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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)


Complete Carving Set

Vegans, ignore this post. Just skip on down to the next one. Now, omnivores, it’s not even Halloween and here we are talking about Thanksgiving. What gives? Well, it’s better to be prepared and get what you need when it’s in stock than wait until the last minute when it’s all gone. As a case in point, this Complete Carving Set by Joseph Joseph was in stock when I bookmarked it last week, and now it’s not.

However, you can purchase the non-slip, multi-function chopping board (a.k.a. Cut&Carve™ Plus, $18) and the 8” carving knife and a 7.5” carving fork which join neatly together with magnets and store safely inside a protective sheath (a.k.a. Duo™ Carve, $30) separately, or put your name on the waiting list for when the set is back in stock.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Joseph Joseph

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    Fold Room Divider

    I don’t know about you, but it’s extremely rare to come across a room divider that elicits any kind of pleasant surprise, much less a wish to fork over a few hundred euros. However, truth be told, this one is pleasantly surprising, and thank goodness I’ve no room for it, otherwise my credit card would have an additional €365 on its balance right now.

    So, if you need to create a space within a space, just fold and unfold this lightweight room divider to create some privacy, whether it be for a temporary guest room, a home office or maybe even a semi-walk-in closet area. The soft, felt-like fabric absorbs sound and the angular shape is spot-on for any modern interior.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €365.00
    Available from: Mookum

    Jeeves Coat Rack

    Cooler weather means jackets and coats, so if you’re not prepared with adequate storage near the front door, now’s the time to get it all sorted. This coat rack by Kay + Stemmer combines four essentials: large hooks for jackets/coats, small hooks for keys and such, an enclosed shelf for mail, and a mirror to make sure you’re presentable. Everything you need all in one spot. And, thankfully, it’s on sale right now over at DWR (reg. $275).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $206.25
    Available from: DWR

    Hydro container

    How’s this for a way to display you prized plants? Created by Japan-based designer 10¹² TERRA, this minimalist container was designed so that a plant is suspended within, thus allowing its intricate root system to be displayed. The top portion has a grid that holds the plant while the bottom portion holds water; this two part system makes it easy to replace the water when needed and showcases the plant in its entirety.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $125.00
    Available from: Leibal

    Pieces of Time Wall Clock

    No numbers needed, this clock simply tells the time with 12 pie-shaped ash wood inlays. The wood grain differs slightly with each section, giving a subtle nod to the standard clock image without sacrificing its minimal face. The Pieces of Time Wall Clock is produced by Discipline, and, if you’re in the UK/EU region, you may purchase the clocks directly from their website.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $190.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Femme Fatale

    I’m sure you’d have fun guessing what this is, but I’ll save you the trouble: it organizes scarves. Attach the leather holder to a coat hanger, pull your scarves through the star shaped incisions, and voilà! Storage for your precious scarves. And, don’t go thinking this is just for the ladies, I know some of you guys are stylish enough to sport a few scarves now and then (or at least when it’s cold).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €79.00
    Available from: Mookum

    Aurelie Felt Bowl

    Why do you need a big, felt bowl? Well, for starters, it could sit by the front door and catch all that miscellany that you bring in everyday. Keys, mail, cats… or maybe not the latter if you’re not fond of feline creatures. The interlocking pieces of felt create a patterned texture that will add interest to the room and the generous size allows you to tidy up areas prone to chaos. The Aurelie bowl is designed by artist Aurelie Tu and assembled by women and youth in transition in Portland, Oregon.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $269.00
    Available from: Room & Board

    Colors & NOSIGNER’s Cartesia Desk

    Talk about crazy storage, check out the way these drawers move in order to open. One goes sideways, two go forward, there’s even a sneaky one in the back for electric cables- or other things that need hiding- that you wouldn’t know is there at first glance. Created by Japanese house Colors, this desk isn’t an impulse buy, that’s for sure, but considering the master craftsmanship and materials, it’ll last longer than you will, given the proper care.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $6,000.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Brass Alphabet Bookmark

    Midori just keeps making brass desktop tools that are hard to resist. And this one packs a double function: use as a bookmark and as a stencil. Even if your handwriting isn’t all that bad, a little block lettering now and then won’t hurt, right? It’ll most likely fit perfectly within your notebook.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00
    Available from: Baum-Kuchen

    Geno the Giraffe Toy Kit

    Excuse me while I geek out a little bit over this cardboard Kinetic Creature. You build it from a simple tab-and-slot kit, and, when you turn the wire handle, the Giraffe (or rhino) walks along thanks to a simple mechanical motion. While it’s recommended for ages 11+, I think most everyone will find it a little fascinating. And, if you like the idea, be sure to look into Theo Jansen’s more advanced Strandbeest. There’s even Miniature Beast kits available for purchase on the Strandbeest web shop ($75); they’re slightly more complicated than these cardboard toys, but the reward looks to be worth the effort.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $50.00
    Available from: Rare Device

    LET IT GO Wall Banner

    That’s right, LET IT GO. Maybe you need reminding, or maybe someone you know does, but either way, a cloth banner with the phrase will do everyone some good. Artist Ashley Brown Durand hand cuts each letter from 100% wool and hand stitches them to repurposed, soft cotton flour sacks. See Ashley’s Etsy Shop, SecretHolidayCo, for ‘IT’S OK’, ‘YES’, and ‘stay true’ banners.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $110.00
    Available from: Schoolhouse Electric


    Yes, this is simple, box-like side table. So why does it cost 585 smackeroos? Partly because it’s made from aluminum plate powder-coated in ultra-fine texture, and partly because “its scale is fixed by self-imposed geometrical constraints using the golden ratio”… so there. Does that explain the price tag? It at least explains the name, GMT = The Golden Mean Table. GMT-13 is available in black, red, blue, and white.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $585.00
    Available from: FIELD

    Scoop, Stab, and Spread

    What to get someone that enjoys preparing and serving food? This set of 6 ‘Scoop, Stab & Spread’ appetizer tools might fit the bill with their specific functions. The Scoop has an integrated draining slot, the Stab includes a double-pronged fork and a single pronged spear (to skewer delicate meats, of course), and the Spread has an angled and straight spreader (a good fit for soft or hard cheeses).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $58.00
    Available from: Teroforma

    Sparse Fixed Cycling Lights

    If you ride a bike at night, chances are you have appropriate cycling lights (if you don’t, you’re an idiot). And, considering you’re reading this right now on our website, you probably care about well-designed items, so why not upgrade to this set from Sparse? Sleek, uncomplicated, and fixed, so there’s no hassle with taking lights on and off depending on the time of day. Don’t you worry about longevity either; they’re constructed from cast metal and sealed with a silicone gasket so they’ll last for a very long time.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $139.95
    Available from: Sparse