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Friday Finds Returns: POP Phone

I’ll be honest.  I have no idea if I will get back to posting consistently enough to have daily themes.  BUT!  I have a new toy that I love and that I’d love to share.  So Friday Finds shall return for the week.

Since I grew up before cell phones were quite the ubiquitous thing they are today, I spent my middle school (and high school, and some of college) years with my ear stuck to a handset, attached to a phone, attached to the wall.  I got quite good at pinching the handset between my ear and my shoulder so I could use both hands while talking on the phone.  And, while there are many, many more and greater freedoms granted by the little cell phones we carry around in our pockets, easy squishing-between-shoulder-and-ear is not one of them.  It creates a very odd crick in the neck.  Or requires one of those stick-in-your-ear headsets that never really fit in anyone’s ear.

Long before I dreamed of actually owning an iPhone, I learned (from FAB or Swiss-Miss, I can’t remember which) that there were such wonderfully designed things as the POP Phone.  Handsets that replicate the look and feel of old telephones with the convenience (although not quite the portability unless you have a large purse…which I do) of your cell phone.  Amazing.

So when I finally got an iPhone, I got one.  Because iPhones are REALLY not good for squishing between your ear and your shoulder.


The POP Phone has arrived! I got mine from Nordstrom.


It’s purple to match my phone cover, natch.

In Use

Nate thinks it’s hilarious, I think it’s wonderful!

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Explaining Design

John Hodgman (the PC) explains the essential nature of good design in 6 minutes with humor.

I love TED talks.

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Books for a Dreary Monday

I love this!  It’s so fun and whimsical.  I especially like the book reading the book at 1:20.  It’s amazing how much time and energy went into this production.  Their first video is pretty fun too.

via: Swiss Miss, as usual

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Friday Finds: Arzberg Teapot

This, friends, is a beautiful teapot.  I have been searching high and low for a teapot (not a tea kettle, which you put water in to boil on the stove), but I keep coming back to this one.  It is bright, clean, classic, and would look perfect on my dining room table surrounded by scones, berries and friends.  And oh, the proportions!  the curve of the spout!  and the handle!  and that lovely little cap on top.  Gorgeous.

It is, of course, inspired by the Bauhaus movement of the early 1900’s, an architectural and design movement that was headed by greats such as Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.  And I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THAT until after I decided it was beautiful.

And it’s from Crate & Barrel.  I love Crate & Barrel.