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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)


Two-Sided Colander

This Two-sided Colander makes a lot of sense; drain your fruit/greens/pasta on one side, and tip it to the other for serving or to rest alongside your other ingredients. The colander is maade out of durable melamine and designed by Ole Jensen.


Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Color Wheel and Diskiness

Color! Add the Tät Tat Color Wheel to your window and watch the colors change as you rotate the paper discs around to create a multitude of prismatic colors. Choose between Color Wheel (shown above) or Diskiness (below); both have suction cups on the back to keep the wheels in place.


Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00 - 26.00
Available from: Molecule Design

15% off Sale: Vitra, Kartell, Carl Hansen and more

There are several sales starting today, and there’s no way I can compile a big image to represent all the furnishings you can save money on, so, you’ll just have to do a little work by clicking on the links. Instead, you see the Vitra Cork Stools A, B, and C, above, to represent Vitra’s sale from March 6 – 18 (plus free shipping).

There’s also Kartell, Carl Hansen & Son, DWR, YLighting (Flos, Pablo, Sonneman), and Tom Dixon; all brands are offering 15% off, and when you consider some of the higher price tags, that makes a difference. Now, go take advantage of those savings.

The Ledge

Sure, this looks like a wall shelf at first glance, but it hides a small work surface inside. Urbancase’s The Ledge has a pullout shelf/work surface that’s pretty perfect for a laptop, plus a cord management system and drawer, all within a relatively small footprint. Plus, the ‘no legs’ bit will keep a space from feeling too cramped.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,685.00
Available from: Urbancase

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 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: $59.00
Available from: Gessato

Basset Chair

Measuring in at 47″ wide and 39″ deep, this Basset Chair is what one would call a sit-down-and-curl-up-in-lounge chair. With a horizontal “pillow” for a seat and a wrap around back, it has a comfortable, huggable feel about it, making it perfect for catching up on your reading list or watching your favorite films. There’s also a Pouf Ottoman to rest your tired feet, the Basset 2-Seater to share with your loved one, or a 2.5-Seater or a 3-Seater if you need a little more breathing room.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,958.00
Available from: DanishDesignStore


Whether you’re a parent or not, you can probably recognize the genius in these SipSnap silicone tops. They make any drinking cup spill-proof, so simply stretch them over whatever glass/tumbler you have at hand and let the kiddos roam free. BPA- and Phthalate-free, they’re available in either a spout (SipSnap Tot) or straw version (SipSnap Kid). Currently a Kickstarter campaign, you can pledge $18 to receive one of the first sets of 3.

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Slab Chair

While not new, this angular-modern-lovely chair by Tom Dixon is still something to talk about, and is currently on sale with the rest of Dixon’s collection (until March 17). Might I mention that it is also stackable? It’s made from solid lacquered oak deeply brushed to expose the grain. Also available in black, shown below.


Purchase Information:

Price: $514.25
Available from: YLiving


Nice! This petite shelf system uses powerful neodymium magnets to hold each shelf to a metal panel. That means you can move the shelves around as you wish, and use them to hold up papers, photos, etc. so you won’t misplace anything (ever). The back panel measures in at 18″ x 24″, so it could fit in all sorts of spots.

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Price: $140.00
Available from: Henry Julier

Core Coffee Press

You’re not likely to part with your coffee press, especially if you use it everyday, but just in case the one you have isn’t operating to the best of its abilities, you’ll want to know about the Core Coffee Press. Designed by Rivers of Japan, it consists of a heat-resistant glass beaker and stainless steel mesh press (no paper filter needed). The outer holder protects your hands from the hot glass/water and minimizes the visual mess often found in more traditional coffee making paraphernalia.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.95
Available from: MCA Store

Smart Warmer 3 in 1

Don’t assume this is just a flashlight, because it has two bonus functions. It’s a hand warmer as well, and you can carry it around with you to keep your fingers comfortably warm for up to three hours. That might not sound like a big deal when you’re nice and warm in your home or office, but tell me if you feel differently when your little fingers are like icicles on your next commute. The Smart Warmer is rechargeable, and (the other bonus function) it can also charge your iPhone.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.99
Available from: Canoe

Sphere Table

Hmm… the idea behind this Sphere Table is to be commended, but I believe we’ll all have differing opinions as to the choice of materials. Now, considering this table was created by Hella Jongerius as a special furniture piece for North Delegates Lounge at the United Nations headquarters in New York, it’s understandable that it has a commercial feel that some may not like for their own home’s interior. The opalescent acrylic glass that forms the ‘bubble’ would definitely be more at home in a futuristic setting than in a more worn-in, vintage room, yet we all know that having a private and sheltered space when working is valuable, and certain things that allow us such space are worth getting used to.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4,380.00
Available from: Hive Modern

Grids & Guides: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers

If you prefer pen and/or pencil to stylus, you’ll most likely be fond of the grids, scientific charts, tables, and infographics found within The Grids & Guides Notebook from Princeton Architectural Press. Featuring 144 pages of graph paper, handy things like the periodic table, alternative alphabets, and Newton’s Laws of Motion are scattered throughout for easy reference.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

Friday Links

  • For $86,400, you could buy a movable cabin/cottage, delivery (to most areas in the lower 48 states) included: ESCAPE. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
  • The Most Massive Object in the Universe—How Was It Created?
  • Gordon VeneKlasen’s Cabinet of Curiosities
  • The Best Squirrel Feeder Is a Horse-Head Squirrel Feeder
  • Every Frame Of Your Favorite Movie On A Single Canvas
  • Ototo meets ECAL (shown below)
  • Ototo meets ECAL – A workshop with Mark McKeague (Dentaku) from ECAL on Vimeo.


    Not a lot of links this week, as I’ve been working on a project. Have a fantastic weekend break, or at least catch up on your sleep.

    Paperback Notes

    Despite having the latest version of the iPhone, do you still write down your grocery or to-do list on a sticky note? I certainly do; sometimes it’s simpler to write a list with a pen on paper, and then cross them off as completed, rather than type them in a notepad or calendar app. If you feel the same, then take a look at these Paperback adhesive notes. They fit perfectly on the back of the iPhone (removable adhesive covers most of their surface), and give a little more room to jot notes than a traditional sticky note. Use one at a time, or attach a small stack for additional lists later on.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $7.95
    Available from: iLoveHandles