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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)


Frame Trays, Set of 3

A set of three trays with soft, muted colors might just be what you need to get those odds and ends organized. Kitchen, entryway, bedroom, or office, the trays will be a landing pad for all sorts of miscellany, hopefully leaving other surfaces free of clutter. Keep them nested as a collection, or spread them out when needed.

Purchase Information:

Price: $232.00
Available from: DWR


Furniture in a book? Yes, please. This was a Kickstarter project, but now you can purchase directly from Bookniture or from MoMA Store to have your very own book that transforms into a stool/ottoman/table, quick as can be. Maybe it’s perfect for your very small space (and budget), or maybe you just appreciate the fact that it’d be easy to take out to your patio or to the park. Either way, it’s easy to store away when not in use, as you can slide it in amongst your books on a bookshelf.

Purchase Information:

Price: $86.00
Available from: Bookniture

Snug Column Wall Calendar 2016

If you’re still looking for a minimal wall calendar, I think you’ve found it. This one is reduced to the basics; months are noted by their first letters, with all their days lined up in neat columns below. You’ll be able to see your whole year all in one glance, with all special events and appointments written in as you prefer.

Purchase Information:

Price: €21.50
Available from: Snug Online

Friday Links

Folly Soaps via The Art of Soap

David Derksen’s Moiré lights rotate to create moving patterns

Can you build a better brain?

CUT Architectures Stairs

Yellow Staircase by CUT Architectures

– Your entryway needs this coat rack, along with a peacock, of course: “The owners fashioned this coat rack from metal pipes.”

Amalgamma develops 3D printing concrete technique for building structures

– Yoga geeks, take a look at this: Nowness- Felix Price

Frame House Jonathan Tuckey

Frame House by Jonathan Tuckey

Enjoy your weekend!

Concrete Home of Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández

Quite a lot of concrete, isn’t it? The home of Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández is close to feeling like a castle, with large open spaces and contrasting close corridors. The library is particularly impressive, with its two levels taking up one entire wall of the generously sized living area. See more of the space over at Freunde von Freunden.

Corknet Ping Pong Set

A ping pong game after dinner? Sure, why not, just grab that trivet and we’re good to go. Huh? The Corknet Set is such a smart idea: two cork pieces line up side by side to create a net (regulation height, by the way) on any table. They are freestanding- just set them up in the middle of a table and play. And, when you’re not showing your opponent who’s boss, the two cork pieces stack together to form a trivet for your large dishes. The ball nests inside. Fun!

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Metalwork Nightstand

This Metalwork Nightstand has been on the radar lately, and what a pleasant surprise to find the price in a very affordable range. The hot rolled steel option is $249, the white lacquer $199, and, if you don’t mind a little celadon, you can get it at $139. Celadon? Our new favorite color, I think.

Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00 - 249.00
Available from: West Elm

ISO Desktop Organizer

See all those dividers? See the bold blue? Is there any surprise I bought one of these the moment Field announced its existence? And, it has taken weeks (weeks!) for me to place in the spotlight. Apologies. As you might have guessed from the name, the ISO Organizer’s design and dimensions are based on international paper standards. Made from heavy-gauge cold rolled steel, the powder-coated divider has a thin cork underside to protect your desktop. With its hefty weight (almost 6 lbs.) and sturdy construction, it’s bound to scare any unruly piles of paper into order.

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: FIELD

Kartio Glassware

Glassware may not be the most exciting thing to you, but, hey, you use it every single day for your juice/water/spirits. Why not upgrade to something more visually appealing than the mix-matched set you’ve had since college? You can’t go wrong with Iittala’s Kartio Collection, as the series dates back to 1958, when Kaj Franck first created their simple, balanced design. There’s quite a few subtle colors (you’ll find something to suit your preferences) and they’re durable enough for everyday use.

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00 - 28.00
Available from: TRNK

Winkel 127 Table Lamp

The Winkel 127 Table Lamp boasts quite a few features for a smaller task lamp. First off, it’s made of solid fiberglass reinforced biopolyamide, which is made from “over 60 per cent renewable material derived from castor oil.” That makes it recyclable at the end of its lifespan. However, with a very energy-efficient multi-chip LED light system, that won’t be anytime soon.

Optimal light distribution, micro gas springs (that means “good movement patterns”), glare protection, a dimmer… what more would you want in a desk lamp? Oh, it also has a built-in timer that automatically turns off the lamp after five hours, so it has a not-so-subtle way of telling you it’s time for bed. Yes, please.

Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00
Available from: Horne

King/Queen Linen Duvet Set

Hmm, a good quality linen duvet set for $129 sounds extremely unlikely, but maybe that’s because we’re used to other brands (like Matteo) having price tags twice as much*. Is price a true indicator of quality? Or should we take a chance on one heck of a deal? This is exactly the kind of product that needs customer reviews, so that those of us biting our fingernails wondering about the quality will know what to expect**.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: H&M

Cold Picnic Rugs

You’ve seen Cold Picnic’s Private Parts, and now here’s a glimpse at their other larger area rugs. These three have a pale backdrop, with abstract shapes and bits of color to jazz things up. There’s the Cenotes Rug, with a softer lime green and peach setting the tone. Painted Caves plays with purple, beige and red, and Talking Rocks has three floating jagged rock shapes in yellow, purple/blue and black. All are available in three sizes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00 - 1,050.00
Available from: Cold Picnic

Unfolding Apartment by Normal Projects

This very large and very blue cabinetry unit hides all sorts of functions in the Unfolding House by Normal Projects (Michael Chen and Kari Anderson). The 450 square foot space needed to cram in a lot of different areas- cooking, storage, sleeping, and working- while keeping the small space open and airy. What to do? Build a big cabinet, of course, that holds plenty of storage, a murphy bed and office. See more of the project over at Dwell or at Michael Chen Architecture. I particularly like the cabinets without the aluminum pieces (which you see on the older video and on the architect’s site).

Binary Titanium Key Carabiner

If you carry your keys around on a carabiner, you might want to trade it in for this upgrade. It features a ‘safety gate’ that keeps your keys locked in place. No matter how many times you clip it on and off, this second latch keeps key rings safely attached, yet still easily retrievable should you need to remove them. And, as an extra little feature, the titanium body also functions as a bottle opener.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Knot Pillows by Electric Feathers

This isn’t your normal pillow, and that is exactly its charm. Instead of one semi-fluffy square (so boring!), the Knot Pillow is one long tube of cotton fluffiness sewn in silk pongee fabric, hand painted and tied up in a large knot. Fun, right? And especially handy in a pillow fight, I’d think.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00 - 290.00
Available from: Electric Feathers