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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)


Flexible Powerstrip

I think this power strip is almost identical to the JolyJoy Flexible Power Strip on Amazon, except for this version looks like it has one less regular outlet and one more USB port. The flexible joints allow all your bulky power adapters to fit alongside each other on one strip; simply bend it back and forth to accommodate your needs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Arid Umbrella Stand

This Arid Umbrella Stand uses the inherent properties of terracotta clay to wick away moisture. Smart, right? That’ll dry your umbrella a little faster than an ordinary stand. Also, raise your hand if you’ll be tempted to use it as a planter (*raised hand*).

Purchase Information:

Price: $135.00
Available from: good thing

Aurora Wall Planner

If you like a subtle gradations of pastel hues, you’re going to love the Aurora Wall Planner. The poster-sized pages all display lovely colors fading into each other with open-dated months, so you can start your planning at any point during the year. Keep the months displayed one-by-one, or go with a larger statement and cover one big wall with color.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Poketo

Friday Links

Heatherwick Studio’s Friction table expands to adapt to different spaces

Splatter Napkin

A Young Architect’s Bed-Stuy Townhouse Makeover

DIY – Design lamp

DIY - Design lamp

Studio Ben Allen inserts pale plywood children’s bedroom into Barbican flat

Book Sculptures (do you ever tire of seeing them?)

Rico and Joanne Zorkendorfer’s Home

Slate-covered writer’s retreat by TRIAS

Enjoy your weekend.

Slate-covered writer's retreat by TRIAS

Lenz Pen & Pencil Case

Every so often, do you wish you had a nice pen and pencil case? I know I do. This one from Sonnenleder caught the eye, as it has elastic straps to keep up to 8 writing implements neatly organized. And, yes, sure, most of us rely on keyboards and trackpads nowadays, but it’s still nice to slide a pen or pencil across a page every now and then. (I think I will always prefer it.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: The Ghostly Store

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.

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