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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)


Vino Cork Stopper

Why does your wine bottle need a hat? To be clear, it’s a stopper, not a hat, but you can call it what you wish. In the event you are unable to finish a whole bottle of wine in one sitting, this Vino Cork Stopper will save it for later enjoyment. And, it has a trick up its sleeve- turn it over and it may be used as a bottle holder. Two in one!

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Luminaire

Indigo Splatter Ceramics by Chris Earl

An indigo splattered coffee cup is just what your tea or coffee would like to live in, however briefly, before you sip/gulp/slurp it down. Los Angeles-based designer Chris Earl is the man with the blue paint brush, and he splatters indigo glaze across his hand-thrown tumblers, coffee cups and bowls with equal enthusiasm.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00+
Available from: Chris Earl

‘Diamond’ Poufs

Q: What do you get when you combine Studio Bertjan Pot with a company that has the name of a evil sorcerer a long history in Persian carpets? That’s not a joke, by the way, it’s just a way to solicit an exclamation of admiration of said studio. A: You get a wonderfully mixed triangular kilim pattern, in all sorts of “spicy colours” on rugs and poufs. Note: gird your loins, for the prices aren’t cheap.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,260.00 +
Available from: Wallpaper STORE

Equal Denim Hangers

Nice! These hangers are made from recycled denim fibers salvaged from Japanese textile factories. Threads- those little flecks of color- are compressed with discarded fabric from the cutting floor into usable hangers for all your clothes. So, you’ll have remnants of clothes hanging your clothes…

Purchase Information:

Price: $17.95
Available from: CB2

Cobra Wall Sconce

The Cobra Wall Sconce might just be the coolest under-the-radar sconce ever. Why? Well, look at the subtle curve of the shade, for starters, and its classic oval shape. Did you know the Swedish architect and designer Greta Grossman designed it way back in 1950? It still looks thoroughly modern, in the quiet way of most mid-century Swedish modernism. The shade may be tilted 90 degrees and rotated a full 360 degrees, allowing you to concentrate light right where you wish.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: YLighting

Chops Cutting Boards and Knife Rack

Knives and cutting boards: two things that work together in the kitchen yet are often pulled from different spots. Chops combines the two, with a metal knife rack that holds two cutting boards upright for storage. Take off one board (or both) and you’ll see the simple black frame of the knife rack. After prep and cleaning, reset the boards on either side, and you have what appears to be just a slender wooden knife rack. Pretty handy.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: ILoveHandles

DORO Grill Fork, Set of 2

Is January too cold for gathering around a fire for some S’mores? Some of us think not, and will shortly add this set of 2 DORO Grill Forks to our carts. Simply thread a stick through the holes of the fork to keep it in place, and you have a sturdy fork for vegetables, sausages, or marshmallows, take your pick.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.50
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

‘Svelto’ Round Stacking Stool

At first glance, you could be forgiven for letting your eyes slide right over this stool on to other more exciting things. However, on second sight, if you don’t notice the lovely detail of the slightly concave top, and then, of course, the leg shape and joinery underneath (you do have to turn furniture over occasionally, it’s the nature of appreciating design), then I’ll have to give you a verbal slap for not paying attention. The Svelto Stool stacks for storage, with each stool rotating slightly from the one below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $415.00
Available from: Wallpaper STORE

Large Catch, Walnut

Hello there, little catch-all. How simple and unassuming you are, with just enough space to catch keys, phones, and other pocket contents. Perhaps you need to live on our dressers, desks, or entryway consoles, just to tidy up those spots which accumulate all sorts of miscellany on a daily basis. Hmm, now to decide, which size is best?

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00 - 90.00
Available from: Craighill

Lissoni Salt and Pepper

Should you need an option for no-fuss salt and pepper grinders, consider Piero Lissoni’s pair. Subtle and functional, they’re a smaller scale version of traditional grinders, making them the right size for tabletop use. They’re easy to hold in the palm, and also easy on the wrist thanks to the grinding mechanism at the top. Each fills from the bottom, with a coin to unlock the barrel.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: DWR

Friday Links

Mountaintop Skywalk with a 330 Foot Slide Down

– New BFGF Blankets

– Want: Nordic Spruce Box

Impressive staircase

– Graffiti Ollio Rugs (via Skönahem)

– Somewhat affordable: minimal Morey Platform Bed

– Note: Slight sale on Galileo’s Telescope by Odoardo Fioravanti

Davide D’Elia, Antivegetativa

– “London designer Marcin Rusak has created a collection of furniture and lighting by encasing flowers in resin, then cutting the blocks to reveal the petals inside.”

Enjoy your weekend.

Marcin Rusak Resin works

Matrix LED Screen

Okay, put your art critic hat on. Now, rest your eyes upon the Matrix LED Screen created by Wolf Udo Wagner, 2014, which is now on sale from MoMA’s Store.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,995.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Marmeria Modular Bookcase

See this small, sculptural piece of marble? It sits at just under 16″ high, and could function as a shorter side table alongside your favorite chair. However, Italian architecture firm Studio Archea intended this piece, along with its three other siblings, to compose a larger, modular bookcase.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: Wallpaper Store

Bollard Lamp

Four lamps in one, really? Yes, it’s true, the Bollard Lamp can be placed in four different ways around your home. Designer Shane Schneck planned the silicone Bollard Lamp to be used in various ways: it can drop down as a simple hanging pendant, you can angle it (hanging) as a spotlight, place it on a table or shelf on its side, or prop it up on its foot to beam light straight up. With all those options, it’ll be easy to find it a spot in your home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $89.95
Available from: Horne

Bandit Titanium Keychain Knife

See this tiny, very adorable pocket knife? It kicks ass, because it’s the size of a standard house key when folded. That means you won’t look like a lumberjack carrying it around (not that there’s anything wrong with looking like a lumberjack); it’s small enough to unobtrusively fit in your jean’s coin pocket or attach to your keychain (or even a zipper!). So handy.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Kickstarter