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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)


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.

Austin Maynard Architects: Mills House

Yes, the Mills House by Austin Maynard Architects does have a cool metal mesh on its rear facade to shade it from the sun. It also has the same mesh running throughout the home, most notably on the stairs and on the floor of the upper level. That’s a neat material to use, as it lets light filter through and the air circulate.

Table Tiles Optic

Add a few stripes and you’ve got a 3D illusion. That’s sure to cause endless rearranging to get different patterns when these coasters are placed together for a table trivet. Two functions in one, plus a pattern play = fun! If you’d rather less stripes and more color blocks, then there’s the plain(er) Table Tiles for your consideration.

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Areaware

Push Coffee Maker by Muuto

Mette Duedahl’s Push Coffee Maker is made of a warm grey stoneware in a rounded shape, which seems a little friendlier to touch and hold than the normal glass carafes used in most households. You’ll find the plunger is made of steel, so no worries as to the durability of daily use, and the lid is clear plastic, allowing you to check the progress of the brew. Duedahl’s Coffee Mugs look to be excellent companions to the Push Coffee Maker; I’ll keep my eyes out for a North American retailer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $166.00
Available from: A+R Store

Mikol Marble Notebook

The title doesn’t lie; it is, in fact, a marble notebook. Real marble covers the front and back covers, and, thanks to laminated webbing and recycled corrugate, the marble will flex to avoid breakage*. It opens perfectly flat so that you can scrawl your brilliant thoughts and/or drawings comfortably.

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Available from: Mikol

Sweeper and Funnel

It’s just a regular ol’ sweeper and dustpan, so what’s the big deal? Well, the dustpan has a hollow handle, which allows you to store the sweeper perfectly inside, and, perhaps more importantly, also enables you to cleanly deposit dust & debris into the trash with ease. Smart!

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Leibal

H Blocks

You need a break. Pick up some of these H Blocks and play around with architectural towers and landscapes, or just mess around with different colors making patterns. And, yes, these would be good for kids to play with, but they’ll be just as good for your brain (most likely) and some of your coworkers too (if you want to share). Available in black, white, and natural.

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: Rock and Pebble

Giant Edison Kit

You might be yawning right now, seeing another Edison Bulb on your screen, but this one is super-sized. It’s 12.5″ in diameter. Go ahead, pick up a ruler or measuring tape to remind yourself just how large a bulb would be in that dimension. Perhaps hang one above a smaller dining table, or go for a group of three or five to make a huge statement.

Purchase Information:

Price: $72.00 - 80.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Frame Trays, Set of 3

A set of three trays with soft, muted colors might just be what you need to get those odds and ends organized. Kitchen, entryway, bedroom, or office, the trays will be a landing pad for all sorts of miscellany, hopefully leaving other surfaces free of clutter. Keep them nested as a collection, or spread them out when needed.

Purchase Information:

Price: $232.00
Available from: DWR


Furniture in a book? Yes, please. This was a Kickstarter project, but now you can purchase directly from Bookniture or from MoMA Store to have your very own book that transforms into a stool/ottoman/table, quick as can be. Maybe it’s perfect for your very small space (and budget), or maybe you just appreciate the fact that it’d be easy to take out to your patio or to the park. Either way, it’s easy to store away when not in use, as you can slide it in amongst your books on a bookshelf.

Purchase Information:

Price: $86.00
Available from: Bookniture

Snug Column Wall Calendar 2016

If you’re still looking for a minimal wall calendar, I think you’ve found it. This one is reduced to the basics; months are noted by their first letters, with all their days lined up in neat columns below. You’ll be able to see your whole year all in one glance, with all special events and appointments written in as you prefer.

Purchase Information:

Price: €21.50
Available from: Snug Online

Friday Links

Folly Soaps via The Art of Soap

David Derksen’s Moiré lights rotate to create moving patterns

Can you build a better brain?

CUT Architectures Stairs

Yellow Staircase by CUT Architectures

– Your entryway needs this coat rack, along with a peacock, of course: “The owners fashioned this coat rack from metal pipes.”

Amalgamma develops 3D printing concrete technique for building structures

– Yoga geeks, take a look at this: Nowness- Felix Price

Frame House Jonathan Tuckey

Frame House by Jonathan Tuckey

Enjoy your weekend!

Concrete Home of Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández

Quite a lot of concrete, isn’t it? The home of Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández is close to feeling like a castle, with large open spaces and contrasting close corridors. The library is particularly impressive, with its two levels taking up one entire wall of the generously sized living area. See more of the space over at Freunde von Freunden.