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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)


Foldin, Wall Mounted Modular Bookcase

A small, flat packed bookcase may be just the thing to sort out any messy stacks of miscellany. The Foldin has convenient folding shelves (plywood with felt corners), which allow you to easily move them around for different configurations. Fold down the sides and slide out the shelf, it’s easy as can be. Choose between three different sizes, all with extremely affordable price tags.

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00 - 180.00
Available from: Gessato

Holmes Sconce

It doesn’t take much deductive reasoning to select this Holmes Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric as one of the better options in the marketplace. It might be inspired by the classic candle sconce in the days before electricity, but the minimalist lines in its steel backplate marks it firmly in the present. Make it your own by choosing a specialty bulb, and know that the smaller size would fit almost anywhere you need an extra source of light.

Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

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– Support CreativeMornings over on Kickstarter.

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Have a nice weekend.

Hay Plisse Archival Folder

Do you have big stock of documents and miscellaneous paperwork? Ugh, no fun. But wait, it’ll be a snap to organize it all with this nice folder, don’t you think? Open it up to access a large fan of sections with a grid design along the sides. It folds close with a matching band to keep things tidied away. The A4 size will accommodate legal documents as well as odd notes, craft supplies, and memorabilia.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: Poketo

Zohra Wool Kilim Rug

Triangles! In various colors! On a black background! Come on, take a risk on rug, why don’t you. It’s pretty affordable, and, bonus points, it’s handwoven in India in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility. The triangle pattern is a little jazzy (in a good way) and could be just the thing to add a little bit of fun to a room.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00 - 929.00
Available from: West Elm

Concrete Desk Set

One thing is for sure, these desk accessories aren’t going anywhere. They’ll not be tipped over or jostled easily, as they’re made of hefty concrete with subtle, curved edges. We first posted this collection back in 2011, so you know they’ll not be lumped in with those ‘trendy’ sorts of office supplies. All pieces are hand-cast from solid concrete.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Areaware

Wall Desk by Norm.Architects

Small desks that fold away are rare these days, despite all of the laptops and tablets floating around us at home. That’s exactly why this minimalist drop-down Wall Desk catches the eye. It’s suited for a small work surface or as a minimalist valet or dressing table. There’s a cable management compartment for hiding messy cords away, and you’ve got the option of folding up the whole thing to keep things tidy and to create more space. And, to sweeten the deal, Menu is offering 20% off all their goods through the end of March (enter code MS2016 at checkout), so the desk is on sale for $160. Not too bad, eh?

Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: A+R Store

Boya Lamp

This little lamp takes its inspiration from the sea- think lighthouse beacons and buoys. At 8.5″ high and 7.5″ in diameter, it’s small enough to fit on a desk or large side table without taking up a lot of visual space, especially as there’s no traditional cloth lampshade. The base is made of reclaimed American red and white oak beams and the shade is thick, tinted grey glass.

Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00
Available from: Environment

Cubcit01 from Cinqpoints

Wood blocks, anyone? Whether you build skyscrapers or miniature furniture, a set of 18 natural wood pieces (unvarnished) will keep those fingers of yours busy while you brainstorm. Share them with kids and coworkers or be selfish and keep them to yourself. Do I need to point out that this would make an excellent gift?

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE

H.A.N.D. Coffee Carafe Set

Whoa, what a pretty coffee carafe, with a cool copper dripper as well. The open frame copper dripper was designed to avoid blockage from coffee powder, so you’ll get a light and balanced flavor. It easily fits onto an individual mug or the accompanying double wall glass carafe (it will keeps beverages warm while protecting your hands from heat).

Purchase Information:

Price: $73.00
Available from: MilkDesign

Brace Bench and Stool

If these pieces by Dino Sanchez remind you a teensy bit of childhood, you’ve picked up on the inspiration of elementary school desks. Note the small detail of wood peg joins, rounded corners and slightly chunky proportions. Endearing, aren’t they? And, if you’re prone to collecting, you’ll be happy to know that each bench and stool is marked as a numbered edition.

Purchase Information:

Price: $475.00 - 675.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

Doc Magazine Rack

Ah, the manila folder. Remember when they were typical for sorting files? Or am I just old? On second thought, don’t answer that. The Doc Magazine Rack takes the folder image into concrete, providing a slanted rest for all your magazines and paperwork- that is, if you still get them in hard copies.

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00
Available from: YLiving

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Enjoy your weekend.

UMA Sound Lantern

We all know you’ll be making the most of the warm weather evenings (once they arrive), so let’s prepare and consider the UMA Sound Lantern. It’s both speaker and lantern, made for portable use.

There’s a touch sensitive volume control and full-range light control dial, so it’s easy to operate, and it connects to your device via Bluetooth. A durable (impact resistant) polycarbonate shade will withstand a few bumps and bruises and a couple of interchangeable handles will make it a breeze to carry around wherever you go. Set one or two on the table (or next to a sitting area) for a warm glow and just enough music for a conversational atmosphere. You’ll be all set for a enjoyable evening.

Purchase Information:

Price: $431.10 - 479.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Peacock Pen

Talk about signing paperwork with a flourish, this pen will give any handwritten note an air of importance. Is it slightly silly? Yes, it is, until you stop and appreciate the absurd beauty of a peacock. Then, perhaps, it becomes a little elegant and also- not to be dismissed- extremely hard for coworkers to steal from your desk without being caught.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: Poketo