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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)


Pia Shopping Bag

Raise your hand if you like strange shopping bags. This one from Milk Design and Feel Good Home has a different sort of 3D shape made from Tyvek and leather handles, which will surely tote your purchases safely home with a fair amount of style (don’t be surprised if people ask you where you got it). Tyvek is durable and water resistant, and very light… plus, did you see the price?

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.50
Available from: MilkDesign

Folded Vessel

Ah-ha! This proves that some designers are mercifully kind to those of us that can’t afford to just plonk down a thousand plus dollars for a beautiful book/magazine stand. Chen Chen & Kai Williams have designed the Folded Vessel for Good Thing, and it’s similar, though less expensive, to their Third Eye Vessel design. Three identical petals fasten together to form the floor-standing container, giving you an excellent spot to keep your records, books, and magazines. The pale pink or cobalt blue are very appealing options if you don’t mind a little color.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: good thing

Torch Lantern

Yep, it’s a flashlight and a camp lantern, but it would look just fine left out on your beside table. Not too bad, eh? The Torch Latern’s collapsible head lets it function as either a flashlight or a lantern. For a focused beam, keep it screwed tight, or unscrew the top to spread the light out in your tent or room. And, get this: it has a bottle opener (in its base, I think?). Also, check out the smaller Stashlight.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Izola

Hay Ash Wood Wall Hook

As you might have guessed, this Ash Wood Wall Hook is made from a steamed strip of solid ash wood. The two upward ends provide a resting place for all manner of accessories while the curved bow allows for a gentle hold of sweaters and coats without the bothersome indentation you’d get from other small hooks. It’s a smart choice for an entryway or bedroom, or wherever else you need a tiny bit of extra clothes storage.

Purchase Information:

Price: $105.00
Available from: Danish Design Store

All On Board

Now, isn’t this a convenient cutting board? Designer Alain Gilles’ All On Board is a wooden cutting board just like your others, yes, but it rests within a useful plastic scoop. This scoop slides along the board, allowing you to separate food from their scraps for easy disposal and move ingredients directly from board to pan. The funnel-shaped handle acts as a pouring vessel for juices or stocks- handy for those ‘au jus’ dishes, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $165.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Links

‘Future Flowers’ Blossom in a Digital Collaboration

Z Lok is back, with a combination

The Met Museum Releases 400k Free High-Res Images For Personal & Commercial Use

Magnetic Folding Moon

A helpful meditation exercise for use in public places

How many triangles?

Goodnight Light Cactus

Have a great weekend!


Okay, sign me up- it’s a Tic-Tac-Toe game and a trivet. Fun for your family and friends, and functional. The five Xs and five Os also can double as drink coasters. Three uses, all in one product- score!

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store


Umm, designer soap? Sure, if it’s pigment and fragrance free, why not? You’ll find four bars of glycerin soap molded together, to be broken apart for individual use. Plus, it’s “designed” by Jasper Morrison. Perhaps bookmark it for a discerning friend’s housewarming gift?

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: good thing

OMY Embroidered Bracelets

Fun! These embroidered bracelets from OMY are pure sartorial candy. Maybe your wrist needs a few of these to help brighten up your outfit for the day? Luckily, there’s several designs to choose from, so pick your favorites for a “sweet” stack.

Purchase Information:

Price: €26,67+
Available from: OMY

Superlight LED Table Lamp

Maybe there’s nothing particularly wrong with your current task light, but does it pivot smoothly? Does it offer a 0-100% light level adjustment with just one hand? The Superlight LED Table Lamp does both, thanks to its 3-axis range of motion and ergonomic light switch. Plus, a 90 degree lens rotation gets light exactly where you want it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $285.00
Available from: YLighting

Ridge Kitchen Set

What about buying something for tabletop for a change? The Ridge set somehow hits a new-yet-vintage vibe, and the hand blown pieces with their rippled surface is sure to be a hit when you’re proffering beverages. The collection is now back in stock, thankfully.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00 - 40.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

– Origami Oru Kayak: 2018 Coast XT

Neopenx – The Gliding Ruler that Marks

A comparison of the sizes of various microorganisms, cells, and viruses

Locavore Wheel

pom + tassel making kit

People in Japan Are Polishing Ordinary Aluminum Foil Balls Into Shiny Orbs

– The Nimble, a one-finger safety cutter, £7.99 (also available at The Grommet, $9.95)

Have a fun weekend.

Nimble Finger Cutting Tool

The Elko Knife

Look at this little knife. It’s perfectly suited for your keychain, so you’re never left without a knife/bottle opener/screwdriver/pry tool. And just look at the Black + Black color option; it’s super sleek. It’s packaged in a reuseable, resealable Loksak® waterproof bag, so you can keep it from damage by sand, snow, or water.

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: The James Brand

IKO IKO Hangers

Just what you didn’t know you needed: strange, minimal hangers for your clothes. Choose between a shirt/dress hanger, a pant hanger, a round towel hanger, or, hey, go all out and get all three. They’ll make your closet look a little more cool, that’s for sure.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00 - 50.00
Available from: IKO IKO

Double Up Case

Need a place to stash your favorite pens and pencils, your smaller toiletries, or your extra cash? Take a look at this vegan leather Double Up Case. It has two compartments; folded in half and snapped, it’ll keep your belongings secure in your drawer or bag.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Poketo