Articles Written by Katie


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)


Lake House

If you’ve ever had the pleasure (and pain) of building a house from the ground up, you know it’s a mixed bag. A great team of architects and builders helps you start out on the right foot, but no matter how experienced that team is- or seems to be- or how much research and preparation you do, there are still going to be issues that crop up.

Those issues, mind you, crop up very often when you build modern/minimal home. Not everyone is familiar with a less-is-more sensibility, and the care and detail required in a minimal, visually clean finish often take twice as long (or more) as as a traditional build. Got an uneven drywall edge? Slap some trim on and no one will know (or care). A perfect, no-trim look on a drywall edge? You’d think you were suggesting a trip to the moon with some contractors. I’ve learned all this in the various remodels I’ve overseen, but especially so in the last year, as I’m currently building a lake house here in Texas.

Hannah Desk

I bet you would write your best paragraph/email/novel on this desk. It’s streamlined with subtle curves on its corners and two slim drawers underneath, which is just enough space for desk essentials… and absolutely no clutter. Let’s hope any writing done on this desk mirrors its pared down, elegant aesthetic.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,385.00
Available from: Dwell Studio

MUJI Organizing Caddy

Is MUJI a savior? When it comes to organizing, yes. Deliver yourself from chaos by adding one or two of these caddies underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink. Add another one for your office area, because you know there’s always a few little things that need a home. The compartment dividers are removable, so adjust as necessary to fit your tools, toiletries, or drawing supplies.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: MoMA Store

abcdna Spectrum Nesting Tables

Need some brightness in your life? This set of steel nesting tables provide a spectrum of intense hues that’s sure to pop amongst your other things. Available in Red, Blue, or Yellow. (Also, don’t be too bummed about the numbers in the price tag- keep in mind you’re getting three powder-coated steel tables, not one.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $995.00
Available from: abc Home

Booksleeve by BFGF

Maybe you like your books and magazines rumpled with their corners bent from being stuffed haphazardly in your bag, but for the rest of us there’s the Booksleeve by BFGF. Made of hand-painted cotton canvas, each pouch has simple illustrations by Lilian Martinez that are sure to catch the interest of anyone interesting whenever you pull it from your bag. Who’s that person, they’ll ask themselves, and where did they get that booksleeve?

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: BOOK/SHOP

Christian Woo Stool Series

Serious and square, this solid walnut stool by Christian Woo does not mess around. There will be no leaning back or jostling around, thank you very much, because if one of these stools should happen to fall over with you on it, you’ll probably be hurt. The 1.75″ thick hardwood is hand-joined into a rigid form, with a large classic mortise joint as the foot rest.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,050.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

WM Lounge Chair

Fond of wire grids when it comes to seating (Bertoia, anyone?)? Well, take a look at Menu’s WM Lounge Chair. The light wire frame has an airy appearance, and the generous back means there’s plenty of room for a cushy throw pillow or blanket. Also available in a smaller dining chair, WM String Dining Chair ($249.00).

Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: Leibal

Rayleigh Table Lamp

This lamp is crazy pretty. Turn it on, and you see a spectrum of neon hues refracted by several prisms. Turn it off, and you have a sculptural piece that quietly shimmers as light moves around it. Made from optical grade dichroic glass and a 3W LED bulb (bonus: energy savings).

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,600.00
Available from: ABC Home

Hasami Porcelain Collection

Yes, you have seen this set of dinnerware by Takuhiro Shinomoto and Hasami before. Considering the beauty and function, it’s only right for another place in the spotlight, and this time the link is directly to the designer’s shop (as is only fitting).

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00+
Available from: Tortoise General Store

Silicone Highball, Rocks, Wine Glass

Can you believe these are silicone glasses? Unbreakable and easy to clean, they’re perfect for outdoor use around the pool or patio. There’s the Highball size (mixed drinks and cocktails), the Rocks (shaped for whiskey or other on-the-rocks liquor), and the Wine Tumbler. Choose the size(s) most suitable for you and rest easy knowing that no matter how tipsy you or your guests get, your best glassware won’t be shattered.

Purchase Information:

Price: $26.95
Available from: Snow Peak

Hand-Eye Supply Pocket Nail and Tool Belt

If you’re even the tiniest bit handy with tools, you should get yourself a tool belt. Why? You know when you’re standing on a ladder, messing with a ceiling light, and you need a different screw head for your drill? Or when you’re hanging new drapes, and you realize you didn’t measure correctly? It sure would be better to reach down and find the appropriate tool right on your tool belt instead of climbing down off the ladder, wouldn’t it?

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Hand-Eye Supply

Grip LED Torch Flashlight

Why not employ the same grips of the BMX bicycle to a flashlight? You don’t want to drop it on your toes, after all, especially not in a dark, potentially scary room when there’s no electricity. It’s a practical, tactile solution to sweaty palms.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Friday Links

– Runners: Million Mile Light

Marie Kondo: “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

– Hooray! Snow Peak develops Food-Grade Silicone Cups (will be a post next week, I’m sure)

– Good news or bad? A Lot of Published Psychology Results are Bullshit

And you thought the Clintons were paid a bunch of money per speech ….

– For your laptop or phone: Marble covers

100,000 white balloons fill Covent Garden for art installation reflecting human heartbeats

Have an excellent weekend.

Covent Garden ballooons

Butterfleye: Smart and Versatile Monitoring Camera

Finally, there’s a security camera that’s wireless! And it only records when sound or movement is detected! Yes and yes! The Butterfleye is currently an Indiegogo project, and it looks like one worth backing. Don’t you want to know when your kid/pet wakes up and starts crying/barking or tearing up the crib/room? Don’t you want to know if some reprobate breaks into your house and tries to steal your stuff? The Butterfleye will record as soon as something sounds or moves, and it’ll save energy when nothing does.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Swole Tables

An imperfect circular top gives character to the Swole Table collection, and whether you add just one of the side tables or choose the larger coffee table, you’re sure to appreciate the organic shapes next to your more rectangular pieces. Different heights also mean they’d look great all together in the same room, just be sure to pick at least two different colors for variation and interest.

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00+
Available from: Blu Dot