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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)


Friday Links

Folly Soaps via The Art of Soap

David Derksen’s Moiré lights rotate to create moving patterns

Can you build a better brain?

CUT Architectures Stairs

Yellow Staircase by CUT Architectures

– Your entryway needs this coat rack, along with a peacock, of course: “The owners fashioned this coat rack from metal pipes.”

Amalgamma develops 3D printing concrete technique for building structures

– Yoga geeks, take a look at this: Nowness- Felix Price

Frame House Jonathan Tuckey

Frame House by Jonathan Tuckey

Enjoy your weekend!

Concrete Home of Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández

Quite a lot of concrete, isn’t it? The home of Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández is close to feeling like a castle, with large open spaces and contrasting close corridors. The library is particularly impressive, with its two levels taking up one entire wall of the generously sized living area. See more of the space over at Freunde von Freunden.

Corknet Ping Pong Set

A ping pong game after dinner? Sure, why not, just grab that trivet and we’re good to go. Huh? The Corknet Set is such a smart idea: two cork pieces line up side by side to create a net (regulation height, by the way) on any table. They are freestanding- just set them up in the middle of a table and play. And, when you’re not showing your opponent who’s boss, the two cork pieces stack together to form a trivet for your large dishes. The ball nests inside. Fun!

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Metalwork Nightstand

This Metalwork Nightstand has been on the radar lately, and what a pleasant surprise to find the price in a very affordable range. The hot rolled steel option is $249, the white lacquer $199, and, if you don’t mind a little celadon, you can get it at $139. Celadon? Our new favorite color, I think.

Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00 - 249.00
Available from: West Elm

ISO Desktop Organizer

See all those dividers? See the bold blue? Is there any surprise I bought one of these the moment Field announced its existence? And, it has taken weeks (weeks!) for me to place in the spotlight. Apologies. As you might have guessed from the name, the ISO Organizer’s design and dimensions are based on international paper standards. Made from heavy-gauge cold rolled steel, the powder-coated divider has a thin cork underside to protect your desktop. With its hefty weight (almost 6 lbs.) and sturdy construction, it’s bound to scare any unruly piles of paper into order.

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: FIELD

Winkel 127 Table Lamp

The Winkel 127 Table Lamp boasts quite a few features for a smaller task lamp. First off, it’s made of solid fiberglass reinforced biopolyamide, which is made from “over 60 per cent renewable material derived from castor oil.” That makes it recyclable at the end of its lifespan. However, with a very energy-efficient multi-chip LED light system, that won’t be anytime soon.

Optimal light distribution, micro gas springs (that means “good movement patterns”), glare protection, a dimmer… what more would you want in a desk lamp? Oh, it also has a built-in timer that automatically turns off the lamp after five hours, so it has a not-so-subtle way of telling you it’s time for bed. Yes, please.

Purchase Information:

Price: $395.00
Available from: Horne

King/Queen Linen Duvet Set

Hmm, a good quality linen duvet set for $129 sounds extremely unlikely, but maybe that’s because we’re used to other brands (like Matteo) having price tags twice as much*. Is price a true indicator of quality? Or should we take a chance on one heck of a deal? This is exactly the kind of product that needs customer reviews, so that those of us biting our fingernails wondering about the quality will know what to expect**.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: H&M

Cold Picnic Rugs

You’ve seen Cold Picnic’s Private Parts, and now here’s a glimpse at their other larger area rugs. These three have a pale backdrop, with abstract shapes and bits of color to jazz things up. There’s the Cenotes Rug (no longer available), with a softer lime green and peach setting the tone. Painted Caves plays with purple, beige and red, while Talking Rocks (no longer available) has three floating jagged rock shapes in yellow, purple/blue and black. All are available in three sizes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00 - 1,050.00
Available from: Cold Picnic

Unfolding Apartment by Normal Projects

This very large and very blue cabinetry unit hides all sorts of functions in the Unfolding House by Normal Projects (Michael Chen and Kari Anderson). The 450 square foot space needed to cram in a lot of different areas- cooking, storage, sleeping, and working- while keeping the small space open and airy. What to do? Build a big cabinet, of course, that holds plenty of storage, a murphy bed and office. See more of the project over at Dwell or at Michael Chen Architecture. I particularly like the cabinets without the aluminum pieces (which you see on the older video and on the architect’s site).

Binary Titanium Key Carabiner

If you carry your keys around on a carabiner, you might want to trade it in for this upgrade. It features a ‘safety gate’ that keeps your keys locked in place. No matter how many times you clip it on and off, this second latch keeps key rings safely attached, yet still easily retrievable should you need to remove them. And, as an extra little feature, the titanium body also functions as a bottle opener.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Knot Pillows by Electric Feathers

This isn’t your normal pillow, and that is exactly its charm. Instead of one semi-fluffy square (so boring!), the Knot Pillow is one long tube of cotton fluffiness sewn in silk pongee fabric, hand painted and tied up in a large knot. Fun, right? And especially handy in a pillow fight, I’d think.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00 - 290.00
Available from: Electric Feathers

Friday Links

Animated Light Paintings by Lucea Spinelli (via thisisnthappiness)

The World’s Most Functional Sleeping Bag by Capata

How to turn a plastic bottle into 20 yards of string

extase's stamps

– So many good stamps: extase’s Etsy Shop (via thinx)

Mindful breathing

– Honeybee mite is “like having a 6-pound house cat attached to your side, sucking the life out of you”- yikes: A Hardier Honeybee That Fights Back By Biting Back

Cocooon Veggie Bag

Incredible Gravity Map of the Earth’s Seafloors

Incredible Gravity Map of the Earth’s Seafloors

Studio Swine turned Ocean Trash into Treasure

– Nozomi Nakabayashi: Hut on Stilts (via thisisnthappiness)

Enjoy the weekend!

Nozomi Nakabayashi Hut on Stilts

Corner Shelf

This Corner Shelf by designer Kyuhyung Cho begins at the left, “a natural starting point to organise our thoughts and also our objects.” Hang the larger shelf vertically or horizontally (or place it on your desk) and use the medium and small elements to further divide and offset the space.

Purchase Information:

Price: $44.95 - 159.95
Available from: Horne

Vino Cork Stopper

Why does your wine bottle need a hat? To be clear, it’s a stopper, not a hat, but you can call it what you wish. In the event you are unable to finish a whole bottle of wine in one sitting, this Vino Cork Stopper will save it for later enjoyment. And, it has a trick up its sleeve- turn it over and it may be used as a bottle holder. Two in one!

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Luminaire

‘Diamond’ Poufs

Q: What do you get when you combine Studio Bertjan Pot with a company that has the name of a evil sorcerer a long history in Persian carpets? That’s not a joke, by the way, it’s just a way to solicit an exclamation of admiration of said studio. A: You get a wonderfully mixed triangular kilim pattern, in all sorts of “spicy colours” on rugs and poufs. Note: gird your loins, for the prices aren’t cheap.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,260.00 +
Available from: Wallpaper STORE