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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)


Friday Links

Celebrate World Water Day With These 20 Designs That Feature Water Elements

Ten Questions for Fake New Detection (via tumblr)

Max Richter’s Sleep, an 8-hour album designed to be listened to while you sleep

12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech (via kottke)

White Skin, Black Emojis?

Average first leaf appearance, as animated map (via thisisnthappiness)

Amy Cutler (via thisisnthappiness)



Carrie Portable LED Lamp

Take this portable LED light practically anywhere- outside on the patio, over to the beach, or beside your chair or bed for reading. The steel base and handle holds an opaque glass shade while the internal LED light is rechargeable via USB. When you’re not toting it around, you can remove the handle for a simpler shape. Currently on sale, fyi.

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.96
Available from: YLighting

HAY Laundry Basket

Would laundry be less of a chore with these stackable baskets from HAY? Of course it would. Plus, the graphic lines and off-white shade would be just at home in other areas of the house- perhaps in the living room or playroom to corral toys?

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00 - 45.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Skultuna Basso Coaster

No more wine or champagne drips on your precious tabletop, because this Skultuna Basso Coaster will set the bottle dead center each and every time, thanks to its raised center surface. Did you know that indentation at the bottom of bottles is known as a punt or kick-up? Good luck trying to fit that into a conversation without appearing like a complete nerd.

Purchase Information:

Price: $135.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Dropped Pendant Lights by CW&T

Remember when this was a Kickstarter Make/100 project? CW&T now has the Dropped Pendant Lights available directly from their site. For $125, you get a Dropped Pendant Light, one from a selection of 10 random shades, fully assembled with a LED bulb included.

Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: CW&T

Spiral Trivet Set

Look! You get three trivets that easily nest together to form one. Kinda fun, right? The spiral-shaped aluminum trivets protect your tabletop from those hot pans and dishes, and they easily stash away when nested.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: good thing

Friday Links

– “On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings.” #MARCHFOROURLIVES

Revol Dog Crate

Reusable Cotton Coffee Filters

DIY Pannier Bags for your bike

Architectural Egg Cups

White cedar covers gabled lake house in Canada by YH2

Have a great weekend.

Gabled lake house in Canada by YH2

San Francisco CorkMap Board

If San Francisco is your favorite city, then snap up this CorkMap. The many streets and neighborhoods within the city limit are laser scored into the cork, all to scale at 2.5″=1 mile. Use it as a message board or as a planning tool for your next visit; either way, you’ll have plenty of room for notes, as the board measures 20″ x 18″.

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: SFMOMA

Analogue Click Clock

Keep the time with a contemporary analogue clock. LEDs are the clock hands, with a dot moving around the circle face every second. The clock’s face automatically switches off when it’s quiet and lights up when you click your fingers or clap your hands. It has an alarm function with snooze, so it could be your new bedside clock (especially if you’re trying the no-phone-in-the-bedroom thing).

Purchase Information:

Price: $98.98
Available from: SFMOMA

Kinto Brewer Stand Set SS

Here’s the brewer stand for you. There’s a stainless steel base, a porcelain brewer, and a heat-resistant glass server. The industrial vibe is anything but fussy, thank goodness. The inner side of the stand’s ring is edged to hold the brewer steady, and the stand’s height is easily adjustable to allow for other vessels from a mug to a bigger server. If you’d like something a little more classy, do be sure to check out the Kinto Brewer Stand in walnut/brass.

Sweep by Gentner Design

Whoa, this is one serious dustpan and brush. Made entirely of brass and horsehair, the set hangs elegantly from a magnetic peg on the wall. It’s possible that it’s the prettiest dustpan and brush we’ve ever seen- so much so that it would be a shame to hide it away in a pantry or storage closet. Also be sure to check out Gentner Design’s brass Bud Vases and miniature Watering Can.

Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: Gentner Design

Friday Links

Stephen Hawking Dies at 76; His Mind Roamed the Cosmos

– And here’s a great selection of his quotes

Graphene-based water filter produces drinkable water in just one step

Stash Storage Organizer

Pocket Trowel Multi-Tool

Inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe

A future without phone chargers may be coming soon

Cosmos Customizable Greeting Cards

Feminist Mug

Enjoy your weekend!

feminist mug

Mood Hook

Turn that frown upside down, unless you want to hang delicate clothes. Huh? The Mood Hook is a curved hook that you can install either way to hang your belongings. The metal shape has a silicon sleeve that’s gentle on clothing and prevents things from falling off. There’s three in each set, so you’ll be able to group them together in whatever sort of ‘mood’ you prefer in your functional wall art.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Umbra

Soft Edge 70 Stool

Iskos-Berlin’s Soft Edge Stool for HAY may look like a simple seating option, and it is, but you’d do well to notice the ultra-thin, soft-formed seat, and how its edges bend away from the body to optimize comfort. The skinny steel legs are functional, yet they add to the stool’s sense of lightness. Might it be a good place to perch, tucked beneath a small writing desk, or arranged around a meeting table? It’s also stackable, which is a definite plus when floor space is tight.

Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Available from: Nannie Inez

Dania Letter Tray

Okay, so this letter tray will be the thing that finally makes sense of the paper mess sitting on your desk. With three oak trays, you have plenty of room to sort what’s coming and going, plus an extra level for a ‘what-the-heck-do-I-do-with-this’ pile. Each tray can be pulled out and taken to another workspace when needed.

Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: Nannie Inez