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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)


Mezzo Radio

Who’s this little guy? Designed by Ionna Vautrin for Lexon, this Mezzo Radio is a modern take on vintage radios. Measuring in at 5.5″ long, 3″ wide and 1.5″ deep, it’s a friendly size to tote around, so you’ll have your radio or playlist to keep you company whether you’re working in your kitchen or hanging out at a campsite. A silicone rubber case ensures durability and there’s an output for MP3 players, of course.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Cyber Monday Sales

Another Monday, another day full of emails flooding your inbox… but this time you could actually save a few bucks thanks to the big holiday sales. A few deals linked to below for your perusal.

  • 40% off select styles at Saks
  • Free shipping over at DWR
  • Free shipping on orders of $50+ at MoMA Store. Use code MSHOP.
  • 30% on entire order over until 10am PST at belkin
  • 15% off everything at Branch. Use promo code HEYMONDAY.
  • 15% off everything at CB2. Use promo code SAVE15.
  • 50% off outdoor Wallys
  • 15% off over at Design Public. Use promo code SAVEREALLYBIG15.
  • 15% off everything at Modernica through midnight tonight.
  • 15% off at HORNE. Use code *MONDAY15.
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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Here’s hoping to a happy Thanksgiving for everyone… fingers crossed that it’ll be a safe day full of friends, family and/or stuffing ourselves silly. Posts will return as usual on Monday.

    Pictured above:
    Genius: oven mitts attached to your apron. Oven Mitt Apron, $28.00, available from UncommonGoods.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $22.00
    Available from: Uncommon Goods

    Lindsey Adelman Gift Ideas 2013

    Our next wish list is from none other than Lindsey Adelman, maker of wondrous lighting, jewelry, vessels, tiles, and wallpaper. With skill and care, her team of 20 and a small network of local artisans manufacture each piece to order in NYC. Thanks Lindsey for taking the time to send us your list!

    Kanto Magazine Holder/Firewood Rack

    This bent plywood holder is just begging to store kindling, logs, stacks of magazines, or whatever else your brain may think of. The handle makes short work of toting around contents, though do avoid swinging any small children or live animals about as that will only end in tears. The Kanto Magazine Holder/Firewood Rack is available in natural lacquered birch veneer or your choice of three lacquer options.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $200.00
    Available from:

    earHero Earphone Kit

    These headphones slide under the radar as far as design aesthetic, and that’s okay, as they win top marks for safety. EarHero headphones lets you listen to your music or phone conversation without blocking ambient noise. Ambient noise just like trucks, cars, and bicycles, all of which could flatten you like a pancake if you’re deaf to warning sounds.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.00
    Available from: earHero Store

    Source: NYTimes

    Ostfold 698 iPad Case

    Apologies for featuring yet another iPad case, but this one has the requisite wool and leather materials (plus 698 perforations) to catch the eye. There’s still time to add it to your holiday wishlist, isn’t there? Handcrafted in Silesia, the Ostfold 698 iPad Case is made using German natural Merino wool-felt and premium Italian vegetable tanned leather.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £55.00
    Available from: FAO Shop

    Picto Wall Clock

    Inspired by the Picto Watch, this wall clock tells the time in minimalist style. Featuring the same rotating face as the watch, hours are marked with a simple dot and minutes by a traditional moving hand. There’s no glass to catch reflections, leaving your view perfectly clear from any angle.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $74.00
    Available from:

    Dots Furoshiki

    Double up your gift by wrapping it in the new Dots Furoshiki. If you’re saying ‘what’s a Furoshiki?’ I’ll tell you: Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used in many different ways. Use it as a scarf, gift wrapping, a bag, or even a wall hanging. The red is especially festive, but don’t let that stop you from perusing all of Link Collective’s offerings (etsy shop: LINK).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: Link Collective

    Friday Links

  • Corner Ladder by Company & Company (not for sale yet, sad face.)
  • Leicas are expensive, but the one custom made by Jony Ive and March Newson for the (RED) Auction 2013 is estimated to fetch $500,000 – $750,000.
  • Ufogel House (via Tiny House Swoon)
  • These Strangers Become Friends in a ballpit
  • There are some good sites on this list (full disclosure: yes, BLTD is on it)
  • The Case Against Cars in 1 GIF
  • Photos of JFK’S Funeral
  • The Science of Posture
  • Listen to the lovely orchestra of crickets singing at human speed

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Block Table Cart

    Tea carts and tray tables may seem to belong to an older generation, but this Block Cart from designer Simon Legald has just enough modern sensibility to make it appealing at any age. The wheels move in any direction, and the posts extend above the top surface to function as handles. Use it as an end table, bar cart, work/office caddy, or maybe even a tea or dessert cart if you have several guests over… so many possibilities.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $280.00
    Available from: DWR

    even*cleveland Gift Ideas 2013

    How about some more gift ideas for your holiday shopping list? For the third year in a row, Stephanie Madewell of even*cleveland was able to take some time and send us her list. As always, Stephanie, it’s a treat to see what great items you’ve bookmarked; thanks again for sharing.

    Teak Cheeseboard

    Here the holidays are, barreling down the road at us whether we like it or not. And I know what you’re thinking, where will you put your fancy cheeses? Actually, that’s probably at the bottom of your list, and understandably so, but don’t forget that presentation is almost as important as the food. A rectangular inlay of stainless steel on this Teak Cheeseboard provides a clean surface for your artisanal cheeses with a fair bit of room left for breads, crackers, and grapes.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $125.00
    Available from: Arango

    Limited Edition Soma Water Filter

    What will you give this holiday season? A bunch of presents, some of which will be successful and wonderful and others of which might just be ho-hum. Newsflash: you’re not perfect. You don’t have a whole workshop full of elves to craft the perfect gift. But how about giving clean drinking water to a village? That’s a stellar idea. For every limited edition Soma Water Filter purchased, $12.50 will be donated to charity: water’s life-changing projects. So, you’ll give clean water to a friend or family member and also to a whole village. Top that, Santa Claus.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.00 and up
    Available from: Charity Water : Soma

    Sanctuary4 Charging Station

    There’s absolutely no reason for fishing around for your charging cord like an idiot. Come on, give in to 2013 and get a charging station. Bluelounge recently released Sanctuary4, a new station that has loads more power (a 4-amp charger) which allows four devices to quickly charge all at once. There’s four USB ports, so simply unplug and replace the cables when you have a new device.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $99.95
    Available from: Bluelounge