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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)


River Rock Cutting Boards

Smooth and rounded edges make these cutting boards a pleasure to use, as the organic shapes would fit well within your hands as you prepare and serve your snacks and meals. Each board is made using local wood, so you can be certain each board (or set) will be unique. They’d make a nice change from the regular, squared-off chopping block boards, especially as they look quite sculptural in a stack by themselves. You wouldn’t be crazy to leave them out on a shelf or countertop for visual appreciation.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00 - 76.00
Available from: Scoutmob

Iittala X Issey Miyake Tote Bag

Issey Miyake has joined forces with Iittala and all you’re going to see is this Tote Bag. Don’t worry, you’ll see the rest. For now, though, just take a look at the lightweight, wrinkle-resistant bag, and marvel how it will fold itself up rather compactly, and how it expands into a cool, origami-ish tote when you fill it with your shopping.

Purchase Information:

Price: $162.00 - 180.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Cherner® Task Chair

Do you know the contentious history of the Cherner Chair? I didn’t, but I’m glad Cherner’s sons revived their father’s designs, and created the variation you see above. Task chairs often look terrible, especially with today’s advanced ergonomic technology, and the simplicity of such classic lines when applied to an office/desk area seating option is enormously appealing. Now that we’ve discussed its aesthetic appeal, someone just needs to test out how comfortable this chair may or may not be after a few hours’ work.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,049.00-1,349.00
Available from: Dwell

Little Architect Set

Fun! The Little Architect Set* is a set of blocks to build and measure with. Inspired by an architect’s drafting kit, the building blocks include a triangle, protractor and ruler with units in metric and imperial. They snap together with hidden magnets, so you’ll be able to mix and match to your heart’s content. Be sure to share with others (young and old alike).

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Areaware

Revolver Stool

There’s no telling how much fun you’ll have with a spinning barstool, but enjoyment aside, there’s a practicality in having a stool rotate a complete 360 degrees: ease of use. The Revolver Stool designed by Leon Ransmeier for HAY has circular seat, upper leg portion and footrest that spins completely around, giving you a comfortable and sensible seating option that fits in nicely with many a modern interior.

Purchase Information:

Price: $280.00
Available from: Luminaire

Squeeze In Orange Squeezer

We could play the whole ‘what-is-it’ game, but you probably possess enough deductive reasoning to guess the function of at least the top part of this set. That’s right, it’s an orange squeezer. Don’t go thinking it’s palm-sized, though, it’s approximately 9″ tall, so it will handle all manner of freakishly large citrus. The dark oak wood juicer sits snugly into the ceramic vase when not in use. Bonus: it’s on sale (reg.$89).

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: Gessato

Friday Links

Studio Apartment in Paris by Anne Rolland Architecte

– Super Tiny Apartment In Paris / Kitoko Studio (it used to be a maid’s room, to give you a sense of space)

– Bright woven wall hangings: jujujust’s etsy shop

Air Bonsai

Simon Beck's Snow Art

Simon Beck’s Snow Art

Fluid Dynamics and elastic spheres (via itsokaytobesmart

– Indiegogo: The Eden Suction Planter

– Indiegogo: Orilamp

Jane Street Townhouse: Back Garden (via pinterest)

Enjoy your weekend!

Jane Street Townhouse: Back Garden

Prisma Mirror

What the what. Take a look at this mirror with its crazy geometric wire frame extending outwards, and tell me that it’s not a steal for a hundred smackers. Hang it vertically, hang it horizontally, and admire the sight of geometric lines reflecting right back at you. Feel free to hang a few things from the frame (jewelry, accessories?) if it suits. Notice the similarity to the Prisma Jewelry Organizer? Yep, same designer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Umbra

J1 Studio’s C.Lamp

$158? Is that right? J1 Studio’s C.Lamp is made from lightweight polypropylene and utilizes a folding technique to avoid a metal frame, thus reducing the cost associated with manufacturing. Wooden tripod legs complete the simple lamp, giving a minimal, natural look to any room that needs an extra light source. Designed by Jae Won Cho of J1 Studio, where you may also purchase the lamp directly.

Purchase Information:

Price: $158.00
Available from: A+R Store

Party Hat

Come on, now, remember when party hats were standard birthday party fair? Why let kids have such special ceremonial attire when we adults deserve just as much- if not more- frivolity for certain events? LA designer Albert Chu (of OTAAT) creates these leather Party Hats just for those festive times, whether it be a birthday or other significant life event. Keep one in the office or at home to use again and again, and make sure certain moments are celebrated appropriately.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00 - 80.00
Available from: OTAAT

.ORG Deskscape System

Now, don’t have an apoplectic fit when you see the price tag- it’s not per piece, rather it’s for the whole .ORG Deskscape System from L & G Studio (a.k.a. Ladies & Gentlemen Studio) in collaboration with Pat Kim. Four modules can be combined in different ways to suit your needs: there’s a mail organizer with adjustable metal dividers, a zig zag catch all tray, a cork block for pinning messages and cards, and the double container for smaller items you see above. Take a look and tell me if you’re not tempted to organize your desktop immediately afterwards.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: L & G Studio

Prisma Jewelry Organizer

Hmm, if you (or someone you know) prefers to have their favorite baubles out on display rather than tucked away in a box, this Prisma Organizer may just be the thing to keep things tidy(ish). Hang earrings from the double bar, or drape chain bracelets/necklaces across the square frame. Larger pieces can take pride of place at the organizer’s base. And, when free from any jewelry, it simply looks like a geometric sculpture on a shelf or tabletop.

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.99
Available from: Poketo

Nomad Carafe

This stainless steel carafe hits all the right notes with its minimalist cork stopper and four nesting cups. Stack the cups and invert them on top of the carafe for an easy to carry stack that’s perfect for picnics or just for transporting a hot or cold beverage from the kitchen to patio. Designed by Hlymur Vagn Atlason.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Valentine’s Day Stuff

If you absolutely have to participate in the overblown holiday that is Valentine’s Day, you have my sympathy. To provide you with support, here are a few things that are a design aficionado’s equivalent to a fluffy teddy bear and a shiny-red-heart-shaped mylar balloon, and are therefore entirely acceptable to give to someone you care about. A sappy/sentimental card is optional.

Brooklyn Desk

The Brooklyn Desk has clever little storage boxes that slip over its edge, which means the boxes can be arranged to suit the user’s preferences exactly. Now, do keep in mind it is a smaller worktop, so it’s ideal for smaller people (and smaller spaces), and would be especially suitable for a growing child, as the desk height is adjustable (up to adult height). Perhaps with enough interest, Oeuf will make a larger version? One can hope.

Purchase Information:

Price: $575.00
Available from: Oeuf