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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)

 
 

Friday Links

  • Tokyo Tower Gigapixel Panorama (via Phaidon)
  • Love this/want this: Forebruary (via swissmiss)
  • Here’s What Happens Inside You When a Mosquito Bites
  • Cute: Monster Skin Rug (via Design Crush)
  • Kickstarter: eleMount
  • Why Quantity Should be Your Priority
  • You’ve no doubt heard about this via your normal news channel, but just in case: WORLD’S FIRST TEST-TUBE BURGER
  • 4 Ways to Recycle Your Old Gadgets
  • If you zoom in, you can see the Abandoned World Discoverer Cruise Ship on google maps.
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    Have a freaking fantastic weekend!

    White Faux Taxidermy

    And you thought the taxidermy trend had passed. That’s not the case, and it’s all thanks to White Faux Taxidermy. As stated, the taxidermy is reassuringly faux, so you’ll not be torn between your morals and your appreciation for one of nature’s great creatures being mounted on your wall. Also, if hot pink and glitter are your favorite things, you’re in luck as some of the pieces have those options.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $104.99
    Available from: White Faux Taxidermy

    Nesting Steel Shot Cups

    It’s not a bad idea to have steel shot cups. You could throw them at the wall, as Wintercheck suggests, or keep them pristine and be confident they’ll last a lifetime. Each set comes with four cups and is dishwasher safe. Choose between Polished Nickel-Plated, Industrial Satin Nickel-Plated, and Slate Gray Teflon.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: Wintercheck Factory

    The Scrubba™ Wash Bag

    So smart! If you travel often, you know how difficult it can be to pack light and keep your clothes clean, but, now, thanks to this wash bag, you’ll be able to do your laundry quick as can be. Add water and a little detergent to the Scrubba bag with your dirty clothes, close the bag, and ‘scrub’ the bag back and forth. Hundreds of small nodules on the inside of the wash bag efficiently clean your clothes in just a few minutes. The Scrubba folds to pocket-size and weighs less than 180 kg (0.4 lb). Video below with demonstration.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $64.95
    Available from: The Scrubba Wash Bag

    Lillagunga Swing

    Come on, North America retailers, get on board and add this swing to your stock. Lillagunga’s swing is an updated version of the classic wooden swing, and with a patented mechanism for attaching the ropes and adjusting the height of the seat, it can grow and change with whoever the passenger might be. Seven different rope colors to choose from.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €149.00
    Available from: Finnish Design Shop

    Spindle Side Table

    Nice! This white powder coated steel table from SOBU is suitable for indoors or out. It obviously has a little Saarinen influence, but, happily, has a pretty affordable price tag. Also available in bronze (indoor only), where you’re able to see the textured/patterned top.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $125.00
    Available from: SOBU

    Sedia 1 Chair

    What?! You did’t build the chair you sit upon? Well, we all know that you’ve got extra elbow grease to spare, and hey, when’s the last time you picked up a hammer anyways? This Sedia Chair, designed by Enzo Mari in 1974, arrives ready for assembly; all you need is your brain, half an hour, and a hammer. And, when you’re done, you can sit back in the chair and shout to anyone within earshot, “I [insert expletive] BUILT this with MY OWN TWO HANDS!” Instructional video below.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $310.00
    Available from: Best Made Co.

    The HOST Chill Cooling Pour Spout

    Has warm wine got you down? It’s just horrible, isn’t it, when your favorite bottle isn’t the ideal temperature? Picky drinkers will be happy to see this particular pour spout that integrates a cooling rod, thus insuring your bottle won’t lose its luster due to these warmer days of summer. And, if you’re not sure what the recommended temperature is, don’t you worry, there’s a chart below.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.95
    Available from: Cooking.com

    Biscuit Stool

    Pay attention and you’ll see the charm in this stool designed by outofstock. The seat is gently curved so it’s easy on the thighs and criss-crossed dowels ensure that the legs stay sturdy- all this with no screws. Another little tidbit: this stool was inspired by traditional wooden stools seen at a Singapore fish market.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $245.00
    Available from: Environment Furniture

    006 Qwstion Backpack

    Those of us that prefer to avoid ‘i-am-carrying-a-backpack-and-i-am-SPORTY’ look can now breathe easy for this backpack has the look of a regular bag. A side handle gives an option to carry/hold it in briefcase mode, and a Neoprene protection cover keeps your laptop safe and sound. Take a look at the photos to see how the bag opens up completely.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $245.00
    Available from: wejetset

    Kii: Compact Charger-Connector

    This Kii compact charger-connector fits handily on your keychain for convenience. No need to search through your bag for a charging cord- just pull the Kii from your keychain and plug in and sync your device to any laptop via the dual-sided connector. Note that I said laptop there; the connection would not be a wise choice on a usb port on the back of a desktop machine, as it’s meant for a flat surface for stability. See photos below and/or visit Bluelounge for more info.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.95 - 39.95
    Available from: Bluelounge

    Berlin Boombox

    Remember the boombox? If you don’t, congratulations, you’re young. If you do remember, then you might have a few fuzzy feelings for the old school stereo and speaker style and you’ll want to know more about this cardboard version. That’s right, cardboard.

    The black and white graphics by Berlin-based designer & illustrator Axel Pfaender are printed on heavy corrugated cardboard with a strong carrying handle and a one big knob for power and volume. You’ll enjoy listening to your playlist (at the correct volume) via the D-class stereo amplifier.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €65.00
    Availability: Buy Berlin Boombox here

    Box Turtle Box

    Where to hide small valuables? In a resin and marble turtle, of course. The Box Turtle Box opens to reveal a secret compartment perfect for your precious odds and ends. Designed by Harry Allen as part of his Reality Series. Oh, and it’s available in gold too.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00 - 55.00
    Available from: Areaware

    Friday Links

  • There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.
  • Super Awesome Sylvia’s WaterColorBot
  • A Chef and Doctor Talk About Butter
  • Water Bottling Plant in Coihaique, Aisén, Chile
  • Sleep Cycle app.
  • You’ve seen this before, but here it is again: How to Open a Wine Bottle with Your Shoe
  • Die, Links, Die! How Link ‘Suicide’ Could Save the Web
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    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Fizzy Farm

    No backyard? No problem. The Fizzy Farm from Zero Mile Farms will give you the room to grow food hydroponically so you can have fresh fruits and veggies anytime, indoors or out. As you might know, growing food hydroponically uses only 10% of the water that normal gardens do, and with a little added nutrient, your produce will put those at the grocer’s to shame (hopefully).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.00 - 199.00
    Available from: Zero Mile Farms