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As you may have noticed, we haven’t had as many product posts in the past few months. Part of the reason is that design blogs aren’t as popular nowadays. The other part is that we’re busy with other projects and pursuits.

We’ll keep BLTD up and running as a resource, but we’ll not be updating it as often. We’ll also be checking email much, much less.

Thanks for continuing to use BLTD as a resource. : )

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There’s several self-watering pots out there in the marketplace, but this group by Nils Plöjel is delightfully straightforward. Each terracotta planter sits inside a reservoir of hand-blown glass. Fill the glass with water and let your plants absorb just what they need, simple as that.

“Safe for indoor and outdoor use while the temperature stays above frost point.”

Dishwasher-safe.

Designer: Nils Plöjel

X-small: 3.7h x 4.85″diam.
Small: 5.2h x 6″diam.
Medium: 6.5h x 7.4″diam.
Materials: Terracotta, Glass

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This is a super cute kid’s chair, but there’s something else pretty special about it: it is made from Ecothylene®, which is recycled plastic (check out YouTube for the video showing how it’s made or visit EcoBirdy directly.). It’s comfortable, light, and stable with a soft and friendly form. What else do you need for your kid’s drawing/making space? There’s a table, container, lamps, and sets available as well.

Suitable for private as well as public spaces.

Designer: Vanessa Yuan & Joris Vanbriel
Material: Ecothylene®

14.9 x 13.7 x 19.6 inches

Other colors available directly from EcoBirdy, €159,00.


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Available in either a one-off or in a longer, track-style system, the HYT-001 Multi Hanger is a smart solution to hanging just about anything. Made of powder-coated steel, it’s sure to withstand all manner of use, whether it be in a public space or your own home.

Optional track for more than 3x hangers beside each other; please contact LIXHT.

Material: Steel, Powder-coated

Dimensions: 18″ x 5″ x 1.5″ (Track version add 0.85″ to the depth, width multiplies 18″ x quantity of hangers)

Made in Canada

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Talk about a great gift for someone that likes their honey, huh? This pretty Brass Honey Dipper from Los Angeles designer Deanna deVries is going on my wishlist pronto. Maybe I’ll get two- one for me and one to give. The Brass Coffee Scoop by deVries is also worth noting.

Approx. 5″ long

Also available from CRFT SHW.

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So, are you back into the swing of things? You may have noticed we (I) took a long holiday break from BLTD. I needed it after a busy year with several different projects. Now, if I had had this Project Wall Planner, I could have encouraged my team to use the Gantt Chart method to organize our efforts and be more efficient. The poster-sized wall planner helps break down a project into defined tasks so everyone’s on the same page (literally). Add time constraints and track progress to reach your goal.

Not quite sure how it works? Here’s a Project Wall Planner how-to.

Environmentally friendly tree-free paper
12 sheets
30.1″ x 20.6″ (76.5 cm x 52.2 cm)

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So, were you aware that Bryce Wilner’s Gradient Puzzles come in a smaller size? AND you can buy the whole bundle for a whole lot of slow and deliberate color sorting that’s sure to calm anyone down (or frustrate the hell out of them?). Either way, it’s a gift that keeps giving, as it can be assembled/disassembled many, many times.

The Gradient Puzzle Small Bundle includes all 5 small Gradient Puzzles.

-Each puzzle 100 pieces
-glossy art paper over 2mm chipboard
-11×15″ assembled
-27.9×38.1 cm assembled

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Why would you pay $32 for a plastic bag? Because it’s not plastic, that’s why. Open-Edition’s embroidered taffeta shopping bags look like single-use plastic bag so you can make an ironic statement every single time you use it. Perhaps it would be a good gift as well?

-Made in San Francisco by Open-Editions
-Machine-embroidered taffeta
-Bag measures 11.5″ x 22″ x 4″
-Developed in collaboration with Workshop Residence in 2012

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Hand me that last piece of birthday cake, will you? Little Puzzle Thing jigsaws look just like your favorite food and can be completed in twenty minutes (or less, if you’re clever). Go ahead, give your brain a break and put together a broccoli or ramen bowl; perhaps time your task just before lunch?

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

more than 70 pieces
Paper and Chipboard
8″ x 8″ assembled

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Dish drainers are pretty much the least interesting thing in the kitchen, so that’s why our eyebrows are up in exclamation over this duo (trio?). Designer Shane Schneck chose a ridged melamine dish-draining tray paired with a steel rack for drying plates. A Dish Draining Cup (sold separately and not on this particular retailer’s site just yet) completes the picture.

Designer: Shane Schneck
Size: 0.6h x 12.8l x 16.5″w

HAY Dish Drainer Tray, $39
HAY Dish Draining Steel Rack, $29

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