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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

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  • Elisabeth Lecourt’s Les robes géographiques (via unconsumption)
  • Have a nice weekend.

    Aura Media Unit

    Hello, hello. With such a stream-lined look, it’s a relief that this media unit is under the $2G price point (even if only just). Let’s get to the important stuff: Super sleek look? Check. Adequate storage space? Check. Cord management/escapes? Check. Sturdiness? Craftsmanship? Could handle a freaking huge flat screen? Check, check, and check. Choose between walnut or oak wood.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,950.00
    Available from: DWR

    Lunis Reflective Crescent Windshell

    What, a cycling jacket on Kickstarter, and you’re not going to see it posted here just as soon as it hits our inbox? As if we’d let that happen. Featuring a slim fit with black reflective panels, this lightweight jacket could very well be your new go-to layering piece for day or night. Whether you’re cycling, walking, or jogging, the reflective panels provide optimal visibility when it’s dark, and, during the day, it just looks like a nicely cut wind jacket- as in, no bright colors and obnoxious reflective stripes that shout ‘I’m an exercise nut’. When not in use, simply fold it into its packable pocket.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $170.00 and up
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Air Stools

    The Air Stool was meant to be visually light and understated, and it succeeds at both points thanks to the designer’s skill, of course, and rotation-molded polyethylene, a strong and lightweight material. And yes, it’s plastic, so it can be used indoors or out. Available in four earth-toned colors and two (16″ or 30″) heights.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $430.00
    Available from: 2modern

    Duit Light

    Now, don’t get too excited as this is just a shade, and not a complete pendant light, and it’s intended for interiors with electrical conduit. However, if you’ve got an interior (say, a retail or café-type environment) with exposed electrical conduit, then you’re now allowed to jump up and down as you’ve an affordable solution to your lighting problems. This 8″ fixture simply slides over the conduit and rests neatly on a ceramic lampholder (see Noah’s website for details).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: Noah Lambert

    Units of Measure

    Here’s a very different way to track the days of the year. The Units of Measure calendar illustrates all sorts of measurements each month, giving you an educational display each time you check a date. Expect to find traditional and less well-known units of measure like astronomical unit, decibel and aperture. Note: as this isn’t made for any specific year, it can be reused.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $24.00
    Available from: ACRE

    Cantine Vases

    What!? You still need a gift idea for your mother? Hop to it, as the online ordering and shipping window is slowly closing in on you (a few more days, though, so don’t panic just yet). Perhaps a nice, small bouquet of flowers tucked into a perfectly small vase would be suitable, and, if you agree, may I suggest the cork and glass vases by Véronique Maire? Each glass base is topped with various cork hats that create their rounded silhouettes, and while one on its own would be special and sweet, they do look wonderful as a group of three or five.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00
    Available from: neo-utility

    Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    As you can probably tell from the amount of Mother’s Day emails going out today, it’s time to get one of your parental figures a gift. Here’s a few things to get your brain working on the subject, and if they don’t help, remember we’ve got items tagged by price in our Gifts section:

    1. Geneva Sound System XS, $249.00

    2. Black Diamond Necklace, $280.00

    3. A set of Rootcups, each $5.00

    4. Gold Fractured Ring by Lucas Jack, $60.00

    5. Wood Block Desk Organizer, $57.00

    6. Japanese Scissors for pruning/cutting, $38.00

    Mothers Day

    7. Hand Key Ring, 5734 by Carl Aubock, $95.00

    8. Kaleido Trays, $16.00 – $78.00 each

    9. Gold Bar Door Stop by Arik Levy, $78.00 (“Formed as a gold bar, Levy adds a hidden historical reference on the objects face; resembling a gold bar’s serial number, a string of numbers is inscribed as “260373” which actually represent March 26, 1973, the day women were first permitted to enter the London Stock Exchange.”)

    10. Photojojo Phone Lens Series, $20.00 – $25.00 each, or $49 for all three

    11. Blu Dot Juice Box, $99.00

    12. Tablet Portfolio, $190.00

    Mini Stacked Shelving System

    Oh, nice! There’s now a smaller version of the Stacked Shelving System by JDS Architects for Muuto. The mini version can be arranged in various ways depending on how you position the two rectangles, and do play around with the spaces in between to make more room for books and other special things. The medium shelf has the optional color backboards, and, if you want, you can also spring for green or yellow clips.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $109.00 and up
    Available from: DWR

    Moleskine Gardening Gift Box Set

    As Mother’s/Father’s day and graduation season approaches, you’d best have a few gift ideas on hand. This gift box from Moleskine might just do the trick- the gardening set includes a Gardening Journal, a Large Gardening Memo Pocket with 6 pockets and 12 Seeds Envelopes to collect and to exchange seeds and leaves. And, if the recipient doesn’t have a green thumb, consider the Travel Box Set (travel journal plus 2 luggage tags, $49), Gourmet Box Set (recipe journal, wine journal, tasting and coaster notes, $69), or the Writing Box Set (ruled notebook, rollerball pen, gel ink pen, $39).


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $59.95
    Available from: Moleskine

    Thunderbolt™ Express Dock

    This thin, silvery box and accompanying cable might as well come with a top hat and wand for what it promises. An HD film downloaded in 30 seconds? A year’s worth of music synced in 10 minutes? Huh? Oh yes, it’s all the magic of Thunderbolt™ technology. Thunderbolt™ moves data on two bidirectional 10Gbps channels, which means that it’s 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800. The Thunderbolt™ Cable ($39) does the actual magic, and this dock allows for you to use “a single connection to create high-speed, reliable transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, including FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and daisy chaining multiple Thunderbolt™ devices.”

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $39.00 - 299.00
    Available from: Belkin

    This Is Fun. Space Prints.

    Isn’t it? At least it will be until the three limited editions are sold out, and then everyone except the 3 people who bought the prints will email with the why-the-hell-did-you-post-something-in-such-limited-quantities message, and I’ll be forced to explain that these prints were one of the few things that I found today that truly proves that affordable art does, in fact, exist. Plus, it’s ‘fun’.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $35.00
    Available from: Fifi du Vie

    Verge Desk

    At first glance, this desk reminded me of the Stash Desk by Blu Dot, but after taking a second look, it’s really not a fair comparison due to the dimensions. Sure, the Stash desk is a winner for its price and simplicity, but this desk is super sleek and has an additional 20″ in length for desktop space. Just take a look at it in another color and you’ll understand the price tag.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,500.00
    Available from: Molecule Design

    Minifarmbox Rolling Patio Box

    Oh, it’s just a box, you say, so why does it cost $200+? Well, it has heavy-duty swivel casters, so you can move it around for maximum sun, it’s made from 100% untreated FSC certified cedar, so it’ll last for years and years, and the slatted base has a soil screen to keep things tidy. And, it only takes less than ten minutes to assemble, meaning you’ll have a garden box for your patio (or kitchen?) in no time.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $209.00
    Available from: MinifarmBox

    Blow Wall Shelf

    Inspired by pieces of paper being scattered by the wind, these shelves are made by bending thin A4 sized steel plates into curves and angles. Each shelf can be hung up or down, and with 5 different types to choose from, you can create your own variation on the movement. By Tokyo based design studio YOY.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00
    Available from: Luminaire