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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)


Friday Links

Send a letter, and an entire galaxy, with Starry Sky Envelopes (via thisisnthappiness)

Paint Your Own IPhone Case I6

– Good idea: Action Button (via swissmiss)

– Cute: Vegas Styled Marquee Garden Markers and Egg Monster Toast Cutters

– “Food and surrealism make perfect bedfellows…” Dalí: Les Diners de Gala (via mymodernmet)

Kids have some pretty weird ideas about what Republicans and Democrats are

– Go bold: Burgundy color cabinets

Sweater Mug Hugger

Enjoy your weekend!

The Illuminated Bookmark

Okay, now, no need to worry about what to get me for a gift- one of these Illuminated Bookmarks will do just fine. It’s a bookmark printed on a special film with ink that transmits electricity. See the circuit the ink creates? Add a lithium coin battery between the positive and negative ends and you’ve got an LED light. Pretty fun, huh? It’s sure to please any reader that is fond of technology.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: designboom

Hex Corner Mirror

I’m sure there’s some corner of your home that would benefit from the Hex Corner Mirror from Hyfen. The mirror fits into any corner to reflect other parts of the room. Placed strategically, it could let you keep an eye on a certain spot of your home (the front door or fridge?) or ensure that coworkers can’t sneak up on you behind your desk. Shaped as a hexagon, it lends an edgier vibe that’s sure to work with your surroundings.

Purchase Information:

Price: $286.00
Available from: Gessato

Concrete Brick Lamp by Hyfen

This LED lamp has no switch, shade, or wires, which begs the question, how on earth do you turn it on? Well, it’s more of an intuitive system, so, you simply raise it in an upright position to turn it on. Lay it facedown to turn it off. It’s completely portable- remember, no wires- so, pick it up and take it with you from room to room to get a warm, white light illuminating your immediate vicinity.

Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: Gessato

Portable Barbecue by Groovebox

Don’t say goodbye to outdoor eating just yet- Groovebox has this oh-so-convenient Portable Barbecue to get us grilling out on our patios/parks/campsites in the crisp fall air. The whole design breaks down flat to make transport easy (it has a carry bag), so make sure to bring it with you on your next outing. Don’t forget the marshmallows.

Purchase Information:

Price: $72.00
Available from: Horne

Swedese Spin Stool

The good news is the Spin Stool from Swedese in now on sale over at the Finnish Design Shop. The bad news is that shipping to the United States is sort of expensive- you’d still save a little cash, just not as much as if you were in the EU/UK. Made from laminated ash veneer, the Spin Stool is available in black, white, ash, grey, yellow, orange, and blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: The Finnish Design shop

Polygons Flat 4-in-1 Measuring Spoon

Polygons is an origami-like measuring spoon that lays completely flat; how you pick it up determines which spoon size you’ll get. Pretty smart, right? Premarked areas show you where to grasp to get the right measurement, making it easy to switch between volumes while cooking or baking. Use the Polygons to scoop and spread, and know that clean up is quick and unfussy. Now, who wants one of these for their kitchen? Back the project over at Kickstarter.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Herman Big Bag

Okay, raise your hand if you use or have used Ikea’s large, blue shopping bag around your home or for other errands. Don’t worry, you won’t be ostracized, as I’m guilty of the same. It just goes to show that really large totes can be extremely useful. Ferm Living’s Herman Big Bag slides in as an alternative option, as it measures in at 26″ long with a 15″ and 13″ height and width. Heavy cotton canvas with leather handles is durable enough for all manner of toting to and fro and looks quite a bit nicer than plastic… though it does cost quite a bit more as well. It would be well suited for a weekend getaway bag, don’t you think?

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Clever Spaces


It’s that time of the year when stacks of logs in your living room are entirely permissible… unless you don’t have a fireplace, because then you’ll just look like a hoarder. This Mixrack is a simple frame of powder-coated steel that can accommodate firewood, wine bottles, or magazines. As long as you keep the stack tidy and avoid any other compulsive gathering of multiple materials, it’s an excellent way to store whatever you choose in a minimal way. And, it’s now on sale, at 15% off through October 20.

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.50 - 136.00
Available from: DWR

Aurora Light Kit

Fun! The Aurora Light Kit is a set of set of nine interlocking, triangular LED lights that you can program with your smartphone or your voice (there’s an included controller as well). Attach them to any flat surface- no holes required- then play around with colors and patterns to create your own lighting installation. Light up a dark hallway or add a little luster to a boring lounge area; they might be just the thing to add some sparkle for your upcoming holiday soirées.

Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Dymaxion Folding Globe

You may be familiar with Buckminster Fuller’s 1946 patented a map of Earth, as it presents no visible distortion of the relative sizes of land masses. Designer Brendan Ravenhill has taken Fuller’s projection (and architect Shoji Sadao’s hand drawn 1954 Dymaxion Projection) and turned it into a magnetic folding globe, which means we all have something to do with our hands next time we’re waiting for a brainstorming session to strike. Fold it into a geometric globe or unfold it to see our planet flattened out.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

– If you do one thing today, make sure you Register to Vote.

– Nice- Limited Edition: Oldest Living Things

WOKit™ 2.0 – An Everyday Object Carabiner Multi-tool by WOHO

What to Do When You Fail, a guide by Adam J. Kurtz

– Should you want to build a parametric brick facade, here are the plans to do so

– Get ready for Halloween: Cobweb Shooting Gun (DIY?)

Simple laptop stand by HumbleWorks

Have a great weekend!

Simple laptop stands by HumbleWorks

Wool Throws by Arthur Arbesser

Staying warm this fall and winter is as simple as having a good wool throw in the immediate vicinity of your sofa, bed, or desk (if your workplace is casual). Hem’s wool throw collection by fashion designer Arthur Arbesser is still available, plus some designs from Sylvain Willenz thrown in to tempt you further. Dare we say that each pattern and colorway is both modern and fun, and absolutely perfect for any interior?

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00 - 149.00
Available from: Hem

Tab Shelf by Phil Procter

Sure, it’s a shelf, what of it? Well, this powder-coated steel shelf has a ridge down the middle to keep photos and art propped up as well as a lip on the front. That allows you to display all sorts of things without worrying about little (or big) things falling off, which makes it suitable for anywhere you need an extra display or storage space.

Purchase Information:

Price: €40.00
Available from: Phil Procter

Clad 3 Door Credenza

Warm, solid wood wrapped in cool, smooth steel sounds like a match made in heaven. Add storage to the mix and you’ve got us hooked. The Clad 3 Door Credenza is right at the 2 grand price point (walnut is just over; hickory, just under), which is pretty reasonable considering the sturdy and sleek materials. Integrated groove pulls keeps surfaces clean while soft closure mechanisms keeps things quiet. There’s a smaller 2 Door Credenza if you’re short on space. And, even better, the Clad Collection is from Blu Dot, which is has a 20% off sale from now through October 30.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,919.00
Available from: Blu Dot