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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)


Pia Shopping Bag

Raise your hand if you like strange shopping bags. This one from Milk Design and Feel Good Home has a different sort of 3D shape made from Tyvek and leather handles, which will surely tote your purchases safely home with a fair amount of style (don’t be surprised if people ask you where you got it). Tyvek is durable and water resistant, not to mention very light, plus, did you see the price?

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: MilkDesign

Weight Vase by Decha Archjananun

You’ve seen the Weight Vases in the regular concrete grey, but get a load of the colors available. Are they not spectacular? Blue, yellow, and red round out the collection, giving you the option for a pop of bright, fun color to liven up your arrangements. I’ll be saving up for the low ‘A’ blue vase, I think.

Purchase Information:

Price: $340.00 - 430.00
Available from: MATTER

Baggu All Weather Bag

Originally designed for surfers, this all-weather gear bag has welded seams and a water resistant zipper to keep water completely in (or completely out, if that’s your goal). Surfers, just stand inside the bag to remove your wetsuit, then zip it up for your trip home. Sand and seawater will be safely contained within. Everyone else, know that whatever you put in the bag will stay dry no matter what (within reason).

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: BAGGU

Sphere Bottle Opener

It’s a smooth, round bottle opener that fits the palm of your hand perfectly. What else could you ask for, besides a good beer or two? Consider it for your next housewarming or host/hostess gift if the new homeowner or host/hostess likes a certain bottled beverage. Available in black or natural wood.

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Areaware

Waxed Canvas & White Ash Travel Chair

Ah, how nice it is to be out of doors, sitting around the campfire or at a music festival… unless your back hurts and you’re starting to get really annoyed at yourself for not bringing your own darn chair. This foldable, portable chair will do well on your trips and travels thanks to a treatment of all-weather Danish oil on its white ash wood frame. The chair back is high enough to rest your neck or head, and the waxed cotton fabric will stay put with stainless steel hardware.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

String Lights by onefortythree

Don’t ask yourself ‘why do I need these string lights?’ Instead, ask yourself ‘why don’t I need these string lights?’ After all, you work very hard, don’t you? And, it does get quite dark at night, so what better way to illuminate a special spot indoors than with a set of string lights with natural brass sockets and black cloth twisted cord? Or a set of string lights with pink, yellow, orange, or many other lovely color sockets? The colors are a new addition (thank you onefortythree!). Wonderful evenings are sure to happen with any of these beauties above your head.

Purchase Information:

Price: $105.00
Available from: onefortythree

Fair Trade Basket Collection

Baskets aren’t usually the first thing you’ll find in a modern interior, but this Fair Trade Basket Collection possesses a sharp, sculptural quality that would do well whether used as objets d’art or as functional storage pieces. Made from palm wood, these baskets would normally warp over time, but Piet Hein Eek chose to specify thin slats strung together to allow for shrinking and expansion.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00 - 263.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Painted Plains Rug Collection by AVO

If you’re a vegan or you’re opposed to leather in any way, shape or form, just admire the graphic patterns on these ‘rugs’ and skip on over to the next post. Okay, for the rest of us, let’s soak in the fact that these patterns are hand painted on leather hides. Hand painted. DIY-ers will have their thinking gears crunching, and everyone else will have to start saving their Benjamins, for the Painted Plains Collection by Avo does not come cheap. Hang one on the wall to admire or put one on the floor to (gingerly) walk on, either way your room won’t ever be described as boring.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,250.00 - 6,500. 00
Available from: TRNK


How often are you out at the beach, campsite, or park and wish you had a garden hose to wash off dirt and grime? This is exactly where the Aquabot by Lunatec comes into play: it transforms your regular water bottle into a pressurized device, giving you the function of a portable hose/faucet/fountain/mister so you can use water efficiently. You might remember when it was a Kickstarter project, but it’s now available directly from Lunatec.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00 - 29.00
Available from: Lunatec

FIELD Magnifier

Don’t you dare say you have no need for a magnifier. What about those tiny hairs and freckles on your hand? The intricate markings of your own signature? The fuzzy anthers of a flower? Or the crisp text on that print out sitting on your desk? This heavy bronze magnifier designed by Daniel/Emma (in collaboration with Field) doubles as a paper weight and will keep your curiosity sharp.

Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Available from: FIELD

In Between Chair

You might sense a resemblance to Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair in the curved back rail of this chair, and you’d be spot on, as designer Sami Kallio has a high regard for the world renowned Danish designer. Kallio’s chair occupies a certain ‘in between’ place in method of manufacturing as each one is hand and machine made. Ash and oak, the two options, both respond quite well to woodturning, more of classic hand-held lathe technique, and compression molding, a technique that allows for strength despite an overall lightness. The back and side panels provide support as well as a nicely contrasting visual gap.

Purchase Information:

Price: $630.00
Available from: A+R Store

Pots by Benjamin Huberts

You won’t find these at your local kitchen supply store. These terracotta pots by Benjamin Hubert are glazed internally and have silicone lids for a tight seal, which make them perfect for storing dry goods- pasta, cereal, etc.- in the kitchen. No sacrificing design style here, as each piece could easily double as a vase (or group them together for a bigger centerpiece). Plus, they’re on sale (!).

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95 - 49.95
Available from: MENU Design Shop

Brass Peanut Lighter

Next time you venture into the great outdoors for a camping trip, make sure you have a lighter in addition to your matches and flint. We all know it’s better to be safe than sorry, right? And, because you don’t want to carry more weight than absolutely necessary, you might as well get this very compact and indestructible lighter. Made of solid brass stock, it has a secure screw down cap (that can be attached to a keyring), is waterproof, and measures 0.5″ x 1.9″ for the large size or 0.5″ x 1.3″ for the small.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Friday Links

  • Nest Cam, $199.00
  • Solartab, a solar charger for devices
  • What do you think about these hanging thingamajigs? Sort of neat? Trio, Grappe, and Roller Lines by Diane Steverlynck
  • An older project, but oh-so-cool: Secret Stash by yiting cheng (via Make)
  • Sleep apnea sufferers, this is funny looking, but it’s not as bad as a mask? Airing: the first hoseless, maskless, micro-CPAP
  • If you really care about your audio experience: Aumeo: World’s 1st tailored Audio Device
  • Did you know you can stay at the Bauhaus? €35 – €60 a night.
  • Tankless, Digital Water Heater: Heatworks
  • Sorta cute: Marber’s Penguin Chalkboard
  • Strange: A Lite Steak
  • Below: “Jotter,” (2013) by Amy Brener from Compelling Works From Some of Today’s Most Innovative Artists and Designers
  • Have a great weekend.

    Jotter by Amy Brener

    Iittala Aitio Boxes

    So, you’re probably developing a complex for the amount of organizational items I throw at you, but really, I’m just trying to help. Iittala’s Aitio Boxes (Aitio = theatre box in Finnish) strike me as the sort of thing that would work equally well in the kitchen or in an office area, as the powder-coated steel would withstand all manner of bumps and bruises. Hang a few on the wall or just set one or two on the countertop to corral kitchen or workplace miscellany.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $90.00 - 99.00
    Available from: Plastica