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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)


Pinch Spice Containers

These small wood vessels are intended for tabletop use, as their lids are carved to allow for a small sampling of spices. Their sides are also cut at an angle so that you may place them either at a vertical or horizontal position. Considering their size and placement option, I bet you could also find a use for them in the office or bathroom, for paperclips or bath salts perhaps?

Purchase Information:

Price: $62.00 - 68.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Link

Hey, we’re out of the office today, so you just get one link. That means you have less to click through and more time to look out the window while you wait for your Friday workday to end.

-Cartographic drawings by Tiffany Chung (shown above: DUBAI 2020, 2010) (via thinx)

As usual, enjoy your weekend!

Ito Bindery Memo Block

Well, here’s a paper pad that makes me wish I had more notes to take. Each Ito Bindery Memo Block contains 350 tear-off sheets, and, with three modular sizes to choose from, you can combine or stack them as you wish. A recycled paperboard base gives stability and weight.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00 +
Available from: Ode to Things

Tubelor Grande Trash Bin

Why, yes, we have featured the Tubelor Grande Trash Bin before (back in 2013). But the Rosewood version is new, and can we just take a moment to appreciate how pretty it is? A pretty trash can- you certainly don’t see one of those everyday. The design of the bin is made up of two parts: a decorative outer lid and the inner liner which holds the plastic bag. The result is a clean, streamlined look that would fit well within any room.

Purchase Information:

Price: $53.00
Available from: Luminaire

Sempli’s Incanter

Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll need cold drinks in good supply. Sempli’s Incanter looks sort of fun, if you can get past the tipsiness that you might feel watching it spin around. Maybe you’ll put fruits in the borosilicate glass infuser and then pour in a liquor, but I’d opt for water or lemonade because I’m not a boozehound (like you). There is something nice about the vessel doing the mixing for you, and it’ll look oh-so-pretty on your table.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: A+R Store

Standard Magnets

Small, turned, wooden magnets will only enhance those papers, notes, and tear-outs that create that elegant web of ideas you have, thus allowing that brain of yours to settle upon brilliant results previously unknown. These Standard Magnets are available from Fort Standard in a set of six and feature very strong rare-earth magnets, so they’ll hold up all manner of things (keys, perhaps?) with no problem.

Purchase Information:

Price: $77.00
Available from: Ford Standard

Chikuno Cube House

The above photo initially baffled me, as I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at. The honeycomb structure is what caused the confusion, as the Chikuno Cube is normally shown as a black, charcoal cube, and its honeycomb composition is not usually highlighted. If you’re not familiar, the Chikuno Cube is made of activated bamboo charcoal and clay. The cube absorbs odors thanks to its tiny air pockets. To “recharge” the cube, just set it in direct sunlight for a few hours. The simple wood base gives the cube a home, allowing it to make sense amongst your other special things in your closet or bathroom. And, yes, $68 is quite a bit of money to spend on a air freshener, but I’d argue it’s a much better alternative (both in function and in the looks department) to some of your other choices*.

Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: Bigelow Chemists

Paper Lamp

Here’s a nice lamp with a very affordable price tag. Inspired by origami, this lamp is constructed without any screws or glue. It’s held together simply by its interlocking structure. Using minimal materials allows for a simple beauty that is also environmentally friendly- no small feat in this day and age, don’t you think?

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Price: $119.00
Available from: Milk Design Shop

Jeeves Valet

I’m sure we could play a quick guessing game as to what the above item might be, but let’s jump to its purpose: it’s a valet. A clothes valet, in case you are unaware, is usually a waist-high wooden stand of questionable aesthetic value that provides a hanging spot for oft-worn items that are wrinkle prone, like a favorite suit jacket.

Purchase Information:

Price: $555.00 - 1,452.00
Available from: MATTER

Anodised Side Table by Max Lamb

Reduce a side table down to its essentials, and you’d get something similar to the Anodised Side Table by Max Lamb. Made with three sheets of aluminium plate (or aluminum, if you prefer) locked together with four countersunk socket bolts, the low table is left unfinished to highlight the material’s “inherent beauty”. There’s a larger Anodised Coffee Table as well as a wonderful Cobalt and Gold color.

Purchase Information:

Price: £876
Available from: Deadgood

Third Eye Vessel

I could have sworn we’ve featured the Third Eye Vessel by Chen Chen & Kai Williams before, but apparently I’ve been lusting after it for so long that its image is permanently embedded in my brain. It’s a vessel for holding books and magazines, and it keeps objects stacked at right angles, so you can easily see the spines. You may think it’s ridiculous to pay so much for such a thing, and the opinion that it looks regal and modern and somehow archetypal in its three-legged stance may not sway you into accepting the price tag. However, I’m fast becoming convinced that it may be something worth saving up for… what do you think?

Purchase Information:

Price: $440.00 - 1,300.00
Available from: Chen Chen & Kai Williams

Capello Lamp

Let’s just get this straight: this lamp is $260*. Compared to the Love Letter Light (also by molo), which ran around the $400 mark, that’s a bargain. Now, consider its marble base, which is actually a byproduct from the base for the Arco floor lamp designed by the Castiglioni brothers. Next, the little paper cap (“cappello” in Italian) is attached to the steel wire with a simple magnetic connection, which allows you to slide and tilt it into any position. Do you remember that it costs $260*? Such a nice price for a lovely little lamp. And, if you like, you can remove the steel wire and paper cap to move the light to other places, say, a wine bottle or a small hole drilled into a wood surface. More shots below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Available from: molostore

Friday Links

– Go see Black & White, Twelve Quilts if you’re in NYC this weekend

– Parents, let your kids plan your family vacations

Lazy People Unite: The Ten-Minute Workout Works

Japanese Lego Master Builds Delicious-Looking Creations From Blocks

Your Old Cell-Phone Batteries Could Power Solar Lamps For 3 Years

– Has your email been hacked? Check (via Popular Science)

Enjoy your weekend.

Nello Bike Bell

How about a bike bell that looks like a clown’s nose? It packs 80 decibels of three sound variations, so it will give plenty of oomph when you need to alert someone of your presence. Fasten it magnetically to your handlebar when you’re riding and pop it off and put it in your bag or pocket when you’re on foot.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Open and Closed Helix Keyring

I’ve got a thing for simple keyrings, so of course these two Helix Keyrings by Craighill caught my eye. Choose between the open and the closed; both have one knurled side for adding or removing keys. As they say on their site, the keyrings would be “a daily, tiny joy.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Craighill