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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)


The Frame TV

Who loves that the TV is being reconsidered as art? I sure do. There’s the Serif TV, an excellent option by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, and now there’s this one, The Frame. It transforms into a piece of art when you’re not watching a show or movie, making it blend into your home’s decor. A TV that doesn’t look like a TV? Sign me up.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,999.00
Available from: Samsung

Portside Lounger

Is it just me, or does this seem like one heck of a deal? Finding outdoor loungers that are comfortable on the backside and easy on the eyes can be a daunting task for someone that appreciates a pared-down approach, so seeing a less-than-$400 option is a nice surprise. This lounger is made from sustainably sourced wood and features Textilene® fabric for extra breathability. Plus, it’s on sale, which makes the deal even sweeter (and 25% off for a limited time with code provided on site).

Purchase Information:

Price: $389.00
Available from: West Elm

Lands Rug

Do you see the aerial landscape inspiration in this rug from Grain? There’s a little hint of crop circles, of course, but the overall shape is what sets this rug apart from its very rectangular siblings in the retail world. And, if you’d prefer a less neutral colorway, the braided wool rug may be ordered in custom sizes, colors, and materials.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4,750.00
Available from: Grain

MagLock Sunglasses

Oh, this is such a smart idea, and I hope it starts a trend. The MagLock Sunglasses have magnets embedded into their frame so that they ‘clip’ onto your shirt instead of falling off. No more worrying about losing your shades! No more scratched lenses! Wonderful, right? The magnets also mean you can attach the frames to any magnetic surface (even a thumbtack). Here’s hoping they expand the frame selection soon, but for now there’s two safe styles to pick from. There’s also a fun Origami hard case to store your glasses ($14).

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Panobook Notebook

Picky about notebooks? Me too, and I just bought/backed the Panobook, a notebook intended for your desk. What’s so special about it? Well, it has a panoramic format (160 mm x 288 mm) that fits nicely in front of or next to your keyboard. A subtle dot grid lets you draw layouts easily (most prominently, three 16:9 boxes or quadrants) and a slip case is included for storage. Nice!

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Collet Corkscrew

Yes, this does look like a tool for a spaceship, but it’s even better (because you don’t have a spaceship). It’s a bottle opener that conceals a corkscrew. That’s right, two tools in one, shiny, solid bar of brass that’ll look just fine left out on the counter or tabletop, if you so desire. It may be a good gift for someone special, so bookmark it for the future.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Fort Standard

Happy Fourth of July!

Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday tomorrow! Don’t lose any fingers to fireworks, but do enjoy the festivities.

Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

In Residence: Gawie and Gwen Fagan

– If you’re going to own an Ikea sofa, you might as well make it your own: DY MARKERS Klippan Cover

– Tetris-like plywood boxes: since1984

Inspirational Pencil Set

– Fun: Fantastic Coloring Masks

The most skips over a single rope in one minute by a team

– Yves Behar’s Dreem headband

Enjoy your weekend.

Monument Bookend

The Monument Bookend by Chen Chen & Kai Williams will keep any books in place, thanks to the heft of Italian White Carrara marble. The triangular shape will fit right into any geometry fan’s aesthetic ideal while the neoprene under the bookend’s base will protect the surface of any tabletop, desk or shelf. Super minimal and very sleek, I’d think many a modernist would be happy to receive this as a gift for a special occasion.

Purchase Information:

Price: $190.00
Available from: Chen Chen & Kai Williams

Cap Table Lamp

It’s cute, right? Available in white, blush, misty blue, or midnight blue, the Cap Table Lamp has an adjustable shade on a small, cylindrical base. That means it won’t take up too much room on a side table or worktop, yet you’ll be able to direct the light right where you want it. Is it the perfect reading lamp for your favorite reading spot? Could be. Take a look at the different colors and see if one catches your eye.

Purchase Information:

Price: $~304.00
Available from: Normann Copenhagen

Zig Zag Cutting Board Set

The Zig Zag Cutting Board Set does double duty; use the flat side as a cutting board or flip it around to use the zig zag side as a trivet or serving board. Plus, they’ll stack and store neatly away when not in use. Both pieces are finished with a food safe, homemade all-natural mix of beeswax and oil (a small tin of the wood balm is included). Nice, huh?

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: Pat Kim Design

Washi Paper Wine Bottle Bag

The cost of this Wine Bottle Bag may match the price of the wine you’re giving, but, don’t worry, your hosts won’t mind. They’ll have a cool bottle bag to reuse again and again, long after the wine is finished.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Ukiyo Home

Elephant Chair and Table

Thank goodness someone knows how to make decent children’s furniture without resorting to gimmicks and garish colors. The wrap-around beech wood on this Elephant chair is both fun and elegant in its simplicity. Pair it with the accompanying Table ($278) for a serene spot for your little one’s artwork and puzzles.

Purchase Information:

Price: $297.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Friday Links

Structure grown from “mushroom sausages” shows potential for zero-waste architecture

– Looking for a new book to read? recommendmeabook

Call on G20 leaders to tackle the refugee crisis

– You probably already knew this: Study Finds Yoga Can Help Back Pain, and there’s a guidebook too.

– Also: The science behind why yoga makes us happy

– Magnetic “loops” for hanging towels and clothes: TAP-TAB (skip the video)

Have a great weekend. Also, next week there won’t be as many posts next week because we’re traveling, fyi.


Merve Kahraman Mirrors

Merve Kahraman cleverly uses Kvadrat fabric to create pattern on his Pontiac Mirrors. Handcrafted on wood and foam (sounds like a DIY project, doesn’t it?), each mirror’s form is accentuated by fabric lines. A thin wood accent is meant to create an “earthy feeling,” further reinforcing the Native American vibe that serves as inspiration. If the price point is a bit too high for your liking, try making your own (and send me the pics!).

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,925.00 - 3,150.00
Available from: MATTER