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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)


rootcup Planter

If you had hope of propagating cuttings like a pro after learning of the rootcup, you’ll be a bonâ fide believer that a greenhouse in the backyard is a good idea, never mind the $5 grand for the kit. For rootcup has a PLANTER now, made from the same BPA free, phthalate free, food safe, durable polymer, and it has a no mess drain and reservoir that lets your plant take as much water as it needs via sub-irrigation (from the roots).

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: rootcup

Geneva WorldRadio

Let me tell you a little story. One of these showed up last week for me to review, and, as I’m not especially excited by radios, it sat in its box for approximately a day until my husband noticed it. Then, being an audiophile, he promptly started opening the box like a kid on Christmas morning, and asked me while doing so if I got to keep it. Nope, I said, I have to return it after I review it.

Next day after work, when it’s fully charged and ready for a test run, he starts messing with the touch controls and setting the time (on the digital color display) and then tuning the radio to various stations (you can stream all available Internet stations too). I’m mildly impressed, mostly because it’s a sleek little box with old-school boom box influences, and I like that sort of thing. The handle folds down nicely, the touch controls are perfect; all in all, it looks good.

That night, we set it in the living room to compare it with the speakers set up with the TV, which we sometimes use for an overall sound system during dinners and such. That’s where we both got hooked- the sound is actually pretty damn good. It fills a room easily with a warm, not-at-all-tinny sound, and the bass certainly feels as if it’s not encased in a small box. We could use this outside on the patio! We could take this on a picnic! I could use this in my office! he said. Etc., etc. And, of course, it has a built-in wireless Bluetooth receiver, so we listened to a bunch of favorite songs on an iPhone, easy as can be.

Now, if I was an audiophile, I would rattle off some more specs, maybe insert ‘awesome’ somewhere as an adjective, but I think it’s more telling to repeat what my husband said: ‘You have to figure out how to keep this thing, by hook or by crook. Can you just not return it?’ To which I replied that I would ask nicely, at least for some kind of discount. So, dear Geneva rep/PR person that sent me this WorldRadio, can I keep it? Or at least get some kind of discount? My husband wants to put it in his office. More specs and info below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.95
Available from: Geneva

Cleon Small Sectional Sofa

Let’s talk sectional sofas. They’re usually expensive, and you get whacked over the head with various interior suspension info that you probably don’t care too much about, even though it’s important, especially as you’ll be sitting on it for every day for the rest of your life.

We’ll not revisit any bullet points about frames, springs, or foam, we’ll just look at this small sectional sofa from Blu Dot and admire its simplicity and configuration possibilities. Also, for someone that’s continually worried about dogs/kids/dirty-shoes-on-furniture, when you look at how the components come apart, it looks like a breeze to reupholster should it be needed in the future. Available in sectional groupings, or each individual piece on its own.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,699.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Q Knot Reusable Zip Ties

These sound handy enough, don’t they? Reusable zip ties could be used to manage unruly cords, seal up snack bags, and all those other things your imagination can think of. Made of rubber, they’re easy to release for reuse. Get a pack of 12 ties for $6, 4 of each size/color.

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00
Available from: IPPINKA

Single Pendant Light by onefortythree

As promised, here’s a link to onefortythree’s Single Pendant Light. With a cloth twisted cord and a socket in a powder coat finish, and either a hard wire or plug in option, and with a price tag of $45, it’s a no brainer. Available in several delightful colors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: onefortythree

LILLÖN Charcoal Grill

Hmm, who makes this grill? My first thought was it was something from a Teletubbies set, then I quickly adjusted myself into appreciation for its bulbous form. It’s from IKEA, if the diaeresis didn’t tip you off. You can assemble this grill at two heights- standing or as a table grill- and the body is made of porcelain-enamelled steel with two vents to regulate air flow. They’re not selling this online (yet?), so you’ll have to brave the crowds at the closest store to get your hands on one, after you call to confirm they have it, of course.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: IKEA

Source: Svpply

Design by Conran Stacking Trays

Contrary to what one would expect, a set of stacking trays that doesn’t offend the eyes is slightly hard to find nowadays. That explains why you’re seeing this set of 3 trays by Conran. They’re rather large and have pleasing neutral colors that would most likely work with your color scheme. So, whether you use them for mail and keys near the front door or in the closet for jewelry and accessories, they’ll blend right in and, more importantly, give you a landing pad to keep things handy.

Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: jcp

Hot Mesh Counter and Barstool

You can stop shopping for barstools now, because the Hot Mesh Chair has siblings. Available in six finishes (black, green, humble red, natural yellow, simple blue and white), you’re sure to find the right hue to fit your dining/kitchen area, and don’t ignore the fact that the stools are stackable and suitable for use outdoors as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Blu Dot

6 Pack Bike Bag

If you get around the neighborhood by bicycle and you and/or your friends like to drink anything in a bottle, this was made for you. Made of sturdy canvas, the sides of the 6 Pack Bag are secured with Velcro, ensuring your cargo gets to your destination safe and sound. (I suppose you could also use this to transport your bottles from the grocery store, though you’d have to mess with unpacking them from their cardboard carton first.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $69.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! We’ll return tomorrow with regularly scheduled posts.

Shown above: Star Spangled Spatula, now available in red, blue, black, or white, $10.00, in addition to the Stainless Steel and American Walnut version, $65.00.

Designer: Jacob Riley-Wasserman
Material: Nylon Resin
Dimensions: 19.5 x 4 x 2 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

  • Here is Today (via swiss-miss)
  • Hmm. Melon: A Headband and Mobile App to Measure Your Focus
    (via fastcodesign)
  • The green 3D printing materials we’ve been waiting for
  • Felt. Personal, handwritten cards sealed, stamped and mailed, all from your iPad. (also via swiss-miss)
  • Time on your hands? Read this: List of common misconceptions (via kottke)
  • Hidden Pivot Bookcase Installation (via pinterest)
  • 1927 London Shown in Moving Color
  • Enjoy the weekend!

    Wooden Bike Hook

    Is this a minimal bike hook? Yes, indeed, and I’m holding my hand up for a long distance high five here (air-five, as some might say). These bike hooks by Sandra Thomsen are just about as simple as you can get. Do note that they’re intended for lighter sports bikes. You’ll want to triple check that the wall is suitable and that you install the anchors correctly, otherwise you might just have a scuffed up bike and two holes in the wall, and that’s no fun at all.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $119.00
    Available from: gselect

    Pixo LED Table Lamp

    Remember this little guy? The Pixo lamp incorporates a USB port in its base, which means more convenience when charging our mobile devices. However many times you’ve reached behind your sofa/bed/table/desk to pick up a charging cable, you know it’s been too many.

    There are other impressive things about this lamp (360 degree rotating head, three-axis articulating stem, uses just five watts thanks to low-energy LEDs, etc.) but all we’re going to appreciate right now is the USB port (Hat tip to designers Pablo and Fernando Pardo for this small yet significant detail), and the new color options of yellow and blue.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00
    Available from: 2modern

    Bend Bench S

    Sorry for posting another item from an invite-only site, but this bench is something worth talking about. Hand laminated with birch triplex, the Bend Bench curves just so to provide a seating surface. A red rope adds a little fun into the mix and ensures stability.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $615.00
    Available from: Touch of Modern

    Metal Folders by Debra Folz

    For those papers and magazines that need a home, consider a folder- not a flimsy paper folder that sits on your desk- a metal folder that mounts on the wall. These aluminum folders by Debra Folz easily mount to the wall, giving you that extra space to organize your important documents. Can you see several scattered on the wall next to your desk? Because I sure can, and I don’t even know where you work. Available in silver or white.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: Debra Folz