London Fog Tea Towel

These tea towels from zakka nouveau are done in soft colors with the simplest of raindrops for a pattern… more than tempted to snap up the whole set, which runs $60 for all three.

First Kiss and London Fog shown above.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Prato Umbrella Stand

I’ve seen my fair share of umbrella stands and I think this one gets an award. After all, on a grey and rainy day, seeing a faux patch of grass holding up a few umbrellas might just cheer someone up a tiny bit. It can hold up to twenty (!) umbrellas.

Made of synthetic resin and steel.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Townhouse Lamp

This modern bedside lamp can be positioned in three different ways to control the light intensity. At its brightest it’s suitable for a reading lamp, at its lowest, a nightlight. Folded from a singular sheet of metal with a 2mm plexiglas to soften the glow.

Available in Black and White.


Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Townhouse Shop

Kitchen Organizer

Holy, this Kitchen Organizer used to have the price tag of $699, and now it’s on sale for $349. Much more affordable, and could be just the thing to get your kitchen sorted.

from Design Within Reach.

Was: $699.00USD

Purchase Information:

Price: $349.50
Available from: Design Within Reach

Leaf-It Gingko

Sangwoo Nam of Appree has added the Gingko leaf design in his series of ‘leaf-it’ memo pads. If you’re addicted to sticky memo pads, it’s a nice option for notes as well as bookmarks.

set of 3.
two versions of green and yellow

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
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Occasionally we’ll get emails from some of you saying that links on old posts need updating (and thank you very much for those emails, because there’s no way we’re able to spot them all on our own), and a few of you have noticed lately that this Utensilo post from Oct 2, 2007 needed some attention. So.

The Unten.Silo was designed in the 1960s by Dorothe Becker and Ingo Maurer, and has become a somewhat iconic storage solution. I love the fact that it keeps everything in its right place, whether it be in a office workspace, playroom, or kitchen.

Available in white, red, or black.

Purchase Information:

Price: $425.00
Available from: Velocity Art And Design

Union Wood Co. Serving Tray

I’m such a sucker for reclaimed wood. These serving trays by Union Wood Co. are built from old growth fir boards from a recently renovated RCMP Livery stable in Vancouver. Each tray is unique (though they all have brass handles and rubber feet on the bottom).

Made in Canada
Measures approximately 12 x 12 x 2 in/30 x 30 x 5 cm

Union Wood Co. Serving Tray

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Availability: Buy Union Wood Co. Serving Tray here

Source: Svpply

Little Otsu Weekly Planner

This little planner features both a weekly and monthly format (hard to find sometimes) and is printed in Oakland, CA on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks. Take note that it’s dateless, so you can start it at any time, and there’s plenty of space for jotting down your daily or weekly to-do list.


Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Little Otsu

What Wood You Say

Do you remember the ITS OK Edition that we posted way back in ’08? Well, Sighn is still going strong, and is now offering custom cut letters to spell out whatever your heart desires.

Pricing is $5 a character, 50 character max.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.00 per character
Available from: Multi Polar Projects

Licht Lights

Back in November, Supermarket asked us to pick a few things (see Guest curator: Better Living Through Design) and these lamps from Soo Kwon not only made the list but are still stuck in my head. With such a high-design look, it’s amazing that they have such an affordable price tag.


Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00-195.00
Available from: Soo Kwon

Trappestigen Stepladder

Check out this stepladder with an integrated sidepiece that works as a railing. If you’ve ever lost your balance, or almost lost it, while on a step stool, chances are you’ll appreciate the extra security this one has… question is, can you afford to spend around $790 for the sake of safety?

When the Stepladder is not in use it can be hung on the attached wall fitting.
Available in oak, white, black and orange.

Purchase Information:

Price: AUD795.00
Availability: Buy Trappestigen Stepladder here

Bias Clock

The angled surface of this clock allows you to choose its bias. Maybe put it up high facing down towards your desk, or off to the side… either way, I like the idea of less craning-the-neck to check the time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: Areaware

Plattfuss Rubber Bands

Rubber bands made of recycled bicycle tubes. Making flats useful = nice. Also, another item making flats useful is the smart IT Clip that Simon posted a while back. It allows you to make your old inner tubes into tie down straps.

A bag of 70 in assorted sizes.
Made in Switzerland by «tät-tat».

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Available from: PLASTICA

CLUSTER coasters Geometric Series

Coasters might not be forefront in your design wants and needs, but these by simbiotekdesignlab on Etsy are worth bookmarking. Inspired by “triangulated arrangements” in geometric patterns, the coasters can be clustered together to make shapes (sort of like tangrams, maybe) or broken apart for smaller combinations.

Purchase Information:

Price: $21.00
Available from: simbiotek design lab's etsy shop

Lift Lamp

This is a custom ordered item from Science&Sons, who are well known for their Phonfone, just to get that out of the way first. Now, besides it being actually an interesting shape for a light, the idea behind the LIFT LAMP was to create an object that was fun to clean, so, to dust this lamp you’d fly it like a kite. Delightful idea, isn’t it? The light collapses down fairly quickly for easy transport.

Materials: Sailcloth, Graphite tubing, metal fittings
Size: 48″ DIA. x 22″ H.

Lift Lamp

Lift Lamp

Lift Lamp

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD450.00
Available from: Science&Sons