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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)

 
 

BassamFellows Sharp Series

Yes, the boxes shown above are a bit skewed to the right; it’s not in your head. Each Sharp Box is carved from a solid piece of wood (there’s part of the price explanation) and intended as a modular system for desktop or bathroom. The slightly slanted nature defines the collection and adds a note of humor to your small storage needs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00 - 720.00
Available from: SUITE New York

Losanges Rug

Pair Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec with the Nani Marquina rug team and what’s the result? Awesomeness, of course.

The Losanges is a reinterpretation of the traditional Persian rug using the kilim technique. Kilim rugs are pretty flat, as you might know, because the strands are tightly interwoven and there’s no pile (cushiness). In this kilim rug, 13 colors are combined through a geometrical rhombus shape, all handwoven by Northern Pakistan craftsmen. Now, maybe if you’re very talented, you can confidently say that you could weave something as impressive as this with your hands, but I sure as you-know-what can’t, so I understand the higher price point. Technically complex, indeed.
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Price: $4,836.00 - 14,359.00
Available from: YLiving

Swell Sofa

This Swell Sofa has some serious curves that catch the eye. Just add a cartoon character with a bike pump beside the image above, and you’ll get the idea- it’s a playful take on a minimal form, with super stuffed cushions that are inviting you and I to take a seat, take some time, and relax already. ‘Swell’ refers to rising bread in the oven, if you prefer that visual. And, equally impressive, it’s available in 21 colors.
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Price: $3,850.00
Available from: Normann Copenhagen

The Simon, iPad Case

Remember the crocheted laptop case (The Steven) from Krochet Kids International? Well, there’s iPad and iPad Mini sleeves as well, and remember, not only will each sleeve protect your device, but with each purchase you’re empowering the people of Uganda to rise above poverty. That’s what we call a win/win situation.

There’s also a couple of crocheted clutches (The Auburn and The Wendy), a card/coin purse (The Dixon), and various other clothing, hats, and accessories worth checking out.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Available from: Krochet Kids International

Mirror Shelf

It’s just a mirror with a small shelf for keys and other small things, yet its slight angular design and assembly are noteworthy for their stylish simplicity. Also, if you visit Golden Biscotti’s site, do check out the natural straws and round cushion.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: Golden Biscotti

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    Enjoy your weekend!

    MG501 Cuba Chair

    Say ‘folding chair’ and you immediately think of the cheap aluminum sort found at various community gatherings. Lucky you, just because your home is spatially challenged doesn’t mean you have to resort to those ugly things; take a look at the MG501 Cuba Chair by Morten Gottler. It’s light and flexible, and can easily fold up for storage- in a closet or hung on a wall. Natural cotton webbing straps provide support and comfort. Made in Denmark by Carl Hansen & Son.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $745.00
    Available from: SUITE New York

    Capello Lamp

    Let’s just get this straight: this lamp is $160. Compared to the Love Letter Light (also by molo), which ran around the $400 mark, that’s a bargain. Now, consider its marble base, which is actually a byproduct from the base for the Arco floor lamp designed by the Castiglioni brothers. Next, the little paper cap (“cappello” in Italian) is attached to the steel wire with a simple magnetic connection, which allows you to slide and tilt it into any position. Do you remember that it costs $160? Such a nice price for a lovely little lamp. And, if you like, you can remove the steel wire and paper cap to move the light to other places, say, a wine bottle or a small hole drilled into a wood surface. More shots below.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $160.00
    Available from: molostore

    Timo Termo glasses

    These glasses have a spiral silicone layer, ensuring that you’ll have a better grip on hot or cold (or slippery) beverages. It’s a pretty simple idea that’s executed elegantly. The Timo glass is also heat resistant.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $78.00 for s/4
    Available from: Plastica Shop

    Isoline Travel Set

    If you have half a grand to spare, then you’ll probably want to spend it on a travel pillow and blanket, because, hey, why not? In reality, if you are actually in the market for a travel set, you’ll definitely be able to find several that are in the two digit price range, but I’d wager you’ll not find many that have such a pleasing geometric pattern. There’s also a pocket inside the blanket for your phone or eye mask- clearly that warrants the extra few hundred, right? Perhaps add it to your list of things to buy when you get your next raise/promotion/winning lottery ticket.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $495.00
    Available from: HORNE

    City Boy Picnic Grill

    Talk about a truly portable little grill, this one designed by Klaus Aalto measures 7.1″ x 7.1″ with a height of 8.7″. I don’t know about you, but that might just be the smallest (decent) grill I’ve ever seen. If you’re still planning on picnicking in the park this summer, it’d be worth the money.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $229.00
    Available from: Finnish Design Shop

    Ready Hook with Mirror

    Why not combine a coat hook and mirror? After all, we all need an extra glance at ourselves to make sure we’re presentable. The rounded shape of the hook ensures your coat collar or scarf will keep its shape. Available in six colors.
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    Price: $53.00
    Available from: Normann Copenhagen

    Tablo Tables

    These tables have that soft minimal look that’s often hard to find. The rounded wooden legs contrast nicely to the sharp edged plastic top, and you’ll also be happy to hear the legs are easy to assemble for transport or storage. Available in large or small, black or white.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $309.00 - 549.00
    Available from: Finnish Design Shop

    Hardiman Street Extension

    Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s got the most spatial tricks of them all? Not only is this extension by ODR architects in Melourne, Australia, superbly done (just take a look at the before picture), but they’ve also employed mirrors in various areas to increase visual space and light. Case in point, the kitchen backsplash and on walls- both of which trick the eye into seeing double the space. And, if you’ve got any bad memories of 80’s interiors that used mirrors in an unfortunate way, this place will have you seeing shiny, reflective surfaces in an entirely new light. A few more photos below from Architectism.
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    Cylinder Shakers

    You’ve seen these before, but now these salt and pepper shakers from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio have black and white high density food-safe plastic cores so you know which one’s which. No messing around with extraneous design elements here- just the bare-bones cylinder will do, with a cork stopper plug to keep contents inside. Available in Copper, Brass, and Aluminum with a radial polish and protective coating to maintain shine.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $70.00
    Available from: Ladies & Gentlemen Studio