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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)


Tube Audio

What can I say? It’s a speaker that connects to your device via Bluetooth, USB or auxiliary input cable. That and the fact that it’s 2 inches in diameter might make it perfect for providing high-quality audio while blending in easily amongst your other nice things. A rechargeable battery will keep music going for up to 8 hours. Oh, and if you could use a clock, pair it with its older sibling, the Tube Clock. Both are collaborations between Amsterdam-based Leff and designer Piet Hein Eek.

Purchase Information:

Price: $189.00
Available from: A+R Store

DIY Thirsty Plant

You’d probably get sick of seeing all the hardware-related design belonging to MoMA Store’s London Tech City group, otherwise I’d post each and every item back to back to back. As it stands, I’ll reign in my excitement and post just one more today.

The DIY Thirsty Plant is a solar-powered sensor that flashes when your plants need water. You put it together by first creating a moisture sensor and then connecting a circuit to a solar panel. That solar panel powers an LED to flash when water is needed. Sounds pretty simple, and, if a kid (8+) can put it together, so can you. Feel free to hack the kit for more complicated solutions (automatic watering cans, plants that tweet, etc.) if you so desire.

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: Technology will save us.

Sammy Screamer Motion Alarm

Here’s another sort of motion alarm, but this time it will bleep loudly if it’s moved. Stick the Sammy Screamer Motion Alarm on something you don’t want moved or touched, and as soon as someone puts their filthy paws on it, it will bleep and send a notification to your phone (via the free app). The Sammy measures around 2″x2″x1″, so it’s small enough to fit in or on the many things that should stay put just as you left them (handbag, bike, liquor cabinet, etc.).

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Buoy and Droplet Superstring Lights

Whoa. It’s been a while since we’ve taken a look at Patrick Townsend’s lighting portfolio, and what a smacker of a surprise to see the current offerings. The Buoy Large Pendant (above) sure is something special, with its handblown glass bubble and surrounding bursts of light, and the Droplet Bronze (below) is simply spectacular. If the price points on those are too high for you, please don’t overlook the original Orbit 35″ ($900) fixture, or the newer Stellar56 (shown below).

Purchase Information:

Price: $900.00 +
Available from: Townsend Design

Joggy Security Cam

Note: We’ve received an email from a reader that pointed out several concerns regarding this Indiegogo project. We suggest you read through the comments on the project page and check out the owners/manufacturers at the very least before contributing.

This security camera is a small, wearable camera equipped with motion sensor & tracker. While some of the finer details still seem to be in development, there are enough uses that make backing the project very tempting. Mount it outside your front door to be alerted to movement or sound or mount it inside the home to keep an eye on the kids. Put it in your luggage to track your bags or maybe clip it on your shirt to record possible pictures on a hike. You can even use it to park your car when it’s in the parking mode. Lots of options, aren’t there? Take a look at the video below, or go to Joggy’s Indiegogo page for more info.

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: Indigogo

Concrete Vessel by wrk-shp

A small vessel for plants or pens could be a nice addition to your workspace, especially as you can switch between desktop or wall display depending on the accessory pairing. Double up the semi-circular planter by wrk-shp (husband-and-wife team Airi Isoda and Ryan Upton) and add the stand for a circular tabletop statement, or hang one vessel by a polyester cord semi-circle style against a wall. If you plan on using the vessel as a planter, please note that indoor succulents would do especially well, as the vessel has no drain hole.

Purchase Information:

Price: $58.00 - 86.00
Available from: Gessato

Enevu CUBE Light

Why do you need a small LED light? Beats me, but judging by the product shots of the Enevu CUBE Light, I’m sure you’ll be able to find some uses. It’s splash-proof, so you can take it out by the pool or add it to your camping gear. There’s a color changing mode for those ‘mood’ settings you may or may not be fond of, as well as a hanging hook should you need it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $Enevu
Available from: 29.90

Ruban Bottle Opener

This might win the award for most minimal bottle opener, if such a thing existed. The Ruban is made from bended stainless steel, blasted on the lower portion and polished on the upper for a nice contrast. Maybe it’s the most indestructible opener as well…at least when it comes to normal household usage- I’m sure if you wanted to destroy it, you could.

Purchase Information:

Price: €55.00
Available from: Contexte

Le Paname Adjustable Garden Tote

Adjustable side zippers make the Le Paname Adjustable Garden Tote the perfect companion for all sorts of chores. Zip one side down to accommodate larger fare, like branches from the garden, or keep both sides up for use as a city or beach tote. It’s made from Bacsac’s signature geotextile fabric, so it’s ultra-light, durable and very versatile.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Hexagon Wood Table

Have a hexagon or two. The small geometric tables may be combined to form a larger coffee/cocktail table configuration or kept on their own for side table use. And, for every purchase, $10 will be donated to Honey Love, a non-profit organization with a mission to protect the honeybees.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Hammers and Heels

Cup Lamp by Paul Loebach

A combination pen cup and lamp? Sure, why not? Designer Paul Loebach combines the two for an ultra efficient desktop or bedside companion. A built-in USB port makes charging your devices a breeze, and a dimming knob allows for just the right amount of light. No searching around in the dark for your writing utensils- they’ll be at the ready whenever inspiration should strike.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Smoked Oak Magazine Holder

Organize that stack of magazines (or papers) with this oak holder from Ferm Living. The angled top edge reminds one of the traditional roof silhouette, or maybe it just gives off a geometric vibe that’s sure to feel at home in any office or living area. Veneered smoked oak adds a little visual warmth with its natural wood grain.

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Available from: TRNK

Dorian Table Mirror

There seems to be more mirrors made of polished stainless steel nowadays, and that’s a very good trend in the design world, as it allows for more variation in form and color. Just look at the angled sides of the Dorian Table Mirror by Martin Hirth for Pulpo. They allow the mirror to stand alone on a tabletop, and, when you’re not gazing lovingly at your face, you can admire the mirror as a sort of metal sculpture. A shelf protrudes outward at the base, giving you a parking spot for your small sundries. Plus, there are three excellent color options: gold, silver, or blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: €280.00
Available from: Wannekes

Friday Links

  • Travelbox by Juust Combines Essentials for Living In A Portable Box
  • Mother’s Day Cards for Stepmothers & Honorary Moms by Emily McDowell. Also, Empathy Cards For Serious Illness. (via metafilter)
  • Epidemia The Game is the first game for mobiles and tablets created to fight AIDS.
  • dezeen: BarberOsgerby for Knoll
  • What it takes to change your brain’s patterns after age 25
  • Watch Anton Alvarez making string-wrapped furniture at New York’s Salon 94 Gallery. (I want one of those string wrapping machines.)
  • BetterBack (this looks a little silly, but also appears to be quite comfortable)
  • Joggy Security Cam (this might be a post next week)
  • Bespoke bat housing
  • Restoration of Gustave Courbet’s “The Artist’s Studio” (via NYTimes)
    Enjoy your weekend.

    Travelbox (bike, bed, table, chair and storage)

    Herman Miller Sale

    It’s time for the Herman Miller Sale, and that means 15% off and free shipping through May 19. Tempted? I’ve got my eyes on two of the Eames® Molded Plastic Dowel-Leg Armchairs (DAW), shown below, along with a few Side Chairs (DSW) to keep them company around a dining table. With such savings, it’s hard to resist.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $$441.15 - $465.80
    Available from: DWR