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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)


Unseen Backpack

Do you want a special sort of backpack? This one by The Unseen Emporium transforms from black to vivid colors in response to fluctuations in air pressure. A little reptilian, no? Of course, a bit of magic is involved- or science, if you prefer the truer explanation- and will have others doing double takes as they catch your bag changing color.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,450.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Friday Links

Portable desk divider Diplomate by Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte

– WSJ: Dyson vs. iRobot Roomba

– Kickstarter: Cora – All-in-one pour over coffee brewer

– Touchscreen monitor desk, anyone? Space Workspace from M33 Labs

– KickstarterThe Catalyst – Beer Fermentation Made Easy

Recognize these emoji portraits of famous artists?

– Nice: Urban Travel Mugs

Studio Job Loft in Antwerp

Enjoy your weekend!

2017 Scratchable Wall Calendar

May I suggest you sit down, take a sip of water, and prepare yourself? Because this is the first calendar of 2017 I’ve seen and it surprised the hell out of me. 2017!? It’s July, though, yes, just barely. It’ll soon be August, then September, October… you know the rest. The onslaught of holidays, etc. Ugh. Maybe you could get a jumpstart on the impending doom, or at least ease yourself into it, with this Scratchable Wall Calendar. The matte black PVC surface can be written on with chalk, then erased. You can also scratch off the white and silver ink, giving you ample opportunity to make the calendar more suited to your minimalist (or maximalist?) preferences.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Folded Vessel

Ah-ha! This proves that some designers are mercifully kind to those of us that can’t afford to just plonk down a thousand plus dollars for a beautiful book/magazine stand. Chen Chen & Kai Williams have designed the Folded Vessel for Good Thing, and it’s similar, though less expensive, to their Third Eye Vessel design. Three identical petals fasten together to form the floor-standing container, giving you an excellent spot to keep your records, books, and magazines. The matte-black is a no-brainer, but the pale pink or cobalt blue are also appealing options if you don’t mind a little color.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: The Ghostly Store

Chopping Blocks

Nice! These solid American Ash chopping boards are made from off-cuts. That means every circle, octagon, or square board you buy, you’re reducing the amount of wood that ends up in a landfill. Each block has a rope handle for convenient hanging for storage (or for swinging it around your head when you want to look crazy or dangerous).

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Douglas and Bec

Ile w153 Table Lamp by Wastberg

In love with a lamp… that should be a song title, shouldn’t it? The Ile w153 Table Lamp, designed by Inga Sempe, aims straight for our hearts, as it can be clamped to a ledge or tabletop, mounted on the wall, or set upon a flat surface. The shade moves smoothly, as it has a magnetic connection to the base. Now, the question is, just which color would be perfect for your bedside, reading chair, or desk? (Two grey/brown lamps are calling my name, I think.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $235.00
Available from: Horne

Bambus Glass Carafe

How about another nice carafe to hold your hydration source? This handblown carafe was inspired by the bamboo of Zen gardens; it has an elegant handle and a drinking glass that fits perfectly on top. As stated before, a carafe lets you rely less on plastic bottles of water (hooray!) and more on your own two feet… to get water from the office cooler or your fridge’s filter. Perhaps while you walk to replenish said water you can be thankful that it’s clean and plentiful, and that you’re crossing a distance of yards instead of miles, unlike lots of other people in other parts of the world. Did you know you’d get a guilt trip while reading about why a carafe is so great? Surprise, and you’re welcome.

Purchase Information:

Price: $104.00
Available from: Luminaire

The Starving Artist Cookbook

Cool illustrations plus easy-to-make recipes? Sure, that sounds like the perfect thing for simple summer meals, doesn’t it? Artist Sara Zin has dutifully illustrated all her home-cooked meals in this smart collection of recipes that’s suited for any wallet, though starving artists might appreciate it a tiny bit more. French Toast and Crispy Bacon, Simple Carbonara, Oatmeal Cookies… is that your stomach growling or mine? Bookmark it for a recent or future graduate, as it’s the perfect gift for anyone starting out on their own. Check out Zin’s Tumblr for more illustrations and recipes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.18
Available from: Barnes and Noble

Chairs by Donald Judd

So, how big a fan are you of Donald Judd, on a scale of 1 to 10? If you answered 7 or above, you might just like a reminder that Artware Editions is selling Judd’s chairs, $1,800+. I’m thrilled, though I might have to save up, as collecting some of the “most recognizable and significant artist-designed furniture in existence” isn’t cheap*. And, for fun, take this test: Donald Judd, or Cheap Furniture?

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,800.00+
Available from: Artware Editions

Soundflex Bluetooth Speaker

Do you need an inexpensive bluetooth speaker? This one has a flexible arm that lets you hang or clip it practically anywhere, which is oh-so-convenient if you’re always on the go. Hang it on your bike or bag and take off on your everyday adventures. The lower price tag means you don’t need to freak out if it gets some sand on it or a scratch or two (remember, it’s a speaker, not a precious little kitten). It’s water-resistant and USB rechargeable (cable included), and has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Friday Links

In Residence: Rose Uniacke (that faux brick wall door in the garden- whoa)

Sit on everything

The Dice Tool

Plastic Sculptures from Ocean Garbage (via npr)

Rippled Portals of Color Created with Spray Paint by HOXXOH

Constellation Embroidery Kit

Learn all about salps, vortex rings, and underwater robots.

– If you need a project, and like flowers: Paper Allium Tutorial (via peone)

World’s Darkest Material Absorbs 99% Of Visible Light, Used In Space Photography

Enjoy your weekend.


Steel Drop Lamp by Pulpo

If you’re not to be trusted around delicate glass lamp shades, this Steel Drop Lamp is for you. The perforated steel light screen diffuses light for a soft glow while the opaque metal base gives a hefty, sculptural weight to any room. Place one on a sideboard, table, or on the floor for extra ambience. Available in two sizes and several appealing finishes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $525.00 - 665.00
Available from: A+R Store

Tangram 3D

Okay, do you like tangrams? You know, the traditional puzzle of seven geometric 2D pieces that you rearrange to make bigger shapes? If so, you’ll be happy to see that there’s a colorful, magnetic version that’s appropriate for all ages. Show off your designs upright, and keep them close at hand on a shelf or desk so you can mess around with them when your brain needs a break.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Luminaire

Sale: Finn Chaise, Eos Lounge

Whoa, if you’re still in the market for outdoor furniture, take a look at the Finn Chaise and the Eos Lounge, both on sale right now from DWR. Maybe you wouldn’t buy them both for the same outdoor seating area, but if you need a pair of either, now’s the time to snap ’em up. The Finn Chaise (in black) is $1,305.50, on sale from $1,865.00. The Eos Lounge Chair (in white) is now on sale for $213.50, on sale from $305. $213! For the Eos Lounge! Come on, doesn’t that seem like a steal? Oh, and the Dusen Dusen Towels are also on sale ($56). Adding to cart now…

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,305.00
Available from: DWR

Hose Jockey Wall Mount

If a messy hose situation is ruining the appeal of your outdoor area, you’d best get things sorted with an appropriate storage solution. There’s many storage options around for much less than this one, but most are slightly depressing in that they’re made of plastic or have unnecessary/disappointing decorative accents. Ten10 Design’s Hose Jockey, on the other hand, keeps hoses tidy without offending your design sensibilities, and is made of industrial-grade, powder-coated steel.

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: Modernica