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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)


Hasami Porcelain Teapot

Not only does this Hasami Porcelain Teapot have a classically modern shape, it shares the same diameter as other pieces in the Hasami Porcelain collection, which allows for easy transport and stacking. That’s not only beneficial for your cabinet space, but it also makes for an efficient and aesthetically pleasing tablescape. Crafted from a custom blend of clay and porcelain, the surface is softer to the touch than traditional porcelain.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Heartwarmer Cushion

In a reluctant nod to the holiday that is Valentine’s Day, I present you with the Heartwarmer Cushion. It may be placed in the microwave or freezer to warm or cool whatever region that may need it. (Considering the very cold February we’ve been having, the warmth of a heart-shaped cushion on toes and fingers would be especially nice, wouldn’t it?)

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Fitzsu

The Dash: Wireless Smart Headphones

Wow. That’s one word to wrap up my impression of these in-ear headphones. Let’s cover the basics: The Dash is a pair of completely wireless stereo earphones. You can play music through a Bluetooth connection or use the embedded 4GB/1000 song music player. They can also keep track of distance traveled, steps taken, cadence, heart rate, oxygen saturation, etc. Want to talk on your phone through the headphones? Sure, they do that with an ear bone microphone. And, if you feel safer with a little ambient sound while you’re out running, you can choose to reduce the noise isolation with a quick swipe on capacitive touch surface.

There’s a little bit of the future as imagined in the movie Her, but I’d say in this case, that’s a good thing. Learn more over at Bragi’s website or their Kickstarter page.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Black Steel Stool

Now here’s something we all want to see more of: multifunctional furniture. The Black Steel Stool by Noon studio is an interesting seating option on its own, but pull a few together and you have a coffee table; stack several straight up, and you have a bookcase. The wooden y-frame supports a simple metal sheet, and the two materials joined together provide a visually appealing warm/cool contrast.

Purchase Information:

Price: £395.00
Available from: Noon studio

One, Two vs. Adnet Mirror

How about a little mirror rivalry? To be more specific, buckled leather mirror rivalry. Gubi’s Adnet Mirror, above, on the right, has long been admired, but unfortunately its $700-$800 price tag is a bit too high for everyone’s wallet. Now, the mirror on the left is two inches shy of the Adnet’s 18 inch diameter, but it costs considerably less. Any guesses as to the price difference?


Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00 - 749.00
Availability: Buy One, Two vs. Adnet Mirror here

CB2 Upholstery Sale

Need some soft furnishings that won’t break the metaphorical piggy bank? CB2 has an upholstery sale (15% off) through 2/17, with several modern frames available in neutral and more colorful options.

More information:

View CB2 Upholstery Sale here

Grain Pendant

At first glance, this Grain Pendant looks like it has a simple aluminum shade. However, take a closer look and you’ll see that the shade is formed over a wooden mold that has been sandblasted, and, during the shade’s metal spinning process, the patterns of the wood grain are impressed on the shade’s underside. Read more about the Grain Pendant’s case study over at Brendan Ravenhill’s site.

Purchase Information:

Price: $380.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Coveted Things Scarves

If you’re in a love-fueled craze and don’t have a lot of money to spend, then maybe you could get the object of your desire one of these scarves from Coveted Things. Full disclosure though, the scarves may also double as baby blankets, so be sure your message is entirely clear: “It’s a SCARF for your lovely NECK…” or something along those lines. There’s nothing too fancy, they’re 100% cotton, but the script itself will carry your message across.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Coveted Things

Considered Curtain Rod

Remember the Intersect Valet posted a couple of weeks ago? John Dixon, of DIXON Branded, has a few other items in his shop, one of which is this Considered Curtain Rod. The final length of the rod is determined and cut by you, the end user, to specifically fit your windows. There’s just enough of a DIY-feel to make you look incredibly handy, but do be sure to have a saw on hand before you go bragging to your friends.

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: DIXON Branded

Wine Thermals from Angle33

I know keeping your wine chilled at the perfect temperature is the least of your worries, but, hey, if you can eliminate that worry altogether, why not do it? This Wine (or Champagne) Thermal is made from concrete and will keep wine at the perfect temperature no matter how hot it gets this summer. That seems a long way away from the cold, dreary weather outside our doors today, but it won’t hurt to be prepared. Oh, and if you’re fond of your company logo, engraving is an option. Available from Angle33. (They also offer concrete coasters and Wine Bottle Coasters to keep those drips and spills from spoiling your tabletop.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $64.99
Available from: Angle33

Swish Console Desk

Console or desk, does it matter? What matters is that this Swish Console Desk from Blu Dot has a clever sliding top that conceals a drawer or work top, depending on your preference. There’s a cord management slot, so you can fit your laptop/tablet in there with no problem, and cover it all up if it gets too messy. Excellent idea, isn’t it?

Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Scout Stool

A sloping seat gives comfort, and Southern Yellow Pine shows off its intricate patterning. This Scout Stool was constructed using mortise and tenon joints along with other time-tested construction techniques. And it’s $180. Available for pre-order from Surname Goods.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Surname Goods

Flexi Flash

No, the Flexi Flash is not a new dance move, nor is it an old disco rock band (to my knowledge), but it is a small lighting device that can light your way in the dark. Beam and strobe options are features, as well as silicone handle that makes it bendable and easy to attach to your bag or bike.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

  • freundevonfreunden: Arno Brandlhuber
  • Build Your Own Hyperbolic Soccer Ball Model
  • Make your pictures look like a watercolor with this app: Waterlogue Via @elledecor
  • Hmm, this could spell trouble for our wallets: Hunters Alley is a new resale shop by the One Kings Lane folks. Sell your stuff (listing is free) or shop, up to you. via @dailycandy
  • Apartment Therapy: 12 things every home should have Via @designcrush
  • Colorful star trails
  • Have fun.

    Tom & Jerry Stools

    Adjustable stools are great choices for kitchen counter bars, as they can accommodate all sorts of people- from wee kids to big adults. These two stools by Konstantin Grcic each feature a brightly-colored polypropylene screw mechanism where the height can be easily changed to suit the sitter. Simply spin the top to make it go up or down.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $611.00 - 784.00
    Available from: YLiving