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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)


Chopping Board Set

When you’re out on an adventure, there’s no reason to do without decent kitchen tools. This medium sized chopping board folds up and stores a knife inside, allowing you to prepare foods with ease on your picnic or camping trip. Does that mean you don’t have to suffer through soggy sandwiches? Yep, it sure does.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: Snowpeak

Wood Salt & Pepper Shakers by Tomnuk Designs

If your current salt & pepper situation is not appropriate for the dinner table, then maybe you need to grow up a teensy bit and buy some nice shakers. These shakers (solid maple salt shaker and solid walnut pepper shaker) have solid brass screw in caps that add a superb touch to an otherwise very minimal tabletop accessory.

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Available from: Modern Anthology

Plant Walls by Ferm Living

What are these strange wire rectangles and circles? They’re plant walls, and they’ll help your plants grow up and outwards without disturbing your oh-so-perfectly designed interior (or exterior). Made of iron wire with a protective powder coating, each wall is designed in a simple diagonal pattern with subtle pastel shades to compliment your plant collection.


Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

LBR-2 Book Bench

Do I really need to explain how this bench is worth every cent of its price tag? Seating + Books = (!). It has an angled shelf for books (why, yes, I am nerding out a little bit over that detail). That will give you a perfect place to keep your favorites, tucked away under a handy seating surface.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,250.00
Available from: BOOK/SHOP

Phi Scissors by Hay Denmark

Pretty, pretty scissors. A carbon gold plated handle will dress up any cutting chore while two different sizes will ensure that the blade fits the job. Ugly scissors on your desktop? Of course not. It would ruin all those artistic instagram shots of your workspace and disappoint your many, many fans.

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD40.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Friday Links

We’ve been out of town the past couple of weeks on vacation, and our inbox is stuffed full with submissions and links. Please be patient with us while we sort through it all. Here’s a few things that stood out:

– This is pretty exciting. FormBox: A Desktop Vacuum Former That Makes Beautiful Things by Mayku Industries

– Did you miss a spot? Sunscreenrâ„¢ shows you how well you’re covered in sunscreen

– “The Atlas lifts your monitor or iMac to eye level, allowing you space to push away your keyboard and mouse.”

StandUp Nomad Desk

– Fun, handwoven pillows: TUT

– Waterproof, wooden watch: Oceania Watch

EDC Keychain Pen

– Chart your travels with thread: Cross Stitch Map

– Weatherproof packs designed to house and protect your gear: Black Ember Modular Backpacks

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

Zip Backpack by Joshu+Vela

Sure, we’ve featured more than a few simple backpacks, but there’s something especially nice about the one from Joshu+Vela. With no external pocket, it refuses to be cluttered, and, with its robust materials, will most likely refuse to break down after years of use. It does have one interior pocket along with an interior iPad Sleeve, so you won’t be entirely bereft of organization. Choose between waxed twill canvas (olive, black, navy, natural, or safari tan) and black leather (super sleek, but more expensive, of course). There’s a small version of the backpack too, which is perfect for daily commutes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $280.00 - 680.00
Available from: Joshu+Vela

Cork Flashlight

A cork flashlight! Now, that’s a good idea for boaters or anyone that loves taking baths in thunderstorms. Cork floats, of course, so there’ll be no losing this light in water. Plus, the cork adds a warmth and softness to an otherwise usually cold and metal tool. Bright LEDs will shed plenty of light out on the water or staying in at home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Gaze Coffee Dripper

Any discerning coffee aficionado will occasionally turn their attention to a new and clever coffee dripper, especially if it appears simple and elegant. The Gaze is certainly that, as it’s made up of two double walled glass pieces; one houses the coffee and filter while the other catches your brew. The process is entirely visible, which hopefully will add to your enjoyment rather then your impatience.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: HMM

HAY Iso Hooks

Geometric wooden hooks? Sure, sign us up, for they’ll hold hats and bags aplenty, all while giving an “optical illusion of an isometric cube.” There are several color options, so the hard part will be figuring out which hues works best… or go for minimal light grey if you’re not so fond of contrasting colors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: MoMA Store

The Jean Hanger

So smart. The Jean Hanger lets you say goodbye to folding creases and dryer woes, for it delicately holds your jeans up by their back belt loops. This allows your denim to hang appropriately alongside your other clothes without crumples or creases. Air dry them on the hanger, and you’ll have none of the shrinkage or wear that dryers often cause (plus less energy use!). Shall we say this hanger is a brilliant solution for those of us that love our jeans? Yes, I think we shall.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

45 Record Case

What to do with your 45s? Well, if you possess plenty of money, might I suggest storing them in this particular record case? It’s intended for carrying or storing seven inch records, and has three custom solid wood 45 adaptors in a drop-down compartment along with a hidden storage compartment. It’s a beautiful box*, to be sure, and is very appropriate for your favorite 45s.

Purchase Information:

Price: $850.00
Available from: WorkOf

Livada Fragrance Vase

If you or someone you love is challenged in the olfactory department, there’s no need to despair. This Livada Fragrance Vase will help enhance your sense of smell, thanks to its glass bell enclosure. A small hole at the top concentrates fragrances, so that you may enjoy the fragrant wafts of flowers (or whatever else you should so choose). Alternatively, this vase could be the answer to your ‘my-pet-always-eats-plants’ woes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Luminaire

New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle

Yep, you can get the New York Times in a puzzle. Chances are you’ll want to commemorate a special date- you’ll be able to get any front page since 1851- so have a think about which day you’ll choose. Maybe it’s a birthday or anniversary, or maybe it’s the day someone special got a promotion or graduated. Maybe bookmark it for a future gift?

Purchase Information:

Price: $44.95
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Samsung Serif TV

It’s here. The Samsung Serif TV by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is available to purchase. Are you going to put your name on the waitlist? I’m sure some of us are tempted, for the Bouroullec brothers have chosen to increase the depth of their flatscreen by adding a bottom and top shelf, thus creating more of an object at home amongst our things than a boring, thin, run-of-the-mill black box.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,499.00
Available from: MoMA Store