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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)


earHero Earphone Kit

These headphones slide under the radar as far as design aesthetic, and that’s okay, as they win top marks for safety. EarHero headphones lets you listen to your music or phone conversation without blocking ambient noise. Ambient noise just like trucks, cars, and bicycles, all of which could flatten you like a pancake if you’re deaf to warning sounds.


Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: earHero Store

Source: NYTimes

Ostfold 698 iPad Case

Apologies for featuring yet another iPad case, but this one has the requisite wool and leather materials (plus 698 perforations) to catch the eye. There’s still time to add it to your holiday wishlist, isn’t there? Handcrafted in Silesia, the Ostfold 698 iPad Case is made using German natural Merino wool-felt and premium Italian vegetable tanned leather.

Purchase Information:

Price: £55.00
Available from: FAO Shop

Picto Wall Clock

Inspired by the Picto Watch, this wall clock tells the time in minimalist style. Featuring the same rotating face as the watch, hours are marked with a simple dot and minutes by a traditional moving hand. There’s no glass to catch reflections, leaving your view perfectly clear from any angle.

Purchase Information:

Price: $74.00
Available from:

Dots Furoshiki

Double up your gift by wrapping it in the new Dots Furoshiki. If you’re saying ‘what’s a Furoshiki?’ I’ll tell you: Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used in many different ways. Use it as a scarf, gift wrapping, a bag, or even a wall hanging. The red is especially festive, but don’t let that stop you from perusing all of Link Collective’s offerings (etsy shop: LINK).

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Link Collective

Friday Links

  • Corner Ladder by Company & Company (not for sale yet, sad face.)
  • Leicas are expensive, but the one custom made by Jony Ive and March Newson for the (RED) Auction 2013 is estimated to fetch $500,000 – $750,000.
  • Ufogel House (via Tiny House Swoon)
  • These Strangers Become Friends in a ballpit
  • There are some good sites on this list (full disclosure: yes, BLTD is on it)
  • The Case Against Cars in 1 GIF
  • Photos of JFK’S Funeral
  • The Science of Posture
  • Listen to the lovely orchestra of crickets singing at human speed

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Block Table Cart

    Tea carts and tray tables may seem to belong to an older generation, but this Block Cart from designer Simon Legald has just enough modern sensibility to make it appealing at any age. The wheels move in any direction, and the posts extend above the top surface to function as handles. Use it as an end table, bar cart, work/office caddy, or maybe even a tea or dessert cart if you have several guests over… so many possibilities.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $280.00
    Available from: DWR

    even*cleveland Gift Ideas 2013

    How about some more gift ideas for your holiday shopping list? For the third year in a row, Stephanie Madewell of even*cleveland was able to take some time and send us her list. As always, Stephanie, it’s a treat to see what great items you’ve bookmarked; thanks again for sharing.

    Teak Cheeseboard

    Here the holidays are, barreling down the road at us whether we like it or not. And I know what you’re thinking, where will you put your fancy cheeses? Actually, that’s probably at the bottom of your list, and understandably so, but don’t forget that presentation is almost as important as the food. A rectangular inlay of stainless steel on this Teak Cheeseboard provides a clean surface for your artisanal cheeses with a fair bit of room left for breads, crackers, and grapes.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $125.00
    Available from: Arango

    Limited Edition Soma Water Filter

    What will you give this holiday season? A bunch of presents, some of which will be successful and wonderful and others of which might just be ho-hum. Newsflash: you’re not perfect. You don’t have a whole workshop full of elves to craft the perfect gift. But how about giving clean drinking water to a village? That’s a stellar idea. For every limited edition Soma Water Filter purchased, $12.50 will be donated to charity: water’s life-changing projects. So, you’ll give clean water to a friend or family member and also to a whole village. Top that, Santa Claus.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.00 and up
    Available from: Charity Water : Soma

    Sanctuary4 Charging Station

    There’s absolutely no reason for fishing around for your charging cord like an idiot. Come on, give in to 2013 and get a charging station. Bluelounge recently released Sanctuary4, a new station that has loads more power (a 4-amp charger) which allows four devices to quickly charge all at once. There’s four USB ports, so simply unplug and replace the cables when you have a new device.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $99.95
    Available from: Bluelounge

    Forest, Wood Wall Mount Coat Hangers

    You can’t see the forest for the… coats and scarves hanging tidily from the four ash tree pegs. Because that’s where coats, scarves, hats, etc. will be hung once you install this set in your entryway, right? Right. Made by designer team Tomas Kral and Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $89.00
    Available from: Gessato

    Conrad Desk

    A compact desk with a little storage is just what that disorganized corner of your home needs. Note that I used the word ‘little’ in conjunction with ‘storage': this is a good thing. You don’t need much more than the essentials, as clutter tends to multiply when left untended, so this Conrad Desk by Gus Modern will do the job efficiently without taking up too much room. And, hey, since file folders are almost as necessary as a typewriter these days, you only need a slim drawer for those papers that aren’t suitable for electronic storage.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,495.00
    Available from: Mod Livin'

    Proper Audio PA1 Bluetooth Speaker

    What? There’s an amazingly minimal bluetooth speaker on Kickstarter and I’m not going to show it to you? Puh-lease. You can at least count on me for that every once in a while. The PA1 is a wired Bluetooth speaker with a smart mount that allows you to move it around easily.

    The very word ‘wired’ might upset you, but do know that portable battery speakers sacrifice some amount of quality, and the PA1 designers wanted to run more power to larger drivers, which means fuller, well balanced audio. Take a look at the video below for more info, or visit StudioProper’s Kickstarter page to back the project.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $150.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Concrete Small Format Tape Dispenser

    Sure, you’ve seen concrete desk accessories by Magnus Pettersen before, but have you seen the red and blue tape dispensers? Your life is simply not complete until you consider just how good red tape in a red concrete tape dispenser looks. I’m kidding, of course, but it does look pretty sharp, as does the blue. This version is a little smaller than the original version, fyi.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00
    Availability: Buy Concrete Small Format Tape Dispenser here

    Daniel Emma’s Gift Ideas

    The next Gift Idea/Wish list is from Daniel To and Emma Aiston of Daniel Emma. They’ve designed several covetable desk objects and accessories, many of which are on my own personal wish list. Thanks Daniel and Emma for sharing your lists!