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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)


Friday Links

  • A 120-Year-Old Mechanical Device that Perfectly Mimics the Song of a Bird (via explore)
  • Polychaetes (via itsokaytobesmart)
  • Balcon additionnel via @swissmiss
  • Fast Track by Salto Architects
  • Kottke: “Made in the USA” is back, baby
  • the world’s smallest snowman
  • Berndnaut Smilde – Nimbus (2012) (via likeafieldmouse)
  • ERNESTS- things of interest
  • (often there are links to some really interesting textiles)

  • Kent Rogowski’s Everything that I wish I could be (via today and tomorrow)
  • Have a fantastic weekend.

    even*cleveland Gift Ideas 2012

    And now, for our fourth installment of gift ideas for 2012, we have Stephanie from even*cleveland sharing her list of gifts to give this year. Thanks Stephanie for your excellent perspective- we’re all the better for it.

    1. For the person with your favorite face: Aesop Fabulous Face Cleaner

    2. For those looking to leave their mark: a custom inspector stamp.

    3. For the writer: a paperweight.

    4. For pals: a beaded friendship bracelet.

    5. For the friends you meet at the bar: a bottle opener.

    6. For arty card players: colorful card games.

    even*cleveland Gift Ideas 2012

    7. For the music lover: an artisan speaker.

    8. For the traditionalist: a natty tatted handkerchief.

    9. For neat freaks: a technicolor duster.

    10. For pedestrians: colorblock sneakers.

    10.4.2 Utensil Crate

    Yes, the 10.3.2 Knife Shelf was just featured a few days ago, but this is a utensil crate, and is even more appealing as it would house all manner of kitchen utensils plus knives with its built-in rack to one side. It’s handmade to order, so unfortunately it’s too late for this to be a holiday gift, but keep it in mind as a future upgrade for your current utensil jar.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $180.00
    Available from: On Our Table

    Dark Bookcase Wallpaper

    If dark, moody, bookcases are your sort of thing, but you don’t have the budget to drop $10-20k for floor to ceiling shelves, don’t forget about wallpaper. The bookcase series by mineheart works for a focus wall, a nook, or a whole room, but do keep in mind the larger the wall, the more obvious the repeat might be. Done thoughtfully, it’s just the thing to add a little ambience to an otherwise boring area.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £70.00
    Available from: mineheart

    The ALTITUDE by Aether Apparel

    The following post is sponsored by Aether Apparel.

    A mix of form and function, the ALTITUDE ski jacket has been designed to combine the highest level of technical performance with a refined aesthetic and tailored fit.

    Each winter Jonah Smith and Palmer West, co-founders of Aether Apparel, make a pilgrimage to the Canadian Rockies for a week of CAT skiing at Baldface Lodge. While there they keep a close eye on the different types of gear being worn. They noticed that while many of top-end ski jackets perform phenomenally under the conditions, they left a lot to be desired in terms of fit. Everything was just a little baggy. The jackets were also made from “hard” fabrics that crinkled like wrapping paper in the cold air. After seeing this, Jonah and Palmer decided it was time to make a top-end ski jacket of their own. One that incorporated all the technical features, but one designed with a more refined fit and quieter fabrics.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $675.00
    Available from: Aether Apparel

    Wooden Beginner’s Guitar

    Have you always itched to play the guitar? Or perhaps you know of a younger human who would like to learn? Either way, Loog Guitar is where you’d be wise to start. They have three versions of a small Beginner’s Guitar (Classic, Rectangle, and Triangle) all of which have three nylon strings so as to not overwhelm first learners. Assembly is required, but it only takes 15 minutes and will help you or a younger one understand and connect with the instrument, perhaps lessening the likelihood of it being tossed aside once the newness has worn off. You may also purchase the pieces of the kit separately, or add on some accessories like a Pickguard set, a cardboard Guitar-stand, or a Mini Headstock Tuner.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.00
    Available from: Loog Guitar

    Pepper Salt Stones

    Modern tabletop accessories can often fall into the angular camp. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, it’s just that sometimes it’s nice to have more rounded, organic shapes to offset all the sharp corners we deal with on a daily basis. These stone-shaped salt and pepper holders look like real stones found at the waterside and one could assume their smooth surface would be nice to hold/use.

    Designers: Chris Koens, Ramón Middelkoop of Invotis Orange

    73 x 24 mm

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $23.00
    Available from: Molecule Design

    Corkbox by Skram Furniture

    This Corkbox by Skram Furniture will no doubt find many uses throughout its lifetime. Toolbox, toy caddy, it’s a box-basket hybrid that corrals whatever needs corralling. A walnut H-shaped handle and box base elevate its appearance so that it’s just at home on the dining table as it is outside as a garden tote.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $170.00 - 362.00
    Available from: 2modern

    Photojojo Phone Lens Series

    Are you kicking yourself for not adding Photojojo’s Phone Lens Series to your wish list? If so, join the club. Maybe it’s not too late, though, especially if we lay down blatant hints… as in, gee, I really wish I hadn’t forgotten to add the Wide/Macro Lens to my list. Here’s hoping it works.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00 - 49.00
    Available from: Photojojo

    Wow Bluetooth Speaker

    Another Bluetooth speaker? Indeed it is, and this one seems sized perfectly for desktop or the out-of-doors. The Wow Speaker wirelessly streams music from any of your Bluetooth devices and charges via a USB cable. While it seems to be available only through one US retailer (Unica Home shipping Jan 2013), there are a few UK sites that seem to have it in stock (Do Shop and, of course, the designer’s site AAREVALO shop).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £55.00
    Available from: AAREVALO shop

    10.3.2 Box Knife Shelf

    A knife rack that’s also a shelf sounds handy for anyone not too clumsy- otherwise there might be some issues. On Our Table has several other sizes of non-shelf knife racks, as well as a walnut bread box ($190 CAD) and a wide-yet-shallow box knife block ($180 CAD) that are worth checking out as well.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $125.00
    Available from: OnOurTable

    Source: NYTimes

    Maharam Memory Game

    Who doesn’t remember playing a memory game in their younger years? Such fun can be had again with Maharam’s set of nicely patterned cards. It’s a little harder to find nowadays, but YLiving and highbrowfurniture currently have it in stock. It’s worth pointing out that all age groups can play this together, making it a good family activity during the holidays. Each card features one of 36 fabric patterns designed by different Maharam artists.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $36.00
    Available from: YLiving

    Night Light Moon, Earth

    Night lights aren’t just for little ones afraid of the dark, they can also be exceptionally handy for avoiding toe injury when making late night trips to and from the bathroom or fridge. Night lights are generally geared toward those in the age bracket of 2 years to tween, with many unfortunate cartoon-themed designs available, so these two Moon and Earth options from Kikkerland are nice to see as they’re gender neutral and could go anywhere- yes, a kid’s room, but also a hallway, bathroom, etc..

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $5.00
    Available from: Kikkerland

    Friday Links

  • Mapping marriage equality around the world
  • “According to a study by Spectrem Group, 58 percent of millionaire pet owners have a dog. Only 37 percent own a cat.” Why Millionaires Prefer Dogs Over Cats
  • Robbie Rowlands – Intervention
  • How to tell a tourist from an art student by how they take pictures
  • Mountain of balls engulfs New York to show emissions
  • A $25,000 pencil? Yep, it’s a Build a School Pencil.
  • Practical Origami: folding chip bags
  • Pleats!
  • Kate MccGwire: feather scultptures (via It’s Nice That
  • Cats and parakeets can be friends
  • Have an excellent beginning-of-December weekend.

    NeuYear Calendar 2013

    We posted this last year, but that won’t stop us from reminding you again about this “no gap” calendar. The NeuYear Calendar shows the year with seamless transitions from one month to the next, which appears to be quite efficient for looking at the whole year all at once- no flipping back and forth like you would with a regular calendar. A horizontal format is on one side, a vertical format on the other. Also, NeuYear is offering 30% off, expiring 1/31/13. Use ‘BLTD’ as a discount code.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: