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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)


Kaenjusai Watering Can

Will a pretty watering can make your houseplants happy? Probably, but it will be because you’re happy watering them with the Kaenjusai Watering Can by designer Keita Suzuki. See the matching angle of the handle and spout? That will give you a precise “point-and-pour control” to ensure less spillage. A walnut handle compliments the copper body.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Flavour It Glass Water Bottle

Like a bit of lemon or mint in your water glass? Or perhaps a hint of strawberry? Now you can take your fanciness on the road with this glass bottle, thus reducing your own plastic bottle usage as well as that snobbery that crops up whenever you’re faced with plain tap water. I’m sure you’ll get creative with infusions, as it’d be hard not to try all sorts of fruits and flavors while you stay hydrated.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Travel Cutlery Set

Plastic utensils? Pfft, who uses those nowadays? Especially when there’s a handy travel cutlery set perfect for keeping in an office drawer or in our camping kit. This set folds up to fit in a small, portable, canvas pouch with clip, so you can have them handy.

Purchase Information:

Price: $11.00
Available from: Spring

Origami Wrap

Wrapping paper is pretty, but do you ever feel slightly guilty looking at a pile of crumpled-up paper after it has been torn off the package?  Origami Wrap will eliminate that guilt; it gives a second life to wrapping paper. Anyone can tear or cut along the dotted lines and follow the numbered instructions to make a Crane, Dog, Iris, Frog, Balloon, or Fish. Pretty fun, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: ILOVEHANDLES

Niko Hex Extension Cord

An extension outlet that you’d want to leave exposed? Really? Meet Niko, a hex-shaped power outlet made of solid white ash and a knitted mesh cord. It’s designed to be left out amongst your furniture, with its warm wood housing and tactile cord doing their best to make friends with their surroundings. Hang it on the wall with the included hook or prop it on one of its six sides to get power right where you need it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Most Modest

Control Table Lamp

Need a little bit more light? Consider Muuto’s Control Table Lamp. Its E27 bulb sits on a rectangular metal tray with one control knob. It’s slender enough that it will fit on windowsills and narrow shelves, so you could place it almost anywhere for more illumination in dark and lonely spots around your home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Cage Table by FUWL

Can you ever have too many side tables? The answer is yes, of course, you can, but if you find that you’re often searching for an appropriate surface to set down a cold glass of water or a hot cup of tea, chances are that you need another one. The Cage Table by FUWL (Form Us With Love) is both storage unit and table. In addition to the table’s obvious useful surface, you might just find yourself storing magazines or a favorite throw underneath.

Purchase Information:

Price: $189.95
Available from: Menu

Friday Links

Sebastian Maluska’s pop-up tent can fit on the roof of any car

Election 2016 Voting Precinct Maps

Beach Pack, $35.00

Corridor Society furniture can be used to transform hallways into social spaces

“THE HABIT OF READING” Print, $18.00

When We Eat, or Don’t Eat, May Be Critical for Health

Enjoy your weekend!

First Aid, Stars, and Survival Tips Bandanas

Should you plan to venture into the outdoors, consider taking one of these informational bandanas. Take a look at the First Aid Bandana, Stars Bandana, Survival Tips Bandana, and also all the map bandanas (not shown), which we’ve featured before. Maybe get a couple to suit your destination, just in case.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.60
Available from: Simple Outdoor Solutions

Lucite Ruler Set

To have some semblance of precision (in other words, to look like you have your you-know-what together), you may want to place this lucite ruler set within reach of your desk. The lucite offers a clear view to get those lines and shapes just right, and the heft of each will feel nice on paper and in the hands (and they’ll look nice even when you’re not using them).

Purchase Information:

Price: $62.00
Available from: Poketo

Odis Sconce

Add another wall sconce to your lighting list, because the Odis is well worth considering. A circular steel shade hangs on the wall, encircling an exposed bulb. It’s both simple and graphic, which suits our needs just fine, thank you very much.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: HUMANHOME

Pico Container

This mahogany desktop container is pretty fun thanks to small, embedded magnets at strategic points. It can be a box, a tray, or two separate compartments simply depending on which pieces you let snap together.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: LUISA VIA ROMA

Keytags in Sterling Silver

What’s with all the keyrings lately? Who knows, but if you’d like a little extra sparkle when it comes to your own Keytag, there’s now a sterling silver option from Various Projects. Fun, right? Just be prepared to pay a little more than you would for the regular version.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Various Projects

Friday Links

– Cutler Anderson designs Studio/Bunkhouse for dad’s work and daughter’s sleepovers

Pocket Developer, Pocket Founder, and Pocket Emoji, each $16

It’s impossible to lead a totally ethical life—but it’s fun to try

All Your Sunscreen Questions, Answered

The first high end Felt Tip Pen in Titanium

How Rwanda Tidied Up Its Streets (And The Rest Of The Country, Too)

OJT creates compact “starter home” for skinny site in New Orleans

Staghorn Fern: How To Grow And Care For Platyceriums

Have a nice weekend.

Staghorn Fern illustration

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

You know about Fort Standard’s Standing Bowls, right? They’re cast from aluminum and powder-coated, with planar legs to set them firmly in the present day decor scheme. But, did you know that there are a few new colorways? The marine and sienna colors are my personal favorites; they’d be just the thing for a punch of color (and for collecting those inevitable odds and ends).

Purchase Information:

Price: $84.00-110.00
Available from: Fort Standard