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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)


Miller Planisphere

Most of us can recognize the major constellations (Orion, the Big Dipper, etc.) but if we arm ourselves with the flat, plastic disc of the Miller Planisphere, we’ll be able to potentially learn and locate all of them. First, find your latitudinal position (map also available via retailer), then order the correct wheel. Once you have it in your hands, spin the wheel to pick the right date and time, and you’ll see all the constellations, stars, and planets above you, simple as that.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Shoester Closet Organizer

Some people are fortunate enough to have custom cabinetry perfectly fitted to their wardrobes, and some people have a mess of shoes at the bottom of their small closets. If you belong to the latter group, you might consider this shoe shelf, especially if you want something quick and easy (as in, no tools required). It hangs from the existing closet rod and can be adjusted to fit under shorter jackets and shirts or longer hanging items like dresses, winter coats and more.


Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Umbra

Friday Links

  • Bio-wool hard shell luggage made from recycled carpets
  • A few good loft spaces over on Architizer
  • It’s only a matter of time before you send one of these GIF ecards. Via @netted
  • Cat teaches baby how to walk (or, rather, to hold on to a cruiser)
  • So much fashion at fashion week.
  • And, to you London peeps, have fun next week.
  • Documentary: Herb & Dorothy.
  • Blobfish wins ugliest animal vote. (And it doesn’t like the look of you either.)
    That’s all for this week. Enjoy the weekend!

    Mirror #180

    Need a mirror? Consider this one with two mirror halves spliced and bent to give you different perspectives. There are three positions to consider, so you’ll have fun figuring out which angle catches the best light or spot in the room. Could be a clever choice for a powder room or other small spaces.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €195.00
    Available from: halb/halb

    Oven Mitt (Bubble)

    Your guest(s) peering into the kitchen: “Uh, why do you have a big oven mitt made of bubble wrap? You know plastic melts, right?” You: “Yes, I do know, but this is a magic bubble wrap oven mitt.” It’s always best to answer questions this way, as you’ll appear enigmatic, if you aren’t already. Made of durable, heat-resistant silicone, this oven mitt has a secure and flexible grip.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Covered Copper Bird Feeder

    If you like the birds in your backyard/neighborhood, you’ll want to consider giving them a proper feeder that doesn’t offend your oh-so-picky-aesthetic. This feeder could be a contender: it’s handmade from solid 16 ounce, unfinished copper by a Swiss-trained metal craftsman and features a sculptural, twisting top that protects birds and seeds. Meant for smaller sized birds like chickadees and sparrows, it can hold all manner of feed so you can customize your own mix. If you prefer something less curvy in terms of design, take a look at the Flythrough Copper Bird Feeder for $79.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $74.95
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

    Wally Case

    When I don’t want to carry a wallet or bag, I use a rubber band to hold a couple of credit cards to my phone. And, yes, I often wonder when that method will fail, because, let’s face it, a rubber band isn’t the most reliable in terms of security/longevity.

    So am I interested in the Wally Case from Distil Union, which secures one’s cards to the iPhone via a snap-on hardshell case with a pull-tab action slim pocket? You betcha. However, don’t go thinking you can carry all your cards; it’s recommended that you keep it down to 3 cards plus a folded bill (or two). Back the campaign on Kickstarter for $40 or more to receive a case for your very own.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Pasquier Tea Towel Sets

    Don’t be boring when it comes to your tea towels- have a little fun and pick some with a pop of color and/or pattern. These two sets have playful, strong designs that typify the work of Nathalie Du Pasquier, and either would make an excellent housewarming or host/hostess gift.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00
    Available from: Artware Editions

    Heartwork Media Credenza with Legs

    Here’s a media credenza that happily fits the bill of a not-so-big budget with an uncompromising I-refuse-to-buy-anything-else-from-Ikea ideology. There’s a full-length adjustable shelf and it has cord management holes inside and through to the bottom to allow the credenza to float within a room if desired.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $850.00
    Available from: Heartwork, Inc.


    I know you don’t need yet another thing to put in your wallet, but what if this extra thing could fit all sorts of handy tools like a bottle opener, ruler, spoke wrench, protractor, metric and standard ruler, metric wrenches, drill guides, and a 1/8″ hex drive, all in one slender credit-card-like shape? Maybe then you’d find some room? Laser cut and etched from 18 gauge stainless steel or titanium, the Ollie arms you with the tools to do all sorts of everyday odd jobs. Back the project for $25 for the stainless steel version, or $35 for the titanium.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00 - 35.00
    Available from: Dragon Innovation

    Howard Stool

    Guess what my favorite barstool is lately? Yep, it’s this guy, mostly because it takes up a minimal amount of visual space and still has a fair bit of personality. “The Howard” is an all-weather, stackable barstool available in 3 heights and 9 different colors. It looks super sharp, as you can see, but you’ll also be glad to hear that its ergonomic shape will help your posture as well. Too good to be true? Not if your budget fits the price tag.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $455.00 - 495.00
    Available from: RADfurniture

    50% Table

    Pair this 3-part table to your Dowood Table Lamp and call it a day. Keep all parts together for a full 50%, or split them up to accommodate your guests’ drinks. Oh, and each table part is stackable if you’d rather save space than have the full spread. Available in yellow or white.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $390.00
    Availability: Buy 50% Table here

    Faraday Tote

    A tote that transitions into a messenger bag sounds like a winner. Made from waxed canvas and vegetable tanned leather, Modern Industry’s Faraday Tote will hold all manner of your gear thanks to its generous proportions. The messenger strap stows away when not in use, and in either formats a 15″ laptop easily fits. There looks to be a limited number in each color available, so don’t dawdle around.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $325.00
    Available from: Modern Industry

    Dowood Table Lamp Collection

    A little geometry with a little color won’t do your home any harm, and, in fact, one of these lamps by new French house Colonel might just do it some good. The petite size will fit into any dark and dreary corner and give off a nice, warm glow. The shade is made of thin sycamore hand-painted with various colors and sits upon a diagonal steel wire base.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $195.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Shell Chair, Maharam Fabric

    Whoa, Wegner’s Shell Chair with Maharam fabric? Let’s just adjust to this slowly and give our brains time to absorb something as sacrosanct as the Shell with something as bright and colorful as the Maharam options. I think we approve- and by ‘we’ I mean you and I and not the royal ‘we’- don’t we?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,695.00 - 3,980.00
    Available from: DWR