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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)


Minimalist Folio, Extra Large

Yep, we’ve posted the Minimalist Folio before, but this one is Extra Large, and that means a 15″ laptop will fit perfectly. It’s made of polyurethane, which helps the price point quite a bit (and will make you happy if you’re not a big fan of leather) and closes with two simple peg-in-hole fastenings. Choose between Navy, Black, or Blush.

Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: Poketo

Tom Dixon Sale

While you may not be able to splurge on Tom Dixon’s Wingback Chair, you should be aware that all of Dixon’s goods are now on sale. Save 15% until March 15th and get free shipping (on most orders). What should you put your eyes on? The Arc Bottle Opener and Corkscrew, shown below, or maybe the Scent Water Diffuser? The Brew Coffee Set? The Cube Collection? So many choices!

Purchase Information:

Price: $4,590.00
Available from: YLiving

Arco Desk by Design House Stockholm

You’d best steer clear of the Arco Desk if you’re allergic to clutter. However, if you like to arrange things just so and have everything within view, then take a long look at this oak trestle desk with tempered glass top. The drawer is completely visible, so there’s no hiding any secretive snacks or less than desirable belongings.The drawer also opens from either side, so feel free to float it away from the walls.

Purchase Information:

Price: CAD572.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Collapsible Bucket

Never underestimate the need for a bucket. Whether it saves the day in the laundry, kitchen, bathroom, or garden, it’s one of the handiest things to have around. Now, add this one particular function to the ubiquitous bucket: collapsibility. Suddenly, it’s much easier to stash in the smallest of places, and have at hand whenever a need appears.

Purchase Information:

Price: $27.00 - 30.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

– This 88 sq ft tiny home used to be a laundry room. (via domino)

– Kickstarter: SANS Juice and Smoothie Preserving Travel Bottle

Grow a Bacterial Zoo in a Bottle

The Latest Generation Atlas Humanoid Robot Is Absolutely Incredible, and most people feel sorry for him (you’ll see why).

Which type of exercise is best for the brain?

PLOEG architecten’s Contemporary Barn

Hard Work Notebook by Hundred Million

Enjoy your weekend!

Hundred Million Hard Work Notebook

Buba Magnet Board

Magnetic bulletin boards aren’t new, as you can find them in any office supply store. However, a simple, sleek board that would work just as well in the kitchen or entryway is a little rarer to find. With an oblong shape and a white finish, the Buba accepts a variety of magnetized objects, most notably its companions the Mirror Magnet, the Vila Magnet (3D printed in the shape of a dragonfly) and the LaLa Magnet Vase.

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00+
Available from: Luminaire

Jack Puzzle

This large, brass knot is actually a puzzle made of six different notched brass bars. They interlock in a certain way to create the “jack” shape, which means you can spend a good deal of time procrastinating what you don’t want to be doing in favor of fitting the pieces together. Once assembled, enjoy it as a paperweight or as a sculptural piece on a nearby shelf.

Purchase Information:

Price: $108.00
Available from: Craighill

Knoll Classics Sale

It’s that time of year again, and you’ve got a tough decision to make. Just which Knoll Classic do you need want? The Knoll Classics Sale is on, and you’ve got until next Tuesday, March 1, to save 15% and receive free shipping. If you’re wavering and can’t decide which piece to get, don’t worry, just employ your reasonable decision making skills and you’ll know the right one.

More information:

View Knoll Classics Sale here

Time Hourglass Timer

Is an hourglass an irritant or an opportunity? Will you use it to test your efficiency at emails or time your short/medium/long meditation? Whichever it is, at least you’ll have Hay’s Timers to do the job. Choose between an interval of 3, 15 or 30 minutes and several cool colorways (grey + powder would be my pick).

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00 - 29.00
Available from: A+R Store

Native Union Docks: Colors

I’m sure you’ve seen Native Union’s charging docks for your devices, and I’m sure you agree that they’re pleasantly minimal and perfectly acceptable to a discerning eye. However, did you know there are a couple of new colors to match your phone/watch? Stone/Rose Gold and Midnight Blue/Gold, to be exact. Because your device deserves a matching charger, doesn’t it, for all its hard work? It’ll look perfect.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99 - 87.99
Available from: Native Union

Roswell Throw

Images of aliens and UFOs will keep you oh-so-warm and comfy when you cover up with this recycled cotton and acrylic throw. A homemade foil hat is entirely optional. Choose the black/white or the lighter white/gold.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Bulletin

Ash Glass Set And Carafe

Don’t be afraid of color; this glass set won’t hurt you (unless someone throws one at you). The drips of color are carefully blown directly into the glass, making each one slightly different and unique in gradation. Designer Kira A. Heuer created this set to bring awareness to our relationship with water (“Aesthetic Activism“) and to decrease the use of plastic bottled water by providing “chic and functional” glassware.

Purchase Information:

Price: $210.00/set
Available from: Bib & Sola

Friday Links

Studio Octopi adds loft extension to RCA professor’s house

John Lautner house donated to Los Angeles County Museum of Art (otherwise known as the Big Lebowski porn house)

Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist. Now What?

– Cute: Bruce, a juice squeezer

– Also cute: How to Build an A-Frame Cabin by Carey Quinton Haider

Osteoid Medical cast, attachable bone stimulator by Deniz Karasahin (via designmilk)

Harper Lee quotes and, if you want pictures with the quotes, 32 Memorable Harper Lee Quotes We’ll Never Forget

Enjoy your weekend.

Instant Dry Umbrella

An instantly dry umbrella? Really? Yes, in fact, this umbrella is made with water-repellant fabric that allows you to simply shake water off in one flutter. Watch the video below to see it with your own eyes, and then marvel how nice it would be to not have water puddles inside entryways. Sure, it’s a small issue, to be sure, but an improvement none the less.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Mirror Mask

You are allowed any of these three mirrors. However, let’s hope that the frowny face ‘no‘ mirror reflects your attitude less of the time, and that the smiley face ‘yes‘ mirror reflects your attitude most of the time. The ‘maybe‘ mirror is for all the times in between.

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Areaware