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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)


Brace Bench and Stool

If these pieces by Dino Sanchez remind you a teensy bit of childhood, you’ve picked up on the inspiration of elementary school desks. Note the small detail of wood peg joins, rounded corners and slightly chunky proportions. Endearing, aren’t they? And, if you’re prone to collecting, you’ll be happy to know that each bench and stool is marked as a numbered edition.

Purchase Information:

Price: $475.00 - 675.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

Doc Magazine Rack

Ah, the manila folder. Remember when they were typical for sorting files? Or am I just old? On second thought, don’t answer that. The Doc Magazine Rack takes the folder image into concrete, providing a slanted rest for all your magazines and paperwork- that is, if you still get them in hard copies.

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00
Available from: YLiving

Friday Links

Lund Hagem constructs Cabin Knapphullet in natural rock formation

Stefan Diez’s Bamboo Furniture

Lux Cables: Premium Charging Cable

Walnut and Brass Notebooks

Shigeru Ban Creates a Wooden Homage to Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion

– This Gmail Plug-in warns you when you’re undermining your message: Just Not Sorry

– Rethinking scissors: Right Shears

Do Nothing and Become More Productive. Sounds good to me.

Science Seems Like Magic as This Spilled Couscous Perfectly Organizes Itself

Enjoy your weekend.

UMA Sound Lantern

We all know you’ll be making the most of the warm weather evenings (once they arrive), so let’s prepare and consider the UMA Sound Lantern. It’s both speaker and lantern, made for portable use.

There’s a touch sensitive volume control and full-range light control dial, so it’s easy to operate, and it connects to your device via Bluetooth. A durable (impact resistant) polycarbonate shade will withstand a few bumps and bruises and a couple of interchangeable handles will make it a breeze to carry around wherever you go. Set one or two on the table (or next to a sitting area) for a warm glow and just enough music for a conversational atmosphere. You’ll be all set for a enjoyable evening.

Purchase Information:

Price: $431.10 - 479.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Peacock Pen

Talk about signing paperwork with a flourish, this pen will give any handwritten note an air of importance. Is it slightly silly? Yes, it is, until you stop and appreciate the absurd beauty of a peacock. Then, perhaps, it becomes a little elegant and also- not to be dismissed- extremely hard for coworkers to steal from your desk without being caught.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: Poketo

Nest Office Caddy

Hmm, this little office caddy has caught my eye with its simple compartments for those small(ish) desk essentials. However, it’s not just for paperclips and rubber bands; stack a few for extra storage or use the steel frame as a stand for your phone or tablet. The frame may also be used as a handle if you tend to move around your home or office to work. And, it’s now on sale, from $80 to $32(!).

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: A+R Store

Bed Side Tables

Nightstands, bed side tables, whatever you call them, they’re somewhat necessary for a good night’s sleep. So says anyone that has knocked over a glass of water, groped blindly for an alarm clock or phone, or lost their device/watch/jewelry/what-have-you under the bed or in the covers. Here’s a few that are easy on the eyes, have at least a little storage space, and are relatively easy on the wallet… except for a couple, which qualify as expensive as they have a comma in the price tag.

Cubist Shelf Small and Large

Don’t get too attached to the way these shelves are displayed; turn them around any ol’ way to get just the right look. Both the vessel and shelf tray are removable, so you’ve got quite a few options when it comes to which way is up. Use the cup for a planter (it has a plastic insert) or as a pencil holder. Place one on a desk or hang several on the wall with the provided brackets.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00 - 50.00
Available from: Umbra

Ava Wall Sconce

No one wants to spend a load of money on a wall sconce, but when you combine a walnut backplate with a brass arm and a hand-sewn leather shade, it’s awfully hard to resist. Measuring in at the perfect size (17″ arm length), the Ava Wall Sconce would be an excellent companion to your bedside or favorite armchair. The half shade angles in various directions for a direct or indirect glow, and a simple on/off knob with a brown twisted cloth cord keeps the look humble.

Purchase Information:

Price: $670.00
Available from: Lostine

Casey Dzierlenga Bar and Counter Stools

These may not be around forever at this price, and that’s more the reason to seriously consider them as an option for your bar or counter space. Casey Dzierlenga has quite a collection of heirloom pieces, and though these stools may not have the same pedigree as her locally sourced materials, they still possess the same thoughtful styling and classic design. Plus, we should all support stores that work with designers to create affordable options of their designs- soooo much better to see than the evil alternative of rip-offs. And, if you like these stools, do be sure to take a look at Dzierlenga’s Little Potat Thinking Stool– it’s a thing of beauty.

Purchase Information:

Price: $189.00 - 398.00
Available from: West Elm

Mesh Coffee Table

Sometimes you want a piece of furniture that strikes just the right note of quiet edginess. Restrained, yet still a little odd in some way. I’d say this Mesh Coffee Table by Bowles & Bowles hits just that note with its airy, steel wire mesh base. Paired with a smoked glass top that reflects light, it’s a great choice for smaller sitting areas, as it will help a room feel larger than it is.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,475.00
Available from: Horne

Friday Links

– 2,000 marbles make the music of the Wintergatan Marble Machine. Video below. (via Slate) (image via wired)

Anish Kapoor Gets Exclusive Rights to the World’s Darkest Material

3,900 Pages of Paul Klee’s Personal Notebooks Are Now Online

Infographic: Most Commonly Misused Design Terms And Their Accurate Usage

– “Simply stand near a wall and raise and bend one of your legs.” What exercises are best for improving balance?

The Rainbow Mountains Of China

The Sticker Project – stickers for your plugs

Calamityware bowls & small plates

– I could live here: Chisenhale Primary’s Playground

Enjoy the weekend!

Trigon Bulletin Board

Need a spot for notes, cards, and other pinnable stuff? How about a bulletin board with a good dose of geometric pattern? The metal overlay gives the board its design, setting it apart from other brown corkboards (yawn). Use pins or magnets to arrange and organize. Four different finish options available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Umbra

Fort Standard Copper Containers

Art object or useful hiding spot? Let’s say both. Not only will these highly polished spheres reflect their surroundings with 360 degree fish eye views, lending a coppery bright spot to any room, they’ll also keep a few precious bits and bobs safe and sound. Keep the finish polished and pristine or let it patina over time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00 - 150.00
Available from: Fort Standard

What is it?

Upon first glance, you’re unlikely to guess what this item is before you, as the pieces are in compacted form. However, here’s a hint: it’s a game and wristbands are optional.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: Uncommon Goods