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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)


Forestry Wool Throws

New designs from Forestry are here just in time to keep your toes warm this winter. Made from 100% New Zealand wool, each design is spare and elegant with subdued colors that are friendly to any interior- that’ll make those modern design aficionados on your list happy as can be. Might as well get one for yourself too, while you’re at it.

Purchase Information:

Price: €139.00
Available from: Forestry

Hideaway Folding Guest Bed

Winter brings holidays and those holidays usually bring guests. That may or may not be something you enjoy, especially if you’re short on space. Here’s something that might make your younger* guests a little more comfortable without taking up too much room the rest of the year. The Hideaway Folding Guest Bed is like a suitcase when closed (with a convenient handle for carrying) and can be used as a ottoman or be stored under a bed or in a closet. Open up the triple-fold mattress for a comfortable sleeping space for one, no fussing about with an air pump or a leaky air mattress.

Purchase Information:

Price: $165.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Perpetual Wall Calendar by Massimo Vignelli

Are you in full gift-shopping mode yet? If you’re trying to find the perfect thing, do consider this calendar by Massimo Vignelli. It would be perfect for anyone who leans towards simple/spare graphic design, especially considering it’s pretty much a design classic for those in the know. The large, bold numbers are easy to read across a room and will keep track of the date year after year.

Purchase Information:

Price: $82.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Craft Design Technology

What do you get the pickiest of design aficionados? Any item from Craft Design Technology, that’s what. How could you not fall head over heels for a collection of high quality work tools designed to be “beautiful, functional and enduring”? I want all of it (specifically, the scissors have been on my wish list ever since ’08). Available in the US from rikumo. More of the collection below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.50 - 96.00
Available from: rikumo

Cyber Monday Sales

Ugh, how are we supposed to keep up, with all the Cyber Monday deals clogging up our inbox? Here’s just a few that we know about… good luck making some tough decisions!

Ding Enameled Cast Iron Casserole with Stand

I know next to nothing about cooking, but I sure know a handsome casserole dish when I see one. Made from cast iron (which is very efficient at retaining heat), the dish has a flat base that sits easily on an oven rack or stovetop with a separate stand (and non-slip silicone pads) to raise the dish for tabletop serving. Those of you familiar with the the ancient Chinese tradition of “Ding” will notice that this piece shares some similarities in shape; think of it as a modern update to some of the world’s oldest cookware.

Purchase Information:

Price: $240.00
Available from: Gessato

The Palmerston Stool

Here’s another excellent option for a counter stool, straight from Coolican & Company. Handcrafted from solid Black Walnut (harvested on the Niagara Escarpment), the counter height stool has a classic turned leg with an interesting faceted top for comfort. The pared down styling makes it a future classic, as it would work well with many other design periods. The price is pretty reasonable too- or, at least not crazy expensive considering some of our other favorites.

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD525.00
Available from: Coolican & Company

Stelton RigTig Easy Kitchenware

Spatulas, sticks, tongs, and spoons- do you have everything you need for your Thanksgiving feast? The ‘Easy’ collection for Rig-Tig by Stelton hits the right spot for minimalist kitchenware. You’d best figure in rush shipping for any online orders, though, as you you’re cutting it awfully close for cut-off dates (we don’t want you to have to serve your sweet potatoes with your hands, now, do we?).

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00 -16.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Pinson Carafe

This carafe by designer Céline Frébault (in collaboration with the Sentou gallery) incorporates a rather odd beaker-like handle, which fills when the carafe is full. As far as carafes go, it’s definitely got a high end (semi-mad-scientist?) look… any guesses as to the price? Is it $50, $100, $200?

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Links

MUJI HUT (via Dwell)

The Value of an End of the Week “Brain Dump”

– Kickstarter: BuddyLight

– It floats! Flyte Light

Cedar-clad House by Yale Students = affordable housing?

Fruit Wash Labels

Thrift store finds, Dave Pollot

Sleeping Bag That Looks Just Like A Life-Sized Bear by Eiko Ishizawa (via thisisnthappiness)

Enjoy your weekend.

Eiko Ishizawa Sleeping Bear

AuraBox Clock Speaker

Is this little light-box unnecessary? Yes. Do you need it? No, not really. Is it fun? Definitely. Think of the AuraBox as a desktop digital art piece. You can pair it with your phone/device’s notification system to receive instant on-screen alerts for calls, texts, or social media updates. Make your own drawings or animations via the app or use any of the ready-made alerts. It’s also useful: make hands-free calls using the built-in microphone, use it as an indoor thermometer, or use it as an alarm clock with a customized music and light show. See what I mean by ‘fun’?

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Simone Table and Bench

If you’re looking for a super-minimal table or bench, you might like the looks of the Simone Collection by 57st. design. Double-thick Baltic birch plywood has dovetailed ends (spaced in irregular intervals) for visual interest and overall strength. The short or long bench would do well in an entryway or hallway, and won’t break the bank, thankfully. Free shipping, too, just in case that sweetens the deal.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,200.00
Available from: 57st. design

Lock Climber Carabiner Key

Remember the Carabiner Key? This is the newer version, and it looks just a little more robust, don’t you think? Clip your key to other key rings, a bag, or your own belt loop and know it will stay securely fastened until you unclip it. Such a smart detail.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.50
Available from: Amron

365 Typography Calendar 2016

The end of the year is fast approaching, and the most important thing is to find a new calendar. Just kidding, I know it’s not, especially amongst all the other things in your head this time of year. But, look, here’s the 365 Typography Calendar by Studio Hinrichs for 2016, all ready for you, so no need to find next year’s calendar after all. It features a nice mix of typefaces, with each month showcasing a description of the type, the biography of the designer, and, of course, all major holidays.

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00 - 49.00
Available from: Studio Hinrichs on Amazon

Nepal Projects: Modern/Traditional Houses

Boxes! Boxes shaped like houses, to be more precise, which will encourage you to group them together like a small neighborhood. Put your cherished items inside, or splurge to make one or two of them gift boxes- a gift inside a gift, if you will. Each box is covered in pure cotton and lined with recycled paper in a complementary shade. Sold as a set of 4, in either Traditional or Modern roof lines.

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00 s/4
Available from: A+R Store