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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)


Wooly Wood Throw

How about a Wooly Wood Throw to keep you warm this winter? Soft and reversible, this 100% lambswool throw is woven in Scotland and designed by Donna Wilson. Drape it nicely over a sofa or chair back or keep it at the end of the bed, and it’ll be ready to warm up your appendages at a moment’s notice.

Purchase Information:

Price: £195.00
Available from: Donna Wilson

HOWDY Doormat

There’s nothing like a ‘Howdy‘ or a ‘Sup‘ to casually welcome visitors into your home, and this doormat does that before you even open the door. Just like Reed Wilson’s other doormats (several of which we’ve featured before), these two are made of coir and vinyl with flocked lettering.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Reed Wilson

Tube Bag

Another Grcic bag? Aren’t we lucky. Just as the Frame Bag was made of polyurethane and nylon, this satchel’s thin, lightweight construction also takes advantage of the materials’ strength to create room for a laptop and other small essentials without extra bulk. A zip closure keeps the large compartment secure while Velcro does the job for the medium/side pocket.

Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Bento Cut & Prep Set

Are you too busy during the week for a home cooked meal? Here’s a good option for prepping your feast beforehand: this Bento Cut & Prep Set has a bamboo cutting board that doubles as a lid and a set of of 5 measuring cups nesting inside. Cut and measure out all your ingredients the day or two before your meal and know that you’ll be ready to roll when dinnertime comes around.


Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Umbra

Kabinett House designed by septembre

To anyone that says accent walls are pass√©, show them the Kabinett House in Paris, designed by septembre. A black wall against a pale or white interior packs a punch of contrast, and hey, when you involve the kitchen cabinetry as well, you’ve got a strong statement. Also worth pointing out is septembre’s space layout, with storage alongside either side of the apartment (see plan below)

Polaroid Z340, Z2300 Cameras

Polaroid fans, your wish came true. It’s back now, better than ever. Perhaps you’d like an updated version of the original? Take a look at the Polaroid Z340 Instant Camera. It delivers instant 3″x4″ prints, and also has a bonus of shooting 14 megapixel digital photos that you can save and edit. And- it gets better- it’s compatible with your SD card, which means you can print photos shot on other digital cameras.

If a smaller camera is more your style, then you’ll want to read up on the Polaroid Z2300, a digital camera that makes instant sticky-back prints at the push of a button. Stickers! It takes video too. No doubt one of these two cameras will be added to many a holiday wish list this season.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00 - 249.00
Available from: Photojojo Store

DropCatch Porter Bottle Opener

It’s a bottle opener, so what? Well, it hides a handy little magnet that picks up those pesky bottle caps. Up to 52 bottle caps are easily caught to its base, allowing you to showcase just how much beer you drank last night, and look, no mess! I’m sure your family/friends will be impressed.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: DropCatch

Saidoka Charging Dock

Your poor iPhone, it just clatters around on your desk without a real home. Sure, you plug it in to charge, but every time you pick it up to check the time/messages/email/news/calculation, you set it back down with an unfriendly thud. No wonder it wants to join the circus. Save it from that particular fate with this little companion called the Saidoka. Think of it as a sidecar kind of dock, with a comfortable viewing angle to make your screen easy to read while your phone rests safely (and happily) charging.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Bluelounge

Parent Letter Napkins

“Avoid late hours, pickled salmon, public meetings, crowded crossings, gutters, water-carts
and over-eating.” So says Rudyard Kipling to his youngest daughter, 12-year-old Elsie, in a letter specifying a few rules for her trip to London. You and your family can now have this wisdom at your dinner table, for this letter and others are printed on 100% cotton napkins. Fatherly advice from Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Jefferson are included in the set. You may see the complete text of each letter via the retailer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Triangle Cutting Board

Don’t ask me why you need a triangle cutting board, because I don’t know. Maybe you don’t like rectangles and only allow equilateral shapes in your vicinity at all times. If that’s the case, you’re a little weird/crazy and we should probably be friends. Each triangle is handcrafted by local San Francisco wood worker Luke Bartels. Three sizes available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00 - 150.00
Available from: General Store

Friday Links

  • This looks promising: Transparent Concrete
  • Cardboard Ferrari
  • Give Good Art
  • indoor campground hostel
  • Video of Cyrus and Thicke narrated by David Attenborough
  • The the “vandalized” landscape by Banksy was “sold on an auction website for over $600,000, with the money going to help the homeless of New York.” Nice.
  • Expect one of these embroideries to be on someone’s wish list this year: Lyndsey McDougall
  • Turn your smartphone into a digital microscope for around $10
  • Hmm. Stainproof Pants on Kickstarter
  • Wow. 100,000 stars (via it’s Okay to be Smart)
  • Researchers Draw Romantic Insights From Maps of Facebook Networks
    Enjoy your first November (of 2013) weekend!

    NudeAudio Speakers

    After you watch NudeAudio’s video, you’ll wish you could juggle, because these portable speakers are just begging to be thrown around. Super simple with premium quality acoustics, the speakers feature a thick, protective silicon sleeve with a wrist strap for easy handling. And, don’t worry, there are various sizes to suit your needs. See below for product options and pricing.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $29.99 - 99.99
    Available from: DigitalFix

    Calendar Stationery Box

    Perhaps this might be a little fussy for some of us, but for others, it’s a nice way to display the date while having a hidden compartment for smaller papers/mementos and such. It definitely has a mid century vibe to it (e.g. the designs of Charles and Ray Eames) which means it would fit in nicely with that sort of interior, or even better, place it in a kids’ room to help teach your little one about the calendar year. Hang it on a wall or place on a surface.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $20.00
    Available from: Kikkerland

    Beer Goggles Glass

    As a companion piece to the Good Grief Glasses, this pint glass shows the unfortunate decline of our standards as our alcohol intake increases. Funny, right? Keep it in mind for the next birthday gift for your favorite drinking buddy, but be sure to buy two as one alone is just depressing.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $14.00
    Available from: set editions

    Happy Halloween

    There are those of us that prefer to only add one or two decorations to our home for Halloween, and then there are those that go all out. For the former, may I suggest a simple garland with scary black bats? It’s a dignified nod to the day without too much trouble.

    Halloween Garland, Black Bats, $10.00

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $10.00
    Available from: LittlePeanutGallery's Etsy Shop