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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)


Clothespin Clip Light

Ah, now, who couldn’t find a use for a Clothespin Clip Light? Open the clip and you’ll find an on/off switch as well as a place for two replaceable CR2032 batteries. Clip it on a book, magazine, your clothes, or wherever else you’d like- you’ll have a little beam of light for illumination.

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Available from: Rare Device

Antique Mirror Coat Hooks

A set of special hooks might just encourage you to hang your coat where it belongs, especially when there’s some “special optical effects” involved, as with these Antique Mirror Coat Hooks by Garth Roberts. A combination of unfinished oak and specially treated mirror cladding make for a pretty set of four hooks, either in Galaxy Blue, Smoke, Antique Silver, or Gold.

Purchase Information:

Price: $244.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Metamorphic Chair-Stool-Side table

Do you remember this chair by John Reeves? It’s remarkable: a stool becomes a chair and vice versa, simply by lifting or lowering the seat back. Several chairs can be stacked as stools, leaving a very small footprint for a whole lot of seating. Perhaps this same idea has been employed before, but I’d reckon it would be hard to find a sample with the same degree of thoughtful design and simplicity. (Update: now on sale for $416.50 from $595)


Purchase Information:

Price: $416.50
Available from: ABC Home

Friday Links

  • This Home in the Spanish Pyrenees is/was on the market for $4.1 million. Is that all? Let’s get our cash together and go halfsies. Deal?
  • If the Moon was only 1 pixel
  • Cliphone: minimal cord organizer
  • “Petite Sensation” Postcard Set by Terri Loewenthal
  • This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood
  • Glowing Sculptures That Visualize Bitcoin and Bullet Wounds
  • Enjoy your weekend; thank your lucky stars that it won’t be spent blowing your nose and coughing up your spleen (it sucks being sick).

    Champagne Sabre

    We could play the ‘what is it’ game, but let’s just skip straight to the item at hand. It’s a Champagne Sabre, a blade intended to separate the collar and cork from the champagne bottle at its weakest spot above the neck. Now, you’ll notice I mentioned it’s a blade, albeit a curved, blunt blade; does this strike a little fear into anyone else? I’m sure it’s dramatic to slice off the neck of a bottle, but I’m not sure I’d want anyone attempting that particular feat when they’ve already had a few drinks. You know what I mean?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.95
    Available from: Vertigo Home

    Two-Sided Colander

    This Two-sided Colander makes a lot of sense; drain your fruit/greens/pasta on one side, and tip it to the other for serving or to rest alongside your other ingredients. The colander is maade out of durable melamine and designed by Ole Jensen.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Color Wheel and Diskiness

    Color! Add the Tät Tat Color Wheel to your window and watch the colors change as you rotate the paper discs around to create a multitude of prismatic colors. Choose between Color Wheel (shown above) or Diskiness (below); both have suction cups on the back to keep the wheels in place.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $24.00 - 26.00
    Available from: Molecule Design

    15% off Sale: Vitra, Kartell, Carl Hansen and more

    There are several sales starting today, and there’s no way I can compile a big image to represent all the furnishings you can save money on, so, you’ll just have to do a little work by clicking on the links. Instead, you see the Vitra Cork Stools A, B, and C, above, to represent Vitra’s sale from March 6 – 18 (plus free shipping).

    There’s also Kartell, Carl Hansen & Son, DWR, YLighting (Flos, Pablo, Sonneman), and Tom Dixon; all brands are offering 15% off, and when you consider some of the higher price tags, that makes a difference. Now, go take advantage of those savings.

    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 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: $59.00
    Available from: Gessato

    Basset Chair

    Measuring in at 47″ wide and 39″ deep, this Basset Chair is what one would call a sit-down-and-curl-up-in-lounge chair. With a horizontal “pillow” for a seat and a wrap around back, it has a comfortable, huggable feel about it, making it perfect for catching up on your reading list or watching your favorite films. There’s also a Pouf Ottoman to rest your tired feet, the Basset 2-Seater to share with your loved one, or a 2.5-Seater or a 3-Seater if you need a little more breathing room.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $3,958.00
    Available from: DanishDesignStore


    Whether you’re a parent or not, you can probably recognize the genius in these SipSnap silicone tops. They make any drinking cup spill-proof, so simply stretch them over whatever glass/tumbler you have at hand and let the kiddos roam free. BPA- and Phthalate-free, they’re available in either a spout (SipSnap Tot) or straw version (SipSnap Kid). Currently a Kickstarter campaign, you can pledge $18 to receive one of the first sets of 3.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Slab Chair

    While not new, this angular-modern-lovely chair by Tom Dixon is still something to talk about, and is currently on sale with the rest of Dixon’s collection (until March 17). Might I mention that it is also stackable? It’s made from solid lacquered oak deeply brushed to expose the grain. Also available in black, shown below.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $514.25
    Available from: YLiving


    Nice! This petite shelf system uses powerful neodymium magnets to hold each shelf to a metal panel. That means you can move the shelves around as you wish, and use them to hold up papers, photos, etc. so you won’t misplace anything (ever). The back panel measures in at 18″ x 24″, so it could fit in all sorts of spots.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $140.00
    Available from: Henry Julier

    Core Coffee Press

    You’re not likely to part with your coffee press, especially if you use it everyday, but just in case the one you have isn’t operating to the best of its abilities, you’ll want to know about the Core Coffee Press. Designed by Rivers of Japan, it consists of a heat-resistant glass beaker and stainless steel mesh press (no paper filter needed). The outer holder protects your hands from the hot glass/water and minimizes the visual mess often found in more traditional coffee making paraphernalia.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $28.95
    Available from: MCA Store

    Smart Warmer 3 in 1

    Don’t assume this is just a flashlight, because it has two bonus functions. It’s a hand warmer as well, and you can carry it around with you to keep your fingers comfortably warm for up to three hours. That might not sound like a big deal when you’re nice and warm in your home or office, but tell me if you feel differently when your little fingers are like icicles on your next commute. The Smart Warmer is rechargeable, and (the other bonus function) it can also charge your iPhone.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $34.99
    Available from: Canoe