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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)

 
 

Eau Carafe

Similar to black + blum’s ‘Eau Good’ Filter Water Bottle, this Eau Carafe is the ideal candidate for storing water in your fridge. A binchotan active charcoal filter purifies the water while the overall shape is pleasing to hold and pour from; it’s even nice enough to keep it out during dinner. You can’t say that for many water purifiers.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: black + blum

Mail Slot Bowl by Dan Sjogren

No matter how neat and clutter free we attempt to be, there’s still a fair amount of mail, keys, and miscellany that follow us through our front doors. To conquer this choas, consider the Mail Slot Bowl by Dan Sjogren. It will keep your most recent paper correspondence lined up neatly in a row. Will it force you to take stock of which documents go to the recycle bin and which go to the filing drawer? Eh, maybe. It also has a reasonably sized bowl to park your keys, which might mean you’ll never lose them again. We can hope.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Cymbal Pendant

Well, what do we have here? It’s a very simple pendant that uses the light bulb as support for the shades. Aluminum disks diffract the light and trick your eye with reflections of its environment. Does it remind you a little of the Grain Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill? It’s the same sort of idea, and a little more affordable at that.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: MATTER

Friday Links

– The Tambour Credenza is a thing of beauty- just take a look at this video to see it in action. Too bad it costs $27k (understandably, considering those doors- it takes 12 weeks to make just one!).

– Inside a Suit That Makes You Feel 85 Years Old: Aging in Virtual Realty

Panic Rooms Are Going to Outlast the Pyramids

– Here’s everything we know about how to talk about climate change

– Where’s Wally Warhol? Find Andy Warhol

– Interesting subscription: Designer Box

– Acrobatic male bonding: True Bromance

– Eric Fischer’s “Locals and Tourists”. Locals are blue dots, tourists are red. (via @presentcorrect)

Enjoy your weekend.

Eric Fischer Locals and Tourists

Kiki Toolbox Keyring

Another EDC tool thingamajig? Yep, and it ticks all the boxes, just as you’d expect. Plus, it comes in a leather sheath for a friendlier feel on your keyring. Bottle opener, standard and metric ruler, spoke wrench, hex drive, small and large pry bar, and screwdriver- that’s what you get all on one small tool. Fit it alongside your keys so you’re prepared for anything, anywhere.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Felt Bedside Caddy

In theory, it’s probably best to reduce the amount of bedside clutter or get a bigger nightstand than add in an extra little pocket caddy. However, if you absolutely have to have all your stuff (and you can’t find the right nightstand) then maybe it’s okay to get this little guy. Temporarily. Technically, it fits sofas as well, but, please, please, please try to avoid that usage by any means necessary- unless you can hide it behind a cushion or next to a wall. Why? Because this. Avoid that association, or else you’ll cause significant aesthetic discomfort*.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

The Hot Seat from Bend Goods

Looking to fill up your outdoor space with furniture? You should be aware that there’s a sale on Bend Goods over at one particular retailer, and, at 20% off, you could snap up a few deals. Take the Hot Seat, for example. Normally, it’s at a semi-scary price of $3,200, but now it’s $2,560. Still a bit too high for your wallet? Check out their more petite lounges (like the Bunny Lounge) and their accessories (Bend Baskets, anyone?).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,560.00
Available from: YLiving

Giant Coloring Roll by Jeff Koons

Love or hate Jeff Koons, you’ve got to agree a $30 giant coloring roll is a good idea for almost anyone. Pin it on the wall or roll it out on the floor for hours of meditative coloring- at home or in the office. There’s a roll by Keith Haring, too, if that’s a better fit for your aesthetic sensibilities*. Should you wish to use a paintbrush instead of markers and pencils, be sure to consider the Large Paint Tin Set with Haring imagery ($22) as an accompaniment. Fun!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Artware Editions

Slim Insulated Water Bottle

This skinny, baton-like thing is a water bottle. And why is it skinny? To better fit in your bag, of course. It’s a double walled vacuum flask, so it’ll keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold for up to 12 hours. With such a thin profile, it’ll slide in amongst papers (or clothes) easily without causing your bag to bulge.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Awair Air Quality Monitor

It’s a little sad when an air quality monitor is considered a useful tool to have in the home. However, for those of us that live urban areas or have annoying allergies, we can’t ignore the fact that air quality directly affects our health. So, meet the Awair Air Quality Monitor. It reads five data points in the air: temperature, humidity, CO2, VOCs, and dust. After analyzing aggregate levels, the air quality is determined and an Awair Score (0 to 100 color-coded scale) is assigned. Tell it what concerns you the most (allergies, sleep, etc.) and it will give you recommendations (via the app) on certain changes you might make based on daily air quality levels in specific rooms.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Bike Spoke Reflectors + 12

These inexpensive Bike Spoke Reflectors will make sure you’re seen in the dark, which is very important because most drivers are idiots (all cyclists know this). At the price, I’d encourage you to buy several packs and trick out your bike so that all the spokes have reflectors; it’s extra likely you’ll be spotted at night (and it will look fun).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Shades Double Glass Container

It’s not often that a storage container gets ooo’s and ahh’s, but this one deserves at least one of the former for its smart two-tier system. Hand blown glass containers nest together to create separate storage zones with a cork lid to keep contents safe. Store a few visually engaging objects in the top container for a floating effect, or go full-on functional and fill both with necessary home accessories. The gold and black or grey and orange color options certainly make a statement, or, of course, choose the clear glass for a quieter look.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $675.00
Available from: Luminaire

UX4 Bracket Kit

Get a UX4 kit, a few 2x4s, a table surface, and you’re on your way to making your own custom table. How does that work, you ask? SWENYO’s UX4 Kit is a set of four steel brackets that accept 2x4s as legs. Want a standing desk? Cut your 2x4s at around 40″ (or just below your elbow height), slot them into the brackets, and screw the brackets onto your desk surface. TA-da! You’re done. Change the height and the top and make a coffee table, a dining table, or a nightstand. Further customize with paint. Fun!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Hay’s Tower Blocks Paper Notes

If you’re going to keep track of your to-do’s (and to-don’ts?) on paper, you might as well make that paper pretty to look at. HAY Denmark has all sorts of lovely offerings in the way of home furnishings and accessories, and we’ll just be thankful that they took the time to apply some great graphics to stacks of note paper. (Now priced at half of their original price, it’s easier to get a few instead of just one on its own.)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00 - 25.00
Available from: A+R Store

Friday Links

– Strange Modular Lamp over at Kickstarter.

Listen to Records With Your Teeth

reword is a tool that helps prevent online abusive behavior. (via creative mornings)

Drawing Machine by All Lovely Stuff

– Store your sugar in this Pothead

Late Sleeper? You’re Not Lazy, Just … Different

Cousins River Residence by GO Logic

Enjoy your weekend. (Here’s hoping you weren’t too badly pranked today.)

Cousins River Residence