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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)


Cloud Doormat

Update: Remember this guy? It was no longer available from the original shop we linked to, but Sprout Home has it. (Hooray!)

Simple doormats do the job, but a doormat in the shape a cloud might just be a tiny bit better. It’s like watching kittens playing- really not necessary but somehow worthwhile. Anyone who’s ever visited YouTube knows as much. And, yes, that was a link to a kitten video. Made of natural coir.

Purchase Information:

Price: $31.00
Available from: Sprout Home

Distil Union’s Wally

Among the many varieties of wallet/iPhone cases is Distil Union’s Wally. It’s an attachable leather pocket that keeps your credit cards close at hand, with a pull-tab that conceals/reveals contents. It won’t hold all your George Costanza-like receipts and such, as there’s just room for around 3 cards, so maybe it will force you to only keep what’s necessary. The Wally attaches directly to the iPhone (and most cases) with an adhesive backing.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.99
Available from: Distil Union

My New Flame

An LED ‘candle’ that never burns down sounds pretty fantastic, even if the price point is way beyond what most of us would want to spend. A black or red circuit board has 128 tiny LEDs on each side that renders the image of a flickering candle flame. A warm color temperature makes the flame look quite realistic despite the obvious circuitry, thus creating a nice tension between traditional lighting and recent technology. What a nice night light this would be…

Purchase Information:

Price: $490.00
Available from: Unica Home

NoMess Balsabox Collection

Where to squirrel away those precious odds and ends? In a box, naturally, and why not an extremely light balsa wood box? The imprinted orange ring guides you to line up the lid and box relative to the wood grain, allowing the natural beauty to be displayed as intended. Several sizes available.

Friday Links

  • Time-lapse video of the center of the Milky Way from Chile’s Paranal Observatory, by photographer Stéphane Guisard.
  • Foldable Origami Furniture (so exciting!)
  • Why Diamonds Are A Sham
  • Another time-lapse video, this time of a supercell storm cloud rotating over Texas.
  • Let This Rube Goldberg Machine Show You How Cows Eat And Poop. (via Explore)
  • 11 ludicrously groomed dogs
  • HOOK: a personal, temporary hook for restrooms (on Indiegogo).
  • Stephen Colbert’s eulogy for his late mother, Lorna Colbert.
  • Baby snow leopard live cam (via @wiredscience)
    Huzzah! Have a nice weekend.

    Multi Basket Picnic Basket

    Is it time for a picnic? I think so, especially if you had this basket from Danish brand Menu. It’s a sort of hybrid between a basket and tray, with two air-tight containers with bamboo lids, two cooling pads, and a felt liner. Stick the cooling pads in the freezer before you head out to keep your food cool. It’s like a bento-box-basket, isn’t it? You could, of course, also use it off-duty around the house (as shown in last image) to corral all manner of odds and ends; there’s no need to keep it just for outdoor activities.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $150.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Bare Ring Sconce

    I doubt you’ll find a more exposed or minimal wall light than this Bare Ring Sconce from Brendan Ravenhill and Eric Trine. It suspends the Bare Light in a simple brass ring, with a glass socket to reveal the light’s electrical components. Honesty is definitely the best policy when it comes to this fixture. Available in a hard-wire version with powder coated steel wall plate or a a plug-in version with switch.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $250.00
    Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

    Lako Book Holder

    If you maintain the belief that physical books shall always hold a place in your heart, and thus in your living room, you’ll need a proper place to keep your current stack of reading. And, should you have the room, why not go with a sculptural sort of holder, because, after all, “the pure structure of straight lines and angles allows for various possibilities of storing publications.” The handle at the apex allows for easy moving.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $69.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Task-Ka Tea Towels

    Is it time for a new set of tea towels? Maybe one or two with spots and scribbles or sketched shapes in a delightfully abstract print? If the answer is yes, add these tea towels from Holland-based textile house Tas-Ka to your basket. And, if you don’t mind paying extra for international shipping, be sure to browse Tas-Ka’s webshop for other wares.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $16.00
    Available from: Leif

    Small Zebrawood Speaker

    It might be difficult to discern the tiny Zebrawood speaker amongst the pencils and parquet boxes in the image above, but it’s there, and it’s tiny- three inches by three inches, to be exact. And why do you need a tiny, Zebrawood speaker? Who knows, but my best guess is that you’re looking for bluetooth compatible, wireless speaker that has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and if it happens to blend in well with your oh-so-spectacular décor, then that’s a definite bonus.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $88.00
    Available from: Jayson Home

    Bank Sofa

    Well, what do we have here? I’d say one heck of a well proportioned, piped-cushion sofa. Go ahead and insert a wolf-whistle to fully pick up the appreciation that I’m putting down for this Bank Sofa by Blu Dot. Grey is usually the color choice I’d recommend for longevity, but this lava-lipstick red sure is a show stopper. Choose between super skinny blackened metal or brass legs.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,199.00
    Available from: Blu Dot

    M3 seat/storage

    Seating with integrated storage is a big bonus for any room short on space, and add the color lime to the mix and you’ve got a winner. This M3 storage box will hide away all manner of odds and ends and will double as an extra seat when needed. Could be a good fit for a kids room or a casual living area perhaps?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $239.00
    Available from: Finnish Design Shop

    Arbor Birdhouse

    I know next to nothing about birds, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a birdhouse. And, hey, there’s no way I’m going to settle for just any birdhouse, because there are standards to uphold, aren’t there? This Arbor House is made from recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE)- that translates into 24 recycled milk jugs- and thermally modified maple, and that means no maintenance.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $94.00
    Available from: Loll Designs

    The Crankerator

    Photojojo is, as always, full of great photography gadgets and such, and among their newest crop of items is this Crankerator, a.k.a. the Boost Turbine 2000. It’s a source of extra energy for your smart phone or tablet, and is charged via the crank handle or by plugging it into your computer or a wall socket. A full charge on its 2000 mAH lithium battery will fully charge your phone, allowing you to take those extra photos on a weekend hike or even make important calls during an emergency situation (it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, does it?). Also, check out Photojojo’s newsletter if you haven’t already- they send out photo project inspiration and DIY tips.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00
    Available from: Photojojo

    Scamp Tables

    Sale alert! The Scamp Coffee and Scamp Side tables from Blu Dot are marked down significantly over at MoMA Store, so if you’re in need of occasional tables, you’re in luck. Inspired by the form of tennis ball hoppers, these tables have powder-coated steel bases and can live indoors or outside.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $249.95
    Available from: MoMA