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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)

 
 

ANYTHING Letter Opener

If you receive no letters in the mail, good for you. For the rest of us, there are times when we are in need of a letter opener, and it would be nice to have one that did not offend the eyes. The Letter Opener by ANYTHING is just about as utilitarian as things get, and has that modern sensibility that our optical systems like so well. Do be sure to take a look at the collection of ANYTHING Desk Accessories if you’re not familiar with it already.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Availability: Buy ANYTHING Letter Opener here

Friday Links

  • Moth Trails at Night (via Design Crush)
  • Quick and easy online marketplace, like a yard sale but on your computer: list of things for sale (via Netted)
  • Make an animated gif image online freely and easily, no registration required: GIFMaker.me
  • What do you first see when you look at this Best Wishes Key? I saw an anatomical heart.
  • A Mom Finds Her Son’s Lost Monkey Stuffed Animal on eBay Three Years Later
  • Unusual Specimen Portraits by Michael Mapes (via Laughing Squid)
  • From artists Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charriere, some pigeons are more equal than others. (via, again, Design Crush)
  • Have a nice weekend.

    Aluminum Eiffel Stool

    First off, the $150 price is for the kid-sized version, but, that said, $225 isn’t too bad of a price for an aluminium (or, as us Americans would say, aluminum) stacking stool. The Eiffel stool can easily live indoors or out, and do check out the image below of the stools stacked 5 high (space saving!), and see if that doesn’t impress you the tiniest bit more.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $150.00 - 225.00
    Available from: Design Public

    Geneva XS Sound System

    Don’t wet your pants just yet, the Geneva XS Sound System is not the cheapest thing around. However, it is small enough to travel with, and especially suited for such with a clamshell case that flips open. Never mind that, you’re thinking, get to the goods. There’s the digital FM clock radio and Bluetooth® for wireless audio streaming (of course) and then there’s the alarm clock and illuminating touch-sensitive controls. A rechargeable battery will keep you in business for five hours of play time. Okay, now you have permission to wet your pants.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $250.00
    Available from: Geneva Lab

    Les Perles Candlestick

    It’s like building blocks, except dangerous (does it not look like an ice pick without the beads?) if one’s temper is out of sorts. The wooden beads are removable, which gives you a chance to reconfigure the design as you wish. Right now the Les Perles Candlesticks are a little less with DWR’s Dining Sale, fyi.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $51.00 - 63.75
    Available from: DWR

    Spiro Mirror

    If you’ve ever played around with a spirograph, you know where this mirror gets its name. Rubber cord creates the repeated line gestures on this mirrored stainless steel and gives texture and interest to its reflective surface. Available in 18″ and 24″ diameters with many different cord colors to choose from.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $399.00- 599.00
    Available from: Debra Folz

    Tokyo Puzzle

    Puzzles! Why does it seem that kids and older people are crazy about puzzles and most of us young-to-middle-aged folks dismiss them as a pleasant pastime? Perhaps because we see ourselves as too busy? Hmm. Time to fix that.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: nest

    Bottle Opener

    Bottle openers should be sturdy things, and with this stainless steel option you’ll have no worries about it opening up thousands of bottles in its lifetime. The ‘thousands’ value is intended to encompass the drinks of the many guests of parties and informal get-togethers you’ll have, not the amount you’ll imbibe on your sofa.

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    Price: $18.00
    Available from: MOLECULE

    Knitted Yoga Ball

    How about a little crazy thrown into your modern mix? There’s a theory floating around that adding a little strangeness or ‘ugly’ to an interior makes it more interesting. Agree or disagree? Either way, this Knitted Yoga Ball is not a typical choice. At its core is a functional yoga ball, so you could use it for your stretch routines or as an extra seating option or footrest. Created by Texas artist Magda Sayeg (Knitta) and Australian design comapny Page Thirty Three, each knitted sleeve is made from upcycled rugs and throws.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $395.00 - 440.00
    Available from: Page Thirty Three

    Dent Pencils

    Why would you pay $28 for three pencils? Good question. Maybe because each pencil “explores our primal desire for soothing haptic response and fulfills our need for tactile gratification.” Does that sound about right? Snap each pencil out of its frame to use. Note: could be a good gift for someone that likes to sketch.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $28.00
    Available from: The Future Perfect

    milk stools by alissia melka-teichroew

    You might know Alissia Melka-Teichroew for her acrylic rings or the Inside Out glassware from a while ago, and now you can add this off-kilter stool to her list of successes. Would you have guessed she was inspired by crooked slats in a picket fence? By combining the asymmetry of the fence with the irregularity of the old-fashioned one-legged milk stool, she arrived at this sturdy and expressive design.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $275.00
    Available from: Unica Home

    National Flag Play Cards

    Do you have a decent knowledge of the various flags of the world? Maybe you’ve been caught unawares a time or two (or ten), but that can all be fixed with this set of playing cards. 52 different flags are shown on the cards, so you can play your card game and learn at the same time. That’s not all the flags, mind you, but it’s a start; the CIA has a Flags of the World Factbook if you care to see more.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $12.00
    Available from: neo-utility

    Canteen Table Leg Set

    Oh, what a predicament you’re in when you only need table legs. We’ve posted a few trestle options, but this Canteen set might just be the best alternative to the straight forward (and somewhat boring) IKEA legs. No need for a bracing system, as the leg fixes directly to the tabletop. Choose from 7 available colors. Each box includes 4 legs.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $350.00
    Available from: neo-utility

    The Pup Crawl Lights-Up Leash

    And you thought an illuminated collar was cool. With this Pup Crawl Lights-Up Dog Leash you can make sure your dog stays visible to cars and bikers on the road. The LED lights can be seen from both sides and it’s made from reinforced nylon (appropriate for dogs up to 60 lbs.). With every sale, $3 goes directly to a partner animal organization. See below for more on The Pup Crawl’s misson.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: The Pup Crawl

    MUCU 2012 Wall Calendar

    Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it is September, which is fast approaching the need-to-get-a-new-calendar time. This calendar by MUCU is simple and elegant with enough space to write in notes for important dates. MUCU focuses on quality materials; each item is hand-finished by a skilled craftsman.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: Vetted