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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)


Leoht Tote

A handbag? I know, I know, we don’t normally post handbags, but stick with me here, because this particular one has something that’s worth talking about. It may not be enough to convince you (or the others around you) to abandon your (their) current It Bag, but it does offer some pretty cool technology that we’re hoping will soon catch on when it comes to luxury brands.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Make Your Own – Angle Lamp

If you like the look of this Angle Lamp, you’re in luck- you can make it yourself! The Make Your Own Angle Lamp comes as a kit, available in different color schemes. Pick the color you want for the shade, the cord, and base, and then assemble it all yourself. And, not to worry, it comes with everything you need with very clear instructions.

Purchase Information:

Price: $289.00
Available from: Douglas and Bec

Clothes Rack by Ferm Living

Would you like an alternate version of this other clothing rail ($399) we posted a while ago? Well, Ferm Living has a rather similar idea in the clothes rack you see above. An iron rod hangs from the ceiling by harness leather belts, so there’s a material/textural difference- a nice touch, don’t you think? Your wallet will be happy that it’s less expensive than the other one, and your clothes will be overjoyed they’re not on the floor (again).

Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Neon Mfg. Signs

What if neon signs were more affordable? Maybe you would snap one up faster than you could say ‘do i really need one’ or maybe you couldn’t care less. Either way, some of us like that neon glow, and will spend the next few minutes contemplating just what word or short saying we’d most like to see each and every day, and then we’ll be happy that we could order a sign with up to ten letters for $350. Neon Mfg. also has plenty of pre-made options that might work for your wall as well: ‘Hustle‘ and ‘What If‘ ($125 each) are my favorites.

Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00 +
Available from: Neon Mfg.

Senz Windproof Umbrella

In preparation for the upcoming April showers, let’s ask ourselves this: do we have a decent umbrella? And, by ‘decent’ I mean one that won’t upturn at a gust of wind, nor frustrate us with its finicky folding/unfolding. Yep, it’s just as I thought. Most of us could use an upgrade to a Senz Windproof Umbrella.

The Senz has an aerodynamic shape that resists winds of up to 62 miles per hour (let’s hope you’re inside should that occur) and has a strong rib construction that prevents it from inverting. I bet you’ll be the envy of your fellow commuters during the next rainstorm. Maybe even your coworkers will admire your arrival to the office, mostly dry and somewhat happy, and wish they could be more like you… for the umpteenth time, of course.

Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00-99.00
Available from: Gessato

Wald Plug Lamp

The Wald Plug Lamp is a floor lamp without the floor. Huh? It plugs directly into a wall socket, using the plug connection as its sole support. So, technically, I suppose it’s actually a wall light, but we’ll accept the categorization of a floor lamp because of its height. Might I point out how much easier this would be to install than a wall sconce? It could be a clever bedside or sofa-side option for those of you who currently rent (or for those who are habitually lazy and/or averse to installing light fixtures).

Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: Feltmark

Ito Bindery Drawing Pads

How can a drawing pad be beautiful? Just look at the perfectly straight edges, the coal-black (and recycled) cardboard backing, the geometric proportions, and the satin-smooth paper of the Ito Bindery Drawing Pads. And, of course, the lack of any apparent branding. A little too precious for the average note-taker? Perhaps, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a stack of these pads on my desk pronto. Let’s toss out our sticky-backed notes and never look back, shall we?

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00-40.00
Available from: ode to things

Black Ember Modular Urban Backpacks

Do you want to look like you’re on a some sort of urban military mission? That’s what I think of when I see Black Ember Modular Urban Backpacks and the various mag-lock pouches and accessories that may be added. The three packs offered are certainly more sleek and resolved than the previous design, and the modular nature of the mag-lock pouches is a smart way to customize how you carry your gear. Pick your base pack (Slate, TL, or Neoruk), then add on pouches, cases, and accessories to fit all your must-have stuff.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00 - 212.00
Available from: Black Ember

Banton Frameworks

You’re not going to settle for just any pair of glasses, as you are known for your discerning taste. If only you could design your own… and now you can, thanks to Banton Frameworks. With over 250 combinations of frames and earpieces, you can create the right mix to match your personal preference. High quality materials won’t disappoint, and, best of all, it’s easy to switch the pieces out to change the look as often as you’d like.

Purchase Information:

Price: £45.00
Available from: Kickstarter

PH 5 Pendant Light

If you’re going to buy a PH 5 Pendant Light, it might as well be on sale. This classic light was designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 and remains one of the smarter choices for glare-free illumination. You’re probably familiar with the slightly more popular PH Artichoke by Henningsen, yet the price tag on that makes it a little less attainable. The curved reflectors on the PH5 ensure that light is directed appropriately, and, with several superb color combinations, it’s a perfect choice for above a dining table or workspace.

Purchase Information:

Price: $846.60
Available from: YLighting

Hay Denmark Pivot Table

I bet you’ll have some fun with these Pivot Tables. They’re made from steel circles, and each one is folded in different ways in order to create varying geometric compositions. Four variants plus a multifunctional mount let you place the Pivot in just the right spot, and I dare say it would be a shame to order only one, as it seems like a grouping would make the most impact.

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD199.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Friday Links

  • Exhibit: Feel Big, Live Small
  • Emojis? Puh-lease. Not when there’s Cindy Sherman-icons! (via Open Culture)
  • Look at the amount raised on the Flow Hive – impressive!
  • Office of Architecture: Brooklyn Row House 2
  • Oneadaptr
  • Disease dynamics: Zombietown USA (via cnet)
  • Screwpop Utility Knife
  • Kickstarter: Kids Imagination Furniture by The Cardboard Guys
  • 5 Things Architects Can Do To Better Serve Their Clients
  • EBay Set to Open New Section on Its Site for Sotheby’s Auctions
  • Prouve T-Shirt. There’s also a Le Corbusier T-Shirt. (via Partners & Spade)
  • Prouve T-Shirt

    Have an okay-awesome weekend.

    Extō Extension Cord

    What, you think you know all about the normcore trend last year? Well, I challenge you to a duel. I present the Extō Extension Cord, which is my answer to what normcore looks like in the home furnishings/accessories arena. Can you come up with a better example of an unpretentious-on-purpose-yet-still-sort-of-attractive, functional product? Hmm, we’ll see.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $70.00
    Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

    Stasha Organizer

    Come on, already. There are simply too many organizers out there for any part of your desktop to remain messy (so says the person with roughly 2′ available out of a 5’x 2.5′ surface). Anthony Keeler was inspired by a cast iron kettle when he thought up this little storage nook/media stand. Lift up the top to stash odds and ends underneath.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Louise Gray Quilts

    Sure, there are some modern/minimal quilts out there- Meg Callahan, Haptic Lab, Mary Keasler and Hopewell Workshop, just to name a few- and now we can add yet another excellent option to the list. The Louise Gray company offers a handful of color blocked quilts that would fit easily into any modern interior. Entirely hand crafted in the US, the quilts could work as a throw or as a wall hanging, and maybe, if we keep our collective fingers crossed, they’ll soon offer larger bed-size options.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $395.00 - 410.00
    Available from: Louise Gray