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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

– Runners: Million Mile Light

Marie Kondo: “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

– Hooray! Snow Peak develops Food-Grade Silicone Cups (will be a post next week, I’m sure)

– Good news or bad? A Lot of Published Psychology Results are Bullshit

And you thought the Clintons were paid a bunch of money per speech ….

– For your laptop or phone: Marble covers

100,000 white balloons fill Covent Garden for art installation reflecting human heartbeats

Have an excellent weekend.

Covent Garden ballooons

Butterfleye: Smart and Versatile Monitoring Camera

Finally, there’s a security camera that’s wireless! And it only records when sound or movement is detected! Yes and yes! The Butterfleye is currently an Indiegogo project, and it looks like one worth backing. Don’t you want to know when your kid/pet wakes up and starts crying/barking or tearing up the crib/room? Don’t you want to know if some reprobate breaks into your house and tries to steal your stuff? The Butterfleye will record as soon as something sounds or moves, and it’ll save energy when nothing does.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Swole Tables

An imperfect circular top gives character to the Swole Table collection, and whether you add just one of the side tables or choose the larger coffee table, you’re sure to appreciate the organic shapes next to your more rectangular pieces. Different heights also mean they’d look great all together in the same room, just be sure to pick at least two different colors for variation and interest.

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00+
Available from: Blu Dot

Border Three Tiered Containers

Stash your stuff in these Three Teired Containers by Hatashikkiten. Yes, they are available in three nice color ways (the Navy, Ivory, Black is the winner in my book), but it’s the handmade nature and various storage use that grabs attention. The containers have a food safe urethane coating, so they’re entirely appropriate for keeping snacks sorted. Of course, they’d also be right at home in a bathroom storing cotton balls and q-tips or in a bedroom for jewelry and odds and ends.

Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Available from: Nalata Nalata

Brass Pendant Lamps by Futagami

Have you seen Futagami’s brass Pendant Lamps? Designed by Oji Masanori, each one has a perfect geometric shape that reflects a warm glow for just the right amount of richness. Choose between the Myojo faceted shade, the Hemisphere (shown above), the Cone, or the Star Shadow (not shown). Or, if you’ve got money to burn, choose several as a grouping above a dining table or island for a bigger statement.

Purchase Information:

Price: $380.00 - 395.00
Available from: Nalata Nalata

Blackline Furniture Collection

If you’re in the market for dark and minimal pieces, have I got a treat for you. Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. has recently expanded their collection to include a Bench, Low Table, and Step Stool. If the dark/black version doesn’t float your boat, you may also specify a bleached or natural finish as well. Traditional wood joinery sets the collection in the heirloom category, so it’ll last a lot longer than you (plan to note in your will which favorite kid/niece/nephew inherits which piece- happy thoughts, huh?). Each piece has a timeless, simple silhouette and will work in whatever room you choose.

Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00 +
Available from: Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Craftworker Cabinet

Let’s take a moment to geek out just a tiny bit over this Craftworker Cabinet. For $130, you get a wooden cabinet with flip-open doors along with a starter kit of 27 tools, from basic to professional. 27 tools, in a cabinet, that you can hang on a wall or tuck in a closet or under the bed. The set was first produced in 1919, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s still one heck of a deal. Is there a better housewarming gift for someone’s first home? Nope.

Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Bambino Kids Set, Warm and Cool

Parents, can we discuss the silly plates and dishes on which you serve your children food? Maybe they like garish pink or blue, or the cartoon characters in colors that would make a discerning adult nauseous, but why not gently steer them towards something easier on the eyes? This tableware by Ekobo Home is still colorful, yet the color is of a softer, quieter variety. Made from bamboo, a renewable natural resource, each piece is dishwasher-safe, so you’ll not need to sacrifice an easy cleanup. The set has four pieces; a cup, a bowl, a deep plate and a spoon, just enough to cover the essentials, or pick and choose your pieces individually.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Gretel Home

Waka Waka Cutting Boards

I know just what you need: a couple of odd-shaped cutting boards. Right? They’ll be just the thing to add a little interest to your charcuterie and cheese spread, and they won’t hurt your wallet either. Choose between boards shaped like thought bubbles and baguettes, or a triangle and mirror-shape. Plus, just say ‘Waka Waka’ outloud- it’s Fozzie Bear!

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00 +
Available from: IKO IKO

Tech Dopp Kit

So many cords and chargers, what’s a person to do? Well, you could swear off gadgets, maybe go off the grid permanently, or you could get something like this Tech Dopp Kit from This is Ground. The zip-up organizer offers plenty of spots to keep your cords and adapters strapped down and tidy, so you can easily grab whichever one you need without untangling it from all the others while shouting out profanities. An internal zipped pouch keeps smaller items separate. The larger grande size has room for headphones, while the regular size will keep your basic essentials.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00 - 199.00
Available from: This is Ground

Solitaire Cards

Look a little closer at these cards and you’ll see Susan Kare’s original artwork for the Windows 3.0 Solitaire game. Did you know that the original Solitaire computer game is now 25 years old? Sheesh. So, you can now celebrate the computer game’s anniversary by playing with physical cards that look like the computer version. Kind of fun, huh?

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

House 1101 in Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain

– Brain: Discover The Backwards Brain Bicycle

A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross

– Video: Using leftovers to save the planet – Model Citizens

– Kickstarter: Uprite Ergo Sit2Stand Height Adjustable Workstation

Astronauts Will Test a New Way to Recycle Urine and Sweat into Drinking Water (via unconsumption)

– Video: People Of All Ages Give Life Advice To Their Younger Counterparts

– Keep your extra credit, business, and gift cards in this: Mini Card Book

Enjoy your weekend.

Mini Card Book

Standing Lamp by Muller Van Severen

Let’s finish off the week with something whimsical. Perhaps you don’t have the room (or the budget) for a Duo Seat + Lamp by Muller Van Severen, but maybe a Standing Lamp could slot in beside your sofa and/or favorite reading chair. No? Oh well, at least we can admire the very thin curve arc propped up by two spindly legs in blue, yellow, gray or black. There’s a lot of personality in such a spare form, don’t you think?


Purchase Information:

Price: $2,200.00
Available from: Matter

Minimal Float Wall Desk

Are floating wall desks still a thing? If you think so, then this one will suit you just fine. Mount it to any wall for a multi-purpose workspace or landing pad. It’s especially suited for smaller spaces like bedrooms, as leg room isn’t an issue. Mount it at any height you want (standing maybe?), stick a laptop/monitor on it and voilà! you have a sleek little workstation that can hide your keyboard and papers away when you’re not using them. Choose between the Small (36″w) or Large (51″w) depending on your needs. Maybe it could even go in a large hallway as a floating console for keys and mail and such?

Purchase Information:

Price: $649.00-799.00
Available from: 2modern

Trapecio Notebook, Color

Whaaat. A trapezoid notebook? Double pages unfold to a trapezium, all in a wonderful array of colors. Trapezoid, trapezium, it’s enough to make you wish you remembered geometry class. Will this odd shaped notebook make you more creative? Absolutely. There’s also a very nice monochrome Trapecio Notebook.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Mon Petit Art