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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)

 
 

Theorem Desk Lamp

Inspired by the hypotenuse of a right triangle, this smaller LED lamp will tuck in nicely amongst your other desk items. You do remember what a hypotenuse is, right? The Theorem Desk Lamp from DAMM is made from hand turned solid Ash base, cerused (I had to look up what that meant), with a natural beeswax finish. And, if you’d like an alternate color scheme, there’s black as well. An alternate arm shape? Piazza.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $725.00
Available from: DAMM

FJU Desk

If you need an elegant, small desk that will fold away, then the FJU is for you. An invisible mechanism allows it to fold and lock vertically against the wall, with its underside serving as a small storage area for your laptop/tablet and your books, notepads and magazines. It’s a tidy, efficient workspace that will hopefully fit into the smallest of spots.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,310.00 - 2,425.00
Available from: Luminaire

Sambonet Terra.Cotto Cookware

Colorful cookware? Sure, why not? Sambonet’s Terra.Cotto Piral designs are “recognized as the highest quality terracotta cookware in the world able to withstand temperatures ranging from 250° C to 280°C in an oven or a microwave.” The materials are eco-friendly, so they’re a smart and easy addition to your collection of saucepans and pots.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95 - $385.95
Available from: Sambonet Shop

Douguya Stool

Just in case you’re in the market for a small stool, you should train your eyes towards the Douguya Stool. It’s a replica of a vintage design (of unknown origin) and shows honest construction paired with sturdy materials. The brass metal frame is finished with an urushi (Japanese lacquer) coat and topped with a seat of Nara wood. It sure looks like it could take a few punches and still look good as new, and who doesn’t want that?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $367.86
Available from: Analogue Life

PIFF Hooks

The all-black set of PIFF Hooks is decidedly suitable for many a modern interior, with its shiny Bakelite and ash posts capable of holding coats and scarves and other miscellany. However, if you don’t mind a bit of color, you absolutely have to consider the color sets: full red, orange/pink/purple, and pink/yellow/blue. So fun.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €98.00
Available from: Sylvain Willenz Shop

Peili Salad Servers

Salad servers? Yawn. That’s what you think until you have someone special over for dinner and you’re stuck serving a salad course with an ordinary fork and spoon. Come on, you can do better. Get yourself these affordable Peili ash wood servers, because they’re “aesthetically sophisticated” tools. Once you have these alongside your fine salad, you’ll have nothing but pride in how you host your guests at the table.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Luminaire

Grow Greenhouse

Anything that will help keep plants alive is pretty much a must-have, but this Grow Greenhouse has me itching to buy multiples. Two handmade glass parts combine to create a small nursery for beginning plants. A small valve on the top dome allows for air and moisture regulation, and a spout on the dome’s edge allows you to use it for watering. Smart, isn’t it?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $47.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

– A decent looking fitness tracker: Steel HR (via Forbes)

Michael K. Williams asks Michael K. Williams: You think I’m being typecast?

Cue: The Smart Cuckoo Clock

– Hmm. “Tell me what kinds of toxins are in your body, and I’ll tell you how much you’re worth,”

How the Design of Your Spoon Can Enhance the Taste of Food

The science of “hangry”

– Fun! Vintage Vogue Tattly

Enjoy your weekend.

Pupitre

Are you old enough to remember (or still use) an actual clipboard? I like how this molded plywood Pupitre* designed by José Cabrita functions sort of like a clipboard, without the clip. Sure, it holds your iPad or tablet upright handily enough with the slot in its curved surface, but that surface also gives you a place to take notes or stack your current papers and magazines. The curvature also makes it easy for you to grab the whole stack and move it from the table to the sofa, or from your desk to the conference room.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €90.00
Available from: Context

Linear Box Planter

We all know that simple, clean-cut planters aren’t abundant at the local plant nurseries. That’s probably why every time we run across one it’s a mad dash to see how much it is, what colors it comes in, and quick! buy it before someone else snatches it up. So, sure, we’re into the Linear Box Planter. Skinny, square legs, and a simple rectangular box, what’s not to like? It’s worth noting that the plywood box has an open bottom, with what looks like a metal cross bar for supporting your own pots in their not-so-pretty plastic.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $225.00
Available from: NewMadeLA

Piippu Pot

The Piippu Pot by Kaksikko looks a like a distant relative of the Svante Watering Can, no? Its shape and side handle reference traditional tea service, yet the addition of the filter holder makes it suitable for coffee as well. Each pot is crafted by hand by designer Salla Luhtasela and is available in a black engobe finish or white gas-fired porcelain.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Birch Coat Hook

There’s nothing complicated about this Birch Coat Hook. It’s made of two wooden dowels, so it’s simple and sturdy, and will have no trouble holding up your heavy coats and other entryway (or office) miscellany. The lower hook has its tip hand-painted in either white, teal, or gray for just a hint of contrast.

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Price: $50.00
Available from: urbancase

Knot Cushion

I bet this cushion would kick ass in a pillow fight, though you might prefer to take a nap instead as it looks so delightfully soft. Icelandic designer Ragnheiður Ösps Sigurðardóttir was making legs for stuffed teddy bears when inspiration hit: why not tie the flexible tubes into a knot? And this comfortable, soft, sculptural cushion is the result. Pretty fun, don’t you think?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $105.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Porter Paper Towel Holder

If you saw this sitting on a kitchen counter, would you immediately know what it was? Probably not, especially if it wasn’t wearing the item it was designed to hold. Yep, it’s a paper towel holder, quite possibly the only one that doesn’t offend a design snob. The top of the rod bends to lock in the paper towel roll; the bent top also functions as a handle.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Transience Mirrors

The tonal colors on the handmade Transience Mirrors involve a little chemistry. Sulfur is used to create layers of color; the longer the chemical is left to oxidize, the deeper the color. With repeating geometric shapes reinforcing each mirror’s perimeter, you’ll have a strong visual statement fit for any room. The hard part will be choosing your favorite- in addition to the Large Mirror Circle you see above, there’s the smaller Mirror Circle, the Large Mirror Rectangle, the Large Mirror Triangle, the Large Cubic Mirror, and the Mirror Linear.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,850.00
Available from: MATTER