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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)


Paper Display

This Paper Display by Jamie Wolfond & Sam Anderson (and available from good thing) simply acts as a curved base to provide papers to stand. Think of it for displaying your current project paperwork or for showcasing photos and notes. (Update: Now made of powder coated aluminum, the price is more affordable at $14 instead of $39 when it was made of stoneware.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: Good Thing

All Plastic Chair

Here’s something to get excited about… Jasper Morrison has taken the character of the archetypal wooden chair used in Europe for decades and updated its appearance by making it entirely out of plastic.

Purchase Information:

Price: $246.50
Available from: DWR

Stone Fruit Bowls, Small

Maybe you caught a glimpse of the Stone Fruit Bowls by Chen Chen and Kai Williams, but did you know there’s now a smaller, set-of-2 bowls to round out your collection? The larger bowls are cast from four different melons, each dish unique, while the smaller bowls are cast from a selection of grapefruits. Will the texture on the bowls make your fruit/oatmeal/cereal/snacks a little more enjoyable? Yes, absolutely.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00 - 60.00
Available from: Areaware

Andreé Jardin Mini Brush and Dustpan Set

It won’t hurt one bit to tidy up, especially if you have the Andreé Jardin Mini Brush and Dustpan Set. The small brush fits easily in the hand to sweep up crumbs and other debris, and it fits neatly into its metal pan for storage. Maybe it’ll encourage you to keep surfaces clean? Let’s hope so.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Poketo

HAY Japanese Steel Container

Talk about utilitarian containers, can you get any more robust than stainless steel? These Japanese Steel Containers from HAY will have your food storage needs covered, as stainless steel is ideal for storing and cooling food. It’s also hygienic- a definite advantage in the kitchen, of course.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00 - 59.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Cut Out Platter by Other Kingdom

Who else wants their future home to be made entirely from marble scraps? Until we can afford such splendor, perhaps we’ll splurge on a Cut Out Platter from Other Kingdom. Left over marble pieces from master inlayer Prakash Kumar are spliced with the cut-out patterns of Other Kingdom for a mixed palette that’s sure to add interest to any table setting.

Purchase Information:

Price: $240.00
Available from: Other Kingdom

Dymaxion Quilt

Remember the Dymaxion Folding Globe? Well, you can now get a quilt version to keep you and your loved ones warm this winter. Sourced from the Fuller Projection Dymaxion Map, the Dymaxion Quilt highlights Buckminster Fuller’s vision of our planet as one island in one ocean.

Purchase Information:

Price: $289.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

Surface Speaker

How cool is this Surface Speaker by Room One? Chances are some visitors will mistake it for an art sculpture, which isn’t a bad thing, considering the world of speakers. The state-of-the-art technology of transducers creates sound using the entire surface; the frequencies resonate through the engineered wood disk. It’s wall-mounted and wireless, so it’ll fit right in with your minimalist/modern decor.

Purchase Information:

Price: £895.00
Available from: Room One

Memo Clips

These are paper paper clips, so feel free to write notes directly on their top tabs. You could use them instead of staples or as mini bookmarks, perhaps? Made from chipboard paper, they’re sturdy and reusable, and, at the end of their life, you can throw them in the recycling bin.

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00
Available from: Rikumo

Friday Links

Nirvana Rug “Conceived as a sculptural meditation rug, it becomes a metaphorical journey of transcendence as the pile’s length increases from bottom to top, becoming the ‘steps to nirvana’.”

Is Good Taste Teachable?

Touché Instrument

Astro Alphabet

– So…disturbing: Dadbag

– Fun Sticky Notes

sticky notes from normann copenhagen

Euclid – A more accurate measuring cup

WT2 Real-time Earphone Translator

– And, Google’s new headphones double as a personal translator

Have a good weekend.

google pixel buds

Mighty Stash Pack

How about rethinking the lunch bag? The Mighty Stash Pack is compact, expandable, and easy to clean. Sounds great, right? Thanks to its tetrahedron shape, it can expand to hold a big lunch and then fold down to a flat, slim envelope when empty. Thermal insulated lining (plus an optional removable ice pack) will keep your food at the right temperature, plus it has a carabiner clip for transport and attachment.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: Dynomighty

Kupu Photoelectric Smoke Alarm

So, it turns out there are other smoke alarms (other than the Nest) that aren’t visually offensive. Case in point, the Kapu*: it’s a photoelectric smoke alarm. The casing of the Kapu acts a press switch, so you can test it and silence false alarms without any tiny push buttons. It installs via 3M tape, too, no tools required.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.85
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

TAIT Design Co. Perpetual Wall Calendar

Who doesn’t love perpetual calendars? Year after year, they’ll help you keep track of the days. This one by TAIT Design Co. features rotating discs with month, day and day-of-the-week. Spin the discs around to get the right day, then concentrate on getting your head straight for the rest of the workday.

Purchase Information:

Price: $56.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Maracas Salt and Pepper

Why do you need these Maracas? Because they’re salt and pepper shakers. Fun, right? Bonus points, of course, if you shake them like you’re playing in a band every single time you add seasoning to your meal. Plus, they’re designed by Naoto Fukasawa. Really, it’s a no-brainer; be sure to bookmark them for a future housewarming gift.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: Leibal

Las Vegas Attack

It’s hard to continue life as usual when news of the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting is all we can think about. No matter what you think about the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, surely there’s got to be a way we can stop these horrific events.

Think about it, and then do something. Call your representatives, donate to an organization you believe will make a difference, and talk to those around you about how we can stop this from happening again.

Las Vegas Victims Fund
Preventing Mass Shootings Like the Vegas Strip Attack
477 Days. 521 Mass Shootings. Zero Action From Congress.