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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)

 
 

Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer

If you thought cold coffee was for snobs or sugar junkies, think again. Cold brew coffee is often less acidic and less bitter than hot brewed coffee, and more palatable with milk. Using a slow-drip process with an adjustable valve, the Cold Bruer Coffee Brewer lets you play around with brew time to get your ideal cup. However, don’t think you’ll pull this sort of cold brewing off in a quick minute; the recommended brew time is a 6-hour span, at a drip per second.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Bruer

Split Step Stool

If you’re going to have a step stool, you might as well make it this one. Why? Well, it’s made of molded steel- that’s what gives the split-legged design its sleekness and strength- and it’s very minimalist. So minimalist, in fact, you could even leave it out all the time as a resting spot for books or a special plant. You’d not say the same for any other step stool you find at the local hardware store, would you? Now on sale.
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Price: $154.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Wire Hooks

You have absolutely no excuse to have scarves, coats and clothes on the floor this fall/winter, because these Wire Hooks are top notch and inexpensive. Pick a few bright colors in different shapes for a fun mix, or go the minimal route by repeating one shape in one color.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: NewMadeLA

Pivotante À Poser

If you’ve ever admired Charlotte Perriand’s work, I’ve got some good news for you: now you can own one of her lamps. The Pivotante À Poser swivels around to adjust the amount of light coming through its sheet metal body. It’s a simple idea, executed in a smaller size so that the lamp can fit easily on a side table or shelf. Now on sale for $210.95!
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Price: $210.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Fluted Talise Carafe

Water is a necessity, but nowadays too many of us rely on plastic bottles to get our daily intake. Perhaps by purchasing this very nice Talise carafe, you’ll cut down the amount of plastic you use and thus become a more responsible adult. Unending supplies of water and other beverages may be kept in its lovely fluted design, which looks so much more appropriate on a dinner (or conference) table than a six pack of plastic bottles. Use the inner funnel to hold a water filter, if needed, or remove entirely for non-filtered beverages.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: YLiving

Aluminum Ruler

Maybe you already own a perfectly good ruler, but does it use “visual hierarchies of color and shape to articulate the process of measurement”? Probably not, as that’s just what Allon Libermann and Hye Jin Ahn aimed to do with this Aluminum Ruler. If your mind works visually, you might as well have a very visual ruler.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Areaware

Mail Slot Bowl by Dan Sjogren

No matter how neat and clutter free we attempt to be, there’s still a fair amount of mail, keys, and miscellany that follow us through our front doors. To conquer this choas, consider the Mail Slot Bowl* by Dan Sjogren. It will keep your most recent paper correspondence lined up neatly in a row. Will it force you to take stock of which documents go to the recycle bin and which go to the filing drawer? Eh, maybe. It also has a reasonably sized bowl to park your keys, which might mean you’ll never lose them again. (We can hope.)
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Sjotime Industries

Cutlery Set

Ditch those plastic forks, spoons, and knives, because you’re going to buy this Cutlery Set. All three utensils nest together into a compact case for safekeeping and easy transport, which is convenient for your daily lunch at the office or your next camping trip.
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Price: $13.95
Available from: Box Appetit

Ready Stacking Barstool

Take a look at this stacking barstool. It’s made from powder-coated steel sled legs and a molded plywood seat and is oh-so-minimal. Not impressed? Oh, and it’s under $200. Compare that price tag with another favorite barstool and it’s a downright steal. Choose between black, breezy blue, grey green, navy, oxblood, or white.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Blu Dot

DriStore Bags

Raise your hand if you like using plastic bags to protect and organize your gear. If so, maybe you’re ready to upgrade from disposable food bags to the DriStore Bags. The triple-polymer film is rugged and touchscreen compatible, while the IPX8-rated seal is airtight and waterproof to 10 meters. Whether you’re traveling to work in a downpour or to an exotic location clear across the world, put your devices, papers, matches, etc., inside these bags and know your stuff will remain safe and dry (and organized).
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Price: $14.04
Available from: Amazon

Kaenjusai Watering Can

Will a pretty watering can make your houseplants happy? Probably, but it will be because you’re happy watering them with the Kaenjusai Watering Can by designer Keita Suzuki. See the matching angle of the handle and spout? That will give you a precise “point-and-pour control” to ensure less spillage. A walnut handle compliments the copper body.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Flavour It Glass Water Bottle

Like a bit of lemon or mint in your water glass? Or perhaps a hint of strawberry? Now you can take your fanciness on the road with this glass bottle, thus reducing your own plastic bottle usage as well as that snobbery that crops up whenever you’re faced with plain tap water. I’m sure you’ll get creative with infusions, as it’d be hard not to try all sorts of fruits and flavors while you stay hydrated.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Travel Cutlery Set

Plastic utensils? Pfft, who uses those nowadays? Especially when there’s a handy travel cutlery set perfect for keeping in an office drawer or in our camping kit. This set folds up to fit in a small, portable, canvas pouch with clip, so you can have them handy.
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Price: $11.00
Available from: Spring

Origami Wrap

Wrapping paper is pretty, but do you ever feel slightly guilty looking at a pile of crumpled-up paper after it has been torn off the package?  Origami Wrap will eliminate that guilt; it gives a second life to wrapping paper. Anyone can tear or cut along the dotted lines and follow the numbered instructions to make a Crane, Dog, Iris, Frog, Balloon, or Fish. Pretty fun, right?
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Price: $10.00
Available from: ILOVEHANDLES

Niko Hex Extension Cord

An extension outlet that you’d want to leave exposed? Really? Meet Niko, a hex-shaped power outlet made of solid white ash and a knitted mesh cord. It’s designed to be left out amongst your furniture, with its warm wood housing and tactile cord doing their best to make friends with their surroundings. Hang it on the wall with the included hook or prop it on one of its six sides to get power right where you need it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Most Modest