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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)


Zorro Coffee Table

Pa-dow! If the sight of the Zorro Coffee Table doesn’t stun you with its circular (blue!) glass top, I don’t know what will. A minimalist Z structure supports the two overlapping tops, with reflections adding further depth to its shiny surfaces. Choose between the blue glass (above) or the black marble and smokey glass version (below).

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,293.00
Available from: Matter

Bartending Glasses

Quick, what’s the recipe for a Mojito? How about a Bloody Mary? These Bartending Glasses by Hannah Rogge will come to your rescue- just add ingredients to match the lines on the side of the glass, and you’ll be set for cocktails. Sold as a set of 4, you’ll have up to 16 recipes (one on each side of each glass) spelled out for you. Easy, huh?

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Helmet Bag

Well done, you, for using your bike as transportation. As a sort of present to yourself, you might consider adding this Helmet Bag to your wardrobe, as it can comfortably fit a helmet, or any other round-ish or odd-shaped item, along with your daily work papers and devices.

The front pleats are oh-so-smart as they allow for expansion- a smart detail that’s sure to come in handy. Let’s also mention that those pleats are entirely acceptable style-wise, unlike other pleats on some other garments (specifically, pleated khaki trousers- those are not, I repeat, NOT acceptable). Not a cyclist? Consider how your bento box or lunch pail might fit comfortably within this bag as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $72.00
Available from: MoMA Store

General Series by Good Thing NY

Don’t assign any piece of the General Series by Good Thing NY to just one function, as they’re meant to fulfill myriad needs around the home or office. A hard timber handle makes it easy to carry each bucket, bowl, or tray from one place to another, and the spun aluminum base/container should withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. Use them in the kitchen for serving food stuffs, in the office for corralling supplies, or in a living area or bedroom to catch various bits and bobs that need a home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $44.00 - 54.00
Available from: Good Thing NY

Dock Tray

The designer of theSwing LED Table Lamp, Objekten, also offers this Dock Tray. Featuring a spot to store your cords and other small items underneath, your iPad can rest comfortably on its back or angled in the outer edge, horizontally or vertically. It’s a pretty perfect catch-all and device stand for a desk/worktop, don’t you think?

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: Rypen

Tab Notebooks

Organize your projects, thoughts, recipes, dreams, or whatever else needs sorting with this set of 4 notebooks shaped with tabs. Nothing particularly fancy about tabs per se, yet when in a stack, labels are easily read and individual notebooks are easily found, meaning you’ll be a little more efficient than before. Inner tabs can also label further subcategories if needed.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00/ set of 4
Available from: suckUK

Ikea’s Sinnerlig Collection

If you haven’t heard of Ilse Crawford’s collaboration with Ikea, you must have been hiding away under a rock. Now that you’ve crawled out to enjoy the sunshine, you’ll be happy to know that the Sinnerlig collection is finally making an appearance at some stores.

You’ll find tables and stools with cork tops on metal legs, woven baskets, bamboo lampshades, frosted table lamps, stoneware pitchers, pots, glass jars and bottles. It’s slightly overwhelming, but you’ll do fine. Just breathe slowly, stay calm, and take your pick. Personally, I couldn’t resist the coffee table in dark brown– $99, can you effing believe it?

Purchase Information:

Price: $varies
Available from: IKEA

Ferm Living Plant Box

Ferm Living’s new Plant Box comes in such a nice array of colors- ochre, gray, black, and blue- that you’ll most likely be tempted to use them more for just plants. Books, perhaps? Some of those toys that your kids won’t put away? Or maybe a catchall in the entryway for bags and mail and such? Now, what color would be best… my pick would be the blue, I think.

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: clever spaces

Hay & Scholten & Baijings’ Crystal Carafe

Yes, we have featured Scholten & Baijings’ Colour Crystal Stemware before. Well done for paying attention. However, not much fuss was made over the Crystal Carafes, which is understandable as they have a very subtle touch of color.

Choose the carafe with gradient blue or yellow descending from its top edge, or pick the carafe with gold pooling at its base. Pair a couple of Colour Glass Tumblers along with the carafe for an impressive serving set; water (or cocktails) will look oh-so-elegant.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: A+R Store

Friday Links

– It’s an artist’s canvas, and it’s also a speaker. The Soundwall® Chalkboard is pretty neat too.

– Say goodbye to stripped screws: Knife Edge™ Screwdriver Bits on Kickstarter

Modern Cornhole on Kickstarter

Donna Wilson Sweaters!

Deaths from gun violence vs. deaths from terrorism, in one chart

– I saw this in person last night at Houston’s Contemporary Art Fair, and it’s pretty fun: Finell Poke Container. This one also looks neat: Crawl Silicone Container.

Robot Guides Soybean Plant To Light (via we-are-star-stuff)

The Rich Color Variations of Pluto (via npr)

Enjoy your weekend!


Who doesn’t want a 5-foot strand of ultra-bright, waterproof, and USB-powered LEDs? You could hang one or two strands up in the trees for late night dining, take one with you camping (use the bag as a lantern), or tie or hook one around whatever is handy whenever you need light. Watch the Kickstarter video below for more ideas, and see if you aren’t tempted to get one for your future outside-exploring self.

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Price: $19.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Cluster Tables

Well, hello there, you set of delightfully minimal side tables. Would you like to come live with me? I promise to only put you in the best of spots, and to only split you up when extra guests show up and need a spot to set down their tea or coffee cup (there will be a coaster, of course) or maybe even their phone, or, if they’re brainy, their books. Otherwise, you’ll be free to sit together unencumbered so your clean lines and solid surfaces will be shown off to the best of their ability.

Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00
Available from: clever spaces

Balance Box

Tuck your trinkets away inside a Balance Box, which gently tilts depending on the weight of what you put inside. Might it inspire you to lighten your load, and keep only your prized possessions? Perhaps. Use it in the office for storing supplies or in a dressing area for your oft-used jewelry and see if it encourages you to whittle down your collection. Available in Pink and Forest.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Nannie Inez

Wall Hooks!

Okay, get ready for an influx of wall hooks, straight from Etsy. Whether you need just one for a towel or several for all the coats and scarves soon to be strewn about your entryway, here’s a bunch that are quite pleasing to the eyes and not too terribly expensive.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.50+
Available from: Etsy

Mika Barr Textiles

Origami textiles? Yes, indeed. We might have featured Mika Barr’s work previously, but right now our search isn’t working (sorry, we’re tweaking the site), so forgive the repeat if we have shown off her throws and pillows before. The throws are especially eye-catching, as the printed fabric shows off its faceted nature best when casually draped across a sofa or chair. Can you believe they’re machine washable? Pretty impressive.

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00 - 354.00
Available from: mikabarr's Etsy Shop