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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)

 
 

SNAP Modular Kayak

A modular kayak sounds like a recipe for disaster, but a quick search through some reviews reveals there are some definite pros to the obvious cons. Let’s go through the pros. It’s modular. Change it from one person to two to three to four, all by adding in an extra piece in the middle with its simple and fast SNAP-Tap system. This modularity allows for easier transport and storage, meaning you won’t need a big SUV or a big house. Take the smaller version, for instance: take it apart, put it in the backseat of your and store it under the bed when you get home. It’s also not too terribly expensive.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $192.00 - 260.00 each
Available from: MODULE R

Alex Prager Crowd #10 Puzzle

Now you know what to get me for my next birthday present. Or, if you know someone else that appreciates modern photography, there’s a good chance they’ll like this Alex Prager Crowd #10 Puzzle. Alex Prager, if you’re not familiar with the name, is a self-taught artist who uses staged sets and models to create melodramatic, “film-like images”. Her prints on artnet have ‘price on request’ notations, and you’d be safe to assume that they’d cost hundreds of times more than a $75 puzzle.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Norm 69 Lamp

Let’s do a little comparison to put the price of this Norm 69 Lamp into perspective. The 69-part lamp was inspired by the intricate exterior of the pinecone, and was originally designed in 1969 by Simon Karkov. It takes a little while to assemble, but you won’t need tools or any adhesives. You’ll also need to find a socket and cord, but that shouldn’t be any problem in this day and age. The price? $130.
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Price: $130.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Reclaimed Tropical Walnut Tool Box

Is this the nicest toolbox you’ve ever seen? I’d wager a guess that is is, and that you wouldn’t want to hide this box away on dusty shelf in the garage. Made with Nogal wood (a.k.a. Tropical Walnut), each toolbox is made by skilled Nicaraguan craftsmen and features comb joints and an interior tray for smaller items. The tray and lid slot easily through the handle for a clean, streamlined look. (And, it’s finally back in stock!)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $219.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Profil Aluminum Wall Shelf

If you’re in need of an affordable sort of steel ledge, you’d do well to check out CB2′s Bent Metal Wall Shelf, $199. It will hold your sundries and art objects just fine. However, if you’re after a longer, leaner look, you might want to consider digging into your wallet a bit more for the Profil Aluminum Wall Shelf by Jörg Schellmann. Made of extruded aluminum with a powder coat paint finish, each shelf may be used upside down to create a sculptural top to another unit or combined end to end for larger display. Side panels are also an option.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $570.00 - 845.00
Available from: Luminaire

The Shop Brush

Nature abhors a vacuum‘ and you do too as there’s that pesky cord to untangle and the filters to clean. Tidy your space with natural horse hair bristles and the oiled beechwood handle of the Shop Brush from Best Made Co. It’s sure to sweep up all manner of dust to your satisfaction, no electricity required.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

The Polaroid Cube

This small little camera cube wants to be in your hands, on your helmet, or attached to any moving thing to record the action around you. At less than 1.5 inches cubed, the Polaroid Cube is water resistant and shockproof, so you’ll find it easy to take photos or record videos in all sorts of situations. A magnet on the bottom helps it stay put; plus, there’s a variety of mounts available as well to suit your activity.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Photojojo Store

HAY Tape Block Dispenser

What to do with your favorite washi tape rolls? Organize them neatly upon the Tape Block Dispenser from HAY, that’s what. Simple beech wood dispensers have room for either 1, 3 or 5 rolls of tape, so you’ll be ready to tape up whatever package or envelope with no fussing about.
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Price: $26.00
Available from: Huset Shop

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: $42.00
Available from: Meriwether of Montana

Friday Links

Forgive the short link list; back from vacation and there’s loads to catch up on.

  • Hundreds of Threads Create Rainbows
  • Collages made from high-end fashion campaigns
  • Neck Frame by Andrew McConnell
  • You can now order Donna Wilson Fabric by the meter.
  • Pink tile anyone? (The pale, pale pink is best, I think.)
  • Interesting building material: Paint Grip Sheet Metal
  • Ha ha. How to beat airlines’ excess baggage weight fee (via ‏@designcrush)
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    Have an excellent weekend!

    Free Universal Connector Kit by F.A.T.

    What the heck is this? Good question, because it’s sort of silly but also brilliant. If you happen to be the owner of a 3D printer, then you’ll be able to download this Free Universal Connector Kit by F.A.T. (Free Art & Technology Lab) to make these connectors. Connectors to what? Everything. Okay, well, almost everything: LEGO, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Bristle Blocks, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob. Formerly closed systems are now up for combinations. The eighty pieces in the kit will marry modules from one system to another, so you can join your LEGO to your Lincoln Logs and add in some Tinkertoys…etc. Use that imagination of yours and see the possibilities extrapolate.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $Free!
    Available from: MODULE R

    Projecteo

    It’s a very tiny projector for your Instagram photos. If you can’t quite talk yet because you’re thinking of all the possibilities for perfect gifts and future special moments to be captured, it’s understandable. Let’s just admit that the Projecteo is adorable and amazing and, if you use Instagram, you’ve pretty much got no choice but to try it out. $34.98 with free worldwide shipping.
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    Price: $34.98
    Available from: Projecteo

    Quick-Step Stool

    What’s the big deal about a simple step stool? Well, for starters, this Quick-Step Stool is made from solid oak and looks like the letter A in profile. That makes it easy on the eyes. The step may be used on either side and there’s a handle cut into the top, so that makes it quite functional. Easy on the eyes and functional? Yep, there’s your answer for those hard-to-reach higher-up spots in the kitchen or closet. It’s even nice enough to leave out for an extra seat or side table.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $310.00
    Available from: The Future Perfect

    Afteroom Chair

    Upon first glance, you may not notice that the Afteroom Chair only has three legs. If that’s the case, you’re forgiven, but sit up and pay attention. There’s something entirely appealing about reducing materials to the minimum, and that’s exactly what Stockholm studio Afteroom intended when developing this first chair for Menu. The flexible back support extends beyond the back of the seat, giving the chair an airy, open appearance. Quality materials and Afteroom’s minimalist nod to functionalism make this chair a particularly smart choice for any dining or office environment.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $350.00
    Available from: Leibal

    Postalco Leather Snap Pad

    You may or may not need a leather bound notepad, but, nevertheless, let’s all admire the mosaic detail on Postalco’s Snap Pad. Choose between small and large, with a variety of colors for the squares-within-a-square design.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $262.00
    Available from: The Future Perfect