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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)


Mod Laptop, Craft Edition

It’ll be very hard not to be organized with the Mod Laptop, Craft Edition from This is Ground. First off, the toffee primo leather is a nice, neutral color that will withstand all manner of bumps and bruises, and it will age well according to how you use it. Second, take a look at the interior pockets and slots- there’s a place for everything. So, stow away your cords, writing implements, cards, notebooks, your iPad/tablet, and your laptop (15″ MacBook Pro, 13″ MacBook Air, or the 11″ MacBook Air) and know that you can grab whatever you need quickly and easily; you’ll at least look like you’ve got it all figured out.


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Bougies Russes Hurricane Lamp

Beatiful, aren’t they? Inspired by Russian Matryoshka dolls, these Bougies Russes Hurricane Lamps can be placed inside each other or lined up in a row. The lower portion of the glass is tinted to partially obscure the candle, thus giving off an “ethereal luminosity” fit for any occasion, inside or out. Designed by Stephan Lanez and manufactured by Paris based brand Marcel By.

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Price: $155.00 - 522.00
Available from: Luminaire

Triangle Dinner Bell

There’s a certain nostalgia connected to a Triangle Dinner Bell like this one from Pat Kim- perhaps period films have us immediately imagining dinner time at an old farm? Whether your estate is vast or your apartment small, ringing a triangle will signify it’s time to sit down and eat, hopefully without our devices. The English Bridle Leather hanger conveniently holds the solid brass striker, making this hand bent steel triangle appropriate for display as well as use.

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Price: $60.00
Available from: Pat Kim Design

Playtype 2015 Wall Calendar

If you like large Roman numerals combined with your calendar, then Playtype has the one for you. ‘MMXV’ is fast approaching, and whether we like it or not, it’s best to be prepared for all the important dates and events happening in the new year. So, chin up, and get organized now before the holidays hit. Be sure to take a look at Playtype’s mugs, scarves, and other accessories as well- there’s a few great gift options just waiting for someone on your list (if you don’t mind shipping internationally, that is).

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Price: AUD60.00
Available from: The Minimalmist

Leaning Wall Pocket

Put in a pocket! Why not hide your sundries away in a pouch? It looks to have a marsupial sort of security with its leaning angle and soft sides. Plus, you know it doesn’t hurt to have a one place to put all those mittens, maps, and hats, as that’s the only place you’ll have to look when you’re ready to venture outside of your home territory. Hang it in your entryway, office, closet, or wherever you need a place to put stuff.

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Price: €69.00
Available from: Objekten

Fall Dining Chair With Armrests

Take the silhouette of an antique Chinese Horseshoe chair, remove extraneous details, simplify curves and joints, and what remains? An entirely elegant seating option from Morelesss, made from black walnut (imported from renewable North American forests) with a finish of natural varnish. The armless version, Fall Dining Chair, would make a nice companion piece if you have plans to update your dining room set.

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Price: $530.00
Available from: MAKERmade

Variopinte Plates

How about some colorful dinnerware for this season’s festivities? Variopinte* enamel plates were created as part of the A TAVOLA! project, where Stefania Di Petrillo created a dining room that’s easily transported via a clever packing plan/container. The plates are available in three sizes and can be stacked or used separately. Best of all, the enamel is durable enough to use outdoors should you fancy a picnic.

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Price: €12.00
Available from: Variopinte

.ORG Deskscape System

Now, don’t have an apoplectic fit when you see the price tag along with the image above- there’s more than just a small wooden container for your odds and ends. Rather, the price is for the whole .ORG Deskscape System from L & G Studio (a.k.a. Ladies & Gentlemen Studio) in collaboration with Pat Kim. Four modules can be combined in different ways to suit your needs: there’s a mail organizer with adjustable metal dividers, a zig zag catch all tray, a cork block for pinning messages and cards, and the double container for smaller items you see above. Take a look and tell me if you’re not tempted to organize your desktop immediately afterwards.

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Price: $250.00
Available from: L & G Studio

Sweeper and Funnel

It’s just a regular ol’ sweeper and dustpan, so what’s the big deal? Well, the dustpan has a hollow handle, which allows you to store the sweeper perfectly inside, and, perhaps more importantly, also enables you to cleanly deposit dust & debris into the trash with ease. Smart!

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Price: $50.00
Available from: Leibal

Acacia Honey Dipper

Hmm, perhaps we all need to upgrade our honey dippers- if we even have one to begin with, that is. The hexagonal shape of a honeycomb attached to a polished stainless steel handle allows honey to drizzle easily into your tea or toast. Designer Miriam Mirri brought this clever idea into existence, and we might just have to say it’s the coolest honey-drizzling tool to ever cross our computer screens.

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Price: $45.00
Available from: A+R Store

Friday Links

  • Olaf Scooters: It’s a carry-on (or backpack) kickscooter.
  • 410-Square-Foot Family Flat in Sydney
  • Bracelet Charging Cable
  • Squidoo, the invisible phone holder
  • Bake On tea towels
  • Aerial Bold: Kickstart the Planetary Search for Letterforms
  • Anila Quayyum Agha’s installation
    Enjoy the weekend.

    24K Gold-Plated Cocktail Shaker

    What do you need for the winter other than a 24K Gold-Plated Cocktail Shaker? Plenty of alchohol to put in it and just enough food to survive, and that’s about it. This three-piece cobbler shaker makes any drink look like it was mixed by a pro, and you’ll no doubt enjoy your concoction more when it’s poured from such a luxurious receptacle.

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    Price: $128.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Entomo Dinnerware

    How about some creepy-crawlies alongside your dinner? Might sound unappetizing, but the pattern is delightful. Black butterflies and beetles provide such a nice pattern on bone china; a few of these plates or mugs are sure to find their way into any entomologist’s (amateur or professional) hands. The mug would make an especially excellent gift, by the way.


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    Price: $26.00 and up
    Available from: Switch Modern

    Midori MD 2015 Monthly Notebook

    Do you have your 2015 planner yet? No? May I suggest Midori’s MD 2015 Monthly Notebook? It’s a minimal planner that has plenty of blank space for your notes and sketches. Often planners get a little too crowded with text and someone else’s idea of organization, and that’s why the quiet pages of this planner seem especially welcoming. Memo pages are divided into eight sections so that you may use them as weekly pages or just for notes. That plus the monthly layouts and blank pages at the back allows room for you to organize dates and information the way you prefer. The Midori Monthly Notebook’s pages open flat as they’re bound by strings.

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    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Baum-kuchen

    Big Tournebrille Lamp

    The Serge Mouille Wall Sconce is well beyond most of our budgets, and that’s why seeing the price tag of the Tournebrille Lamp by Tse & Tse is a nice surprise. It’s a little less grande than the Mouille Sconce, yet that’s not a bad thing. Flying under the design radar occasionally might just make your home more interesting, and you’ll certainly have more money in the bank. A rotating shade and swing arm make the black matte Tournebrille an excellent, affordable choice for your preferred reading spot.

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    Price: $380.00
    Available from: Horne