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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)

 
 

Soap Stones

I know, I know, your hands are clean enough, but wouldn’t it be nice to keep them clean with soaps that look like gemstones? I think so, but maybe you’d prefer to keep them as your ‘fancy’ soaps for guests, as they’re sort of special. All are handcrafted, all natural, vegetable-based soaps, and they’re made and hand cut in PELLE’s Brooklyn studio.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00+
Available from: Pelle

Friday Links

  • The Knoll Classics Sale begins today, February 20, and lasts through March 3. Save 15% and get free shipping on most items.
  • Beam: The smart projector that fits in any light socket. You’ll see this posted next week.
  • Zoomable 9 billion pixel photo of a Milky Way
  • Warming Huts
  • How loud is the U.S.?
  • Atomic Overlook: 12 – Clay Lipsky
  • UK government sets 2020 deadline to end replica furniture production
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    That’s it for this week. Have a nice weekend.

    Little Bishop Ceiling Hook

    Here’s a worthy pursuit: design a better option for placing light fixtures. Yes, you could call an electrician and spend hundreds of dollars. You could also buy a cheap brass hook and knot your cord’s fixture to keep it in place. Neither are ideal, but both are entirely feasible. Now you can add one more possibility to the mix. The Little Bishop Ceiling Hook aims to provide a hook specifically for cable hung pendant lights. This hook is shaped and cast by hand, with an elegant solution to wrap the cord around itself for a seamless installation. It might not fit every lighting situation, but for more temporary solutions on pendant light placement, it’s seems like a smart choice.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Pon – The Punctureless Push Pin

    So smart! The Pon is a punctureless push pin by Mark Weiser. Instead of piercing your paper/photo/item, it hugs the item you want to display, thus keeping your item free of holes. Simply slide whatever you want to display inside the coil and then slide it out when you’re done looking at it. Back the project over at Kickstarter.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $7.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Animal Box: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists

    I love, love, love this Animal Box full of postcards. Ten different artists have contributed their illustrations of all sorts of animals. Simply flip through the box to find the one that best suits your correspondence and prove to your family and friends that snail mail can be fun. Thanks to the colorful array of characters, there’s a good chance your postcard will be pinned up as art or kept as a keepsake.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.95
    Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

    Daphine Floor Lamp Classic Reading Lamp

    What is that floor lamp that keeps showing up in Vincent Van Duysen’s interiors? Why, I was wondering the same thing, as the name wouldn’t quite make itself known amongst the other many products committed to memory. It’s the Daphine Floor Lamp Classic Reading Lamp by Tommaso Cimini, and, yes, I kind of want one too. In production since 1975, the Daphine Terra Classic has a small shade and delicate joints offset by a chunkier base. Its light spreads overly wide, and is adjustable in two steps. While I’d opt for the black (as Van Duysen does), there’s also a white and nickel-plated option.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $404.63 - 497.12
    Available from: Ambiente Direct

    Japanese Porcelain Lidded Bowls

    Each piece of this collection is a hybrid of fine porcelain and durable stoneware. The proprietary blend of local clay from Hasami, Nagasaki gives the pieces a soft and smooth touch, yet you’ll find that they’re strong and robust enough for daily use. The collection nests for neat storage and the ash wood lids double as a serving tray, plate, or trivet. Designed in Los Angeles by Taku Shinomoto and made in Japan.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $54.00 - 125.00
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

    Bibliotheca Wallpaper by Ekaterina Panikanova

    Old books! On your wall! With large paintings by Ekaterina Panikanova! I’m a little more excited about the books than the paintings (nothing against Ms. Panikanova, the paintings are lovely) but, hey, I’ll take ‘em as intended. The wallpaper is heavy-duty, and is even washable with a soft cloth, so don’t be too terribly precious about where it is installed. Also, pay attention to the explanation of how the mural is laid out; it can be a tiny bit confusing at first glance.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $153.00
    Available from: NLXL

    Moon Phase Dishes

    How about a little lunar imagery on your dishes? This stoneware set has black painted moon phases, and, as each dish is around 3.5″ in diameter, they would be a good fit in the kitchen for smaller portions (snacks) or in a dressing area for coins, jewelry, and other small pocket contents.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $100.00
    Available from: Magpie & Rye

    Urban Garden Standard Planter

    The Urban Garden Standard Planter from Glowpear might just change the way you garden. It’s appropriate for indoor or outdoor use, and, best of all, it has self-watering system that allows plants to take as much hydration as they need. Simply top up the water reservoir (or water as usual through the soil) and make sure there’s appropriate sunlight and you’ll have a robust little garden to give you vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00
    Available from: Glowpear

    Plywood Print Stool by Piet Hein Eek

    I promised to post these Plywood Print Stools by Piet Hein Eek this past Friday, and here they are, in all their glory, with a retail link and everything. You can buy them directly from NLXL for $219, which isn’t bad considering what Eek’s other pieces cost.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $219.00
    Available from: NLXL

    Friday Links

    Friday links are back. Hooray!

  • Toy Rail Tracks Patterns
  • Drywall wallpaper
  • Butter and cheese may not be so bad for you after all, study says (!)
  • Anderssen & Voll indoor gardening collection
  • Plywood Print Stool collection by Piet Hein Eek (this will most likely be a post next week)
  • Old Windows Cabinet by Piet Hein Eek. Someone, please buy this and send me a picture so I can envy you.
  • “When I Left the House it Was Still Dark”
  • Seven Habits of Optimistic People
  • Brutal London Cut-out Models
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    Enjoy your weekend.

    SkyBell Video Doorbell

    It’s about freaking time. Often when we search for a home tech product, nothing pops up that looks good (or gets good reviews). That’s been my experience when searching for home security, more specifically, video cameras at the entryway. I know some of my neighbors have spent thousands of dollars on a whole home security package just so they can see a person at their front door. If they were patient, they could have saved a lot of money by trying out this $200 doorbell.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00
    Available from: Skybell

    Blackline Collection from Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

    If I were one to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I would give one of these cutting boards from the Blackline Collection to my love. Why? Because they’re black, like my heart. Just kidding. The pieces of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.’s Blackline Collection aren’t painted or stained, instead, a natural reactive process is used to obtain a distinctive dark finish. This finish is durable and food-safe, as the source of the dye “comes from within the wood itself.” Pretty impressive, and altogether lovely.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00 - 350.00
    Available from: Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

    Easy Mirror

    Stainless steel mirrors are a smart purchase- you’d have to try hard to break them, of course, and they could also possibly double as a weapon. Those two things aside, this Easy Mirror designed by Jamie Wolfond is also really convenient for the glamorous sort of vagabond. Simply press the leg outward to make it stand vertical, then press it back flat when it’s time to pack it away.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: SFMOMA Museum Store