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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)


Glass Knobs by Tom Dixon

Pretty, aren’t they? Each Glass Knob is made of extra thick pressed glass, just like you’ve seen in head lamps or those older glass insulators. With two sizes and a few different colors, you have the opportunity to create an interesting art installation as well as a useful group of hooks for clothes and bags. Install a few in the entryway, or a bunch in the bedroom. Either way you’ll have art all the time and a storage option whenever you need it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: YLiving

Pipe Candle Holder

Danish designer Pernille Vea based this candle holder on a 6th century Viking design she saw in the National Museum. It’s rudimentary, for sure, yet it’s also quite handy as outdoor lighting as you could hammer or spike them into trees, the ground, the table, etc. (just make sure if it’s your table you’re all right with a few holes). And, they’re on sale: $24 down from $35. See Danish designer Pernille Vea talk about the design in the video below (or on Youtube).

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: A+R store

Long Drink Set

If you’ve not seen Cool Hand Luke, you need to watch it this summer, preferably with a cool drink poured from the pitcher of this Long Drink Set. Now, this set isn’t cheap like the loads of plastic pitchers and tumblers stuffing the shelves of every store right now, but it does add an air of sophistication no matter the event. Each piece is hand crafted using age old glass blowing techniques and is presented in a nice gift box, so it’s also an option for a very nice gift- maybe for a wedding?

Purchase Information:

Price: $170.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Contour Key Rings

There’s something altogether satisfying about a large key ring. It’s less likely to get lost, for one, and hooking it onto a bag or belt is much easier, even if you do sound like a janitor when you’re walking around. A screw clasp will save your fingers/fingernails, and each one would hold dozens of keys, or perhaps just ensure that the two or three keys you carry around won’t be misplaced. The Contour Key Rings are available in four distinct shapes: Bend, Drop, Hoop, and Bell.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Areaware

Yield Picnic Bag

Any bag that unfolds into a blanket wins points for versatility, but it also gets a gold star for making it easy to embark upon an adventure at a moment’s notice. Throw the necessary goods in the Yield Picnic Bag and then take off for your destination. One zip and the bag unfolds to a blanket- the perfect thing for a picnic (or a playdate, if kids and toys are involved).

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Yield Design Co.

Everlane Leather Laptop Case

If your laptop sleeve is looking tired, perhaps you might consider retiring it in favor of this super minimal laptop/document sleeve from Everlane. A thinly padded interior protects your laptop and the no-nonsense exterior is devoid of any extra trimmings, which means you’ll look every bit the part of the successful [your career choice here]. A zip-top closure that wraps around one edge ensures that you can easily slide your device and other papers in and out with no fuss.

Purchase Information:

Price: $138.00
Available from: Everlane

SR Wall Hooks

If you’re absolutely sick of scrubbing out the words ‘Drunk Octopus wants to fight you’ around the vicinity of that ubiquitous two-pronged hook (you know the one I mean), may I direct you towards Scout Regalia’s Wall Hooks? There’s no off-kilter eye and the tentacles are decidedly steadfast and sober, so it won’t inspire any more graffiti upon your walls. However, your friends could be absolute savages when it comes to writing implements and vertical surfaces, and, in that case, all I can do is wish you the best of luck. The SR Wall Hook is made of heavy gauge powder coated steel and available in a pleasing array of colors.


Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Scout Regalia

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    Kesito Desktop Organizer

    This Kesito desktop organizer wins points for versatility; three diamond-shaped pieces can be arranged to suit your needs. Place your pens and pencils one piece, your paperclips and other small sundries in another, and then the last can act as a small stand for your phone, business cards, or correspondence. Move them around as you see fit. And, it appears that there’s free international shipping at the moment, so consider that when you’re soaking in the price tag.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: Woodendot

    Helios Fire Bowl

    A fire bowl with a stainless grill top option is just what these upcoming summer nights need, especially if you like a somewhat portable option (notice the two handles). Whether you plan to grill your lunch or your dinner, or just melt some S’mores when it gets dark, the ~23 inch diameter of the Helios Fire Bowl is a nice size for a small gathering of friends and family. The lower bowl portion elevates flames to dissipate heat while the cone grate provides enough room for an efficient burn.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $415.00 - 521.00
    Available from: Dwell

    Humpback Lounge Chair

    Whoa, there’s a big sale on some outdoor items over at CB2. As a point of reference, this Humpback Lounge Chair’s retail price was $258.95 and now it’s marked down to $124.99. For an outdoor chair, that’s a steal, especially considering you’re not buying it from a big box store where you may also buy groceries (in my opinion, there’s something that feels very wrong about that).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $124.99
    Available from: CB2


    This NomadClip carabiner is not for climbing and it’s non-weight bearing. So, what in the world is it good for? Good question. It’s a portable charging cable. If you don’t mind carrying a carabiner around, you can clip it to your keys or bag and always have a cable to sync your smartphone. Now, not everyone wants to carry a carabiner, but, which is better, a long cord that can get lost or damaged easily, or a carabiner-that’s-not-really-a-wieght-bearing-carabiner that holds a charging cord in its frame? A steel frame and polycarbonate outer shell will withstand all manner of bumps and drops.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $39.00
    Available from: NOMAD

    Trouble Light

    Oh, what to do when you need a wall sconce but you only have around $150 to spend? Turn your eyes toward this straightforward fixture by Sam Stewart available at Artware Editions. A spherical 25-watt bulb hangs from a cotton cloth cord (choose between Solid red, Solid black, Black/white stripe, Red/white stripe, or Golden yellow); just wrap the cord around the wooden mount for the desired height.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $150.00
    Available from: Artware Editions

    El Casco Chrome Tape Dispenser

    If you’re not particularly detail-oriented when it comes to your desktop/workspace aesthetic, then you won’t care at all about a tape dispenser. However, if well-designed desk accessories makes your heart all aflutter, then you’ll want to know all about the El Casco Chrome Tape Dispenser. It’s all metal, so it’s got a heft that will keep it in place when in use. Oh, and don’t worry about someone appropriating it for their own use at their desk- it has an individual serial number so you can prove your ownership (preferably by memorizing the number and spouting it off as soon as you suspect thievery).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.00
    Available from: Big Ben

    Le Guest Book

    Ah, yes, hospitality, remember that? When people were nice and appropriate and proper? No? Me neither. Maybe we can bring back a smidgeon of the old times by backing Le Guest Book, a memory-keeper, if you will, for you and your guests. Keep it out on the coffee table so your favorite people can leave you notes and drawings, or maybe they’ll answer the multiple choice questions if they’re not especially handy with a pen. Think of it as a housewarming gift for a friend’s new place, or just get one (or two, or three) for your own home to encourage guests to tell you that you’re an awesome amateur chef- or just plain wonderful in general.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: Kickstarter