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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)


Hoop Umbrella Stand

When it’s raining out, you’ll need a spot to rest your wet umbrella. Sure, you could lean it up against a wall to let it drip down on the floor, possibly creating a safety hazard where someone could slip and fall, hurting their pride and also possibly breaking a few bones, or you could do the sensible thing and get an umbrella stand. The Hoop has a heavy and compact cast-iron base with a slender oval wire rim suspended above; it’s both minimal and functional. The pink color is my favorite, but if you want to stick to the tried and true black option no one will fault you.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: DWR

Shakers by Reed Wilson Design

If your salt and pepper situation is very sad, maybe you need to get better receptacles. Reed Wilson offers these faceted walnut shakers with rubber stoppers, and I dare say they’d be a pleasure to use. Each shaker is shaped by hand, so no two will be exactly alike.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Reed Wilson Design

Antipode Pendant Light

Let’s run through the very short list of requirements for a pendant light. Minimal/modern? Check. Spectacular/different? Check. Somewhat affordable? Check. The Antipode Pendant Light from Lambert & Fils fits those three requirements, and now we just need to figure out just where we’re going to put it. Maybe the dining room, entryway, or a large walk-in closet?

Purchase Information:

Price: $500.00
Available from: Lambert & Fils

Outline Tool

An entirely new measuring tool that combines three in one is just the thing to reduce desktop disarray. Matching silhouettes of traditional rulers is how Tomas Kral created Outline, and it’ll last well past your drawing days as it’s made from stainless steel with laser engraving. The Outline’s form includes a protractor and right angle with measurements in both inches and centimeters.

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Available from: Field

Coleman Height-Adjustable End Table

If the Coleman Stool and the Coleman Camp Stool are to your liking, chances are that you’ll want to own the End Table. It features the same geometric base and adjusts from 22 to 28 inches in height, which makes it a cross between an end table, stool, and even a low bar stool. Spin the tabletop clockwise or counterclockwise to raise or lower it to the right height.

Purchase Information:

Price: $599.00
Available from: Dwell

Round Walnut and Solid Brass Wall Hooks

Cooler weather will soon be here, so it’s time to assess your entryway. Do you have enough hooks for hanging up all those scarves, hats and coats? Go the minimal route with these Round Walnut Wall Hooks or the Solid Brass Square Wall Hooks. Both sets are by the designer Farrah Sit and may be purchased through her website, Light and Ladder, or from Kaufmann Mercantile.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00 - 180.00
Available from: Light + Ladder

Friday Links

Tay Ham Greeting Cards

Which National Park should you visit next?

– Gah! Ridiculously cute Rainbow Suitcase Set

Trashy Recycling Bin makes use of your paper grocery bags.

100-Year-Old To-Do List Hack

– Weird, but sort of handy? Key Bell

– Nice and sort-of affordable Cast Iron Fire Pit Dish

– Today is Women’s Equality Day.

Workbench by Laura Mrkša

Enjoy your weekend!

Workbench Table by Laura Mrkša

Conic Table Lamp

Can you draw? Because this lamp needs to be the star of a short comic- its little shade looks just like a hat. Simple geometric elements with the slight skew of asymmetry give the Conic Lamp its personality. Set it up on your desk or a side table for a directional reading light (and pretend it’s your non-judgmental friend, always there with a bright outlook when you need it most).

Purchase Information:

Price: $375.00
Available from: A+R Store

Rhom Trivet

Your dining table hates hot things, so do it a favor and get a Rhom Trivet by Shane Schneck. It’s made of silicone, so it’ll protect your table’s surface from all sorts of hot trays, dishes, and pans, and its rhombus-inspired shape will do wonders for your design credentials. That’s not a promise, mind you, just a very enthusiastic endorsement of a trivet design.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Oak Blackbird Sideboard Tall

Every once in a while there’s a furniture or accessory item that makes me wish I had a totally empty house, just so I could start with one piece and build outwards, completely tailoring the whole house around one single aesthetic. Ethnicraft’s Oak Blackbird Sideboard is one of those pieces, to be sure, as its black outline neatly delineates its stack of natural oak doors, compartments and drawers. How could one be messy with this sideboard sitting in one’s dining or living room? (I’m sure you’ll try, but I’ll roll my eyes and shake my finger at you if I see even one little paper out of place.)

Purchase Information:

Price: €2,900.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Ystudio Collection

If you’ve got a weakness for nice pens, pencils and pen cases, then you’re in trouble. Ystudio’s offerings are made of brass and copper and wenge wood, and the various pieces are all beckoning to belong to your collection. Take a look at their Mechanical Pencil and the Rollerball Pen*- each have a satisfying heft in their cool, streamlined brass cases. Either (or both) would be excellent gifts, as the brass has a nice, understated elegance to its matte sheen. Consider adding a Pen Case or the Pen Container to keep your writing implements close at hand.

Purchase Information:

Price: €62.00 - 105.00
Available from: Kohezi

Bodum® Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker

Are you up for a bit of chemistry when making your morning brew? If so, this Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker from Bodum could be an interesting experiment. How does it work? Steam escapes from the bottom bowl into the top, mixing with the oils of your coffee. Once you remove it from heat, and the newly brewed coffee filters back down into the bottom bowl for serving. That’s a simplified version, of course, but you get the idea. It’ll take a little longer (5 to 11 minutes) than a regular coffee maker but the brewing time and temperature are calibrated precisely for a perfect cup each time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Sur La Table

Walnut Cable Manager

Why do you need a walnut, puck-shaped thingamajig? Well, it’ll keep your charging cords and cables it place, so you can avoid crawling around on your hands and knees behind/beside your desk/sofa/bed every time one slips away. Remove the magnetic base, snake cables through the channel, pop the base back on, flip it over, and all your cords are tidy and secure.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Available from: CB2

Snaregade Tables by Norm.Architects

Need a dining table or work surface? You can’t go wrong with one of the three Snaregade* Tables by Norm.Architects, as it has such slender supports for its oak veneer tabletop. That leaves plenty of room for legs, and, with such a spare and elegant look, it would be right at home in the dining room or office. The Snaregade was originally a one-off design for Bjarne Hansen, Menu’s creative director and founder, but Norm.Architects were so fond of it they made a few for their own studio. Now, thankfully, it’s a collection available to all.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,700.00 - 2,300.00
Available from: A+R Store

Control Table Lamp

Need a little bit more light? Consider Muuto’s Control Table Lamp. Its E27 bulb sits on a rectangular metal tray with one control knob. It’s slender enough that it will fit on windowsills and narrow shelves, so you could place it almost anywhere for more illumination in dark and lonely spots around your home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $104.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop