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)


Cory Arcangel Umbrella

If it’s going to rain, you might as well brighten up the dreariness with a bright red umbrella, and if that bright red umbrella’s design is based on a PhotoShop gradient Cory Arcangel made for Showpaper, well, then that’s even better. The only drawback is you might have a few inquiries from strangers asking where you obtained such a delightfully graphic rain shield, and then you’ll have to (ugh) talk to them instead of pretending to ignore everyone.


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Price: $28.00
Available from: Whitney Museum Shop

Metallic Folios

Normally a folder won’t inspire anyone to get organized, but a gold or silver folio, well, that’s a different story. Shiny, special materials such as silver and gold catch our eyes and stand out in a stack of papers, thus providing you with a reason to add to your office supply collection. Plus, when considering the need to get organized, we need all the motivation we can get. Choose between silver or gold; there’s also matching metallic notebooks.

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Price: $14.00
Available from: Poppin

Tallow Candles

Ambiance. Say it with me, A-M-b-i-a-n-c-e. That’s what a lot of interiors lack due to bad overhead lighting. Now, if you’ve got the money, hire a professional and get your home’s lighting fixed as soon as possible, as fame and fortune is sure to follow once your guests see your face under flattering light. If you don’t have the money, the simple solution is to buy a few candles and light ‘em up. For extra design credit, these Tallow Candles will softly illuminate whilst also referencing a little old-world elegance, giving your table more refinement than cheap(er) candlesticks.

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Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Tinsel & Timber Docking Station

Your precious device deserves a nice landing pad, especially as it delivers so much news and information to you each and every day, right? The Tinsel & Timber iPhone Docking Station is handcrafted from solid (sustainably sourced) American walnut and features a sculpted bowl that will catch all manner of odds and ends that you need close at hand. Wool felt lines the phone’s spot, ensuring a soft landing each and every time.

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Price: $67.99
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Hexagon Bottle Opener

You can’t have this now, no matter how much you want a bottle opener in the shape of a hexagon. You’ll have to wait until May, as it’s a new item from Ferm Living, and should you possess the patience, you should know it’s made of solid brass with a matte polish. It could also double as an excellent weapon, if you have a good aim and strong throwing arm, but you already knew that, didn’t you?

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Price: $44.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Friday Links

  • What’s this guy doing? Max Lamb is making a Hexagonal Pewter Stool in the sand (video below). Neat. (via beautifuldecay)
  • Never forget to add events to your calendar: (via Netted)
  • Donald Judd, or Cheap Furniture?
  • Need a pep talk? Here you go: The Complete Guide to Not Giving a Fuck
  • How Can I Fall Asleep Faster?
  • Via the above link, adjust your screen to the time of day: f.lux
  • Collect art for screens: Sedition
  • Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens
  • Marcel Wanders Designs an App to Count the Seconds Between Milestones
  • 10 Habits Of Financially Happy People

    Have fun.

    Hexagonal Pewter Stool from Max Lamb on Vimeo.

    Together Table, Extending

    Remember the promise to feature a few more dining tables? Here’s one that doesn’t hide its extension feature. When the drop leaves are locked underneath, the table is rectangular, however, unlock the rounded ends and the table extends to fit more visitors for a larger meal. Plus, it’s from StudioIlse (Ilse Crawford, patron saint of perfect interiors), so you’re safe no matter which size you choose.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $from 3,895.00
    Available from: The Future Perfect

    ‘You’re amazing’ Card

    If you don’t have someone that deserves this card, then you need to make some new friends. In fact, I’ll be your friend if you send me this card, and then I’ll tell all my amazing friends about you, then you’ll be broke because you’ll have to send out so many cards to tell them that they’re amazing. Won’t that be fun? Many more excellent cards to be found at the website of Sydney designers The Adventures of.

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    Price: AUD7.00
    Available from: The Minimalist

    Punk Pendant

    Any guesses as to what mystery material this pendant’s shade is made of? Here’s a hint: there’s a variety of copper alloys involved, and the item is originally intended to give off a specific sound. Drum roll….. it’s a cymbal! A vintage 10″ cymbal, in fact. Pretty smart use for a cast-off, so if you run across any on your next thrift store trips, you know what to do. From Workerman.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $125.00
    Available from: Workerman


    Professional framing sometimes costs just as much as the artwork, and that’s no fun when you’re on a tight budget. Meet Stiicks™, a very simple solution to hanging your favorite prints, posters, and photographs. Thanks to super-strong magnets, 4 thin strips of wood hold your artwork without any damage, making them perfect for a temporary placeholder or a more permanent display.

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    Price: $25.00 and up
    Available from: Well Made

    Customizable Neon Signs

    What to do when your name falls from the top spot on your friends’ ‘effing-coolest-person-I-know’ list? Here’s what: don’t fret. Take off whatever ‘on trend’ accessory you’re wearing, and put down that bottle of bourbon. You don’t need to order the Digital Edition of Tracey Emin’s I Listen To The Ocean And All I Hear Is You to placate your loneliness, though you can if you want. Or, simply order a custom neon sign with an appropriately meta phrase and then sit back and reflect on the journey thus far. Those finicky friends will come knocking once the glow of the light filters through the windows as they walk past, and they’ll know that you know what’s up.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $68.00 per letter
    Available from: Michele Varian

    LAX 4×2 Bookcase

    Do you know how annoying it is when books topple over for lack of bookends? Good, because that saves me from explaining why integrated dividers in a shelving system are a sanity saver. This particular bookcase in the LAXseries gets high points for its spare, simple lines and the natural finish on the solid English walnut wood.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $888.00
    Available from: HORNE

    The Floyd Leg

    This is so smart I can hardly stand it. The Floyd Leg combines a table leg with a clamp- add four legs to any flat surface and you’ve got a table. Simple concept, yes, but a fine execution. There’s only 9 days to go before the campaign closes- take a look if you’re interested: The Floyd Leg on Kickstarter.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $189.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Intersect Valet

    Here’s yet another option for your entryway landing spot: a set of three brass hooks with a six inch square shelf. The small shelf and span of just three hooks ensures that only the essentials are kept (your phone and/or wallet, plus a bag, scarf, and coat). Let’s hope that will help all the other stuff that we carry around on our bodies get tucked away in their correct spots- away from the door.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $148.00
    Available from: Leibal

    Boh Blanket

    What do we need when the temperature drops? A hot cup of tea, a good book, and a wool blanket will do just fine, thank you very much. And, if that wool blanket has a nice skewed stripe design and is made from 100% lambs wool, well, that just makes things perfect. Available in black/gray, red, or bottle green, from Merchant No. 4 or directly from the designer, Forestry, for €129.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $178.00
    Available from: Merchant No. 4