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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)


Q Knot Reusable Zip Ties

These sound handy enough, don’t they? Reusable zip ties could be used to manage unruly cords, seal up snack bags, and all those other things your imagination can think of. Made of rubber, they’re easy to release for reuse. Get a pack of 25 ties for $7 and divide them between your kitchen, office, and garage.

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.95
Available from: Jet

POV Planter

All right, what did you think this was at first glance? A strange hair decoration? A fireplace accessory? Nope, it’s a sturdy support for your leggy plants to climb and grow upon. The 3-D box design keeps things modern while contrasting nicely with the curvy lines of vines and foliage. Use them indoors or outside, as they’re made of powder-coated steel.

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Price: $15.00 - 40.00
Available from: A+R Store

Arbor Birdhouse

I know next to nothing about birds, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a birdhouse. And, hey, there’s no way I’m going to settle for just any birdhouse, because there are standards to uphold, aren’t there? This Arbor House is made from recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE)- that translates into 24 recycled milk jugs- and thermally modified maple. That means no maintenance whatsoever, except for cleaning it out each season, of course. There’s also the Pitch, Rapson, and Cube birdhouses to consider, all in various colors from Loll Designs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $106.00
Available from: Loll Designs

Cayo Beach Towel

Geez, another modern beach towel? We’re up to our eyeballs here with all the choices, and this one is very tempting price-wise. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have a stack of them ready to go whenever the mood strikes- it is summer, after all. Take note of this tidbit so you can sound smart when you get compliments: this towel is designed by Dee Clements- she was inspired by architectural stained glass from the Arts and Crafts movement.

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Price: $24.99
Available from: CB2

Multi Basket

Is it time for a picnic? I think so, especially if you had this basket from Danish brand Menu. It’s a sort of hybrid between a basket and tray, with two air-tight containers with bamboo lids, two cooling pads, and a felt liner. Stick the cooling pads in the freezer before you head out to keep your food cool. It’s like a bento-box-basket, isn’t it? You could, of course, also use it off-duty around the house (as shown in last image) to corral all manner of odds and ends; there’s no need to keep it just for outdoor activities.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Gessato

Friday Links

“The Floating Piers,” by Christo

Sriracha Ninja

Building Great Architecture Models

Vanessa Friedman: “Driving Force of Fashion is Planned Obsolescence”

Artist whittles wood into (what looks like) food

– Haha: The fashionable peacocks of Pitti Uomo

RE:FIND rubber dipped paperclips

– AT: DIY fabric Clay Planters

Fireflies are disappearing. Here’s why — and what you can do to help.

– It’s summer, so…Stay Cool Ice Cream Truck Pin and Watermelon Buddy Enamel Pin

Enjoy your weekend.

Stay Cool Ice Cream Truck and Watermelon Buddy Pins

Ready Stacking Barstool

Whoa, look at this new barstool. It’s stackable, made from powder-coated steel sled legs and a molded plywood seat. Not impressed? Oh, and it’s under $200. Compare that price tag with another favorite barstool and it’s a downright steal. Choose between black, grey green, or white.

Purchase Information:

Price: $179.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Fundamental Lamp

Stripes! It evokes a certain Memphis Group flavor, don’t you think? And, yes, you could probably make something similar if you had the tools (so, go ahead, make one). If you know you’re too lazy, then this little lamp by Brendan Timmins will set you back $160. A small price to pay for a cheery, striped light with a pink cord, don’t you think? More designs and colors are on Brendan Timmins’ site; contact him directly for those options.

Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Available from: Sight Unseen

Pon+ Pin

Do you remember the harmless Pon Push Pin? The same folks have a new version (aptly named Pon+) that’s a bit bigger and has a smart pull tab. Pull the tab and slide your pictures/artwork underneath for easy display and no puncture wounds. The bigger size means it can hold larger loads as well.

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Price: $13.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Arch Floor Mirror

“What’s through there?” That’s what your friends will be saying until they smack their foreheads against this mirror (they’re not too bright, those friends of yours, poor things). Just think, your place will look like it gained another room at first glance, thanks to the elegant optical illusion of the arched design. Look closely and you’ll see several varying tints create a shaded effect; a small detail, yes, but quite effective. There’s the floor sized version (shown) as well as a smaller 32″ height that would work well on a console or credenza. And, if you want to go crazy, take a look at the Dune Mirror.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,900.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Mirtoon Automatic Hose Reel

Have you seen any decent garden hose storage options? If you have, please don’t keep it to yourself. If you haven’t, I may need to bite the bullet and buy the Mirtoon Automatic Hose Reel, as it doesn’t offend my very finicky design sensibilities. It’s wall mounted, can pivot 180 degrees, and automatically stops and retracts with a little tug. The spray gun has 5 settings and an adjustable nozzle. Sure, it could be a tiny bit more streamlined, but that’s being extremely picky considering the alternatives.

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Price: $240.00 - 471.00
Available from: Luminaire

Koki Ice Cream Scoop

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… you know the rest. Make sure you have a decent scoop for your ice cream, because you don’t want it to melt while you wrestle your serving (plus others) out of the box or tub. The Koki’s handle is comfortable to hold and has a length suitable for all types of containers. It’s perfect for soft and creamy ice creams (homemade is best!).

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Price: $60.00
Available from: Hive

Blanc 44110 Notebook by Metaphys

Running low on notebooks? Don’t let those ideas float away- jot them down in one of these notebooks by Metaphys. The Blanc Notebook’s pages are rounded to avoid snagging and bent corners while the semi-rigid cover protects the high-quality Japanese paper. Pages take ink beautifully and tear out easily. Did you notice the subtle gray dotted lines? They give you a graph if you need it; they’re light enough to ignore if you don’t.

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Price: $19.00
Available from: A+R Store

Sass Pedestals

Why, yes, these pedestals are Sottsass-inspired, as you can tell by their circular, contrasting layers. Aren’t they just the thing to elevate certain things around your home? Perhaps you’ll place your hors d’oeuvres, your prized possessions, or, as suggested, your potted plants upon them, so that those items might shine slightly brighter for being seen.

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Price: $150.00 - 220.00
Available from: Horne

Dotty Clock

Keep time with the Dotty Clock, designed by Abi Alice. You can probably see where sticky dots had something to do with the design, as the ends of the hands are clear to spot from across the room. If you’re a fan of Charles and Ray Eames, you may even see a little Dot Pattern fabric flavor when the hands cross just so… or even planetary orbit paths… or is that just me?

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: DWR