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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)


Ico Bottle Opener

Do you need that bottle opened? Let me just grab this icosahedron from the table here so I can open it for you. That’s exactly what you’ll be saying if you choose to add this opener to your current display of interesting objects scattered about your home or office. Fort Standard partnered with OTHR to produce this 3D printed bronze beauty; each of the icosahedron’s 20 facets functions as a bottle opener.

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: OTHR

Fredericks & Mae Star Dominos

$38 is much better than $80, which is what these dominos used to cost. I think that means that they’re entirely affordable, and very worth snapping up before another price change. Fun fact: the name ‘domino’ is from the pieces’ resemblance to Venetian Carnival masks known as Domini, which were white with black spots. There’s also plenty of other games from Fredericks & Mae, ranging from $12.95 (playing cards) to $320 (bocce!).

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Fredericks & Mae

Friday Links

Studio E.O’s Indefinite Vases

– If you’re curious: How Long Does it Take to Design a Custom Home?

– A great (and comprehensive) list: Architectural Record’s Top 125 Buildings

Behind the scenes of ‘The Witness’, a video game designed by architects

Spiders ‘Tune’ Their Webs Like Guitar Strings

– Um, I’d like to volunteer in this park, please: Thoreau’s Cabin by cc-studio

Enjoy your weekend!

Thoreau's Cabin by cc-studio

The Lomo’Instant Automat Camera

In the days of digital everything, it’s pretty fun to mess around with instant cameras, don’t you think? Lomography has a new Instant Automat Camera over on Kickstarter and it packs all the punches you’d want. Auto adjustment on shutter speed, aperture, and flash output means you can take cool shots quick and easy. There’s a few creative features for a little more photo magic. Of course, seeing your images develop right before your eyes is the best part- a printed photo is sooo much better than a digital one buried in your photo stream, right? Back the project over at Kickstarter, or visit Lomography.

Purchase Information:

Price: $135.00
Available from: Lomography

Knoll Sale

It’s that time of year again. The annual Knoll Sale begins. The many classic design pieces that you know and love are 15% off until September 27th. What should you consider? Maybe a Bertoia Side Chair, a Pollock Arm Chair, or Schultz’s Petal Dining Table (did you know you can pick colors for the base now)? Pick the piece you love, and then congratulate yourself for waiting so long.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15% off
Available from: Knoll

Plumen 003 LED Light Bulb

A sexy lightbulb? Really? Well that’s an adjective everyone else is using, so, sure, it’s, uh, sexy. Let me introduce you to the Plumen 003. It is energy-efficient (it’s an LED) and gives off a focused, direct light directly below along with a softer sidelight. Similar to candlelight, it has a warm glow thanks to its center gold element. Unlike candlelight, it will last 10,000 hours. That means it will provide just the right amount of flattering ambient light to your oh-so-lovely features for a very, very long time. Add one above a workspace or add a few above a table; just be prepared for some ooo’s and ahh’s when your guests notice your “sexy” lightbulbs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $170.00
Available from: Plumen

HMM TapeDispenser

Shall we talk tape dispensers? They’re somewhat necessary in our homes and office environments, yet most are clunky and boring. Not the HMM TapeDispenser, though, as it has a magnetic core holder which holds the tape gracefully in one-third of a traditional dispenser’s size. A weighted base allows for one hand to pull and tear the tape, so your other hand can juggle, sip coffee or give someone the bird.

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD65.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Architectural Planter

Your favorite little plant might need a new home in this Architectural Planter. It’s small, so it’ll fit on your desktop (or windowsill?) and has three vertical slabs as its base. Plus, it comes with a drainage tray to catch any overwatering (so you daydream sometimes, no big deal). Let’s hope for a larger version, or a family of sizes to propagate all sorts of succulents.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Poketo

The Lunch Box

Foodies and minimalists will love THE* Lunch Box. It’s made from anodized aluminum- that means it’s sturdy, lightweight, heat-conductive and hygienic. There’s no clips, straps, buttons, or branding (thank goodness), so your food will be the star of the show. Fun fact: the proportions of the box are based on the Japanese flag. (Back in stock!)

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Ode to Things

ZZ CenterPiece

Please tell me you need a strange sort of tray for your next dinner party, because I’ve got just the thing: the ZZ CenterPiece. Isn’t it lovely in its asymmetrical-yet-functional design? Is the ebonized Walnut not beautiful with its zig zag topical pattern? It’s interesting enough to leave out all the time- maybe you could even put it in your entryway to catch keys and correspondence?

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: Pat Kim Design

Fredericks and Mae Cork Coasters

I know what you need: this set of six silkscreened cork coasters from Fredericks and Mae. Why? Well, they’ll protect your furniture from hot and cold drinks, but, most importantly, they’ll make you happy every single time you move them around. Choose the Green/Red/Blue or Red/Blue/Yellow sets. There’s also the very fun Trivets in similar target designs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Fredericks and Mae

Machine Collection Glassware

Do these glasses remind you a little bit of industrial light fixtures? That’s exactly what inspired them, and the result is a hefty sort of glassware with just an smidgen of decorative fluting (like a well-made suit with a pretty tie and pocket square). Choose between a large or small set of three.

Purchase Information:

Price: $33.00 - 48.00
Available from: Gessato

Asplund Tati Coat Rack

Oh, how wonderful it would be to have additional coat storage, especially if that coat storage was the Asplund Tati Coat Rack. Designed by Johan Ridderstråle & Mats Broberg for ASPLUND Collection, the Tati Coat Rack is available in two different sizes and several colors (anthracite, white, violet, olive, nougat, deep blue and orange) as well as a base in either Carrara mabrle or black granite. Which one would look best in your entryway or bedroom? I vote for deep blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,915.00 - 2,080.00
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Friday Links

New Gardenista Book

Vets Made Tiny Custom Snowshoes For A Bird

9/11’S Second Wave: Cancer and Other Diseases Linked to the 2001 Attacks are Surging

How to Pick the Fastest Line at the Supermarket

– “Grown-up” lunch box: To-Go Container

– A question I often ask before thinking about it for an extra two seconds: WHY HASN’T THE U.S. ADOPTED THE METRIC SYSTEM?

Can Direct Democracy Be Revived Through New Voting Apps?

– Fun? Yayoi Kusama embellishes Philip Johnson’s Glass House

Yayoi Kusama embellishes Philip Johnson’s Glass House


So, this isn’t a scrapbook, it’s a Portfolio. That’s said with a teensy bit of snobbery, by the way. A thick paper accordion is held between two pieces of solid oak with a large rubber band to hold it all together. Think of it as a cool way to showcase photos and/or drawings- perhaps from a vacation or special event (gift alert!). When opened, the Portfolio stands on its own for display.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Luminaire