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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)


Minimal Float Wall Desk

Are floating wall desks still a thing? If you think so, then this one will suit you just fine. Mount it to any wall for a multi-purpose workspace or landing pad. It’s especially suited for smaller spaces like bedrooms, as leg room isn’t an issue. Mount it at any height you want (standing maybe?), stick a laptop/monitor on it and voilà! you have a sleek little workstation that can hide your keyboard and papers away when you’re not using them. Choose between the Small (36″w) or Large (51″w) depending on your needs. Maybe it could even go in a large hallway as a floating console for keys and mail and such?

Purchase Information:

Price: $649.00-799.00
Available from: 2modern

Trapecio Notebook, Color

Whaaat. A trapezoid notebook? Double pages unfold to a trapezium, all in a wonderful array of colors. Trapezoid, trapezium, it’s enough to make you wish you remembered geometry class. Will this odd shaped notebook make you more creative? Absolutely. There’s also a very nice monochrome Trapecio Notebook, but it’s sold out. Sad face.

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Price: $36.00
Available from: Mr P Shop

Turning Table from Menu

Finally, a decent coffee table that will hide your junk. German designer Theresa Arns has thoughtfully allowed us a storage space for stashing remotes, magazines, chargers, and all that other miscellany that makes us look like slobs. The lid rotates open, giving you ample space to see and store living area stuff.

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Price: $499.95
Available from: MENU

Trusco Tool Box TY-410-SV

Would you happen to need a small-ish Trusco Tool Box? Don’t worry, I’m not going to link you to a Craigslist ad, it’s just that this one is quite affordable and looks to be almost indestructible. It might be a good home for the odd medley of screwdrivers, hammers and nails you have yet to find a resting spot for, or, maybe it could even hold your sewing tools or drawing supplies? And, for an extra dose of cute (if a toolbox can be cute) is the smaller sized TY-320-SV ($45).

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Hand-Eye Supply

Stol Guitar Stand

I think I linked to this on a previous Friday Links list, but a few new product photos get it extra recognition. The Stol is a collapsible guitar stand that’s very easy on the eyes. It’s composed of two A-frame pieces that slot together to create a simple stand worthy of your best guitar. Knock the stand back down for flat storage, no tools necessary.

Purchase Information:

Price: $179.00
Available from: Hudson Valley Hard Goods

Bookends by DANIEL/EMMA

It’s next to impossible for me to pass up a pair of delightfully simple bookends, and, of course, these are by DANIEL/EMMA, so I really have no choice but to show them to you. Machined from a single block of granite, each bookend set will support the heaviest books in your collection, no doubt about it. What else to say? Choose the Jet Black, so you can sit back with a glass of your favorite beverage (whiskey from Japan?) and look very, very cool amongst your minimal, dark things. Bonus points if you choose to read something esoteric or existential (either will do) while occasionally glancing up to appreciate your smart abode.

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Price: $180.00
Available from: Field

Frames 2.0 Grid Bookcase

This isn’t your normal bookcase, as it doesn’t have solid shelves. Instead it’s composed of 12 wooden frames, all open in the middle. Books may still be balanced over the frames, of course, but other possibilities arise when considering the use of the middle space; things like planters or containers can hang from the frames, thus enabling you to create a versatile bookcase or room divider. When packed, all the wooden frames fit together to create a long, flat, easy-to-ship box.

Purchase Information:

Price: €1495
Available from: Gerard de Hoop

Peek LED Table Lamp

The Peek LED Table Lamp is a cute little thing, isn’t it? It swivels 360° around its heavy metal base and has an adjustable shade for the right diffused-yet-direct light. Simply touch the tip of the stem to dim the light to your preferred brightness. Look closer and you’ll see that the base has a concave top that can hold smaller items like paperclips, jewelry, and coins. Could it be the perfect companion to your desktop or bedside table? I’d say so.

Purchase Information:

Price: $349.95
Available from: YLighting

The Bouclier Visor

Commuting or running errands on your bike is good for the environment and good for your health- except when all that time out in the sun results in your face soaking up dangerous UV rays. Protect your face with the Bouclier Visor. It fits onto your existing helmet with two peel-and-stick helmet mounts- super easy and detachable- and once on, you can pivot it up and down as needed. It shields your entire face from the sun, so there will be no need to reapply sunblock (or age prematurely). Back the project over at Kickstarter.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Anamorphosis Mirror

This mirror will play around with your perception of its shape, as the oval will distort and change as you change your perspective. Particularly suited for make-up application, the mirror shows both the front and sides of the face, which allows you a full three dimensional view of your face as the world sees it, in all its wondrous glory.

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Price: $235.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Weaver Tea Jar and Infuser set

A good tea canister and infuser can make all the difference in making a cup of tea. Hot water and tea may be the ingredients, but the whole process is enjoyed all the more with elegant tools. This copper Weaver Tea Jar by Toast Living will hold your leaves in pride of place while the small infuser will make brewing a special event with a stainless steel basket and a terra-cotta lid.

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Price: $75.00
Available from: designboom store

Donna Wilson Pouffes

These pouffes (or poufs, as you might call them) not only add pattern and interest to a room, but also they add a soft texture to a seating area. Plus, you can’t go wrong with anything done by Donna Wilson, or maybe you can and I just refuse to believe it. I actually have one Henry and one Ernest Pouffe in my living room, and we use them every evening as foot rests. Super comfortable. Now on sale from The Future Perfect.

-Each is made by hand stuffing Calico bags and upholstering them with knitted panels, reminiscent of segments of an orange.
-Upholstered in a specially designed Donna Wilson knitted wool pattern made in Scotland.

Henry Pouf, 16″ x 16″, $393.00 $195.00
Frank Pouf, 31.5″ W x 16″ H, $625.00, (not available)
Ernest Pouf, 24″ x 12″ H, $608.00, $300.00

Donna Wilson Pouffes

Updated price and link; originally from our archives (posted Jun 29, 2009).

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00 - 300.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Screwdriver MINI +|-

Do you remember the Screwpop Screwdriver? Here’s an even tinier version called the Screwdriver MINI +|-. It’s about 2/3 the size and weight of the original, yet has the same strength and function. Stick it on your keyring and be at the ready with a bottle opener and micro screwdriver whenever and wherever you might need it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Friday Links

-Ceramics by Katharine Morling

-Want to learn something? This is the coolest: Theories of Everything, Mapped

-Yay for Hay! HAY Mini Market Hits New York

-Cute stools: Reproduction No. 5 and Reproduction No. 8


-8/10 was my score this week. Fast Company News Quiz

ELERT Illuminated Sports Backpack

Stores Suffer From a Shift of Behavior in Buyers

‘Living Things’ (via unconsumption)

Have a great weekend.

Jacob Ethan Living Things


Clever! This V-LITE Lamp doubles as a wall sconce- just hang it up by its foot/feet when you need more space on your nightstand or desk. The perforated metal shade gives off a wonderful pattern on the wall, as you can see, and is adjustable to get light right where you need it. Should we be surprised that this is a Commune and Atelier de Troupe collaboration? Nope, it’s too good to not have had several brains involved.

Purchase Information:

Price: $365.00
Available from: Commune