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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)


Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar Prints, Card, Custom

Yes, we all know and love the calendar, but now Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar has added prints, cards, and custom made phrases to their product selection. Choose between a selection of twelve original phrases from the calendar archive, or specify a phrase or name for a special event (or a special someone).

Purchase Information:

Price: $$20.00 and up
Available from: Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar

Paperback Wall Shelf

Now, this is the way to show off your collection of books. Each of your precious volumes is displayed on its own horizontal shelf, allowing for an impressive array that becomes the focus of a room. 13 shelves may be arranged however you wish, and the unit requires only four screws to mount to the wall, though do make sure you fasten them securely to studs, otherwise you’ll have an unhappy mess of shelving and books on the floor.

There’s also three larger shelves that have protruding tabs that will be the perfect home for larger objects or tomes. If you have the money to spend, several of these side by side or one above the other would look fantastic filling a whole wall.

Purchase Information:

Price: $936.00
Available from: Luminaire

Walnut Wood Tape Cutter

Perhaps you find yourself fiddling with tape too often- without a proper dispenser, it can be a little silly to search for the end time after time. As luck would have it, this walnut tape cutter is on sale for $30, down from $50. And, if you’re fond of using many different washi tapes on the same project, it looks like it would be easy to switch the tapes out as it’s easy to access from the side.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign

Lightning Vest

Yes, at first glance this looks like a netted vest, so, big deal, right? But take a hint from its name and know that it lights up as a visible safety vest. Developed from 3M reflective material, the vest is designed to wear over your clothing/jacket/coat, and is quite strong, lightweight and compact. There’s also the fluorescent Flare Vest if you prefer bright color over lighting technology.

Purchase Information:

Price: $138.00
Available from: Dargelos

BL9M Pendant

A bit of brass won’t hurt you if you put it in the right place, namely, above your head in the shape of a light fixture. Bestlite lamps have a history; did you know that Robert Dudley Best’s lamp was the first example of Bauhaus in the UK, and required quite a bit of argument to put it into production? Interesting, as the collection now looks rather traditional, in a pared-down, elegant sort of way. The BL9M pendant is also available in Grey/Brass and Charcoal Black/Brass.

Purchase Information:

Price: $419.00
Available from: HORNE

Fusillo Shelf

Don’t go thinking this is a static shelf- it’s made of modules that rotate around a central axis so that it can change according to your needs. Each module has a sharp curve at its inner end, so that when it’s flipped up/down, it acts as hook, and the top of the module could serve as a bookend, as shown in the photos below. One in a smaller entryway would work wonders, or combine several in a longer hallway for more storage. Cyclists: take note of the bicycle storage option (for low seats/handlebars).

Purchase Information:

Price: £350.00
Available from: andViceVersa

RAD Tables, Benches, Stools

I still have a deep affection for the Howard Stool, and surprise, surprise, it blinded me to the other perforated steel tables and benches that RAD has to offer. Coffee tables, benches, entry tables, smaller stools and side tables- they have a pretty good array of sizes to suit your needs. A few versions are shown below, and keep in mind there are several different colors to choose from.

Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00 and up
Available from: RAD Furniture

The Great ReFleece

Remember ReFleece, the company making cases from recycled fleece? Well, as luck would have it, they now have a Kickstarter campaign with a few new offerings, and you can send in your old fleece for a personalized version. Did you read that properly? Your favorite old fleece can now be immortalized and protect your device all at the same time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00 and up
Available from: Kickstarter

Silicone Wine Glass

Finally, a wine glass that won’t shatter when one throws it against a wall for emphasis. There’s also a Martini set, if that’s your choice of drink. We can all thank the wondrous material silicone for helping us to avoid those annoying glass shards at home, the park, or the beach. Now all we need is a bottle-sized version to decant the wine (with an adequate stopper) and the full set would be a permanent fixture in the picnic basket.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Loll’s 4 slat Adirondack Chair

If you’re shopping for outdoor furniture, you might want to consider Loll’s version of the classic Adirondack chair. Made out of 100% recycled plastic (376 reclaimed milk jugs, fyi), it’ll stand up to the weather just fine with no maintenance. And don’t go thinking it’ll blow away when a gust of wind comes along, as it weighs more than 50 lbs. It should also be noted that if you ever tire of it (not that you would), it’s fully recyclable as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $639.00
Available from: Loll


Environmental responsibility isn’t always that easy, especially when it comes to researching which products are really ‘green’ and which ones are just green-washed. So, that’s where the GoodGuide comes in. It’s an excellent resource to cut through the crap- it gives you information on the health, environmental and social performance of over a hundred thousand products with easy to read scores that will make your purchasing decisions quick and easy. Search their website or scan barcodes with the GoodGuide app, either way, you’ll be adequately informed.

More information:

View GoodGuide here

Source: Netted

Kenno S Kids Recyclable Chair

Don’t worry, we’re not going to start featuring all sorts of kid’s furniture. We’ll just link to the ones that stand out and make sense. The Kenno chair is made from a new cardboard that can be recycled again whenever your favorite little one has outgrown it. No screws or glue are needed for assembly and the white surface allows kids to draw or paint their own designs for a more personalized version.


Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

  • Washcloth … In … Spaaaaaaaaaaaace!!
  • Yago Partal’s Zoo Portraits
  • Tiny Chocolate Up5 chairs
  • Kepler’s Tally of Planets (via itsokaytobesmart)
  • The Elena Garro Cultural Centre use to be an old house. The new facade is quite the contrast to the old. (via kateoplis)
  • my knitted boyfriend
  • Jesus, This Week
  • Engineering Calculator App
  • “Hummingbird,” A New Form of Music Notation
  • Have a nice weekend.

    Bamboo bee Bicycles

    Bamboo! Bicycles! Add the two together and you get something that makes sense. Bamboo has a honey comb structure that naturally dampens those bumps along a street, meaning you’ll have a smooth and comfortable ride. More importantly, bamboo is a renewable resource, quite strong, and considerably light compared to other steel frames. To learn more, visit Bamboo bee’s website or their Kickstarter page.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $600.00 - 1,000.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Floating Tea Strainer by Kinto

    If you hadn’t seen the title, you could have used your deductive reasoning to figure out what function this little sphere fulfills. There are the small perforations at the bottom, a little handle/ring at the top, and the appropriately sized saucer. For anyone who’s ever handled loose leaf tea, it’s enough to sit up and take notice, as this strainer looks to be very easy to use and then clean once the tea has brewed.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $12.50
    Available from: Emmo Home