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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)


Plus Concrete Modular Storage Solution

Set your mind to modular mode, and you’ll see that the Plus collection is a solution to your storage woes. Three concrete cubes can be combined in different ways to make furniture; there’s a single storage cube that can also be used as a seat, a longer bench, and a larger square table. Build a bookcase, a console, or just have one as a side table and/or seat. I’m sure you’ll have fun moving and stacking them into various configurations… although they are a little heavy, so you’ll be building muscle mass every time you shuffle them around.

Purchase Information:

Price: $360.00+
Available from: Gessato

Manual Coffeemaker

Talk about slowing down to enjoy the brew, this Manual Coffeemaker will force you to do just that. The double-walled Borosilicate glass shell keeps in heat while sitting upon a bamboo base; just add a filter and your grounds, pour in hot water, and then wait patiently while your coffee drips slowly into your cup. It’s a pretty alternative to other more clunky and robust setups.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: Unison

Guerrero Wedge

What the heck are these colorful wedge thingamajigs? As you might have guessed, they’re door stops, or, alternatively, paper weights, as GENMFGCO suggests. You could also throw one at someone when you need their attention, as they’re made from hard rubber, and won’t hurt them too terribly bad. I’m kidding, of course- don’t throw them at anyone (unless they really deserve it). The larger size will keep a door propped open while the smaller wedge is more suited to leveling wobbly tables.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: GENMFGCO

Plateau Coffee and Side Table

Want a more polished look to your living area? Check out Blu Dot’s new Plateau occasional tables. A circle of Carrara marble sits atop a powder-coated steel base for a refined, clean-edged look that’s sure to compliment your other modern furnishings. The materials and circular design hit that sweet spot of affordable elegance- who doesn’t want that?

Purchase Information:

Price: $899.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Plodes Wave Outdoor Fire Pit

Fall and fire pits go hand in hand, don’t they? If you’re in the market for a new one, set your sights on the new Plodes Wave Outdoor Fire Pit. It’s one heck of a looker, with only two pieces of plate steel welded into a round form that easily encourages friends and family to gather ’round. Take note of the sine wave along its outer shell’s bottom edge, which forms a stable tripod base. Both versions (30″ or 40″ dia.) are finished with a rust patina.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,755.00 - 2,310.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Studio Chair

This Studio Chair ships flat-packed and is easily assembled, but you won’t find it at your local IKEA. Designed by Jason Whiteley, the chair is simple and precise, and refers to a type of common, robust chair originating in Switzerland. And, unlike some of the results from that aforementioned big box store, this chair is structurally sound and will withstand all manner of use, contract included. Easily assembly also means quick disassembly should you wish to pack it away in storage when not in use.

Purchase Information:

Price: $470.00
Available from: A+R Store

1.5.1 Ray: Long and Large Board

With an angular profile and etched lines, this is one fancy serving board. ‘Fancy’ as in, really nice and impressive, and sure to raise your cheese and charcuterie spread to a higher level. Beveled edges give an easier grasp when picking up or setting down. Available in two sizes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00 - 170.00
Available from: OnOurTable

Desk Organiser by GoldenBiscotti

This little guy is just the thing to help keep you organized. Shipped flat in pieces, you assemble it into a little geometric landscape to keep papers and things upright where you can see them. Stash your favorite writing utensils towards the front for easy access. Choose between a grey/light pink and a grey/deep blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: $51.27
Available from: GoldenBiscotti's Etsy Shop

Match a Pair of Birds: A Memory Game

Sharpen up that memory of yours while learning about the male and female pairs of 25 species of birds from around the world. This memory game has bird illustrations by Christine Berrie; get it as a gift for a bird lover or add it to your family’s board game stash. In any moment of boredom, pull the box out, scatter the cards upside down, and see who can remember and collect the most pairs. It’s an easy, simple game for all ages.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: Amazon

Recycled Glass Carafes & Tumblers

Make sure you stay hydrated by keeping a carafe and tumbler close by. Hmm, what’s that? You don’t own a nice carafe and tumbler? Well, it wouldn’t hurt if you added a set of these recycled glass carafes and tumblers to your belongings, as they’re eco-friendly and convenient. The tumbler stacks inside the mouth of the carafe- it acts as a lid and makes storage and transportation easy.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.00 -36.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Friday Links

Eyrie Houses / Cheshire Architects (via Remodelista)

Faye Toogood’s Bone Hardware

– Customizable neon letters and numbers– Fun!

– Yikes. We have passed Peak Fish.

– Remember the Ockham Razor? They now are offering a lighter travel version.

Eight reasons to be hopeful about the future of our food system

– Kinda cool: FurniQi – Wireless Charging Bamboo Side Table

– Book art by Guy Laramée

Stool Zero, “a series of recycled crown seating stools made from discarded plastic electrical housing and recycled fan covers.”

Have a great weekend!

Stool Zero by KaCaMa

Zorro Coffee Table

Pa-dow! If the sight of the Zorro Coffee Table doesn’t stun you with its circular (blue!) glass top, I don’t know what will. A minimalist Z structure supports the two overlapping tops, with reflections adding further depth to its shiny surfaces. Choose between the blue glass (above) or the black marble and smokey glass version (below).

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,293.00
Available from: Matter

Bartending Glasses

Quick, what’s the recipe for a Mojito? How about a Bloody Mary? These Bartending Glasses by Hannah Rogge will come to your rescue- just add ingredients to match the lines on the side of the glass, and you’ll be set for cocktails. Sold as a set of 4, you’ll have up to 16 recipes (one on each side of each glass) spelled out for you. Easy, huh?

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Helmet Bag

Well done, you, for using your bike as transportation. As a sort of present to yourself, you might consider adding this Helmet Bag to your wardrobe, as it can comfortably fit a helmet, or any other round-ish or odd-shaped item, along with your daily work papers and devices.

The front pleats are oh-so-smart as they allow for expansion- a smart detail that’s sure to come in handy. Let’s also mention that those pleats are entirely acceptable style-wise, unlike other pleats on some other garments (specifically, pleated khaki trousers- those are not, I repeat, NOT acceptable). Not a cyclist? Consider how your bento box or lunch pail might fit comfortably within this bag as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $72.00
Available from: MoMA Store

General Series by Good Thing NY

Don’t assign any piece of the General Series by Good Thing NY to just one function, as they’re meant to fulfill myriad needs around the home or office. A hard timber handle makes it easy to carry each bucket, bowl, or tray from one place to another, and the spun aluminum base/container should withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. Use them in the kitchen for serving food stuffs, in the office for corralling supplies, or in a living area or bedroom to catch various bits and bobs that need a home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $44.00 - 54.00
Available from: Good Thing NY