Articles Written by Katie


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)


Macon and Lesquoy Pins (new)

Even if you’re not the type to pin a pin onto your hat/bag/shirt, these pins by Macon and Lesquoy will tempt you to change your ways. Yes, we’ve featured them before, but there’s a new batch out, and, come on, how could I resist not sharing a Radish, Pipe and Smoke, and Bicycle pin? Or an Apple, Crab, and Peapod pin? Do you not have an urge to pick a few and group them together artfully on a canvas tote? I have a curious urge to find a jean jacket* just so I can have a designated spot for a few favorites.


Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 - 58.00
Available from: GreenerGrassDesign

Custom Backyard Table

Nice! Stylegarage has these stainless steel base sets ($395 CAD) that make the ‘DIY table’ concept super simple. You will need a drill, of course, and a measuring tape, as well as some wood planks or alternative top, but it’s easy from there. Pick whatever length of planks you want to make your ideal table top size- get them from your local hardware store or a lumber or salvage yard. All the steps are listed on the site, but here’s a quick version: lay the planks on the ground, line them up, attach the base with screws, flip the table over, and you’re done!

Purchase Information:

Price: $~500.00
Available from: Stylegarage

Tom Dixon Peg Chair

Constructed from natural, solid birch wood, this café chair by Tom Dixon is light-weight and robust. Carry it from the dining area to the living room or office for an extra seat without looking like a weakling, or, more importantly, hurting your back. The “quietly pared down character” of japanese architecture was the inspiration for its functional shape.

Purchase Information:

Price: $495.00
Available from: Dwell

Pendura Coat Stand

Maybe you’re lucky and this coat stand can be shipped to you, but I plugged in Texas as a destination and I was out of luck. It’s a simple, triangular-shaped coat stand, and that’s exactly what makes it special. Angled notches on the front and back allow for coat/clothes and bag storage, and it just leans against the wall, so it’s easy to move anywhere you need it most.

Purchase Information:

Price: €190.00
Available from: GALULA Shop

Kitty Kasa

Your little feline friend could use some new hideouts, and this Kitty Kasa Collection from ArniSays won’t burn your retinas like the other offerings at the pet store. And, as if your cat’s happiness isn’t enough reward, when you buy one of the Kasa items, you’re also saving the life of a shelter cat, as all profits go directly to the ARNI foundation, a 501(C)3, non-profit, no-kill, animal shelter located in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99 each
Available from: ArniSays

Bicicleta Rug

Rugs that can live indoors or outside are what you should be thinking about, because what’s nicer than an outdoor seating area? An outdoor seating area with a rug, that’s what. Now, there are loads of outdoor area rugs that are available, and this one from Nani Marquina isn’t new, but it is still one of my favorites because it’s made from- you guessed it- recycled rubber bicycle tires. Each rug is made using 130 to 140 bicycle inner tubes, all collected and processed in India. Instead of ending up in a landfill, the hand-loomed inner tubes adds an interesting texture as well as a soft surface for your feet. It’s a win/win kind of product.


Purchase Information:

Price: $1,694.00
Available from: YLiving

Famous Playing Cards

Larger numbers and symbols with more whitespace- plus a few lightning bolts- make these playing cards a sight for sore eyes. The easy-to-see cards will be especially handy if you’re playing a game around a dimly lit table, as it never hurts to have an edge over your competitors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Plaza String Light

You’ll be able to find variations of this Plaza String Light, but just in case you’d rather get lighting for your patio or porch sooner rather than later, this string is a good option. It has the appropriate large-scale look that will add just the right ambience to your outdoor gathering. The total length is 48 feet, with 3 foot spacing between each socket.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: Morba

Friday Links

  • Sabaoarch build three-metre-wide concrete house in Tokyo
  • Photography: Mikhail Mishainik reveals the wonders of Russia’s salt mines
  • Jamie Wolfond: Inflatable Floor Fan, $400.00 (so fun)
  • If you need kids’ rooms inspiration: the boo and the boy
  • Mamiko Otsubo – “Concrete Moon” (via ode to things)
  • Photo: green house by guen-k
  • Bryan Zanisnik, artist: New York Close Up series
  • This is so, so wrong: Pizza Bed, A Conceptual Bedding Set Design That Looks Like a Delicious Slice of Pepperoni Pizza
  • 3D printed hats
    Have an excellent weekend.

    Take-off Lights

    Ooo, this light is fun! You’re in charge of the final design pattern, so put your designer hat on and start brainstorming. Each lampshade is made of two sheets of paper with a fine pattern of laser stitches. Punch out the small triangle pieces to create whatever pattern you wish. Yes, you’d have to do a fair amount of punching, but it’d be worth it, right? After a little assembly, hang it up and then stand back and admire your hard work. (Note: free worldwide shipping, so don’t be dissuaded by the ‘€’ in the price.)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €129.00
    Available from: fifti-fifti

    Collage Sticky Notes Duo

    And you thought sticky notes could not be improved. Just take a look at the geometric print on these sets and tell me they’re not terrific. I want all of them, but I will restrain myself and just get one set. Maybe. They’d be handy for notes or reminders that need to stand out amongst all the other papers on our desktops, wouldn’t they?


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $7.00
    Available from: Poketo

    Beautiful Insight Storage Boxes (Gallery, Hobbyist, or Storekeeper)

    Do you remember the Beautiful Insights Storage Boxes we posted last year? If you liked them, but didn’t like the international shipping fee, now you’re in luck as MoMA Store is carrying three sizes (hooray!). You now have a reason to organize, if only to make the Gallery, Hobbyist, or Storekeeper Box functional.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Lerival Felt Stool

    This isn’t new, but who cares? It’s still a felt stool that holds weight simply by its folds and rivets. Think origami, in a larger scale and in felt. Exploring the most efficient use of fabric led to this design with a comfortable saddle-shaped seat. Designed by Moorhead & Moorhead and manufactured by Lerival.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $480.00
    Available from: Switch Modern

    Trappestigen Stepladder

    The Trappestigen Stepladder has an integrated sidepiece that works as a railing, so you’ll not need to sacrifice your design aesthetic for the sake of safety. If you’ve ever lost your balance- or almost lost it- while on a step stool, chances are you’ll appreciate the extra security this one has… question is, can you afford to spend almost ten times as much (plus international shipping) as what you’d find at your local hardware store?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: AUD990.00
    Available from: Grate Dane Furniture

    Arne Jacobsen espresso cups

    All you Arne Jacobsen fans should be drinking out of these espresso cups, numbered 1-4 to accompany the regular letter cups, when you have your hit of caffeine. And you thought your kitchen cupboard could hold no more Bauhaus inspired typography, well, happy days, you were wrong. These cups are small enough to work as tealight holders too, fyi.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $55.00
    Available from: Finnish Design Shop