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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)


Filter Table Lamp

Perforated metal may not be your first choice for a table lamp, but it sure “filters” the light in a lovely way. Two metal discs sandwich a light bulb, giving you an edgy option for a dimmable lamp. Available in Blush, Ochre, Oxblood, and White.

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Closca Collapsible Bike Helmet

If you ride a bike, you should have a helmet. We don’t want to hear that they’re bulky, ugly, or mess up your hair, because a bulky head with messed up hair is better than one smashed on the pavement. Plus, the Closca Collapsible Helmet isn’t bulky; it’s foldable, so it will fit into your bag when not in use without looking like you’re carrying around a huge coconut. Three mobile rings are utilized to make the foldable design possible.

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Friday Links

Omoshiroi Block

Self-driving slippers tidy themselves away

Stripes of wildflowers across farm fields could cut pesticide spraying (via goodstuffhappenedtoday)

– Serious about keeping your guacamole fresh? This is for you: Guac-Lock

The Skincare Con / Skincare Is Good and Also Works (via manrepeller)

‘Forget walking 10,000 steps a day’

Boobs Throw Blanket

21 science books that make excellent gifts

Ring Ruler, $11.95

Enjoy your weekend.

Ring Ruler

Slowdown Studio Throws

Blech, some days are tough, huh? Maybe you just need to curl up under a Slowdown Studio throw and succumb to the latest series on netflix/hulu/whatever. You’re sure to cheer up with the 100% cotton throws, especially since their crazy, vivid shapes and patterns are visual statements of general well-being and positivity. It’s pretty difficult to pick a favorite; maybe the Benjamin? or the Davis? Which one do you like best?

Purchase Information:

Price: $230.00
Available from: Slowdown Studios

What is it?

Okay, what do you think this strange, round-yet-flat thing is? Use your noggin, and you may just recognize something familiar within the squiggly shape. Answer below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Need Supply

ST-002W Counter and Bar Stool

Well, hello there, ST-002W. You sure look comfortable, with your nicely curved steel seat and footrest. Designed for the hospitality industry, you’re made to withstand all kinds of knocks and tumbles, yet you have clean, sharp lines that look more suitable in a customized, high-end home. Maybe you should come live with us, along with two of your siblings, at our kitchen counter. Yes? Agreed.

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD380.00
Available from: LIXHT

Cromatica Bluetooth Speaker

This bluetooth speaker has a trick up its sleeve; it’s also a light. The Cromatica features color illumination to coordinate with your favorite music and sounds. Program your particular mix of light and sound for just the right ambience, or just use it as a small lamp at quiet times beside the bed or sofa. That notch at the top of the Cromatica functions as a handle, making it easy for you to carry it from room to room.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

Doug Aitken installs geodesic pavilions under the sea

– Repair a broken zipper without tools or sewing: FixnZip

– Repurposed Vinyl Mesh Gili Bags

Winners of $1 million prize to develop plastic alternatives announced

Camel Jug

– The Virgo Cluster Clear Soap by Wary Meyers is so dang fun.

– Start training your little human early: Brucy Broccoli Chewable Toy

Things Will Work Out Pin

Have a nice weekend.

Things Will Work Out Pin

Nood Lamp

Uh, whaaaat? Tell me you’re not tempted to buy a bunch of these semi-insane Nood Lamps, because then I won’t want to snap every single one up for myself. They’re made of cast porcelain, with a good jolt of crazy color/pattern to wake up any dull corner. You won’t be accused of being boring with one of these guys in your house, that’s for sure.

Purchase Information:

Price: $320.00
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

Strip Tape Dispenser

Maybe you don’t need a new tape dispenser, but isn’t this one interesting? It’s certainly different from the bulky, plastic ones you’ll find at regular office supply outlets. The skinny handle makes it ideal to sit in a pencil cup to save space, or you can choose to leave it out on your desk for a minimal statement.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Umbra Shift

U-tility Backpack

Nice backpack, right? Made from sailcloth cotton with a water-repellent coating, the U-tility Backpack features a front zip pocket and several interior pockets. Yes, one of those pockets is padded for holding a 15″ laptop, plus there’s back padding for comfort. Army green, solid black, or raw natural are your color choices… and right now, those three colors are on sale.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: Thisispaper Studio

Chip Hook

Look close at the Chip Hook and you’ll see that it’s made from wood fiber and polypropylene. Probably why it’s named ‘chip,’ right? Those notched sides you see will help keep your clothes and bags in place while also giving a little textural interest. Three different sizes and three different colors give you the option to create just the right hook arrangement to fit your dressing area or entryway.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00+
Available from: Huset

Kraft Standing Weekly Planner

Still needing some scheduling help? Perhaps revert to the old paper/pen method and use this weekly scheduler to keep track of important events. It has 100 pages; one side shows a weekly plan page, the other a check list and room for memos. All pages are dateless so you can start whenever you want. Prefer a non-standing option? The Brilliant Weekly Scheduler is very similar.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.95
Available from: mochithings

Offset Coffee Table and Stool

Take a look at the three skewed, off-kilter legs of this table. They’re just a bit off-center, which gives a playful feel to the heavy, solid form. The Stool + Side Table is just the right size to fit in alongside a sofa or as seating for a small desk.

Purchase Information:

Price: $425.00
Available from: A+R Store

Simple Music Player, Table Setting Placemat, and SafeWander Bed Alarm

Until someone finds a cure to Alzheimer’s and dementia, we’re all going to have to deal with its effects on those we love. Here’s just three items geared towards improving a patient’s quality of life when cognitive tasks become difficult.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95- 199.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Design