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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)


Units of Measure

Here’s a very different way to track the days of the year. The Units of Measure calendar illustrates all sorts of measurements each month, giving you an educational display each time you check a date. Expect to find traditional and less well-known units of measure like astronomical unit, decibel and aperture. Note: as this isn’t made for any specific year, it can be reused.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: ACRE

Cantine Vases

What!? You still need a gift idea for your mother? Hop to it, as the online ordering and shipping window is slowly closing in on you (a few more days, though, so don’t panic just yet). Perhaps a nice, small bouquet of flowers tucked into a perfectly small vase would be suitable, and, if you agree, may I suggest the cork and glass vases by Véronique Maire? Each glass base is topped with various cork hats that create their rounded silhouettes, and while one on its own would be special and sweet, they do look wonderful as a group of three or five.


Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: neo-utility

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

As you can probably tell from the amount of Mother’s Day emails going out today, it’s time to get one of your parental figures a gift. Here’s a few things to get your brain working on the subject, and if they don’t help, remember we’ve got items tagged by price in our Gifts section:

1. Geneva Sound System XS, $249.00

2. Black Diamond Necklace, $280.00

3. A set of Rootcups, each $5.00

4. Gold Fractured Ring by Lucas Jack, $60.00

5. Wood Block Desk Organizer, $57.00

6. Japanese Scissors for pruning/cutting, $38.00

Mothers Day

7. Hand Key Ring, 5734 by Carl Aubock, $95.00

8. Kaleido Trays, $16.00 – $78.00 each

9. Gold Bar Door Stop by Arik Levy, $78.00 (“Formed as a gold bar, Levy adds a hidden historical reference on the objects face; resembling a gold bar’s serial number, a string of numbers is inscribed as “260373″ which actually represent March 26, 1973, the day women were first permitted to enter the London Stock Exchange.”)

10. Photojojo Phone Lens Series, $20.00 – $25.00 each, or $49 for all three

11. Blu Dot Juice Box, $99.00

12. Tablet Portfolio, $190.00

Mini Stacked Shelving System

Oh, nice! There’s now a smaller version of the Stacked Shelving System by JDS Architects for Muuto. The mini version can be arranged in various ways depending on how you position the two rectangles, and do play around with the spaces in between to make more room for books and other special things. The medium shelf has the optional color backboards, and, if you want, you can also spring for green or yellow clips.

Purchase Information:

Price: $109.00 and up
Available from: DWR

Moleskine Gardening Gift Box Set

As Mother’s/Father’s day and graduation season approaches, you’d best have a few gift ideas on hand. This gift box from Moleskine might just do the trick- the gardening set includes a Gardening Journal, a Large Gardening Memo Pocket with 6 pockets and 12 Seeds Envelopes to collect and to exchange seeds and leaves. And, if the recipient doesn’t have a green thumb, consider the Travel Box Set (travel journal plus 2 luggage tags, $49), Gourmet Box Set (recipe journal, wine journal, tasting and coaster notes, $69), or the Writing Box Set (ruled notebook, rollerball pen, gel ink pen, $39).


Purchase Information:

Price: $59.95
Available from: Moleskine

Thunderbolt™ Express Dock

This thin, silvery box and accompanying cable might as well come with a top hat and wand for what it promises. An HD film downloaded in 30 seconds? A year’s worth of music synced in 10 minutes? Huh? Oh yes, it’s all the magic of Thunderbolt™ technology. Thunderbolt™ moves data on two bidirectional 10Gbps channels, which means that it’s 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800. The Thunderbolt™ Cable ($39) does the actual magic, and this dock allows for you to use “a single connection to create high-speed, reliable transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, including FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and daisy chaining multiple Thunderbolt™ devices.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00 - 299.00
Available from: Belkin

This Is Fun. Space Prints.

Isn’t it? At least it will be until the three limited editions are sold out, and then everyone except the 3 people who bought the prints will email with the why-the-hell-did-you-post-something-in-such-limited-quantities message, and I’ll be forced to explain that these prints were one of the few things that I found today that truly proves that affordable art does, in fact, exist. Plus, it’s ‘fun’.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Fifi du Vie

Verge Desk

At first glance, this desk reminded me of the Stash Desk by Blu Dot, but after taking a second look, it’s really not a fair comparison due to the dimensions. Sure, the Stash desk is a winner for its price and simplicity, but this desk is super sleek and has an additional 20″ in length for desktop space. Just take a look at it in another color and you’ll understand the price tag.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,500.00
Available from: Molecule Design

Minifarmbox Rolling Patio Box

Oh, it’s just a box, you say, so why does it cost $200+? Well, it has heavy-duty swivel casters, so you can move it around for maximum sun, it’s made from 100% untreated FSC certified cedar, so it’ll last for years and years, and the slatted base has a soil screen to keep things tidy. And, it only takes less than ten minutes to assemble, meaning you’ll have a garden box for your patio (or kitchen?) in no time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $209.00
Available from: MinifarmBox

Blow Wall Shelf

Inspired by pieces of paper being scattered by the wind, these shelves are made by bending thin A4 sized steel plates into curves and angles. Each shelf can be hung up or down, and with 5 different types to choose from, you can create your own variation on the movement. By Tokyo based design studio YOY.


Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Luminaire

Troika Trivet

There has been a few interesting trivets lately, which is weird considering that trivets aren’t usually paired with that particular adjective, or even talked about outside of specialized kitchen shops. This Troika trivet has embedded rare earth magnets that allow for size variation to fit small or large dishes. Push/pull/snap/slide the Troika to the desired width and know that your tabletop or counter will be safe from hot kettles or serving platters. When not in use, the three identical arms nestle together to fit in a drawer for storage.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: YLiving

Friday Links

  • Do-Ho Suh – Home within Home (2011)
  • Doll-house sized artists’ studios by painter and sculptor Joe Fig
  • Click a few dots, and this program will try to guess your age.
  • 15 Facts About Our Planet
  • You’ll most likely have read this by now, but here it is anyway: Carjack victim recounts his harrowing night
  • Mac OS X iTunes 10.6.3 (25) 64bit binary excerpts rendered as RGB images, woven into blankets.
  • bedtime calculator (via Netted)
  • Beyond the Body
  • Tilda Swinton and Roger Ebert’s widow lead a 1,500-person Barry White dance-along honoring Ebert.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Edge Stackable Chair

    One glance at all the surface planes on this aluminum chair and it’s easy to see how it was inspired by the art of origami. Sure, it doesn’t fold (like some other aluminum chairs) but considering the nice profile we’ll settle for the stackable option. Each chair takes around eight hours to manufacture- that helps explain the price tag- and can be used indoors or out. An optional seat pad is also available.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $629.00
    Available from: Horne

    Circle Rug

    Where can you get a 6′ circle rug for less than $200? Lots of places, it turns out, with a little bit of internet sleuthing. However, sometimes the materials and/or designs are a bit iffy and you’ve no idea if it will look cheap in person. There’s no guesswork involved with a braided 100% cotton rug, however. This braided grey rug with its eco-friendly dye and white zigzag stitching makes a whole lot of sense for its scale and price. Plus, grey goes anywhere, with anything (most of the time), so you’ll not need to worry about clashing with your existing color scheme.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $169.00
    Available from: CB2

    Wet Wipes Case

    What is meant to be kept in these nicely shaped canisters? Might as well cut to the chase: wet wipes. If wet wipes are in any way integral to your day (pets, kids, or maybe you’re just a messy eater), you know the packaging isn’t going to win any awards. Instead of lamenting how graphic/packaging design caters to the masses, pop those suckers into one of these ceramic canisters and call it a day. A silicon gasket around the wooden lid keeps the wipes from drying out, and, hey, the canister looks nice enough to be kept out anywhere in the house- not just the bath or laundry room.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00 - 29.00
    Available from: Luminaire