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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)



If you ride a bike, you need a fender, and if you need a fender, you probably will like the Musguard, a removable, rollable, polypropylene bicycle fender. Simple as can be, the Musguard is lightweight (35 grams) and easily attached: unroll, fold the seam, and tighten the Velcro strap. Remove it whenever you want by undoing the strap and rolling up for storage (see what I mean by easy?). Now on Kickstarter; see video below for demonstration.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Echo Coffee and Side Table

You might be a little tired of hearing me talk about the new collection from Debra Folz, but you’re just going to have to deal with it, because these tables are pretty spectacular. The glass portion is made from four different layers, each having one color/layer of the pattern. As the layers overlap, deeper hues appear with a three dimensional effect. Now, the price is a little higher than you might like, but keep in mind those four layers of glass and the wonderful pattern they’ll project onto your floor.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,200.00 - 3,400.00
Available from: Debra Folz

Sand Containers

Do not, I repeat, do not underestimate the value of containers you look at and use everyday. Sure, a toothbrush or pen holder is meant for function, but there’s no reason why it can’t be a pleasure to look at as well. The Sand Containers are handmade from a mixture of natural stone powder with resin and a wood divider/lid to keep things put. I think they’ve won the top spot when it comes to bathroom accessories, as they’re simple and elegant, and those words are rarely used in that particular department.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.90 - 24.95
Available from: MilkDesign

Green Light

Is this the best grow light you’ve ever seen? Of course it is, and I won’t have you saying otherwise. The light is adjustable so you can move it closer to plants, and extra water is collected in the tray which also protects the surface underneath. Oh, and it doesn’t look like you’re growing suspicious substances too industrial/awful either, in fact, it looks downright friendly. Now, let’s just put our heads together and collectively wish it to compatible with US outlets (or perhaps email the manufacturer directly with a request), for then we could all be healthier for ever after with our bright, green, happy plants.


Purchase Information:

Price: €159.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

11+ Felt Case for iPad Mini

We’ve posted the 11+ Felt Case for iPad and Macbook Air, but this one is specifically for the iPad Mini, so you Mini Minimalists can now high five each other as you’ve found your perfect felt case (for $45, no less). The polyester felt with its slim pockets will protect and organize your iPad Mini and other papers and accessories without too much bulk, and that means you can slip it in your briefcase or bag and still look appropriately svelte.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Leibal

Floralia Kites

Yes, these kites are from the lovely duo known as Fredericks & Mae, and no, you may not fly them because they’re meant to hang on the wall for all to admire. The collection is in honor of the ancient Roman holiday Floralia and feature pressed flowers on rice paper fixed to a bamboo frame. Might just be the right sort of wall art to liven up a room in your home, though do be sure you keep it out of reach of little ones, as they might not understand that ‘ceremonial’ kites aren’t toys. Maybe get one of the other flying kites by Fredericks & Mae ($64) if you foresee any difficulty.

More information:

View Floralia Kites here

String Lights

Don’t ask yourself ‘why do I need these string lights?’ Instead, ask yourself ‘why don’t I need these string lights?’ After all, you work very hard, don’t you? And, as we all know it does get quite dark at night, and what better way to illuminate a special spot indoors than with a set of string lights with natural brass sockets and black cloth twisted cord? Wonderful evenings are sure to happen with these beauties above your head.

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: onefortythree

La Table stool

This little outdoor stool is just for the EU/UK readers, as it’s not yet available in North America. As you can see, it’s stackable, and with its bright color, excuse me, colour options, it’s sure to cheer up a patio or deck area. The legs are detachable should you wish to store them over the winter season, and there’s an accompanying La Table, square and La Table, rectangular, also in several different colours, should you need it.

Purchase Information:

Price: €99,00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Cascade Outdoor Shower

Last week I saw a picture of this outdoor shower and immediately thought ‘how-much-from-where’ because it’d be perfect for the lake house getaway that we are currently planning (we have land but no house yet). So, I tippity-typed out a message to inquire after the price and shipping, as the company is located in Belgium. Are you curious as well? Info below.

Purchase Information:

Price: €595 plus shipping
Available from: Atelier Tradewinds

Lékué Ice Box

Unless you’re very strange or live in the UK, chances are you’ll be using ice to cool down your beverages this summer. This Ice Box by Lékué will certainly come in handy, as the silicone ice cube tray doubles as the lid, which allows you to make and store up to 132 ice cubes. (Fun fact: that pattern you see in the tray is a Voronoi diagram, fyi.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.95
Available from: Sur La Table

Mira Mirror

Usually any wood-frame mirror with a leather hanging strap commands a higher price than $300, so that’s why you’re seeing the Mira Mirror (Mira Mirra, one is tempted to pronounce) right now. Keep in mind the three available dimensions are on the small size, perfect for a powder room or petite entryway area. There’s also a rectangular version, Mira-D, for $250.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00 - 275.00
Available from: Organic Modernism

Friday Links

  • The Visual Patterns of Audio Frequencies Seen through Vibrating Sand (via It’s Fun to Imagine)
  • Heracleion Photos: Lost Egyptian City Revealed After 1,200 Years Under Sea (also via It’s Fun to Imagine)
  • New Bike Attachment Allows You To Share Your Bicycle With A Friend (!)
  • A:LOG is an essential illustrated reference notebook for architects (on Kickstarter)
  • 50 Animated Gifs for Every Situation Ever
  • Know Where You Stand by Seth Taras (via thinx)
  • Actors are people too
  • Yeah, you’ve heard this already, but Samuel Beckett Used to Drive André the Giant to School (via Explore)
  • Rare Glimpses of Birds of Paradise (via kateoplis)

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Herman Miller Sale

    This will be the last weekend of the Herman Miller® Sale, so if you want 15% off of ‘specially marked products’ you’d best start browsing. Hivemodern, Room&Board, DWR, and, you guessed it, the Herman Miller Store (along with several other stores I won’t bother to name) are participating, so choose your favorite, find your item and know that you didn’t pay through the nose like the rest of us impatient folks.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $568.65 - 781.15
    Available from: DWR

    Anniversary Wine Box

    The joys of the summer wedding season, where your friends and family get together to celebrate the official union of two people in love… are you rolling your eyes yet? Or squirming uncomfortably because there’s a wedding coming up shortly and you’ve no idea what to get the happy couple?

    Never fear, for the wine box is here. Buy the box, fill it with a few bottles of nice wine (make sure the ten year one will actually taste good in ten years) and call it a day. Bam! Guess who just gave a really thoughtful gift? That’s right, you did. You can also customize a message on the inside of the box to further emphasize your awesomeness.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $79.00
    Available from: wineforawedding

    Plush Bed

    It’s not my job to save you money (or is it?), but if you’re looking for a decently priced (and minimal/modern) bed, you might just want to take a gander at the Plush. You can save a couple of hundred dollars- until June 9- on either the grey or natural color options, leaving you a little extra money to splurge on, say, perhaps some new summer bed linens?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $629.00 - 699.00
    Available from: CB2