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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)

 
 

Small Zebrawood Speaker

It might be difficult to discern the tiny Zebrawood speaker amongst the pencils and parquet boxes in the image above, but it’s there, and it’s tiny- three inches by three inches, to be exact. And why do you need a tiny, Zebrawood speaker? Who knows, but my best guess is that you’re looking for bluetooth compatible, wireless speaker that has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and if it happens to blend in well with your oh-so-spectacular décor, then that’s a definite bonus.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $88.00
Available from: Jayson Home

Bank Sofa

Well, what do we have here? I’d say one heck of a well proportioned, piped-cushion sofa. Go ahead and insert a wolf-whistle to fully pick up the appreciation that I’m putting down for this Bank Sofa by Blu Dot. Grey is usually the color choice I’d recommend for longevity, but this lava-lipstick red sure is a show stopper. Choose between super skinny blackened metal or brass legs.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,199.00
Available from: Blu Dot

M3 seat/storage

Seating with integrated storage is a big bonus for any room short on space, and add the color lime to the mix and you’ve got a winner. This M3 storage box will hide away all manner of odds and ends and will double as an extra seat when needed. Could be a good fit for a kids room or a casual living area perhaps?
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Price: $239.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Arbor Birdhouse

I know next to nothing about birds, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a birdhouse. And, hey, there’s no way I’m going to settle for just any birdhouse, because there are standards to uphold, aren’t there? This Arbor House is made from recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE)- that translates into 24 recycled milk jugs- and thermally modified maple, and that means no maintenance.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $94.00
Available from: Loll Designs

The Crankerator

Photojojo is, as always, full of great photography gadgets and such, and among their newest crop of items is this Crankerator, a.k.a. the Boost Turbine 2000. It’s a source of extra energy for your smart phone or tablet, and is charged via the crank handle or by plugging it into your computer or a wall socket. A full charge on its 2000 mAH lithium battery will fully charge your phone, allowing you to take those extra photos on a weekend hike or even make important calls during an emergency situation (it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, does it?). Also, check out Photojojo’s newsletter if you haven’t already- they send out photo project inspiration and DIY tips.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Photojojo

Scamp Tables

Sale alert! The Scamp Coffee and Scamp Side tables from Blu Dot are marked down significantly over at MoMA Store, so if you’re in need of occasional tables, you’re in luck. Inspired by the form of tennis ball hoppers, these tables have powder-coated steel bases and can live indoors or outside.
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Price: $249.95
Available from: MoMA

Fine Little Day Baby Blankets

Soon-to-be parents, relax, and don’t worry about finding the right sort of baby blanket, because Fine Little Day has it covered. Irregular dots (or little mountains) scattered about is just the thing for your little one’s room, and they’re refreshingly gender neutral, meaning that her or his not-quite-developed eyes won’t be drowned in an overwhelmingly pink or blue color scheme. And, if you’re not a parent yet, or don’t plan to be, just quietly spread the word that kids shouldn’t be subjected to this, ever.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Huset

Demi Lamp

This little guy is on sale, so snap it up if you thought or said ‘Ooooo’ with appreciation when seeing its delightful inner tube illumination. Mouth-blown glass reflects and disperses the light from the array of LEDs to create a warm ambience, making it a perfect choice for a room that needs a little extra, shall we say, je ne sais quoi.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $295.20 - 343.20
Available from: YLiving

Click & Grow Light

Remember the Click & Grow Smartpot? It now has an accompanying Grow Light to further increase your chances of making your plants healthy and your thumb greener. It requires only 3 watts of energy and has a built-in timer pre-programmed to 16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness. Do I need to point out that this light is more for winter months than summer? Bookmark it for when November hits.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Click & Grow

Moon Pot Mat

Shoot for the moon (!) especially when you have hot pots or serving dishes. I’d be tempted to leave this out on the table all the time, because, well, it’s the moon. Designed by Elisabeth Dunker for Fine Little Day. Made from HDF-material and moisture-resistant.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Available from: Huset

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.)
  • Sonic Water (via thinx)
  • 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