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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)


Uplift Adjustable Height Desk

Remember the Renew™ Executive Sit-to-Stand Desk featured last week? You might have thought it was a little out of your price range, and, if so, maybe you’ll find this Uplift Desk to be a bit more within reach. Sure, there’s a few differences you’ll notice between the two, but if you want a more affordable sit-stand option, this might be a winner. The steel frame has a motor in each leg to give 26″ of height adjustment- quickly and quietly. There’s also a memory keypad option to save the heights you use the most. Several different tops and a telescoping frame allow you to customize the look and width. Take a look at all the options to craft your ideal workspace.

Purchase Information:

Price: $639.00+
Available from: UPLIFT Desk

OMY Giant Coloring Page

C’mon, it looks fun, right? A giant coloring page to fill, with markers or crayons or both. You could certainly wile a few minutes (or hours) away, and we’ve not even talked about how much kids would like it. Pin it in the hallway at home or in the office, with a box of art supplies nearby so people will occasionally stop to help out (and smell the scented markers). Plus, everything seems to move a little slower from June to the end of August, so no one will notice if you help fill in a section or two all by yourself.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Perfectly Smitten

Six Customized Brass Collar Stays

Father’s Day is June 21, but you knew that already, right? If your mind is blank on what to get your dad, here’s something perfect… if he wears dress shirts, that is. Here’s Six Customized Brass Collar Stays, with an engraving you specify. You can pick up to two engravings, so maybe pick your dad’s name for three collar stays and something sappy but nice like ‘BEST DAD’ or ‘I’M AWESOME’ on the other three. Or maybe you’ll be more imaginative than that, and then your dad will be oh-so-proud and quite happy that you took the time to make it clever.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Owen & Fred

Gemma Box

It’s a box, so what? Well, it is a box, and, at first glance, you’d think it’s a solid block of wood. However, there’s a bit of trompe l’oeil going on, and to those who know, the lid is held in place by a magnet, so there’s little to hint it holds precious things inside. The Gemma Box is available in Large and Tall sizes and Oak or Ash wood.

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00 - 69.00
Available from: Hem

Double Octahedron Ring Planter from Eric Trine

There’s a Double Octahedron Ring Planter and I’m not going to tell you about it? Puh-lease. Technically these planter rings from Eric Trine are on pre-order, so you can’t have them immediately (or, in four days, which is the usual shipping time). However, be patient and you’ll enjoy some geometric fun with plants in just a few weeks. Note: these are planter stands only- they’ll raise any ten-inch terracotta pot upwards to add height and interest to your plant gatherings.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00 - 80.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Paper Clips by Daphna Laurens

Paper clips! But not just any paper clips, of course. These are Paper Clips by Daphna Laurens in all sorts of shapes to keep all sorts of papers in order. Originally these clips began as line drawings, and then were transformed into functional clips. Will they make organizing your paperwork a little more fun? Yes, absolutely, they will, so much so that your desktop will be the envy of your coworkers.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Framed Table Lamp

The Framed Table Lamp by FX Balléry gives off an indirect, warm light that creates just the right sort of ambience for your evening activities. Its outlined shape provides a modern, sculptural element that’s ideal beside the bed or on a living room’s shelf or credenza. Energy saving LEDs won’t gobble up loads of electricity either, so consider that when checking out Framed Lamp’s price tag.

Purchase Information:

Price: $470.00
Available from: Lunimaire

Friday Links

  • How Berndnaut Smilde makes perfect clouds indoors (photo above: Nimbus Minerva by Berndnaut Smilde)
  • Japan’s ‘Cardboard Theater’ uses your tablet to create a private movie house. Yes, you too can do this at home.
  • 7 body language tricks to make anyone instantly like you (but don’t be creepy about it)
  • Can You Name These Famous Landmarks from Their Floor Plans? (I could only name 5)
  • Short read to make you feel better about not scooping up a bargain: What It’s Actually Like To Buy A $500 House In Detroit
  • Cool Kobeiagi Kilims on Kickstarter
  • Such a pretty dog chew toy
  • Tom Dixon’s Favorite Things
  • For perspective, In Hong Kong, the Apartments Are Fit for a Mosquito
  • And another neat dog toy: The Odin
  • FIELD creates sculptural virtual reality helmets for Violescence exhibition
    Have an excellent weekend.

    Jellies Family

    A little prettiness is entirely expected during summer soirees, so maybe you’ll want to add a new set of tumblers or trays to your tabletop. Kartell’s Jellies Family is pretty, of course, and it’s made from colorful and transparent PMMA plastic. This shouldn’t be a surprise since Kartell is well known for their use of plastic in furniture and other accessories, yet the Jelly pieces just look so much nicer than what you’d expect from plain ol’ plastic. Patricia Urquiola designed the collection with an organic pattern in mind, with jelly moulds being a primary inspiration.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $76.00 +
    Available from: YLiving

    Wood & Leather Serving Board

    You’re not going to transfer whatever you’ve just cut to some other platter to impress your guests, because that’s a waste of time and twice the cleanup. So, you might as well have a presentable wood cutting board, right? This handmade Wood & Leather Serving Board by Pernt features a saddle leather handle with brass screws, so there’s just a touch of rustic thrown in with the beauty of the wood. Save yourself some time and have your veggies, cheese or charcuterie looking just as good as (or better than) they would if they were on the fanciest platter you will never need to own.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $100.00
    Available from: TRNK

    Restore Basket

    Maybe you’ve seen one of these Restore Baskets floating around a favorite retailer, and admired its size and soft shape, but did you know it’s made from recycled PET bottles? Finnish designer Mika Tolvanen designed the Restore to be non-obtrusive and friendly, and it’s the perfect size for all manner of stuff- toys, books or even firewood. All sorts of miscellany will be safe (and possibly a little more organized) within its soft walls.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $99.00
    Available from: DWR

    Prop Light Double Suspension Light

    Do you belong on stage, where the lights are bright and shining perfectly upon you? Too bad the casting directors don’t always agree, but you can put that behind you and drop a couple of grand on the Prop Light Double Suspension Light from Moooi. Specially designed LED optics give off the warm illumination similar to vintage vanity lighting, so it’ll give you the glamour without the headache of agents and rehearsals. It’s such a modern take on classic theater lighting, you can guarantee your audience guests will always applaud your excellent taste.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,491.00
    Available from: YLighting

    Birdhouse Bookshelf

    Perch your book on this little shelf by Thing industries for safekeeping. It’s the perfect ledge beside the bed, for it has an angled roof that will keep your place in whatever book you’re reading. Stash your alarm clock or your mobile phone inside, or anything else that needs to be out of the way yet within easy reach.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $90.00
    Available from: Thing industries

    Renew™ Executive Sit-to-Stand Desk

    Hooray! Here’s another sit-to-stand desk, and it has a motorized lift to help make the transition fast and easy. We’ve all heard the news that sitting all day long is bad for us. If you’ve tried standing desks, you also know that it can be uncomfortable to stand for hours on end. So, what’s a person to do? Flexible workspaces are the answer, and will help counteract those negative effects of sitting too long. Switch between standing and sitting periodically for the best results- it’ll add hundreds of years to your life. Okay, you know that last part won’t happen, I threw that in to see if you were paying attention.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,749.00 - 2,249.00
    Available from: DWR

    Thousand Bike Helmet

    Hey, did you know that bicycle helmets protect your brain and could save your life? Just checking, because it seems like an awful lot of people think they exist only to decrease their cool factor. Case in point, last Friday I witnessed hundreds of cyclists in Houston on a night ride and maybe 30% were wearing helmets, which might be a generous estimate. A night ride in a busy city, what could go wrong? (Stepping off soapbox now.)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $75.00
    Available from: Kickstarter