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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)

 
 

1100 Carded Wool Blanket by Roberta Licini

It’s still cold outside, so here’s a very fashionable 100% carded wool blanket to keep you warm. Fair warning, though, it’s not cheap, partly because it looks like it should be hanging on the wall as an abstract art piece instead of on your bed as a blanket. You could probably even get away with wearing it out in public as a sort of sweater coat/wrap (if you’re brave), especially as it’s from fashion knitwear designer Roberta Licini.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $809.26
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Tre Side Table

Good news: this little table is only $199 AUD. Bad news: It’s not available for international shipping. So, you’ll just have to befriend someone in Australia and ask them to ship it to you, because how you could pass up such a deal on a small, sleek side table?
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Price: AUD199.00
Available from: The Minimalist

Ruuto Vases

Delicate colors and various diamond-shaped sizes mean endless rearranging- in a fun sort of way. This sort of combination sets the Ruuto Vases firmly in the ‘excellent gift’ category. It takes seven craftsmen twenty four hours to create just one vase, as the colors require expert care and it takes time to create precise, square edges from lava-like liquid glass. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Have a look at Iittalia’s video below (from Dezeen) with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec describing their thoughts on the Ruuto collection.
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Price: $295.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

  • For your future mouth: 3-D printed snacks
  • Open source DS Kit 01 wall lamp: Kits by You
  • For your wrist: Fake Roley
  • Wasted space or effing cool entryway? Tubakuba Mountain Hub
  • Germinate your avocado pits (easily): AvoSeedo
  • For the kiddos: Minimal Walnut Step Stool
  • For the walls: Paper Trophies
  • Here’s one way to spread the word. Revolution Bike Stamp
  • Revolution Bike Stamp

     
    Have a nice weekend.

    Underfuse Iron-On Reflective Strips

    Does your favorite workout gear have reflective strips? Mine certainly don’t, but that’s about to change. Underfuse Iron-On Reflective Strips are easy to apply and will help make sure you don’t get run over by a bus/truck/inattentive driver when you’re out walking your dog or running at night. Iron a few strips on your jacket, bag, or workout clothes and stay visible. Also, Underfuse also has an iron-on pocket for your smartphone and/or keys, just in case you’d like to further customize your clothing.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Mathematics Scissors

    Do you need a perfectly proportioned pair of scissors? No, you don’t, unless you care a lot about the golden ratio when it comes to your office tools and accessories. Or maybe you’re a mad genius or a very particular design aficionado, then I suppose you are also allowed to *need* this cutting tool. These semi-crazy-looking scissors are the design baby of iAN Yen & Design YxR, and have the useful function that you’d expect along with a comfortable holding position.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: €150.00
    Available from: DESIGN YxR

    Tangram Travel Organizer

    It’s almost the end of February, which prompts this question: is it time to take a trip somewhere? It really doesn’t matter where, as long as it’s not extremely cold (unless you’re skiing or snowboarding). This Tangram Travel Organizer cleverly folds up in a flat, triangular fold to make packing easy. Unfold at your destination- use the elastic loop as a hook if you wish- to see everything neatly organized.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $10.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Chimney Humidifier

    If the dry air is getting on your nerves, get yourself a humidifier. And, as we’re in the business of selecting well made items that have a pleasing appearance, you should probably take my advice* and buy the Chimney Humidifier designed by Takeshi Ishiguro. The slim profile and tall chimney blend in with a room’s furnishings easier than other large humidifiers, and, using a silent, ultra-sonic system, the mist is emitted at a height that humidifies the whole room instead of one particular area.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $200.00
    Available from: Leibal

    Hub Ladder by Matt Carr

    Yes, this ladder would be great for hanging towels or clothes in the bedroom or bathroom, but it has an extra trick up its sleeve. The solid ash wood portion expands out from the matte-painted steel side so you can adjust it to fit your needs. So, on a day you need a little storage, slide it inwards, and on a day you need a lot, expand it outwards.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $100.00
    Available from: Umbra

    MAGNETIC Static Notes, Boards and printable Sheets

    Here’s a different sort of way to make sure your notes stay put: static electricity. MAGNETIC Static Notes, Boards and printable Sheets function with a stable static charge, which allows you to stick them to any dry surface without any residue. Did you catch the ‘any dry surface’ part of that last sentence? Wood, plastic, metal, leather, glass, paper- these notes will stick to them all. Take a look at Magnetic’s Kickstarter page for more info.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $9.00+
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Eva Solo Kitchen Scale

    X marks the spot… where you can weigh your food. This digital scale by Eva Solo has an easy-to-read display on one of its legs, and it automatically switches off after 30 seconds. It’s lightweight and has an 8.6″ width, so it’ll be easy to stick it in a drawer when not in use. Available in orange or black, from Finnish Design Shop.
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    Price: €49.95
    Available from: Finnish Design Shop

    SmorgasBoard

    How’s this board for organizing your what-haves and thing-a-ma-jigs? It’s a wooden magnetic bulletin board called SmorgasBoard, and it has different wooden magnetic attachments: pegs, a hook, a box, and a shelf. Each piece may be placed anywhere on the board, so configure it just the way you like. There’s not too much, so things won’t get cluttered, but there’s enough to give those essentials (like your phone, keys, etc.) a home. Each piece may be placed anywhere on the board, or on your fridge or metal surface.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $75.00
    Available from: iLoveHandles

    Stackable Stool/Table by Atelier de Troupe

    A stackable stool is a pretty smart buy, as you’ll not be caught without extra seating if a whole load of friends stop by (we all know how popular you are). Plus, this stackable stool by Atelier de Troupe could easily double as a side table in the living area or bedroom. Made of an iron base and a waxed alder wood seat, it’s a safe bet you’ll not regret adding a few of these, as they’ll last a very long time.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $345.00
    Available from: Atelier de Troupe

    Beam Smart Projector

    Screw the Beam Smart Projector into a light socket and then use your smartphone to watch movies, play games, or share content. That’s right, it’s a projector built into a compact casing that fits into a light socket. Maybe you’ll put it above the kitchen island to watch a food prep video directly on the counter, or above the dining table to play games, or maybe you’ll prefer to place it on a table (with included power cable) for projecting onto the wall or ceiling for movies and videos. You can also program Beam to run certain ‘if this then that’ rules, which opens up a lot of fun options for you and your family. Check it out over at Kickstarter.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $369.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    General Series by Good Thing NY

    Don’t assign any piece of the General Series by Good Thing NY to just one function, as they’re meant to fulfill myriad needs around the home or office. A hard timber handle makes it easy to carry each bucket, bowl, or tray from one place to another, and the spun aluminum base/container should withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. Use them in the kitchen for serving food stuffs, in the office for corralling supplies, or in a living area or bedroom to catch various bits and bobs that need a home.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $44.00 - 54.00
    Available from: Good Thing NY