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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)

 
 

Holo Tape Dispenser

Is there anything wrong with your tape dispenser? Because if there is, you have an excellent reason to try out this circular approach by the Japanese brand METAPHYS. Not only does the case allow you to hold the dispenser firmly in your hand, but it also lends itself to easily hang on a hook. Less desktop clutter = excellent.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Leibal

Hand Carved Geometry Stamp Set

Just try not wanting this Geometry Stamp set, I dare you. Think of the reports you could stamp, the note to your boss or accountant! Oh, the fun to be had with an ink pad and a little geometry! Each set is hand-carved in good-quality hard rubber, and don’t be shy about asking for custom stamps as the artist welcomes commissions.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: this is just to say

Peg Lounge Chair, Set of 2

The Peg Lounge Chair, you say, haven’t we featured that before? Nope, we’ve featured the Peg Chair, but not the lounge version. Dixon wanted a mix of of traditional pub furniture with a modern edge, and this durable chair was the end result. And, good news, the price listed is for two chairs, so no googly eyes needed. The dark brown finish is intended to deepen with age and was particularly chosen as an antithesis to the recent Scandinavian blond wood furniture craze (which is still acceptable in many interiors, of course).
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Price: $1,400.00 set/2
Available from: YLiving

Potoru Kettle

Come on, you knew there would be yet another tea kettle sometime soon. It’s sort of a favorite subject around here. This classic kettle is made of porcelain enamelware and features the requisite handle and spout (the ‘I’m a Little Teapot’ song should be playing in your head right about now…) and comes in the 5 semi-expected colors found in most kitchens.
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Price: $125.00
Available from: UNIONMADE

11+ Felt Case

Minimalists, do not despair, for your iPad/Macbook Air 11″/Galaxy Tablet need not go without protection in your bag or desk drawer. There’s a super simple felt case for your precious device, and don’t worry, it’s not too terribly expensive. Various pockets keep your smaller items organized and one inside pocket even serves as a mousepad if you need it. Designed by Cloud&Co for 11+.
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Price: $55.00
Available from: Leibal

Cosmonaut Stylus

Oh, Cosmonaut, where have you been? Whoops, wrong idea, let’s try that again.

Oh, Cosmonaut, where have you been? It’s such a pain researching styli (or, as you might call them, styluses). Various opinions and reviews send a lesser person into a tailspin, fit to swear off any device-writing-implement for the foreseeable future. However, there’s this simple, dry-erase-marker-like stylus that saves us from relying on our clumsy fingers. A comfortable rubber grip means it’s easy to handle by adults or kids (with or without gloves, mind you), and it’ll work on almost every capacitive touch screen device.
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Price: $24.99
Available from: BiteMyAppleco

Legs Crossed Desk

Legs crossed or leapfrog, either way these legs are something different in desk design. Close inspection shows well constructed joints that ensure balance and stability despite the initial precarious impression. Side by side drawers will hold essentials while a two-toned oak and black walnut mix further add to the desk’s animated appearance.
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Price: $1,235.00
Available from: YLiving

50% off Books at Cooper-Hewitt Shop

If you have any desire for a few more design/art books to flip through for inspiration, the Cooper-Hewitt Shop is offering 50% off all books. Enter ‘BOOKS50%’ at checkout.
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Price: $50% off
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Array Pendant

Bend has truly excellent seating options in a few lucky shades of pop-out color, so it should be no surprise that they add this extra special spherical pendant to their collection. At 18″ x 22″, it’s the right sort of size for a mid-sized dining area, and the gridded galvanized iron does no harm in casting patterns across a wall. Available in white or fluorescent green/yellow.
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Price: $995.00
Available from: Bend

rootcup

I’ve attempted to grow new plants from cuttings and I’ve been successful about 30% of the time, mostly because I forget to keep the cuttings watered appropriately and also because I keep sticking them in nice little glass jars that let in too much light. Here’s betting that this rootcup will increase my odds significantly. The elastomer pot and lid protects a cutting’s roots from light, holds the leaves above the water to prevent rotting, and captures water to reduce attention needed. Those three things will have us propagating all sorts of cuttings like a pro.
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Price: $5.00 - 14.00
Available from: rootcup

PuzzleMap

This certainly isn’t the only puzzle that features a major city, but it is one of the few that looks like it came from somewhere other than the dollar store. Maybe you don’t want to spend $20 on a puzzle, but consider the fact that putting together pieces of a city might just etch that city into your brain, making it easier to get around whether you live there or if/when you plan a visit. Also, in my experience, puzzles are always surprisingly nice to have at family gatherings, giving hands something to do while conversation comes and goes.

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Phonekerchief Valentines Day Set

You say you care, but show him/her you mean it with a cellphone signal-blocking hanky. That’s right, it’s a nylon and silver handkerchief that blocks all cell signals and says so with the phrase “My Phone is Off For You” just in case you or your significant other forgets what it’s doing wrapped around your phone. You could also purchase it for someone that is on their phone ALL the freaking time as a big hint that their habit is rude and annoying. The ‘Phonekerchief’ comes with a chocolate bar to soften the blow or, more likely, just to make it a more typical Valentine’s gift.

Note: Or, instead, just make a habit of turning off your phone or putting it on silent, which would obviously be a better method of conveying your attention to your companion(s). Hopefully those around you will get the hint to do the same.
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Price: $34.00
Available from: ahalife

The Made Collection

Here’s another chance to back a project on Kickstarter, and this time you’ll end up with some lovely wood home accessories. The V-Tray and Bowl are shown above, and the S&P Shakers, SQ Trivet, and Paddle Coathooks (shown below) are equally impressive for their simplicity and craftsmanship. By pre-ordering pieces of this collection you’re backing the current and future work of David Okum, and, if these pieces are anything to go by, that’s a sound investment.
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Price: $35.00 +
Available from: Kickstarter

Custom Silhouette Mug

Now, don’t go thinking silhouettes on mugs are only for parents. We all know you have enough imagination to think of some pretty good options for silhouettes for friends and family (a dance move? pets? inappropriate hand gestures? etc.) and there’s no reason to not immortalize said silhouette on a mug. It’s the perfect gift that’ll seem uninspiring until they see the custom image- then it’ll be awesome. (‘oh, it’s a mug…how nice…OH-MY-GOD-it’s-a-mug-with-so-and-so-doing-the-ROBOT! HAhaha!’ etc.)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Custom Silhouette Mug here

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