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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)


Patio Garden Planter

Remember Scout Regalia’s Raised Garden Kit ($95)? If you’re too lazy to assemble it yourself, there’s the Patio Garden Planter that arrives ready to go. Just add in the permeable textile (it’s included- it will keep soil drained and aerated), soil, and then the plants (or seeds, like these GMO Free Herb Seeds), water appropriately, and you’ll be knee deep in lush greens before you know it. Make sure you’ve got room before ordering- a 30″x20″ planter won’t fit on everyone’s patio.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

El Prado Rug from grain

Is anyone else in the mood for some crazy rugs? Maybe it’s the summer heat, but there’s something about this optical grid patterned rug from grain that looks just right. No need to worry about where it came from either, as each rug is handwoven by “artisan weavers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala using locally sourced and dyed wool.” Does that make you like it a little more? Their Momostenango Rug also hits the spot.

Purchase Information:

Price: $625.00 - 850.00
Available from: grain

Normann Copenhagen Squeezer

Oh, what to do when you love juice from all sorts of fruit? Well, you could have multiple squeezers in different sizes, or you could have just one of Normann Copenhagen’s Squeezer. Adjust the sides to fit large grapefruits or tiny limes, and use the flexible funnel as a pouring spout when you’re done squeezing. Soft, matte silicone makes the Squeezer easy to grip and easy to clean- just throw it in the dishwasher.

Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: Design Public

BLTD App: Finally!

So, remember our little apology about our recent site issues? We finally got our ducks in a row and teamed up with DWNLD to get a better BLTD app for you. Now, on your mobile device, you’ll be able to easily browse through our latest finds without worrying about content delays or weird landing pages. Hopefully you’ll love it as much as we think we do.

Download our new app on iTunes

As usual, let us know if you experience any glitches, and thanks again for sticking with us while we make improvements.


Purchase Information:

Price: $free
Available from: iTunes

Friday Links

  • Spectacular. Sawmille House (via plastolux)
  • Keyboardio
  • Artists/hobbyists: FEBO, the engraver that lets you draw and paint with the sun
  • Photographers: SHOTBOX Tabletop Photo Light Studio
  • Travelers: AeroTrunk, Modern luggage trunk with drawers
  • For kids, learning the alphabet: Mister Alphabet
  • Apple Watch “fails to excite”
  • Crazy house. Caja Oscura by Javier Corvalán
  • Interiors: Yellow!
  • That’s all for this week. Enjoy your weekend!

    Mark + Vivi

    Minimalist Office Bag

    Simple/minimal sleeve/briefcase? Yes/please. This one is pretty skinny, so it will fit your essentials and not weigh you down. Stash all your cords and accessories in the front pocket and keep your laptop/tablet and a few files or notebooks in the main compartment. Who says you can’t be a minimalist? Tell me their name, because I will punch them in the face for you, I promise. Available in black or beige.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $94.00
    Available from: Poketo

    15 Minute, 25 Minute Timer

    You and your busy, busy life. When are you going to slow down and concentrate on the important things? Maybe you need a timer that serves as a productivity tool but also looks like a little keepsake when not in use. Turn this 15 or 25 minute hourglass over, and concentrate for the full amount of time on just one thing. The sand will create a background of soft, white noise, which is perfect for meditation, typing up an important email, or counting cracks in the wall. Whatever it is, dedicate yourself fully to the things you value most.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $36.00
    Available from: ode to things

    Vifa Copenhagen Wireless Speaker

    Are you still looking for a wireless speaker? Save your pennies, because this one earns top marks for its pared down design and integrated handle. It’s like someone took an old boombox, shrunk it down, and waved a magic wand to reduce it down to only a Kvadrat fabric facing and aluminum frame. Very minimal/modern, isn’t it?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $999.00
    Available from: TRNK

    Liquid Station Desktop Organizer

    The four compartments of the Liquid Station Desktop Organizer will keep your smartphone, pens, and other desk stuff right at hand. If it doesn’t depress you too much, it looks “like a melting iceberg.” Indeed. Be sure to consider the other items in the collection, the Roll Air Tape Dispenser and the Peter Pen Holder, as you wouldn’t want the organizer to get too lonely all by itself.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $32.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Aquart Outdoor Shower

    Remember me halfway promising to find more outdoor showers for you? Here’s one, and it’s exactly the sort of thing you could make if you were truly industrious but you probably won’t because it’s $200. Seletti’s Aquart Outdoor Shower has a hefty cement base and polished copper fittings. Hook it up to a hose, and voilà! You’re ready to have your very own outdoor shower experience. Now, how to make sure you get hot water instead of cold? Maybe have a very long black hose? Hmm.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $204.00
    Available from: Gessato

    A-Bike Electric

    Who wants a super small electric bike? I do, I do*! Feast your eyes upon the world’s lightest and most compact electric bicycle. Just start pedaling and the electricity will kick in to provide power assistance. Fold it up and stash it under your desk or table, ideally after you arrive at your destination somewhat pristine- or at least with an un-sweaty shirt- thanks to the electrical assistance.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £515.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Pocket Armchair

    You know how you’re able to tell you’re a grown-up? It’s not setting up a retirement account, or doing your taxes, though those things are important. It’s actually having a decent place to sit down in your home. As in, a comfortable seat that you’ve picked out (or paid someone to pick out for you) and would guide a guest towards when they visit. You can’t be embarrassed of it and it has to be nicer than what a 21 year old would buy from IKEA. Sorry IKEA and 21 year olds, but those are the rules.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $899.00
    Available from: Hem

    Cantilever Cooking Utensils

    Don’t your eyes just settle over these two Cantilever Cooking Utensils like a new glimpse of tasteful porn? Just kidding… sort of. I know, I know, a floating spatula isn’t as exciting as two attractive humans doing stuff or even a cinematic smartcase for your iPhone, but it should be. What are you going to do, go about your kitchen cooking a wonderful meal, only to set down your spatula or spoon on the counter and get sauce all over your counter? Gross, and probably a little unhygienic.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $14.95
    Available from: iLoveHandles

    Source: Gizmodo

    Lumenati CS1Cinematic Smartcase for iPhone

    Holy. How much fun will you have with this cinematic smartcase? Loads, I’m sure. Simply slide your iPhone into the Lumenati CS1, pull the trigger, and you’ll be shooting video like a pro. It’s lightweight, very portable, and is way more ergonomic than holding on to your iPhone on its own. The Lumenati CS1 even has a real-time viewfinder so you get exactly what you see (a.k.a. WYSIWYG capabilities). Swap the lenses out to change from fisheye to wide angle, easy as pie. Where in the world can you get it? Back the project on Kickstarter (up until August 12).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $150+
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Lean-To by Scout Regalia and Reunion Goods & Services

    That summer sun is so damn hot sometimes, isn’t it? How to get some relief without denying yourself the freedom of the outdoors? Get a Lean-To, like this one from Scout Regalia and Reunion Goods & Services. It’s a simple shade structure, with front and side panels that open up to let the breeze in. It’s easy to assemble and easy to knock down, and it also comes with a travel bag to make things easy. Set it up at the beach or in your own backyard to beat the heat.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $499.00
    Available from: Scout Regalia