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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)


Trapeze LED Table Light

Whoa, this lamp is something else. The rounded counterweights are distinctly sculptural, and the 3-axis range of motion means you’ll get an even warm light (thanks to the LEDs) wherever you need it. Aluminum spherical joints allow for fluid-yet-precise movement. On a personal note, my workspace lamp recently bit the dust and I opted to upgrade to the Trapeze- the movement of the arm is pretty fantastic. Wherever you move the head, it stays, which is exactly what is needed from a task light. Two thumbs up.

Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00
Available from: YLighting

Unit Portables 05 Overnight Bag

Do you remember the Unit Portables 01 Shoulder Bag? That handy movable-pocket idea? Now there’s a larger overnight size that’s just right for a weekend trip. A mesh toiletry bag, a padded laptop sleeve, and a cable/accessory bag is included, so you’ll be all set when packing for an adventure. Oh, and if a tote is more suited to your needs, the Unit Portables 16 Tote is available for pre-order.

Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: Vetted

Loop Bottle Opener

Want a bottle opener that will last forever? Take stock of this stainless steel version. It’s got a rough tumbled finish that will take its fair share of abuse no matter how many bottles you open on a daily basis. The simplified form and industrial finish means no nonsense- no silly frilliness here, thank you very much.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Field

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Charlie vs. Medina

Next, we have a match-up between the charming Charlie rug and the multicolor Medina rug. One is a little more pinkish than the other, obviously, but they both have a similar look with their stacked block pattern. Can you guess which one is over $2 grand and which one is just under $500?

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00 / 2,279.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Gamma Ray Alternative Watch

Tell time using a binary system- and don’t worry, it’s not complicated. Just pay attention to where the lights are on the face and you’ll have the code cracked. As you can see from the image below, the pattern is circular, and the lights are different sizes, so it won’t take many brain cells to figure out whether it’s 1:20 or 2:35. The square face and stainless steel strap keep things sleek and modern.

Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: ahalife

Hex Cutting Board

Shoot, I’m such a sucker for geometric anything. Simply facet the edges of an American Maple wood board and I’m already contemplating plonking down a credit card, no matter the many cutting boards already in my cabinets. Now, the faceted edges do make the board easier to pick up (on one side), so it’s actually a functional feature as well as a stylistic choice.

Purchase Information:

Price: $105.00
Available from: Field

Make Bike Rack

I have no idea why this retailer lists this bike rack for $50 more than the designer/manufacturer consult, but it’s good news that there’s the option to save some dollar bills. It’s a simple enough bike rack made of solid wood (walnut or maple), yet you won’t find it at your local bike supply shop- unless your bike supply shop is awesome, in which case some of us are a little jealous.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: consult

Facet Pyramid

Just in case you need another stand for your iPod/tablet, the Facet Pyramid offers three different viewing angles- 35°, 55° and 75°. Magnets embedded within the Facet grip to your device, which makes for minimal fuss, and the surface area gives stability on a variety of surfaces.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: iLoveHandles

Herringbone Coffee Table

Wood (coffee table) + chevron parquet + simple iron base = no brainer. Parquetry seems to have been making a comeback with a few interiors featuring the old school look to its best advantage (a few bookmarked images on tumblr). All good news, of course, but if you can’t actually install those lovely patterned floors in your own space, you can certainly apply the technique to a coffee table top. This particular table is made of sustainable shesham wood and is left unfinished, so do be careful with your colorful beverages.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: CB2

Felt35 Wall Clock

Made of felt, eh? Sounds nice, but what’s even nicer is that it’s made out of 60% recycled PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) felt. The PET felt helps with sound dampening and adds a soft texture to your time spot. Choose white, grey, or orange hands.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Design Public


That’s Count Chopula* to you. This spatula allows you to keep your hand away from the heat while chopping food in a hot pan. The flexible, flat head slides easily under food for fast flips and a clever bend in the handle keeps it off countertops to reduce mess (and food contamination, if you’re going to get specific).

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.95
Available from: The Spoon Sisters

Friday Links

  • A meteor burned up above the skies of central Russia this morning (and how it sounded via likeafieldmouse)
  • Beck Reimagines David Bowie’s 1977 Classic, “Sound and Vision”
  • Who Said It: Marissa Cooper Or Franz Kafka?
  • Lasso Felt Slippers
  • Gah! A 2-legged cat gets around just fine.
  • Video: Imogen Heap’s Ableton-Controlling Gloves
  • Relax! You’ll Be More Productive
  • How to Get Bike Lanes in Your Town (via Explore) And, no, you shouldn’t paint your own bike lane.
  • Have a lovely weekend!


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    Doll Lamp

    Inspired by the shape of the traditional Japanese ‘Kokeshi Doll‘, this small lamp combines “feminine sensitivity and Foscarini’s technological design research capabilities.” Let’s also say that it’ll be your little lamp friend, shedding light on those dark, lonely nights. The blown glass ‘head’ emits a warm, diffused light while the plastic body allows for several color options. And, as the size comes in at just 8.5″ high and 6.5″ diameter, it can tuck into smaller spots quite well.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $314.00
    Available from: Hive

    Steel Tray vs. Corian Tray

    Next up, ladies and gentlemen, we have a tray smackdown! Steel versus Corian, white versus white, handles up versus handles flat, all very exciting. Which one has the lower price of $79 and which one has the higher price tag of $335?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $79.00 / 335.00
    Available from: Room & Board /