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)


Scout Security System

Home security systems aren’t all that exciting- long term contracts usually dissuade renters and homeowners alike- but this one offers something new. You install it yourself. There’s no wires or technicians required, and you can take it with you if or when you move. There’s also no required monthly fees. Sounds pretty good, right?

There’s a base station, which works over WIFI and allows you to use the security system on your smartphone or computer, an arm/disarm panel to place on main doors, open/close sensors on any door or window you want monitored, and a motion sensor to cover other areas where open/close sensors might not work (glass breakage, for example). You pick and choose which ones you want, and how many. Read more about the software at Scout.

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Available from: Scout

Tatlin Color Magnets

This is getting filed under toys instead of desk accessories, as the fun potential is much higher than the somewhat boring/functional office usage. They’re simply a set of 288 cardboard magnets, to be placed on your magnetic board/wall or fridge, for making shapes, animals, landscapes or whatever else your imagination wants. Share them with the kids or keep them in your office space, up to you.

Purchase Information:

Price: £29.00
Available from: SCP

Public Art Tote

Are you though? Or do you only appear to be? Such questions, such statements. Designed and printed by Izabella Dennis for Fifi du Vie. (Sound familiar? You might recognize some of her work that’s recently been pinned/posted around your regular (internet) haunts: Adventurers and Good People Print .)

Screen printed using non-toxic ink on 100% cotton tote bag.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Fifi du Vie

RestartMilano Lamps

I hesitate to use the word ‘dainty’ to describe these lamps from RestartMilano, mostly because it brings to mind doilies and frail flowers. With their sleek swivel arms and warm brass finish, these lamps are just the opposite, yet the thin silhouette allows for a light (as in, not heavy) touch in any interior, allowing other elements to take center stage. Three versions available: Long Wall Lamp, Short Wall Lamp, and Table Lamp.


Purchase Information:

Price: $550.00 and up
Available from: Merchant No. 4

T-frame T-shirt Display

Now, some might say that framing a favorite t-shirt is for a 20-something’s decor, but we’ll politely ignore them and carefully put ours behind this frame from Umbra. Never say donate! (Never say donate to the one (or two) worn out shirts that are worth keeping, that is, but donate the heck out of the clothes you don’t wear.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Umbra


And just when you thought you were too old to enjoy the outdoors, Stick-lets comes along. Sure, they’re meant to help kids get back outside and build forts with sticks, but who says you can’t enjoy them too? Be sure to share with others (team building, anyone?), and stay away from trees and branches that don’t belong to you- that could cause some problems- but other than that, have fun. Made from 100% silicone, each Stick-let stretches to meet your construction needs, whether you use natural branches or wood dowels. On the count of three, what’s the first thing you’d build? (One..two…three) a TIPI! Other answers are acceptable, of course. Need it be mentioned that this could be an excellent gift?

Purchase Information:

Price: $11.99 and up
Available from: Stick-lets

Math Dishtowel, Mug, Pencil Case

For your favorite mathematician (a.k.a. mathemagician), how about a dishtowel, pencil case, or mug? Or all three? Chalk white lines on a black backgroung evoke memories from past math classes, and no matter if you liked/loved/hated them, you (or someone you know) can still enjoy a little math imagery with appreciation.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.95 - 17.95
Available from: Fishs Eddy

Yield Picnic Bag

Any bag that unfolds into a blanket wins points for versatility, but it also gets a gold star for making it easy to embark upon an adventure at a moment’s notice. Throw in the necessary goods and then take off for your destination. One zip and the bag unfolds to a blanket- the perfect thing for a picnic (or playdate, if kids and toys are involved).

Purchase Information:

Price: $56.00
Available from: Yield Design Co.

Knoll Classics Sale

Sale alert! It’s time again for Knoll’s Classics Sale, which means 15% off of Knoll products. Some retailers have free shipping as well, so if you’ve been jonesing for a particular classic, perhaps it’s time to bite the bullet. The sale is from February 25- March 3, 2013.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15% off
Available from: Hivemodern

Orson Desk

Whoa, cast iron legs means no messing around when it comes to materials. Matthew Hilton mixes rich hardwood with cast iron to create this quiet-yet-strong desk. On the drawers you’ll find solid wood and dovetail joinery, while there’s more to the tabletop than meets the eye- a cable management system is found under hinged doors (secret compartment!). The two storage trays and pencil holder are available separately.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,855.00
Available from: hivemodern

Triangle Cork Dinner Mats

Table linens can look tired after a while- especially if you use them every day- and if you’re super picky and feel the need to iron your placemats and napkins after the wash, you will look tired from laundering them. These cork dinner mats just need a quick wipe to clean, so they’ll save you some time as well as jazzing up your dinner table with some stacked triangle action. Sold as a 2 piece set.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Available from: ferm LIVING

Iceberg Wood Bike Hanger

The last thing you need is yet another bike hanger to consider, but this one is too fantastic to not mention. Sure, it’s expensive (I don’t many people that would spend $600 on a bike rack) but just look at those crazy angles. It’s a show stopper. Each piece is handcrafted to show off the beauty of the wood grain from every viewing angle and an easy to mount system only needs 3 standard screws for installation.

Purchase Information:

Price: $644.90
Available from: Woodstick Ltd. Etsy Shop

Mineral Plate

Yep, it’s a plate with a strange sort of image- minerals, to be exact. Why would you need something such as this? You don’t, of course, but you might want a plate with weird mineral formation imagery just to appreciate/celebrate the strange and wondrous things found in nature, especially when the imagery has such nice color combinations. There’s little info available as to food safety, but I’d say any of these are more suited to catching keys and miscellany, just so you could see it each day instead of being tucked away in a cabinet.


Purchase Information:

Price: £79.00
Available from: do shop

Milking Stool by UM Project

It’s a little dreary outside, and a Monday at that, so a jolt of color is called for. Available in black, grey, white, teal, yellow, saffron and pink, this Milking Stool by UM Project could be extra seating or a side table, your call. It is intended to follow the proportions of a classic milking stool- lower legs and a narrow footprint- but if you prefer a sturdier option, it looks like they have an alternate version in the Holy Stool.

Purchase Information:

Price: $330.00
Available from: Vertigo Home

Friday Links

  • ilovecharts
  • Peanut Butter Diamonds
  • Name That Space Rock, a Handy Chart
  • Nice infographic: The NBA’s Best Players, Visualized As Statistical Snowflakes
  • Estimating All Who Have Ever Lived
  • Photos of Workers Drilling Tunnels Through Manhattan’s Core
  • Reinier de Jong’s Steel Chair is made from old wooden handles of brooms, rakes, spades, flagpoles, etc. (via unconsumption)
  • vintage anatomy of plant cells
  • The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food (via itsokaytobesmart)
  • Enjoy the weekend…the last of February!