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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)


Houston Flood

No posts today, as it seems in bad taste to talk about stuff to admire and/or buy when Houston is flooding. Sorry. If you’re in Houston, stay safe. If you’re not in Houston, maybe take a moment to be thankful you’re not dealing with flooded roads/businesses/homes, power outages, and possible drinking water shortages. Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams).

Friday Links

Fernando Abellanas hangs secret studio under a bridge in Valencia


– More cards: “You are better than unicorns and sparkles combined” Card Set, assorted and The SUBtext Collection Mixed Set

Pocket Synthesizer Factory

Pocket Synthesizer Factory

Louie is a glass baseball bat, “a contemporary take on a weapon for self defense.”

– Oooo, I want: Meet Singularity Black, the Blackest Paint on the Market. And you can buy it from NanoLab: Singularity Black Paint

World Traveler’s Cork Globe

The SHED Project offers micro-homes inside vacant London properties

Have fun this weekend.

The SHED Project micro homes

Tier Side Table

Take a look at the legs of this table; see how they are on the sides rather than the corners? This cantilevered effect appears to give you a little more available surface area, or at least a more interesting appearance. There’s a matching Coffee Table too, but it deserves its own post next week.

Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Available from: Umbra Shift

Rhodes Desk Organizer

How about a heavy, expensive bar of brass to organize your pens, pencils, and paperwork? A wide slot accommodates a mobile phone while the narrower channels will fit all sorts of notes, cards and lists. Use it as a storage spot for just the essentials or stuff it full with all the papers floating around your desk. You’ll at least look a little organized.

Purchase Information:

Price: $198.00
Available from: Jayson Home

Arch Table Lamp

How pretty is this Arch Table Lamp? A tripartite, powder-coated steel base is paired with circular panels of glass to create an elegant form that displays a subtle light. Touches of brass joinery and a dimmer switch make the lamp suitable for more polished, elevated interiors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $~806.00
Available from: Douglas and Bec

Bend’s Modular Art Piece

Here’s another fun art option that leans a little more towards sculpture. Made with Bend’s signature metal wire, the pieces are modular to allow for customization. Sold in sets of 2, in either curved or straight pieces, you’re able to arrange the pieces however you wish, in whatever size you’d like. Make the most impact by choosing several straight and curved sets in your favorite color, then have fun figuring out the best look for your wall.

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: Bend Goods

Moss Sanctuary

Sure, Botanica offers smaller Moss Sanctuaries, but it’s the medium size that may fit your favorite plant best. With a marble base and polycarbonate top, it’s a nicer planter than you’ll find at any garden supply shop (correct me if I’m wrong). Their Sanctuary-S “mini-mossarium” is worth a look, as it easily fit on a desk and features a teardrop top to direct water back onto the foliage.

Purchase Information:

Price: AUD35.50 - 129.00
Available from: The Minimalist

Catherine McDonald California Coast Tapestry

Okay, so maybe this is leaning a little too far into dorm room decor for some of us, but can you see the potential? It’s a really large print of the California coast on fabric. Maybe you hang it on the wall, or maybe you throw it over the back of an unsightly sofa until you get around to recovering it. You could even stretch it over a frame for a slicker art look. Know what I mean? Possibilities…

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Available from: Spring

Lisboa Cork Stool

Short on seating? This guy is a smart buy that won’t break the bank. In comparison, just take a look at the Vitra Cork Stools, which I’ve always liked, priced at $490 each. And can we talk about how cork is such great material? It’s sustainable and it has a great texture that adds warmth and interest to any space.

Purchase Information:

Price: $208.00
Available from: Luminaire

Round Moon Phases Beach Towel

Did you see the eclipse yesterday? That event is the only reason why a round, fringed beach towel is featured today. You’ll most likely never see the likes of it again*; let’s hope that’s not the case of other notable astronomical events.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Spring

Offset Coffee Table and Stool

Fair warning, the price of this table may be too good to be true, as it’s the same price as the stool. Nevertheless, take a look at the three skewed, off-kilter legs; aren’t they fun? They’re just a bit off-center, which gives a playful feel to the heavy, solid form.

Purchase Information:

Price: $425.00
Available from: A+R Store

Daily, Weekly, Desk Notepads

Need a little help planning out your week? These little notepads might just do the trick, as they’re small enough to fit on your desk yet big enough to keep track of what’s happening when. Get the Weekly Keyboard Pad ($9) and the Daily Desk Pad ($14) for day/time keeping, and the Cylinder Keyboard Pad (12) and/or the Box Desk Pad ($18) for jotting down notes. Coordinate them all in your favorite shade or opt for a rainbow mix.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.00 - 18.00
Available from: Poketo

Friday Links

– “Resistance Dashboard is a visual advocacy platform that serves to bring focus to the fights ahead.”

– “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” –Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom. Tweeted by Barack Obama in response to the Charlottesville events.

Perpetuum Calendar

Yoga By Numbers

“Substances don’t have to be a liquid or a gas to behave like a fluid.”

– “Heirloom-quality” Cornhole Board: Compact Cornhole Board “Madison”

– Fun Studio ‘N The Round Marbled Pillows

– Pretty Metalla Wast Can Rainbow

Dog Beach Towel x David Shrigley

– Say goodbye to the summer by floating on a Swan Pool Float by David Shrigley in the pool.

Try to have a fun and/or productive weekend.

Swan Pool Float by David Shrigley

Platinum Scratch World Map

The Scratch Map has been around for a while (2011 was our first glimpse), but did you know there’s a Platinum version that might be a little easier to fit into your home’s color scheme? You know how it works- you simply scratch off the top layer to reveal the colorful map below. It’s a fun way to keep track of the different places you’ve been to around the world, or to plan out the places you’d like to go.

Purchase Information:

Price: $37.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Cocentric Flush Dome

Prepare yourself, for this dome lighting fixture isn’t what most of us would call affordable. However, it is handcrafted on a lathe (take note of the perfect concentric grooves) and is available in several different American hardwoods. Plus, it can either be positioned on the wall or the ceiling, so you’re not locked in to just one location.

Purchase Information:

Price: $900.00
Available from: Allied Maker