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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)

 
 

LSTN Headphones

If guitars, drums, violins, and many other instruments are made of wood, why aren’t most headphones? Wood offers more resonance than plastic or metal, so it makes sense to incorporate them into a listening device so near and dear to our ears. And, with every pair you purchase, LSTN sends the proceeds to charity partners for the deaf, so that one child gets medical attention and a custom fit hearing aid on your behalf. A win/win situation, I believe.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00 - 99.99
Available from: LSTN

Cielo Pendant Light

Flat-panel LED technology makes quite the difference, as seen in the specs of this Cielo Pendant Light. It lasts for 50 thousand hours or 25 years of daily use. Pretty different from those regular bulbs we all had (and may still have) in our homes. LED technology has allowed this efficiency, and in the case of this lamp, it used only 8 watts of power. Contrast that with a regular 60 watt bulb and you’ll understand the savings. As an extra bonus, the Cielo is glare free, warm (color temperature: 3000K), and dimmable.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $235.00
Available from: A+R Store

Kukka Blocks Desk Set

Remember the Kukka Blocks? Well, they’re now on a slight sale- and yes, it’s a very slight sale- but you’ll at least be able to buy a few coffees with the savings, so that’s something. Because the Kukka set is modular, you can move the 4 pieces around to make it fit your own personal preferences. Also available directly from Kukka for £ 60.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $72.25
Available from: Vetted

Friday Links

  • Do you love the color of the sky? (and then, 24 Hour Sky Ring (via it’s okay to be smart))
  • Foldboat
  • Funny/weird: Nina Conti’s Human Puppet Ventriloquist Act at the Apollo
  • Carved & painted books from Guy Laramee (via likeafieldmouse)
  • PocketBands on Kickstarter
  • Letters From Kids to God
  • Indigogo: A better Mouse Trap
  • Julius Caesar was assassinated on this day in 44 BC.
  • Gabriele Galimberti’s Toy Stories (via kottke)
  • Have a nice weekend!

    Simple Shelf

    Sure, a simple shelf sounds okay, but then you see the frame sort of floats away from the wall, and that means extra dimension. Not an extra dimension (don’t get too excited), just extra dimension, as in, a pinch of optical illusion when you walk by. The robots and bus make it look perfect for a kid’s room, but the collectors among us know an extra shelf or two means room to show off those few valuables/momentos that are worth keeping.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Bdoja Chair

    Hmm, what’s this? A big ball of yarn? Not quite, though on first glance the assumption is understandable. It’s a chair hand-knitted with cotton cord by a group of women of Mexican-descent in Los Angeles, California. Amaya Gutierrez, the designer, works with this team to produce textiles inspired from her home town in Oaxaca, Mexico. Gutierrez aims for style and durability in all of her products with hopes it will limit further consumption in future years. A worthwhile goal, for sure.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,800.00
    Available from: Komai

    2213 House Numbers

    How about some new numbers to update your home’s facade? You just can’t go wrong with these very cool numbers from 2213. They’re made of steel and powder coated, so they may even last longer than your house. And, don’t tell anyone else, but I think these might just be slightly better than the styling of the Neutra Numbers. (sacrilege!)
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: 2213

    DS Kit 03

    How about a little DIY lighting? Dino Sanchez has added a new (and affordable) table lamp to brighten up any small, dreary spot. All the pieces are included, so just add your own elbow grease and in no time at all you’ll have your lamp assembled. (Available for pre-order; it will begin shipping 03/25/2013.)
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $75.00
    Available from: Dino Sanchez

    Seattle Indoor-Outdoor Rug

    What’s better than a black and white patterned rug? A reversible, indoor-outdoor black and white patterned rug, of course. Recycled polypropylene won’t be the softest on the soles of your feet, but the trade off is that you simply hose it down to clean. That means toting it out to the patio, park or beach is perfectly acceptable, if not encouraged.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $89.95
    Available from: CB2

    Mast Humidifier

    If you hadn’t seen the title, would you have known what this was? This guy is probably one of the more elegant humidifiers out there, as it allows water to diffuse into the air through its thinly sliced hinoki (Japanese cypress) ‘mast’, thus accelerating moisture diffusion tenfold. Of course, if you need a beefier, electronic humidifier, do consider the Drop ($49), the Anton Ultrasonic Humidifier ($139), or the Takumi Chimney ($200).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $109.00
    Available from: IPPINKA

    Automatic

    Just when you thought your smartphone had enough wizardry, it goes and upgrades your car’s capabilities. The Automatic Link uses your smartphone to ‘talk’ to your car’s onboard computer, learning your driving style and scoring you on gas efficiency. What else? It can detect crashes (and immediately report it to 911 and text your loved ones), help you understand what the ‘check engine’ light means, and will always remember where you parked. That, in itself, might be worth the cost alone for some of us.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $69.95
    Available from: Automatic

    Acapulco Black/Blue Lounge Chair

    And so the intrigue continues over the pricing of the Acapulco Chair. Such mystery! That sounds a little like the title of a paragraph intended for a bilingual learning exercise, but nonetheless, just do a quick search and see the prices out there online. $400 – $500? No thank you, not when it’s $249 from this retailer. Craziness.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $249.00
    Available from: CB2

    Muir Reclaimed Wall Coat Rack

    New stuff may be arriving left and right for the spring season, but let’s not forget there’s always a need for appropriate coat racks by the front door. This one from Amenity Home has a smart storage slot for mail and papers that’ll be handy long past the cold, dark days of winter. Handcrafted from reclaimed wood, you have a choice between a 42″ or 54″ size, or, if needed, custom sizes are also available.

    Available in Natural and Walnut.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $197.00 - 233.00
    Available from: Amenity Home

    SOCCKET

    And you thought the soccer ball was just a soccer ball. Well, thanks to the company Uncharted Play it can be much, much more. The SOCCKET is soccer ball that harnesses and stores energy. Thanks to a pendulum-like mechanism inside the SOCCKET, a mere 30 minutes of play can generate a simple LED lamp for 3 hours. Innovative idea, isn’t it? An off-grid power source is obviously needed in many areas of the world, and by pledging $99 or more, you’ll help get more of these where they need to be- and you’ll receive your very own SOCCKET (with LED Lamp) to use. Spread the word.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $99.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Farm Messenger Bag

    Still looking for a decent messenger bag? A bit picky, aren’t we now? That’s okay, because you should be when it comes to the bag you carry around most everyday. This flap front, messenger style bag is made of heavy cotton duck and natural HF leather for a utilitarian look, feel, and function. Two large compartments and two smaller pockets keep things partitioned on the inside with a snap front closure to keep your belongings secured. And, if you’d rather rock a different style bag with the same sort of look, MAKR has a ruck sack, tote, and satchel as well.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $195.00
    Available from: MAKR