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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)

 
 

Sandwich on Board Box

Another aluminum lunch box? Can we be so lucky? Apparently so. This handy little lunch box is from black + blum, and, just as expected, it looks to improve upon those sub-par lunch carriers that have left your lunch squashed in the past. It’s aluminum (or, aluminium, if you prefer) with a naturally antibacterial, sustainable bamboo lid that provides a surface for ingredient assembly if needed. Available in silver, lime, or pink.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $21.00
Available from: black + blum

Picia Table Lamp

Cute, right? The Picia Table Light is a smaller sort of lamp, you know, the kind you would tuck into a corner of a small writing desk or nightstand. With a soft, natural cork base and a clear blue glass shade it will easily make friends with its surroundings. The shade measures in at 16cm diameter (that’s 6.3 inches) and the height is 23cm (9 inches)- be sure to take your measuring tape out so you’re not surprised how small (and cute) this lamp will be in your home.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €141.13
Available from: Enrico Zanolla Design Studio

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    KeySmart

    Until technology allows us to enter all buildings and vehicles without physical keys, we’re going to have to deal with the mess that is the usual keyring. KeySmart aims to organize keys in a swiss army style holder, with keys folding into a compact handle instead of jingle-jangling all over the place. Would you believe it could hold up to 100 keys? That’d be one hefty keychain. You can also add in a USB for convenience.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.98 - 38.98
    Available from: KeySmart

    Sand Containers

    Do not, I repeat, do not underestimate the value of containers you look at and use everyday. Sure, a toothbrush or pen holder is meant for function, but there’s no reason why it can’t be a pleasure to look at as well. The Sand Containers are handmade from a mixture of natural stone powder and resin with a wood divider/lid to keep things tidy. I think they’ve won the top spot when it comes to bathroom accessories, as they’re simple and elegant, and those words are rarely used as adjectives in that particular department.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.90 - 26.90
    Available from: MilkDesign

    Pia Shopping Bag

    Raise your hand if you like strange shopping bags. This one from Milk Design and Feel Good Home has a different sort of 3D shape made from Tyvek and leather handles, which will surely tote your purchases safely home with a fair amount of style (don’t be surprised if people ask you where you got it). Tyvek is durable and water resistant, not to mention very light, plus, did you see the price?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $35.00
    Available from: MilkDesign

    Weight Vase by Decha Archjananun

    You’ve seen the Weight Vases in the regular concrete grey, but get a load of the colors available. Are they not spectacular? Blue, yellow, and red round out the collection, giving you the option for a pop of bright, fun color to liven up your arrangements. I’ll be saving up for the low ‘A’ blue vase, I think.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $340.00 - 430.00
    Available from: MATTER

    Baggu All Weather Bag

    Originally designed for surfers, this all-weather gear bag has welded seams and a water resistant zipper to keep water completely in (or completely out, if that’s your goal). Surfers, just stand inside the bag to remove your wetsuit, then zip it up for your trip home. Sand and seawater will be safely contained within. Everyone else, know that whatever you put in the bag will stay dry no matter what (within reason).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $140.00
    Available from: BAGGU

    Sphere Bottle Opener

    It’s a smooth, round bottle opener that fits the palm of your hand perfectly. What else could you ask for, besides a good beer or two? Consider it for your next housewarming or host/hostess gift if the new homeowner or host/hostess likes a certain bottled beverage. Available in black or natural wood.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00
    Available from: Areaware

    Waxed Canvas & White Ash Travel Chair

    Ah, how nice it is to be out of doors, sitting around the campfire or at a music festival… unless your back hurts and you’re starting to get really annoyed at yourself for not bringing your own darn chair. This foldable, portable chair will do well on your trips and travels thanks to a treatment of all-weather Danish oil on its white ash wood frame. The chair back is high enough to rest your neck or head, and the waxed cotton fabric will stay put with stainless steel hardware.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $129.00
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

    String Lights by onefortythree

    Don’t ask yourself ‘why do I need these string lights?’ Instead, ask yourself ‘why don’t I need these string lights?’ After all, you work very hard, don’t you? And, it does get quite dark at night, so what better way to illuminate a special spot indoors than with a set of string lights with natural brass sockets and black cloth twisted cord? Or a set of string lights with pink, yellow, orange, or many other lovely color sockets? The colors are a new addition (thank you onefortythree!). Wonderful evenings are sure to happen with any of these beauties above your head.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $105.00
    Available from: onefortythree

    Fair Trade Basket Collection

    Baskets aren’t usually the first thing you’ll find in a modern interior, but this Fair Trade Basket Collection possesses a sharp, sculptural quality that would do well whether used as objets d’art or as functional storage pieces. Made from palm wood, these baskets would normally warp over time, but Piet Hein Eek chose to specify thin slats strung together to allow for shrinking and expansion.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $129.00 - 263.00
    Available from: The Future Perfect

    Painted Plains Rug Collection by AVO

    If you’re a vegan or you’re opposed to leather in any way, shape or form, just admire the graphic patterns on these ‘rugs’ and skip on over to the next post. Okay, for the rest of us, let’s soak in the fact that these patterns are hand painted on leather hides. Hand painted. DIY-ers will have their thinking gears crunching, and everyone else will have to start saving their Benjamins, for the Painted Plains Collection by Avo does not come cheap. Hang one on the wall to admire or put one on the floor to (gingerly) walk on, either way your room won’t ever be described as boring.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $3,250.00 - 6,500. 00
    Available from: TRNK

    Aquabot

    How often are you out at the beach, campsite, or park and wish you had a garden hose to wash off dirt and grime? This is exactly where the Aquabot by Lunatec comes into play: it transforms your regular water bottle into a pressurized device, giving you the function of a portable hose/faucet/fountain/mister so you can use water efficiently. You might remember when it was a Kickstarter project, but it’s now available directly from Lunatec.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $24.00 - 29.00
    Available from: Lunatec

    FIELD Magnifier

    Don’t you dare say you have no need for a magnifier. What about those tiny hairs and freckles on your hand? The intricate markings of your own signature? The fuzzy anthers of a flower? Or the crisp text on that print out sitting on your desk? This heavy bronze magnifier designed by Daniel/Emma (in collaboration with Field) doubles as a paper weight and will keep your curiosity sharp.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $160.00
    Available from: FIELD