Articles Written by 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)


Tomorrow Planner Large

Some of us have found that planners aren’t always to our liking- unnecessary sections, small daily layouts and bad font/color decisions can be irritating. That’s precisely why this Tomorrow Planner seems like something worth considering. It has open-dated, perpetual month views (13 sheets), week views (56 sheets), blank pages (18 sheets) and list pages (18 sheets), but most importantly, just look at all that room on the weekly view. There’s lots of space for notes and/or drawings. And, perhaps yellow isn’t your favorite color, but keep in mind it’ll always be easy to spot in your bag or on your desk.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: Poketo

Chad Wys Portrait Cushions

Strange pillows, you say? Well, let’s just take a closer look. In collaboration with artist Chad Wys, mineheart is offering these digitally printed portrait cushions that are delightfully weird- and one that’s altogether creepy. Using similar imagery to classic old masters paintings, each design plays around with parts of the face to create a strange mix of digital erasure and traditional portrait painting. Interesting.


Purchase Information:

Price: £72.00
Available from: mineheart

LIFX Smart Bulb

Maybe you heard about the LIFX bulbs via Kickstarter, or maybe you’ll be jumping up and down right after you learn that you can control this light bulb with your smartphone. Each energy efficient LED light bulb bulb uses WiFi to connect to multiple devices through an app, so you can control the lumens, color temperature and range. That means a very customized lighting program, all thanks to a single bulb. Available now for preorder; ships August/September 2013.


Purchase Information:

Price: $69.00 - 79.00
Available from: LIFX

Felt Tray

If you’re not in need of a tray or two to catch miscellany around your home or office, congratulations, you deserve a tip of the hat. For the rest of us, a felt tray would be an excellent spot to keep our smaller devices, keys, wallet, remotes, etc. The felt material would soften the clatter of contents, and give you a designated catch-all for whatever you deem appropriate.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00 - 32.00
Available from: Poketo

Recycled Wooden Pallet Hanging Lamp Shade

What might be made from wooden pallets? Lamp shades, of course! There’s a little assembly required, but that means less shipping costs from the UK, so can those complaints and count your cash. No gluing, screwing, or hammering needed, just click each piece in place. Each shade is slightly different as wooden pallets vary, but you can pick the color of elastic to unify a set or grouping.

Purchase Information:

Price: £44.99
Available from: FactoryTwentyOne's Etsy Shop

36 hours USA & Canada

Speaking of travel, what adventures do you have planned for the next few weekends? If the answer is ‘none’, then get yourself a 36 hours book. The series, a compilation of the weekly travel “36 Hours” column from the New York Times, highlights the best short trips you can make, with all sorts of suggestions to get the most out of a well-plotted two-night stay. Choose between the original 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada, or select a specific US region: West Coast, Southwest & Rocky Mountains, Midwest & Great Lakes, Southeast, or Northeast.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.99 - 39.99
Available from: Taschen

Hello My Name Is Luggage Tag

Sure, it’s fine to look all cool when traveling, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a tiny bit of humor to distinguish your bags from others on the baggage carousel. Inspired by the ubiquitous “Hello My Name Is” nametag design, this tag has an I.D. window on its reverse.

Material: PVC

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

  • Pulp Notebooks (nice, geometric designs on covers)
  • Giant Autumn Leaves Viewed from an Ant’s Perspective (via staceythinx)
  • TWINSTERS (via kottke)
  • I want to go to here: Stargazing At The Elqui Domos Hotel In Chile
  • Best looking yet entirely inefficient (for warmth) continent sweater.
  • crazy 3d skull textile
  • Watch a penguin play games on an iPad
  • The Universe Is 13.82 Billion Years Old (via i fucking love science)
  • Have a wonderful/fabulous/enjoyable weekend!

    What is it?

    So, what’s your best guess? It’s around 16″ deep, with one side about 4.5″ in length and the other about 7.5″. It’s not a table per se, but it does function as a surface. (Hint: it has something to do with a sofa.)


    Purchase Information:

    Price: CAD150.00 - 275.00
    Available from: BlisscraftandBrazen's Etsy Shop

    Sun and Cloud Self-Generating Digital Camera

    A self-generating digital camera? That means it’s capable of self-generated power by its own solar panel or charged manually with a hand crank. Don’t worry though, you can manually charge it via USB if you’re lazy and there’s no sun. It can take still shots and video with sounds and has many modern functions with a retro look. Pretty intriguing, to say the least, and some might even say necessary for documenting whatever the future might bring.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00
    Available from: AC Gears

    w081t2 Table Lamp

    Prepare yourself for a higher-than-normal price tag, and then admire how this lamp hides most of its technical side under a very simple and clean exterior. As a task lamp, rotation and counter balance are necessary, and the designer, Claesson Koivisto Rune, intended to make this lamp self-explanatory and no-nonsense. As he states, “This lamp almost designed itself. Arm, elbow, head. And light.” 30-year rated 9W LEDs equals a very low level of power consumption.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $500.00
    Available from:

    Brooklyn Cruiser Bicycles

    Ah, spring! New, bright green leaves and sunlight after the oh-so-dreary days of winter… it’s enough to get you off your tush and onto a bicycle. But, wait, what if you’ve not a bike to call your very own? Never fear, for the Brooklyn Cruiser Bicycle is here. Available directly from Brooklyn Cruiser or the MoMA Store, this bicycle is built to last. Check out the many different options or go with the tried and true Willow 3 speed, either way you’ll be set to buy the wheels that get you out and about during the spring-has-sprung weather.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $400.00 - 749.00
    Availability: Buy Brooklyn Cruiser Bicycles here

    Twilight Bracket

    Okay, bear with me here, I know this just looks like a regular curtain rod/bracket, but it has something the sets it apart, and if you’ve ever been annoyed by light creeping in around your curtains- at night or in the morning- you’ll understand why this particular one is special. The Twilight bracket wraps around so that your curtains can lay flat against the wall. Such a small detail, but it certainly makes a big difference to those of us persnickety about dark rooms. So, no more little slivers of moonlight/sunlight that tend to find your face while you’re trying to catch some much needed sleep.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $35.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Handmade Ceramic Carafe Set

    How about a handmade carafe or two (or three)? Carafes are the sort of thing you think you don’t need, and then when you have one you realize just how useful they can be. The larger sizes would be appropriate for water, juice, or wine at the table, while the smaller size could work for milk or cream during coffee/tea time. Made of French porcelain, these carafes are more durable than glass and have a matte finish that gives a nice texture and grip. Handmade by a small team in Sydney, Australia.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.90 - 259.90
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

    This Stool Rocks

    Would you like to back another Kickstarter campaign? How about a ready-to-assemble rocking stool? Three options allow for three different rocking motions, and, best of all, the stools can be made in a city close to you and shipped with minimal charge- instead of overseas. And, if you want to make the stool yourself (and have access to a CNC machine), you can download the CAD file for free.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: £35.00
    Available from: Kickstarter