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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)


Waka Waka Cutting Boards

I know just what you need: a couple of odd-shaped cutting boards. Right? They’ll be just the thing to add a little interest to your charcuterie and cheese spread, and they won’t hurt your wallet either. Choose between boards shaped like thought bubbles and baguettes, or a triangle and mirror-shape. Plus, just say ‘Waka Waka’ outloud- it’s Fozzie Bear!

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00 +
Available from: IKO IKO

Magnetic Mirror Shelf

Who needs a small-ish magnetic mirror with a shelf? Because this one is the bee’s knees, as the saying goes. Set your phone, sunglasses and keys on the shelf in an entryway or office for safekeeping, or even hang it in the bathroom to have a handy spot for toiletries. The magnetic backing (plus two included magnets) offers you all the more storage- be sure to utilize that feature by posting reminders, notes, or special keepsake photos out where you’ll see them everyday.


Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Tech Dopp Kit

So many cords and chargers, what’s a person to do? Well, you could swear off gadgets, maybe go off the grid permanently, or you could get something like this Tech Dopp Kit from This is Ground. The zip-up organizer offers plenty of spots to keep your cords and adapters strapped down and tidy, so you can easily grab whichever one you need without untangling it from all the others while shouting out profanities. An internal zipped pouch keeps smaller items separate. The larger grande size has room for headphones, while the regular size will keep your basic essentials.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00 - 199.00
Available from: This is Ground

Solitaire Cards

Look a little closer at these cards and you’ll see Susan Kare’s original artwork for the Windows 3.0 Solitaire game. Did you know that the original Solitaire computer game is now 25 years old? Sheesh. So, you can now celebrate the computer game’s anniversary by playing with physical cards that look like the computer version. Kind of fun, huh?

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

House 1101 in Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain

– Brain: Discover The Backwards Brain Bicycle

A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross

– Video: Using leftovers to save the planet – Model Citizens

– Kickstarter: Uprite Ergo Sit2Stand Height Adjustable Workstation

Astronauts Will Test a New Way to Recycle Urine and Sweat into Drinking Water (via unconsumption)

– Video: People Of All Ages Give Life Advice To Their Younger Counterparts

– Keep your extra credit, business, and gift cards in this: Mini Card Book

Enjoy your weekend.

Mini Card Book

Standing Lamp by Muller Van Severen

Let’s finish off the week with something whimsical. Perhaps you don’t have the room (or the budget) for a Duo Seat + Lamp by Muller Van Severen, but maybe a Standing Lamp could slot in beside your sofa and/or favorite reading chair. No? Oh well, at least we can admire the very thin curve arc propped up by two spindly legs in blue, yellow, gray or black. There’s a lot of personality in such a spare form, don’t you think?


Purchase Information:

Price: $2,200.00
Available from: Matter

Minimal Float Wall Desk

Are floating wall desks still a thing? If you think so, then this one will suit you just fine. Mount it to any wall for a multi-purpose workspace or landing pad. It’s especially suited for smaller spaces like bedrooms, as leg room isn’t an issue. Mount it at any height you want (standing maybe?), stick a laptop/monitor on it and voilà! you have a sleek little workstation that can hide your keyboard and papers away when you’re not using them. Choose between the Small (36″w) or Large (51″w) depending on your needs. Maybe it could even go in a large hallway as a floating console for keys and mail and such?

Purchase Information:

Price: $649.00-799.00
Available from: 2modern

Trapecio Notebook, Color

Whaaat. A trapezoid notebook? Double pages unfold to a trapezium, all in a wonderful array of colors. Trapezoid, trapezium, it’s enough to make you wish you remembered geometry class. Will this odd shaped notebook make you more creative? Absolutely. There’s also a very nice monochrome Trapecio Notebook, but it’s sold out. Sad face.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Mr P Shop

Turning Table from Menu

Finally, a decent coffee table that will hide your junk. German designer Theresa Arns has thoughtfully allowed us a storage space for stashing remotes, magazines, chargers, and all that other miscellany that makes us look like slobs. The lid rotates open, giving you ample space to see and store living area stuff.

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.95
Available from: MENU

Trusco Tool Box TY-410-SV

Would you happen to need a small-ish Trusco Tool Box? Don’t worry, I’m not going to link you to a Craigslist ad, it’s just that this one is quite affordable and looks to be almost indestructible. It might be a good home for the odd medley of screwdrivers, hammers and nails you have yet to find a resting spot for, or, maybe it could even hold your sewing tools or drawing supplies? And, for an extra dose of cute (if a toolbox can be cute) is the smaller sized TY-320-SV ($45).

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Hand-Eye Supply

Stol Guitar Stand

I think I linked to this on a previous Friday Links list, but a few new product photos get it extra recognition. The Stol is a collapsible guitar stand that’s very easy on the eyes. It’s composed of two A-frame pieces that slot together to create a simple stand worthy of your best guitar. Knock the stand back down for flat storage, no tools necessary.

Purchase Information:

Price: $179.00
Available from: Hudson Valley Hard Goods

Bookends by DANIEL/EMMA

It’s next to impossible for me to pass up a pair of delightfully simple bookends, and, of course, these are by DANIEL/EMMA, so I really have no choice but to show them to you. Machined from a single block of granite, each bookend set will support the heaviest books in your collection, no doubt about it. What else to say? Choose the Jet Black, so you can sit back with a glass of your favorite beverage (whiskey from Japan?) and look very, very cool amongst your minimal, dark things. Bonus points if you choose to read something esoteric or existential (either will do) while occasionally glancing up to appreciate your smart abode.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Field

Frames 2.0 Grid Bookcase

This isn’t your normal bookcase, as it doesn’t have solid shelves. Instead it’s composed of 12 wooden frames, all open in the middle. Books may still be balanced over the frames, of course, but other possibilities arise when considering the use of the middle space; things like planters or containers can hang from the frames, thus enabling you to create a versatile bookcase or room divider. When packed, all the wooden frames fit together to create a long, flat, easy-to-ship box.

Purchase Information:

Price: €1495
Available from: Gerard de Hoop

Peek LED Table Lamp

The Peek LED Table Lamp is a cute little thing, isn’t it? It swivels 360° around its heavy metal base and has an adjustable shade for the right diffused-yet-direct light. Simply touch the tip of the stem to dim the light to your preferred brightness. Look closer and you’ll see that the base has a concave top that can hold smaller items like paperclips, jewelry, and coins. Could it be the perfect companion to your desktop or bedside table? I’d say so.

Purchase Information:

Price: $349.95
Available from: YLighting

The Bouclier Visor

Commuting or running errands on your bike is good for the environment and good for your health- except when all that time out in the sun results in your face soaking up dangerous UV rays. Protect your face with the Bouclier Visor. It fits onto your existing helmet with two peel-and-stick helmet mounts- super easy and detachable- and once on, you can pivot it up and down as needed. It shields your entire face from the sun, so there will be no need to reapply sunblock (or age prematurely). Back the project over at Kickstarter.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Kickstarter