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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)


Prism Magnifier

You might not need the Prism Magnifier today, but you might make use of it the next time some tiny text with fine details needs a closer look. When you don’t make use if its magnifying properties, it will sure look nice sitting atop that stack of other paperwork that you may or may not have beside your internet machine.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

  • Steve Messam creates crimson bridge from 20,000 sheets of paper
  • Now that Mad Men is over, we can enjoy it all over again with Mad Men Integrated, in small snippets at a time.
  • Yes. Recycling Debris into Concrete Lego-Blocks (via unconsumption)
  • Just a reminder, all the best Terrible real estate agent photographs are in one place.
  • UNIVERSUM INCOGNITA : A Primer on the Dark Universe. Warning: might be a tad too esoteric.
  • Elana Herzog’s Wall Panels (via drawdrawdraw)
  • Alexey Kondakov

  • Artist Alexey Kondakov Imagines Figures from Classical Paintings as Part of Contemporary Life
  • Science Just Invented a Simple, Painless Way to Get Superhuman Vision (via galaxyclusters)
  • Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend!

    Karui Trays

    Pretty, jewel-tone leather contrasts nicely with the polished brass perimeters of the Karui Trays by Gam Fratesi for Skultuna. “Karui” means “light” and “soft” in Japanese (there, look at that, you learned something), which echoes the minimal feel of the circular shape and soft leather surfaces. Pair a couple up for a vanity or entry area, and try not to gravitate towards them every time you pass by.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $134.00 - 336.00
    Available from: Suite NY

    Drink Rocks by Runa Klock

    Drink rocks aren’t the most appealing idea, mostly because the two words don’t sound like the best of friends. Who wants a rock in their drink? Not me…but, maybe we should be a little more open to the idea, especially because Runa Klock has made this set from soapstone and marble, and each rock has a very appealing geometric shape. Come to think of it, they’re the sort of thing I’d like to set on a bookshelf to see, or on a table to pick up and hold, so why not see if they can cool my drink?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $38.00
    Available from: Poketo

    Fine 500 Desk Lamp by FX Ballery

    How about an ultra thin LED lamp to light your workspace? The Fine 500 Desk Lamp by FX Balléry has a delicate outline yet it packs a punch when it comes to light output. You get 1200 lumen, which equals out to around 75W, with only 15W of energy consumed. Let’s all approvingly nod our heads at that bullet point, and then admire that it has four preset light levels and a “Green mode” option with a sensor that turns on and off depending on movement.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $530.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Roger Stool by Sika-Design

    This handmade stool is made from suar wood, which, if you’re not familiar, is a fast growing (and non-endangered) tropical hardwood. It has an interlocking grain that reduces the likelihood of cracking with temperature changes, and that’s very good news for those of us that hope our furniture lasts longer than our pithy life spans. And did you see the price? Very, very affordable which is oh-so-nice to see. Use it as a low table in the living room or take it outside, as it can go back and forth to suit your place-to-put-my-drink needs.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $133.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Wary Meyers Soap

    It’s okay to be filthy when soap looks this good. Wary Meyers has all sorts of colorful stripes happening in their collection of glycerine soaps, and it’s enough to tempt one away from a push pump and go completely with the old tried and true bar o’ soap. Shall we purchase a few to show off in a soap dish for guests? Or will we be entirely selfish and enjoy them for ourselves? Maybe the trick is buy enough to do both.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $14.00
    Available from: Wary Meyers

    10 Years

    Ten years ago this month, in 2005, Kris pitched the idea of starting a design blog that only featured well-designed products available for purchase online.

    Zuzunaga’s Zoom In + Zoom Out Blankets

    More pixelated Bitmap imagery from Spanish designer Cristian Zuzunaga, and this time he’s taking cues from British painter Bridget Riley. It’s a great pairing, don’t you think? You might have seen some of Zuzunaga’s other pieces before, and I’d say this collection seems a little more quiet, though just as energetic- like a shy kid that just ate a LOT of sugar.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $265.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    100% Trays from Blu Dot

    A set of colorful steel trays will do wonders for your organizational skills, especially as you can nest all three together for an excellent color grouping or separate them for individual use. Sunglasses and keys would suddenly have their own spot, or your jewelry, or those office supplies… so many things would look right at home when corralled within the bent edge surfaces. Sold in a set of three.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $79.00
    Available from: Blu Dot

    Muji’s Body Fit Cushion

    If you think you know how to be lazy and while (or, wile, if you prefer) away the hours, you are in for a big surprise, because Muji’s Body Fit Cushion is now available in the US, and it’s going to test your limits. Just how long can you sit and read a book? How long can you nap? What about meditating staring out the window? I bet you can double that time, easy, when you’re sitting upon this bulbous mound. Muji doesn’t exactly declare what’s inside of the cushion, but that’s okay as I’d rather not know and pretend it has something to do with high tech science or magic (or both).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $150.00
    Available from: Muji

    Hay’s Wooden Ruler Triangle Set

    These triangular rulers are pretty fun with their stripes and bright color contrasts. They’d probably make you happy every time you used them, or maybe even every time you looked at them, which makes them waaay cheaper than all the other things you do to make yourself happy (maybe).

    The set of three is priced at just under the $50 mark, which might make it a good gift for someone who likes to draw or that’s fond of bright desk accessories. The straight Wooden Ruler Set (pictured above) is sold separately ($29), fyi.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Marble Tables by Ferm Living

    A little marble will go a long way to dressing up a room. Ferm Living’s new Marble Tables are available in three different sizes that will fit in easily as a side or coffee/cocktail table. You can’t go wrong with any of the colors (black, white, red, or green), and the powder coated metal frame is just about as durable as it gets. Imagine a jaunty ‘smart buy!’ sticker affixed to all of the images, and you’ll get an idea of my enthusiasm for these tables.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $729.00
    Available from: Ferm Living

    The Ockham Razor

    Razors aren’t pretty. No matter how many designers and ad teams try to convince us that their super-duper-bajillion-bladed plastic handle looks cool, it just doesn’t. So, why hasn’t someone created the Ockham Razor before now? Who knows, maybe the world just wasn’t ready for it yet. The Ockham is precision cast from solid metal that’s easy to keep clean- no ridges or bits of plastic that pick up soap and limescale. Simple ergonomics and a balanced weight make it comfortable to hold and use. Back the project on Kickstarter to get your very own (only two days left, fyi).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £30.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Friday Links

  • Colors Retooling Crayons from the Keetra Dean Dixon & JK Keller Shop (This will probably become a post next week, because they’re ah-mazing.) (via pinterest)
  • I missed doing a post on the Ride Your Bike to Work Day, but here’s a link to RideAir to make up for it.
  • Congrats, you have an all male panel! (via feministing)
  • Michael Anastassiades: Show & Tell: The Light Bulb
  • Why Do Most Galaxies Die? It’s A Case Of Strangulation, Scientists Say
  • Rockler: DIY Speaker Kit
  • The Genetic Reason Why Some People Are Born To Travel All Over The World
  • And Psychologists Explain Why Writing Things Out By Hand Makes You Smarter
  • Brendan Ravenhill Studio: Grain Process Video
    Enjoy the weekend.