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)


Kuvert Bag

Do you see the interesting pattern on the back side of these pouches/bags? It creates a sort of elastic mesh that accommodates all sorts of odds and ends that you carry around for travel- cables, adapters, or even your passport and other important documents. I picked up the smaller size for the cable/adapter storage purpose from a retailer in Sweden, and, unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any stateside store that has them in stock. So, get used to the idea of extra shipping fees or start bugging your favorite retailer to order a few.

Purchase Information:

Price: €29.00
Available from: Authentics

The Peanut Lighter

Next time you venture into the great outdoors for a camping trip, make sure you have a lighter in addition to your matches and flint, because, as we all know, it’s better to be safe than sorry. And, because there’s no need to be excessive, you might as well get this very compact and indestructible lighter to carry along with you. Made of high grade stainless steel, it has a secure screw down cap (that can be attached to a keyring), is waterproof, and measures 0.5″ x 1.9″.

Purchase Information:

Price: $21.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Happy Labor Day!

Enjoy your Labor Day! We’ll return with the normal post schedule tomorrow.

Shown above: Dinuba 15L Water Container, $159.00. Lightweight and easy to clean, this is the way to store filtered water.

-Stainless Steel Water Container
-Manufactured in Italy
-Made from the hightest quality 18/10 stainless steel
-Available in 5, 10, 15, and 25 liter sizes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00
Available from: Dinuba

Friday Links

  • Designer Ed Chew used recycled TetraBoxes to make this lamp.
  • Night Sky Panorama – Bonneville Salt Flats
  • truPad: this will make communication easier. Insert handwritten and typed notes directly on an image, and send via email.
  • Kickstarter: Bike dock (this might be a post next week)
  • LEGO® Builder Case for iPhone 5
  • Cable organizer in aluminum (on Kickstarter): QooQi
    Have a nice weekend!

    Clutch Dining Chair

    If you need an extra seat or two around your dining table, think about adding this new armchair from Blu Dot. The curved back with a little cushioning gives a more regal appearance, and you know you’ll be comfortable with a place to rest your arms. Several colors to choose from, with either white ash or smoke on ash wood.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $399.00
    Available from: Blu Dot

    Piper Home Security

    Well, surprise, surprise, it seems like the home security market is coming up with a few more options for renters and homeowners. Piper is a complete home security system with high definition panoramic video, motion detector, two-way audio, piercing siren, and 3 customizable security modes, all housed in a relatively compact device.

    Easy to setup and use, you can control Piper with its mobile app (all user access is authenticated), and, for extra peace of mind, know that all security and automation rules are active without reliance on your internet being active- that means your settings will work (like the siren going off when motion is detected) whether the internet is connected or not. More below.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $209.00 and up
    Available from: indiegogo

    Riki Stool

    Whoa, considering we first posted the Riki Stool over 6 years ago, it’s time for an update. Designed by Riki Watanabe in 1965, this stool is made of cardboard, which allows it to be lightweight and very strong- it can take the weight of over 1,000 pounds. No tools needed for assembly, you just need a few folds to create a comfortable seat.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Crest Bottle Openers

    Hey, what should you get someone that’s fond of their bottled beverages? A special bottle opener, of course. This collection of solid brass openers by Fort Standard use a minimal amount of material to get the job done, and, since they’re too pretty to be tucked away in a drawer, there’s the option to leave them out on the table or on a wall hook for display.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00
    Available from: Fort Standard

    Apollo Floor Lamp

    Release your inner screen god/goddess with the Apollo Floor Lamp. 6 low-watt globes give off a dramatic, old Hollywood glow, and an exposed indigo denim-cotton cord provides an industrial vibe to keep things practical. Each lamp is custom made, with a variety of wood species, cord colors, and powder-coating options available upon request.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $890.00
    Available from: Allied Maker

    Dang 1 Door / 3 Drawer Console

    Just in case you need yet another option for your television’s throne, here’s a modern-yet-slightly-retro console that will fit all sorts of miscellany. It has three drawers on the right and one door on the left with a perforated steel front so your remotes will work. Brass handles and a powder-coated steel base complete the picture.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,699.00
    Available from: Blu Dot

    Casamista Portable Humidifier

    If you travel often to dry climates, you might be familiar with some of the portable humidifiers out there in the marketplace, but have you ever seen a house shaped humidifier that works with any water bottle or glass? No? Well, set your eyes upon this little house with its purifying filter. It’s around 3 inches square- making it a pretty compact choice for your travel needs.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: Umbra


    Hee Chair & Barstool

    It’s been nine years since the Hee Seating Collection first hit the market, but it looks just as good now as it did back in 2004. Designer Hee Welling was originally inspired by the interior of a refrigerator, but you won’t find that on Hay’s site anymore, as the many other attributes of the seating collection have the spotlight. The chairs are made from galvanized solid steel, with outdoor powder coating that withstands weather throughout the year. They’re stackable, with a floor linking connection, and even cushions, if needed (contact HAY for availability). All that with the simple, perfect design and you’ve got yourself an excellent option for seating wherever you might need it.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $245.00 - 345.00
    Available from: A+R Store


    If you’ve ever lost luggage while flying, you know it’s beyond annoying. How do you fix that problem? Put the Trakdot™ inside your bag to ensure that never happens again- you’ll know exactly where it is when you take off and land. The Trakdot uses micro-electronics to connect to local cellular networks and gives you a text message to report the location. Learn more at Trakdot.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.99
    Availability: Buy Trakdot here

    Source: Netted

    El Gringo – Wall Mounted Surfboard Rack

    Make Co., of the Make Bike Rack fame (which we’ve posted before), now brings us this Wall Mounted Surfboard Rack called El Gringo.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but there aren’t so many surfboard racks that look at home in your living/dining/hallway area as there are that look like a store display system. And you certainly don’t want your home to feel like you’re selling surfboards, do you? Choose between steel or stainless steel; both versions have cork pads to protect your board. There’s also a small hook for hanging your towel and/or leash. Oh, and just one last thing- if you’re making time for surfing at this tail-end time of summer, you must be doing something right. Long distance high-five from me.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $125.00
    Available from: Make Co.

    Driftwood Wall Hooks

    Whoa, lucky for us, some customers of a certain store didn’t purchase all of the colored driftwood hooks by Keil Mead at full price. Regularly $25, now you can add a few to your home for $9.99 each. Perhaps hang a few along the entrance hall, or in the closet or bathroom? They won’t last long at this price, so best act quickly if you’re interested. Available in Green, Orange, Pink, or Red.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $9.99 (sale)
    Available from: Uncommon Goods