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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)


Casey Dzierlenga Bar and Counter Stools

These may not be around forever at this price, and that’s more the reason to seriously consider them as an option for your bar or counter space. Casey Dzierlenga has quite a collection of heirloom pieces, and though these stools may not have the same pedigree as her locally sourced materials, they still possess the same thoughtful styling and classic design. Plus, we should all support stores that work with designers to create affordable options of their designs- soooo much better to see than the evil alternative of rip-offs. And, if you like these stools, do be sure to take a look at Dzierlenga’s Little Potat Thinking Stool– it’s a thing of beauty.

Purchase Information:

Price: $189.00 - 398.00
Available from: West Elm

Mesh Coffee Table

Sometimes you want a piece of furniture that strikes just the right note of quiet edginess. Restrained, yet still a little odd in some way. I’d say this Mesh Coffee Table by Bowles & Bowles hits just that note with its airy, steel wire mesh base. Paired with a smoked glass top that reflects light, it’s a great choice for smaller sitting areas, as it will help a room feel larger than it is.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,475.00
Available from: Horne

Friday Links

– 2,000 marbles make the music of the Wintergatan Marble Machine. Video below. (via Slate) (image via wired)

Anish Kapoor Gets Exclusive Rights to the World’s Darkest Material

3,900 Pages of Paul Klee’s Personal Notebooks Are Now Online

Infographic: Most Commonly Misused Design Terms And Their Accurate Usage

– “Simply stand near a wall and raise and bend one of your legs.” What exercises are best for improving balance?

The Rainbow Mountains Of China

The Sticker Project – stickers for your plugs

Calamityware bowls & small plates

– I could live here: Chisenhale Primary’s Playground

Enjoy the weekend!

Trigon Bulletin Board

Need a spot for notes, cards, and other pinnable stuff? How about a bulletin board with a good dose of geometric pattern? The metal overlay gives the board its design, setting it apart from other brown corkboards (yawn). Use pins or magnets to arrange and organize. Four different finish options available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Umbra

Fort Standard Copper Containers

Art object or useful hiding spot? Let’s say both. Not only will these highly polished spheres reflect their surroundings with 360 degree fish eye views, lending a coppery bright spot to any room, they’ll also keep a few precious bits and bobs safe and sound. Keep the finish polished and pristine or let it patina over time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00 - 150.00
Available from: Fort Standard

What is it?

Upon first glance, you’re unlikely to guess what this item is before you, as the pieces are in compacted form. However, here’s a hint: it’s a game and wristbands are optional.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Cactus Pillow

It’s a cactus pillow! Kikkerland adds to its collection of photo-realistic head pillows (see their Log Head Rest if you aren’t familiar) with this seemingly spikey option with a microbead fill and a breathable spandex cover. It isn’t the most luxurious of materials, but it will comfortably support your head, back, neck, or feet with a cheerful and slightly irreverent look.

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Another Country Dinnerware

If simple and spare dinnerware is your preference, you’re sure to like Another Country’s collection. Each piece of stoneware has exceptional strength and will fit in well with modern or more rustic/casual settings. The terracotta and black serving pieces are glazed only on their insides, which gives their exteriors a lovely matte finish.

Purchase Information:

Price: $17.00 - 125.00
Available from: Fitzsu

YOUMO Modular Power Strip

The YOUMO is such a simple solution to all our charging woes. It’s a modular power strip that you can customize depending on your needs. What do you get? Wireless charging, IoT capabilities, multi-USB ports, US and EU sockets all in one set, ready for you to arrange according to you preference. And, of course, there’s an app to receive power updates and suggestions for turning off certain lamps or gadgets that you’ve left on. Smart! Check out more features over at Kickstarter.

Purchase Information:

Price: €30.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Minimalist Folio, Extra Large

Yep, we’ve posted the Minimalist Folio before, but this one is Extra Large, and that means a 15″ laptop will fit perfectly. It’s made of polyurethane, which helps the price point quite a bit (and will make you happy if you’re not a big fan of leather) and closes with two simple peg-in-hole fastenings. Choose between Navy, Black, or Blush.

Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: Poketo

Tom Dixon Sale

While you may not be able to splurge on Tom Dixon’s Wingback Chair, you should be aware that all of Dixon’s goods are now on sale. Save 15% until March 15th and get free shipping (on most orders). What should you put your eyes on? The Arc Bottle Opener and Corkscrew, shown below, or maybe the Scent Water Diffuser? The Brew Coffee Set? The Cube Collection? So many choices!

Purchase Information:

Price: $4,590.00
Available from: YLiving

Arco Desk by Design House Stockholm

You’d best steer clear of the Arco Desk if you’re allergic to clutter. However, if you like to arrange things just so and have everything within view, then take a long look at this oak trestle desk with tempered glass top. The drawer is completely visible, so there’s no hiding any secretive snacks or less than desirable belongings.The drawer also opens from either side, so feel free to float it away from the walls.

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD572.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Collapsible Bucket

Never underestimate the need for a bucket. Whether it saves the day in the laundry, kitchen, bathroom, or garden, it’s one of the handiest things to have around. Now, add this one particular function to the ubiquitous bucket: collapsibility. Suddenly, it’s much easier to stash in the smallest of places, and have at hand whenever a need appears.

Purchase Information:

Price: $27.00 - 30.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

– This 88 sq ft tiny home used to be a laundry room. (via domino)

– Kickstarter: SANS Juice and Smoothie Preserving Travel Bottle

Grow a Bacterial Zoo in a Bottle

The Latest Generation Atlas Humanoid Robot Is Absolutely Incredible, and most people feel sorry for him (you’ll see why).

Which type of exercise is best for the brain?

PLOEG architecten’s Contemporary Barn

Hard Work Notebook by Hundred Million

Enjoy your weekend!

Hundred Million Hard Work Notebook

Buba Magnet Board

Magnetic bulletin boards aren’t new, as you can find them in any office supply store. However, a simple, sleek board that would work just as well in the kitchen or entryway is a little rarer to find. With an oblong shape and a white finish, the Buba accepts a variety of magnetized objects, most notably its companions the Mirror Magnet, the Vila Magnet (3D printed in the shape of a dragonfly) and the LaLa Magnet Vase.

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00+
Available from: Luminaire