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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)


Hay Cacti

Ceramic cacti: they’re perfect for you, even if you tend to kill every plant you’ve ever touched. Sculptor Lina Cofán has crafted these life-size cacti to give you very low maintenance plants. Sure, they’re a bit shiny, but they won’t need a drop of water. And, as long as you don’t drop them, they’ll last forever. Kinda fun, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

Xavi Bou’s Ornitographies

– Don’t forget to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower!

– A golden eagle getting its tummy rubbed

Mynus, a minimal iPhone case

The soundtrack to Stranger Things is being released this Friday

Ergonomics not evolving quickly enough

British Judge sentences racist ____ to 18 months in jail

Give Old iPhones and iPads a New Lease on Life

MAPA’s prefabricated houses

Enjoy your weekend!

MAPA's prefabricated houses

Bold Wall Clock

How in the world would you ever be late if you had these oversized hands to tell the time? The big, rounded proportions pack a graphic punch across the room, so even if you are almost blind, you’ll know the time. Choose the petrol for its pink and turquoise hands, or go with the white for a more strict color scheme.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: A+R Store

Travel Teapot Set and Bag

You may not need this Travel Teapot Set, but wouldn’t it be nice to have? The grey tubular porcelain vessel is a lesson in simplicity- its two included cups fasten securely to either end to make transport more efficient. Wrap them all up in the included linen bag and be on your way, knowing you’ll have an easy-to-serve hot drink in a lovely little cup whenever you take your next break. There’s also a smaller Travel tea can set and bag if you prefer to carry a single serving.

Purchase Information:

Price: $132.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE

Afteroom Bench by Menu

You could say that this price is kind of high for a skinny leather bench, but then I’d need to remind you that it has a marble side table incorporated into its powder-coated metal frame and it would be a cool piece to have in an entryway or odd corner space, especially as it would add seating without taking up too much visual or physical space. Then you’d say I’m right, and we would both be glad we’re friends that can discuss design without punching each other in the face.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,150.00- 1,200.00
Available from: A+R Store

Map of the Constellations

Are you going to stay up late to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight? You should try, as there’s going to be quite the show- between 160 and 200 meteors every hour until Friday morning. That’s a “meteor hurricane.” For other times, you could gaze upon Best Made’s Map of the Constellations to contemplate the stars above, as it charts the stars of both northern and southern hemispheres and includes helpful diagrams of earth’s axis, phases of the moon, solstices, equinoxes, and eclipses.

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Best Made

Commune Leather Sling Chair

Ready for another Commune + West Elm piece? This wood-framed sling chair knocks the socks off other lounge chairs from the retailer, as it has raw, undyed leather for an authentic feel. That plus the angular frame and stitching gives an eclectic personality that would fit easily into most rooms, giving you lots of options on placement. Living room, bedroom, study… put this Sling Chair anywhere and enjoy it as the leather develops a vintage patina (it’ll look even better).

Purchase Information:

Price: $999.00
Available from: West Elm

Paper Display

This Paper Display by Jamie Wolfond & Sam Anderson (and available from good thing) simply acts as a curved base to provide papers to stand. Think of it for displaying your current project paperwork or for showcasing photos and notes. (Update:Now made of powder coated aluminum, the price is more affordable at $22 instead of $39 when it was made of stoneware.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: Good Thing

Billy II Box

Need more storage space for paperwork? You could get a ho-hum boring rolling file from an office supply store, or you could shell out a little more dough for one that actually looks like a fair amount of design thought went into its creation. Ethnicraft’s Universo Positivo collection has caught our eye before, and their Billy II Box stands out for its combination of solid oak and lacquered stainless steel. A large opening in the back accommodates cords (not apparent in the picture above, fyi) while one drawer provides just enough space for essentials. Need a stack of drawers instead? Consider the Oak or Walnut Billy Box.

Purchase Information:

Price: $650.00
Available from: Lekker Home

Japanese Porcelain Stacking Tools

My goodness, this stacking set packs quite the punch in tools. A mortar with pestle, a ginger/garlic/zest grater, a citrus juicer, and a storage canister (that also acts as a ladle holder) all stack together for a unified system. So, don’t go running back to the kitchen to get whatever tool you need, bring the whole thing to the table for an impressive display of dinner prep right in front of your guests and/or family. They’ll be awed by your efficiency and skills (let’s hope for the best case scenario).

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Sweep-It Set

You don’t have to tell me how hard it is to keep dust and dirt at bay; I had a dog that liked to step in mud at every opportunity, plus a cat that shed all over the place all the effing time. I have Ole Jensen’s Dustpan and Brush, but this Sweep-It Set by Klaus Rath for Stelton looks like it would be more functional for everyday messes. The lotus wood brush nests neatly with the dustpan, and it can be easily stored under the sink or hung from a hook.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Amazon

Marta Tasting Glasses

While you may not be excited by a simple, short glass, you might like the fact that it’s available in a set of 8 for just under $10. Can you do any better than that, with a similar, fine-looking glass? If so, you need join the team here at BLTD, and I’m not kidding (finding nice stuff that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg isn’t easy). There’s also a set of 8 Marta Double Old-Fashioned Glasses and Coolers, should you want to beef up your collection.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.95
Available from: CB2

Friday Links

– You know those hooded towels for babies? Stingray Hooded Adult Towel

– “Jenna Maroney’s words. Donald Trump’s face.” Donald Maroney

– This loft has a neat TV shelving surround with doors

Jooki – The Jukebox for Kids

– “a curtain made from a repurposed isothermal emergency blanket separates kitchen and corridor” silvia allori self-designs compact studio apartment in florence

– Do you like plywood on interior walls? I do: Mountain Lodge

Have a great weekend.

Focal LED Lamp with USB Port

It’s great to see that USB ports are now incorporated into some task lamps, especially as most of our outlets are overwhelmed with plugs and wires. This Focal LED Lamp has an easy-to-access USB port right at its base- no need to fuss around behind your computer or at your charging station for a free spot. Its head tilts left and right and spins 180 degrees on its post to focus its energy-efficient LEDs right where you want. Three levels of brightness give you more control over light intensity. There’s also a handy shallow dish at the base for small pocket items.

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Available from: DWR

Gather Vases

The Gather Vases by Sam Anderson invite you to arrange your floral bouquet across a variety of different receptacles. Choose just one for for a singular statement or collect all five for a larger, more spectacular display. All are made from borosilicate glass, so they’ll withstand your occasional clumsiness (for the most part).

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.50 - 29.50
Available from: good thing