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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)


Swivel Work Stool

If you prefer your bar seating to have a little more character, you’ll not want to ignore the Swivel Work Stool by Unionmade. Designed after vintage industrial stools, the heavy steel frame is powdercoated in Reed Green and supports a walnut swivel seat. If you’re not too fond of the color, the Fixed Work Stool in Pewter is a good alternative.

Purchase Information:

Price: $425.00
Available from: Unionmade

Twin Beds

Some friends of mine have asked for help in finding acceptable twin beds for their children, so I sat down and combed through a few retailers to find some good possibilities. Just in case you’re in the same boat, here are a few of my recent bookmarks. In most cases, fabrics and colors may be customized, and, in some cases, trundles added, so click on the retail links to see all the options.


The only unfortunate thing about this coathanger/mirror is that it’s not yet available in the U.S.; the rest of its attributes place it in firmly in the ‘must have’ category for anyone fond of minimalism. This Hall-in-One birch board has a slim pocket, a mirror, and felt coat and/or key hangers across the bottom edge. It’s the perfect perch for your coat, keys, and other sundries right beside your main entry door. And, if you need more surface area to store your personal miscellany, do take a look at the Coatboard, €479, also by Dimitri Cassiers and available through Mookum.

Purchase Information:

Price: €109.00
Available from: Mookum

Kids ErgoErgo

You’ve seen the ErgoErgo Stool*, haven’t you? Now little ones have their own version: the Kids ErgoErgo. Active sitting encourages ‘micro-movements’ and that means increased concentration- and we all know that kids could use a little more of that at home or in school. With six colors to choose from, kids can pick their favorite hue or mix it up with several different ones around a small table.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: ErgoErgo

Apis vs. Gus Modern Wireframe

Here’s a little wireframe rivalry for you: which do you like better, the top or bottom coffee table? One costs $349 and the other just over $800. You can probably use your head to figure out which one’s which, but here’s the info just in case you lack the brain power:

Purchase Information:

Price: $349.00 / 807.50
Availability: Buy Apis vs. Gus Modern Wireframe here

Friday Links

  • Visual interpretation of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, 1st mvt. (below) (via 22words)
  • Quirky, Morbid Illustrations Of People’s Deepest, Darkest Fears
  • These Line Graphs Perfectly Sum Up Our Lives From Start To Finish via @Jenna_Goudreau
  • What the what. Self-repairing trainers 3D-printed from biological cells by Shamees Aden
  • Prefab cool/cuteness: Mini Mod by MAPA (via Plastolux)
  • A site that perfectly captures the existential despair of the conference
  • First new river dolphin species found since World War I
    Enjoy your weekend.

    FiLIP Smart Locator

    You might have seen this on the last Friday Links, but, if not, here’s a better picture of what it is and does. The FiLIP is a smart locator and phone, primarily for children aged between 5 and 11, that can be worn on the wrist. Phone calls can be made to and from up to five trusted people and you’ll be able to see the location of your child indoors and out. There’s also an Intelligent Emergency feature so that kids may get in touch when a situation gets serious. An app on your smartphone controls everything- contacts, location data, etc. It’s a great alternative to getting a young child their own cell phone, don’t you think? Learn more over at FiLIP.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00 + 10.00/m
    Available from: FiLIP

    1.5.1 Ray : Long and Large Board

    With an angular profile and etched lines, this is one fancy serving board. ‘Fancy’ as in, really nice and impressive, and sure to raise your cheese and charcuterie spread to a higher level. Beveled edges give an easier grasp when picking up or setting down. Available in two sizes.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $130.00 - 150.00
    Available from: OnOurTable

    Solid Copper Flask

    Need a new home for your happy juice? How about a handcrafted, pure solid copper flask? It will patina with use, so as you age, it will too. And if that makes you sad, don’t you worry: if you prefer to keep it polished, just use a mixture of ketchup (yes, ketchup) and coarse salt to bring back the shine. I see this as a perfect gift for a special event like the birth of a newborn (for the parents), a big promotion, or a silver or golden anniversary- be sure to attach an applicable quote, of course, so that your gift is received in the right light.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $215.00
    Available from: Surname

    Lineage Dining Table

    A recent search for a new dining table for my own home revealed a lack of current options here on BLTD, so, in order to fix that, you’ll be seeing a few more tables featured here in the very near future. If you’re also in the market for a dining table, and your budget is quite happy with somewhere around the one grand price point, this Lineage Dining Table could be a good fit. Designed by Italian design team (and available from CB2), the Lineage Table is composed of sustainable acacia wood cut in a dramatic oval with angled antiqued iron legs for a sculptural metal base. Seats up to 10.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $999.00
    Available from: CB2

    Normann Copenhagen Silicone Nutcracker

    Get ready to crack some nuts with the Normann Copenhagen Silicone Nutcracker. Silicone ensures a soft, comfortable grip so that almost anyone can use it, young or old. The silicone bounces back into its original shape after the nut has been cracked and that means more nuts cracked with less faffing about.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $53.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Normann Copenhagen Tea Strainer

    This tea strainer has a flexible silicone body that fits any cup, mug or teapot. The hat-like funnel top retains heat and flavor while your tea is brewing; simply remove the strainer with a built-in handle (no burnt fingers) and fold the silicone top down/up like the brim of a hat to prevent spills or errant drops. Smart!

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $26.50
    Available from: Vertigo Home

    Loft Dresser

    I know not everyone has $3,400 to spend on a dresser, but this one is from Chadhaus, and, considering their quality craftsmanship (their furniture is handcrafted in Seattle with sustainably-harvested woods), it’s no surprise to see a higher price tag. The clean, classic lines of this storage piece will never go out of style; long after you appreciate the under-mounted mechanical slides and solid wood drawers, you’ll be able to pass it along to the next generation.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $3,600.00
    Available from: Chadhaus

    Lucetta ~ Magnetic Bike Lights

    Neat! These magnetic bike lights are easy to attach and remove from any bike. The set includes one red and one white, and they both switch on with a click and will remain in place no matter what speed bumps or potholes you hit. Select a steady beam, or a slow or fast flashing light. They’re small enough to stuff in a pocket for minimum fussiness once you’re done with your ride.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €25.00
    Available from: Pizzolorusso

    Opus Garten

    Repotting plants can be messy, and that’s exactly why this Opus Garten PottingTray and tools are something to consider. The PottingTray is made from durable, flexible silicone and protects tables and countertops as well as keeping dirt from going everywhere. Clean up is easy, just stick it in a dishwasher or run it under the tap.

    The tools, a.k.a. the Handworktoy™, are indoor garden tools that include a soil scoop, large tweezer, and a versatile garden knife. And, if you need another planter, check out the sub-irrigation WallPlanter with a ball and cord system that makes it easy to place and remove. Back the project over at Kickstarter and your future repotting project cleanups will be a breeze.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $65.00 - 250.00
    Available from: Kickstarter