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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)


Exacto Series by Karl Zahn

Do you use an Exacto blade? If so, you can now trick it out to be a fork… or a butter or cheese knife, if that better suits your usual lunch fare. Karl Zahn has created the Exacto Series for Shop Cooper Hewitt (in conjunction with “Tools: Extending our Reach”), and now you can be prepared with your very own set of semi-clean utensils at your work area, at any time- such convenience!*

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00 - 35.00
Available from: Shop Cooper Hewitt

Friday Links

  • Colorful Collages by Clare Celeste Börsch
  • The AcoustiCurtain
  • 10 Exercises To Do At Your Desk
  • A 24 carrot gold cake (via Design Crush)
  • seasons cards
  • Dame Stephanie Shirley: Why do ambitious women have flat heads?
  • This Classical (airbnb) Apartment on Royal Mile has a bed in a box! Smart!
  • Black Diamonds
  • Architect Antonin Ziegler added a blackened timber reading room to an old stone house in Senneville-sur-Fécamp
  • Enjoy your weekend.

    Architect Antonin Ziegler- blackened timber reading room

    Passenger: A Rolltop Duffel

    Another duffel? Yeah, well, we all know how you go to the gym every single day (right?) and need a perfect place to keep your gear, or the way you’re always setting off for a weekend trip and need a simple bag to stash your oh-so-cool outfits. Bags are a very personal sort of thing and little details matter, so you might not have found the perfect one yet. However, you’ll have to add this one to your list, as it has an expandable rolltop design so it will fit the occasion, big or small. Two accessory pockets and a storable shoulder strap make it more functional, while leather wrapped handles up the ante in the looks department.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $195.00
    Available from: Modern Industry

    Brilliant Boxes by Simon Legald

    Several bright colors plus a semi-traditional glass pattern make these Brilliant Boxes a perfect fit for this spring season. But what are they for? Trinkets, of course, but only the most special sort. Perhaps a bright turquoise box could be a perfect gift? Or, maybe a Large Smoke Box plus a Small Dark Green might be a nice addition to your dresser top for holding jewelry and other small sundries?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $37.00 - 55.00
    Available from: Royal Design

    CDT Large Gift Set

    Wait just a minute, there’s a CDT gift set and I didn’t know about it? Now you know, and I’ve just saved you the trouble of picking out an excellent gift for your design-minded-desk-accessory-loving friend, because this CDT set has a bunch of goodies: stapler, eraser, sticky notes, fountain pens, glue stick, and mechanical pencil. There’s also a smaller CDT Gift Set if you don’t like your friend all that much*.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00
    Available from: Shop Cooper Hewitt

    4-in-1 Bar Tool

    Handy! This bronze bar tool packs four functions in one. Break the ice, use the handle as a jigger, or unsheath the corkscrew that’s hidden within the bottle opener. Based on a vintage item, this updated version is a no-brainer for your bar area or as a gift to a friend that enjoys mixing drinks.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: Izola

    M Lamp

    This little guy looks like he needs to star in a Pixar film, doesn’t he? Inspired by the archetypal miner’s lamps of 19th century, the M Lamp is powered by a rechargeable Lithium long-life battery, and if you’re asking how long is ‘long-life’ you’ll be happy to know that it is rated “to last 50,000 hours, for up to 2,000 charging cycles with no loss in performance.” Is that impressive, or what? A handle makes the M Lamp very portable, so you can move it around the home whenever you need an extra light.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $220.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Coleman Stool

    Barstools can be tricky. The truly impressive ones seem to be quite expensive, and the decent ones aren’t cheap. So, what do you do? You keep your eyes out for certain designs that are worth spending a tiny bit more than you want. We’ll count the Coleman Stool as one of those, as it has thin, geometric solid steel legs with a handmade concrete seat. It’s suitable for indoors or outside, and there several good color options- black or white for the base and a seven seat colors.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $529.00
    Available from: Greta de Parry Design

    Blok Marble Tablet Stand

    Oh, not just any stand will do for your tablet? Okay, well, how about a hefty marble block? The Blok Marble Tablet Stand is made from Portuguese ​Acquatico marble​, which has a matte white finish with distinct grey veining. I think I can hear it whispering ‘I’m heavy and expensive.’ It will most likely fit in easily amongst your other postmodern paraphernalia. Designed by Dutch Studio Macura.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $100.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Tool Bookmark byAMT

    If you still turn paper pages, you might just need a bookmark like these brass tabs by Alissia Melka-Teichroew (byAMT). One brass bookmark says ‘PAGE’ and the other ‘WORD’ so you’ll be able to mark your spot with precision. This set of 2 bookmarks were re-designed in 2014 exclusively for the Shop Cooper Hewitt in conjunction with the Cooper Hewitt’s exhibition Tools: Extending our Reach.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $32.00
    Available from: Shop Cooper Hewitt

    Brick Lamp

    This lamp is reduced down to a simple brick shape with no switch or cord. How do you turn it off? With magic! Just kidding, it’s nothing that mysterious, you just lay it flat. The concept of concealing and revealing is at work here, with the light turning on when you raise it onto its side. The side facets work as handles as well as creating a sturdy base with an ideal angle of light. See HCWDstudio’s Kickstarter video below for more.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $95.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Sweep-It Set

    You don’t have to tell me how hard it is to keep dust and dirt at bay; I have a dog that likes to step in mud at every opportunity, plus a cat that sheds fur all the effing time. I have Ole Jensen’s Dustpan and Brush, but this Sweep-It Set by Klaus Rath for Stelton looks like it would be more functional for everyday messes. The lotus wood brush nests neatly with the dustpan, and it can be easily stored under the sink or hung from a hook.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Urban Kraft Paper Bags

    Judging by the state of your wardrobe, you might want to wear a paper bag. Whoa, calm down, I didn’t mean that in an offensive way. These Urban Kraft bags are made of paper -really strong paper- and have a look that will appeal to the more discerning eye. There are several different sizes and types of bags and they’re all at a rather reasonable price point. Take a look at the Duffle, for instance. It’s water resistant, easy to carry, a good size at 13″x22″, and comes in just under the $100 mark.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $8.00 - 98.00
    Available from: Urban Kraft

    Superfront Legs

    You might have heard of Superfront, but did you know they have legs that fit Ikea’s mattress bases? And those legs can be shipped to North America? That means you can get a sharp look for a whole lot less than buying a regular bed from a decent retailer. There’s five leg styles to choose from in lots of different colors, so have some fun and play around with what you’d pick for a bedroom upgrade.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €15.00 -28.00
    Available from: Superfront

    Friday Links

  • Wooden Iron by The Tomorrow Collective
  • Glasses Give the Color-Blind a Fuller View of the Spectrum
  • Take a break. Stand up, stretch, walk around every 15-20 minutes. No, really, Take a Break.
  • How Much (Or Little) The Middle Class Makes, In 30 U.S. Cities
  • Here’s a nice Stickbat with Cork Balls ($250) to play ball out on the lawn and/or street. But is it too nice? Hmm.
  • Death, Redesigned
  • Clever Mechanical Gate Opens Automatically without Electricity
  • Simple Front Wallet
  • Simple and very cool PLATN wallet
  • Terrible Estate Agent Photos– A Book of the Most Baffling Property Photographs Ever Taken
  • Listen to the sounds of the New York Public Library Reading Room (audiovisual = beautiful): Soundscape New York (via @Explorer)
    Have a great weekend.

    New York Public Library Reading Room from Karen Van Lengen.