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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)


1.5.1 Ray: Long and Large Board

With an angular profile and etched lines, this is one fancy serving board. ‘Fancy’ as in, really nice and impressive, and sure to raise your cheese and charcuterie spread to a higher level. Beveled edges give an easier grasp when picking up or setting down. Available in two sizes.

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Price: $160.00 - 170.00
Available from: OnOurTable

Desk Organiser by GoldenBiscotti

This little guy is just the thing to help keep you organized. Shipped flat in pieces, you assemble it into a little geometric landscape to keep papers and things upright where you can see them. Stash your favorite writing utensils towards the front for easy access. Choose between a grey/light pink and a grey/deep blue.

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Price: $51.27
Available from: GoldenBiscotti's Etsy Shop

Match a Pair of Birds: A Memory Game

Sharpen up that memory of yours while learning about the male and female pairs of 25 species of birds from around the world. This memory game has bird illustrations by Christine Berrie; get it as a gift for a bird lover or add it to your family’s board game stash. In any moment of boredom, pull the box out, scatter the cards upside down, and see who can remember and collect the most pairs. It’s an easy, simple game for all ages.

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Price: $14.00
Available from: Amazon

Recycled Glass Carafes & Tumblers

Make sure you stay hydrated by keeping a carafe and tumbler close by. Hmm, what’s that? You don’t own a nice carafe and tumbler? Well, it wouldn’t hurt if you added a set of these recycled glass carafes and tumblers to your belongings, as they’re eco-friendly and convenient. The tumbler stacks inside the mouth of the carafe- it acts as a lid and makes storage and transportation easy.

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Price: $9.00 -36.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Friday Links

Eyrie Houses / Cheshire Architects (via Remodelista)

Faye Toogood’s Bone Hardware

– Customizable neon letters and numbers– Fun!

– Yikes. We have passed Peak Fish.

– Remember the Ockham Razor? They now are offering a lighter travel version.

Eight reasons to be hopeful about the future of our food system

– Kinda cool: FurniQi – Wireless Charging Bamboo Side Table

– Book art by Guy Laramée

Stool Zero, “a series of recycled crown seating stools made from discarded plastic electrical housing and recycled fan covers.”

Have a great weekend!

Stool Zero by KaCaMa

Zorro Coffee Table

Pa-dow! If the sight of the Zorro Coffee Table doesn’t stun you with its circular (blue!) glass top, I don’t know what will. A minimalist Z structure supports the two overlapping tops, with reflections adding further depth to its shiny surfaces. Choose between the blue glass (above) or the black marble and smokey glass version (below).

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Price: $1,293.00
Available from: Matter

Bartending Glasses

Quick, what’s the recipe for a Mojito? How about a Bloody Mary? These Bartending Glasses by Hannah Rogge will come to your rescue- just add ingredients to match the lines on the side of the glass, and you’ll be set for cocktails. Sold as a set of 4, you’ll have up to 16 recipes (one on each side of each glass) spelled out for you. Easy, huh?

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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Helmet Bag

Well done, you, for using your bike as transportation. As a sort of present to yourself, you might consider adding this Helmet Bag to your wardrobe, as it can comfortably fit a helmet, or any other round-ish or odd-shaped item, along with your daily work papers and devices.

The front pleats are oh-so-smart as they allow for expansion- a smart detail that’s sure to come in handy. Let’s also mention that those pleats are entirely acceptable style-wise, unlike other pleats on some other garments (specifically, pleated khaki trousers- those are not, I repeat, NOT acceptable). Not a cyclist? Consider how your bento box or lunch pail might fit comfortably within this bag as well.

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Price: $72.00
Available from: MoMA Store

General Series by Good Thing NY

Don’t assign any piece of the General Series by Good Thing NY to just one function, as they’re meant to fulfill myriad needs around the home or office. A hard timber handle makes it easy to carry each bucket, bowl, or tray from one place to another, and the spun aluminum base/container should withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. Use them in the kitchen for serving food stuffs, in the office for corralling supplies, or in a living area or bedroom to catch various bits and bobs that need a home.

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Price: $44.00 - 54.00
Available from: Good Thing NY

Hex Three Piece Baking Dish Set

See this Hex Baking Dish Set? Your Thanksgiving spread would look a lot cooler with a few dishes baked in these babies. Best of all, they slide and stack together for various serving and storage arrangements, so you can play around with how you present different meals. Neat.

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Price: $395.00
Available from: Finell

Marta Tasting Glasses

While you may not be excited by a simple, short glass, you might like the fact that it’s available in a set of 8 for just under $10. Can you do any better than that, with a similar, fine-looking glass? If so, you need join the team here at BLTD, and I’m not kidding (finding nice stuff for cheap isn’t easy). There’s also a set of 8 Marta Double Old-Fashioned Glasses and Coolers, should you want to beef up your collection.

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Price: $9.95
Available from: CB2

Dock Tray

The designer of theSwing LED Table Lamp, Objekten, also offers this Dock Tray. Featuring a spot to store your cords and other small items underneath, your iPad can rest comfortably on its back or angled in the outer edge, horizontally or vertically. It’s a pretty perfect catch-all and device stand for a desk/worktop, don’t you think?

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Price: $110.00
Available from: Rypen

Tab Notebooks

Organize your projects, thoughts, recipes, dreams, or whatever else needs sorting with this set of 4 notebooks shaped with tabs. Nothing particularly fancy about tabs per se, yet when in a stack, labels are easily read and individual notebooks are easily found, meaning you’ll be a little more efficient than before. Inner tabs can also label further subcategories if needed.

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Price: $15.00/ set of 4
Available from: suckUK

Ikea’s Sinnerlig Collection

If you haven’t heard of Ilse Crawford’s collaboration with Ikea, you must have been hiding away under a rock. Now that you’ve crawled out to enjoy the sunshine, you’ll be happy to know that the Sinnerlig collection is finally making an appearance at some stores.

You’ll find tables and stools with cork tops on metal legs, woven baskets, bamboo lampshades, frosted table lamps, stoneware pitchers, pots, glass jars and bottles. It’s slightly overwhelming, but you’ll do fine. Just breathe slowly, stay calm, and take your pick. Personally, I couldn’t resist the coffee table in dark brown– $99, can you effing believe it?

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Price: $varies
Available from: IKEA

Ferm Living Plant Box

Ferm Living’s new Plant Box comes in such a nice array of colors- ochre, gray, black, and blue- that you’ll most likely be tempted to use them more for just plants. Books, perhaps? Some of those toys that your kids won’t put away? Or maybe a catchall in the entryway for bags and mail and such? Now, what color would be best… my pick would be the blue, I think.

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: clever spaces