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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)


Emu Heaven Lounge Chair, Set of Two

I know, I know, now’s not really the time to be highlighting outdoor furniture, but the Emu Heaven Lounge Chair could easily live indoors as well, and the price becomes way more reasonable once you grasp that it’s for a set of two. Metal mesh gives a visual lightness to the draping silhouette, making the chair a friendly modern statement wherever it ends up. Stack up to four chairs for storage.


Purchase Information:

Price: $1,659.00
Available from: YLiving

Hexagon Stand

Paper towel holders aren’t big business, so there’s not a plethora of options out there to fit a picky person’s aesthetic. However, Ferm Living comes to the rescue with this Hexagon Stand. Made of solid brass (matte polished) and a marble base, it’s subtle and, dare I say, beautiful. Does a paper towel holder deserve such high praise? This one does.

Purchase Information:

Price: $63.00
Available from: Ferm Living Shop

Billy II Box

Speaking of desks and storage space for paperwork, there’s always the option of adding a roller file underneath your existing desk if there’s room. You could get a ho-hum boring rolling file from an office supply store, or you could shell out more dough for one that actually looks like a good deal of design thought went into its creation. Ethnicraft’s Universo Positivo collection has caught our eye before, and their Billy II Box stands out for its combination of solid oak and lacquered stainless steel. A large opening in the back accommodates cords (not apparent in the picture above, fyi) while one drawer provides just enough space for essentials. Need a stack of drawers instead? Consider the Oak Billy Box, an alternate version.

Purchase Information:

Price: $729.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Table Tiles

Products that have an illusion of a 3D surface through use of color go straight in the ‘favorites’ folder, and this set of six coasters from Bower is no exception. Arrange them as a group in “endless permutations”- fun, right?- and also for function as a trivet. Choose between black/beige, green/gray, or red/blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Areaware

Mozartkugel Music Box

What do you get the person who has everything? A Mozartkugel Music Box, of course. Turn the key and Mozart’s ‘Voi Che Sapete’ from ‘Marriage of Figaro’ begins playing from inside the large, solid wooden ball. Magic? We wish. This wind-up music box is cleverly designed by Adam + Harborth of Siebensachen.


Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Sottsass Twergi Spice Grinders

These bright Twergi Spice Grinders have a vintage appeal that’s bound to stay timeless thanks to their classic wood-turned shapes and bold red/black/yellow color scheme. Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and his team of designers were responsible for Alessi’s range of wooden products during the 80s and 90s, and, thankfully, they created these beech wood grinders that highlight some of the wiser color combinations of two rather daring (and some might say questionable) design decades.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00 - 165.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Asplund Tati Desk

Minimal/modern desks are hard to find, especially when storage is a necessity. I’ve been on a search for an update to my own home office desk, and while this Asplund Tati Desk lacks the file drawer I so desperately need, it does possess the slender, sleek lines and no-fuss styling that I’ve been after. So, if you’re organized enough (i.e.completely paperless) to not need several deep storage drawers, then this little desk might just be a good fit.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,715.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Bodum® Pebo™ Vacuum Coffee Maker

Are you up for a bit of chemistry when making your morning brew? If so, this Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker from Bodum could be an interesting experiment. How does it work? Steam escapes from the bottom bowl into the top, mixing with the oils of your coffee. Once you remove it from heat, and the newly brewed coffee filters back down into the bottom bowl for serving. That’s a simplified version, of course, but you get the idea. It’ll take a little longer (5 to 11 minutes) than a regular coffee maker but the brewing time and temperature are calibrated precisely for a perfect cup each time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Sur La Table

Pumpkin Carving Set

Unless you’re an overachieving domestic god/goddess, chances are you don’t have specific blades to carve this year’s Jack-o’-lanterns. Do yourself a favor and get the right tools for the job, thus avoiding any accidents that could involve blood spurting out way before the special effects are ready.

Purchase Information:

Price: $21.95
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Stand Up! Stand

It might be a stretch to call this computer/iPad/book stand ‘beautiful’, but you certainly can’t dispute that it’s interesting. A durable soft-coating won’t leave marks on surfaces and its substantial weight will keep the heaviest of cookbooks (or laptops?) secure for your hands-free viewing.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: black + blum

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    Enjoy your weekend.

    George Nelson Bubble Lamps

    Another sale item? Yes, and you’ll be happy to hear the sale is on the Nelson Bubble Lamps, and they’re 15% off. Now, if you need any encouragement, here are a few images of interiors that might tempt you to update/refresh your current lighting situation, especially above your dining table.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15% off
    Available from: YLighting


    If you’re staring at pile of miscellany on your desk, or becoming sick of the clutter that accumulates in various areas of your house, this Toolbox by Arik Levy might just be your ticket to organizing the heck out of whatever mess is bringing you down. Plus, it’s on sale currently over at Hive, as are other Vitra items, so there’s less of an excuse for you to put off decluttering.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $51.00
    Available from: Hive Modern

    Kanto Magazine Holder/Firewood Rack

    This bent plywood holder is just begging to store kindling, logs, stacks of magazines, or whatever else your brain may think of. The handle makes short work of toting around contents, though do avoid swinging any small children or live animals about as that will only end in tears. The Kanto Magazine Holder/Firewood Rack is available in natural lacquered birch veneer or your choice of three lacquer options and is currently on sale.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $174.00
    Available from: Hive

    Aura Credenza

    You’ve seen the Aura Media Unit featured here before, but this is the Aura Credenza and it might just be the answer to your storage issues. Wood veneer and lacquer mix well for contrast, and the three drawers plus an open shelf and two cabinets will hold all sorts of stuff. Removable shelves and a cord escape means it would fit well in an office or living area, hiding your printer and/or other electronics without sacrificing a streamlined, elegant look. I might just have to buy one for my own home office, especially as it’s on sale.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,358.75
    Available from: DWR