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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)


Kai Shelving by Jean Louis Iratzoki for Treku

Does this shelving remind you a tiny bit of the New Order Shelving by Stefan Diez? Maybe a little? It’s similar in that it has dividers and optional panels that can be moved around to suit your preferences. Each shelving unit comes with two movable dividers, one back panel, and one storage box with push latch. Each unit is fully finished on all sides- you know what that means, don’t you? Yep, you can float one in the middle of a room to separate and define a space.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,490.00 - 3,490
Available from: DWR

Pepper Tray

Pepper dust. If you have a pepper mill, you know all about how it sits just under your mill whenever you set it down, creating little dust piles of pepper. How about a tray to keep it contained? Yes, it’s the smallest detail, and maybe a little unnecessary, but you like to keep your kitchen spic and span, this may be your pepper mill’s new best friend.

Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: Human Crafted

Unseen Backpack

Do you want a special sort of backpack? This one by The Unseen Emporium transforms from black to vivid colors in response to fluctuations in air pressure. A little reptilian, no? Of course, a bit of magic is involved- or science, if you prefer the truer explanation- and will have others doing double takes as they catch your bag changing color.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,450.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Porcelain Spear Mortar & Pestle

Mortar and pestles are sculptural kitchen necessities, so they’re often found out on the countertop. Now, this particular Porcelain Spear Mortar & Pestle would be an absolute shame to hide away, because it’s plainly beautiful. It’s a functional object, to be sure, yet its elegant curves add just a hint of decoration. The white unglazed porcelain is effective for grinding spices and won’t get in the way of your minimalist tendencies.

Purchase Information:

Price: $165.00
Available from: Herriott Grace

Friday Links

Portable desk divider Diplomate by Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte

– WSJ: Dyson vs. iRobot Roomba

– Kickstarter: Cora – All-in-one pour over coffee brewer

– Touchscreen monitor desk, anyone? Space Workspace from M33 Labs

– KickstarterThe Catalyst – Beer Fermentation Made Easy

Recognize these emoji portraits of famous artists?

– Nice: Urban Travel Mugs

Studio Job Loft in Antwerp

Enjoy your weekend!

2017 Scratchable Wall Calendar

May I suggest you sit down, take a sip of water, and prepare yourself? Because this is the first calendar of 2017 I’ve seen and it surprised the hell out of me. 2017!? It’s July, though, yes, just barely. It’ll soon be August, then September, October… you know the rest. The onslaught of holidays, etc. Ugh. Maybe you could get a jumpstart on the impending doom, or at least ease yourself into it, with this Scratchable Wall Calendar. The matte black PVC surface can be written on with chalk, then erased. You can also scratch off the white and silver ink, giving you ample opportunity to make the calendar more suited to your minimalist (or maximalist?) preferences.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: MoMA Store

15.0% Ice Cream Spoon

Before you roll your eyes at a $45 spoon, you need to know this is a special spoon, for ice cream. It uses your body heat to cut through frozen ice cream, which makes your “scooping experience” effortless. The solid aluminum spoon has a thermal conductivity of 237 W/mK (watts per meter kelvin), so you’ll be slicing through your favorite flavor with ease like a ice-cream-eating ninja.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Ode to Things

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 matte-black is a no-brainer, but the pale pink or cobalt blue are also appealing options if you don’t mind a little color.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: The Ghostly Store

Chopping Blocks

Nice! These solid American Ash chopping boards are made from off-cuts. That means every circle, octagon, or square board you buy, you’re reducing the amount of wood that ends up in a landfill. Each block has a rope handle for convenient hanging for storage (or for swinging it around your head when you want to look crazy or dangerous).

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Price: $65.00
Available from: Douglas and Bec

Ile w153 Table Lamp by Wastberg

In love with a lamp… that should be a song title, shouldn’t it? The Ile w153 Table Lamp, designed by Inga Sempe, aims straight for our hearts, as it can be clamped to a ledge or tabletop, mounted on the wall, or set upon a flat surface. The shade moves smoothly, as it has a magnetic connection to the base. Now, the question is, just which color would be perfect for your bedside, reading chair, or desk? (Two grey/brown lamps are calling my name, I think.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $235.00
Available from: Horne

Bambus Glass Carafe

How about another nice carafe to hold your hydration source? This handblown carafe was inspired by the bamboo of Zen gardens; it has an elegant handle and a drinking glass that fits perfectly on top. As stated before, a carafe lets you rely less on plastic bottles of water (hooray!) and more on your own two feet… to get water from the office cooler or your fridge’s filter. Perhaps while you walk to replenish said water you can be thankful that it’s clean and plentiful, and that you’re crossing a distance of yards instead of miles, unlike lots of other people in other parts of the world. Did you know you’d get a guilt trip while reading about why a carafe is so great? Surprise, and you’re welcome.

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Price: $104.00
Available from: Luminaire

The Starving Artist Cookbook

Cool illustrations plus easy-to-make recipes? Sure, that sounds like the perfect thing for simple summer meals, doesn’t it? Artist Sara Zin has dutifully illustrated all her home-cooked meals in this smart collection of recipes that’s suited for any wallet, though starving artists might appreciate it a tiny bit more. French Toast and Crispy Bacon, Simple Carbonara, Oatmeal Cookies… is that your stomach growling or mine? Bookmark it for a recent or future graduate, as it’s the perfect gift for anyone starting out on their own. Check out Zin’s Tumblr for more illustrations and recipes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.18
Available from: Barnes and Noble

Brace Wall Hook

Here’s a wall hook that does double duty: the looped brace gives you an extra spot to clip your keys or hang scarves or umbrellas. It’s also extremely kind to your clothes, as there’s no angular hook to create havoc in the neck area of shirts or jackets. The cast bronze shape is like a jewelry piece for your entryway; just enough subtle glitz to give a sense of specialness.

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Price: $70.00
Available from: Fort Standard

Chairs by Donald Judd

So, how big a fan are you of Donald Judd, on a scale of 1 to 10? If you answered 7 or above, you might just like a reminder that Artware Editions is selling Judd’s chairs, $1,800+. I’m thrilled, though I might have to save up, as collecting some of the “most recognizable and significant artist-designed furniture in existence” isn’t cheap*. And, for fun, take this test: Donald Judd, or Cheap Furniture?

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,800.00+
Available from: Artware Editions

Soundflex Bluetooth Speaker

Do you need an inexpensive bluetooth speaker? This one has a flexible arm that lets you hang or clip it practically anywhere, which is oh-so-convenient if you’re always on the go. Hang it on your bike or bag and take off on your everyday adventures. The lower price tag means you don’t need to freak out if it gets some sand on it or a scratch or two (remember, it’s a speaker, not a precious little kitten). It’s water-resistant and USB rechargeable (cable included), and has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods