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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)


Enevu CUBE Light

Why do you need a small LED light? Beats me, but judging by the product shots of the Enevu CUBE Light, I’m sure you’ll be able to find some uses. It’s splash-proof, so you can take it out by the pool or add it to your camping gear. There’s a color changing mode for those ‘mood’ settings you may or may not be fond of, as well as a hanging hook should you need it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $Enevu
Available from: 29.90

Ruban Bottle Opener

This might win the award for most minimal bottle opener, if such a thing existed. The Ruban is made from bended stainless steel, blasted on the lower portion and polished on the upper for a nice contrast. Maybe it’s the most indestructible opener as well…at least when it comes to normal household usage- I’m sure if you wanted to destroy it, you could.

Purchase Information:

Price: €55.00
Available from: Contexte

Le Paname Adjustable Garden Tote

Adjustable side zippers make the Le Paname Adjustable Garden Tote the perfect companion for all sorts of chores. Zip one side down to accommodate larger fare, like branches from the garden, or keep both sides up for use as a city or beach tote. It’s made from Bacsac’s signature geotextile fabric, so it’s ultra-light, durable and very versatile.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Hexagon Wood Table

Have a hexagon or two. The small geometric tables may be combined to form a larger coffee/cocktail table configuration or kept on their own for side table use. And, for every purchase, $10 will be donated to Honey Love, a non-profit organization with a mission to protect the honeybees.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Hammers and Heels

Smoked Oak Magazine Holder

Organize that stack of magazines (or papers) with this oak holder from Ferm Living. The angled top edge reminds one of the traditional roof silhouette, or maybe it just gives off a geometric vibe that’s sure to feel at home in any office or living area. Veneered smoked oak adds a little visual warmth with its natural wood grain.

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Available from: TRNK

Dorian Table Mirror

There seems to be more mirrors made of polished stainless steel nowadays, and that’s a very good trend in the design world, as it allows for more variation in form and color. Just look at the angled sides of the Dorian Table Mirror by Martin Hirth for Pulpo. They allow the mirror to stand alone on a tabletop, and, when you’re not gazing lovingly at your face, you can admire the mirror as a sort of metal sculpture. A shelf protrudes outward at the base, giving you a parking spot for your small sundries. Plus, there are three excellent color options: gold, silver, or blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: €280.00
Available from: Wannekes

Friday Links

  • Travelbox by Juust Combines Essentials for Living In A Portable Box
  • Mother’s Day Cards for Stepmothers & Honorary Moms by Emily McDowell. Also, Empathy Cards For Serious Illness. (via metafilter)
  • Epidemia The Game is the first game for mobiles and tablets created to fight AIDS.
  • dezeen: BarberOsgerby for Knoll
  • What it takes to change your brain’s patterns after age 25
  • Watch Anton Alvarez making string-wrapped furniture at New York’s Salon 94 Gallery. (I want one of those string wrapping machines.)
  • BetterBack (this looks a little silly, but also appears to be quite comfortable)
  • Joggy Security Cam (this might be a post next week)
  • Bespoke bat housing
  • Restoration of Gustave Courbet’s “The Artist’s Studio” (via NYTimes)
    Enjoy your weekend.

    Travelbox (bike, bed, table, chair and storage)

    Herman Miller Sale

    It’s time for the Herman Miller Sale, and that means 15% off and free shipping through May 19. Tempted? I’ve got my eyes on two of the Eames® Molded Plastic Dowel-Leg Armchairs (DAW), shown below, along with a few Side Chairs (DSW) to keep them company around a dining table. With such savings, it’s hard to resist.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $$441.15 - $465.80
    Available from: DWR

    JOY N. 3 Tray Enamel Paint

    A faceted blue tray is exactly the sort of landing spot you need for your prized possessions. Maybe it’ll be for today’s snail mail, your keys, and your wallet when you get home after a long day, or maybe you’ll choose to display a short stack of books or magazines on your coffee table. Either way, you will want to clear it off every so often just so you can fully appreciate the reflection of light off its surface. Made from a steel sheet, the tray goes through a sophisticated molding technique to create the faceted texture. There’s also the JOY N. 1 Bowl, pictured below.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $120.00
    Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

    World Desk Notepad

    Next stop on your world tour? Plan it with the World Desk Notepad. Measuring in at just over 8″x11″, it has enough space to pinpoint your future coordinates or sketch in the possible locations of the various pied-à-terre you’ll have when you retire. You might also play around with testing yourself or your coworkers on country names and borders. That’d be loads of fun, wouldn’t it?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $14.00
    Available from: Poketo

    WakaWaka Power+

    Add this to your Zombie Apocalypse kit, pronto. The WakaWaka Power+ is a compact solar charger that will power almost any smartphone or small electrical device within a couple of hours. It also provides up to 150 hours of sustainable light, with 3 settings varying from 5 to 75 lumen. It’s durable and lightweight, which makes it ideal for anywhere in the world. Buy one for yourself and one will be donated to a family in need- take a look at WakaWaka’s Impact Map to see where your donation might go next.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $79.00
    Available from: WakaWaka

    Source: @remarkablemag

    Minimalist Folio

    Well, isn’t this a nice surprise. It’s a Minimalist Folio that costs under $50. The fact that it’s made from polyurethane could be good or bad, depending on your aversion or preference to leather, but I think we’ll all agree that this kind of price point is very welcome. The medium size easily holds a tablet and notebook, while the large will fit a 13″ laptop. A small pouch holds the smaller essentials and two peg-in-hole fastenings keep the coverlet closed. Choose between Blush, Navy and Pewter.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: Poketo

    Sheffield Kevlar Shears

    Arm yourself with these shears and there will be nothing you can’t cut. Designed to cut through Kevlar (a para-aramid synthetic fiber, by the way), the Sheffield Shears will cut through practically any household material- tape, cardboard, thick fabric, you name it- as they’re extremely sharp and indestructible.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $76.00 - 90.00
    Available from: Best Made Co.

    Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    You do know it’s Mother’s Day this weekend, right? If you’ve neglected to get your mother figure something special, here’s a few ideas to get your brain in the right place. You might have to investigate two-day shipping rates, but that’s better than having her think you don’t care about her, isn’t it? Be sure to take a look at our Gifts section (organized by price) if you’d like to get a few more ideas.

    Slit Tables from Hay Studio

    The Slit Tables from Hay Studio are pretty sharp. The designs are translated from paper origami, and the sleek lines and angles of the metal surfaces will offset your soft furnishings with style. You’ll have a hard time picking out colors though, as there are 14 different combinations (mirror and brass finishes!) to catch your eye.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £119.00 - 339.00
    Available from: The Lollipop Shoppe