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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)


Cain Bench 2

Need a bench? How about this Cain Bench by Staach? It’s been around a while now (the first time we posted it was in 2008) but simple lines and an affordable price tag never goes out of style. The wood is sourced sustainably from New York and Pennsylvania, and each bench is fabricated completely in Staach’s workshop with a limited use of only two tools. Think of it as a landing pad in the entryway for bags and putting on shoes or as seating for one/both sides of the dining table.

Purchase Information:

Price: $386.00
Available from: 2modern

Magazine Table

Quick update on price for this table by Axel Bjurström; it increased ever so slightly from $295 to $330. However, thanks to one of the summer sales, greenergrassdesign is offering 20% off all Design House Stockholm goods until Friday, so if any of their products are on your ‘must-buy-soon’ list, you can save a little bit of dough.

Combining a magazine rack and a side table is nothing new, but add some wheels and us bibliophiles will sit up and take notice. Wheeling a stack of books and magazines around the house to wherever our reading spot might be sounds just fine- we can keep our current collection together without resorting to an actual library cart.

Purchase Information:

Price: $330.00
Available from: Design House Stockholm

Friday Links

  • Image of Karena Schuessler’s Berlin Apartment (Freunde von Freunden took the original images down, sad face)
  • Bead-chain experiment
  • Scientist figures out how those big-ass sailing stones move themselves across death valley
  • The Rationale of Feng Shui in Architecture
  • Cloud Cities by Tomás Saraceno
  • What The Great Gatsby Looked Like Without CGI
  • A better gift registry? Looks like it: Thankful
  • Send your future self a picture: ThrowBack (via Netted)
  • 3 reasons why exercise makes you smarter

    Have a great weekend!

    Opencase Wall System

    What loveliness is this? The Opencase Wall System is from none other than Henrybuilt, and there’s no doubt we can expect the same exacting quality and craftsmanship as with their kitchen construction. The Opencase offers customized components to create a storage system suited to your needs. Shelving, wine storage, laundry/recycling bags, closet rods and more, contact Henrybuilt directly for more information or to receive a quote.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $POR
    Available from: Henrybuilt

    Hedley & Bennett Aprons

    Oh, what to wear when you’re making a brilliant meal indoors, or grilling outside with your Italian Barbecue Tool Set? You can’t risk ruining your clothes, dressed as you are to perfection. Not to worry, don one of these denim aprons by Hedley & Bennett and then carry on with your culinary prowess.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $75.00 and up
    Available from: Hedley & Bennett

    What is it?

    Come on, now, use your brain and play along. What is this strange item above? It has a handle, and lots of little prong-ish things on the underside. Any guesses?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $29.99
    Available from: Amazon

    FastFit Bluetooth® Wireless Keyboard Case for iPad Mini

    Keen eyes will detect an iPad Mini above, and the keenest eyes will see that, yes, that is a wireless keyboard case attached. How excited are you? Probably a little, at least if you own an iPad Mini, because now you just might have found a decent keyboard to type out all those thoughts swimming inside your head. The specs are listed on the retailer’s site, but here’s a quick rundown:

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $79.99
    Available from: Belkin

    Italian Barbecue Tool Set

    Well, aren’t we fancy with our Italian Barbecue Tool Set? Because a BBQ set from anywhere else just won’t cut it, or that’s at least what you’ll tell your guests the next time you’re grilling. Be sure to tell them you’re kidding after that snotty remark, or else they’ll not invite you over to their house where they have ordinary barbecue tools from an ordinary store because that’s where ordinary people shop. Made in Maniago, Italy, known for its artisan blacksmiths.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $219.00
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

    Pia Shopping Bag

    Raise your hand if you like strange shopping bags. This one from Milk Design and Feel Good Home has a different sort of 3D shape made from Tyvek and leather handles, which will surely tote your purchases safely home, and, with a fair amount of style at that. Tyvek is durable and water resistant, not to mention light, and did you see the price?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $35.00
    Available from: MilkDesign

    Denizen Secretary Desk

    How about an updated secretary desk for your home workspace? This guy by Coalesse has a cork panel back splash to pin important notes and photos, a pull-out keyboard tray, two file drawers, and a cord management system to keep things tidy. Integrated pulls and skinny, brushed nickel legs lend a clean and modern aesthetic while self-close slides will give a luxurious feel each time you sit down to take care of your important/unimportant business.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $4,299.00
    Available from: YLiving

    Dots & Spots Pillows

    For goodness sake, don’t get so serious with your interior accessories that you turn your nose up at polka dots. It is summer, after all, and a little bit of friendly-bright color might just do you some good. Plus, these polka dot pillows are from the lovely duo Daniel Emma, of whom we are all fans. (Trust me on this.)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £49.00
    Available from: Theo

    Tiny Letterpress Cards

    You never know when you might need a small card to say the word(s) you’d rather not say in person, or (even worse) in an email. Cards are an endearing traditional aspect of communication, and make an occasion out of a few simple words. Any of these three cards will no doubt leave the recipient in a much better mood than before they picked up the envelope.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $4.00
    Available from: Set Editions

    Lollygagger Lounge

    Yep, we’ve posted the 4 slat Adirondack by Loll before, but this one is new, and has less ‘slat’ and more of a clean, modern look. As is with most of Loll’s lounge chairs, this one is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE = milk jugs), and is 100% recycled and recyclable. That means no maintenance needed- ever- and no storing/packing up when the seasons change. And, as an extra bonus, an integrated bottle opener is hidden underneath the sitters’ right arm for opening up a cold one when the weather gets warm.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $440.00
    Available from: Loll Designs

    Cloud Doormat

    Update: Remember this guy? It was no longer available from the original shop we linked to, but Sprout Home has it. (Hooray!)

    Simple doormats do the job, but a doormat in the shape a cloud might just be a tiny bit better. It’s like watching kittens playing- really not necessary but somehow worthwhile. Anyone who’s ever visited YouTube knows as much. And, yes, that was a link to a kitten video. Made of natural coir.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $31.00
    Available from: Sprout Home

    Distil Union’s Wally

    Among the many varieties of wallet/iPhone cases is Distil Union’s Wally. It’s an attachable leather pocket that keeps your credit cards close at hand, with a pull-tab that conceals/reveals contents. It won’t hold all your George Costanza-like receipts and such, as there’s just room for around 3 cards, so maybe it will force you to only keep what’s necessary. The Wally attaches directly to the iPhone (and most cases) with an adhesive backing.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $39.99
    Available from: Distil Union