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)


Bend Basket

A-tisket a-tasket, I want this neon basket. Magazines, towels, toys, you name it, and this basket will hold it. The team of Bend Goods hand bends and arranges the iron wires of each basket to ensure structural strength. A powder coated finish will last through all manner of rough and tumble use, making it perfect for any room in the house.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Bend

2014 Linear Letterpress Calendar

If you’ve not lined up your 2014 wall calendar options yet, do add the 2014 Linear Letterpress Calendar to your list of considerations. Each calendar is hand-pressed on a giant antique letterpress; you have your pick of black ink on thick white flecked stock as well as a bold turquoise ink on green.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: The Made Shop

Tilkkutäkki Oven Mitt, Pot Holder, and Apron

Any amateur chef needs functional cooking accessories, and the Tilkkutäkki pieces from designer Maija Louekari will offer suitable heat protection along with a jolt of bold color. Maybe the Oven Mitt and/or Pot Holder is plenty enough pattern for you to handle, or, only if you’re truly brave, get the Tilkkutäkki Waist Apron (shown below) to match and have a crazy rainbow kaleidoscope each time you cook up a storm in the kitchen.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Diamond Stackable Table Trestles

If you reside in a European country, I’ll admit, you’ll have an easier time purchasing these table trestles. But don’t think shipping fees will stop those of us that live, say, in the Americas, from getting our grubby little hands on them. Each Diamond table trestle is stable, lightweight, and available in two widths: 55 cm and 70 cm. If you’re planning on buying a couple for a desk or dining table, I’d recommend the blue or orange for a pop of color- go bold!

Purchase Information:

Price: €33.00
Available from: Master & Master

Friday Links

  • Mymo: your monogram, reinvented.
  • Create permanent copies of your favorite website pages: Mummify (via Netted)
  • “Super cool” commercial
  • Irina Werning: Back to the Future
  • Killer mom: a clip from Eye of the Leopard narrated by Jeremy Irons.
  • Typography Designer app
  • Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves
  • Miniature Printing Presses For a Mobile Printing Studio by Letterproeftuin
  • In Photos: Global Reaction To Mandela’s Death and also, LISTEN: Two Mandela Speeches That Made History
  • Enjoy the weekend!

    Stefan Boublil Gift Ideas 2013

    For the third year in a row, we’re lucky enough to see what Stefan Boublil, the creative director of the apartment, has on his list of gifts to give and receive this holiday season.

    In Stefan’s own words:

    once again, for you wise people who have deliberately chosen to live better through design, my humble edit of the world for the express purpose of giving it away…

    1. were he alive, my hero and yours jacques cousteau would have worn the cap of courage… ($75)

    2. segregation is only not a terrible word when talking about separating clean from dirty laundry in your travel bag… Doublebag

    3. the best kinds of ideas are the simplest, and a pencil with a touch screen knob in place of the eraser is just such an idea… Sketch Stylus ($8.00)

    4. if only robert glasper made a christmas album… until then, here’s my favorite album of the year: Black Radio 2 (Deluxe Version), Robert Glasper Experiment

    5. in the rain, these jean nouvel beauties will be my boots… (350,00 €)

    6. freud, drawn. can’t think of anything better… ($19.75)

    7. my only christmas decor this year… FUCK IT ($75)

    8. if i wore pumps, these would be my pumps… Gianvito Rossi pumps ($635)

    9. to hell with iOS7’s stock calendar app, to Fantastical we go!… ($3.99)

    10. and finally, where would we be on christmas morning without cashmere undies

    Thanks again, Stefan. It’s always a pleasure to see what’s rattling around in your head.

    Spaceless Wallet

    If large, George Costanza-like wallets annoy the hell out of you, you’ll want to check out the Spaceless Wallet. It’s the thinnest wallet available, thanks to a polyimide film called Kapton. That might sound like the name of a neighboring planet of Kripton, but know that it’s used in such things as spacesuits, 3D printers, and flexible electronics and is pretty much indestructible. Pledge $38 to back the project on Kickstarter and you’ll receive one for your very own use.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $38.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Three Bag

    OMG, you’re thinking, another bag by Konstantin Grcic? Yep, and this one is the last from his designs for Maharam this year, so you can rest easy knowing that there are only the three bags in total. Of course, this particular bag, called the Three, has two sizes, so you could count four different bags in total from Grcic to choose from… sound complicated? It’ll be clear when you look at the full collection of bags over at Maharam’s website. (The Scamp Bag from Jasper Morrison is something to consider as well, don’t you think?)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $165.00
    Available from: Maharam

    Bubble Stool

    At first glance, this stool looks oh-so-cozy with its thick knitted wool cover, otherwise it’s just a normal pouf/stool. But wait, is that an air pump? Indeed, it is. The Bubble Stool is filled with air, thus eliminating extra foam or other fillers. So, fill it up when you need it, de-pouf it when you don’t. When deflated, it looks like it could be stored away like a blanket- that gives it extra points for small spaces where storage is at a premium.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $299.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Tahir Mahmood’s Mortar & Pestle collection

    Ah-ha! Now you know what to get your favorite cook: a mortar & pestle that’s a work of art unto itself. Made of Dalbergia Sissoo wood, each mortar & pestle by Tahir Mahmood is hand shaped using the lathe turning technique. Once formed, each piece is coated with vibrant colors created with a sap-based resin. The collection was inspired by the Punjabi agricultural calendar, and I’d reckon that you’ll have a hard time picking your favorite amongst the eleven designs.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $110.00 - 160.00
    Available from: Caviar 20

    Goldee Light Controller

    Want a home of the future? Well, you’ve updated your thermostat, maybe even your smoke alarm, so why not your lights? Goldee is a smart light switch that allows you to control your lights with a wave of your hand, or just set it up to take care of them for you automatically. Goldee can begin your day by turning on your lights softly and turning them off when you leave. Set a sleep timer, and your lights will gradually fade to dark. And, yes, you can also control your lights with a smartphone.

    Available for preorder now, with plans to ship next summer. Keep in mind that you’ll need to update your bulbs to Smart LED bulbs, and you’ll need one Goldee Controller per room (not per switch), so it can get pretty expensive if you plan to automate several rooms.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $249.00
    Available from: GOLDEE

    Audubon Field Guide Series

    Just how much do you want the Audubon Field Guide Series? If your answer is anything other than so very much, let’s discuss just what you’re missing. There’s 18 field guides, each one “profusely” illustrated with all the information you ever need when venturing out of doors. Each guide gives you the knowledge you need to navigate the wilderness and is conveniently sized to carry with you in a pocket or backpack. Trees, mammals, fishes, spiders, wildflowers, rocks and minerals, birds, and many more. Available as a set ($299) or individually ($19.95).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $299.00
    Available from: Nature Watch

    agenda 2014 – For a Better Year

    If you need a kick in the pants to make next year better, maybe this agenda by Julie Joliat will be a good fit. Each week gives you a tip or challenge to complete, giving you a little reminder to change things up. Take a day off to do nothing… Bake some walnut bread… Watch a documentary, etc. There’s plenty of room for notes and there’s also useful information that’s bound to come in handy: world maps, conversion tables, monthly planners and the like.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €21
    Available from: julie joliat

    Note Rocket: the Annotation App for iPhone

    The following post is sponsored by Note Rocket from Panda Eyed Devs.

    With all the photo sharing that happens nowadays, wouldn’t it be handy to just write notes directly on the photo? Sure, it would, and that’s exactly the premise behind Note Rocket. You can write directly on photos, then upload them to social media or send via email. Need to make a note just where that artwork will be hung? No problem. Draw the exact spot on the photo, email it off and leave it to the experts (or your significant other).

    Designers and architects, this could be a little bit of a life changer for you, not to mention project managers and professionals in other fields where a visual sometimes says it better than a written brief. You can also add a soundbite if that helps. So, write, sing, or doodle silly faces on your friends, whichever way you use it, your photos will have an extra layer of personalization however you see fit. Available from iTunes for 99 cents (reg. $1.99).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $.99
    Available from: Panda Eyed Devs

    Heath Teapot

    If you want to score major points with someone who likes tea, you can’t do much better than gifting this teapot by Heath Ceramics. Originally designed in the 1940s to work with their dinnerware, the teapot has a copper handle wrapped in leather and is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe. Consider adding a couple of Large Modern Cups to complete the set.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $196.00
    Available from: Heath Ceramics