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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)

 
 

Stick-lets

And just when you thought you were too old to enjoy the outdoors, Stick-lets comes along. Sure, they’re meant to help kids get back outside and build forts with sticks, but who says you can’t enjoy them too? Be sure to share with others (team building, anyone?), and stay away from trees and branches that don’t belong to you- that could cause some problems- but other than that, have fun. Made from 100% silicone, each Stick-let stretches to meet your construction needs, whether you use natural branches or wood dowels. On the count of three, what’s the first thing you’d build? (One..two…three) a TIPI! Other answers are acceptable, of course. Need it be mentioned that this could be an excellent gift?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $11.99 and up
Available from: Stick-lets

Math Dishtowel, Mug, Pencil Case

For your favorite mathematician (a.k.a. mathemagician), how about a dishtowel, pencil case, or mug? Or all three? Chalk white lines on a black backgroung evoke memories from past math classes, and no matter if you liked/loved/hated them, you (or someone you know) can still enjoy a little math imagery with appreciation.
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Price: $12.95 - 17.95
Available from: Fishs Eddy

Knoll Classics Sale

Sale alert! It’s time again for Knoll’s Classics Sale, which means 15% off of Knoll products. Some retailers have free shipping as well, so if you’ve been jonesing for a particular classic, perhaps it’s time to bite the bullet. The sale is from February 25- March 3, 2013.
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Price: $15% off
Available from: Hivemodern

Orson Desk

Whoa, cast iron legs means no messing around when it comes to materials. Matthew Hilton mixes rich hardwood with cast iron to create this quiet-yet-strong desk. On the drawers you’ll find solid wood and dovetail joinery, while there’s more to the tabletop than meets the eye- a cable management system is found under hinged doors (secret compartment!). The two storage trays and pencil holder are available separately.
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Price: $3,855.00
Available from: hivemodern

Triangle Cork Dinner Mats

Table linens can look tired after a while- especially if you use them every day- and if you’re super picky and feel the need to iron your placemats and napkins after the wash, you will look tired from laundering them. These cork dinner mats just need a quick wipe to clean, so they’ll save you some time as well as jazzing up your dinner table with some stacked triangle action. Sold as a 2 piece set.
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Price: $29.95
Available from: ferm LIVING

Iceberg Wood Bike Hanger

The last thing you need is yet another bike hanger to consider, but this one is too fantastic to not mention. Sure, it’s expensive (I don’t many people that would spend $600 on a bike rack) but just look at those crazy angles. It’s a show stopper. Each piece is handcrafted to show off the beauty of the wood grain from every viewing angle and an easy to mount system only needs 3 standard screws for installation.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $644.90
Available from: Woodstick Ltd. Etsy Shop

Mineral Plate

Yep, it’s a plate with a strange sort of image- minerals, to be exact. Why would you need something such as this? You don’t, of course, but you might want a plate with weird mineral formation imagery just to appreciate/celebrate the strange and wondrous things found in nature, especially when the imagery has such nice color combinations. There’s little info available as to food safety, but I’d say any of these are more suited to catching keys and miscellany, just so you could see it each day instead of being tucked away in a cabinet.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £79.00
Available from: do shop

Milking Stool by UM Project

It’s a little dreary outside, and a Monday at that, so a jolt of color is called for. Available in black, grey, white, teal, yellow, saffron and pink, this Milking Stool by UM Project could be extra seating or a side table, your call. It is intended to follow the proportions of a classic milking stool- lower legs and a narrow footprint- but if you prefer a sturdier option, it looks like they have an alternate version in the Holy Stool.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $330.00
Available from: Vertigo Home

Friday Links

  • ilovecharts
  • Peanut Butter Diamonds
  • Name That Space Rock, a Handy Chart
  • Nice infographic: The NBA’s Best Players, Visualized As Statistical Snowflakes
  • Estimating All Who Have Ever Lived
  • Photos of Workers Drilling Tunnels Through Manhattan’s Core
  • Reinier de Jong’s Steel Chair is made from old wooden handles of brooms, rakes, spades, flagpoles, etc. (via unconsumption)
  • vintage anatomy of plant cells
  • The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food (via itsokaytobesmart)
  • Enjoy the weekend…the last of February!

    Trapeze LED Table Light

    Whoa, this lamp is something else. The rounded counterweights are distinctly sculptural, and the 3-axis range of motion means you’ll get an even warm light (thanks to the LEDs) wherever you need it. Aluminum spherical joints allow for fluid-yet-precise movement. On a personal note, my workspace lamp recently bit the dust and I opted to upgrade to the Trapeze- the movement of the arm is pretty fantastic. Wherever you move the head, it stays, which is exactly what is needed from a task light. Two thumbs up.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $395.00
    Available from: YLighting

    Unit Portables 05 Overnight Bag

    Do you remember the Unit Portables 01 Shoulder Bag? That handy movable-pocket idea? Now there’s a larger overnight size that’s just right for a weekend trip. A mesh toiletry bag, a padded laptop sleeve, and a cable/accessory bag is included, so you’ll be all set when packing for an adventure. Oh, and if a tote is more suited to your needs, the Unit Portables 16 Tote is available for pre-order.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $130.00
    Available from: Vetted

    Loop Bottle Opener

    Want a bottle opener that will last forever? Take stock of this stainless steel version. It’s got a rough tumbled finish that will take its fair share of abuse no matter how many bottles you open on a daily basis. The simplified form and industrial finish means no nonsense- no silly frilliness here, thank you very much.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $35.00
    Available from: Field

    Source: bookofjoe

    Charlie vs. Medina

    Next, we have a match-up between the charming Charlie rug and the multicolor Medina rug. One is a little more pinkish than the other, obviously, but they both have a similar look with their stacked block pattern. Can you guess which one is over $2 grand and which one is just under $500?
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $499.00 / 2,279.00
    Available from: Blu Dot

    Gamma Ray Alternative Watch

    Tell time using a binary system- and don’t worry, it’s not complicated. Just pay attention to where the lights are on the face and you’ll have the code cracked. As you can see from the image below, the pattern is circular, and the lights are different sizes, so it won’t take many brain cells to figure out whether it’s 1:20 or 2:35. The square face and stainless steel strap keep things sleek and modern.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $200.00
    Available from: ahalife

    Hex Cutting Board

    Shoot, I’m such a sucker for geometric anything. Simply facet the edges of an American Maple wood board and I’m already contemplating plonking down a credit card, no matter the many cutting boards already in my cabinets. Now, the faceted edges do make the board easier to pick up (on one side), so it’s actually a functional feature as well as a stylistic choice.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $105.00
    Available from: Field