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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)

 
 

Hot Mesh Lounge Chair

Ooo, the Hot Mesh collection just got a new sibling: a lounge chair. You know what’s great about that? It not only looks modern and unfussy, it’s very affordable. I mean, come on, $299 for a cool lounge chair? It’s a no-brainer. Oh, and it’s stackable and suitable for indoor or outdoor use. If we had a little celebratory ‘great deal!’ ribbon jpg to add to certain images, I’d add it without a second thought.
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Price: $299.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Greenhouse

Will having a greenhouse make your thumbs more green? I bet it will, because how could you have a greenhouse like this without lovingly attending to the plants inside? This miniature conservatory is made from lacquered solid ash timber, a galvanized metal planting tray, and toughened glass panes. Both sides open so you can easily care for all your greenery, and if you prefer it not to rest on an existing table or countertop, there’s an optional stand (+$235).
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Price: $695.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Chamber Light

If you’re particularly attuned to any and all forms of lighting ambience, chances are likely that you’ll not settle for any ol’ hurricane lantern for all the summer evenings ahead. So, feast your eyes upon the Chamber light, which is appropriate for tealights or oil. A small handle incorporated into the base makes it quite portable, while the glass shade is just.. well, pretty.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Leibal

EDC Minitool Kit No. 2

Another EDC kit on a keychain? Yep, and before you pretend to yawn from seeing so many, have you seen a minitool kit, all in black? No? Well, this one includes a flathead and Philips screwdrivers, a pill case, bottle opener, ruler and hex wrench, and the pill case can be engraved with up to 10 characters of your choice. In fact, it would be a great Father’s Day gift if you can order it soon (as in, right now, as Father’s Day is this Sunday).
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Iron and Glory

Volga Desk

What to do when you’re short on space but need a desk? How about the Volga Desk by TemaHome? At just 35″ wide and 34″ deep, it has just enough desktop space for laptop and other essentials. Short walls keep clutter contained, with three panels on the right to organize papers, books, or folders. It’s not expensive, and there’s a few different color options to sweeten the deal.
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Price: $406.00
Available from: YLiving

Heller Rainbow Mugs

A big dose of cheerful, rainbow color in the morning would do everyone some good, don’t you think? The Heller Mugs are iconic tableware pieces, first winning the Compasso d’Oro Award in 1964, if you can believe it. This classic set will match any existing vintage pieces, as they’re made using the same molds.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: DWR

Boyce Studio Succulent Planters

You won’t be able to fit any large plants into these wooden containers by Boyce Studio, so don’t even try. However, do plan to place a few small succulents into the smaller receptacles, as they’ll be right at home. The shaped planters are fashioned from wood and finished with a low VOC oil and wax combo. Pick a couple and group them together for a bigger statement.
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Price: $32.00 - 75.00
Available from: WorkOf

LED Smart Jump Rope

Who wants a smart jump rope? I do, I do! And you do too, because it shows your jump count midair with LED lights, which means you’ll be more motivated to hit your goals and therefore healthier. Right? Right. Set training intervals and track progress, all via the included Smart Gym mobile app. What about battery life, you ask? Because you will be jumping ALL THE EFFING time now? A two-hour USB charge will give you 36 hours of active use, which is plenty. You’ll need a break now and then, anyways.
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Price: $89.99
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Friday Links

Ian Stell’s Ingenious Transforming Designs

Modern Brazil Home by ATRIA

– Cool, graphic scarves at Black Plum

SPYNDI furniture invention

– Small office space by Marc&Co

– Recycled glass is melted together to make these Splinterbowls

Enjoy the weekend!

Mega and Mini Dot Quilt

Aside from not having more US distributers, Hay can do no wrong in my book. These reversible Mega Dot Quilts hit the target for lighter summer bedding. I recently purchased another one for my home, as it’s the perfect weight for summer nights, and was delighted to find the price has decreased quite a bit from a couple of years ago. That certainly doesn’t happen often. If you’d rather have a smaller size as a throw for the cooler evenings or for a smaller children’s bed, there’s the Baby Dot Quilt for $99.00.
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Price: $99.00 - 165.00
Available from: A+R Store

Sony Glass Sound Speaker

You’d be forgiven for thinking this glass cylinder is some sort of lantern, for it certainly looks like a sleek little light. However, it packs a punch in sound quality. Crystal-clear sound is reverberated through the glass cylinder, the vibration giving a unique “lifelike sound experience.” Lightweight and portable, the Glass Sound Speaker is ideal for use both indoors and out. And, yes, of course, it connects to your device via Bluetooth.
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Price: $799.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Timeless Travel Planner

Do your travel plans need a little more organization? That’s just what this planner aims to provide, with pages to specifically map out where you’re going, track expenses, and plan your itinerary. The amount of detail is spot on, as it has places to note current exchange rates, as well as entertainment, accommodation and transportation costs. There’s also room to list your very important ‘To Do’s’ before you leave. Does this mean you’ll travel smarter? Probably, as it would be hard not to take advantage of such an easy system. And maybe, just maybe, getting all your info written down in such a manner will free you up to enjoy your journey more.
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Price: $22.00
Available from: Kickstarter

‘The Narlai’ Canvas Shower Curtain

While shower curtains are pretty much the worst decorative thing about most bathrooms, if you have to have one, you now have a pretty good alternative to the requisite white. ‘The Narlai’ Canvas Shower Curtain looks like a geometric quilt that you’d put on your bed, and that’s exactly its inspiration. Think of it as a rugged-sail-meets-American-quilt and you’ve got its design aesthetic pegged.
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Price: $198.00
Available from: TRNK

Cacoon Single Hammock

How would you like to spend your summer reading books and taking naps in a Cacoon Hammock? Crafted from sturdy, weatherproof canvas, the Cacoon Hammock is easy to assemble and easy to hang, thanks to its one-hook/one-rope hanging design- no tools needed. A few add-on accessories will make your Cacoon a little more comfortable- think about getting a bug net, tree loop, a ‘door’, or even a metal tripod to finish out your set up.
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Price: $370.00
Available from: A+R Store

Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer

If you thought cold coffee was for snobs or sugar junkies, think again. Cold brew coffee is often less acidic and less bitter than hot brewed coffee, and more palatable with milk. Using a slow-drip process with an adjustable valve, the Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer lets you play around with brew time to get your ideal cup. However, don’t think you’ll pull this sort of cold brewing off in a quick minute; the recommended brew time is a 6-hour span, at a drip per second.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: A+R Store