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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)


Ora Teapot and Tea Cup Set

The same guy responsible for the x3 Watering Can, Paul Loebach, designed this double-walled glass teapot. There’s no need for a handle, as the insulating outer glass wall never gets too hot to handle. Hold, carry, and pour your tea with ease. To complete the set, add the Ora Tea Cups to the mix. (Note: the teapot and cup set would make a nice gift for certain upcoming events.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Shadowplay Galaxy Scarves

We’ve featured Slow Factory’s silk/cotton Scarves before, but just in case you’d like a lower price point, the NYC based company Shadowplay has a nice selection of galaxy print scarves as well. However, don’t go thinking it’s an easy Mother’s Day gift option, as some of the designs won’t ship until the beginning of June.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Shadowplay

x3 Watering Can

Yeah, it’s just a watering can, big deal. And, yes, a single metal tube is bent three times (hence the name) to create the handle and the pour spout. The handle allows it to be held from the top when full and at the side when watering. All those things plus a semi-decent price tag must mean that this year you’ll finally take decent care of your plants; with a watering can like this, who wouldn’t? Just don’t over water your plants accidentally while admiring the water can.

Purchase Information:

Price: $67.00 - 145.00
Available from: Kontextür

Friday Links

  • “A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu has claimed more than 5,000 lives, caused thousands of injuries, and destroyed homes and infrastructure. Some 1.7 million children require humanitarian assistance…” –UNICEF. I made a donation, will you? (photo via TIME)
  • dezeen: Brick bungalows provide social housing for elderly residents in east London
  • Watch a Japanese Craftsman Lovingly Bring a Tattered Old Book Back to Near Mint Condition
  • Wired’s Absurd Creature of the Week: the Disco Clam
  • Peter Schlesinger Reflects on Some of His Favorite Sculptures
  • Kickstarter: High end in-ear headphones
  • Pretty (yet expensive): Michelle Weinberg, Tumbld Flwrs rug

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Voice Recorder by Richard Upchurch

    Celebrate handcrafted noise with this Voice Recorder by Richard Upchurch. No, there’s no fanciness involved, it’s just a box with a voice recorder in it. However, the fun to be had is in the playback button and the control knob where you adjust the speed and pitch. Maybe think about filling up break time with a little bit of silly sound business? Or, better yet, it might be a good Mother’s Day gift if you record a heartfelt-yet-funny message?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $28.00 - 66.00
    Available from: RichardUpchurch on Etsy

    Travel Toothbrush Holder

    The words ‘toothbrush holder’ and ‘cool’ have never belonged in the same sentence, as far as I can tell, but that changes with this particular holder by Cedes Milano. You can also add the word ‘expensive’ into that mix, as it’s not cheap (just warning you). The hinged bottom is chrome plated and it has a tempered glass top with a very small hole to make sure no moisture gets trapped. Does it look cool? Yes. Will it protect your toothbrush? Definitely. Is it a little fussy and a tad pretentious? Maybe. Do you still want it? Don’t be embarrassed to say yes.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $110.00
    Available from: MAN of the WORLD

    Shapes Mirror: Oblong

    An oblong reflective surface is set off by a contrasting matte color panel, giving this frameless Shapes Mirror the sort of look you’d get from a geometric art piece. The squared off base tends to suggest a tabletop placement, making it an ideal choice for a vanity or entryway area.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $375.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Wine Breather Carafe Deluxe

    If your mother likes wine, maybe you could get this “deluxe” Wine Breather Carafe for Mother’s Day next weekend. The updated gold-plated lid makes it special, while the function remains the same as the original Wine Breather. Simply invert a bottle of wine on the carafe for hands-free decanting. After aeration, use the carafe for serving or return the wine to the original bottle.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $74.95
    Available from: Lumens

    Record / Book Holder

    Pick your favorite books or records for display on this wood holder from Coil + Drift. The angled sides makes it easy to view and flip through the collection you’ve set aside for perusal. Keep it on a shelf or sideboard so your guests can easily see your excellent taste in literature or music, or, for more everyday use, keep it beside your desk for reference materials.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $100.00
    Available from: Coil + Drift

    Brass Desk Organizer

    Add a little order to your workspace with this triangular Brass Desk Organizer. The brushed, matte finish adds a subtle shine that just might catch your eye every so often to remind you to tidy up any errant papers. Add the Brass Hexagon Pots or the Pencil Cup for pens and pencils.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $54.00
    Available from: TRNK

    ThePresent Clock

    You have clocks all around you, so why do you need another one? Well, what if you could see a visual representation of the year? ThePresent is an annual analog clock; the hand completes one revolution every 365 days. Seeing the slow progression of a year might help put your hurried daily chores and duties into perspective. Dare we hope you might slow down and spend some time in reflection?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $240.00
    Available from:

    Archimetric Notebook and Drawing Tool Set

    Architects and designers, do you need a new notebook? The grey pages of the Archimetric Notebook are ruled at a scale of 1/100° and 1/50° for precision drafting. There’s a few blank pages as well for other notes and sketches, and, as an extra prize, there’s a scale ruler, bookmark, protractor and t-square included. Once you get through your first book, start numbering the spines for easy reference.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Swing Bin by Shigeichiro Takeuchi

    Do you remember the Swing Bin by Shigeichiro Takeuchi on Kickstarter last year? The bin is composed of a simple cylinder with a wooden lid that swings and tilts, allowing disposal while hiding the bin’s contents. It’s now available to purchase via Shigeichiro Takeuchi’s Moheim shop, so if you missed the Kickstarter campaign, you now have a second chance to upgrade your trash receptacle.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $65.62
    Available from: Moheim

    Farmhouse Modern Cupboard

    The beauty of a walnut armoire/cabinet done in a minimal, modern design is just plain hard to resist, no matter the cost. Chadhaus (a favorite of ours here at BLTD) has released this new design and it has the same quality marks we’ve come to know and expect (and love) from their previous pieces.

    The hand-built nature of the solid wood case and custom-veneered doors guarantees that it will last for generations to come, and the adjustable shelving and a pullout drawer makes it suitable for storage in any room. Picture it in your dining room, living area, office, or bedroom, with its shelves semi-full of perfectly organized, useful things. Now, tell me, doesn’t that picture look nice?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $4,000.00
    Available from: Chadhaus

    Coin Mirror by 45 Kilo

    What’s the big deal about a piece of polished copper? For starters, it’s hand-polished to a mirror shine, so you can see your face in it every day (you’ll have a rosy glow, which will do wonders for your self-confidence). The copper will take on a warm patina over time, giving it an ageless appeal and character- perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to say the same about your face?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $210.07
    Available from: L'ArcoBaleno