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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)


Slow Factory: Mars Scarves

Do you follow all news of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission? Do you have a fondness of ethereal, beautiful imagery? Do you sometimes get cold? If your answer was yes to any of those questions, congratulations, you deserve a Slow Factory scarf showing images taken by HiRISE. That’s the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, if you’re not familiar. Bookmark the collection as an excellent source for gifts this holiday season, and know that you’ll be thanked profusely if you decide to be so generous.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Slow Factory

Sterling Side Table Stool

For $100, you could do so much worse than this Sterling Side Table/Stool. Believe me, I just did a quick search and it’s not a pretty sight. Save yourself by considering this sand cast aluminum seating option. It has a slight rippled surface thanks to its hand-poured nature, with a high mirrored finish to obtain a sleek-yet-subtle vibe.

Purchase Information:

Price: $109.00
Available from: CB2

Above Home Floor Mat

You might see simple, graphic squares adorning these woven mats, but these images are stylized patterns of backyards and swimming pools as seen from above. Made of abaca, an odor and moisture resistant natural plant fiber, and designed by Icelandic-born designer Hlynur Atlason, the Above Home Floor Mat gives you a place to wipe your feet along with a little rectangle of conceptual outdoor space.

Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00
Available from: A+R Store

The Convertible Roadtrip Tripod

What will make your photos better? A tripod, of course. No more shaky pics or blurriness, hooray. The Convertible Roadtrip Tripod will show off its features the more you use it. Lightweight aluminum means it’s easy to carry along and, with a few quick twists, you can convert it into a monopod for quick shots. Oh, and for those of you that care, there’s also a bubble level, a bullhead, a center column hook for stabilizing weights, and a carrying case.

Purchase Information:

Price: $189.00
Available from: Photojojo Store

9.9.2 Box : Tray

What’s the big deal about a walnut tray? Well, if you own anything, you know that little things tend to multiply, and it helps to have a tray handy to corral important things together. For instance, in the living area, a tray, such as the 9.9.2 Box you see above, would be an ideal spot to hold magazines and those unsightly TV remotes. In the kitchen, a tray would make a short job of setting the table- you can carry an armload’s worth of stuff safely to and fro. Use one in the office for an important stack of papers or in the bedroom for a safe spot for your phone, keys, and other pocket contents. The 9.9.2 Box : Tray is handmade from solid four quarter American black walnut. Check out OnOurTable to see more of their Box Collection, as various sizes (some with lids) are available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $190.00
Available from: OnOurTable

Friday Links

  • Longitude 131° (via Tiny House Living)
  • The NoPhone (Sadly, the NoPhone’s Kickstarter campaign is cancelled.)
  • Architizer: The 20 Best Architecture Tumblrs
  • Frozen Yogurt In A Shell, No Packaging Required
  • EpiPen cases and wallets
  • Hot Spots: Mapping the World’s Most Photographed Locations
  • Cheat Sheet To Becoming A Great Public Speaker
  • Laniakea: Our home supercluster

    Enjoy your weekend!

    reCAP Mason Jar Pour Cap

    You might have liked the Cuppow Mason Jar Lid, but what about the reCAP Mason Jar Pour Cap? It goes a step further by providing a spill-proof option for a Mason jar, allowing you to store dry goods, syrups, dressings, or, yes, even tote around your favorite beverage. It’s made of BPA-free plastic and is dishwasher safe, so it’ll go a long way towards making those jars more effective for storage or everyday use. And, if you’re feeling a bit sad because you have no Mason jar, don’t you worry, you can buy one of those from Mason Jars Company as well.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $7.00
    Available from: Mason Jars Company

    Calvo Side Table

    Lee Kirkbride’s Calvo side table for SCP’s Boxed collection sets itself apart with a tilted support and 3 point base which allows the table to sit closer to your chair, sofa, or bed. A slight tray edge and a tapered base further add to the design detail, making this table a quiet favorite for years to come.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $475.00
    Available from: Horne

    Knoll Sale

    It’s that time of year again. The annual Knoll Sale begins. The many classic design pieces that you know and love are 15% off until September 30th. What should you consider? Maybe a Bertoia Side Chair, a Pollock Arm Chair, or Schultz’s Petal Dining Table? Pick the piece you love, and then congratulate yourself for waiting so long.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15% off
    Available from: Knoll

    Modular Magnetic Pen

    This Modular Magnetic Pen may be arranged in various ways for function or just plain fun. For normal pen or stylus use, keep the rare earth magnets stacked around the ballpoint cartridge. Unstack the magnets to make a circle for a drawing compass, or experiment with reversing the poles for unexpected bouncy lines.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: Uncommon Goods

    Laser Etched Pouches from Molly M Designs

    Should you want or need a laser etched leather pouch, head on over to Molly McGrath’s site, Molly M Designs. There you’ll find a sizable array of geometric patterns etched upon various sized pouches, and, happily, you can pick the color you like most for your clutch/wallet/business card case. There’s also laser cut trivets and coasters made from 100% wool merino felt as well as a fair amount of geometric jewelry, if you’re interested.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $50.00 - 100.00
    Available from: Molly M Designs

    XLBoom’s Keywest Mirrored Key Cabinet

    Finally, there’s a spot for a mirror and all your family’s keys, wrapped up into one very decent package. A no-fuss painted MDF case features a mirror on the door, so you can check that lovely mug of yours before you head out to face the day. Open the door, and look! So much room and so many hooks, even a persnickety janitor would be pleased.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $185.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Abacus Totem Key Holder

    It this some sort of facial jewelry? Or perhaps a tiny dumbbell for a muscly mouse? I suppose it could be either, but, alas, it’s a key holder. The Abacus Totem Key Holder is from Postalco, the maker of many wonderful things. Handcrafted in Japan from solid brass, it keeps your keys tidy with a simple screw end that makes it easy to add or subtract individual keys.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $96.00
    Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

    Starry Light by Anagraphic

    If you’re fond of constellations, then you’ll like this Starry Light by Anagraphic. The hemispheric shade lends itself to a pattern of the Northern Hemisphere’s two equinoxes and solstices and a LED light fixture projects most of its light downwards, with just enough residual light to bring out the stars on your walls. Also, as the lamp is manufactured by hand, you may customize the light to a specific date, time and geographical location.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: €1,152.00
    Available from: Anagraphic

    Hot Kettle

    Not that you need the warning, but this kettle gets HOT. The stainless steel body and handle have a distinct industrial vibe and its two red buttons safely release steam and hot water. Designed by Selab + Alessandro Zambelli for Seletti, it’ll heat your water up safely and efficiently. (Note: boiling water in a pan for tea or coffee is sad. Get a kettle.)


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $85.00 - 100.00
    Available from: GSelect