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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)

 
 

Twilight Bracket

Okay, bear with me here, I know this just looks like a regular curtain rod/bracket, but it has something the sets it apart, and if you’ve ever been annoyed by light creeping in around your curtains- at night or in the morning- you’ll understand why this particular one is special. The Twilight bracket wraps around so that your curtains can lay flat against the wall. Such a small detail, but it certainly makes a big difference to those of us persnickety about dark rooms. So, no more little slivers of moonlight/sunlight that tend to find your face while you’re trying to catch some much needed sleep.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Umbra

Handmade Ceramic Carafe Set

How about a handmade carafe or two (or three)? Carafes are the sort of thing you think you don’t need, and then when you have one you realize just how useful they can be. The larger sizes would be appropriate for water, juice, or wine at the table, while the smaller size could work for milk or cream during coffee/tea time. Made of French porcelain, these carafes are more durable than glass and have a matte finish that gives a nice texture and grip. Handmade by a small team in Sydney, Australia.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.90 - 259.90
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

This Stool Rocks

Would you like to back another Kickstarter campaign? How about a ready-to-assemble rocking stool? Three options allow for three different rocking motions, and, best of all, the stools can be made in a city close to you and shipped with minimal charge- instead of overseas. And, if you want to make the stool yourself (and have access to a CNC machine), you can download the CAD file for free.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £35.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Magnetic key ring holder & shelf

If you’re still misplacing your keys, for goodness’ sake, do something about it! There’s quite a few options for corralling keys, one of which is this little key holder and shelf. Magnets are embedded underneath to give you an easy place to hang your keys, while the shelf above is a snug spot to keep your sunglasses, wallet and phone- just the essentials. If you’re looking for a beefier coat rack, try this one: Coat Rack & Personal Organizer ($95).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Meriwether of Montana

LifeStraw Portable Water Filter

If you spend any time in the wilderness, you’d do well to add one of these to your emergency kit. It’s a water purifying straw that removes “99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of parasites without any use of chemicals.” That’ll be a lifesaver if you’re ever lost or- doomsday scenario- if some disaster strikes and makes the regular water supply unsafe to drink. Better to be prepared, right?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: IPPINKA

SolidType Series

Who doesn’t want small 3D type to spell out their company’s name? These ready-for-assembly letters are available in three different sizes: 2″, 4″, and 8″. The 2″ are borderline irresistible, but hey, go big if you can afford it. This first series is based on Gotham Typeface by H&FJ, and you can submit customizations on the I Heart SolidType blog.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00 - 125.00
Available from: MATTERIAL

Canevas Abstract Cushion

A tiny bit of texture goes a long way in a room, and this pillow will provide that plus a little lumbar support. Made of perforated soft felt with interwoven threads in several colors.

Shown above: Canevas Medium Abstract Cushion, 26″ x 15″, $245.00
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Purchase Information:

Price: $245.00
Available from: 2modern

LSTN Headphones

If guitars, drums, violins, and many other instruments are made of wood, why aren’t most headphones? Wood offers more resonance than plastic or metal, so it makes sense to incorporate them into a listening device so near and dear to our ears. And, with every pair you purchase, LSTN sends the proceeds to charity partners for the deaf, so that one child gets medical attention and a custom fit hearing aid on your behalf. A win/win situation, I believe.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00 - 99.99
Available from: LSTN

Cielo Pendant Light

Flat-panel LED technology makes quite the difference, as seen in the specs of this Cielo Pendant Light. It lasts for 50 thousand hours or 25 years of daily use. Pretty different from those regular bulbs we all had (and may still have) in our homes. LED technology has allowed this efficiency, and in the case of this lamp, it used only 8 watts of power. Contrast that with a regular 60 watt bulb and you’ll understand the savings. As an extra bonus, the Cielo is glare free, warm (color temperature: 3000K), and dimmable.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $235.00
Available from: A+R Store

Kukka Blocks Desk Set

Remember the Kukka Blocks? Well, they’re now on a slight sale- and yes, it’s a very slight sale- but you’ll at least be able to buy a few coffees with the savings, so that’s something. Because the Kukka set is modular, you can move the 4 pieces around to make it fit your own personal preferences. Also available directly from Kukka for £ 60.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $72.25
Available from: Vetted

Friday Links

  • Do you love the color of the sky? (and then, 24 Hour Sky Ring (via it’s okay to be smart))
  • Foldboat
  • Funny/weird: Nina Conti’s Human Puppet Ventriloquist Act at the Apollo
  • Carved & painted books from Guy Laramee (via likeafieldmouse)
  • PocketBands on Kickstarter
  • Letters From Kids to God
  • Indigogo: A better Mouse Trap
  • Julius Caesar was assassinated on this day in 44 BC.
  • Gabriele Galimberti’s Toy Stories (via kottke)
  • Have a nice weekend!

    Simple Shelf

    Sure, a simple shelf sounds okay, but then you see the frame sort of floats away from the wall, and that means extra dimension. Not an extra dimension (don’t get too excited), just extra dimension, as in, a pinch of optical illusion when you walk by. The robots and bus make it look perfect for a kid’s room, but the collectors among us know an extra shelf or two means room to show off those few valuables/momentos that are worth keeping.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Bdoja Chair

    Hmm, what’s this? A big ball of yarn? Not quite, though on first glance the assumption is understandable. It’s a chair hand-knitted with cotton cord by a group of women of Mexican-descent in Los Angeles, California. Amaya Gutierrez, the designer, works with this team to produce textiles inspired from her home town in Oaxaca, Mexico. Gutierrez aims for style and durability in all of her products with hopes it will limit further consumption in future years. A worthwhile goal, for sure.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,800.00
    Available from: Komai

    2213 House Numbers

    How about some new numbers to update your home’s facade? You just can’t go wrong with these very cool numbers from 2213. They’re made of steel and powder coated, so they may even last longer than your house. And, don’t tell anyone else, but I think these might just be slightly better than the styling of the Neutra Numbers. (sacrilege!)
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: 2213

    DS Kit 03

    How about a little DIY lighting? Dino Sanchez has added a new (and affordable) table lamp to brighten up any small, dreary spot. All the pieces are included, so just add your own elbow grease and in no time at all you’ll have your lamp assembled. (Available for pre-order; it will begin shipping 03/25/2013.)
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $75.00
    Available from: Dino Sanchez