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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)


Friday Links

“Hermit’s Ship” Cabin by Parra + Edwards Arquitectos (via)

Small House Bliss

Charred Cabin by DRAA

– Book wish list: Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs

– Relaxing or slightly disturbing? Falling (You may want to turn your sound down a little bit.)

– This might be the best litter box ever: Luuup Litter Box

– Hmm, like or dislike? Wall Mounted Bottle Opener – Dentures

– Are you fond of tiny stud earrings? This Stud Dome is pretty cute for keeping them out on display.

Enjoy the weekend.

My Spot Bauhaus Memento Display

Hey, how about a string, a weight, and some anchors to hold up your important photos and notes? That sounds dreadfully dull, but it’s not, I promise. My Spot is just a very, very minimal approach to a pin board. Gravity keeps the string taut, allowing the anchors to hold your postcards, calendar pages, and notes within reach and perfectly displayed on a simple, horizontal line. Switch out your items easily without succumbing to the mess of a traditional bulletin board.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00 - 160.00
Available from: Dwell

Hafod Grange Teasel Paperweight

A spiny head of a hand-picked teasel doesn’t sound pretty, but up close it’s a beauty to behold. Dipsacus fullonum is the plant’s proper name, by the way, and the prickly bracts are friendlier to inspect and admire when enclosed safely within polyester resin. It may be an excellent gift for anyone who appreciates botanical oddities, but I’d say you could justify purchasing one for yourself, as it is a paperweight, and therefore can be classified under office supplies. Do take a look at the full selection of Hafod Grange Paperweights, as you may want to start a collection (the Dandelion is spectacular).

Purchase Information:

Price: $58.00
Available from: The Line

Scholten & Baijings Grid Pillows

Spring has sprung, so you might as well clean out the cobwebs and bring in a little color in the form of a Scholten & Baijings Pillow or two. With bright colors and characteristic patterned grids, any one of them will inject a little pizzazz into a tired room. Now, on to the trouble of deciding which ones to get (the blue and pink ones are my favorite).

Purchase Information:

Price: $135.00 - 200.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Font Clock

Talk about Throwback Thursday, we posted Sebastian Wrong’s Font Clock way back in 2007 when a sentence would suffice as our entire comment*. Now, you have the option to own your very own by snapping it up on sale, as Dwell Store has discontinued its stock.

Purchase Information:

Price: $366.99
Available from: Dwell Store

Folly Soaps

Do you remember the link to Folly Soaps back in January? If you were quite smitten with the colors and shapes (I know I was), you’ll be happy to know that Pelle Designs has updated their site, plus a few individual soaps are also available at the Cooper Hewitt Shop ($16- $56). If you feel like splurging, or happen to be exceptionally dirty, get the whole set for $280.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00 - 280.00
Available from: Pelle Designs

Acacia Honey Dipper

Hmm, perhaps we all need to upgrade our honey dippers- if we even have one to begin with, that is. The hexagonal shape of a honeycomb attached to a polished stainless steel handle allows honey to drizzle easily into your tea or toast. Designer Miriam Mirri brought this clever idea into existence, and we might just have to say it’s the coolest honey-drizzling tool to ever cross our computer screens.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: A+R Store

Sound Grenade by ROBOCOPP

You can either never leave your house, throw caution to the wind, or prepare yourself with a personal safety device. All sorts of scary situations exist, in the city (muggers) and deep in the great outdoors (bears!). The Sound Grenade by ROBOCOPP works just as you’d expect: pull the pin and you’ll set off a 120-decibel siren that scares off impending danger. Replace the pin, and the sound turns off. Take a look at the field test to get an idea of the sound volume.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: ROBOCOPP

Same Same But Different Glasses

These three glasses are shaped differently yet each hold the same amount of liquid, hence their name. The familial likeness combined with the slight shape variation would add interest and movement to a table top, and, best of all, they’re stackable, so they’ll take up less space than normal glasses.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Burkelman

Foldin, Wall Mounted Modular Bookcase

A small, flat packed bookcase may be just the thing to sort out any messy stacks of miscellany. The Foldin has convenient folding shelves (plywood with felt corners), which allow you to easily move them around for different configurations. Fold down the sides and slide out the shelf, it’s easy as can be. Choose between three different sizes, all with extremely affordable price tags.

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00 - 180.00
Available from: Gessato

Holmes Sconce

It doesn’t take much deductive reasoning to select this Holmes Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric as one of the better options in the marketplace. It might be inspired by the classic candle sconce in the days before electricity, but the minimalist lines in its steel backplate marks it firmly in the present. Make it your own by choosing a specialty bulb, and know that the smaller size would fit almost anywhere you need an extra source of light.

Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Friday Links

Frankfort House

Stitched Sculptural Objects by Doug Johnston

Proof of evolution that you can find on your body (via kottke)

– Support CreativeMornings over on Kickstarter.

Artists Covertly Scan Bust of Nefertiti and Release the Data for Free Online

Colorful Basket Weaving Sculptures by Nathalie Miebach Transform Weather Data into Visual Art

Life Wipes: Really Big Baby Wipes for Adults

Have a nice weekend.

Hay Plisse Archival Folder

Do you have big stock of documents and miscellaneous paperwork? Ugh, no fun. But wait, it’ll be a snap to organize it all with this nice folder, don’t you think? Open it up to access a large fan of sections with a grid design along the sides. It folds close with a matching band to keep things tidied away. The A4 size will accommodate legal documents as well as odd notes, craft supplies, and memorabilia.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: Poketo

Zohra Wool Kilim Rug

Triangles! In various colors! On a black background! Come on, take a risk on rug, why don’t you. It’s pretty affordable, and, bonus points, it’s handwoven in India in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility. The triangle pattern is a little jazzy (in a good way) and could be just the thing to add a little bit of fun to a room.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00 - 929.00
Available from: West Elm

Concrete Desk Set

One thing is for sure, these desk accessories aren’t going anywhere. They’ll not be tipped over or jostled easily, as they’re made of hefty concrete with subtle, curved edges. We first posted this collection back in 2011, so you know they’ll not be lumped in with those ‘trendy’ sorts of office supplies. All pieces are hand-cast from solid concrete.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Areaware