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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)


Tilt Oak Ladder

If you’re in need of a unique storage solution and have some money to spare, the Tilt Oak Ladder by Jack Smith of SmithMatthias is available for purchase, and would serve all manner of purposes in your kitchen, bedroom, or bath. Add a shelf or tray for an extra spot to corral smaller items- think silverware and spices in the kitchen, q-tips and bath creams in the bathroom, jewelry and smaller accessories in the bedroom. And, don’t be shy, move it from room to room on a whim if your storage needs change, as it can lean against any wall.


Purchase Information:

Price: $825.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Links

– Ooo, interesting: New Samsung TV by the Bouroullec brothers

Teeny tiny drone

Crash Course Astronomy: Neutron Stars, Pulsars, and Magnetars

– Book: Soviet Bus Stops

– This gif is pretty funny

– FvF: Anthony and Phoebe Dann

2015 Ig Nobel Prize winners (follow the link to see them all)

– “Punkt has launched a stripped-back mobile handset designed by British designer Jasper Morrison that only offers basic phone functions.” Interested?

Have a good weekend.

Punkt Smartphone Jasper Morrison

Slow Coffee Style Carafe Set by Kinto

Coffee usually speeds you up, but what about slowing things down? That frazzled go-go-go pace of your life won’t help your overall well being, as you probably already know (but won’t do much about). Perhaps you could dedicate a few moments to, well, smelling the coffee as it brews. Using the pour-over method, this carafe set brews the coffee slowly, forcing you to slow down and add water bit by bit.

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.10
Available from: Emmo Home

Forest, Wood Wall Mount Coat Hangers

You can’t see the forest for the… coats and scarves hanging tidily from the four ash tree pegs. Because that’s where coats, scarves, hats, etc. will be hung once you install this set in your entryway, right? Right. Made by designer team Tomas Kral and Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: Gessato

Soapstone Shot Cups

Besides the lovely bluish hue, did you know that non-porous soapstone will not trap flavor or odors? And that it keeps your favorite beverage cold? Now, back to the lovely bluish-black hue, let’s hope that’s not just the spotlights creating the color, because it’s something special. Designed by Thea Mehl for Teroforma’s Ekke series and sold as a set of four.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00 s/4
Available from: A+R Store

Aaden Battery Charger

Does your keyboard/trackpad/mouse always seem to need a battery recharge at the most inconvenient times? Keep a fresh set ready to go with the Aaden Battery Charger. It plugs directly into your computer’s USB port, no extra electrical outlet needed- that means less searching around behind/underneath the desk. (It looks like a tiny version of the Apple TV, doesn’t it?)

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Rhodes Desk Organizer

How about a heavy, expensive bar of brass to organize your pens, pencils, and paperwork? A wide slot accommodates a mobile phone while the narrower channels will fit all sorts of notes, cards and lists. Use it as a storage spot for just the essentials or stuff it full with all the papers floating around your desk. You’ll at least look a little organized.

Purchase Information:

Price: $198.00
Available from: Jayson Home

Triangle Cutting Board

Don’t ask me why you need a triangle cutting board, because I don’t know. Maybe you simply cannot stand rectangles and only allow equilateral shapes in your vicinity at all times. If that’s the case, you’re a little weird/crazy and we should probably be friends. Each triangle is handcrafted by local San Francisco wood worker Luke Bartels from locally salvaged and milled wood. Three sizes available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00 - 150.00
Available from: General Store

Stitched Star Chart

What’s the best gift, a plane ticket to the Caribbean or a hand-stitched Star Chart showing the overhead sky for any date, time, and location? As if you even need to think twice about that answer. Possible jet lag. Sunburn. Getting your wallet stolen, plus the crappy hotel that looked nice on their website. Yeah, that all sounds like a barrel of laughs, doesn’t it? I’m being sarcastic, of course. The Star Chart will last decades, and shows the recipient that you remembered their birthday, anniversary, their first child, etc. You’ll win big points, trust me.

Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Available from: The Made Shop

Sphelar® Solar Flashlight

This flashlight utilizes micro-spherical solar cells to harness the sun’s power. Micro-what? Mirco-spherical solar cells. They’re tiny orbs that capture sunlight from all directions, which means a lot of light is absorbed. The Sphelar® Solar Flashlight will provide you with up to four hours of LED light, all powered by the sun. A wooden base is included for stability while charging. Now on sale from $150 to $99.95.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Shelltwo Chair

This is a different sort of shell chair, made of multiple 4mm wire rods lined up for a symmetrical seat. It reminds one of Bend’s Seating collection, does it not? The ergonomic wire seat connects with a circular rim, giving the chair its lightweight appearance and minimal feel. As it’s made from painted aluminum, you may use the Shelltwo Chair indoors or outside. There’s a Counter Stool as well, fyi.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Horne

Spring Scissors

Update your cutting tool options by adding the Spring Scissors to your desk drawer or toolbox. Made from a a single piece of metal, the flattened and sharpened blades hold tension purely from the bent spring of the handle. Oh, and need it be pointed out that these scissors are appropriate for both left and right hands?

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Wallpaper STORE

‘Originals’ Bar Stool

Add the ‘Originals’ Bar Stool to your list of acceptable seating solutions, for it features a comfortable seat and nicely tapered legs. Fun fact: Ercol founder Lucian Ercolani designed this stool in the 1950s for Ercol’s own designers and draughtsmen, who drew the company’s designs on large drawing boards. You think it’s safe to say it won’t go out of style anytime soon?

Purchase Information:

Price: $378.00
Available from: Wallpaper STORE

Golden Section Finder

You’re familiar with the golden ratio, yes? Parsons & Charlesworth has made this “pocket sized gazing device” to help you find “the proportional perfection in your surroundings.” You’ll be a mathematical sleuth, whipping out your finder to ascertain which things around you follow the ratio, and maybe you’ll find that proportionally pleasing things have the ratio demonstrated in one way or the other.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

– Tiny (amazing) Vacation House / Hristina Hristova

– Not liking your current can lights? Here’s a quick fix: EzClipse

– Kickstarter: Water Wasp is the best off-grid survival solar watermaker.

Watch To-Do organizer

– Cute: Watch To-Do organizer

House in Hatogaya by Schemata Architects

House in Hatogaya by Schemata Architects (via leibal)

Have a great weekend.