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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)


Different Trains Cabinet

Do you need to hide away some of your clutter, but not necessarily all of it? Take a look at the Different Trains Cabinet: it has sliding doors that partially conceal the contents, thus giving you options of play between positive and negative space. Two widths and various heights available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,395.00 and up
Available from: The Future Perfect

City Clips

City page clips! Produced to scale- and 5000 times smaller than the real buildings- these City Clips can keep your spot in a book or hold your place in a stack of paperwork. The New York set includes the the iconic Empire State Building, Hearst Tower, Chrysler Building and the New York Life Building; there’s also a Paris and London skyline set available as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: £6.75
Available from: Another Studio

Lazy Suzi 66

A while ago someone wrote in enquiring after modern Lazy Susans, and here we are, months after the initial request with a smacker of an option. I doubt most of us will want to spend five Benjamins on something that passes the food around with minimal effort, but, hey, more power to you if you’re in love with the optical effects. See the Lazy Suzi in action or read more about Lazy Susans in general over at SUITE New York.

Designed by interior designer Kelly Behun for SUITE New York.

Custom wood and laminate spinnning trays.
Available in three optical patterns in black and white.
23.75″ dia
Made in the USA by Kelly Behun / STUDIO.

Purchase Information:

Price: $525.00
Available from: SUITE NY

Stick-Up Monthly Planner

If you had one of these Stick-Up Monthly Planners you could keep better track of certain events like Mother’s Day in the UK this Sunday (Mother’s Day in the US is May 11, sorry if my post yesterday confused you). And, in true Poketo style, the planner is open dated so you can use it whenever you wish. In busy months, write down important events and stick the page on a mirror or wall so you won’t forget. And, of course, there’s always the Stick-Up Weekly Calendar ($10) if you need more detail.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Poketo

Thin Light

How’s this for an elegant task light? The Thin Light by designer Peter Bristol can stretch out to about three feet across a desk, yet when folded only takes up a minimal vertical space. A ball joint at the base allows for multi directional movement and 33 high-powered dimmable LEDs produce over 500 lumens- that’s enough for an even, warm white light.

Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00
Available from: MATTER

Double O Bike Lights

Bike lights just keep getting better, and who knows, maybe that’ll tempt more people to get out of their cars and onto their bicycles. This Double O Bike Light is hassle free: it utilizes neodymium-grade magnets to make it easy to attach and remove. Polycarbonate mounts hold the light in place while you ride, and simply snap the lights off the mounts when you’ve reached your destination.

Plus, the ‘O’ shape allows you to thread the lights on your bike lock for storage- no need to carry them with you. And you know how some bike lights are almost too bright? The Double O uses less bright LEDs but more of them to make sure the emitted light is bright enough but won’t blind drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists.

Purchase Information:

Price: £50.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Tractor vs. Metro Barstool

Hmm, these two stools are very similar, aren’t they? Is one flattering the other by imitating certain aspects of design or is it just a case of blatant copying? One was designed in 2000/2001 and the other showed up this recently this year. One costs four times what the other does, for good reason if the descriptions are anything to go by. I’ll leave it to you to decide if it’s an ‘inspired by’ situation or a flat out copy-cat.

Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00 - 1,250.00
Available from: DWR

DAAME Leather Laptop Tote

Whoa, it’s about time. If you’re of the female persuasion and you’ve ever searched for an appropriate laptop bag, you know it’s hell. They’re either too ‘office-y’ or way too nice and expensive and not at all utilitarian. The DAAME Leather Laptop Tote has pockets and spaces for your laptop and tech stuff as well as your everyday essentials, and it doesn’t scream ‘HEY I’M CARRYING A LAPTOP! I JUST CAME FROM THE OFFICE!’… and it doesn’t cost over a grand, which is refreshing in the world of ladies’ high quality handbags. Instead, it’s being offered at (an introductory price of) $395, which is a steal considering its elegant appearance and utility.

Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00
Available from: DAAME

Octahedron Side Table

If you’re going to buy a side table, make it an Octahedron Side Table, please. This one by Eric Trine can live indoors or out thanks to its durable powder coat finish and steel welded construction. And the colors! White, black, royal blue, tomato red, industrial yellow, or mint, choose any one and it’ll be a hit.

Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Available from: Eric Trine

Geo Ring Holders

Ladies, put your hands up… and gentlemen, let’s not leave you out, because you might just be cool enough to wear man rings (pinky rings do not count). Do you need a ring holder? These almost look like jewelry for your jewelry when all four of these Geo Ring Holders are lined up side by side, and despite being ‘trinket-y’ they’re all relatively safe bets for a small gift idea (for others or yourself). Plus, you always have the option of busting out some ‘Put A Ring On It’ lyrics- and dance moves- when you pick up/put down your rings.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00 each
Available from: Umbra

Fender Floor Lamp

Some of the most interesting interiors have a mix of modern and traditional elements, which is why some of us are always drawn towards pieces with a sense of history. After seeing the price on this Fender Floor Lamp from Wilkos Electric, I certainly was sold; I think it will live next to one of my more modern armchairs. Each Fender is individually handcrafted by Maciek Wilkos in his Montréal-based workshop and can be customized to suit your space.

Purchase Information:

Price: $339.00
Available from: Wilkos Electric

The A Stool

Good news, the A Stool is now available from a US shop. With minimal assembly this flat pack stool forms two interlocking ‘A’ shapes that give structural strength as well as a little typographical flair to your home or office. Designed by ByALEX in London. Also in the collection are The A Table (£115), The A Coat Stand (£145), and the A Desk (£515).

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: Kate Spade Saturday

Ember Modular Urban Backpack

This backpack from Ember means business. It’s a 20-liter pack and modular system meant for commute and travel. Add the weather-proof exterior gear pockets on to the minimal pack (padded internal laptop & tablet sleeves) for more room when needed, or leave them off when you’d like a lighter pack. There’s also three styles of external utility straps/handles. Take a look at their Kickstarter page to back the project.

Purchase Information:

Price: $209.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Titanium Flexy Un-Wallet

Now, this is a minimalist wallet. Made from Commercially Pure Grade 2 titanium, the Un-Wallet is very thin (1mm thick) and holds up to 10 cards or 50 bills in total with its slat-like two-sided design. A silky, matte finish hides fingerprints. Nice, isn’t it?

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Canoe

Friday Links

  • PillPack via @Netted
  • Kickstarter: Sidewinder™ Insulated Magnetic Bottle
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Tina Fey
  • Your voice betrays your personality in a split second
  • HAPPY WITH THE RAIN by Aliki van der Kruijs. “In this particular method of printing, rain creates patterns in the material with the aid of colour pigments.”
  • Christopher Walken Dance Now
  • The Perfect Symmetry of Wes Anderson’s Movies
  • ‘Design Is One of the Most Powerful Forces in Our Lives’
    Enjoy your weekend!