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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)


EM77 Vacuum Jug

Lukewarm coffee is just not acceptable, and this EM77 Vacuum Jug will ensure hot coffee stays hot. When tipped, the rocker stopper automatically opens to let coffee flow out- this limits the amount air entering the jug, thus preventing your coffee from cooling prematurely. You can use the EM77 Vacuum Jug to keep beverages cold as well, so don’t put it in the back of the cupboard when spring comes around.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Dwell Store

NeighBirds Birdhouse

There’s never a bad time to put up a birdhouse, especially if that birdhouse is modular. A modular birdhouse? Yep, thanks to the hexagonal log shape of the NeighBirds Birdhouse, it can be paired with other units as your avian neighborhood grows. The soft polyester strap won’t damage your tree and stretches to accommodate more houses.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Gessato

Blu Dot Sale

You know that Blu Dot is having their big sale, right? You can get 20% off all designs until November 9, so it’s worth checking out if you’re in need of a few furniture pieces that don’t cost an arm and a leg (and looks good too). A few quick links to some favorites below.

More information:

View Blu Dot Sale here

Tilt Cutting Boards

As we’re all well aware, there are many excellent cutting boards for us to choose from, and now we can add one more to the ever growing pile. Danish designer Tobias Tøstesen has created the Tilt Cutting Board for Menu, and it has an angled side to let it lean steadily against a wall for storage. Its asymmetry adds further to its aesthetic; rounded and straight lines set it apart from the usual (now boring?) rectangle.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 - 35.00
Available from: A+R Store

Superior Labor’s Brass Clipboard

If you owned a brass clipboard, you and your to-do list would feel appropriately important. Plus, when you checked off completed items, you could congratulate yourself while also admiring the slight patina the brass surface acquires over time. Sized for letter size (or A4) paper, this clipboard is made in the Superior Labor’s southern Okayama workshop in Japan.

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Baum-kuchen

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    Have a great weekend.

    Refold’s Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

    What’s this stack of cardboard? It’s a standing desk from Refold, and it’s “flexible, foldable, portable, affordable & 100% recyclable.” Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? If you’d like to try the standing desk option without buying an expensive desk replacement then this would be a good way to try it out. Or, maybe you just move around a lot, and need an easy-to-move surface. Either way, check it out over on Kickstarter.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: NZD160.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Mr. N LED Table Lamp

    That’s right, it’s a lamp. The Mr. N LED Table Lamp will most likely get a few double takes thanks to its outside illuminated surface. Shaped like a lowercase ‘n’, the lamp uses advanced light panel technology to emit a soft, warm glow that’s easy to control and adjust with a one-finger touch. Mr N’s dimensions are small- 7.5″ H x 4.30″ W x 3.2″ D- so it could easily fit on a smaller desk, bookshelf, or table.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $106.17
    Available from: YLighting

    Pixo LED Table Lamp

    Remember this little guy? The Pixo Lamp incorporates a USB port in its base, which means more convenience when charging our mobile devices. However many times you’ve reached behind your sofa/bed/table/desk to pick up a charging cable, you know it’s been too many.

    There are other impressive things about this lamp (360 degree rotating head, three-axis articulating stem, uses just five watts thanks to low-energy LEDs, etc.) but all we’re going to appreciate right now is the USB port (Hat tip to designers Pablo and Fernando Pardo for this small yet significant detail). Now on sale from DWR, $169.15 – $174.25, until October 23, 2014.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00
    Available from: DWR

    Emu Heaven Lounge Chair, Set of Two

    I know, I know, now’s not really the time to be highlighting outdoor furniture, but the Emu Heaven Lounge Chair could easily live indoors as well, and the price becomes way more reasonable once you grasp that it’s for a set of two. Metal mesh gives a visual lightness to the draping silhouette, making the chair a friendly modern statement wherever it ends up. Stack up to four chairs for storage.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,659.00
    Available from: YLiving

    Hexagon Stand

    Paper towel holders aren’t big business, so there’s not a plethora of options out there to fit a picky person’s aesthetic. However, Ferm Living comes to the rescue with this Hexagon Stand. Made of solid brass (matte polished) and a marble base, it’s subtle and, dare I say, beautiful. Does a paper towel holder deserve such high praise? This one does.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $63.00
    Available from: Ferm Living Shop

    Billy II Box

    Speaking of desks and storage space for paperwork, there’s always the option of adding a roller file underneath your existing desk if there’s room. You could get a ho-hum boring rolling file from an office supply store, or you could shell out more dough for one that actually looks like a good deal of design thought went into its creation. Ethnicraft’s Universo Positivo collection has caught our eye before, and their Billy II Box stands out for its combination of solid oak and lacquered stainless steel. A large opening in the back accommodates cords (not apparent in the picture above, fyi) while one drawer provides just enough space for essentials. Need a stack of drawers instead? Consider the Oak Billy Box, an alternate version.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $729.00
    Available from: Lekker Home

    Table Tiles

    Products that have an illusion of a 3D surface through use of color go straight in the ‘favorites’ folder, and this set of six coasters from Bower is no exception. Arrange them as a group in “endless permutations”- fun, right?- and also for function as a trivet. Choose between black/beige, green/gray, or red/blue.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Areaware

    Mozartkugel Music Box

    What do you get the person who has everything? A Mozartkugel Music Box, of course. Turn the key and Mozart’s ‘Voi Che Sapete’ from ‘Marriage of Figaro’ begins playing from inside the large, solid wooden ball. Magic? We wish. This wind-up music box is cleverly designed by Adam + Harborth of Siebensachen.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $75.00
    Available from: Ode to Things

    Sottsass Twergi Spice Grinders

    These bright Twergi Spice Grinders have a vintage appeal that’s bound to stay timeless thanks to their classic wood-turned shapes and bold red/black/yellow color scheme. Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and his team of designers were responsible for Alessi’s range of wooden products during the 80s and 90s, and, thankfully, they created these beech wood grinders that highlight some of the wiser color combinations of two rather daring (and some might say questionable) design decades.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $129.00 - 165.00
    Available from: Fitzsu