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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)


Triangle Cutting Board

Don’t ask me why you need a triangle cutting board, because I don’t know. Maybe you don’t like rectangles and only allow equilateral shapes in your vicinity at all times. If that’s the case, you’re a little weird/crazy and we should probably be friends. Each triangle is handcrafted by local San Francisco wood worker Luke Bartels. Three sizes available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00 - 150.00
Available from: General Store

Friday Links

  • This looks promising: Transparent Concrete
  • Cardboard Ferrari
  • Give Good Art
  • indoor campground hostel
  • Video of Cyrus and Thicke narrated by David Attenborough
  • The the “vandalized” landscape by Banksy was “sold on an auction website for over $600,000, with the money going to help the homeless of New York.” Nice.
  • Expect one of these embroideries to be on someone’s wish list this year: Lyndsey McDougall
  • Turn your smartphone into a digital microscope for around $10
  • Hmm. Stainproof Pants on Kickstarter
  • Wow. 100,000 stars (via it’s Okay to be Smart)
  • Researchers Draw Romantic Insights From Maps of Facebook Networks
    Enjoy your first November (of 2013) weekend!

    NudeAudio Speakers

    After you watch NudeAudio’s video, you’ll wish you could juggle, because these portable speakers are just begging to be thrown around. Super simple with premium quality acoustics, the speakers feature a thick, protective silicon sleeve with a wrist strap for easy handling. And, don’t worry, there are various sizes to suit your needs. See below for product options and pricing.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $29.99 - 99.99
    Available from: DigitalFix

    Calendar Stationery Box

    Perhaps this might be a little fussy for some of us, but for others, it’s a nice way to display the date while having a hidden compartment for smaller papers/mementos and such. It definitely has a mid century vibe to it (e.g. the designs of Charles and Ray Eames) which means it would fit in nicely with that sort of interior, or even better, place it in a kids’ room to help teach your little one about the calendar year. Hang it on a wall or place on a surface.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00
    Available from: Kikkerland

    Beer Goggles Glass

    As a companion piece to the Good Grief Glasses, this pint glass shows the unfortunate decline of our standards as our alcohol intake increases. Funny, right? Keep it in mind for the next birthday gift for your favorite drinking buddy, but be sure to buy two as one alone is just depressing.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $14.00
    Available from: set editions

    Happy Halloween

    There are those of us that prefer to only add one or two decorations to our home for Halloween, and then there are those that go all out. For the former, may I suggest a simple garland with scary black bats? It’s a dignified nod to the day without too much trouble.

    Halloween Garland, Black Bats, $10.00

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $10.00
    Available from: LittlePeanutGallery's Etsy Shop

    Lineage Pillows

    Looking for a few accent pillows that don’t scream ‘HELLO, LOOK AT ME!’? Join the club. Linear patterns are always a safe bet, and stay in the neutral camp when done with simple color options like red, grey, and black. Say a quiet, dignified ‘hello’ to the Lineage Pillow collection from Cofield. The two patterns play with traditional American quilt block patterns to create a “graphic representation of an arrowhead and the whirling blades of a windmill.”

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $140.00
    Available from: Cofield

    Rewrite Desk

    This writing desk makes an appropriate spot for bills, correspondence (if you still use snail mail) and, more likely, your laptop. Reclaimed oak and FSC certified white oak (or locally sourced maple) legs and base combine to give a nice warmth and a traditional nod to a modern silhouette. There’s one dovetail drawer for desk accessories.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,995.00
    Available from: 2Modern

    Night Light Galaxy

    Sorry, I can’t help but share certain space imagery applied to ordinary household goods. You’ve seen the Night Light Moon, Earth, but this one has a portion of the Galaxy on its translucent disc, and it’s only $6! Calm down, there’s enough for everyone. For the bathroom, hallway, bedroom, etc. (I swear my home would look like a crazy Cosmologist’s if I didn’t have a little bit of restraint.)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $6.00
    Available from: Kikkerland

    Radio Dock

    Finally, the Radio Dock by Jonas Damon is available. Nostalgic styling provides a spot for your iPhone to rest while charging on your desk, countertop or nightstand. And, see that radio graphic on the phone? That’s the Public Radio App, which finds up to seven public radio stations within a 50-mile radius. Unfortunately (as of today) it keeps crashing, which is disappointing, but fingers crossed it’ll be up and running with no snags soon.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: Areaware

    Sixagon Table

    Misewell has been featured before, but this table needs its own space in the spotlight. Whether you use it as a stool or side table, the steel construction means you’ll not be worried about water rings, dings, or any other damage. Available in black, ivory, or red tomato powder coat.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $350.00
    Available from: Misewell

    Lunar Wall Calendar 2014

    If you’re asking yourself ‘why do I need a lunar calendar’ you’re asking the wrong question. One word: werewolves. Just kidding. Tides, gardening, curiosity, whatever the reason, know exactly which phase the moon is in with this wall calendar by Katheren Belle over at Schoolhouse Electric. And, yes, it’s accurate; the dates and positions of the lunar phases are from the Circular published by the Nautical Almanac Office at the U.S. Naval Observatory. Also, if you’ve no room on the wall (or no money), here’s a website that shows all lunar phases, past and present: MoonConnection.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Schoolhouse Electric

    Chuck Wood Storage

    What’s this round, iron object for? Wood storage, of course, as the photo above shows. It’s perfectly sized for kindling and other small logs for the many fires you’ll light this fall/winter season. The powdercoated iron loop floats just above the ground on angled legs. Also, five imaginary dollars goes to whoever can think of the best use for this offseason.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $99.95
    Available from: CB2

    Turn Tables

    Lucky you, these tables (and all other Blu Dot furniture) are 20% off their regular price until November 10th. Maybe you just need one table beside your favorite chair to set your drink upon, or maybe you need a few to scatter around for laptops, lamps and books. As each table is made from solid Acacia wood, they’re hefty and will react to changes in temperature.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.20 - 519.20
    Available from: Blu Dot

    Frame Bag

    Anytime the name of Konstantin Grcic is mentioned, I sit up and take notice. So, yeah, it’s not a surprise that your eyes are landing on this Frame Bag he designed for Maharam. Intended as an exercise for unrestricted expression, Maharam asked a few designers to create a bag suited to their personal needs. Mr. Grcic answered with this carryall that displays its architecture on its exterior; the PVC webbing creates a strong frame while the inner nylon skin is lightweight and soft to the touch.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $295.00
    Available from: Dwell Store