Articles Written by Katie


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)


Stitched Star Chart

What’s the best gift: a plane ticket to the Caribbean or a hand-stitched Star Chart showing the overhead sky for any date, time, and location? As if you even need to think twice about that answer. Possible jet lag. Sunburn. Getting your wallet stolen, plus that crappy hotel that looked nice on their website. Yeah, that all sounds like a barrel of laughs and lots of warm memories. The Star Chart will last decades, and shows the recipient that you remembered their birthday, anniversary, their first child, etc. You’ll win big points, trust me.

Purchase Information:

Price: $425.00
Available from: The Made Shop

Wine Preserver Bottle

I rarely open a bottle of wine without finishing it, but that’s because I’ve got someone with a hollow leg to share it with me. However, a nice bottle of wine sometimes deserves to be enjoyed over a few nights, and this Wine Preserver Bottle will provide an air tight seal to lock in flavors for up to a week.

After you pour in your wine, you drop the float on top to create the seal, thus protecting your precious wine from that pesky oxygen. And, when it’s time to pour the wine into your glass, remove the spill-proof lid, tip the bottle and the float automatically adjusts to the pouring angle.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Plunk Desk

Standing is better than sitting, blah, blah, blah… you’ve heard all about it, but you’re not about to change out your favorite desk for some kind of wonky contraption that screws up your whole nicely-designed-house/office vibe. Plus, you work from lots of different places, so it might not even make much of a difference anyways. Am I right?

Well, that’s just where the Plunk Desk fits in. It’s a portable, adjustable standing desk handcrafted from wood and aluminum, and, it fits into a custom bag for easy transport. Currently a Kickstarter project, you can pledge $395 to get the Plunk Desk at $100 off the retail price.

Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00
Available from: Kickstarter

DISH Plate Series

Just for fun, let’s take a look at the DISH Plate Series by the Patella Brothers. Each trompe l’oei design has a strange sort of narrative, and for that very reason I think most of us would vote to hang these plates on the wall as art rather than use them day in and day out. However, if you’d like your food to be presented alongside insects and other odd things, food-safe ink is used and each plate is dishwasher safe.

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Artware Editions

Savannah Project

I spy with my little eye two shipping containers. Can you see them? There are two, each one offset with the other with a raised ceiling area in between. It’s more proof that container building can be done well, and there’s no need to sacrifice spaciousness if you keep your roof situation creative. Take a look at the photo below to get an idea of the outside, or visit PSP for more images. The Savannah Project is by artist/architect/designer, Julio Garcia.

More information:

View Savannah Project here

Gregory Buntain Gift Ideas

The first of our holiday gift guides is shared by Gregory Buntain, Co-Founder & Design Director of Fort Standard. Since beginning in 2011, Fort Standard has launched their own line of furniture, home goods and a women’s jewelry brand called Clermont. FS also designs for other brands and manufacturers such as lighting for Roll & Hill, bone china for 1882 and home goods for SCP and Areaware. Below you’ll find a few items Gregory would like to receive this year, plus a couple of items from Fort Standard that he’d recommend giving…

1. Shade Cap, $26.00

2. Timeless Horn Sunglasses, € 134

3. Standing Bowl, $84.00

4. Crest Bottle Opener, $60.00

5. Crewneck, $92.00

Gregory Buntain Gift Ideas

6. Farm Ruck Sack, $165.00

7. Pen Pot, $80.00

8. The Napsack, $130.00

9. Stutterheim Raincoat, $368.00

Thank you Gregory for sharing your list!


008 Atlantico Low Chest

Here’s another piece to add to your ‘when-I-have-an-extra-$4500-to-spend’ list. This chest from Atlantico (aka De La Espada) smacks of high quality, from the solid planks of wood that make its top, base, panels, and sides all the way down to its lovely slender legs. Mortise and tenon joints plus dovetail joinery tick off two other quality points, and rest assured that attention to detail means seamless connections. Choose between American Black Walnut or American White Oak.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4,555.00
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Lichtbloem DIY Light

A small, LED light that you put together yourself is just what you need to bolster your construction confidence. A ping pong ball, optical fibers, a battery, and clothespin all come in this Lichtbloem DIY kit, and after a few minutes of assembly, this little light of yours will shine for all to see. Should you feel the need to brag about making it yourself, do limit your chest puffing to those who aren’t particularly handy, as it’s really easy to assemble.

Purchase Information:

Price: $27.50
Available from: coens

Source: moddea

Frame Drawing Pad

A quick framing job is just what your drawings need, because, let’s face it, you’re not a famous artist (yet). I’d suggest scattering a few of these around the house for friends and family to play Picasso and possibly leave you some excellent little cartoons that you’ll cherish for years… or throw away as soon as they leave the room, it’s up to you.

Purchase Information:

Price: £9.25 - 12.95
Available from: Theo

Rocket Stool

The well known Eero Aarnio designed this three-legged stool in 1995, and, as you can tell, it hints at his other work with its rounded (“plump“) seat and legs. Interestingly enough, the Rocket was originally designed for Eero Aarnio’s own kitchen, though it’d do just as well in other rooms. The solid wood stool is available in oak wood painted white, black or soaped, and in two different sizes, Rocket Stool ($435) and Baby Rocket ($300).

Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00 - 435.00
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Monocle by Native Union

This looks like one half of a pair of headphones, doesn’t it? It appears to be so at first glance, though after further inspection, you’ll find a few bells and whistles to enhance its appeal. It’s a speaker, handset, and speakerphone. Listen to music while on the go and receive calls without digging around in your bag for your phone. You can even daisy-chain up to 10 Monocles together to create a surround-sound experience.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99 - 59.99
Available from: Native Union

Concertina Wood Trivet

Trivets aren’t necessarily exciting, are they? Charged with the task of protecting our tabletops, they’re meant to be covered up with pots and dishes with little thought to their aesthetic value. However, this walnut trivet does a neat trick of extending from a small area to a rather long length, allowing it to fit your feast from one dish to several. It looks like a stack of chopsticks when closed, which is exactly what I thought it was when I saw it in person.

Designed by Sabine Meyer with SidebySide, a studio partnered with Wendelstein Werkstätten, a workshop for the handicapped.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: A+R Store

Friday Links

  • Kickstarter: The Corder
  • Also Kickstarter: The Carpenter Collection All-Natural Wood Watch & Soft Strap
  • Just in case you need it: How to Erase Yourself From the Internet
  • Peter Buechler (via my amp goest to 11)
  • “Social connections are as important to our survival and flourishing as the need for food, safety, and shelter.” Social Connection Makes a Better Brain (via We Are Star Stuff)
  • Aluminum Wire Sculptures by Seung Mo Park
  • A Camera Drama. Workshop with Roel Wouters
  • Nothing scary about this, just an interesting point: How Your Airbnb Host Can Use Nest For Surveillance
  • See How Smoking Will Ruin Your Face
    Get ready, it’s November and that means we’ll be featuring a few new gift lists starting next week! Holiday shopping season is (almost) here. Enjoy your weekend.

    Simple Machines Round Table

    Just as they announced in a previous edition of their magazine, Dwell now has an online store. Now I shall go find my wallet, because I need to hide it and then hit myself over the head in hopes of memory loss. This Simple Machines Round Table stood out on first perusal, as the legs appear to screw into the top and has a clean, simple appearance. The companion Square Table, Stool, and Bench are equally compelling.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,790.00
    Available from: Dwell


    Oh, those pesky cords, sometimes you just want to throw them in the garbage bin. Well, now you can, except it’s not garbage bin, but a CableBin. Huh? It’s the CableBin, a cylindrical bin that’s meant to be home to all your cable clutter underneath your desk. Cables and hubs may be attached to the sidewalls via adhesive components, allowing all the blinking mess to be tidied away. The top tray/lid has cable access so you can easily charge your devices. Available at Bluelounge, $89.95.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $89.95
    Available from: Bluelounge