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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)


No Line No Wave Scarf Collection

If you happen to have a loved one that likes scarves and other strange, artistic things, then the No Line No Wave Scarf Collection should be on your list of birthday/anniversary/special event gift ideas. Glasgow-based studio Briggs & Cole invited twelve Scottish creatives to contribute designs, and the result is an odd-yet-wonderous array of silky squares. Be forewarned, though, as each scarf is produced as a limited edition of ten each, sold only in sets of two.

Purchase Information:

Price: $600.00
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Craft Collection by Normann Copenhagen

Solid oak and marble make a perfect pair when it comes to these functional kitchen tools by Danish designer Simon Legald. Both materials are durable and fit for everyday use while the rounded edges and curves ensure that each piece is comfortable to handle and hold.

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00 +
Available from: Normann Copenhagen

90 Degree Wall Shelf by Frama Denmark

How do you make your home look a little more edgy? Adding a few metal pieces will do the trick, and this 90 Degree Wall Shelf provides not only a small ledge for your current reading material (or personal accessories) but also an unadorned light bulb. Could you make something like this yourself? Maybe, if you’re not afraid of bending metal and adding electricity. The rest of us will have to settle for spending a little money for this particular lighting option.

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD399.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Library Card Tote Bag

Do you recognize the card image on this tote bag? Congratulations, you are officially old and wise. If you don’t immediately recognize it, then I’ll do the patronizing thing and explain it to you as if you were an idiot a child.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Parsonal: Custom Furniture, On-Demand

Custom furniture? For $200-$650? Yes, please. Simply choose a product from Arrister’s catalog, customize the dimensions, and checkout. Their line is based on the Parsons table design, so there’s nothing fancy, just the tried-and-true basic lines of the familiar T-square design. What can you customize? All sorts of things: End Table, Coffee Table, Short Bookcase, Tall Bookcase, Sitting Desk, Standing Desk and Dining Table, for starters. You can finally get exactly the right dimensions without emptying your bank account. High five!

Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

TR-001W Trays

Why should you care about these aluminum, powder coated trays from LIXHT? Well, they’d be good for organizing stacks of odds and ends, or for transporting things from one place to another. They’re also lightweight and have a very thin profile. On a personal note, I ordered both the small and large size after LIXHT emailed us, and now a previously messy stack of material samples suddenly looks purposeful and organized*.

Purchase Information:

Price: $58.00 - 68.00
Available from: LIXHT

Gather, Observe, Ponder Banner

Not a bad slogan to live by, is it? Handmade by Winter Cabin Collection, this banner is belongs to a collection of goods brought about by the partnership of the American Museum of Natural History and Etsy. There’s several things to catch the eye and tempt the wallet, but this banner is probably the most altruistic purchase, as it will most likely inspire others (we can hope).

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: American Museum of Natural History

Rok Hand-powered Espresso Machine

The perfect cup of espresso is hard to replicate at home unless you want to plonk down several hundred (or thousand) dollars. And that’s exactly why some of our tastebuds will perk up when seeing the Rok Espresso Maker. It’s completely hand-powered. It’s also portable, which opens up the options for just where you’ll enjoy a cup of caffeinated loveliness. You’ll need a good espresso grind, some hot water, and your muscles. And maybe some practice. That’s it. Sounds encouraging for the non-expert, doesn’t it? See the video below for more.

Purchase Information:

Price: $190.00
Available from: Gessato

Antipode Pendant Light

Let’s run through the very short list of requirements for a pendant light. Minimal/modern? Check. Spectacular/different? Check. Somewhat affordable? Check. The Antipode Pendant Light from Lambert & Fils fits those three requirements, and now we just need to figure out just where we’re going to put it. Maybe the dining room, or entryway, or a large walk-in closet?

Purchase Information:

Price: $410.00
Available from: DPAGES


Whoa. The Artiphon Instrument 1 lets you play any instrument you want with a single device. Huh? You’d best watch their Kickstarter video, as that’s the quickest way to understand the full scope of what the Artiphon offers. The digital interface works with any MIDI-compatible software and the ergonomic design allows you to hold it in various positions- guitar, violin, piano, bass, drum machine, etc.

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Moiré Side Tables

Before you hyperventilate over the price, do realize that these are two side tables, and not just one. Okay? Okay, let’s proceed. This pair of Moiré Side Tables nest together to create an interesting interplay of line patterns. The molded wood bases in white and gold complement the striped walnut tops and together the set would easily provide a versatile option for a seating area. Expand or separate the tops for more surface area or nest them tightly together for a more compact footprint.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,950.00
Available from: Leibal

Friday Links

  • NYTimes will be discontinuing their Home Section. It was my favorite. Sad face. (Image from The Anti-McMansion article- via Remodelista)
  • Thank you Design Good for including us! 9 Digital Design Magazines That Will Inspire You. Awesome.
  • Why Our Brains Love High Ceilings
  • Live now: Listen to a briefing about the 1st orbiting of a dwarf planet by @NASA_Dawn
  • Laser Cut Seaweed for Sushi
  • Cool! A Flag for Every Family by Amateurs
  • The world’s priciest cats: Cat Fancy
  • How much of this week’s news do you remember? Take Fast Company’s News Quiz (and earn an emoji).
  • Hydrophobic spray on the walls? Why? Public Urinators, that’s why.
  • How Hackers Could Use A Nest Thermostat As An Entry Point Into Your Home
  • Keep your overhead low
  • Uh, whaaaat? Grow Your Own DIY Leather Jacket in A Petri Dish

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Mater Space Stool

    More lovely furniture on sale? Yes, please. With ever-so-thin legs, these handcrafted stools are sort of stunning. We first posted these stools back in 2010, and, of course, they need some updating in the pricing field. However, do keep in mind they’re currently on sale, so you will save a tiny bit should you choose to splurge for your bar or countertop area. The Space Stools are crafted from premium oak (FSC certified) with sustainable and socially responsible methods. Be sure to check out the Aluminum version too, as it has more of a futuristic feel ($950 $760).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $650.00 and up
    Available from: YLiving

    The Ledge

    Sure, this looks like a wall shelf at first glance, but it hides a small work surface inside. Urbancase’s The Ledge has a pullout shelf/work surface that’s pretty perfect for a laptop, plus a cord management system and drawer, all within a relatively small footprint. Plus, the ‘no legs’ bit will keep a space from feeling too cramped. Aaaand, just to make your day a teensy bit better, it’s currently on sale.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,432.25
    Available from: Urbancase

    IC S Pendant Light

    Seeing as the Flos sale began yesterday (ends March 19), it’s particularly fitting to feature the IC S Pendant Light by Michael Anastassiades. The original inspiration for the IC collection was the skillful way in which a juggler spun a set of spheres around his/her body, and, indeed, it’s easy to feel the off-centered balance and slight tension of each lamp. There’s the suspension lamp, featured here, as well as the IC C/W Wall Ceiling Light, the IC F Floor Lamp, and the IC T1 High and IC T2 Table Lamp.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $446.25
    Available from: YLighting