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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)


The Ledge

Sure, this looks like a wall shelf at first glance, but it hides a small work surface inside. Urbancase’s The Ledge has a pullout shelf/work surface that’s pretty perfect for a laptop, plus a cord management system and drawer, all within a relatively small footprint. Plus, the ‘no legs’ bit will keep a space from feeling too cramped. Aaaand, just to make your day a teensy bit better, it’s currently on sale.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,432.25
Available from: Urbancase

IC S Pendant Light

Seeing as the Flos sale began yesterday (ends March 19), it’s particularly fitting to feature the IC S Pendant Light by Michael Anastassiades. The original inspiration for the IC collection was the skillful way in which a juggler spun a set of spheres around his/her body, and, indeed, it’s easy to feel the off-centered balance and slight tension of each lamp. There’s the suspension lamp, featured here, as well as the IC C/W Wall Ceiling Light, the IC F Floor Lamp, and the IC T1 High and IC T2 Table Lamp.

Purchase Information:

Price: $446.25
Available from: YLighting


Now you can be really, truly lazy, because Switchmate automates your standard light switch, no screwdrivers required. Snap Switchman over your existing switch, pair it with your smartphone, and then turn your lights on and off without ever leaving the sofa. When you do eventually leave the house, you can turn on your lights before you arrive home, thus avoiding any dark entryways (and potential tripping hazards). It’s held on by magnets, so it’s just about the easiest installation you’ll ever have, and, if you’re a renter, you can simply snap off your Switchmates to take them with you when you move.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Available from: Indiegogo

CH28 vs. Lars Lounge Chair

When Room&Board released their new Lars Lounge Chair, I thought that maybe I had seen it somewhere before. Of course, it borrows heavily from a handful of classic Mid-20th century designs, and, in this particular case, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s lots of mid century lounge chairs that hit a pretty perfect note of top-notch design and comfort, and often you can find a pair for a decent price (i.e. less than $1k) if you scour eBay and/or resale shops. There’s also a plethora of dodgy manufacturers that copy classic designs outright, and that’s not cool (or so most people think, myself included) because it’s pretty much stealing someone’s work.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,299.00 - 3,358.00
Available from: Room & Board / Hivemodern

I Ricchi Poveri – Silver Bzzzz

What’s with Ingo Maurer and flying things? Who cares? Because pretty much all of it is amazing, and that includes this table lamp with a delicate handmade silver-coated aluminum dragonfly resting on a bulb. Prepare yourself for a price tag punch, though, as it’s not cheap (you should know this as ‘handmade’ was in front of ‘silver-coated’ and ‘aluminum dragonfly’) and you might just have to put it in your wish list folder until you get a spectacular raise. Oh, and if you really like the whole insects-on-a-light-bulb lighting option, do be sure to take a look at Ingo Maurer’s Johnny B. Butterfly Pendant Light as well as his JB Schmetterling Pendant Light.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,830.00
Available from: Luminaire

The Captain Chair

Here’s something snazzy and new from Bend Goods. It’s called The Captain Chair, and it’s currently available in gold and white, though the product images show a bold red that’s sure to follow. Add the optional cushions for a softer seat or keep it bare to show off the grid work.

Purchase Information:

Price: $490.00
Available from: Bend Goods

SawHorse Table

This SawHorse Table has substantial legs that are sure to withstand many heavy dishes of lots of casual dinners. No need to worry about the tabletop surface either, as the table will age well thanks to its fitting materials. The ebonized oak base holds a blue ash top, and both are made to order by Matt Alexander of HollerDesign in his family’s workshop/CowBlade Sawmill.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4,300.00
Available from: Holler Design

Duo Server

How to keep your cheese visually separated from your baguette and/or crackers? By reminding your family/guests that the cheese stays on the marble circle dammit(!). But you’re not obsessive compulsive, are you, so you wouldn’t say something like that and you surely wouldn’t mind a few crumbs encroaching upon your beloved cheese… right? Especially when the pairing of a solid walnut cutting board looks so nice against a white (or dark) marble circle. The parts can be separated and used individually (marble=trivet).

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Leibal

1100 Carded Wool Blanket by Roberta Licini

It’s still cold outside, so here’s a very fashionable 100% carded wool blanket to keep you warm. Fair warning, though, it’s not cheap, partly because it looks like it should be hanging on the wall as an abstract art piece instead of on your bed as a blanket. You could probably even get away with wearing it out in public as a sort of sweater coat/wrap (if you’re brave), especially as it’s from fashion knitwear designer Roberta Licini.

Purchase Information:

Price: $809.26
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Tre Side Table

Good news: this little table is only $199 AUD. Bad news: It’s not available for international shipping. So, you’ll just have to befriend someone in Australia and ask them to ship it to you, because how you could pass up such a deal on a small, sleek side table?

Purchase Information:

Price: AUD199.00
Available from: The Minimalist

Ruuto Vases

Delicate colors and various diamond-shaped sizes mean endless rearranging- in a fun sort of way. This sort of combination sets the Ruuto Vases firmly in the ‘excellent gift’ category. It takes seven craftsmen twenty four hours to create just one vase, as the colors require expert care and it takes time to create precise, square edges from lava-like liquid glass. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Have a look at Iittalia’s video below (from Dezeen) with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec describing their thoughts on the Ruuto collection.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

  • For your future mouth: 3-D printed snacks
  • Open source DS Kit 01 wall lamp: Kits by You
  • For your wrist: Fake Roley
  • Wasted space or effing cool entryway? Tubakuba Mountain Hub
  • Germinate your avocado pits (easily): AvoSeedo
  • For the kiddos: Minimal Walnut Step Stool
  • For the walls: Paper Trophies
  • Here’s one way to spread the word. Revolution Bike Stamp
  • Revolution Bike Stamp

    Have a nice weekend.

    Underfuse Iron-On Reflective Strips

    Does your favorite workout gear have reflective strips? Mine certainly don’t, but that’s about to change. Underfuse Iron-On Reflective Strips are easy to apply and will help make sure you don’t get run over by a bus/truck/inattentive driver when you’re out walking your dog or running at night. Iron a few strips on your jacket, bag, or workout clothes and stay visible. Also, Underfuse also has an iron-on pocket for your smartphone and/or keys, just in case you’d like to further customize your clothing.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Mathematics Scissors

    Do you need a perfectly proportioned pair of scissors? No, you don’t, unless you care a lot about the golden ratio when it comes to your office tools and accessories. Or maybe you’re a mad genius or a very particular design aficionado, then I suppose you are also allowed to *need* this cutting tool. These semi-crazy-looking scissors are the design baby of iAN Yen & Design YxR, and have the useful function that you’d expect along with a comfortable holding position.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €150.00
    Available from: DESIGN YxR

    Tangram Travel Organizer

    It’s almost the end of February, which prompts this question: is it time to take a trip somewhere? It really doesn’t matter where, as long as it’s not extremely cold (unless you’re skiing or snowboarding). This Tangram Travel Organizer cleverly folds up in a flat, triangular fold to make packing easy. Unfold at your destination- use the elastic loop as a hook if you wish- to see everything neatly organized.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $10.00
    Available from: Umbra