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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)


Wald Plug Lamp

The Wald Plug Lamp is a floor lamp without the floor. Huh? It plugs directly into a wall socket, using the plug connection as its sole support. So, technically, I suppose it’s actually a wall light, but we’ll accept the categorization of a floor lamp because of its height. Might I point out how much easier this would be to install than a wall sconce? It could be a clever bedside or sofa-side option for those of you who currently rent (or for those who are habitually lazy and/or averse to installing light fixtures).

Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: Feltmark

Ito Bindery Drawing Pads

How can a drawing pad be beautiful? Just look at the perfectly straight edges, the coal-black (and recycled) cardboard backing, the geometric proportions, and the satin-smooth paper of the Ito Bindery Drawing Pads. And, of course, the lack of any apparent branding. A little too precious for the average note-taker? Perhaps, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a stack of these pads on my desk pronto. Let’s toss out our sticky-backed notes and never look back, shall we?

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00-40.00
Available from: ode to things

Black Ember Modular Urban Backpacks

Do you want to look like you’re on a some sort of urban military mission? That’s what I think of when I see Black Ember Modular Urban Backpacks and the various mag-lock pouches and accessories that may be added. The three packs offered are certainly more sleek and resolved than the previous design, and the modular nature of the mag-lock pouches is a smart way to customize how you carry your gear. Pick your base pack (Slate, TL, or Neoruk), then add on pouches, cases, and accessories to fit all your must-have stuff.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00 - 212.00
Available from: Black Ember

Banton Frameworks

You’re not going to settle for just any pair of glasses, as you are known for your discerning taste. If only you could design your own… and now you can, thanks to Banton Frameworks. With over 250 combinations of frames and earpieces, you can create the right mix to match your personal preference. High quality materials won’t disappoint, and, best of all, it’s easy to switch the pieces out to change the look as often as you’d like.

Purchase Information:

Price: £45.00
Available from: Kickstarter

PH 5 Pendant Light

If you’re going to buy a PH 5 Pendant Light, it might as well be on sale. This classic light was designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 and remains one of the smarter choices for glare-free illumination. You’re probably familiar with the slightly more popular PH Artichoke by Henningsen, yet the price tag on that makes it a little less attainable. The curved reflectors on the PH5 ensure that light is directed appropriately, and, with several superb color combinations, it’s a perfect choice for above a dining table or workspace.

Purchase Information:

Price: $846.60
Available from: YLighting

Hay Denmark Pivot Table

I bet you’ll have some fun with these Pivot Tables. They’re made from steel circles, and each one is folded in different ways in order to create varying geometric compositions. Four variants plus a multifunctional mount let you place the Pivot in just the right spot, and I dare say it would be a shame to order only one, as it seems like a grouping would make the most impact.

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD199.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Friday Links

  • Exhibit: Feel Big, Live Small
  • Emojis? Puh-lease. Not when there’s Cindy Sherman-icons! (via Open Culture)
  • Look at the amount raised on the Flow Hive – impressive!
  • Office of Architecture: Brooklyn Row House 2
  • Oneadaptr
  • Disease dynamics: Zombietown USA (via cnet)
  • Screwpop Utility Knife
  • Kickstarter: Kids Imagination Furniture by The Cardboard Guys
  • 5 Things Architects Can Do To Better Serve Their Clients
  • EBay Set to Open New Section on Its Site for Sotheby’s Auctions
  • Prouve T-Shirt. There’s also a Le Corbusier T-Shirt. (via Partners & Spade)
  • Prouve T-Shirt

    Have an okay-awesome weekend.

    Extō Extension Cord

    What, you think you know all about the normcore trend last year? Well, I challenge you to a duel. I present the Extō Extension Cord, which is my answer to what normcore looks like in the home furnishings/accessories arena. Can you come up with a better example of an unpretentious-on-purpose-yet-still-sort-of-attractive, functional product? Hmm, we’ll see.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $70.00
    Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

    Stasha Organizer

    Come on, already. There are simply too many organizers out there for any part of your desktop to remain messy (so says the person with roughly 2′ available out of a 5’x 2.5′ surface). Anthony Keeler was inspired by a cast iron kettle when he thought up this little storage nook/media stand. Lift up the top to stash odds and ends underneath.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Louise Gray Quilts

    Sure, there are some modern/minimal quilts out there- Meg Callahan, Haptic Lab, Mary Keasler and Hopewell Workshop, just to name a few- and now we can add yet another excellent option to the list. The Louise Gray company offers a handful of color blocked quilts that would fit easily into any modern interior. Entirely hand crafted in the US, the quilts could work as a throw or as a wall hanging, and maybe, if we keep our collective fingers crossed, they’ll soon offer larger bed-size options.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $395.00 - 410.00
    Available from: Louise Gray

    Aer Fit Pack

    Still searching for a simple, functional backpack that holds your workout gear and your laptop stuff? Take a look at the Aer Fit Pack. It’s designed to keep your sweaty stuff separate from the technology and papers you carry around, all in a compact size and style that’s suitable for both men and women. Shoes have a separate pocket, and there’s a handy quick access top pocket for your smartphone or keys.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $84.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Adelman’s You Make It Pendant

    Did you know that Lindsey Adelman has a new You Make It Pendant? Yes, indeed, and the whole kit is available at Grand Brass, just like the others. At $57.60, it’s a very affordable option for an interesting, industrial-modern pendant, and all you need is some elbow grease and a fair amount of patience to put it together.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $57.60
    Available from: Grand Brass Lamp Parts

    ‘Pretty Things Inside’ Paper Tape

    If you’re going to send a package off, you might as well tease the recipient with tape that says something. If ‘pretty things’ isn’t really your style, there’s also the ‘I love it. What is it?’ paper tape, which also does the job of prepping the recipient with positive anticipation. The tape is strong enough for cardboard boxes yet can be teared by hand.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $7.05
    Available from: Jelanie

    Ortho Remote

    This blue hockey-puck-looking-thing is a wireless remote for your sound system. How does it work, you ask? Click it once to start playing music, twist it to turn the volume up or down, tap to pause… you get the idea. It was originally designed for Teenage Engineering’s OD-11 Cloud Speaker, yet it follows universal Bluetooth standard for HID so you can use it with any music player on mac OS X, iOS, or Android. A magnetic back gives you the option to stick it on any metal surface, or make use of the non-slip bottom to keep it in place on your table, desk, or countertop.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $150.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    ObjectBox Wooden Storage Boxes

    Just what little odds and ends need to be hidden away? Because chances are that they’ll fit inside the ObjectBoxes from designer Maya Bille. An acrylic sliding lid has the perfect balance of transparency and opacity; you can see the general idea of the box’s contents but not enough to distract you from the beauty of the box. Maybe it could make a nice home for your watches or jewelry? Or desk accessories?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $68.00- 88.00
    Available from: Dwell Store