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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)


Giant Valentine’s Day Posters

It’s Valentine’s Day, whoop-do-doo, right? No time to get a gift if you’ve not done it already, and sorry, but a stuffed bear and flowers definitely do not count as a thoughtful gift. Now, a giant poster, on the other hand, that’s something to hang on the wall. And a cost of $5 and approximately 15-20 minutes to print it out at your local print shop? That’s a very small price to pay for the big smile you’ll get once that certain someone unrolls it. Download the images at Oh Happy Day.

Purchase Information:

Price: $free
Available from: Oh Happy Day

Shilf Modular Shelving System

Modular shelving? For real? Yes, it’s true, and I do have to say these look great in person, so you have my personal nod of approval. This set certainly isn’t new, as we first posted it years ago, but it’s worth remembering if you’re in the market for a storage system. The Shilf System allows for custom configurations without tools or hardware- you heard me right, no tools or hardware. You can buy the components individually or purchase a set, either way, you’ll have some great shelves that are easy to put together and easy to alter should your storage needs change.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00 - 209.00 per component
Available from: Blu Dot

Sheffield Kevlar Shears

Arm yourself with these shears and there will be nothing you can’t cut. Designed to cut through Kevlar (a para-aramid synthetic fiber, by the way), the Sheffield Shears will cut through practically any household material- tape, cardboard, thick fabric, you name it- as they’re extremely sharp and indestructible.

Purchase Information:

Price: $66.00
Available from: Best Made Co.


Magnetic wooden boxes that fit together for storing all sorts of sundries? Yes, please. Too bad it seems like only one retailer stocks a few pieces stateside, but that’s better than nothing. Crafted by artisans from Tokushima, each box is created in shapes of 30-degree increments. The magnets are embedded within the sides, so you may combine them in random geometric stacks that’ll stay put until you decide to change things up.

Purchase Information:

Price: $52.00 and up
Available from: Plastica Shop

Kitchen Grip

Hmm, this is a rather hi-tech oven mitt, isn’t it? Made of pliable neoprene (FLXaPrene, to be exact), this mitt repels stains and bacteria buildup and the textured surface gives you a good, safe grip. What else do you want in an oven mitt? Maybe to throw it in the dishwasher when it needs cleaning? Done. Your wish is granted.

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, if you need the reminder. Shipping will be steep if you select overnight/next day, but that’s what you get for waiting so long to buy a gift. If none of the below picks suits your someone, check out our gift guide for more ideas. And, if you’re ahead of the game and already have your gift for that special someone, go get yourself a coffee and feel smug for a approximately 5 minutes- any more than that and you’ll be annoying.


Balance Pen and Stylus

I now feel as if it is my personal mission to appraise you of any and all decent styli that hit the market, if only to arm you with information should friends/colleagues discuss the lack of acceptable options. The Balance Pen and Stylus is just that- both pen and stylus- so you need not fumble between two implements when you switch from digital device to paper.

Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Minimal Float Wall Desk

A floating wall desk for under a grand might sound as likely as a hipster who’s never considered ironic facial hair, but stranger things have happened. The floating wall desk by Dario Antonioni is just under the $700 mark and has a full slide out tray to double your work area. There’s also a small wire management slot to keep your cords tidy. Need it be emphasized that you’ll have to follow the installation instructions correctly or you’ll have a small disaster at hand? If you’re not particularly handy, enlist help before tackling it on your own.

Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00
Available from: Orange22 Design Lab

AÃRK Collective Classic Watch

Newsflash! Wristwatches still exist. Some people use them to tell the time instead of checking their smartphones, if you can believe it. AÃRK Collective has a tempting collection of minimally designed watches in a few spectacular color choices (four, to be exact), and there’s no doubt they’ll have some of us rethinking our time telling habits.

Purchase Information:

Price: AUD139.00
Available from: AÃRK Collective

Asahineko Table Broom & Dust Pan

Go ahead and scoff at the $140 price tag. It is a table broom and dust pan, after all. However, the next time you’ve swept crumbs off the table with your gross sponge or inept hands and scattered some of the mess on the floor and chairs, don’t come back here complaining that there’s nothing you can do about it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: Mill Mercantile

Friday Links

  • The paper sculptures of Li Hongbo
  • Ode to Joy performed on broken crockery
  • Kiss of Chytid by Jonty Hurwitz
  • Put The United States In Perspective
  • Face protection from snowstorms
  • Trashcam!
  • Creepy. The Speaking Piano
  • Ooo, a treasure trove of vintage stuff: TINI Vintage
  • 5 Astronauts More Badass Than Any Action Movie Hero
  • Have a super weekend.

    Modern Industry Packs

    With so many iterations of the simple black backpack, how do you choose the right one? Well, the price, for starters, has to be somewhat reasonable, and the ‘cool’ factor must exist. It’s unlikely you’re going to give up the look you’ve cultivated just for a functional carry-all. Modern Industry meets both criteria with two backpacks that will complement your daily wardrobe. The Magnitude Backpack, $250, is the larger of the two, and has a padded laptop sleeve (away from your back for comfort), a large main compartment and three accessories pockets for smaller stuff. The Conduit Sling Pack, $100, is a smaller pack with one main pocket (will fit a laptop or jacket) and one accessories pocket. Both bags feature a flap top that can be adjusted according to your needs.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $100.00 - 250.00
    Available from: Modern Industry

    Star Cutting Board

    Who’s a star? You are! Especially when you’re chopping up vegetables in the kitchen, or pulling this stellar cutting board out as an impromptu coaster or trivet for the table. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $37.00
    Available from: Ferm Living Shop

    Hitch Peacock Blue Stool

    Glossy peacock blue might just be the jolt of color that’s needed for the semi-dreary days of February, and hey, an extra seat for $170 is reasonably affordable considering it’s made of iron and acacia wood. It certainly won’t get wobbly or fall apart, which is more than you can say for other assembly-required seating. A small cutout in the seat makes it easy to move around.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $169.00
    Available from: CB2

    Seed Furniture

    Someone’s got the right idea here. A bureau that can switch from a changing table to a bar, and back again when the time is right. Oh, and maybe you’ll want an armoire? Add a top. It’s modular furniture that doesn’t look cheap, and offers a variety of door materials and styles. And, if a changing table/bar/bureau doesn’t fit your needs, there’s a Media Cabinet and Bookshelf worth a look.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,400.00
    Available from: Seed Furniture