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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

  • Street Stone (via GOOD)
  • 6 steps: How to make Cedar Cladding (from Master Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori)
  • Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes (via It’s Fun to Imagine)
  • Mr Bingo’s Hate Mail (via It’s Nice That)
  • Andrew Junge – Pandora’s Box (2005)
  • Hans Rosling explains the connection between population growth, wealth inequality and climate change… with LEGO, of course. (3:19 min.)
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  • Mungo Thomson: Negative Space
  • How Animals See the World
  • Whoa: Klein Bottles. More info at wikipedia: Klein Bottles
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    Islita Armless Chair

    In the market for outdoor furniture? Man, do you have my pity. It’s hard to find the right sort of modern look when you go hunting in normal stores, and you’ll see a plethora of teak and/or metal atrocities that will make you want to cry. Or maybe you do find the right sort of modern look, but you’ll have to sell your liver car to pay for the interest that will be on your credit card. That nice, expensive furniture will sure be comfy while you’re weeping outside in the summer sun because you can’t go anywhere.

    All that to say that this Islita Armless Chair is $349 right now, on sale from $399. It fits with other pieces to make a sectional for a larger seating area, and the bi-level shelf in the back will be perfect for resting drinks and your summer reading.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $349.00
    Available from: CB2

    Food Huggers

    Don’t worry, Food Huggers are not a group of people lecturing you about loving your food, they’re small silicone thingamajigs that help you save your fruits and vegetable from the trash or compost bin. The flexible inner edges of the Food Hugger seals in the juices so that your food won’t spoil or dehydrate as quickly as it would otherwise. How many times have your thrown away half an onion, tomato, cucumber, etc. because you didn’t use it in time? That will become a thing of the past with these little brilliant things. 4 different sizes fit all sorts of fruits and veggies, and they nest together in a drawer for storage.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Fab

    The following post is sponsored by Fab.

    I don’t know about you, but when Fab first started, I was a little addicted to checking it everyday. Then, I slowly weaned myself off, reminding myself that if I didn’t look, I would be blissfully unaware of the everyday design steals. Now, after checking it again after weeks of restraint, I’m gob-smacked by the selection of items, some of which we’ve posted here on BLTD, and others that I’ll be bookmarking for future posts. Here are a few items that caught my eye, most of which are of limited quantity, so sign up now for a free Fab account to peruse the rest of their impressive inventory of design sales.
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    Musguard

    If you ride a bike, you need a fender, and if you need a fender, you probably will like the Musguard, a removable, rollable, polypropylene bicycle fender. Simple as can be, the Musguard is lightweight (35 grams) and easily attached: unroll, fold the seam, and tighten the Velcro strap. Remove it whenever you want by undoing the strap and rolling up for storage (see what I mean by easy?). Now on Kickstarter; see video below for demonstration.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Echo Coffee and Side Table

    You might be a little tired of hearing me talk about the new collection from Debra Folz, but you’re just going to have to deal with it, because these tables are pretty spectacular. The glass portion is made from four different layers, each having one color/layer of the pattern. As the layers overlap, deeper hues appear with a three dimensional effect. Now, the price is a little higher than you might like, but keep in mind those four layers of glass and the wonderful pattern they’ll project onto your floor.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,200.00 - 3,400.00
    Available from: Debra Folz

    Sand Containers

    Do not, I repeat, do not underestimate the value of containers you look at and use everyday. Sure, a toothbrush or pen holder is meant for function, but there’s no reason why it can’t be a pleasure to look at as well. The Sand Containers are handmade from a mixture of natural stone powder with resin and a wood divider/lid to keep things put. I think they’ve won the top spot when it comes to bathroom accessories, as they’re simple and elegant, and those words are rarely used in that particular department.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.90 - 24.95
    Available from: MilkDesign

    Green Light

    Is this the best grow light you’ve ever seen? Of course it is, and I won’t have you saying otherwise. The light is adjustable so you can move it closer to plants, and extra water is collected in the tray which also protects the surface underneath. Oh, and it doesn’t look like you’re growing suspicious substances too industrial/awful either, in fact, it looks downright friendly. Now, let’s just put our heads together and collectively wish it to compatible with US outlets (or perhaps email the manufacturer directly with a request), for then we could all be healthier for ever after with our bright, green, happy plants.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €159.00
    Available from: Finnish Design Shop

    11+ Felt Case for iPad Mini

    We’ve posted the 11+ Felt Case for iPad and Macbook Air, but this one is specifically for the iPad Mini, so you Mini Minimalists can now high five each other as you’ve found your perfect felt case (for $45, no less). The polyester felt with its slim pockets will protect and organize your iPad Mini and other papers and accessories without too much bulk, and that means you can slip it in your briefcase or bag and still look appropriately svelte.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00
    Available from: Leibal

    Floralia Kites

    Yes, these kites are from the lovely duo known as Fredericks & Mae, and no, you may not fly them because they’re meant to hang on the wall for all to admire. The collection is in honor of the ancient Roman holiday Floralia and feature pressed flowers on rice paper fixed to a bamboo frame. Might just be the right sort of wall art to liven up a room in your home, though do be sure you keep it out of reach of little ones, as they might not understand that ‘ceremonial’ kites aren’t toys. Maybe get one of the other flying kites by Fredericks & Mae ($64) if you foresee any difficulty.
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    More information:

    View Floralia Kites here

    String Lights

    Don’t ask yourself ‘why do I need these string lights?’ Instead, ask yourself ‘why don’t I need these string lights?’ After all, you work very hard, don’t you? And, as we all know it does get quite dark at night, and what better way to illuminate a special spot indoors than with a set of string lights with natural brass sockets and black cloth twisted cord? Wonderful evenings are sure to happen with these beauties above your head.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $95.00
    Available from: onefortythree

    La Table stool

    This little outdoor stool is just for the EU/UK readers, as it’s not yet available in North America. As you can see, it’s stackable, and with its bright color, excuse me, colour options, it’s sure to cheer up a patio or deck area. The legs are detachable should you wish to store them over the winter season, and there’s an accompanying La Table, square and La Table, rectangular, also in several different colours, should you need it.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €99,00
    Available from: Finnish Design Shop

    Cascade Outdoor Shower

    Last week I saw a picture of this outdoor shower and immediately thought ‘how-much-from-where’ because it’d be perfect for the lake house getaway that we are currently planning (we have land but no house yet). So, I tippity-typed out a message to inquire after the price and shipping, as the company is located in Belgium. Are you curious as well? Info below.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €595 plus shipping
    Available from: Atelier Tradewinds

    Lékué Ice Box

    Unless you’re very strange or live in the UK, chances are you’ll be using ice to cool down your beverages this summer. This Ice Box by Lékué will certainly come in handy, as the silicone ice cube tray doubles as the lid, which allows you to make and store up to 132 ice cubes. (Fun fact: that pattern you see in the tray is a Voronoi diagram, fyi.)
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $34.95
    Available from: Sur La Table

    Mira Mirror

    Usually any wood-frame mirror with a leather hanging strap commands a higher price than $300, so that’s why you’re seeing the Mira Mirror (Mira Mirra, one is tempted to pronounce) right now. Keep in mind the three available dimensions are on the small size, perfect for a powder room or petite entryway area. There’s also a rectangular version, Mira-D, for $250.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $180.00 - 275.00
    Available from: Organic Modernism