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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)


ZZ CenterPiece

Please tell me you need a strange sort of tray for your next dinner party, because I’ve got just the thing: the ZZ CenterPiece. Isn’t it lovely in its asymmetrical-yet-functional design? Is the ebonized Walnut not beautiful with its zig zag topical pattern? It’s interesting enough to leave out all the time- maybe you could even put it in your entryway to catch keys and correspondence?

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: Pat Kim Design

Fredericks and Mae Cork Coasters

I know what you need: this set of six silkscreened cork coasters from Fredericks and Mae. Why? Well, they’ll protect your furniture from hot and cold drinks, but, most importantly, they’ll make you happy every single time you move them around. Choose the Green/Red/Blue or Red/Blue/Yellow sets. There’s also the very fun Trivets in similar target designs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Fredericks and Mae

Machine Collection Glassware

Do these glasses remind you a little bit of industrial light fixtures? That’s exactly what inspired them, and the result is a hefty sort of glassware with just an smidgen of decorative fluting (like a well-made suit with a pretty tie and pocket square). Choose between a large or small set of three.

Purchase Information:

Price: $33.00 - 48.00
Available from: Gessato

Asplund Tati Coat Rack

Oh, how wonderful it would be to have additional coat storage, especially if that coat storage was the Asplund Tati Coat Rack. Designed by Johan Ridderstråle & Mats Broberg for ASPLUND Collection, the Tati Coat Rack is available in two different sizes and several colors (anthracite, white, violet, olive, nougat, deep blue and orange) as well as a base in either Carrara mabrle or black granite. Which one would look best in your entryway or bedroom? I vote for deep blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,915.00 - 2,080.00
Available from:

Friday Links

New Gardenista Book

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– “Grown-up” lunch box: To-Go Container

– A question I often ask before thinking about it for an extra two seconds: WHY HASN’T THE U.S. ADOPTED THE METRIC SYSTEM?

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– Fun? Yayoi Kusama embellishes Philip Johnson’s Glass House

Yayoi Kusama embellishes Philip Johnson’s Glass House


So, this isn’t a scrapbook, it’s a Portfolio. That’s said with a teensy bit of snobbery, by the way. A thick paper accordion is held between two pieces of solid oak with a large rubber band to hold it all together. Think of it as a cool way to showcase photos and/or drawings- perhaps from a vacation or special event (gift alert!). When opened, the Portfolio stands on its own for display.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Luminaire

Mobile Light by Andrew Neyer

If you have a dark living or dining area, may I suggest the Mobile Light by Andrew Neyer? The rotating arms allow for quite a bit of variety in movement, especially considering the arms are 40″ and 48″ in length. The no-frills, minimal design provides a clean look that would work well with other styles, so it’s a very safe bet for all sorts of interiors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $599.00
Available from: TRNK

Nest Mortar and Pestle

Uh-oh, if you like the Nest Mortar and Pestle from Pat Kim, you’d better snap one up right this very second, because there’s only four available. The mortar actually houses the pestle in its base, keeping it tucked away until use. Inspired by woodpecker nesting holes, it’s a smart solution for compact storage.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Pat Kim Design

Dearborn Glassware

What says ‘grown-up glassware’ more than the $70 per piece price tag of the Dearborn Glassware? Maybe the intricate, fluted Borosilicate glass, or the knowledge that each piece was expertly created by master glassblowers in the Czech Republic. Borosilicate glass, if you didn’t know, gives thermal resistance, which translates into a durability appropriate for daily use- it’s safe to use in ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers- and that gives us all a little more understanding to the collection’s value (and, ultimately, the aforementioned price tag).

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00 - 75.00
Available from: Alchemy Fine Home

Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier

I know, I know, a block of wood with some strange carvings won’t make much sense until you pair the title with the picture. It’s the Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier, and it does just what it says- it passively amplifies sound on your iPhone. Two channels allow you to set your phone in either landscape or portrait mode, and you can customize the face. Might be a fun gift to give, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.99
Available from: Koostik

EM Press Coffee Maker

Did you know Erik Magnussen’s Stelton Vacuum Jug was designed way back in 1977? Or that the very recognizable shape is now available as a coffee press? Brew your coffee and keep it hot for hours, all in the retro-cool iconic thermos. The EM Press brews up to 8 cups, and has the same simple open-close mechanism of the Stelton Jug.

Purchase Information:

Price: $44.00
Available from: DWR

Adam Stool

If you’re fond of minimalistic furniture, chances are you’ll have the hots for the Adam Stool from Frama. Its skinny steel base almost disappears, and its flat, rectangular seat has only a convenient handle to break its plane. Want it to be a little more luxurious than the standard oak seat? There’s a leather topped version just for you.

Purchase Information:

Price: $263.00+
Available from: Wallpaper STORE*

Radial Vessels

Maybe you need a few extra pots for your plants? If so, please do consider the new Radial Vessels from Areaware. With their quiet architecture, they’ll blend in nicely with your other things without much fuss, thus putting the focus on your prized plants. Available as a planter, vase, or dish.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

DIY: Build Your Own Spiral Staircase From Simple Plywood Templates

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– Kickstarter: Personal Body Unit Index

– Kodasema creates tiny prefabricated house that moves with its owners

Fancy Shredder

Have a great Labor Day weekend! We’ll return with semi-regular posts on Tuesday.

2017 Phases of the Moon Calendar

A 2017 Phases of the Moon Calendar is just what you need, because how else will you know when you’ll turn into a werewolf*? You’ll be able to schedule meetings and other events around your “personal business”, thereby conveniently keeping your crazier self free to roam without getting a reprimand from someone saying they were supposed to meet you for dinner and where were you? You’ll remain mysterious, and all your coworkers will marvel at your lunar knowledge. 2017 is going to be your best year yet, isn’t it?

Purchase Information:

Price: $17.95
Available from: MoMA Store