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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)


Little Architect Set

Fun! The Little Architect Set* is a set of blocks to build and measure with. Inspired by an architect’s drafting kit, the building blocks include a triangle, protractor and ruler with units in metric and imperial. They snap together with hidden magnets, so you’ll be able to mix and match to your heart’s content. Be sure to share with others (young and old alike).

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Areaware

Revolver Stool

There’s no telling how much fun you’ll have with a spinning barstool, but enjoyment aside, there’s a practicality in having a stool rotate a complete 360 degrees: ease of use. The Revolver Stool designed by Leon Ransmeier for HAY has circular seat, upper leg portion and footrest that spins completely around, giving you a comfortable and sensible seating option that fits in nicely with many a modern interior.

Purchase Information:

Price: $280.00
Available from: Luminaire

Squeeze In Orange Squeezer

We could play the whole ‘what-is-it’ game, but you probably possess enough deductive reasoning to guess the function of at least the top part of this set. That’s right, it’s an orange squeezer. Don’t go thinking it’s palm-sized, though, it’s approximately 9″ tall, so it will handle all manner of freakishly large citrus. The dark oak wood juicer sits snugly into the ceramic vase when not in use. Bonus: it’s on sale (reg.$89).

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: Gessato

Friday Links

Studio Apartment in Paris by Anne Rolland Architecte

– Super Tiny Apartment In Paris / Kitoko Studio (it used to be a maid’s room, to give you a sense of space)

– Bright woven wall hangings: jujujust’s etsy shop

Air Bonsai

Simon Beck's Snow Art

Simon Beck’s Snow Art

Fluid Dynamics and elastic spheres (via itsokaytobesmart

– Indiegogo: The Eden Suction Planter

– Indiegogo: Orilamp

Jane Street Townhouse: Back Garden (via pinterest)

Enjoy your weekend!

Jane Street Townhouse: Back Garden

Prisma Mirror

What the what. Take a look at this mirror with its crazy geometric wire frame extending outwards, and tell me that it’s not a steal for a hundred smackers. Hang it vertically, hang it horizontally, and admire the sight of geometric lines reflecting right back at you. Feel free to hang a few things from the frame (jewelry, accessories?) if it suits. Notice the similarity to the Prisma Jewelry Organizer? Yep, same designer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Umbra

J1 Studio’s C.Lamp

$158? Is that right? J1 Studio’s C.Lamp is made from lightweight polypropylene and utilizes a folding technique to avoid a metal frame, thus reducing the cost associated with manufacturing. Wooden tripod legs complete the simple lamp, giving a minimal, natural look to any room that needs an extra light source. Designed by Jae Won Cho of J1 Studio, where you may also purchase the lamp directly.

Purchase Information:

Price: $158.00
Available from: A+R Store

Party Hat

Come on, now, remember when party hats were standard birthday party fair? Why let kids have such special ceremonial attire when we adults deserve just as much- if not more- frivolity for certain events? LA designer Albert Chu (of OTAAT) creates these leather Party Hats just for those festive times, whether it be a birthday or other significant life event. Keep one in the office or at home to use again and again, and make sure certain moments are celebrated appropriately.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00 - 80.00
Available from: OTAAT

.ORG Deskscape System

Now, don’t have an apoplectic fit when you see the price tag- it’s not per piece, rather it’s for the whole .ORG Deskscape System from L & G Studio (a.k.a. Ladies & Gentlemen Studio) in collaboration with Pat Kim. Four modules can be combined in different ways to suit your needs: there’s a mail organizer with adjustable metal dividers, a zig zag catch all tray, a cork block for pinning messages and cards, and the double container for smaller items you see above. Take a look and tell me if you’re not tempted to organize your desktop immediately afterwards.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: L & G Studio

Prisma Jewelry Organizer

Hmm, if you (or someone you know) prefers to have their favorite baubles out on display rather than tucked away in a box, this Prisma Organizer may just be the thing to keep things tidy(ish). Hang earrings from the double bar, or drape chain bracelets/necklaces across the square frame. Larger pieces can take pride of place at the organizer’s base. And, when free from any jewelry, it simply looks like a geometric sculpture on a shelf or tabletop.

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.99
Available from: Poketo

Valentine’s Day Stuff

If you absolutely have to participate in the overblown holiday that is Valentine’s Day, you have my sympathy. To provide you with support, here are a few things that are a design aficionado’s equivalent to a fluffy teddy bear and a shiny-red-heart-shaped mylar balloon, and are therefore entirely acceptable to give to someone you care about. A sappy/sentimental card is optional.

Brooklyn Desk

The Brooklyn Desk has clever little storage boxes that slip over its edge, which means the boxes can be arranged to suit the user’s preferences exactly. Now, do keep in mind it is a smaller worktop, so it’s ideal for smaller people (and smaller spaces), and would be especially suitable for a growing child, as the desk height is adjustable (up to adult height). Perhaps with enough interest, Oeuf will make a larger version? One can hope.

Purchase Information:

Price: $575.00
Available from: Oeuf

Hidden Channel Wall Coat Rack

A hidden top channel behind the brass-finished iron pegs makes this coat rack special. Keep mail, notes, and reminders propped up right where you put on (and take off) your coat/jacket, and chances are you’ll be less likely to ignore them. This looks a lot like the Muir Wall Coat Rack from Amenity (just flipped around), doesn’t it?

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95
Available from: CB2

Wings Lamps by Haim Evgi Design Studio

While these lamps are inspired by different bird wings, some of us may tend towards a stronger zoomorphic interpretation, for the lamp can appear to stand like a bird, with the solid oak shade as its head. A thin iron leg and base gives the lamp a perched stance, which takes up minimal room on a desktop or tight floor plan.

Purchase Information:

Price: $290.00
Available from: designboom shop

What is it?

What do you think of this*? It’s made of cement, and it’s about the size of a small shoe. Any guesses as to what it is?

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.95
Available from: CB2

Friday Links

– New Resin and Neon Lamps by Sabine Marcelis (via Share Design)

Meet The Candidates In 100 Words And 60 Seconds

From the potter’s wheel at Tortus Copenhagen

AD Classics: Rogers House/ Richard & Su Rogers

– So much yellow (inside and out): AD Classics: Rogers House/ Richard & Su Rogers

Credited As: Stop Motion Animator (via intweetion)

Chris Rock: Proust Questionnaire (via kateoplis)

Good Sleep = Good Gut?

Gif-out to a year of migration for 118 bird species across the Western Hemisphere. (via thisisnthappiness)

Enjoy your weekend.