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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)


Brick Lamp

This lamp is reduced down to a simple brick shape with no switch or cord. How do you turn it off? With magic! Just kidding, it’s nothing that mysterious, you just lay it flat. The concept of concealing and revealing is at work here, with the light turning on when you raise it onto its side. The side facets work as handles as well as creating a sturdy base with an ideal angle of light. See HCWDstudio’s Kickstarter video below for more.

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Urban Kraft Paper Bags

Judging by the state of your wardrobe, you might want to wear a paper bag. Whoa, calm down, I didn’t mean that in an offensive way. These Urban Kraft bags are made of paper -really strong paper- and have a look that will appeal to the more discerning eye. There are several different sizes and types of bags and they’re all at a rather reasonable price point. Take a look at the Duffle, for instance. It’s water resistant, easy to carry, a good size at 13″x22″, and comes in just under the $100 mark.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00 - 98.00
Available from: Urban Kraft

Superfront Legs

You might have heard of Superfront, but did you know they have legs that fit Ikea’s mattress bases? And those legs can be shipped to North America? That means you can get a sharp look for a whole lot less than buying a regular bed from a decent retailer. There’s five leg styles to choose from in lots of different colors, so have some fun and play around with what you’d pick for a bedroom upgrade.

Purchase Information:

Price: €15.00 -28.00
Available from: Superfront

Friday Links

  • Wooden Iron by The Tomorrow Collective
  • Glasses Give the Color-Blind a Fuller View of the Spectrum
  • Take a break. Stand up, stretch, walk around every 15-20 minutes. No, really, Take a Break.
  • How Much (Or Little) The Middle Class Makes, In 30 U.S. Cities
  • Here’s a nice Stickbat with Cork Balls ($250) to play ball out on the lawn and/or street. But is it too nice? Hmm.
  • Death, Redesigned
  • Clever Mechanical Gate Opens Automatically without Electricity
  • Simple Front Wallet
  • Simple and very cool PLATN wallet
  • Terrible Estate Agent Photos– A Book of the Most Baffling Property Photographs Ever Taken
  • Listen to the sounds of the New York Public Library Reading Room (audiovisual = beautiful): Soundscape New York (via @Explorer)
    Have a great weekend.

    New York Public Library Reading Room from Karen Van Lengen.

    Pocket Wall Organizer by Normann Copenhagen

    A few Pocket Wall Organizers could be just the thing to get your work area tidied up. Made of polypropylene, the rounded pockets come in several appealing color options. Should they ever get dusty or dirty from pencil shavings and other desk detritus, you can simply stick them in the dishwasher for a deep clean.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: CAD22.00
    Available from: The Modern Shop

    Leoht Tote

    A handbag? I know, I know, we don’t normally post handbags, but stick with me here, because this particular one has something that’s worth talking about. It may not be enough to convince you (or the others around you) to abandon your (their) current It Bag, but it does offer some pretty cool technology that we’re hoping will soon catch on when it comes to luxury brands.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Make Your Own – Angle Lamp

    If you like the look of this Angle Lamp, you’re in luck- you can make it yourself! The Make Your Own Angle Lamp comes as a kit, available in different color schemes. Pick the color you want for the shade, the cord, and base, and then assemble it all yourself. And, not to worry, it comes with everything you need with very clear instructions.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $289.00
    Available from: Douglas and Bec

    Clothes Rack by Ferm Living

    Would you like an alternate version of this other clothing rail ($399) we posted a while ago? Well, Ferm Living has a rather similar idea in the clothes rack you see above. An iron rod hangs from the ceiling by harness leather belts, so there’s a material/textural difference- a nice touch, don’t you think? Your wallet will be happy that it’s less expensive than the other one, and your clothes will be overjoyed they’re not on the floor (again).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $249.00
    Available from: Clever Spaces

    Neon Mfg. Signs

    What if neon signs were more affordable? Maybe you would snap one up faster than you could say ‘do i really need one’ or maybe you couldn’t care less. Either way, some of us like that neon glow, and will spend the next few minutes contemplating just what word or short saying we’d most like to see each and every day, and then we’ll be happy that we could order a sign with up to ten letters for $350. Neon Mfg. also has plenty of pre-made options that might work for your wall as well: ‘Hustle‘ and ‘What If‘ ($125 each) are my favorites.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $125.00 +
    Available from: Neon Mfg.

    Senz Windproof Umbrella

    In preparation for the upcoming April showers, let’s ask ourselves this: do we have a decent umbrella? And, by ‘decent’ I mean one that won’t upturn at a gust of wind, nor frustrate us with its finicky folding/unfolding. Yep, it’s just as I thought. Most of us could use an upgrade to a Senz Windproof Umbrella.

    The Senz has an aerodynamic shape that resists winds of up to 62 miles per hour (let’s hope you’re inside should that occur) and has a strong rib construction that prevents it from inverting. I bet you’ll be the envy of your fellow commuters during the next rainstorm. Maybe even your coworkers will admire your arrival to the office, mostly dry and somewhat happy, and wish they could be more like you… for the umpteenth time, of course.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $89.00-99.00
    Available from: Gessato

    Wald Plug Lamp

    The Wald Plug Lamp is a floor lamp without the floor. Huh? It plugs directly into a wall socket, using the plug connection as its sole support. So, technically, I suppose it’s actually a wall light, but we’ll accept the categorization of a floor lamp because of its height. Might I point out how much easier this would be to install than a wall sconce? It could be a clever bedside or sofa-side option for those of you who currently rent (or for those who are habitually lazy and/or averse to installing light fixtures).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $139.00
    Available from: Feltmark

    Ito Bindery Drawing Pads

    How can a drawing pad be beautiful? Just look at the perfectly straight edges, the coal-black (and recycled) cardboard backing, the geometric proportions, and the satin-smooth paper of the Ito Bindery Drawing Pads. And, of course, the lack of any apparent branding. A little too precious for the average note-taker? Perhaps, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a stack of these pads on my desk pronto. Let’s toss out our sticky-backed notes and never look back, shall we?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00-40.00
    Available from: ode to things

    Black Ember Modular Urban Backpacks

    Do you want to look like you’re on a some sort of urban military mission? That’s what I think of when I see Black Ember Modular Urban Backpacks and the various mag-lock pouches and accessories that may be added. The three packs offered are certainly more sleek and resolved than the previous design, and the modular nature of the mag-lock pouches is a smart way to customize how you carry your gear. Pick your base pack (Slate, TL, or Neoruk), then add on pouches, cases, and accessories to fit all your must-have stuff.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $180.00 - 212.00
    Available from: Black Ember

    Banton Frameworks

    You’re not going to settle for just any pair of glasses, as you are known for your discerning taste. If only you could design your own… and now you can, thanks to Banton Frameworks. With over 250 combinations of frames and earpieces, you can create the right mix to match your personal preference. High quality materials won’t disappoint, and, best of all, it’s easy to switch the pieces out to change the look as often as you’d like.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £45.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    PH 5 Pendant Light

    If you’re going to buy a PH 5 Pendant Light, it might as well be on sale. This classic light was designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 and remains one of the smarter choices for glare-free illumination. You’re probably familiar with the slightly more popular PH Artichoke by Henningsen, yet the price tag on that makes it a little less attainable. The curved reflectors on the PH5 ensure that light is directed appropriately, and, with several superb color combinations, it’s a perfect choice for above a dining table or workspace.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $846.60
    Available from: YLighting