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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)


Torch Lantern

Yep, it’s a flashlight and a camp lantern, but it would look just fine left out on your beside table. Not too bad, eh? The Torch Latern’s collapsible head lets it function as either a flashlight or a lantern. For a focused beam, keep it screwed tight, or unscrew the top to spread the light out in your tent or room. And, get this: it has a bottle opener (in its base, I think?). Also, check out the smaller Stashlight.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Izola

Hay Ash Wood Wall Hook

As you might have guessed, this Ash Wood Wall Hook is made from a steamed strip of solid ash wood. The two upward ends provide a resting place for all manner of accessories while the curved bow allows for a gentle hold of sweaters and coats without the bothersome indentation you’d get from other small hooks. It’s a smart choice for an entryway or bedroom, or wherever else you need a tiny bit of extra clothes storage.

Purchase Information:

Price: $105.00
Available from: Danish Design Store

All On Board

Now, isn’t this a convenient cutting board? Designer Alain Gilles’ All On Board is a wooden cutting board just like your others, yes, but it rests within a useful plastic scoop. This scoop slides along the board, allowing you to separate food from their scraps for easy disposal and move ingredients directly from board to pan. The funnel-shaped handle acts as a pouring vessel for juices or stocks- handy for those ‘au jus’ dishes, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $165.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Links

‘Future Flowers’ Blossom in a Digital Collaboration

Z Lok is back, with a combination

The Met Museum Releases 400k Free High-Res Images For Personal & Commercial Use

Magnetic Folding Moon

A helpful meditation exercise for use in public places

How many triangles?

Goodnight Light Cactus

Have a great weekend!


Okay, sign me up- it’s a Tic-Tac-Toe game and a trivet. Fun for your family and friends, and functional. The five Xs and five Os also can double as drink coasters. Three uses, all in one product- score!

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: MoMA Store


Umm, designer soap? Sure, if it’s pigment and fragrance free, why not? You’ll find four bars of glycerin soap molded together, to be broken apart for individual use. Plus, it’s “designed” by Jasper Morrison. Perhaps bookmark it for a discerning friend’s housewarming gift?

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: good thing

OMY Embroidered Bracelets

Fun! These embroidered bracelets from OMY are pure sartorial candy. Maybe your wrist needs a few of these to help brighten up your outfit for the day? Luckily, there’s several designs to choose from, so pick your favorites for a “sweet” stack.

Purchase Information:

Price: €26,67+
Available from: OMY

Superlight LED Table Lamp

Maybe there’s nothing particularly wrong with your current task light, but does it pivot smoothly? Does it offer a 0-100% light level adjustment with just one hand? The Superlight LED Table Lamp does both, thanks to its 3-axis range of motion and ergonomic light switch. Plus, a 90 degree lens rotation gets light exactly where you want it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $285.00
Available from: YLighting

Ridge Kitchen Set

What about buying something for tabletop for a change? The Ridge set somehow hits a new-yet-vintage vibe, and the hand blown pieces with their rippled surface is sure to be a hit when you’re proffering beverages. The collection is now back in stock, thankfully.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00 - 40.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

– Origami Oru Kayak: 2018 Coast XT

Neopenx – The Gliding Ruler that Marks

A comparison of the sizes of various microorganisms, cells, and viruses

Locavore Wheel

pom + tassel making kit

People in Japan Are Polishing Ordinary Aluminum Foil Balls Into Shiny Orbs

– The Nimble, a one-finger safety cutter, £7.99 (also available at The Grommet, $9.95)

Have a fun weekend.

Nimble Finger Cutting Tool

The Elko Knife

Look at this little knife. It’s perfectly suited for your keychain, so you’re never left without a knife/bottle opener/screwdriver/pry tool. And just look at the Black + Black color option; it’s super sleek. It’s packaged in a reuseable, resealable Loksak® waterproof bag, so you can keep it from damage by sand, snow, or water.

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: The James Brand

IKO IKO Hangers

Just what you didn’t know you needed: strange, minimal hangers for your clothes. Choose between a shirt/dress hanger, a pant hanger, a round towel hanger, or, hey, go all out and get all three. They’ll make your closet look a little more cool, that’s for sure.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00 - 50.00
Available from: IKO IKO

Double Up Case

Need a place to stash your favorite pens and pencils, your smaller toiletries, or your extra cash? Take a look at this vegan leather Double Up Case. It has two compartments; folded in half and snapped, it’ll keep your belongings secure in your drawer or bag.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Poketo

TUG Break-Away Connection

Tired of tripping over your laptop cord? Here’s an idea: put a break-away magnetic connection at the outlet point, so it instantly disconnects. It’ll also work for lamps, vacuums, etc., to save you from your clumsiness. The TUG also works as a quick switch (just tug the cord to turn off whatever is plugged in).

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: ILOVEHANDLES

Una Grill

It’s April, and that means you need to get yourself ready for outdoor grilling weather. Whether your usual fare is meats or veggies, know that the Una Grill is very convenient to cart around to the backyard, local park, or even your next camping trip. There’s two cooking heights for grilling, and it all nests down to a compact size for easy storage and transport.

Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: MoMA Store