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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)


Idle vs. Skiff

Here’s an interesting match up in the world of modern/minimal sun loungers: one of these is $899 and the other is $299. If you’re a stickler for details, you’ll probably notice a few subtle design clues to help you assess which one has the higher/lower price tag, and, as usual, the call on which lounger you like best is completely up to your discerning/nondiscerning eye (and wallet).


Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00 - 899.00
Available from: CB2

TON Chair 77

$99! No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke, that is the actual price of this chair originally designed by the legendary Czech furniture maker Michael Thonet. Recognize the name? Thonet is known for his iconic bentwood chairs in 1861, and TON updates the original design with a slim, rectangular backrest and a few gentle curves that show off the subtle flair possible with steam-bending techniques.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Omnioutil Basket [Bucket]

Yes, it’s a bucket, which doesn’t sound very exciting, but it’s also a basket and a stool, and that versatile array of functions means it’s pretty suitable for any home. As a stool with the lid in place, they support up to 331 pounds (150 kg). Fill the Omnioutil Basket with garden stuff, toys, water/ice, recycling…or, my favorite, use the hole in the handle to thread a hose- perfect for outside clean up or washing the car.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: A+R Store

Conceal Vertical Display

You’ve most likely already seen the Conceal Bookshelf, and know of its apparently magic floating effect, and now you can trick the eye with the Vertical Display version. That’s right, make books float against your wall with just a simple bracket and voilà! cover art is displayed where everyone can see it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Umbra

My Writing Desk

Is this a smart idea or what? My Writing Desk by Inesa Malafej has an outer edge or ‘wings’ to catch papers and books, not to mention all the other small desk debris that wants to jump off the surface of your worktop. The higher edges also help make the desk feel like a mini-room or microclimate, enveloping you amongst your precious things so you can concentrate and be brilliant at whatever task you attempt. Also available in a smaller size.

Purchase Information:

Price: €1,075.00
Available from: Mookum

Romo Coat Hanger

Does this coat hanger remind you of the basalt columns at Giant’s Causeway? The answer is yes, whether you knew about the hexagonal stepping stones before I gave you the Wikipedia link or not. Designed and fabricated by Dan Romo, owner of Oakland-based Studio Romo, the Romo Coat Hanger is made of solid, cold-rolled steel and has magnetic covers to hide wall anchor bolts (a small-yet-very-nice detail).

Purchase Information:

Price: $375.00
Available from: SOBU

Chanto Container

Why, yes, this compact container is just the thing to house your smaller items. Takumi Shimamura’s Chanto Containers are easily stacked, which makes them a good choice for office or kitchen (yes, you may store food in them) but it’s the sliding fluorescent lid that gives each curved cube its striking appearance.

Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Links

  • Artist Etienne Lavie imagines what the world would look like if street advertisements were replaced with classical paintings. (via Colossal)
  • The Mathematical Formula for Beauty, Explained in Clever Pictures
  • What 11-Year-Old Kareem Granton Saw During 5 Days Roaming the City
  • Benjamin Hubert’s lightweight Ripple table is now strong enough to stand on
  • Daniel Hashimoto adds CGI to clips of his toddler and it’s amazing
  • If you have some time: Explaining the genius of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” —using music theory
  • Edible Water Bottle (Gross, indeed)
  • Are you ready to get pregnant? There’s an app (to help): Ovia (via netted)
  • Scary, to say the least: Creative Team Uses 3D Make-Up Effects To Transform Model Into Marge Simpson
  • So Uncomfortable
  • A Giant Basket That Uses Condensation to Gather Drinking Water
  • Different Trains Cabinet

    Do you need to hide away some of your clutter, but not necessarily all of it? Take a look at the Different Trains Cabinet: it has sliding doors that partially conceal the contents, thus giving you options of play between positive and negative space. Two widths and various heights available.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,395.00 and up
    Available from: The Future Perfect

    City Clips

    City page clips! Produced to scale- and 5000 times smaller than the real buildings- these City Clips can keep your spot in a book or hold your place in a stack of paperwork. The New York set includes the the iconic Empire State Building, Hearst Tower, Chrysler Building and the New York Life Building; there’s also a Paris and London skyline set available as well.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £6.75
    Available from: Another Studio

    Lazy Suzi 66

    A while ago someone wrote in enquiring after modern Lazy Susans, and here we are, months after the initial request with a smacker of an option. I doubt most of us will want to spend five Benjamins on something that passes the food around with minimal effort, but, hey, more power to you if you’re in love with the optical effects. See the Lazy Suzi in action or read more about Lazy Susans in general over at SUITE New York.

    Designed by interior designer Kelly Behun for SUITE New York.

    Custom wood and laminate spinnning trays.
    Available in three optical patterns in black and white.
    23.75″ dia
    Made in the USA by Kelly Behun / STUDIO.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $525.00
    Available from: SUITE NY

    Stick-Up Monthly Planner

    If you had one of these Stick-Up Monthly Planners you could keep better track of certain events like Mother’s Day in the UK this Sunday (Mother’s Day in the US is May 11, sorry if my post yesterday confused you). And, in true Poketo style, the planner is open dated so you can use it whenever you wish. In busy months, write down important events and stick the page on a mirror or wall so you won’t forget. And, of course, there’s always the Stick-Up Weekly Calendar ($10) if you need more detail.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $28.00
    Available from: Poketo

    Thin Light

    How’s this for an elegant task light? The Thin Light by designer Peter Bristol can stretch out to about three feet across a desk, yet when folded only takes up a minimal vertical space. A ball joint at the base allows for multi directional movement and 33 high-powered dimmable LEDs produce over 500 lumens- that’s enough for an even, warm white light.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $395.00
    Available from: MATTER

    Double O Bike Lights

    Bike lights just keep getting better, and who knows, maybe that’ll tempt more people to get out of their cars and onto their bicycles. This Double O Bike Light is hassle free: it utilizes neodymium-grade magnets to make it easy to attach and remove. Polycarbonate mounts hold the light in place while you ride, and simply snap the lights off the mounts when you’ve reached your destination.

    Plus, the ‘O’ shape allows you to thread the lights on your bike lock for storage- no need to carry them with you. And you know how some bike lights are almost too bright? The Double O uses less bright LEDs but more of them to make sure the emitted light is bright enough but won’t blind drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £50.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Tractor vs. Metro Barstool

    Hmm, these two stools are very similar, aren’t they? Is one flattering the other by imitating certain aspects of design or is it just a case of blatant copying? One was designed in 2000/2001 and the other showed up this recently this year. One costs four times what the other does, for good reason if the descriptions are anything to go by. I’ll leave it to you to decide if it’s an ‘inspired by’ situation or a flat out copy-cat.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $300.00 - 1,250.00
    Available from: DWR