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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)

 
 

Cosmic Diner Collection

A cosmic collection of dinner plates? Yes, please. Thank goodness Diesel Living teamed up with Seletti to produce the Cosmic Diner Collection, because our tabletops just aren’t complete without a sun, moon, and a few planets. Made of porcelain, each plate is decorated with an image of a planet, so pick your favorites for a colorful presentation and possible astronomy lesson.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: Gessato

Alter Ego Water Bottle Filtration System

If you’ve ever been thirsty on a day expedition, you know that sometimes water is scarce and not always safe to drink. That’s unfortunately the daily experience for many people around the world, a fact that’s easy to forget if you live in a well developed, urban environment. So, what’s the fix?

Products like this Alter Ego Water Bottle Filtration System help, as portions from sales go to to ONE DROP, an international non-profit organization dedicated to developing sustainable water access programs worldwide. Of course, the actual Alter Ego Water Bottle also does an important job directly for you with its filters. For city dwellers, the Globetrotter filter removes 99.9999% of contaminants and lasts for approximately 75 gallons of filter water. For hikers and explorers, the Outdoor Filter will remove 99.99% of contaminants and lasts for approximately 200 gallons.
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Price: $64.99
Available from: Horne

Ovo iPhone amplifier

Add this to your list of things you absolutely don’t need but want sort of badly. I mean, come on, it’s a passive amplifier made from Carrera marble for your iPhone. The shape is carved very slowly from a single block of marble (does the price make more sense now?) and works solely from mechanic sound diffusion. No cords, no batteries, just plain ol’ geometry working to optimize your listening experience.
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Price: $368.00
Available from: designboom shop

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Frame Canopy Bed

Huh? This seems like a price too good to be true for a canopy bed. I always thought Room&Board’s Architecture Bed was the best price in the business, but now this Frame Canopy Bed just might take the spot. Canopy beds are excellent for creating a room within a room, which is very suitable for large rooms with high ceilings. Will you get tired of the the brass plated corners after a few weeks years? Maybe, but whenever that happens, there’s more than enough DIY guides on painting brass that will fix that. A quick spray primer on the brass parts and then another contrasting color (dark blue?) would look fantastic.
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Price: $699.00 - 799.00
Available from: CB2

Viteo Outdoor Shower

Does anyone else feel like they need an outdoor shower? It’s sort of a no-brainer if you’ve got a pool or lakeside retreat, or if you just love to bathe al fresco. But what do you do when there’s not existing plumbing to support a regular shower? You get an outdoor shower that hooks up to your garden hose, that’s what.
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Price: $1,250.00
Available from: Luminaire

Geometric Rug by Alyson Fox

A little geometry mixed in with natural looped jute and tufted wool and cotton all combine to make this pleasing patterned rug by Alyson Fox. Jute plus wool and cotton? Yep, don’t be alarmed, you’ll have a couple of extra textures beneath your feet, and rest assured all three are natural products. Plus, doesn’t yellow sort of shout “Summer!” to you?
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Price: $1,350.00
Available from: Horne

Helios Table Lamp

Workstead is fast becoming a favorite lighting source, which is no surprise when you consider their array of fixtures with adjustable orientation. The Helios Table Lamp, a newer design, has a large brass dish positioned opposite a single light source. This brass dish partially obscures and reflects the light, echoing the movement of larger celestial bodies and their occasional eclipses. Choose from three varieties of stone for the base, including Carrara, Green Marble and Travertine.
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Price: $1,350.00
Available from: Horne

Happy 4th of July!

This is the ‘Merica Hammock. It’s very patriotic in an over-the-top-wonderful sort of way, so it’s particularly appropriate for the upcoming holiday weekend.

I know I’m looking forward to a break (time away from the computer is a good thing), so here’s hoping you have a lovely, fun-filled/relaxing 4th of July weekend. Of course, do take care should you decide to light any fireworks- those fingers of yours are important!

‘Merica Hammock, $195.00

Color(s): Cobalt Blue, White, Candy Apple Red
Capacity: Classic Double: 400 lbs / King-Size: 550 lbs
Dimensions: Classic Double: 120″L x 72″W / King-Size: 132”L x 108”W

'Merica Hammock

Edyn Garden Sensor

Have you heard the hype around the Edyn Garden Sensor? It’s now available to purchase, and those of us with gardens are pretty damn excited. The Edyn is a solar-powered sensor that continuously monitors all the conditions necessary for healthy, thriving plants. Light, temperature, humidity, moisture, fertilizer/nutrition needs- it keeps track of all of that and sends it to the Edyn app so you can learn which plants are growing best and which ones need more attention. It knows the weather forecast, so it’ll give you guidance on saving water as well. Your garden = happy. Your thumbs = super green.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.97
Available from: Home Depot

July 4th Weekend

Can you believe this Saturday is July 4th? Prepare yourself for the festivities by perusing this random list of summer-y things, mostly picked for their fun and outdoorsy-ish nature.

1. Flatware Caddy, $11.97
2. Star Spangled Spatula, $75.00
3. Apron with Built-in Oven Mitts, $32.00
4. Iced Carafe, $32.00
5. bodum ® fyrkat picnic charcoal grill, $69.99
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CW&T Jump Rope

This might be the nicest jump rope anyone has ever seen. CW&T (of Pen Type-A fame) recently released this beauty to the world, and it’s got handles machined out of solid 6061 aluminum and a leather cord. The handles’ inside edges have a precise fillet to make sure the rope is held at a tangent as it spins. Should you ever wear out the leather cord (way to go you- you’re just like Rocky!) you can simply replace it by tying a couple of knots.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: CW&T

Concrete Lamp by Menu

Here’s another smallish lamp, and this one is a charmer. A round concrete base holds an oversize glass light bulb with a little brass button to control brightness. That touch of brass keeps the design dressed up- think of it like a hint of expensive jewelry on an otherwise utilitarian outfit. A friend of mine who has one talked about it with reverence, and, as this friend knows good design and quality, it’s a safe bet you won’t regret adding it to your abode for the right sort of ambient light.
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Price: $174.95
Available from: Gessato

Fredericks & Mae Playing Cards

There’s something about lazy summer afternoons that demands a stack of playing cards nearby. And, should you be short a stack, please do take a look at these colorful cards from Fredericks & Mae, as they have a sunny disposition with their full display of the color spectrum. You’ll find a nicely contrasting black and white pattern on their backs. The pack includes a mini booklet with history and lore, along with game instruction.
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Price: $12.95
Available from: Fredericks & Mae

Merge Concrete Tape Dispenser

Need a tape dispenser? How about a concrete one that won’t move around when you tear off a piece of tape? The Merge Concrete Tape Dispenser from 22 Design Studio is basically a couple of concrete blocks and one cylinder, which gives it a utilitarian sort of style that won’t go unnoticed among your other desktop tools. Does anyone else see a little Bauhaus flavor in the brutal blockiness, or is it just me? Be sure to take a look at the Merge Cardholder Tray and Pen Holder (shown below), as they’d be excellent companions to the tape dispenser.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Gessato

Terracotta Funnel by Grain

Why do you need a Terracotta Funnel? Beats me, but I know I’d use it for moving my matcha latte from a mixing bowl into a coffee cup, similar to the one shown above. Maybe you’d use it for funneling other drinks into other cups, or soups into fancy, small containers, but any way you use it, know that you’re using a natural, sustainably made, and foodsafe tool.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop