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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)


Simone Table and Bench

If you’re looking for a super-minimal table or bench, you might like the looks of the Simone Collection by 57st. design. Double-thick Baltic birch plywood has dovetailed ends (spaced in irregular intervals) for visual interest and overall strength. The short or long bench would do well in an entryway or hallway, and won’t break the bank, thankfully. Free shipping, too, just in case that sweetens the deal.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,200.00
Available from: 57st. design

Lock Climber Carabiner Key

Remember the Carabiner Key? This is the newer version, and it looks just a little more robust, don’t you think? Clip your key to other key rings, a bag, or your own belt loop and know it will stay securely fastened until you unclip it. Such a smart detail.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.50
Available from: Amron

365 Typography Calendar 2016

The end of the year is fast approaching, and the most important thing is to find a new calendar. Just kidding, I know it’s not, especially amongst all the other things in your head this time of year. But, look, here’s the 365 Typography Calendar by Studio Hinrichs for 2016, all ready for you, so no need to find next year’s calendar after all. It features a nice mix of typefaces, with each month showcasing a description of the type, the biography of the designer, and, of course, all major holidays.

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00 - 49.00
Available from: Studio Hinrichs on Amazon

Nepal Projects: Modern/Traditional Houses

Boxes! Boxes shaped like houses, to be more precise, which will encourage you to group them together like a small neighborhood. Put your cherished items inside, or splurge to make one or two of them gift boxes- a gift inside a gift, if you will. Each box is covered in pure cotton and lined with recycled paper in a complementary shade. Sold as a set of 4, in either Traditional or Modern roof lines.

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00 s/4
Available from: A+R Store

Snowe Drink Essentials Set

Bargain glassware has one thing going for it: bargain pricing. But it’s not such a bargain if the glassware breaks after a couple of uses, right? Here’s a drinkware set that’s durable, elegant, and rather affordable. A set of four glasses are paired with a tall carafe; all are made in Italy of lead-free crystallized glass that is both ultra-clear and break resistant. Quality and beauty combined? Yes, please. This might be an excellent gift, by the way- you may want to bookmark it for a nice housewarming or holiday gift option.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Snowe

Wooly Wood Throw

How about a Wooly Wood Throw to keep you warm this winter? Soft and reversible, this 100% lambswool throw is woven in Scotland and designed by Donna Wilson. Drape it nicely over a sofa or chair back or keep it at the end of the bed, and it’ll be ready to warm up your appendages at a moment’s notice.

Purchase Information:

Price: £200.00
Available from: Donna Wilson

Hummingbird Foldable Bike

A folding bike that weighs the same as two cats? For reals? The Hummingbird Bike is the lightest folding bike on the market, thanks to its carbon fibre frame and smart design. It weighs in at 6.5 kilograms (that’s 14.33 pounds)- pretty impressive. After all, is there anyone sane who enjoys lugging their bike up stairs after they’ve pedaled for miles and miles? Or finding a spot in the office where it’s not in the way? No, of course not. The Hummingbird solves both those issues, as you can easily carry and fold it up, making it ideal for city commutes and even longer routes that involve public transportation. Learn more over at Kickstarter.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,662.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Grovemade Minimalist Wallet

You don’t really need all that stuff in your current wallet, do you? Grovemade’s Minimalist Wallet will force you to pare down to the essentials. Made from lightweight anodized aluminum and a hidden steel faceplate, the wallet holds around five cards (plus a bill or two). Vegetable-tanned leather ups the ante in the style department, and you’ll look a lot more organized and put together when you’re not searching through a dozens of cards and receipts for the right payment.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: Grovemade

Friday Links

– Freunde von Freunden: Juerg Judin

Randomly selected webcams & surveillance cameras from around the world (via @presentcorrect)

Which of these works of art sold for more at auction in New York in the last week?

– If you’ve got a lawn: Why you should mulch leaves, not rake them

Auroma: The Coffee Maker That Learns Your Preferences Over Time

Fordite: a rare mineral only found in old Detroit auto-painting facilities

Here’s what to do with your hands during a job interview via @Jenna_Goudreau

Samuel Wilkinson’s Ommatidium Sculpture

Enjoy your weekend.

Samuel Wilkinson's Ommatidium Sculpture

Soma Black Pitcher

Soma has just released a limited edition Pitcher in black, and doesn’t it look nice? Just like the carafe, the lid features a pour-through lid that automatically opens when you add water. The all-natural filters are biodegradable, and you can choose to have them delivered every 2 months for $12.99 each, with free shipping. Oh, and if you want to feel better about yourself, know that every purchase includes a $15 donation to global water projects.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Soma

Hay Punched Organizers

A little perforated pattern won’t harm your kitchen or desktop, for it adds a little punch of organization with its tidy grids- maybe subconsciously it will encourage you to get your ducks in a row, so to speak. Perhaps your kitchen utensils will sit nicely in the larger holder, or maybe your pens will be at home in the low tray, either way, it always helps to have a couple of containers around to confine necessary clutter.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: Hand Eye Supply

Noguchi’s Light Sculptures

This is just a reminder, if you’ve forgotten, that Isamu Noguchi’s table light sculptures are very affordable. Case in point, the Table Lamp Model 1AG you see above, comes in at $145. My other favorite, the Floor Lamp Model UF3-Q, isn’t so incredibly affordable ($525), but it’s still worth considering as a collector’s item that provides a wonderful, diffused light.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00+
Available from: The Noguchi Museum

Gray Fabric Sofa

If you’ve ever shopped for a sofa with a clean, minimal style, you know that most of the time they’re shockingly expensive. This Gray Sofa is not (in comparison). It has reverse-stitched seams, the requisite low profile, and an option of high or low arm height…or, do one of each, as shown in the image above. Custom fabric is also available. Curious? Yeah, me too. This may help your decision as well: each piece of Interior Define’s furniture collection* is made-to-order and every piece has a 365-day return policy. Pretty crazy (in a good way), right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,500.00 - 1,800.00
Available from: Interior Define

iPad Pro Sleeve and Stand by This Is Ground

I’d say this is an elegant option for a iPad Pro sleeve/stand, wouldn’t you? It fits your tablet, stylus, and a file for loose papers- that’s it. A front flap on the inside allows you to prop up your tablet against the folded back side, giving you a two-in-one function with sleek and simple styling. Smart.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: This Is Ground

Poketo Design Planners

We can avoid thinking about 2016 all we want, but that won’t do anything to postpone its arrival. Might as well prepare yourself by thinking about a new planner for the new year, right? Poketo has a fresh collection of open-dated planners, with weekly and monthly pages ready to start whenever you’d like. I chose the large Mon Cahier Planner myself, but this latest group would fit into a bag much easier for on-the-go planning. Plus, the fun covers are a definite bonus.

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: Poketo