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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)

 
 

Friday Links

  • Video: Bionic legs/exoskeleton developed by Richard Little
  • Roman Ondak, Measuring the Universe via @designcrush
  • WattzOn provides info and guidance on how to conserve energy and save money.
  • The Ghosts Of Google Street View by Italian artist Paolo Cirio.
  • Irving Harper’s place is pretty cool. (Paper sculptures!)
  • Korable Block is an interactive tool for learning the Korean alphabet. It also looks rad.
  • Uh-oh. Image: Worst iPhone 5 delivery experience of all time via @bookofjoe
  • So simple, so smart: wooden bicycle carrying device
  • CERN Data Turned into Melody
  • Enjoy your weekend!

    HM Select Eames Wire Base Low Table

    Just when you thought you were well over any (more) Eames furniture, Herman Miller goes and tempts you with a limited edition of the Wire Base Low Table in red, blue, and yellow. These tables are in honor of the late Ray Eames (she would have been 100 this year) and are only available for a limited time, so, if you’re a fan, and the primary colors get your ‘must-have-this-immediately’ juices flowing, get a move on and add one to your cart.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $294.00
    Available from: DWR

    CATS LET NOTHING DARKEN THEIR ROAR 2013

    It’s time for the eighth edition of Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar Calendar. That’s right, twelve new phrases to greet you each month, in four colors on uncoated stock. Only 750 were made, so best get one now while the getting’s good.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00
    Available from: CATS LET NOTHING DARKEN THEIR ROAR

    Hearty Table

    However you feel about the Novogratz duo, they do know how to pick pieces with character. This table for CB2 is based on their own French antique lab table, and, as you can see, has two drawers on each side that will hold cutlery, table linens, and all manner of family miscellany, as the case may be. The top is solid acacia wood with a bottom iron stretcher base.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,299.00
    Available from: CB2

    Love Letter Napkins

    Need some new napkins? How about some that carry the complete text of a few love letters? Not just any love letters, mind you, but those from a literary great. One letter each from Emily Dickenson, Jack London, Mark Twain, and D.H. Lawrence, spelled out in their full glory. It’ll at least give you something to read when dinner conversation lags, right? If you’d like a preview of what each letter says, here you go.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $Set of 4, 48.00
    Available from: Uncommon Goods

    Coatrack Dots

    Guess what? These Coatrack Dots are on sale, and even though it’s just a little bit of a sale, it means you’ll have a few extra dollar bills. And maybe those extra dollar bills you can put in your pocket, maybe even your coat pocket, and then hang that coat on one of these various Coatrack Dots and be oh-so-pleased with yourself. Take note that the rounded edges keep your attire from getting those weird bumps that often occur when you use smaller pegs and hooks.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $126.65
    Available from: DWR

    Pi Glassware

    As the retailer says, “Mix your drinks with a bit of math.” Just don’t start the conversation off by asking people if they’ve memorized the first hundred digits, because that’s a bit of a turn off. There’s also a Pi Kitchen Towel ($25), if that’s more your style. Glasses are etched.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00 - 36.00
    Available from: theuncommongreen

    Channel Task and Reading Lamp

    How about some lighting from Rich Brilliant Willing for this Wednesday afternoon? The Channel lamps are fit for many a modern interior, thanks to their minimal silhouette and material mix. High efficiency LEDs are set up in a linear configuration and housed in an aluminum channel (clue as to where the lamps get their names); add a vertical wood dowel and a circular metal base and, ta-da, you have your minimal light source that’s perfect for a desktop or reading chair, depending on the version you choose.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $575.00 - 750.00
    Available from: RichBrilliantWilling.com

    Tie Tea Mug

    A handy little tab on this mug keeps your teabag from falling into your cup. Pretty simple solution to an annoying little problem, isn’t it? Just tie your teabag around the tab and it’ll stay put while you pour, stir, etc. Might be a thoughtful gift for the tea aficionado in your life? Holiday season is just around the corner, if you can believe it.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00
    Available from: Molecule

    Sfelt Table

    Here’s a relatively simple idea executed well: a removable felt wrap protects the table’s surface from feet, drinks, laptops, etc. The handier among us might replicate this idea on our own coffee tables, but don’t discount the table under the smart felt idea just yet. It’s solid walnut with nicely curved TIG-welded steel legs, so it’ll stand the test of time while easily living up to its name.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $995.00
    Available from: Ample Furniture

    Curve BT iDock

    For those of us that rely on our mobile phones for most, if not all, of our calls, a wireless handset is worth consideration. I recently received a sample of the Curve BT iDock to try out, and despite my reservations of adding yet another item to my desktop, I’m actually pleased with its look, feel, and function. At times our mobile phones can be a little awkward to hold, but the Curve’s handset is comfortable and more appropriate for longer conversations. It can connect to 2 devices (think iPad + phone) simultaneously and your iPhone/Android can sync and charge while on the dock to avoid losing any of that precious battery life.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $99.00
    Available from: Native Union

    The Arcadian Stamp Series

    Stamps! Whether you think you need them or not, take a look at the various designs of the Arcadian Stamp series from Imm-Living. There’s one or two that’s sure to tempt you, perhaps the old fashioned telephone, or typewriter? Maybe you don’t want to have too many trinkets on your desk, but just think of finishing off a nice handwritten note with an Anchor or Heart; it’ll be just the thing to add a personal touch.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00 each
    Available from: Huset-shop.com

    Desktop Series by Another Country

    Another Country has some lovely furniture, for sure, but have you seen these desk accessories? The smaller items have just as much thoughtful function and considered style as the furniture pieces, and, dare I say, it’s hard to go wrong with that particular brand of consistency. There’s a tall Pencil Pot, a Sharpener Pot (for pencil shavings), a Tape Dispenser, and an Eraser Pot with an actual eraser as its lid.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $119.00
    Available from: Another Country

    2013 Tissue Calendar

    October the 1st already! And do you have your 2013 calendar yet? If not, you risk being annoyed by those self-satisfied got-it-all-together types smirking at you as they note 2013 dates down in the appropriate spots, and wondering just when you’ll get your act together. What they don’t know is that you couldn’t care less. So there. 365 days of the year, on tissue-thin paper, for hanging or laying flat on the desk.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: russell+hazel

    Ping-Pong Conference Table

    Brilliant! Now your conference table can also be a ping-pong table, thus saving space and encouraging ‘fun’ breaks for you and your team. The central panel either functions as the ping-pong net support or as a hide-away cable management, while drawers at either end house all the ping-pong (or meeting) supplies. How is this not a good idea?

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,400.00
    Available from: Poppin