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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)


Grip LED Torch Flashlight

Why not employ the same grips of the BMX bicycle to a flashlight? You don’t want to drop it on your toes, after all, especially not in a dark, potentially scary room when there’s no electricity. It’s a practical, tactile solution to sweaty palms.

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: A+R Store

Lumos Helmet

If you’re a smart cyclist, you’re going to try to be as visible as you can be at night. This helmet will certainly help, as it integrates lights, brakes and turn signals. That’s right, it’s a smart helmet; the rear lights automatically turn red when you slow down and the turn lights are activated by a small remote on your handlebars. Sounds great, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $179.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Nomu Vacuum Flask

All flasks are not equal, as you may be aware. Some leak, some do not keep hot beverages hot, some look atrocious… you know the story. The Nomu* Vacuum Flask is in the top tier of your available options, as it is a thermo insulated double walled flask perfect for either hot or cold drinks. Flavor and aroma are preserved, so you’ll get the full enjoyment of your coffee/tea/rocket fuel hours after you first pour it in.

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Hivemodern

Friday Links

hearO: a Wireless Speaker in a Championship Tennis Ball

Send a Text to SFMOMA and They’ll Text You Back an Artwork

Historic Day of Action: Net Neutrality Allies Send 1.6 Million Comments to FCC. High five, internet!

Digital House Number on sale (from $45 to $29.95)

– Are Instagram and Facebook are ruining our fond memories of vacations?

Mini, Mirrored Prefab House

This Mini, Mirrored Prefab House Can Be Yours for Just $36,000

KEYANCHOR, World’s Smallest EDC Multi-Tool & Key Organizer

– Anti-theft, dual function Bobby Bizz Briefcase/Backpack

Good at Naps Throw

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Good at Naps Throw

Cork Planters

How about some cork containers for plants and such? There’s several sizes to suit your needs and you know that every plant will be pleased as punch to have a home in such a sustainable container. There’s also lidded Canisters (with cherry or walnut tops) for special sundries and a specific Coffee Canister ($125) that comes with a scoop.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00 - 250.00
Available from: Need Supply

Tower Magazine Rack

It’s hard to get too excited by a magazine rack, unless having your current stack of books and magazines stacked up perfectly straight is exciting (no one is judging you, promise). A handle on this rack makes carting your stack from the living room to office or bedroom easy, which might just make you a more well-rounded reader. The simple, futuristic styling is pretty perfect.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.80
Available from: Domino

Cloud High Back Sofa

Prepare yourself, for this high-backed sofa carries a high price tag. But you can understand why, can’t you, especially when considering the feather and foam-filled cushions, slim steel legs, and tall, curved shell that envelopes you whenever you sit down to rest your weary feet. You’re sure to find that this sofa provides a quiet spot for reading or watching movies (or napping), which is a valuable thing in any busy household.

Purchase Information:

Price: $6,427.00
Available from: Mjölk

Kinto Brewer Stand Set

Another brewing stand for coffee? I know, I’m getting a little tired of seeing them everywhere too, but they’re just so darn appealing. Kinto’s Brewer Stand set includes a heat-resistant glass holder, server, and brewer along with a stainless steel (with tin coating) filter and walnut stand. Would it be crazy to use it as a vase when not brewing coffee? Hmm.

Purchase Information:

Price: $188.00
Available from: Need Supply Co.

Beach Canvas Tote

Which way to the beach? Everyone will follow you if you’re carrying this tote, because it’s the ideal size for your towel, sunscreen, snacks, and paperback. Or, of course, you could use it as an everyday tote, as it would look perfectly appropriate for your weekly shopping as well. A waxed coating keeps the bottom protected; choose between Natural or Dark Navy.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Everlane

Neo Geo Bookend Set

Your books would appreciate some support; they’re sick of falling over and feeling neglected. So, do them a favor and get them some very cool acrylic bookends (they have a magical unicorn sort of vibe about them, no?). The blue/violet tones will catch the light and create a fun punch of color that’s sure to add a little artistic interest to any room.

Purchase Information:

Price: $398.00
Available from: Jonathan Adler

Simple Storage Containers

If your dry goods storage is depressing, have I got the cure for you. These are glass containers with a rounded wood or cork top- there’s absolutely nothing complicated or fussy about them. Isn’t that appealing? Use them in the kitchen or bathroom for storage, or as a terrarium (fun!) as the retailer suggests.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00 - 45.00
Available from: Hawkins New York

Wicker Lunch Box

Okay, so maybe this isn’t the highest quality lunch box/bag you’ll find (look at the price), but you might as well trick your eyes into thinking you’re on a picnic, because then you’ll enjoy that sandwich just a tiny bit more. Of course, do be sure to note that this is a wicker printed soft lunch box, and not actually a wicker lunch box. There’s also a Wicker Wine Cooler for boozier lunch/evening occasions. You can even get a zipper bag (that looks like a Mason Jar) and some Buoy Bag Clips.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Corkframe Pinboard

Who doesn’t love a cork board to keep important notes and correspondence handy? This Corkframe Pinboard upgrades your classic board with a thicker, more robust version. A cutout shelf at the bottom holds smaller items like pens, pencils, and keys, making the board your go-to spot for everything important. Rounded edges give it a polished look that will work for years.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00 - 155.00
Available from: DWR

Octagon One Desk Lamp

Looking for small, portable lamp for your desk or bedside table? The Octagon One Desk Lamp has a simple octagonal base that lets you position the light at three different angles. A built-in rechargeable battery means no wires, so you can move it around your home as needed with little to no fuss.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: SFMOMA Museum Store

Friday Links

Vertical transportation concept by Elena Larriba allows city dwellers to cycle up skyscrapers

Muista Active Chair: Freedom To Rock and Fidget At Work

Self-tinting smart windows powered by the sun

– I can’t decide if I love or hate these: f.lashes, LED Lashes

Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses. Save Your Eyeballs.

– Decent window shades over at Barn & Willow.

Titanium Two-Bit Fly Pry – EDC Bottle Opener & Multi Tool

– Can you tell real news from fake news? Facticious, a game that checks your news sense (via neatorama)

Quiz: See How Well You Can Draw All 50 States (via kottke)

John Gerrard creates simulated flag of black smoke as a symbol of climate change

Enjoy your weekend.