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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)


Stackable Stool/End Table

How much would you pay for a stool? How about a side table? How about either of those that stacked to clear up more space when not in use? Now, consider all that when you take a look at the Stackable Stool/End Table from Atelier de Troupe. It’s handmade in California and has an iron base with a waxed alder wood seat. Can you picture it in your living room as a side table, then as a stool when you have more guests than seats? I can, and I haven’t even seen your living room.

Purchase Information:

Price: $345.00
Available from: Atelier de Troupe

Constellations Napkin Set

I consider it my duty to inform you of any and all items with constellations as decoration, as long as they are decent and/or notable, so, of course, you have to see this napkin set. Napkins are an excellent alternative to your sleeve for keeping your face and hands clean while eating, and I would suggest adding a set to your tabletop if you’ve not already. Your guests will approve of your nice table manners and be forced to act civilized. It’s a win/win situation.

Available from LEIF shop.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: LEIF shop

Maia Table

You might not like the price tag, but you certainly will like how this side table can also be used as a step stool. No more dangerous episodes of precariously balancing on an inappropriate surface to reach a book, and no more apologies of not having that one extra seat for a surprise guest. Plus, take a look at the joints: it’s clear that this is built to stand the test of time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $775.00
Available from: Molecule

Friday Links

  • Apiarium hive for urban beekeepers
  • MoMA Design Store Presents Products Brought to Life by Kickstarter
  • The Mini Book of Major Events
  • Muppet Microscopy!
  • What the heck is gluten?
  • What tears look like under a microscope
  • How to make a cardboard Kaleidoscope
    That’s all I have for now. Have a great weekend.

    Maple iPad Sleeve by Grovemade

    Geometric wood veneer and premium German wool lining sounds like the right ingredients for a cool iPad sleeve, don’t they? Add in a leather and brass pull strap (no grabbing/tugging required) and you’ve got our attention. Choose between Eastern hardrock maple or Oregon black walnut. Will they have the right size for your precious device? If you have an iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display, and/or 13″ MacBook Air, the answer is yes.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $79.00 - 89.00
    Available from: Grovemade

    a frame picnic table

    Picnics! Thank goodness that the weather is nice enough to enjoy a meal out-of-doors, and this a frame picnic table will keep things semi-civilized with a tabletop for your feast and built-in benches for your collective rear ends. Weather-resistant powdercoated aluminum ensures longevity, but don’t think it only has to live outside. You could move it indoors should you need an extra table for holiday gatherings, or maybe it could even be the main dining table if your home has more of a relaxed vibe.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $799.00
    Available from: CB2

    Pieces N Play Domino

    Do you like dominos? How do you feel about a color-based set of simplified dominoes? Perhaps the game won’t need the same amount of brain power, but it’s hard to argue with such a nice set of colorful plywood tiles. All ages would be able to enjoy, whether for actual game play or just playing around. By Danish design duo Lee Storm for HAY.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $57.00
    Available from: Huset Shop

    Moon Tables

    Sleek! These Moon Tables from Ethnicraft’s Universo Positivo collection strikes the right note with their solid oak tops and lacquered stainless steel sides. The slight rim helps corral any miscellany- not that you’ll have any- and the materials give a refined feel to a rather simple, no-frills design.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $449.00 - 799.00
    Available from: Lekker Home

    Orion, Pegasus, Cygnus Quilts by Mary Keasler

    What just happened? How in the world did these constellation quilts by Mary Keasler skip the collective radar until now? One side is white, featuring the well-known constellation, and the reverse side is solid navy. As there is no true top or bottom, you may rotate the quilts as you wish for a new perspective of the night sky’s brighter characters.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,200.00
    Available from: Tanner Goods

    Roll With It

    We could do a guessing game as to what this item might be, but let’s just get to the point and discuss one of the necessary things involved in personal hygiene: toilet paper. Where is it stored? How is it kept near the toilet/loo without being a complete eyesore? If you’re lucky, you found some bathroom accessories that are affordable and easy to look at, but if you’re like most of the U.S. of A., you’re probably still fumbling around with the spring loaded thingy that holds your paper each time it runs out. If you had this beauty (if you can call a toilet paper holder beautiful), there’d be no more fumbling, just a simple peg to remove and replace.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $130.00
    Available from: Assembly Design

    Artist Deck Chairs

    When searching for outdoor seating options, don’t forget about the deck chairs from Artware Editions. They’d be easy to move from the car to sun to shade while at the beach, and you’ll get some curious looks when people spot the unusual artwork upon the digitally-printed, sailcloth sling. There are beach/bath towels by some well known artists as well, so there’s no need to hold back on displaying your art appreciation. Note: Artist-designed deck chairs could be considered a little ostentatious, so be sure not to be too much of a you-know-what when someone asks about them.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $375.00
    Available from: Artware Editions

    Sheffield Kevlar Shears

    Arm yourself with these shears and there will be nothing you can’t cut. Designed to cut through Kevlar (a para-aramid synthetic fiber, by the way), the Sheffield Shears will cut through practically any household material- tape, cardboard, thick fabric, you name it- as they’re extremely sharp and indestructible.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $36.00 - 76.00
    Available from: Best Made Co.

    Tripod Stool

    Like the look of this Tripod Stool? You’re in luck, as it’s on sale until tomorrow, according to its description. Oh, and don’t get too attached to the wooden top without considering the Marble Top version, as you might like a different material thrown into the mix. Oh, and be sure take a look at the Tripod Table, also able to be used as a short stool, which at $146 (again, sale lasts until tomorrow) is one heck of a bargain.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $259.00 - 345.00
    Available from: SOBU

    Station Queen Bed

    Need a new bed? Blu Dot’s Station Bed features a padded upholstered headboard and a durable steel frame. Don’t worry if pink (or gingham) is not your favorite color (or pattern) as there are various options to choose from- four headboard fabrics and two frame colors, to be exact.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,199.00
    Available from: Blu Dot

    Fundamental Party Collection

    Hats off to you, Meri Meri, for providing a science-themed party kit for all of those parents beleaguered by the not-so-great current offerings at the local big box store. However, why is the Fundamental Party Collection only in the boys’ section? Grumble, grumble. It could be under the ‘general’ category, or a gender neutral section, couldn’t it?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $4.50 and up
    Availability: Buy Fundamental Party Collection here