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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)



And you thought the soccer ball was just a soccer ball. Well, thanks to the company Uncharted Play it can be much, much more. The SOCCKET is soccer ball that harnesses and stores energy. Thanks to a pendulum-like mechanism inside the SOCCKET, a mere 30 minutes of play can generate a simple LED lamp for 3 hours. Innovative idea, isn’t it? An off-grid power source is obviously needed in many areas of the world, and by pledging $99 or more, you’ll help get more of these where they need to be- and you’ll receive your very own SOCCKET (with LED Lamp) to use. Spread the word.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Farm Messenger Bag

Still looking for a decent messenger bag? A bit picky, aren’t we now? That’s okay, because you should be when it comes to the bag you carry around most everyday. This flap front, messenger style bag is made of heavy cotton duck and natural HF leather for a utilitarian look, feel, and function. Two large compartments and two smaller pockets keep things partitioned on the inside with a snap front closure to keep your belongings secured. And, if you’d rather rock a different style bag with the same sort of look, MAKR has a ruck sack, tote, and satchel as well.


Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Available from: MAKR

Bauhaus Airvases

At first glance, these Airvases by Torafu Architects seem too light and, well, airy, to pay much attention to, but then the ‘Bauhaus’ title piques one’s interest. Rather bold designs appear on these flexible and lightweight paper vases when seen from different angles, giving an interesting play of postitive/negative space. The set of three airvases arrive flat and ready for sculpting.

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: upon a fold

Grip LED Flashlight

Why not employ the same grips of the BMX bicycle to a flashlight? You don’t want to drop it on your toes, after all, especially not in a dark, potentially scary room when there’s no electricity. It’s a practical, tactile solution to sweaty palms.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: neo-utility

Plateau PÖL

Don’t say you don’t need a desktop organizer because you’ll just sound all put together and organized. These trays by Caroline Gomez offer two ways to give order to chaos: the plateau is a simple surface with two compartments for small accessories and the tablette tray offers rails to hold cards, photographs and notes.

Purchase Information:

Price: €35.00
Available from: Orphan Socks


Faceted boulders! Low-res rocks! Talk about a great addition to a landscape, or as a sort of objet d′art (air quotes) in an empty corner of a room. There’s not a lot of info, but really, what do you need to know other than they’re made from steel? Update: No longer available through original link (Etsy), but good news, now available directly from the designer/maker, Wyatt Studio.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,500.00
Available from: Wyatt Studio

Source: Svpply

Friday Links

  • SOCCKET: The Energy-Harnessing Soccer Ball (via fastcoexist)
  • The 10 year hoodie (via kottke)
  • Comparing Couches
  • Hand-cut newspaper by Donna Ruff
  • Basalt Formations
  • Pictures of hipsters taking pictures of food
  • Interview Tips for when someone asks, “What questions do you have for us?”
  • 20 fun facts about the human body
  • Have a nice weekend!

    Gomitolo Knit Clock

    Hmm, here’s something interesting. For once, a product posted years ago (2008) has actually gone down in price, from $575 to $325. And yes, your eyes are correct, the Gomitolo clock has a soft ecru knit cotton cover: a sweater, if you will, for your time keeping device. The cover can be removed and washed as needed.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $325.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Zatista: 10% off

    Remember Zatista, one of our sponsors last month? If you didn’t get a chance to peruse the many original art pieces they have on offer, now’s your chance, because they’re offering 10% off of any purchase using the code ‘Art4BLTD‘. Be sure to try out their Art Explorer too- it suggests more art based on your selections.

    More information:

    View Zatista: 10% off here

    Citrus Zinger Water Bottle

    If you prefer a little lemon or lime in your water, then you need to sit up and pay attention. The Citrus Zinger has a citrus press built into its bottom side, making it easy to extract juice from fruits and infuse them directly into your water bottle. No extra implements- just the bottle- for your preferred level of lemony (or limey?) water.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00
    Available from: Flight 001

    SwingLab Modular Swing

    It’s about time that a modern version of the porch swing comes along, especially as winter is winding up and spring is on its way. This swing has a no-nonsense steel frame with cypress wood seats and two moveable backrests that allow multiple seating options (see SwingLab’s gallery for more pics). Pretty tempting if you’ve a porch that needs a novel seating solution, or, if you’re a bit more daring, hang it indoors for a different take on the chaise longue.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $750.00
    Available from: SwingLab


    These handy coat hooks have pins at the top to hold mail, photos, or notes. As a bonus, each hook also has super strong magnets so you can attach them to any metal surface (the fridge perhaps?) for catching miscellany.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £12.00
    Available from: Thabto

    Dash 4-in-1 Measuring Spoon

    Instead of fumbling around for that one right measuring spoon, simplify things with this 4-in-1 spoon by Jordan Murphy. It efficiently combines all “spoon keys” in one unified body, making it a space-saving tool that’s quick and easy to clean. Available in smoke, avocado, and red.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $8.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Drum Poufs

    Poufs with trays! That’s just what we never knew we needed. Without the tray, it serves as an excellent spot for resting your feet and/or extra seating, and with the tray, it’s a functional side table or an impromptu in-front-of-the-tv dining surface. Keep in mind that the trays are sold separately and can be used anywhere as well- so don’t be afraid to pull it into the dining room if you need a big tray to shuttle things back and forth from the kitchen. Available in High or Wide.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $275.00 - 509.00
    Available from: DWR

    MaKey MaKey

    Use fruit for your keyboard! Tech-smart or not, there’s fun to be had with this simple circuit board kit. Turn almost anything into touchpads/keyboard/controller by attaching the included alligator clips, then connect to circuit board and computer. Think of it as an invention kit- might be a good way to familiarize yourself or others with electronics. See the video to see how it all works- and what possibilities await you.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $50.00
    Available from: Uncommon Goods