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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

FlipBooKit, the original hand cranked movie machine. (Create your own animation for fun.)

Do you knit?

WOJR designs forest cabin for a grieving man

Hang Upside-Down to Save Yourself from Choking

Gerardo Osio designs range of mobile objects to suit a nomadic lifestyle

– Video: Lithography

– Old news, but somehow I never saw this Freaky Rug by Bertjan Pot. (via SightUnseen)

Enjoy your weekend.

Neat Lounge Chair

Look at this cute little lounge chair from Blu Dot. It’s completely upholstered, so it has a snug and comfortable appearance. Sure, it looks friendly, and your backside will most likely confirm that its sloping seat and back is indeed amiable. Choose Citron or Blue for a color kick, or Grey for a more subdued statement.

Purchase Information:

Price: $799.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Reflective Notabag

The reflective straps on this Notabag are sure handy, as they will make you very visible when you’re out and about at night. But, the design of the straps is even handier; do you notice their angle? With a single pull of those straps, the bag transforms from a tote into an easy backpack. That makes carrying contents much more convenient, either by foot or by bicycle. Smart.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: MoMA Store

100 Dropped Pendant Lights

Fun! For Kickstarter’s Make/100 project, CW&T has produced 100 unique limited edition lamps. For $85, you get a unique Dropped Pendant Light, fully assembled with a LED bulb included. Or, if you happen to have your own 3D printer, you can pledge $45 for a light socket, cord, and plug, along with a link so you can download and print a lampshade. It’s just a $1 pledge for the link only.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1.00 - 85.00
Available from: Kickstarter

2017 Sunlight Calendar

Another calendar for your consideration… this one subtly shifts tones from one month to the next, signaling seasonal changes with a “haze of hues.” Pretty, right? Inspired by the sun’s height and intensity, the year is laid out with intuitive color. Don’t worry, the cold winter months are pretty too, perhaps sometimes in direct contradiction with what you may feel when you step outdoors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $52.00
Available from: A+R Store

Mobilhome Phone Storage Unit

Let’s be clear, some of us need a phone storage unit like this, and others of us don’t. However, all of us would most likely benefit from the idea behind this particular wool felt pocket thingamajig.

Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: mobilhome

Vapur Anti-Bottle

No more whining about carrying around a big, clunky water bottle, because you could have a Vapur Anti-Bottle. It’s freezable, attachable, and sustainable. It lays completely flat when empty, and you can fold it up for storage. I don’t know about you, but I think it looks a lot better than any plastic bottle out there. Need filtration? Try the MicroFilter Bottle Set. Need something for your magic juice? There’s a Wine Carrier and Flask as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $13.00
Available from: Vapur

Slide Storage Box

This storage box is pretty neat. Its three drawers can be stacked or separated, or, to see everything, just slide them all out in a stepped arrangement. With different partitions inside each drawer, you’re sure to utilize all the storage space for your desktop supplies, jewelry, craft tools, or bathroom accessories.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Luminaire

Poketo Color Story Wall Planner

You probably have calendar options coming out of your ears, but don’t settle on one just yet, because this Color Story Wall Planner might have been made just for you. First off, you can start whenever you wish, because the pages are open-dated. Second, color! You can’t be too glum in 2017 with these cheery colors. Each month is poster sized, so you have the option to cover a whole wall if you so desire.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Poketo

Posture Chair by Modern by Dwell Magazine

Maybe you’ve heard about Target teaming up with Dwell Magazine? Well, take a look at all the offerings if you haven’t already- there are quite a few gems worth snapping up. I have my eyes on the steel Posture Chair for my deck area, as its slim legs are barely visible, and won’t be blocking any views. If you’ve got the room, add the Outdoor Sofa and the Coffee Table to complete the set.

Purchase Information:

Price: $269.99
Available from: Target

Stendig Calendar 2017

Need a large wall calendar to plan out 2017? The Stendig is always a good choice, as it
has twelve large tear-off sheets to show the months in graphic black and white. And, as a quick quiz, do you know what year Massimo Vignelli designed this calendar? Was it a) 1961, b) 1966, c) 1971, or d) 1976 ?

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Need Supply

Happy New Year!

Here’s to a very Happy New Year to you and your favorite people. On a side note, we’re taking this next week off for travel. Enjoy your first few days of 2017!

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Snowe Home

Top Picks of 2016

Can you believe 2016 is coming to a close? Whether this year has been wonderful or difficult, now’s a good time to reflect and ruminate on what you’d like the new year to be. I’m planning to travel to more far-flung destinations and learn at least one new language. And you? What will you do?

Happy Holidays!

Here’s hoping this holiday weekend will be the best you’ve had yet. Relax, have fun, and stay warm!


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