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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)

 
 

Friday Links

  • Projecteo: The tiny instagram projector (via @uncrate)
  • A look inside the preserved suitcases of early 20th-century asylum patients (via @Quarterly)
  • Why Social-Media Shaming Is OK (via @nytimesbits)
  • Impressive tattooed space sleeve by Dan Henk over at itsokaytobesmart.
  • world’s first 3D photo booth prints personal miniature figures
  • Man Made Moon: St Paul’s as Selenosphere
  • Cute Cassette Tape pouches by Lindsey Porter on Kickstarter
  • Crashing Cell Phone Conversations Prank
  • How To Email Your Family After You Die
  • NASA’s Spot the Station service sends you an email or text message a few hours before the space station passes over your house. (via Open Culture)
  • Have a lovely weekend, as usual.

    Handmade Leather Key Holder

    The ever-present key conundrum: how to keep your keys organized without looking like a janitor? This key holder is made from rugged leather and holds your keys in a slender profile; there’ll be no jingling/jangling about like you should have a mop and bucket nearby. Thanks to custom set screws, your keys are stacked together in the case- which protects your bag or pocket contents from those unfortunate scratched surfaces – and at the ready to swing out for use. The corners are embossed with the words “Home,” “Office,” “Door,” and “Ignition” for quick reference.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $59.00
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

    iCorkCase

    If you’re the type that wants extra insurance for your precious iPad, take a look at this faceted case made of cork from pomm* design studio. It’s pretty thick, so you know it’ll absorb the day-to-day minor shocks and bumps, and the faceted feature might give you a few ‘oh-that’s-cool’ comments. It’s not cheap, but it does win points for its sculptural form.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $70.00
    Available from: pomm* design studio

    Tank Cig Packs

    What!? Cigarettes! No, no, no, remember that these are books, shrunken, unabridged editions in a paper cigarette box that’s easy to carry around and much better for your health. And, yes, we posted these last year, but they get another shot in the spotlight because they’re a crazy good gift or stocking stuffer. Available individually or in a set of 6 (see below).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $72.00 for 6 pack
    Available from: The Vitrine

    Tessello Table Legs

    Noah Lambert has added a great leg option to the marketplace: the Tessello. Sold as a set of 3 for $90 (or a set of 4 for $120) it’s a pretty affordable option, especially if you already have a table that just needs a makeover in the leg department. Media center, coffee table, nightstand, you name it, the legs are a no-brainer for an easy update, as you’d only need a drill/screwdriver and screws or bolts to attach them to your choice of table top. Each leg is cut from a sheet of .1875″ thick steel and bent with a custom jig to insure uniformity.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $90.00
    Available from: Noah Lambert

    Pins by Macon and Lesquoy

    As you might have noticed, gift guides are popping up all over the place. We’ll have some wishlists/gift guides just like last year in the upcoming weeks, but until then, keep these pins by Macon and Lesquoy on your radar. They’re intended purely for fun, and, as they’re quite small (~1″- 2″), could be easily worn on shirts, jackets, and bags. Perfect for co-workers, friends, etc.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00 - 30.00
    Available from: Greener Grass Design

    Sum Shelving System

    How about some asymmetrical shelving for your storage needs? Made of solid cherry, the Sum Shelving System attaches to the wall with brass fixings. Three of the four sides of each shelf have a special groove that allows endless configurations, so you’ll have a multitude of arrangements to choose from depending on your needs. Build it up vertically, horizontally, diagonally- whichever way you prefer. Sold as a set of 3.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $395.00
    Available from: shopHORNE.com

    Stella Arianna Stovetop Espresso Maker

    Like your espressos but hate your machine? Or, like your espressos but can’t be bothered to buy a machine? Take a look at this stovetop espresso maker and see if it doesn’t tempt you with the idea of a DIY espresso-driven bliss each and every morning. There are four sizes available (2-cup, 4-cup, 6-cup and 10-cup, all measured in tiny espresso cups, mind you, not standard baking measures) and a special filter in the funnel can be flipped to make half the amount if you should so choose.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $129.00
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

    Vers 1Q

    Oh, what a tempting, tiny speaker. There’s the choice of hand-crafted Walnut or Bamboo case, and sure, that looks pretty good, but the point of that wood/bamboo is the natural acoustic properties. Also, check out the size: 3″ X 3″ X 3″. Compact. Of course, it has integrated Bluetooth (what speaker nowadays doesn’t?) and it delivers enough sound to fill a decently sized space. Other standout bullet points are its 30′ range and estimated 10+ hours of battery life.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $119.00
    Available from: BiteMyApple

    United States Flashcards

    I picture these simple United States Flashcards being used before touch-screens and other hi-tech devices. Why not bring back some old-school schooling? Might make a nice gift to your favorite niece/nephew/child (if they appreciate flash-card variety games) or, hey, be selfish and use them decoratively. The Alphabet Flashcards are equally appealing (shown below).
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $42.00 - 68.00
    Available from: Michele Varian

    Stainless Steel Bonsai Shears

    Make Magazine’s recent mention of Bonsai Shears brought to mind one of my own recent experiences. For a while now I’ve attempted to keep alive a variety of plants, and I’ve been somewhat successful. However, out of all those experiences, perhaps the most disappointing was losing a small bonsai tree to the Texas weather (and my ineptitude).

    A recent find of the Jabily succulent (Operculicarya decaryi), which can be grown as a bonsai and is easy to care for (lots of sun, lots of water), has offered redemption. Before the Jabily, I had two okay-ish pruners: one of which I never used because it was cheap and didn’t work well, and the other I reluctantly used, but it wasn’t exactly ergonomic. After the Jabily, I obtained two pairs of Japanese stainless steel butterfly scissors* of different size and function; I’m serious this time.

    Having the right tool for the right job makes a difference, as you may know, and the proper pruning scissors I purchased work better and will last longer than my previous pairs. Also, as it often happens, because I invested a little more money I find myself taking extra care to wipe the blades and keep them in tip-top shape.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $37.11
    Available from: Japanese-Cutlery.com

    Si-Bottles and Lids, Set of 4

    Yeah, you remember these, don’t you? They’ve been featured here before (years ago) and therefore need a fresh post with a link that works. They’re glass bottles in the same shape as the familiar plastic bottle, thus drawing attention to consumerism and reinforcing the reuse/recycle ethos. But it’s made of glass, you say, and will break! Not necessarily, as the bottles are made from borosilicate glass (the same stuff your Pyrex measuring cup is made of).

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $108.00
    Available from: YLiving

    Diamond Hooks

    Ferm Living’s Diamond Hooks look good with or without clothes (just like you, right?). Two or three sets scattered all over an entryway wall would serve as wall art when not being utilized as coat/clothes/bag hook. Three hooks in one set.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $75.00
    Available from: Ferm Living

    Scaffolding Floor and Table Lamp

    Update: Do you happen to remember the Scaffolding Lamps by Rodger Stevens? Well, check out the current sale prices: Scaffolding Floor Lamp $499.99, Scaffolding Table Lamp $299.99. Quite a discount from the previously listed prices in ’09 (below).

    How absolutely wonderful are these lamps by Rodger Stevens? I’ll tell you how wonderful they are: they’re the sort of lamps you’d buy without thinking about how you can’t afford them because they are freaking amazing, that’s how.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $299.00
    Available from: Green Depot

    Hola Doormat

    Give this to your favorite Republican and be prepared for an awkward thanks. Or just buy it as a friendly welcome mat for all your guests; either way, it’ll clean shoes regardless of political affiliation.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $50.00
    Available from: Gessato