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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)


Chops Cutting Boards and Knife Rack

Knives and cutting boards: two things that work together in the kitchen yet are often pulled from different spots. Chops combines the two, with a metal knife rack that holds two cutting boards upright for storage. Take off one board (or both) and you’ll see the simple black frame of the knife rack. After prep and cleaning, reset the boards on either side, and you have what appears to be just a slender wooden knife rack. Pretty handy.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: ILoveHandles

DORO Grill Fork, Set of 2

Is January too cold for gathering around a fire for some S’mores? Some of us think not, and will shortly add this set of 2 DORO Grill Forks to our carts. Simply thread a stick through the holes of the fork to keep it in place, and you have a sturdy fork for vegetables, sausages, or marshmallows, take your pick.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.50
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

‘Svelto’ Round Stacking Stool

At first glance, you could be forgiven for letting your eyes slide right over this stool on to other more exciting things. However, on second sight, if you don’t notice the lovely detail of the slightly concave top, and then, of course, the leg shape and joinery underneath (you do have to turn furniture over occasionally, it’s the nature of appreciating design), then I’ll have to give you a verbal slap for not paying attention. The Svelto Stool stacks for storage, with each stool rotating slightly from the one below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $415.00
Available from: Wallpaper STORE

Large Catch, Walnut

Hello there, little catch-all. How simple and unassuming you are, with just enough space to catch keys, phones, and other pocket contents. Perhaps you need to live on our dressers, desks, or entryway consoles, just to tidy up those spots which accumulate all sorts of miscellany on a daily basis. Hmm, now to decide, which size is best?

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00 - 90.00
Available from: Craighill

Lissoni Salt and Pepper

Should you need an option for no-fuss salt and pepper grinders, consider Piero Lissoni’s pair. Subtle and functional, they’re a smaller scale version of traditional grinders, making them the right size for tabletop use. They’re easy to hold in the palm, and also easy on the wrist thanks to the grinding mechanism at the top. Each fills from the bottom, with a coin to unlock the barrel.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: DWR

Friday Links

Mountaintop Skywalk with a 330 Foot Slide Down

– New BFGF Blankets

– Want: Nordic Spruce Box

Impressive staircase

– Graffiti Ollio Rugs (via Skönahem)

– Somewhat affordable: minimal Morey Platform Bed

– Note: Slight sale on Galileo’s Telescope by Odoardo Fioravanti

Davide D’Elia, Antivegetativa

– “London designer Marcin Rusak has created a collection of furniture and lighting by encasing flowers in resin, then cutting the blocks to reveal the petals inside.”

Enjoy your weekend.

Marcin Rusak Resin works

Matrix LED Screen

Okay, put your art critic hat on. Now, rest your eyes upon the Matrix LED Screen created by Wolf Udo Wagner, 2014, which is now on sale from MoMA’s Store.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,995.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Marmeria Modular Bookcase

See this small, sculptural piece of marble? It sits at just under 16″ high, and could function as a shorter side table alongside your favorite chair. However, Italian architecture firm Studio Archea intended this piece, along with its three other siblings, to compose a larger, modular bookcase.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: Wallpaper Store

Bollard Lamp

Four lamps in one, really? Yes, it’s true, the Bollard Lamp can be placed in four different ways around your home. Designer Shane Schneck planned the silicone Bollard Lamp to be used in various ways: it can drop down as a simple hanging pendant, you can angle it (hanging) as a spotlight, place it on a table or shelf on its side, or prop it up on its foot to beam light straight up. With all those options, it’ll be easy to find it a spot in your home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $89.95
Available from: Horne

Sidera Chair

Do you see a little Eames influence in this side chair? Maybe it’s the wood dowel legs, or maybe it’s the molded plastic seat and back. In any case, the expanding crosshatch pattern places it firmly in today’s world rather than amongst the mid century modern classics. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at the price tag: $250. Not too bad for a stylish side or desk chair, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00
Available from: CB2

Juno and Tara Bronze Hooks

How about some bronze hooks to organize any scarf/coat chaos in your entryway? Each hook was first made in ceramic, then cast by a small foundry. You get the feel of a handmade object with the heft and sturdiness of bronze. There’s the Juno Hooks, which each have a slightly different shape but all are roughly the same size, the Tara Oval Hooks, which sizes vary more noticeably, and the Kali Hooks (not pictured) which have a curvier outline.

Purchase Information:

Price: $88.00 each
Available from: Horne

Alle Coffee Tables

Whaaaat the what. There’s a tempting sale over at Hem; the Alle Coffee Tables are so very affordable at the moment you’d be silly not to grab a couple. Don’t be too afraid of the red color, by the way, as it would provide a nice color contrast to an otherwise neutral interior. If that still makes you nervous, there’s black, ivory, pale oak, light blue, gray, eggplant, and walnut- all excellent choices.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00+
Available from: Hem

Cube Calendar

Back to work… and back to keeping track of days and months and quarterly reports. Blah. How about a new calendar to keep on your desk? Philip Stroomberg’s little Cube Calendar has hundreds of paperboard chips that you tear off to keep up track of the days. Quotes are included as well, so you’ll have a little inspiration alongside your daily tasks.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: The Cube Calendar

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Have fun, stay safe, etc. We’ll be back on Monday with posts as usual.

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.98
Available from: Lumens

Top Posts of 2015

Wrapping up 2015 takes us to the popular posts of the year. It’s mystery how some items take off and get thousands of views and others languish by the roadside, but, hey, such is the way of individual tastes and internet sharing habits. So, onwards, to the top 5 posts shared and visited this year.