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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)

 
 

Minimal Float Wall Desk

A floating wall desk for under a grand might sound as likely as a hipster who’s never considered ironic facial hair, but stranger things have happened. The floating wall desk by Dario Antonioni is just under the $700 mark and has a full slide out tray to double your work area. There’s also a small wire management slot to keep your cords tidy. Need it be emphasized that you’ll have to follow the installation instructions correctly or you’ll have a small disaster at hand? If you’re not particularly handy, enlist help before tackling it on your own.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00
Available from: Orange22 Design Lab

AÃRK Collective Classic Watch

Newsflash! Wristwatches still exist. Some people use them to tell the time instead of checking their smartphones, if you can believe it. AÃRK Collective has a tempting collection of minimally designed watches in a few spectacular color choices (four, to be exact), and there’s no doubt they’ll have some of us rethinking our time telling habits.
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Purchase Information:

Price: AUD139.00
Available from: AÃRK Collective

Asahineko Table Broom & Dust Pan

Go ahead and scoff at the $140 price tag. It is a table broom and dust pan, after all. However, the next time you’ve swept crumbs off the table with your gross sponge or inept hands and scattered some of the mess on the floor and chairs, don’t come back here complaining that there’s nothing you can do about it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: Mill Mercantile

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  • Have a super weekend.

    Modern Industry Packs

    With so many iterations of the simple black backpack, how do you choose the right one? Well, the price, for starters, has to be somewhat reasonable, and the ‘cool’ factor must exist. It’s unlikely you’re going to give up the look you’ve cultivated just for a functional carry-all. Modern Industry meets both criteria with two backpacks that will complement your daily wardrobe. The Magnitude Backpack, $250, is the larger of the two, and has a padded laptop sleeve (away from your back for comfort), a large main compartment and three accessories pockets for smaller stuff. The Conduit Sling Pack, $100, is a smaller pack with one main pocket (will fit a laptop or jacket) and one accessories pocket. Both bags feature a flap top that can be adjusted according to your needs.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $100.00 - 250.00
    Available from: Modern Industry

    Star Cutting Board

    Who’s a star? You are! Especially when you’re chopping up vegetables in the kitchen, or pulling this stellar cutting board out as an impromptu coaster or trivet for the table. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $37.00
    Available from: Ferm Living Shop

    Hitch Peacock Blue Stool

    Glossy peacock blue might just be the jolt of color that’s needed for the semi-dreary days of February, and hey, an extra seat for $170 is reasonably affordable considering it’s made of iron and acacia wood. It certainly won’t get wobbly or fall apart, which is more than you can say for other assembly-required seating. A small cutout in the seat makes it easy to move around.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $169.00
    Available from: CB2

    Seed Furniture

    Someone’s got the right idea here. A bureau that can switch from a changing table to a bar, and back again when the time is right. Oh, and maybe you’ll want an armoire? Add a top. It’s modular furniture that doesn’t look cheap, and offers a variety of door materials and styles. And, if a changing table/bar/bureau doesn’t fit your needs, there’s a Media Cabinet and Bookshelf worth a look.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,400.00
    Available from: Seed Furniture

    Wallet TrackR

    Say sayonara to leaving your wallet behind with another handy tracking device. The Wallet TrackR is about the size of a credit card, and when used with the app, it’ll keep you from losing your wallet. When it’s separated from your iPhone or iPad, the app will alert you, simple as that. If for some reason you don’t hear the alert, the app also takes a GPS snapshot of where you left your wallet behind.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.00
    Available from: Indiegogo

    Zig, Strata, and River Rock Rugs

    Rugs! On sale! If you’ve any bare floors that your feet don’t like, it’s time to throw down a rug or two. Three of my favorites are shown above, and they’re all 20% off with free shipping. The sale ends today, so you’ll not have much time for deliberation, but there are several gender-neutral-patterned options to consider in addition to those linked to below.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20% off
    Available from: Serena Lily

    Dot Coat Hooks

    Hmm, maybe these are a direct attempt at copying the Coatrack Dots, or maybe it’s just a coincidence. Either way, $10 for a set of 3 coat hooks isn’t too bad of a deal, even if they are just flat, wooden disks without the rounded, smooth edges of the higher-end alternative. However, do be sure to consider the one review so you know what you’re getting.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $9.95
    Available from: CB2

    Cotton Umbrella

    For goodness’ sake, get yourself a decent umbrella. There’s few things worse than inadequate protection on a cold and rainy day, so invest a little more money to keep yourself dry. In the case of this cotton umbrella, it’ll do that job and more, as you’ll look a tad more put together, maybe even dapper. There’s several bright(er) colors to choose from if black is too somber for your wardrobe.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00
    Available from: Nalata Nalata

    Hang Around Cooking/Serving Set

    These cooking/serving tools designed by Danish design firm KiBiSi have notches on the back so that they may gently rest on a pot or pan while you work. Made from white beech, they’re functionally minimal (or minimally functional?) as can only be expected from the manufacturer, Muuto.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $42.00
    Available from: Finnish Design Shop

    Like-It Door Hook Organizer

    Okay, let’s make a deal. We won’t hate this door hook organizer thing if we all agree to put it only where it’s absolutely necessary. That will be discretionary, of course, but I think we can all trust each other to use it to organize and de-clutter those spots that are magnets to miscellany- hall closets, laundry rooms, kid’s rooms (better in a kid’s closet), some bathrooms, etc. Each strap has 6 height-adjustable hooks that hold up up to 1kg (2.2 lb) on each hook.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: IPPINKA

    Framework Credenza

    Still on the search for media storage? Join the club. If your budget is around the $500-$700 range, you could do a whole lot worse than this credenza. It won’t take care of tidying your cables for you, but it sure does have plenty of space for all manner of receivers, DVRs, and other such gadgets. The sleek iron frame with acacia wood planks are easy on the eyes as well.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $599.00
    Available from: CB2