Articles Written by Katie


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)


Mika Bag

If you’re fond of Issey Miyake’s faceted bags or, more specifically, the Geo Pillow by Mika Barr, then you might just want to check out this bag from Kisim. It’s made in collaboration with Barr (hence the name of the bag), so you can have the same 3D fabric functioning as a carry-all for all your essentials.

Purchase Information:

Price: $325.00
Available from: SFMOMA Store

Friday Links

  • ‘Diogene’, A Minimalist House
  • Prize-Winning Flight of AeroVelo’s Atlas (via thekidshouldseethis)
  • Book-Shaped Clear Acrylic Book Weight
  • How to talk to little girls
  • Washing Your Hair on the Space Station
  • Visible/Invisible, a furniture series by Brooklyn-based designer Takeshi Miyakawa
  • EssayTyper
  • Fork the Cookbook
  • Genetics Are Awesome
  • I don’t play piano, but I’m excited about this: C.24 – The Music Keyboard for iPad
    Have a lovely weekend!

    The Pocket Reflector

    What fits in your pocket and makes your next selfie look better? No, it’s not a flask filled with a strong inebriant, it’s this Pocket Reflector, that’s what. And, don’t worry, I say ‘selfie’ in an ironic sort of way, because goodness knows you’re much too busy to take a photo of yourself in your latest outfit/hat/sunglasses, much less with the right sort of lighting. Of course this would be for taking more professional-looking pictures of friends and family, riiight? The Pocket Reflector has a silver side to reflect bright concentrated light and a white side for softer, more natural-looking light. It measures 12″ in diameter and folds up to fit into a 5″ carrying case.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Photojojo

    A Tempo Stool

    Remember this guy? Designer Pauline Deltour worked with steel wire to create a few pieces for Alessi a few years ago, one of which is this little “A Tempo” Stool. Nice, isn’t it? The other pieces in the “A Tempo” collection include the Laundry Basket and the Umbrella Stand).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $182.00
    Available from: YLiving

    Guapo Desk

    One drawer might not cut it if you tend to collect lots of stuff on your desk, but if you lean towards the ‘less is more’ approach, then this desk might just be a good fit. A thin, iron frame gives strength without taking up too much visual space and the depth is right at 19″, which means it could work as an entry console if you have the room.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $499.00
    Available from: CB2

    Wetsuit Bag

    Surfers, this one is for you, though I suppose anyone living in a rather cold or wet climate might want to pay attention too. This is an all-weather gear bag with welded seams and a water resistant zipper to keep water completely in (or out, if that’s the case). Surfers, stand inside the bag to remove your wetsuit, then zip it up for your trip home. Sand and seawater will be safely contained within. It looks like it’s large enough for ski boots as well, but you might want to double check the dimensions.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $120.00
    Available from: BAGGU

    MUCHroom Wall Hook Set

    If you continually find yourself piling clothes and bags on the floors or furniture, it’s time to add some wall hooks to your entryway and closet. As you might have guessed from their name, the MUCHroom wall hooks were inspired by mushrooms growing from a forest floor. Sold as a set of 3, the hooks are pre-screwed and come with 3 self-drilling wall anchors, just in case you need them. Also, check out the MUCHroom mini hook for smaller things like keys and such.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $22.00
    Available from: Workerman

    Monocle Wall Sconce

    Looking for an elegant, small wall sconce? Look no more, for Rich Brilliant Willing has one that would work anywhere (probably) with any style. A strong yet warm beam of LED powered light rotates around to your chosen direction, giving you a perfectly clean, simple look next to your favorite reading spot.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $425.00
    Available from: Rich Brilliant Willing

    Shale 4 Drawer / 2 Door Credenza

    Storage is a rare commodity for most, and the smokey, shale color of this new credenza from Blu Dot means that it could live pretty much anywhere in a home- bedroom, living, or dining. Leather pulls add a bit of luxury while adjustable shelves and wire management holes are there in case you’d rather store your DVD player and cable box than Tshirts and sweaters. There’s also a Shale 2 Drawer / 2 Door Dresser (shown below), Shale 4 Drawer Dresser, and a Shale Bedside Table.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,399.00
    Available from: Blu Dot

    Izola Zipper Pouches

    If you’re not in need of a some kind of a zipper pouch for travel needs, desk supplies, or to keep your bag organized, then you need to write some kind of book on minimal living. I won’t buy it, of course, because I’m planning on buying a couple of Izola’s zipper pouches to tuck away all manner of miscellany, thus solving any clutter in my bag or suitcase, not to mention my everyday work surface. Also, there are Dopp Kits done in the same color/material with appropriate text if you need to update yours.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $28.00
    Available from: Izola

    Telegram Thank You Cards

    There’s a vague sense of responsibility I feel every time I come across decent Thank You cards, almost like I’m a schoolmarm rapping knuckles of anyone not writing their letters correctly. After all, handwriting has slowly become old-fashioned, as we all have turned towards typing out emails instead of picking up a pen. Perhaps that’s precisely why Thank You cards are very special to give and receive nowadays; each is a rare physical act of appreciation with the heartfelt scrawlings of someone that took the time to actually put pen to paper to express their thanks.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $16.00
    Available from: Oblation Papers & Press

    Ready Made Curtain

    At last! We can stop our search for the perfect window coverings, for Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have come to the rescue with the Ready Made Curtain kit, and it’s finally available to purchase. A curtain and its complete hanging system are included, and with a few assembly steps, you’ll have one heck of a modern curtain that you can brag about. Oh, but wait, there’s the issue of the price; you’d assume that a kit that requires a little elbow grease from someone such as yourself might be budget-friendly, maybe around the $200 or even $300 mark, as I did when I called the retailer. Prepare yourself, and expect to pay around $470 per kit/window… or keep searching, as I will.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $470.00
    Available from: Ligne Roset

    The Square by Clean Bottle

    Don’t you feel better using your own water bottle? It’s better than sending a bunch of disposables to the landfill, that’s for sure, but there’s the tiny issue of keeping it clean. That’s where the The Square by Clean Bottle comes in. Both ends unscrew for easy cleaning and drying. It’s leak-proof, opens and closes quickly and the square shape won’t roll away if it tips over (it fits in most cup holders, don’t worry). The stainless-steel bottle won’t affect the taste of your water either.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $44.95
    Available from: REI

    Handwoven Picnic Basket

    What kind of person would you be without a picnic basket? Probably the kind that spends too much time indoors staring at a computer screen. This basket looks like the typical picnic basket but it’s much better in terms of quality. It’s woven from strips of Appalachian white ash- “the wood of choice for almost all baseball bats, boats and furniture due to its relative hardness and strength”- and the handles and twin split lid are secured with solid brass nails and hardware that won’t ever rust. There’s also a waxed canvas lined interior.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $69.00
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

    Capellini Alodia Counter Stool

    Finding the right bar/counter stool is no easy task, yet I’d be willing to take on the challenge knowing this guy is an option. It’s minimal in design, stackable (a definite plus) and looks oh-so-cool with metal tube and steel sheet materials. If you’re looking for something taller than 27.5″ high, no worries, as it’s also available in a 31.5″h bar height ($494.00).


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $356.00
    Available from: AmbienteDirect