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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)



Clever! This V-LITE Lamp doubles as a wall sconce- just hang it up by its foot/feet when you need more space on your nightstand or desk. The perforated metal shade gives off a wonderful pattern on the wall, as you can see, and is adjustable to get light right where you need it. Should we be surprised that this is a Commune and Atelier de Troupe collaboration? Nope, it’s too good to not have had several brains involved.

Purchase Information:

Price: $365.00
Available from: Commune

HAY Tree Trunk Vase

There’s nothing like a couple of Tree Trunk Vases to cheer you up. This cartoonish version of a tree trunk by British designer Richard Woods is for the newish Wrong for Hay collection (take a look, everything is pretty fun). Yes, that’s the same Richard Woods of the Wrongwoods line, which is an earlier collaboration between Woods and Sebastian Wrong (thank goodness they get along). I bet this vase would bring thoughts of happy characters triapsing through the woods, and also provide an excellent receptacle for branches, flowers and stems, of course.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00 - 89.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker

You might think this coffee maker looks like a chemistry experiment, and that’s entirely understandable due to its beaker-like tank. Any avid coffee fan knows that it takes a precise temperature and water control to create the perfect cup, and this automatic filter brewer is made for a professional barista’s exactitude*. It also looks pretty cool in action, as heated water (of an optimal 197ºF–205ºF temperature, as recommended by the SCAA) is extracted from the water tank and pumped into the double-wall filter holder. Watch it in action on the retailer’s site to see the full effect.

Purchase Information:

Price: $249.95 - 329.95
Available from: Williams Sonoma

Frame Hi Bed

As you get older, do you feel like your taste in furniture becomes more expensive? If so, let’s commiserate together. I’m trying to settle on furnishings for a lake house, and it’s been a continual push and pull between budget constraints and nicer items of quality. Case in point, do I splurge on beds, as they’re the main item in a bedroom, and thus will most likely be there forever? Or do I settle for a pretty good alternative, as I’ll probably be the only one that notices the finer details between the two? Hmm, choices.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,212.00 - 3,528.00
Available from: Hivemodern

Mindful Dock

How can you concentrate with all those texts and notifications? In the past 20 minutes I’ve received no less than 5 texts, and I’m not even all that popular.

The Mindful Dock aims to give you a distraction-free zone; just slide your phone into the dock to avoid peeking at its screen every single time it dings/rings/buzzes. It charges your phone too, of course, but it’s more of a displayed intention of concentrating on the task at hand. After all, those cat videos that your friend keeps sending are super cute, but your work/love-life/sleep will suffer if you keep picking up your damn phone. You know I’m right.

Purchase Information:

Price: $98.05
Available from: Kickstarter

Nebia Shower

Water shortages are a big concern in some cities, but how can you help? Yes, you could shorten your shower time, but you might also want to take a look at the Nebia. It uses 70% less water than a typical showerhead by atomizing water into millions of very tiny droplets. All those droplets equal about 10 times more surface area than a regular shower, so you’ll feel just as clean, and maybe that skin of yours will feel more hydrated. The Nebia Shower is also way more thermally efficient- 13 times more- so you’ll be saving water and saving energy. Lower water and utility bills? Sign me up.

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Orée Wireless Wood Keyboard

Is that a wood keyboard you see? Yes, indeed it is. And why do you need the Orée Wireless Wood Keyboard? For the warmth or for the novelty, you pick. It’s completely wireless and connects via Bluetooth with up to 5 devices. Notice that the wood grain matches on all the keys- nice, right? Pick from three different fonts and two different woods, and also be sure to check out the multi touch wood trackpad and numerical keyboard ($190) as well, as it would make a nice companion piece.

Purchase Information:

Price: $190.00
Available from: Design Boom Shop

Aelfie Rugs

Once again, here’s a bunch of geometric rugs that are impossible to choose between. I’m sure you’ll be able to pick your favorite, but I’m having a hard time deciding which pattern is most pleasing. The black, grey, and white Olivia Rug? The blue Maimana Rug? The Saskia Rug? Ugh, choices…choices.

Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00 +
Available from: Aelfie

Folkform Bookend for Skultuna

Your best books deserve nice bookends, dammit. Cheap bookends are just plain cheap, and they do nothing to show that you care about your precious tomes. That’s why you’re seeing these polished brass Folkform Bookends, as they are very sleek and very fancy, and will elevate any shelf to the same standard as your high-brow literature.

Purchase Information:

Price: $165.00 - 205.00
Available from: Simon James

Friday Links

A Renovated Farmhouse in Northern Italy

Jon Stewart On His ‘Daily Show’ Run: ‘It So Far Exceeded My Expectations’ (#‎JonVoyage‬)

-Cool collapsible guitar stand: Stol

-USB powered motorized monitor accessory: ROTATO

Appreciation is a better motivator than money

Inkbox, the 2 week tattoo

-A cute, simple smartphone controlled alarm clock: JustTheBell (this might be a post next week)

-Handcrafted skate boards: Murksli Custom Boards

Art Bikes

Have a great weekend.

Hako Portable Bath Tissue Holder

Okay, any guesses as to what this handled container is for? You know it’s tissue if you read the title, but don’t go thinking it’s just for the bathroom. I have yet to see a box of facial tissues that are available in a nondescript design, so this holder would provide an excellent container that’s pleasant to look at and very easy to carry around the house with a runny nose. Of course, it would work in a bathroom as well, especially if you prefer organic shapes and colors to chrome toilet paper holders.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Luminaire

Emotional Baggage Tote from The School of Life

Yes, you carry around emotional baggage, but at least you’re honest about it. As The School of Life says, “Everyone has it; the trick is to carry it elegantly.” Put your issues out in the open (along with your educational approach to mental health) with this heavy-duty canvas tote. No one will accuse you of hiding your less-than-appealing hang-ups, that’s for sure. Also, if the tote resonates with you, do check out their Psycho Box, which includes the tote along with a ‘How to Stay Sane’ guide, Nietzsche & Freud Notebooks, and Psychoanalytic Pencils.

Purchase Information:

Price: £35.00
Available from: The School of Life

Notion Sensor

Another monitoring gadget is here, and you just might want to try it out. The Notion Sensor can do a whole bunch of things. Place it on a door or window to know who’s coming and going, put it in a room that requires a certain temperature, or get an alert the moment there’s a water leak or smoke alarm. Stick a sensor at the place of concern, pair to the included Bridge, and then use the App to see the current status and receive alerts. You may need several sensors if you have lots of things you want monitored, but that may be worthwhile for your own peace of mind.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: Notion

Tangerine Barstool

I meant what I said about looking out for decent barstools. This Tangerine Barstool by Simon James for Resident Studio has a subtle curve to its seat to make things comfortable. Solid oak contrasts nicely with the dark steel crossbars to provide a perch that quietly performs its function without commanding too much attention. Call me crazy, but that’s refreshing amongst all the other crazy, colorful stools that are just a bit too loud for most minimal interiors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Available from: A+R Store

Clippa Mini Tools Clip

Okay, seeing as anything decent gadget-wise makes it onto our pages, it would seem silly to eliminate this Clippa purely because it takes the shape of a hair clip I don’t like. Besides, maybe you do like the hair clip I’m referencing, and therefore you love the idea of a clip that incorporates screwdrivers, a ruler, a cutter, a bottle opener, and a 5/16 wrench all in the petite size of 6 x 2.4cm. Choose between the Clippa Blackfin (which has the bottle opener feature), the pink Clippa Lady (not shown), and the original stainless steel Clippa.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.99
Available from: Animi Causa