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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)


Baxter iPhone 6 Dock & Storage

I know, I know, you probably already have a place to put your iPhone for charging, but this little dock has a small storage pocket for all those other little things that need a home. Pocket change or smaller jewelry pieces won’t get lost when they have a snug cork/rubber lid to keep them safe. Use the the lid as a soft resting spot for larger items that you’d like to keep in view.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Most Modest

D’Hauteville Concrete Chair

Nope, it’s not the ubiquitous shell chair you think it is. This one is made of humble concrete and steel. Talk about an industrial edge- you can’t get much more industrial than ribar steel and plain ol’ concrete. It would be an interesting mix to have a set of these chairs around your dining table, don’t you think?

Purchase Information:

Price: $369.00
Available from: Gessato

Friday Links

  • Tham & Videgård Designs Sweden’s “Most Sought After Home”
  • It’s not a bread knife, it’s the Sandwich Knife
  • Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Synths (£49.99)
  • Brandon Lattu’s Selected Compositions
  • Create a personalized, large format art print: Life & Type
  • Growth Table by Tim Durfee & Iris Anna Regn
  • Snap clip-on supports create furniture from found objects (this will most likely be a post next week)
  • This is so cool: Dive Into ‘Infinity’ With Dizzying Views of A Colossal Cave
  • Son Doong Cave
    image via nationalgeographic

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Zuzunaga’s Beach Towel Collection

    An old, fraying beach towel doesn’t help you look any better, so why not upgrade to one of these smack-you-in-the-face-with-pattern towels by Cristian Zuzunaga? The upside is if you don’t have a spectacular (according to the media) body, the towel will grab people’s attention first (as in, ‘Ooo, who’s that fascinating person with that beach towel?’) and, if you do have a spectacular (according to the media) body, you’ll look like you have good taste (‘Ooo, who’s that hottie with that cool beach towel?’). You get the idea.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $120.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Lift Trivet

    If you’re going to save your table from scorch marks, you might as well do so with something pretty. The Lift Trivet is made from solid brass bent in a graceful ‘s’ shape to keep those hot pots and pans off those delicate wood surfaces. It’s simple and shiny: just what your table didn’t know it needed.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: DESU DESIGN

    Portiko Extension Cord

    You know the problem. All those charging cords and not enough outlets. It leads to a genuine mess, if not full-on fighting over who gets to power their device first. That’s where the Portiko comes in, and it’ll at least help a little if it doesn’t solve the whole issue outright. It’s a 6-foot extension cord with two outlets and two USB ports, so you can pretty much think of it as a magic wand (with power). Sit back, browse through your favorite sites, and know you’ll not need to choose between which device gets topped up first.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $24.95
    Available from: Blue Lounge

    Porter Key Knife & Bottle Opener

    Those pesky boxes and bottles. You always need something to help open them, unless you possess extremely strong teeth. Here’s a combination knife and bottle opener that’s ideal for your keychain, and it’s made from 3Cr13 stainless steel. The bottle opener portion is dual-layered at the axis point, making it easy to pry off bottle caps. The locking blade folds out for a sharp cut, so you’ll be ready to open those things you ordered online faster than you can say ‘where’s-my-utility-knife’. Back the Porter Key Knife & Bottle Opener on Kickstarter.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Everyman

    Sale: Loll Adirondack Chair

    DWR’s outdoor sale might encourage you to refresh your outdoor seating/dining options, especially once you realize that Loll’s Adirondack Chair is 15% off its regular price. Made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic (mostly post-consumer milk jugs), each chair is waterproof, fade-resistant and maintenance-free. That’s exactly the kind of thing you want from an outdoor lounge chair, and the clean, modern interpretation of the classic Adirondack style certainly works with all sorts of exterior architecture. Now, let’s decide, which color is best?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $382.50
    Available from: DWR

    Simple Bed by Kalon Studios

    You know, if you’re looking for something in particular, you can email us and we’ll keep our eyes out for whatever particular thing you’re searching for, right? As in, if you were looking for a Simple Bed, which is the name of this simple bed from Kalon Studios, I would happen to come across it while planning to post their Caravan Divan Twin, and immediately post this bed instead so that you’d know about it as an option.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,600.00 - 2,800.00
    Available from: Kalon Studios

    Stick-Up Sticks

    Did you think the Stick-Up Sticks were coathooks? I did, and I don’t think I’m disappointed to find out that they’re magnets instead. Where will you put them? Possibly the fridge, bulletin board, or any other metal surface could use some photos or notes. Stick a few Stick-Up Sticks there to start, and then see where else you could use them.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $10.00
    Available from: Areaware

    Tableau by Pikaplant

    Hooray! Those of us still struggling to keep houseplants alive now have a savior: the Tableau by Pikaplant. The Tableau incorporates a water reservoir so that our plants can drink when needed- even we’re away on a vacation (or just incredibly forgetful). The reservoir will hold enough water for up to three plants for a month, so they’ll be happy and healthy for at least that long. No electricity needed, it all works thanks to gravity and a steel base with a capillary fabric that plants can wick water through when needed. Back the project on Kickstarter within the next few days to receive one of your own.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €125.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Yellow Leaf Hammocks

    Did you have a nice Memorial Day Weekend? Now that summer is unofficially here, perhaps we should discuss hammocks. Yea or nay? I believe the correct answer is ‘yea’- though if you voted ‘nay’ it’s probably due to the fact that most hammocks aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing things. However, Yellow Leaf Hammocks have several that look entirely decent, and you’ll probably even grow to love the stripes (colorful or neutral) after spending a lazy afternoon reclining in one. And, by the way, relax a little- it’s summer.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $145.00+
    Available from: Yellow Leaf Hammocks

    Prism Magnifier

    You might not need the Prism Magnifier today, but you might make use of it the next time some tiny text with fine details needs a closer look. When you don’t make use if its magnifying properties, it will sure look nice sitting atop that stack of other paperwork that you may or may not have beside your internet machine.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $28.00
    Available from: Areaware

    Friday Links

  • Steve Messam creates crimson bridge from 20,000 sheets of paper
  • Now that Mad Men is over, we can enjoy it all over again with Mad Men Integrated, in small snippets at a time.
  • Yes. Recycling Debris into Concrete Lego-Blocks (via unconsumption)
  • Just a reminder, all the best Terrible real estate agent photographs are in one place.
  • UNIVERSUM INCOGNITA : A Primer on the Dark Universe. Warning: might be a tad too esoteric.
  • Elana Herzog’s Wall Panels (via drawdrawdraw)
  • Alexey Kondakov

  • Artist Alexey Kondakov Imagines Figures from Classical Paintings as Part of Contemporary Life
  • Science Just Invented a Simple, Painless Way to Get Superhuman Vision (via galaxyclusters)
  • Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend!

    Karui Trays

    Pretty, jewel-tone leather contrasts nicely with the polished brass perimeters of the Karui Trays by Gam Fratesi for Skultuna. “Karui” means “light” and “soft” in Japanese (there, look at that, you learned something), which echoes the minimal feel of the circular shape and soft leather surfaces. Pair a couple up for a vanity or entry area, and try not to gravitate towards them every time you pass by.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $134.00 - 336.00
    Available from: Suite NY