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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)


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

You do know it’s Mother’s Day this weekend, right? If you’ve neglected to get your mother figure something special, here’s a few ideas to get your brain in the right place. You might have to investigate two-day shipping rates, but that’s better than having her think you don’t care about her, isn’t it? Be sure to take a look at our Gifts section (organized by price) if you’d like to get a few more ideas.

Slit Tables from Hay Studio

The Slit Tables from Hay Studio are pretty sharp. The designs are translated from paper origami, and the sleek lines and angles of the metal surfaces will offset your soft furnishings with style. You’ll have a hard time picking out colors though, as there are 14 different combinations (mirror and brass finishes!) to catch your eye.

Purchase Information:

Price: £119.00 - 339.00
Available from: The Lollipop Shoppe

General Tray Artist Edition

We featured Good Thing’s General Tray back in February, but now they’re offering the tray in artist editions. Interested? Six different New York based artists are participating, and there’s only three one-of-a-kind pieces by each artist, so you’d best add your favorite version to your cart lickety-split or else you’ll miss out. They’d be the perfect hold-alls for your miscellany. Maybe with an artist’s edition you’re more likely to put things away so you can see the tray? Let’s say so, shall we?

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Good Thing

FF DIN Typeface House Numbers

Oh, how nice to see these oak house numbers in the FF DIN font by Another Country. I’d wager an educated guess that they’re certainly better than the current offering at your local hardware store, and the price isn’t too terribly expensive (unless you have a lot of numbers in your address). The visible wood grain will provide an excellent contrast to your home’s siding, and don’t worry about quality either, as each number is laminated to ensure durability for outdoor environments.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Ash & Anchor Tea Towels

Whoa, have you ever seen such pretty tea towels? Ash & Anchor has quite a few wonderful patterns printed with earth friendly pigment inks on a linen/cotton blend. Buy one (or two) for yourself, one for your best friend, one for your mother, and, if you have another $25 to spare after all that, send one to me. I’ll take the Anodyne, no, wait, the Empire State… or the Tusk. Hmm, maybe I should just get all three.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Ash & Anchor

Ora Teapot and Tea Cup Set

The same guy responsible for the x3 Watering Can, Paul Loebach, designed this double-walled glass teapot. There’s no need for a handle, as the insulating outer glass wall never gets too hot to handle. Hold, carry, and pour your tea with ease. To complete the set, add the Ora Tea Cups to the mix. (Note: the teapot and cup set would make a nice gift for certain upcoming events.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Shadowplay Galaxy Scarves

We’ve featured Slow Factory’s silk/cotton Scarves before, but just in case you’d like a lower price point, the NYC based company Shadowplay has a nice selection of galaxy print scarves as well. However, don’t go thinking it’s an easy Mother’s Day gift option, as some of the designs won’t ship until the beginning of June.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Shadowplay

x3 Watering Can

Yeah, it’s just a watering can, big deal. And, yes, a single metal tube is bent three times (hence the name) to create the handle and the pour spout. The handle allows it to be held from the top when full and at the side when watering. All those things plus a semi-decent price tag must mean that this year you’ll finally take decent care of your plants; with a watering can like this, who wouldn’t? Just don’t over water your plants accidentally while admiring the water can.

Purchase Information:

Price: $67.00 - 145.00
Available from: Kontextür

Friday Links

  • “A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu has claimed more than 5,000 lives, caused thousands of injuries, and destroyed homes and infrastructure. Some 1.7 million children require humanitarian assistance…” –UNICEF. I made a donation, will you? (photo via TIME)
  • dezeen: Brick bungalows provide social housing for elderly residents in east London
  • Watch a Japanese Craftsman Lovingly Bring a Tattered Old Book Back to Near Mint Condition
  • Wired’s Absurd Creature of the Week: the Disco Clam
  • Peter Schlesinger Reflects on Some of His Favorite Sculptures
  • Kickstarter: High end in-ear headphones
  • Pretty (yet expensive): Michelle Weinberg, Tumbld Flwrs rug

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Voice Recorder by Richard Upchurch

    Celebrate handcrafted noise with this Voice Recorder by Richard Upchurch. No, there’s no fanciness involved, it’s just a box with a voice recorder in it. However, the fun to be had is in the playback button and the control knob where you adjust the speed and pitch. Maybe think about filling up break time with a little bit of silly sound business? Or, better yet, it might be a good Mother’s Day gift if you record a heartfelt-yet-funny message?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $28.00 - 66.00
    Available from: RichardUpchurch on Etsy

    Travel Toothbrush Holder

    The words ‘toothbrush holder’ and ‘cool’ have never belonged in the same sentence, as far as I can tell, but that changes with this particular holder by Cedes Milano. You can also add the word ‘expensive’ into that mix, as it’s not cheap (just warning you). The hinged bottom is chrome plated and it has a tempered glass top with a very small hole to make sure no moisture gets trapped. Does it look cool? Yes. Will it protect your toothbrush? Definitely. Is it a little fussy and a tad pretentious? Maybe. Do you still want it? Don’t be embarrassed to say yes.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $110.00
    Available from: MAN of the WORLD

    Shapes Mirror: Oblong

    An oblong reflective surface is set off by a contrasting matte color panel, giving this frameless Shapes Mirror the sort of look you’d get from a geometric art piece. The squared off base tends to suggest a tabletop placement, making it an ideal choice for a vanity or entryway area.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $375.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Wine Breather Carafe Deluxe

    If your mother likes wine, maybe you could get this “deluxe” Wine Breather Carafe for Mother’s Day next weekend. The updated gold-plated lid makes it special, while the function remains the same as the original Wine Breather. Simply invert a bottle of wine on the carafe for hands-free decanting. After aeration, use the carafe for serving or return the wine to the original bottle.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $74.95
    Available from: Lumens

    Record / Book Holder

    Pick your favorite books or records for display on this wood holder from Coil + Drift. The angled sides makes it easy to view and flip through the collection you’ve set aside for perusal. Keep it on a shelf or sideboard so your guests can easily see your excellent taste in literature or music, or, for more everyday use, keep it beside your desk for reference materials.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $100.00
    Available from: Coil + Drift

    Brass Desk Organizer

    Add a little order to your workspace with this triangular Brass Desk Organizer. The brushed, matte finish adds a subtle shine that just might catch your eye every so often to remind you to tidy up any errant papers. Add the Brass Hexagon Pots or the Pencil Cup for pens and pencils.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $54.00
    Available from: TRNK