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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)


Capellini Alodia Counter Stool

Finding the right bar/counter stool is no easy task, yet I’d be willing to take on the challenge knowing this guy is an option. It’s minimal in design, stackable (a definite plus) and looks oh-so-cool with metal tube and steel sheet materials. If you’re looking for something taller than 27.5″ high, no worries, as it’s also available in a 31.5″h bar height ($494.00).


Purchase Information:

Price: $356.00
Available from: AmbienteDirect

Walnut SSB-1

Do you remember the SSB-1 Bookcase from BOOK/SHOP? Now it’s available in Natural Walnut Ply, and if that’s not enough to tempt you, I’ll just wish you good luck in finding a better home for your reading list. Each SSB-1 is cut, sanded, and fitted by a craftsman to an exact fit in Berkeley, California.

Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: BOOK/SHOP

Sway Stools

How fun are these? I know it’s hard to think ‘fun’ when it’s the first day back from a long holiday weekend, but put on your regular design-appreciative hat and you’ll see I’m right. They’re on sale now from Plastica- 50% off!- so pick up one or two or twelve for a few extra swaying seats. Each stool is hollow and filled with dry sand for ballast.

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00 - 100.00
Available from: Plastica

Happy Fourth of July!

Wouldn’t your Independence Day grilling be very festive with this Star Spangled Spatula? Yes, you’ve seen it before, but buying it from Few & Far Company will leave a few more dollars in your pocket than the $65 price tag from Areaware. (And yes, it’s the very same one by Jacob Riley-Wasserman; it’s hand fabricated by Lamson and Goodnow, the oldest manufacturer of cutlery in the United States.)

So, now it’s time to say happy fourth of July weekend to you and yours! Have fun, stay safe- don’t blow any fingers off playing with fireworks, etc.- and see you back here on Monday.

(Hat tip and a high five to Patrick for the price difference spot.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Few & Far Company

Era Round Armchair

There’s nothing wrong with a little Thonet in your life/home/office, especially as the bentwood chairs have been in production for more than 150 years and still look at home in many a modern setting. One current promotion gives you a break if you buy four of the Era Chairs or Era Round Armchairs- 20% off. So, if you’re wanting a few for a breakfast nook or a full set of 8 or 12 (lucky you that you have a large dining room), now’s a pretty good time. Details below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00 - 275.00
Available from: DWR

Alphabet City Coasters

Manhattan-based photographer Joanne Dugan compiled these urban typographic images originally as a teaching game for her two-year-old son. And, as they’re so striking, why not make them into a coaster set for all to enjoy? Many of the signs and landmarks are now demolished, so tip of the hat to Ms. Dugan for creating such a great archive of New York City’s visual history.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Paper Basket with Lid

No one wants to see your trash, trust me, so hide it away with these paper baskets that have a swinging lid. Perfect for a bathroom, right? And yes, you did read ‘paper’- these look like teak wood but they’re made from a plywood of sorts that is stained in 6 different tones and then laid out to resemble teak.

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00 - 150.00
Available from: Tortoise General Store

Hopewell Quilts

Minimal quilts! Feast your eyes upon the offerings of Hopewell, the design workshop of Eliza Kenan and Claire Oswalt. Of course I need one of these, because when does a chill not sweep through the house on any given evening? Or, perhaps there’s a bare spot on the wall or a lonely chair that needs a a few blocks of color artistically placed… yes, there’s at least one of those in every home, for sure.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00 - 395.00
Available from: Hopewell

Cain Bench 2

Need a bench? How about this Cain Bench by Staach? It’s been around a while now (the first time we posted it was in 2008) but simple lines and an affordable price tag never goes out of style. The wood is sourced sustainably from New York and Pennsylvania, and each bench is fabricated completely in Staach’s workshop with a limited use of only two tools. Think of it as a landing pad in the entryway for bags and putting on shoes or as seating for one/both sides of the dining table.

Purchase Information:

Price: $386.00
Available from: 2modern

Magazine Table

Quick update on price for this table by Axel Bjurström; it increased ever so slightly from $295 to $330. However, thanks to one of the summer sales, greenergrassdesign is offering 20% off all Design House Stockholm goods until Friday, so if any of their products are on your ‘must-buy-soon’ list, you can save a little bit of dough.

Combining a magazine rack and a side table is nothing new, but add some wheels and us bibliophiles will sit up and take notice. Wheeling a stack of books and magazines around the house to wherever our reading spot might be sounds just fine- we can keep our current collection together without resorting to an actual library cart.

Purchase Information:

Price: $330.00
Available from: Design House Stockholm

Friday Links

  • Image of Karena Schuessler’s Berlin Apartment (Freunde von Freunden took the original images down, sad face)
  • Bead-chain experiment
  • Scientist figures out how those big-ass sailing stones move themselves across death valley
  • The Rationale of Feng Shui in Architecture
  • Cloud Cities by Tomás Saraceno
  • What The Great Gatsby Looked Like Without CGI
  • A better gift registry? Looks like it: Thankful
  • Send your future self a picture: ThrowBack (via Netted)
  • 3 reasons why exercise makes you smarter

    Have a great weekend!

    Opencase Wall System

    What loveliness is this? The Opencase Wall System is from none other than Henrybuilt, and there’s no doubt we can expect the same exacting quality and craftsmanship as with their kitchen construction. The Opencase offers customized components to create a storage system suited to your needs. Shelving, wine storage, laundry/recycling bags, closet rods and more, contact Henrybuilt directly for more information or to receive a quote.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $POR
    Available from: Henrybuilt

    Hedley & Bennett Aprons

    Oh, what to wear when you’re making a brilliant meal indoors, or grilling outside with your Italian Barbecue Tool Set? You can’t risk ruining your clothes, dressed as you are to perfection. Not to worry, don one of these denim aprons by Hedley & Bennett and then carry on with your culinary prowess.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $75.00 and up
    Available from: Hedley & Bennett

    What is it?

    Come on, now, use your brain and play along. What is this strange item above? It has a handle, and lots of little prong-ish things on the underside. Any guesses?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $29.99
    Available from: Amazon

    FastFit Bluetooth® Wireless Keyboard Case for iPad Mini

    Keen eyes will detect an iPad Mini above, and the keenest eyes will see that, yes, that is a wireless keyboard case attached. How excited are you? Probably a little, at least if you own an iPad Mini, because now you just might have found a decent keyboard to type out all those thoughts swimming inside your head. The specs are listed on the retailer’s site, but here’s a quick rundown:

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $79.99
    Available from: Belkin