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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)


A-Bike Electric

Who wants a super small electric bike? I do, I do*! Feast your eyes upon the world’s lightest and most compact electric bicycle. Just start pedaling and the electricity will kick in to provide power assistance. Fold it up and stash it under your desk or table, ideally after you arrive at your destination somewhat pristine- or at least with an un-sweaty shirt- thanks to the electrical assistance.

Purchase Information:

Price: £515.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Pocket Armchair

You know how you’re able to tell you’re a grown-up? It’s not setting up a retirement account, or doing your taxes, though those things are important. It’s actually having a decent place to sit down in your home. As in, a comfortable seat that you’ve picked out (or paid someone to pick out for you) and would guide a guest towards when they visit. You can’t be embarrassed of it and it has to be nicer than what a 21 year old would buy from IKEA. Sorry IKEA and 21 year olds, but those are the rules.

Purchase Information:

Price: $899.00
Available from: Hem

Cantilever Cooking Utensils

Don’t your eyes just settle over these two Cantilever Cooking Utensils like a new glimpse of tasteful porn? Just kidding… sort of. I know, I know, a floating spatula isn’t as exciting as two attractive humans doing stuff or even a cinematic smartcase for your iPhone, but it should be. What are you going to do, go about your kitchen cooking a wonderful meal, only to set down your spatula or spoon on the counter and get sauce all over your counter? Gross, and probably a little unhygienic.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.95
Available from: iLoveHandles

Source: Gizmodo

Lumenati CS1Cinematic Smartcase for iPhone

Holy. How much fun will you have with this cinematic smartcase? Loads, I’m sure. Simply slide your iPhone into the Lumenati CS1, pull the trigger, and you’ll be shooting video like a pro. It’s lightweight, very portable, and is way more ergonomic than holding on to your iPhone on its own. The Lumenati CS1 even has a real-time viewfinder so you get exactly what you see (a.k.a. WYSIWYG capabilities). Swap the lenses out to change from fisheye to wide angle, easy as pie. Where in the world can you get it? Back the project on Kickstarter (up until August 12).

Purchase Information:

Price: $150+
Available from: Kickstarter

Lean-To by Scout Regalia and Reunion Goods & Services

That summer sun is so damn hot sometimes, isn’t it? How to get some relief without denying yourself the freedom of the outdoors? Get a Lean-To, like this one from Scout Regalia and Reunion Goods & Services. It’s a simple shade structure, with front and side panels that open up to let the breeze in. It’s easy to assemble and easy to knock down, and it also comes with a travel bag to make things easy. Set it up at the beach or in your own backyard to beat the heat.

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Available from: Scout Regalia

Oslo, Fanfare, Code, Azi, Division Rugs

Code words? Nah, just a bunch of rugs. A certain retailer just released a slew of new products, and I’ve got to say, they’re killing it in the rug department. All of the rugs are affordable, so don’t expect silk or anything made with unicorn hair, but just take a look and tell me you don’t think they’re a decent bunch of patterned rugs. I dare you. (If you should take my dare, I’ll tell you to find another retailer with a better selection in the same price range, and then we’ll argue about which one of us has better taste, so, be prepared.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00 - 499.00
Available from: CB2

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Wald HI-LO Lamp

Remember the Wald Plug Lamp we posted earlier this year? Imagine it a little more refined, with a dimmer switch, and you’ve got the Wald HI-LO Lamp. Just like the original, there’s no need for hardwiring, as it plugs directly into an electrical socket. Talk about an easy installation, huh? Available in 3 subtle color finishes- Olive Drab, Dark Plum and Neutral.

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00
Available from: Feltmark

Wooden Bowls and Round Box

Don’t tell me you don’t need a few bowls and boxes to stash miscellany, because then we’ll all feel inferior to your mad minimalist lifestyle. Plus, this grouping of Wooden Bowls and Round Box are the sort of objects that organize and elevate everyday clutter. Odds and ends will be hidden away inside while a beautiful oak object is left to be admired. The Wooden Bowls, above, have a hollow base in the bottom and a shallower, fine bowl at the top, so smaller items like keys and coins can be kept at hand. The Round Box, shown below, offers a hiding spot for jewelry and knick-knacks, or even your smartphone and tablet.

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00 - 249.00
Available from: Leibal

Friday Links

  • Mariano Dallago’s Camera Obscura
  • Need help decorating your home? This looks interesting: havenly
  • How deadly are sharks?
  • Type Nite NYC, July 16
  • Porcelain trophies given for great reasons by Vika Mitrichenko
  • (via thisisnthappiness)

  • The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares
  • An explanation, if you’re not sure what happened- Greece Is The Word: Making Sense Of The Greek Crisis
  • Jan Van Huysum’s ‘Flowers’ recreated on surfboard
  • Have a great weekend.

    an Van Huysum's 'Flowers' recreated on surfboard

    UNDO Laces

    So, did you know that a shoe creates a lot of environmental damage? Raw materials plus an intense manufacturing process means that those things we wear on our feet have a big carbon footprint (typical shoe = 30 pounds of CO2). Alarming, isn’t it?

    UNDO Laces aims to offset that carbon footprint by purchasing credits from a wind energy, solar energy or reforestation project on your behalf. You get a pair of UNDO Laces, too, of course. Mini magnets installed in each end of the shoelace makes them easy to change out for color matching (it also eliminates those bothersome plastic ends hitting your ankles when you walk. Am I the only one with that issue? Back the project on Kickstarter.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $11.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Polo Table Lamp

    An articulated task lamp is essential if you’re at your desk in the early morning or very late at night, though let’s hope you’re not working too hard. Check out the Polo Table Lamp, with its small footprint and long, skinny arms. Three joints allow for precise illumination and smooth movement, both a must when you’re in a work zone. A succinct shade takes up little visual space, allowing for a minimal vibe that fits your workspace perfectly.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $443.00
    Available from: Gessato

    Spoonless Container

    No spoon needed with this container. Just remove the cork lid from the small spout and pour. What will you store in it? Up to you, of course, but all sorts of things would work. Dry goods like loose leaf tea, rice, or sugar perhaps? Use it in the kitchen for oft-used ingredients or on the table for serving. In either case, the containers are pretty enough to be left out for all to see.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00 -69.00
    Available from: Leibel

    Circus Pouf by Normann Copenhagen

    The Circus Pouf by Normann Copenhagen is so fun I can hardly resist adding one or two somewhere in my living room. Plus, it’s now available in velour, and, just in case you were wondering, yes, that does increase its appeal. It’s so round and friendly- I bet we’d all sit back and put up our feet more often if this little guy was around. Use it as a footrest, a coffee table, or an extra seat when guests drop by. It won’t lose its shape either- two different types of foam ensures softness on the upper and firmness on the bottom.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $355.55 +
    Available from: Normann Copenhagen

    Flotiform Jewelry Stand

    Is it some sort of wire sculpture? I suppose you could treat it as such, but it’s actually meant to organize and display your jewelry. A waxed wooden base holds an oddly shaped steel wire that has plenty of room to hang necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Keep your favorites out where you can see them, and you’ll be able to enjoy them twice as much.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $42.00
    Available from: Dwell