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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)

 
 

Tio Easy Chair

With all this talk of enjoying the outdoors, we might as well discuss the seating arrangements. After all, you can only spend so much time on a picnic blanket before your back gets tired. Hopefully, if you have an outdoor area attached to your home, you have some sort of comfortable seating already, but, if not, you might want to take a look at Massproductions’ indoor-outdoor Tio Easy Chair. It’s stackable and and will withstand all sorts of weather as it’s made with polyester powder-coated galvanized wire. That said, no one will question it if you move it indoors, as it could stand proud as a sculptural seating option inside the home just as well as it would outside.
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Price: $414.00
Available from: A+R Store

Credit Card Multi Tool

Do you need a Credit Card Multi Tool thingamajig? That answer is probably ‘heck, yeah’ if your bag or pocket is missing a bottle opener, package opener, screwdriver, can opener, ruler, wrench, butterfly screw wrench, auxiliary wrench, and/or a direction indicator, and this little tool has all of those with a key chain hole, of course. You won’t think you need any one of those things until you do, at which point you’ll be mumbling profanities at the fact that you didn’t spend $12 for this thin, stainless steel sheet.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: Poketo

Perpetual Wall Calendar by Dan Reisinger

Here’s a perpetual calendar that offers you endless combinations of color compositions. Switch the day, month, and date each day, and, as your schedule permits, switch the six reversible PVC sheets around to make interesting color plays. The designer part of you will be happy discovering new combinations as the days tick by. From Israeli designer Dan Reisinger (1987 was the design year, can you believe it?).
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Price: $78.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Gridy Fungi Shelf

Don’t be put off by the ‘Fungi’ word in the title of these Gridy Fungi Shelves, it serves merely as a reminder that they were inspired by the shelf fungus that grows horizontally out of trees in the woods and forests. Three different sizes will fit wherever you might need them. Think of a few in the hallway for display of certain special keepsakes, a couple in the kitchen for spices and small recipe books, or just one in the bedroom for your reading stack beside the bed.
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Price: $40.00 - 100.00
Available from: Leibal

Kebo Bottle Opener

If you’re opening a bottle, you should probably have both hands on board, but we’ll make one small exception for this bottle opener. Now your other hand can be free to wave at your friends, show off your other bicep, your amazing coordination skills (juggling?), or maybe even get two Kebo Bottle Openers so you’ll look like a cowboy bartender with his/her Six Shooters. That’s my vote. Rush Dixon, the designer, was inspired by the Theodore Low bottle opener from the 1930s.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Annex Marble Coffee and Side Tables

Maybe you’re semi-impressed with these marble tables by NYC designer Joe Doucet, but you’ll be all-the-way impressed once you see how they fit together. Made from slabs of hand-honed marble, the tops and legs are held together only by gravity. Take a look at the flat, disassembled views to see the design clearly. Each table is a signed and numbered edition commissioned by the Shop at The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
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Price: $2,650.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Shop

Berra Card Stand

The name might refer to a landslide on a Swiss mountain, but you can appreciate gravity on a smaller and safer scale with this card stand that keeps your papers organized. Wooden counterweights loosely set on a sloped base will hold your papers or cards upright where you may enjoy them- or keep them handy for reference- and the Japanese oak will look fine on any desktop surface.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Egg Carton Pendants

These small pendant lights are made of recycled cardboard egg cartons, and that’s good news in itself, but it also means the cost is very affordable at $48 each. Mix the three different styles for an eclectic feel above a small dining table or bar or stick with just one in a special spot, either way you can feel good about supporting sustainable practices within the lighting marketplace.

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Price: $48.00
Available from: Michele Varian

Friday Links

  • Small, 3D photo figurines to immortalize yourself, your loved one, or your pet: Twinkind (Anyone want to go to Germany with me?)
  • Massimo Vignelli, 1931-2014 via @kottke
  • SlideRider: turn your stairs into a slide!
  • Difficult ballet moves in slow motion
  • Top of Tyrol by Astearchitecture
  • What Life Is Like Inside A 129-Square-Foot Apartment
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    Have fun.

    Herman Miller Sale

    It’s almost June, and for those of us that are having a hard time believing the year is almost halfway gone, maybe the Herman Miller Sale will ease us into the first days of summer. As usual, it’s 15% off of all Herman Miller furniture and accessories from May 30 to June 9, so if you’ve had your eye on the Wireframe 2-Seat Sofa, the Eames Molded Armchair, or a brightly colored Limited Edition Eames® Wire Base Low Table, you’d better get ‘em while the gettin’s good, as they say. See the full collection at YLiving, Hivemodern, Room&Board, DWR, or, you guessed it, the Herman Miller Store.

    Shown above: Wireframe 2-Seat Sofa, Now: $3,314.15 (regular retail: $3,899.00)
     

    Herman Miller Sale

    Eames® Molded Plastic Armchair with Dowel-Leg Base, Now: $424.15 (regular retail: $499.00)

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    View Herman Miller Sale here

    Hozuki Lantern by Snow Peak

    If you’re a camper (or glamper, there’s room enough for all), chances are that you’ll appreciate the Hozuki Lantern by Snow Peak. It has a Candle Mode setting that lets the LED respond to wind or sound with a flicker, just like a real candle but without the fire hazard. At its lowest setting, it will last for 80 hours; at its highest, 8 hours. The Hozuki Lantern is powered by four AA batteries (Alkaline or NiMh/Zrb rechargeable) or may be powered by a USB cord as well.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $89.95
    Available from: Aether Apparel

    Boo Fire Basket

    Sitting outside on a summer’s night is made all the more enjoyable with a little fire… and s’mores, of course. The Boo Fire Basket will help contain several logs for an outdoor fire, or, flip it over for a perfect spot to hold a lantern. It’s a good option for a non-permanent fire feature and would be easy to move around an outdoor area as needed.

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    Price: $275.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Haptic Lab Signature Kites

    What should you do on a windy, sunny day? Go fly a kite, of course. Should you not already be in possession of a semi-wonderful wind instrument, Haptic Lab will set you up right with one of their Signature Kites. Traditional/semi-tradional shapes made from patterned nylon fabric will keep your eyes entertained, while the removable hardwood spars give structure. Each kite is slightly different, as they are handmade, yet all feature one (or two) of Haptic Lab’s signature ten-foot-long patchwork kite tail. Use it as a wall hanging when you’re stuck at your desk.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $38.00 - 46.00
    Available from: Haptic Lab

    Yeh Wall Table

    If you’re short on space, you’ll want to take a look at this Yeh Wall Table by Taiwan-based designer, Kenyon Yeh. Inspired by the position of someone sitting against a wall with their feet placed firmly on the ground, Yeh created this two-legged table that rests against the wall with the help of a small, upturned 90-degree angle on its edge. Next to the bed, in a hallway, or beside any sitting surface, this small table won’t take up much room, yet will provide just enough space for the essential lamp, stack of books, or coffee cup.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $130.00
    Available from: Leibal

    Iris Hantverk Concrete Shaving Kit

    We’ve featured some things from Iris Hantverk before, but seeing as Father’s Day is fast approaching, it seems appropriate to spotlight their Concrete Shaving Kit. Designed by Lovisa Wattman, the kit includes a soft concrete shaving dish, shaving soap, and a shaving brush with badger hair bristles. Iris Hantverk is known for their handmade brushes, so you know you’re getting high quality. Plus, join the Ode to Things mailing list and receive 15% off (do take a look at their collection-you’ll like it, I promise).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $110.00
    Available from: Ode to Things