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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)


Nordic Knots’ Rugs

Need an update underfoot? If so, you need a nice selection of delightfully simple patterned rugs to choose from, just like the collection from Nordic Knots. The rugs are hand loomed in 100% high quality New Zealand wool, so they maintain a soft feel for a lifetime. Plus, they’re woven straight through, so you can use both sides (if you need to).

Purchase Information:

Price: $289.00 - 1,699.00
Available from: Nordic Knots

Welcome Set

Talk about organizing your entryway, this Welcome Set by Andres Martinez has a place for all the essentials and fits in the smallest of spaces. Three included hooks give you a hanging zone for coat, bags, and scarves, while the ledge offers a perch for your keys and glasses. Of course, there’s an accompanying mirror just so you can double check that you’re presentable. Spread out all the elements along a wall if you’ve got the space, or create a smaller vignette for tighter spots.

Purchase Information:

Price: $855.00
Available from: Luminaire

I’m Light Notebooks

These notebooks are just what they say they are: light. With over 600 blank pages to fill with your creative ideas and drawings, you’d expect them to be dense and heavy. However, they’re made from high-quality eco friendly paper, so they’re surprisingly light. And, for those of us that like to fill the whole page, the binding lays flat. Thumbs up.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Common Leather Stool

There’s about a hundred places you could put this stool in your home. Maybe one (or two) in the living room as an extra perch or footstool, maybe one in the closet or bedroom for putting on/taking off shoes, or in a hallway or entryway as a focal point or resting spot… you get the idea. If you have any trouble getting it to fit, just let me know and I’ll take it off your hands, no trouble at all. And have you seen the all black colorway? Hot damn, it looks good.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Blu Dot

‘Pion’ Lamps

A lamp by Bertjan Pot, you say? And it’s not too terribly expensive? Well, sign me up. The ‘Pion’ lamps for Wrong.London and Hay have a shape that references a pawn chess piece (‘Pion’ is the Dutch word for “pawn”). Crafted from a stitched composite ‘Nomex’ paper, the lamp gives off a soft, diffused glow that’s sure to set the right ambience in any room. The shape is supported by a steel frame and carbon-fibre rod, and, don’t worry, the shade is both UV-stable and flame resistant. Suitable for floor or table use.

Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00 - 245.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

Metal Shelf

Do you need a simple, modern shelf? This mid century inspired version is made of metal, so it’ll last longer than you (probably). Installation is straightforward (see the two holes at the top back?), so just make sure your nails or screws are level and you’re good to go. Available in black, white/grey, red, or blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: NewMadeLA

DIY Pinhole Camera Kit

A DIY Pinhole Camera Kit? Yes, please. Did you know that Astronomer Gemma Frisus de Radio constructed the first pinhole camera to examine the solar eclipse of 1544? That was a long time ago, and to this day some photographers still prefer pinhole cameras to get a vintage, moody look for their shots. Maybe try it out by putting together this kit and taking some photos, you know, with actual film? It could be fun!

Purchase Information:

Price: $47.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Tipi Table

This little table does double duty; the integrated handle lets you move it easily from room to room while the wood or marble top lifts off the recycled steel base for use as a tray. Handy, right? There’s both a high and low height, so you can pair them together for a varied arrangement when it suits. Choose between oak, walnut, or Carrara marble for the top.

Purchase Information:

Price: $320.00 - 620.00
Available from: DWR

Daily Fiction

If you go weak in the knees for stationery stuff, you’re in trouble. Normann Copenhagen recruited Denmark-based designers Femmes Régionales to create over 200 different designs in the Daily Fiction collection. There’s 18 colors and four abstract terrazzo prints all over notebooks, stickers, pencil sharpeners, scissors, pens, pencils, and more… all that’s left to say is good luck picking which ones you’ve got to add to your collection.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.00 - 40.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Friday Links

Hexagonal wooden lattice wraps Mexico City home by Felipe Assadi and Francisca Pulido

Furnishing Utopia

As Congress Repeals Internet Privacy Rules, Putting Your Options In Perspective and also, if you’ve not already, how to Set up a VPN

– Pretty. Artist Documents Convenience Stores In Her Beautiful Paintings For 20 Years

Dragon-proofing: why skyscrapers in Hong Kong have holes

Reminder to Look Up

Why You Should Wake Up at 5 A.M. Every Day

Burning food is a great way to find out and illustrate how much energy it contains

The New Vantablack 2.0, the Art Material So Black It Eats Lasers and Flattens Reality

Enjoy your weekend.


Studio Arhoj Slurp Cup

Just look at the colors on Studio Arhoj’s Slurp Cups. Pretty, right? Each porcelain cup is hand-cast and glazed in various colors for an interesting take on your morning coffee or afternoon tea. You may choose to just get one for the office, or several for a set at home. There’s also the smaller Sip Cup for espressos or perhaps as a pot for smaller plants and succulents.

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: HUSET

Puzzle in a Puzzle

Puzzles! Put one out on your coffee table and you’ll be able to sneak in contemplation time, because who can resist putting together a few puzzle pieces? Featuring imagery by photographer KangHee Kim, these puzzles play with the eye, as each image shows a mirror within a scene, and the puzzle itself is divided along the mirror’s perimeter, creating two different puzzles in one. Complete them together or apart. Kinda fun, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Areaware

Split Mirrors

Feeling a little disjointed? Don’t worry, it’s just the mirror. Sections of mirrored glass are cut and pushed off-center to give a playful twist to an otherwise ordinary reflection. Take a look at the designer’s website and you’ll be able to see a theme, I think. It’d be interesting to try and make your own, wouldn’t it? Bonus points to you if you make an attempt (you’ll get an A for effort).

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,655.00
Available from: A+R Store

Sophie Conran Garden Tools

How about we get a head start on spring gardening? Being in the market for garden tools myself, I’ve noticed quite a bit of ‘stylish’ garden tools with bright colors and patterns. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but if we’re cut from the same sort of cloth, you might just appreciate the no nonsense approach of stainless steel, solid brass ferrules, and natural beech wood handles of these garden tools. Plus, the Hand Rake is notable in that the springy tines are designed to avoid damaging new shoots while gathering leaves.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

On The Edge Lamp

Hmm, this little lamp features a matte finish and multiple convex facets. So what, you say? Well, it’ll look and feel nice, and you’ll be able to position it in multiple ways to get the light right where you want it. Think of it as a subtle spotlight, perfect for ambient lighting in a living area or bedroom.

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Gessato