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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)


Birch Coat Hook

There’s nothing complicated about this Birch Coat Hook. It’s made of two wooden dowels, so it’s simple and sturdy, and will have no trouble holding up your heavy coats and other entryway (or office) miscellany. The lower hook has its tip hand-painted in either white, teal, or gray for just a hint of contrast.


Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: urbancase

Knot Cushion

I bet this cushion would kick ass in a pillow fight, though you might prefer to take a nap instead as it looks so delightfully soft. Icelandic designer Ragnheiður Ösps Sigurðardóttir was making legs for stuffed teddy bears when inspiration hit: why not tie the flexible tubes into a knot? And this comfortable, soft, sculptural cushion is the result. Pretty fun, don’t you think?

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Price: $105.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Porter Paper Towel Holder

If you saw this sitting on a kitchen counter, would you immediately know what it was? Probably not, especially if it wasn’t wearing the item it was designed to hold. Yep, it’s a paper towel holder, quite possibly the only one that doesn’t offend a design snob. The top of the rod bends to lock in the paper towel roll; the bent top also functions as a handle.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Transience Mirrors

The tonal colors on the handmade Transience Mirrors involve a little chemistry. Sulfur is used to create layers of color; the longer the chemical is left to oxidize, the deeper the color. With repeating geometric shapes reinforcing each mirror’s perimeter, you’ll have a strong visual statement fit for any room. The hard part will be choosing your favorite- in addition to the Large Mirror Circle you see above, there’s the smaller Mirror Circle, the Large Mirror Rectangle, the Large Mirror Triangle, the Large Cubic Mirror, and the Mirror Linear.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,850.00
Available from: MATTER

Slatted Barstool

Okay, this Slatted Barstool is beautifully balanced and elegant, but it’s… inexpensive? Are we reading that right? Jasper Morrison designed the bent tubular steel stool with rolled steel slats back in 1986, and luckily, it looks like it could have hit the marketplace yesterday, and we’d be none the wiser. It’s available in black or silver powder-coated textured finish.

Purchase Information:

Price: $210.00
Available from: Horne

Svante Watering Can

Who wants a funny looking watering can? We do, we do! Because then we will never forget to water the plants, and it can double as a vase when not in use. Broberg & Ridderstråle’s watering can is made of brass with two odd-shaped spouts- one flared spout for filling and one skinny spout for pouring. The care of design and choice of materials makes this watering can one to hold on to, and maybe even pass down to your offspring (or your other favorite young friends).

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Price: €85.00
Available from: Makers & Brothers

Richman Dustpan

Cleaning up is a quick job with this Richman Dustpan. How so? Well, the wooden brush nests inside the pan’s handle, which means sweeping up your minor/major messes is a grab-and-go affair. If you’re a multitasker, note that you can carry the dust/rubbish in the dustpan with the brush handily stored underneath, all in one hand. Hang the set together via the loop on the dustpan’s handle.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: good thing

Friday Links

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– It’s that time of year again… Knoll Classics Sale

– Superb little summer home: Font Rubi Cottage

– For your favorite records: flipbin

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InstruMMent 01

A new measuring tool? Sign us up. The InstruMMent 01 captures dimensions of any object and logs the measurements through your smartphone. One end of the pen/pencil/stylus has a black rubberized wheel that rolls over flat and curved surfaces. Sensors record the distance travelled (in 0.1 mm increments) with a laser to help you gauge exactly where you start and finish. Want to see how big your face is, or capture your exact profile? Roll the end from your forehead to your chin, then watch the line appear in the accompanying app. What about measuring a chair or a sculpture? Roll the end across and around, and ta-da! You’ll have the dimensions ready to share. The app will translate scaled quantities as well (and you can import to CAD!). So fun.

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Wire Hooks

You have absolutely no excuse to have scarves, coats and clothes on the floor, because these Wire Hooks are top notch and inexpensive. Pick a few bright colors in different shapes for a fun mix, or go the minimal route by repeating one shape in one color.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: NewMadeLA

Ripple Glasses and Carafe

If you’re drinking your favorite cold beverage out of a chipped mug, snap up this set of Ripple Glasses pronto. Mouth blown into the mold, each glass features a lovely rippled surface. Look closer and you’ll see that each glass has a varied height to its collar; that adds interest, of course, but it also means you’ll be able to tell which glass is yours when your friends and family are around. Go ahead and get the matching carafe too- you might as well, as the whole grouping is quite affordable.

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Price: $42.00 - 48.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Serving Trays by Urbancase

No serving trays? Good, because now you have an excuse to buy one or two of Darin Montgomery’s Serving Trays. Made from FSC certified solid domestic maple, each tray is hand finished with food safe oil/wax. Subtle curved edges provide a functional handle while also adding to the beauty of the simple design. Your tea (or snack) time just became more special.

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Price: CAD75.00 - 215.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Ro Lounge Chair

Slow down, take a seat. Breathe in, breathe out. ‘Ro’ is Danish for “tranquility” after all, so you are assigned to nothing but relaxation when you rest your weary legs on this comfortable armchair. A flared outer shell and a tufted back give a nod back to the more traditional aspects of lounge seating, while Jaime Hayon’s organic lines and fabric pairings root it firmly in the present. This may just be the perfect reading chair for a living room, study, or bedroom. Don’t we all need (another) one of those?

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Price: $3,801.00
Available from: DWR

Kaymet Rubber Grip Lap Tray

Breakfast in bed seems like a great idea, if you’re coordinated enough not to spill coffee/crumbs/whatnot all over the sheets and covers. It would certainly help to have a lap tray with rubber grips, and perhaps a rubber backing, to help keep plates and cups in place, wouldn’t it? The Kaymet Lap Tray has both, so you can dine and/or work (with your laptop) in comfort. It was designed in 1965 and is still made at the Kaymet south London factory.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: The Line

Perforated Calendar

It’s the middle of February already. How did that happen? This reductionalist calendar designed by Snæfríd & Hildigunnur offers you the chance to tear off each day as it occurs, so you’ll not be caught unawares when 2018 rolls around. Maybe make it a daily ritual, so you gradually absorb the passing of time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop