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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)


Waxed Canvas & White Ash Travel Chair

Ah, how nice it is to be out of doors, sitting around the campfire or at a music festival… unless your back hurts and you’re starting to get really annoyed at yourself for not bringing your own darn chair. This foldable, portable chair will do well on your trips and travels thanks to a treatment of all-weather Danish oil on its white ash wood frame. The chair back is high enough to rest your neck or head, and the waxed cotton fabric will stay put with stainless steel hardware.

Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Folded Paper Furoshiki

Furoshiki are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used as scarves, gift wrapping, or even as a wall hanging. You know this, of course, if you’ve seen any of the offerings from the Link Collective (etsy shop: LINK), as they have quite the collection. There’s also a Leather Carry Strap ($20-$28) that allows you to use a Furoshiki as a bag.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: thelinkcollective

Snug Cloud Cutting Board

This petite Cloud Cutting Board sure would make perfect surface for assembling a small sandwich, or for presenting a snack of cheese and crackers. Just recently it’s appeared over at Rare Device, where you’ll avoid any overseas shipping charges (original retail link: orphansocks-shop).

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: Rare Device

Pin Table

Outside tables are often wobbly on uneven ground, but not this Pin Table designed by Andreas Engesvik. You push it into the ground with the top button/post, instantly creating a sturdy spot to rest your food and drinks. The high gloss finish would have you thinking this table is made plastic, but that’s not the case. It’s made of wood (surprised?) and available in five different colors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $104.97
Available from: MENU

Book Binder

Hmm, here’s something different in the world of bookends. Instead of two separate stand-alone ends, this book binder has an elastic band to hold the books together. The flexibility of the band allows you to remove or add books as you like without them tumbling over and also makes it possible for the stack to be freestanding wherever you wish.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.97 - 76.97
Available from: MENU

Noguchi Akari Lights

Paper lights are everywhere in today’s marketplace (for example, IKEA’s VÄTE Table lamp), yet there’s still something entirely special about the original designs of Isamu Noguchi. Icons of mid century design, each Akari lamp is handmade from washi paper and bamboo ribbing by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan. In the words of Noguchi, “the harshness of electricity is thus transformed, as if by magic, into the light of our origins – sunlight – so that it’s warmth can carry on filling our rooms after dark.”

More information:

View Noguchi Akari Lights here


These end grain ButcherBlocks are very durable; the design allows you to cut in between the fibers of the wood instead of across them like most cutting boards. This makes for easy maintenance and a very long lifetime, which are two important features for any cutting board over the $100 mark.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: HollerDesign

Pablo Clamp Lamp

Task lights tend towards the metal/utilitarian look, and that’s why this wooden Clamp Lamp stands out. Whether you choose walnut or white oak, the wood gives a certain charm and warmth, and the seemingly simple design of 3 components gives a wide variety of positions for focused light.

Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Available from: 2modern

Tivoli’s Model One BT

Sure, Tivoli radios are an excellent choice for listening to your favorite stations, but now there’s a new version with Bluetooth® wireless. That means you can listen to all the songs on your iPhone or iPod (or any other device that allows Bluetooth pairing) wirelessly. There’s still the analog AM/FM tuner, so you can switch back and forth from regular radio to your music library on your device as quick your listening preferences require. Also, did you know Tivoli has a radio app?

Purchase Information:

Price: $259.99
Available from: Tivoli Audio

Tablet Portfolio

Whoa, quite a big sale on this vegetable-tanned leather portfolio. It’s hand stitched with nylon thread and has a long, leather strap to keep it securely closed. The handmade feel gives a nice balance to the technology it protects. Fits iPad, iPad2, and similarly sized readers.

Purchase Information:

Price: $sale: 104.50
Available from: DWR

Duo Bookshelf

Update: This is on sale over at MoMA Store ($119.95, $107.95 members) if you need more room for your books.

This Duo bookshelf gives an illusion of lightness to your little library. Might be a great option for above your nightstand if you’ve got a huge stack of books taking up all your table space. Holds up to 22 lbs.


Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Available from: Ana Linares Design


With all your planned or unplanned activities this summer, you might want to have this little guy handy. Its compact size makes it perfect for grilling on terraces or tailgating (or camping, or on the beach). Big enough to grill whole fish yet small enough to easily carry around, it’s the ideal tool for cooking up your summer meals.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Bodum

SR Garden ID tags

Without the title of this post to guide you, chances are you might not realize what exactly you’re seeing in the above photo. However, the dirt background and white grease pencil would certainly clue you in after a little while, and if you’re familiar with all of Scout Regalia’s offerings, you’d have it pegged even sooner. The SR Garden ID tags are made of powder coated aluminum and are reusable, of course, by wiping the ID tags with rubbing alcohol or a damp cloth.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Scout Regalia

Mika Bag

If you’re fond of Issey Miyake’s faceted bags or, more specifically, the Geo Pillow by Mika Barr, then you might just want to check out this bag from Kisim. It’s made in collaboration with Barr (hence the name of the bag), so you can have the same 3D fabric functioning as a carry-all for all your essentials.

Purchase Information:

Price: $325.00
Available from: SFMOMA Store

Friday Links

  • ‘Diogene’, A Minimalist House
  • Prize-Winning Flight of AeroVelo’s Atlas (via thekidshouldseethis)
  • Book-Shaped Clear Acrylic Book Weight
  • How to talk to little girls
  • Washing Your Hair on the Space Station
  • Visible/Invisible, a furniture series by Brooklyn-based designer Takeshi Miyakawa
  • EssayTyper
  • Fork the Cookbook
  • Genetics Are Awesome
  • I don’t play piano, but I’m excited about this: C.24 – The Music Keyboard for iPad
    Have a lovely weekend!