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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)


Happy Birthday Crank Music Box

Here’s the perfect little (and inexpensive) birthday gift: the Happy Birthday Crank Music Box. If you’re more into composing your own original tune, you may like the Make Your Own Music Box Kit– it comes with an instruction booklet. There’s also lots of other melodies (You’ve Got A Friend, If I Only Had A Brain, Wedding March, etc.) should the occasion be something other than a birthday.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Friday Links

Kram/Weisshaar’s SmartSlab Table has hidden tech to cook food and chill drinks (video below) (via Curbed)

Why do honeybees love hexagons?

Apps to help you understand the environment

– Uh, do you need/want some Lump Nubbins sculptures? Because I sure do.

– Old fashioned razor that takes old fashioned razor blades: Rockwell Model T Razor and Razor Blades

– Canvas and leather Asum Bags

Book of Tongue by Noiz Architects—Keisuke Toyoda and Jia-Shaun Tsai

Book of Tongue by Noiz Architects

Have a great weekend.

Knockout Side Tables

Simplistic side tables always get my vote, but these cross over into the minimalistic category, which has me making imaginary placards in their honor. They’re just so serious, and would be especially great next to a silly chair or sofa (you know the term: juxtaposition). With several shaped bases in solid white marble, black marble, or green Swedish marble, you’ll have to consider a cluster (if you can afford it) of tables together for maximum impact. Or just get one, and admire its pedestal-like presence.

Purchase Information:

Price: $970.00 - 1,825.00
Available from: A+R Store

Skultuna Basso Coaster

No more wine or champagne drips on your precious tabletop, because this Skultuna Basso Coaster will set the bottle dead center each and every time, thanks to its raised center surface. Did you know that indentation at the bottom of bottles is known as a punt or kick-up? Good luck trying to fit that into a conversation without appearing like a complete nerd.

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Aqua Sink Drainer Basket

Sometimes a dish drainer is unavoidable. Instead of settling for the normal/terrible options at the local big box store, please do consider this rather simple plastic option. Use it in the sink for soaking (saves water) and then set it up on the counter to drain (the drain may be repositioned in order to fit your particular layout).

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Plastica

Harris Sofa by Montauk

Sofas are the most important of furnishings, right up there with mattresses. After all, we spend lots of time on our sofas- reading, watching shows and movies, sleeping. So, you might as well invest in something you really, truly love, right? For a recent project I looked and looked for the right sofa: it needed to be at least 8′ long, low, streamlined and soft. As in, take-a-nap-on-it soft. As is my usual luck, Montauk Sofa, which is not in my state, and only has showrooms that required me to get on a plane to see the sofa in person, had the right match: the Harris Sofa.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4,900.00+
Available from: Montauk Sofa

Weekly Desk Pad

Do you like mapping out certain weeks, jotting down what notes you need to write to whomever deserves it? Keep track of your agenda with this fill-in ‘Social Preparedness Kit’ calendar from Egg Press. It’s laid out on a minimal white page, with plenty of room to get your social p’s and q’s organized.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Plastica

Friday Links

joseph sarafian & ron culver explore concrete casting with fabric forms

Lunar Watch with genuine moon rock!

– Nice Rolltop Backpack: Wedon Saxby Rolltop

– Cute for wannabe rockstars: Beech Wood + Rockin Guitar Salad Servers

– Smart Handle, Suspension Ride… you’d think we’re talking about a car: Floatti Super Suitcase

– Can a machine capture an artist’s essential style? A New Rembrandt

– Large Pivot Wall creates separate spaces in this 400 sq. ft. apartment.

Have a good weekend.

Pivot Wall by Architecture Workshop PC

Monochrome Belgian Dart Set

Darts, anyone? Set, aim, and fire with these finely balanced darts. Done in a monochrome color scheme, the set will easily work in a games room (or whatever other room of the house you deem appropriate). Birchwood barrels and shafts with polished steel tips make up the darts, while the basswood board has “hydraulically-inserted” brass guidelines delineating the scoring rings. All these fine materials will hopefully last a lifetime (just be sure to throw the darts towards the dartboard, not at any short tempered, maniacal guests).

Purchase Information:

Price: $128.00
Available from: Best Made

Nokori Folding Chair

Is this the nicest folding chair you’ve seen in a while, or what? Hand-rubbed mahogany wood combined with heavy English Bridle leather make this chair sturdy and stylish. Easy to move from room to room and easy to store, it’s a sure bet that you’ll not regret adding one (or two) of these to your home for extra seating options should the need arise. Available in Black or Natural.

Purchase Information:

Price: $550.00
Available from: Tanner Goods

Box Modular Jewelry Container

When an ordinary box just won’t do, take a look at the Modular Jewelry Container. Made of solid walnut, it has four stackable pieces that may be repositioned to accommodate different shapes and sizes of watches and other jewelry. Take a look at the video to get a better idea of the size and how the trays can be flipped to make more room on a tier.

Purchase Information:

Price: $260.00
Available from: Luminaire

10×10 Shelves

Now, fair warning, this pair of shelves isn’t cheap. However, each 10×10 shelf may be installed in either orientation, which gives you a variety of arrangements suitable in many locations throughout your home. Maybe your office needs an extra ledge, or a spot to put extra books? Perhaps your bathroom needs more storage space for lotions, or all those beauty potions? There you go, two problems solved with one set of shelves. And, if you’re thinking that the 24″ length is a tad too small, you’ll be happy to hear that custom sizing (and wood species and finishes) are available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $750.00
Available from: Assembly Design

Ixtapa Loveseat

Are you itching to get your outdoor space set up for the summer? If so, take a look at the Ixtapa Loveseat currently on sale for $319. Think of it as two seats, as in $159.50 per seat, and you’ll see the value. Handwoven white PVC cord over a black powder-coated steel frame makes it outdoor friendly, and it will work with whatever color scheme you already have planned.

Purchase Information:

Price: $319.00
Available from: CB2

Eau Carafe

Similar to black + blum’s ‘Eau Good’ Filter Water Bottle, this Eau Carafe is the ideal candidate for storing water in your fridge. A binchotan active charcoal filter purifies the water while the overall shape is pleasing to hold and pour from; it’s even nice enough to keep it out during dinner. You can’t say that for many water purifiers.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: black + blum

Mail Slot Bowl by Dan Sjogren

No matter how neat and clutter free we attempt to be, there’s still a fair amount of mail, keys, and miscellany that follow us through our front doors. To conquer this choas, consider the Mail Slot Bowl by Dan Sjogren. It will keep your most recent paper correspondence lined up neatly in a row. Will it force you to take stock of which documents go to the recycle bin and which go to the filing drawer? Eh, maybe. It also has a reasonably sized bowl to park your keys, which might mean you’ll never lose them again. We can hope.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods