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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)


Sugru Fix-It-All Kit

Hooray! Sugru is now available at MoMA, and that means more people can fix and modify all sorts of things with this magic stuff. Sugru, if you’re not familiar with it already (Simon wrote about it back in 2010), is a self-setting rubber that you can mold like play-dough. It bonds to almost everything and sets into a flexible, water-proof silicone rubber overnight. Use it to make tools easier to grip, mend broken wires, put bumpers on your phone, and more. You may also buy the kit directly from Sugru ($22), fyi.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Grain Audio PWS Wireless Speaker

Another wireless speaker, yawn… but wait, the very fact that it’s not neon orange or some other outrageous color makes it seem more grown up and mature, and that certainly won’t hurt your image, am I right? Solid walnut wood helps deliver a warmer sound than other plastic speakers, and, with the addition of neutral graphite speaker grills and buttons, you have an altogether pleasing package. The Grain Audio PWS measures in at 7″ long, 2.345″ wide, and 3.125″ high, so it’s the perfect portable size.

Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Minim Playing Cards

How minimal can you get? Turns out you can go super minimal even when it comes to your playing cards. The Minim Playing Cards by Joe Doucet are regulation playing cards that reduce hearts, clubs, diamonds, and spades to their simplest geometric forms. A diagonal line marks the back.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Areaware

Risom Desk

Just a reminder that some of the spring sales are ending tomorrow. And, if you have some money to spend, you can save some money by spending a little time perusing the items on sale… such as the petite Risom Desk, originally designed in 1968 by Jens Risom for his home in New Canaan, Connecticut. Meant more for use as a writing surface than a computer station, it suits a simpler lifestyle with just one drawer with a removable walnut tray for desk supplies. Perhaps the pared down storage will encourage you to tailor your office supplies down to only the most necessary?

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,485.00
Available from: DWR

What is it?

Hmm, what in the world could this small, ramp-like item be? It’s made from natural cork and is about the size of a medium sized notepad (for lack of a better comparison). Any guesses? Pay attention to the incline, ribbing, and bumper at the end… would you be able to store, say, longer, flat things on it somehow?

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.50
Available from: Molecule Design

Bonaldo Cosi Side Table

Come on, be brave. Pink is a flattering color no matter what your room’s complexion, and, if you need further encouragement, this wire frame side table is on sale too. Crafted in Italy, the metal structure is made of open, interlocking frames that create an interesting visual as you move around the room. Also available in a lilac/gray color.

Purchase Information:

Price: $279.00
Available from: abc home

Friday Links

  • Actual Pi In The Sky On Pi Day
  • More Pi: ROUND ART OF π, φ AND e (via Explore)
  • Biodate Sonification Device: MIDI Sprout
  • Create beautiful stories: Storehouse via Netted
  • Ikea targets space-poor hipsters with PS 2014 collection
  • Should you live in a tiny house?
  • Who Made That Corkscrew?
  • Artists as Architecture

    Happy Pi Day to you- and have a great weekend!

    Corto PIPAS from Manuela Moreno on Vimeo.via

    Componibili Round Storage Module

    I know, I know, plastic isn’t your favorite material, but hey, you wouldn’t turn away a Componibili Round Storage Module on sale now, would you? After all, its friendly proportions makes it perfect for fitting into tight spots and its shiny surface and sliding doors are just enough ‘future’ to make sense alongside your other modern furnishings. Office, bathroom, kid’s room, wherever it goes, it’ll fit right in and give you some extra storage. And, did you know that the Componibili Modules have been in production for more than thirty years?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $102.00
    Available from: YLiving

    Brass T from Allied Maker

    Nowadays there are more lighting options than ever- you don’t have to buy from the big box stores, as there are many designers/makers doing their own selection of ceiling pendants and lamps. This Brass T fixture from Allied Maker is just about as simple as you can get, and was inspired by 19th century gas lanterns that used to illuminate old saloons. With hints of the same materials as the You Make It: Lindsey Adelman Chandelier (my own version shown here), it has me itching to get out my pliers and electrical tape, but, thankfully, there’s no need because it’s actually pretty affordable, especially considering the custom lengths available.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $365.00
    Available from: Allied Maker


    You’re probably thinking that those are stone tiles above, but, surprise, those tiles are made from recycled and reclaimed sources of paper-laminate. Paper-laminate? Yep, you read it right. Slate-ish is lightweight, strong, durable, and easy to install, and with geometric shapes like Hex, Tri, and Para, I think it’ll make it onto many of our future remodeling materials list.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00 / sq. ft.
    Available from: Slate-ish

    Source: Pinterest

    Vasa Mihich Blades Sculpture

    Not every home can stomach super modern sculptures, mostly because they’re not exactly kid-friendly, but also because modern art can be prohibitively expensive for a more modest budget. However, these sleek, colorful acrylic sculptures by Vasa Mihich aren’t going to make you choke when you hear the price- or maybe they will if you have a very, very modest budget- but for those of us that wouldn’t mind investing in such splendor for under the $1G mark, it looks like a safe bet. There are also smaller, less expensive pieces on Vasa Mihich’s site. Hmm, what was that? Why, yes, my birthday is coming up, how kind of you to remember.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $750.00
    Available from: Caviar20


    If one of these kits were within my arms’ reach, I’d be building my own geodesic dome, no matter if there were kids around or not. It looks fun, doesn’t it? A bunch of 24-inch polypropylene tubes plus 12 SEBS (non-toxic, latex-free material) OgoBild balls gives you the ingredients to construct large, lightweight structures. Throw a sheet over it and you have a fort. Like I said before, fun, right? Now on sale at MCA Shop, but you can also purchase directly from OGOStore.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $22.98 - 49.00
    Available from: MCA Shop

    Make Your Own – Angle Lamp

    If you like the look of this Angle Lamp, you’re in luck- you can make it yourself! The Make Your Own Angle Lamp comes as a kit, available in different color schemes. Pick the color you want for the shade, the cord, and base, and then assemble it all yourself. And, not to worry, it comes with everything you need with very clear instructions. However, the shop that offers this lamp is in New Zealand, so if you’re located elsewhere, there might be a significant shipping fee (sad face).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $289.00
    Available from: Douglas + Bec

    Plus Side Table

    If you still find yourself (or your guests) placing their drinks on the floor, guess what? You need a couple more side tables. A seating area with no place to rest a cold glass or hot cup of tea is slightly awkward, and, before you comment, no, a koozie is not an acceptable solution. This Plus Side Table from CB2 is hand-carved from a solid stump of sustainable acacia wood, so it’s substantial and eco-friendly. Get a couple of side tables and THROW AWAY anything resembling a drink sleeve. That’s an order.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $299.00
    Available from: CB2

    One Day Notebook

    Too many notebooks? No such thing. Each of these One Day Notebooks feature a cover image to correspond with the time of day: morning, day, evening and night. Organize your thoughts into sections of the day, or just pick one randomly and enjoy the imagery.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $8.00 - 12.00
    Available from: Poketo