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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)

 
 

Kreten Side table

This amorphous Kreten Side Table by Souda owes its shape to stretch fabric. Concrete is poured into a stretchy fabric mold, creating a slightly different form each time. With such a distinctive shape (some might say odd personality) this table could be mistaken for an art piece, but do be sure to use it now and then as a table, or else it would feel unloved. Choose between four different hues.
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Price: $1,025.00
Available from: Dwell

Yearlight Calendar 2015

How about a calendar that shows when daylight occurs throughout the year? The full evolution of daylight, twilight, darkness, and moonlight is displayed for each day of 2015 in this Yearlight Calendar by Bradley Pitts. Choose a New York, NY Calendar or pick a certain city or spot for your own custom version. Could also be a nice gift, so bookmark it for later reference.
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Price: $28.50 - 50.00
Available from: Yearlight Calendars

Marinade Set with Pipette Brush

I don’t think I’ve ever marinaded anything in my life, but this Marinade Set with Pipette Brush looks like it would be kind of fun to use, doesn’t it? The pipette with brush would deliver your marinade in a precise manner while eliminating any errant drippings, thus making your kitchen easier to clean after your cooking is finished. Nice.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Burke Decor

Flash Rectangular, Square, and Round Tables

Good news, there’s a Tom Dixon Design Sale now through October 15. That means savings on all sorts of wonderful things, like the Flash Rectangular Table, Flash Square Table, and the Flash Round Table you see above. Created in the same spirit as Dixon’s Mirror Ball, these tables combine a mirrored bronze top and a brass plated steel base to make a strong metallic statement. Don’t forget about the Beat Lights (so popular nowadays), the Slab Chair, or any of Dixon’s accessories- all are 15% off.

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Price: $446.25 - 607.75
Available from: YLiving

Japanese Aged Brass Knife Block

This is an expensive knife block. My twenty-some-odd-old self probably would have not posted it back in the day because of the price, but my firmly-in-my-thirties self has a bit more disposable income. I hope you do too, of course, because then we could convince each other that we could afford to spend this much on a block, especially if we plan to have it for decades. Aged brass and a detachable cherry wood five-slot top will certainly last that long, and more, if cared for appropriately.
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Price: $285.00
Available from: Nickey Kehoe

Hideaway Trash Bin

The humble field of trash bin design is unexciting to say the least; there’s just not much going on in the way of improvements. Muuto adds another un-fancy option to the mix. It’s just a simple bin with a lid, yet with a few extra noteworthy details. The exterior is streamlined, so it could just as easily live in your closet as a laundry basket- that gets points for versatility in the aesthetic department, don’t you think? When the lid is on, an interior trash bag is hidden by the lid’s lip. When the lid is off, it can hang on the side of the bin for easy access and safekeeping.

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Price: $179.00
Available from: DWR

Kuu Lamp

So, here’s something sort of exciting: there’s a new online store that aims to provide high-end modern design at affordable prices. How’s that going to happen? Original design, true craftsmanship, and working directly with factories around the world, apparently. Will it work? Let’s hope so. Hem just opened for preorders, and I’ve got my eye on this Kuu Lamp ($149-$225). There’s no doubt you’ll be seeing more of the collection within the next several weeks, so prepare your house for some new additions (and your bank account for a few subtractions).
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Price: $149.00 - 225.00
Available from: Hem

Magnet 6

These knob-like wooden things are magnets. Or, rather, these knob-like wooden things have magnets embedded within their rounded ends, to be precise. I bet you an imaginary nickel that these set of 6 magnets would look much nicer than any plastic magnets you’ve got hanging around, and I’d probably be right, unless you have some really cool plastic magnets that I don’t know about. Unlikely, but entirely possible.
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Price: SGD39.00
Available from: four&twenty

Hanging Ring Perpetual Calendar

If you like the idea of a perpetual calendar, then add this Hanging Ring Calendar to your list of considerations. Change the date by rotating the rings and visually experience the cyclical nature of our calendar system. It would be an interesting accent on a wall in an office, living area, or even a kid’s room (if the child was old enough not to attempt to use the rings as frisbees).
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Price: $78.00
Available from: Dwell

Bookman Clip-On Reflectors

What are you looking at? Reflectors. Why should you care? Because it’s the end of September, and, in North America, that means it’s getting darker earlier in the evening, and you’re hard to see when you’re out running, biking, or walking your dog. These reflectors from Bookman are sort of special because they clip on with a magnet. Add one or two on in a snap- to your jacket, to your dog’s leash, to your bike, you name it. That makes it super easy to remain visible to other people (and those people in vehicles) when you’re out and about no matter what you’re wearing.
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Price: $9.00
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

Mark’s Notebook Calendars

Okay, don’t freak out, it’s just a calendar for 2015. You still have three whole months left until the new year rolls around, which is plenty of time to get your ducks in a row, so to speak. This past year I’ve kept my months organized by using one of Mark’s Notebook Calendars, and I’ll probably repeat the habit next year. There’s three different sizes- small, medium, and large- and it’s satisfyingly slim. Front-facing pages display the current month plus there’s just one yearly plan page- nothing else to weigh you down.
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Price: $12.00 - 18.00
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

Teaball Teapot

As a self-proclaimed tea junkie, it’s difficult to describe just how important certain tools in the tea making process can be. If you’re dealing in loose tea, some infusers can be irritating in that they’re hard to clean, and, if they’re hard to clean, you’ll probably get fed up and not use them anymore (which is the case with several infusers in my top kitchen drawer at the moment). Now, this Teaball Teapot is easy to clean- it has a removable stainless steel infuser- but it also looks extremely nice to hold and use, and I’d say that’s almost as (if not more?) important.
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Price: $105.00
Available from: Horne

Friday Links

Not a lot of links this week… projects got in the way of perusing the internet.
 

  • So cool: RoomScan app
  • Nika Zupanc: Homework Chair
  • Atrium House by Tham & Videgard Arkitekter
  • DIY Copper Clothing Rack
  • navy kitchen cabinets(!)
  • Slightly crazy wood chevron floor
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    Have a great weekend.

    Smartphone Projector

    Cool! It’s a $40 cardboard projector, and it’s just the thing for getting those movies from your smartphone onto the wall. Photos and videos being shown to the office or at a family gathering just got a whole lot easier, though, do be realistic with your expectations- it is made from cardboard, after all. It’ll be easy to move around, as it’s light, compact and portable, and fits phones up to a maximum size of 3.2 x 5.7 inches.
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    Price: $39.99
    Available from: Animi Causa Boutique

    Wine Twirls

    If you enjoy white or rosé wine, then you’re probably familiar with the ideal serving temperature. Now, unless you live somewhere quite cold most of the time, there’s the issue of keeping your glass at that ideal temperature until it’s finished. Sure, you can keep the bottle on ice, but what about the actual glass? That’s the point of these Wine Twirls: they chill your wine in the glass without dilution. They’re made of food-safe resin (BPA-free FDA-approved) and a high-tech thermal gel and rest at the bottom of the glass so as to not interfere with each sip.
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    Price: $20.00
    Available from: Teroforma