Mass Shootings. Zero Action From Congress.
Everytown

One Piece Organizer

Sure, it’s a simple sort of desk organizer, with various slots for office tools, but there’s three different version to suit your needs. Everyday office supplies will fit ‘The Classic‘, while ‘The Architect‘ has room for bulky marker pens and drawing materials. ‘The Geek‘ version holds a phone, a tablet, and batteries. Choose the one that suits you best.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $74.00
Available from: Normann Copenhagen

Q-Hook

S-hooks are handy to have, but they often fall when you unhook something. Therein lies the improvement of the Q-Hook. It extends the traditional ‘s’ shaped design into a curled ‘q’- this keeps the hook attached no matter how many times you grab stuff off of it, yet still keeps the hook easy to add and remove. Smart, right? Available in blue, grey, and pink, in a set of 3.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

The BOX

We all know how handy a box can be, and this one by Yenwen Tseng for NakNak is made of perforated sheet metal, so you won’t mind leaving it out for all to see. Stack a couple on their sides for a side table (see below), or line them up for more permanent organizational goals.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: Forage Modern

Rule/One

How much do you want the Rule/One? I guess that all depends how often you measure things, or how often you need a straight line. The Rule/One is a aluminum ruler and a pen, all in one. The pen clicks into place inside the spine of the ruler thanks to a strong magnet. With three interchangeable heads (pen on paper, stylus tablet, or lanyard attachment), you can alter it to suit your needs. Plus, its droplet shape makes it suitable as a bookmark as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Poketo

Friday Links

Splatware

Splatware

Short Trip (via kottke)

Gem Jackpot Crayons

– If you can’t be bothered to go to the fabric store: DIY Embroidery Kit (To be fair, those scissors are CUTE.)

Pattern It: printed wool textile collection

Unicorn Zip & Flip Pillow (There’s also an Elephant Zip and Flip Pillow)

– Too bad it’s only kid-sized: Ricepuffy Blanket

Ricepuffy Blanket

Oxford Pennant Never Lose Your Flame

Oxford Pennant Never Lose Your Flame

Enjoy your weekend.

Moroccan Beach Towel by John Elliott

Is it too late to feature a beach towel? The answer is yes, but who cares, especially as you could throw it over your shoulders as an extra layer, as the designer chose to style it in his spring collection. Or, you could just admire the pattern, and save it for your next escape to the pool/beach/island.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: Need Supply

Finesse Glasses

For a subtle touch of pattern, the Finesse Glasses have a grid intricately etched upon their surface. Pair the glasses with the Grid Table Linens for a complete story, or choose the Trick Placement for a fun optical illusion.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Perfect Wall Calendar

Ugh, is it really time to talk about 2018? Let’s face it, as soon as the holidays hit we won’t be in the mood to shop for calendars. So, is this the perfect Wall Calendar, as its name suggests? Maybe. It’s no-nonsense, printed on a textured cover stock, with hidden hanging holes on the back. Note-takers and doodlers will like the wide margins; they’re perfect for drawing in events and details.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

HAY Chopping Boards

Guys, did you know cutting boards can be fun? As in, not just bright, kindergarten-like-colors, but a variety of pleasant hues in blocky shapes and various sizes? Made from hygienic polyethylene, these boards are extra stable thanks to stay-put dots on their base. Fun!
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Price: $29.00 - 49.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Qbit Tool

Add this little guy to your measuring tool options. The Qbit is a modern interpretation of an ancient measuring device, the Cubit. Qbit has CNC machined measurement increments, so you can measure from any side, and it has an adjustable marker to keep a depth or dimension. Choose between metric or standard, stainless steel or brass, and short 3″ (key chain friendly) or long 6″ (desk/shop) versions.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Zippelin Travel Bag by FREITAG

What a smart idea; the Zippelin Travel Bag by FREITAG deflates for storage. Huh? Yep, it uses an inner tube of a bicycle for its frame, so you can just deflate it and roll it all up when you’re not traveling. Equally impressive is the material each Zippelan is made from- used truck tarpaulins are washed, cut, and fashioned into each one-of-a-kind, colorful bag, so you’ll know exactly which bag is yours when it rolls out in the baggage claim.
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Price: €380.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Glass Rulers

Why aren’t all rulers see-through? They sure make a lot of sense, plus they look quite nice as a paperweight. And, of course, you’ll get very accurate drawings and measurements as well. Choose between Inches or Centimeters, or get both (the metric system is international, after all).
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Areaware