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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)


Smoked Grey Table Vessel Light

The Plumen bulb looks especially appealing in this blown glass form by Decode, doesn’t it? The subtle color tint softens the light ever so slightly while the glass gives an irregular reflection that accentuates the form. In other words, it’s pretty. Also, don’t forget you can purchase the Plumen Bulb separately for your own existing light fixture should it need an upgrade.

Purchase Information:

Price: £276.00
Available from: FAO Shop

Milton Glaser at MoMA Store

Show your love for Mr. Glaser in the form of a timepiece on your wrist or on your wall. The Sprocket Wall Clock is shown above, but as hinted in the previous sentence, you can wear a wrist version if you prefer. Shown below is the Presto Wall Clock, featuring a blue face with white perforations that change throughout the day (wrist version: Presto Watch).


Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Pumpkin Carving Set

Unless you’re an overachieving domestic god or goddess, chances are you don’t have specific blades to carve this year’s Jack-o’-lanterns. Do yourself a favor and get the right tools for the job, thus avoiding any accidents that could involve blood spurting out way before the special effects are ready. Note: the original retailer Kaufmann Mercantile is sold out, but Warren Cutlery (also on Amazon) has some available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $21.95
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile


Storage pieces don’t come cheap, so after you digest the price tag of this Cupboard, take a look at its sliding doors and think of the different ways you might choose to display certain keepsakes. Thanks to the lack of hardware, the doors may remain open or closed without looking messy, giving you various options for storage versus display. This piece is made from high-quality birch plywood- straight from locally harvested forests, of course- in Belgium.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,459.00
Available from: leibal


If you’re semi-serious about photography, you need a good camera strap. And, hey, if you can get one that’s a little more customized to your color preference, and maybe even with a monogram on the shoulder pad, then that’s even better. Should you need further encouragement, 10% will be donated from every purchase to Fotolanthropy, a non-profit that gives portrait sessions and short films to inspiring people who are overcoming adversity.


Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00 - 125.00
Available from: Fotostrap

Alphabet Notebooks by Monotype

Pick your favorite letter from this set of Alphabet notebooks by Monotype. Each notebook features one letter (A-Z) from the Monotype library printed in silver to GF Smith Colorplan stocks. It might be smart idea to bookmark these notebooks for future gifts for coworkers and/or friends.


Purchase Information:

Price: £8.00
Available from: FAO Shop

Friday Links

  • Video: How to be Creative
  • Video: DIY-crafted Seattle micro apartment
  • Calcified creatures
  • A Monumental 3-Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg
  • Video: Crazy house made of 6 million bottles
  • Sommarhus Gotland (via thisispaper)
  • Su-Mei Tse: Swing (2007)
    Enjoy your weekend!

    Waiter/Waitress Tables

    Now, we can all agree that these two tables aren’t cheap (even on sale), but let’s pay attention to the fact that each one can be positioned in different ways for different functions. If used in the C shape position, the tables can nest under and over a seating surface, giving you a very handy tabletop for a drink or device (or both) without taking up too much floor space. Or, perhaps you like breakfast in bed? Either table could be the perfect resting spot for your morning coffee/tea and breakfast plate. As these tables are relatively slim, I’m guessing that they’d be easy to move around your home as needed.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $896.00 - 1,676.00
    Available from: SUITE New York

    Desk set, Matte Black

    If there are multiple paperclips and post-it notes scattered about your desk, you and I have something in common. Maybe we should consider these handcrafted paper boxes by Timothy Wikander of MaterialMaterial. In addition to the desk set you see above, there’s also a small box w/lid and a large box w/lid, any of which is sure to hide/store our miscellany with subtle style. Each box is constructed from 2 mm grey board (the same material used in hardbound book covers) and coated in smooth matte textured card stock.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $58.00
    Available from: MaterialMaterial

    October Playing Cards

    My neighbors have their Halloween decorations up, so I feel it’s permissible to post a seasonal item. It is October, after all, and you might just need a new deck of cards to have around for games with friends and family. 52 frightfully good illustrations by Steven Noble graces this deck of October playing cards, and you’ll be appropriately spooky should you choose to carry them around for the next few weeks.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $7.95
    Available from: Dan & Dave

    MIDORI MD 2014 Monthly Notebook

    It’s October already, and you know what that means. Besides getting your Halloween festivities sorted, your Thanksgiving plans arranged, and your subconscious started on options for special holiday gifts, you need to find a decent monthly planner for 2014. No? Lucky you. Yes? Join the club. I’ve been on the quest to find the perfect (i.e. minimal) monthly planner for what seems like forever, and though Moleskine and others have come close, I think this one by MIDORI (and available from Baum-Kuchen) might just win first place for 2014.

    With plenty of negative space on each monthly calendar, there’s oodles of room to make notes. Memo pages are divided into eight sections for optional weekly pages and there’s plenty of blank pages for extra sketches or notes. Last but not least, the ” target=”_blank” >MIDORI Monthly Notebook is bound by strings, so the planner opens flat for easier writing and perusal.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $16.00
    Available from: Baum-Kuchen

    Push Pull Rotate Door Knobs

    While these door knobs from Brinks Home Security aren’t as visually appealing as a minimalist/modernist would hope, they do pack a certain punch in terms of function. Simply push, pull, or rotate the door knob to open a door. Have your arms full of groceries/kids/laundry/etc? Use your hip/elbow/knee/whatever to push the knob and open the door.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $24.97 - 32.97
    Available from: Lowe's

    Infinity Rose Square Mirror

    What’s better than a square mirror? A rose square mirror, because you can finally take off those ridiculous tinted glasses you’re always wearing and just stare into the mirror instead. It’s a sure thing that a rose mirror is a different way to throw light around a room, and it will no doubt add a little bronze edginess to an interior. Available in a square, $149, or narrow version, $129.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.00
    Available from: CB2

    Wintercheck 06/08

    What happens to orphaned furniture? Often they end up in a very sad place called the landfill, sitting unused and unloved. Wintercheck Factory has saved a few pieces from this slow death, and, with some upgrades and additions, they’re now available online for your purchase (at not bad prices, I might add). Pictured above is the Felt Top Table, $375, who in a previous life sported a linoleum top and was drawerless.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $175.00 - 375.00
    Available from: Wintercheck 06/08

    Tangram City Sculpture Puzzle

    This grey conglomeration might perplex you at first, but it’s actually a puzzle that doubles as
    table décor. You’re most likely familiar with tangrams, those puzzles with seven flat pieces meant for rearranging in a certain shapes, and this tablescape takes that idea into 3D territory with each piece being a part of a miniature city landscape.

    Each piece is made of solid concrete, so you’d be smart to place them well out of any small child’s reach, but that said, it would be an interesting piece to have out and test yourself occasionally on making certain shapes (exercise for the brain!).


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $200.00
    Available from: Molla Space