Articles Written by Katie

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)

 
 

Thunderbolt™ Express Dock

This thin, silvery box and accompanying cable might as well come with a top hat and wand for what it promises. An HD film downloaded in 30 seconds? A year’s worth of music synced in 10 minutes? Huh? Oh yes, it’s all the magic of Thunderbolt™ technology. Thunderbolt™ moves data on two bidirectional 10Gbps channels, which means that it’s 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800. The Thunderbolt™ Cable ($39) does the actual magic, and this dock allows for you to use “a single connection to create high-speed, reliable transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, including FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and daisy chaining multiple Thunderbolt™ devices.”
(more…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00 - 299.00
Available from: Belkin

This Is Fun. Space Prints.

Isn’t it? At least it will be until the three limited editions are sold out, and then everyone except the 3 people who bought the prints will email with the why-the-hell-did-you-post-something-in-such-limited-quantities message, and I’ll be forced to explain that these prints were one of the few things that I found today that truly proves that affordable art does, in fact, exist. Plus, it’s ‘fun’.
(more…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Fifi du Vie

Verge Desk

At first glance, this desk reminded me of the Stash Desk by Blu Dot, but after taking a second look, it’s really not a fair comparison due to the dimensions. Sure, the Stash desk is a winner for its price and simplicity, but this desk is super sleek and has an additional 20″ in length for desktop space. Just take a look at it in another color and you’ll understand the price tag.
(more…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,500.00
Available from: Molecule Design

Minifarmbox Rolling Patio Box

Oh, it’s just a box, you say, so why does it cost $200+? Well, it has heavy-duty swivel casters, so you can move it around for maximum sun, it’s made from 100% untreated FSC certified cedar, so it’ll last for years and years, and the slatted base has a soil screen to keep things tidy. And, it only takes less than ten minutes to assemble, meaning you’ll have a garden box for your patio (or kitchen?) in no time.
(more…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $209.00
Available from: MinifarmBox

Blow Wall Shelf

Inspired by pieces of paper being scattered by the wind, these shelves are made by bending thin A4 sized steel plates into curves and angles. Each shelf can be hung up or down, and with 5 different types to choose from, you can create your own variation on the movement. By Tokyo based design studio YOY.

(more…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Luminaire

Troika Trivet

There has been a few interesting trivets lately, which is weird considering that trivets aren’t usually paired with that particular adjective, or even talked about outside of specialized kitchen shops. This Troika trivet has embedded rare earth magnets that allow for size variation to fit small or large dishes. Push/pull/snap/slide the Troika to the desired width and know that your tabletop or counter will be safe from hot kettles or serving platters. When not in use, the three identical arms nestle together to fit in a drawer for storage.
(more…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: YLiving

Friday Links

  • Do-Ho Suh – Home within Home (2011)
  • Doll-house sized artists’ studios by painter and sculptor Joe Fig
  • Click a few dots, and this program will try to guess your age.
  • 15 Facts About Our Planet
  • You’ll most likely have read this by now, but here it is anyway: Carjack victim recounts his harrowing night
  • Mac OS X iTunes 10.6.3 (25) 64bit binary excerpts rendered as RGB images, woven into blankets.
  • sleepyti.me bedtime calculator (via Netted)
  • Beyond the Body
  • Tilda Swinton and Roger Ebert’s widow lead a 1,500-person Barry White dance-along honoring Ebert.
  •  

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Edge Stackable Chair

    One glance at all the surface planes on this aluminum chair and it’s easy to see how it was inspired by the art of origami. Sure, it doesn’t fold (like some other aluminum chairs) but considering the nice profile we’ll settle for the stackable option. Each chair takes around eight hours to manufacture- that helps explain the price tag- and can be used indoors or out. An optional seat pad is also available.
    (more…)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $629.00
    Available from: Horne

    Circle Rug

    Where can you get a 6′ circle rug for less than $200? Lots of places, it turns out, with a little bit of internet sleuthing. However, sometimes the materials and/or designs are a bit iffy and you’ve no idea if it will look cheap in person. There’s no guesswork involved with a braided 100% cotton rug, however. This braided grey rug with its eco-friendly dye and white zigzag stitching makes a whole lot of sense for its scale and price. Plus, grey goes anywhere, with anything (most of the time), so you’ll not need to worry about clashing with your existing color scheme.
    (more…)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $169.00
    Available from: CB2

    Wet Wipes Case

    What is meant to be kept in these nicely shaped canisters? Might as well cut to the chase: wet wipes. If wet wipes are in any way integral to your day (pets, kids, or maybe you’re just a messy eater), you know the packaging isn’t going to win any awards. Instead of lamenting how graphic/packaging design caters to the masses, pop those suckers into one of these ceramic canisters and call it a day. A silicon gasket around the wooden lid keeps the wipes from drying out, and, hey, the canister looks nice enough to be kept out anywhere in the house- not just the bath or laundry room.
    (more…)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00 - 29.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    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).
    (more…)

    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.
    (more…)

    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.
    (more…)

    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.
    (more…)

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $419.00
    Available from: HORNE