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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)


LILLÖN Charcoal Grill

Hmm, who makes this grill? My first thought was it was something from a Teletubbies set, then I quickly adjusted myself into appreciation for its bulbous form. It’s from IKEA, if the diaeresis didn’t tip you off. You can assemble this grill at two heights- standing or as a table grill- and the body is made of porcelain-enamelled steel with two vents to regulate air flow. They’re not selling this online (yet?), so you’ll have to brave the crowds at the closest store to get your hands on one, after you call to confirm they have it, of course.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: IKEA

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Design by Conran Stacking Trays

Contrary to what one would expect, a set of stacking trays that doesn’t offend the eyes is slightly hard to find nowadays. That explains why you’re seeing this set of 3 trays by Conran. They’re rather large and have pleasing neutral colors that would most likely work with your color scheme. So, whether you use them for mail and keys near the front door or in the closet for jewelry and accessories, they’ll blend right in and, more importantly, give you a landing pad to keep things handy.

Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: jcp

Hot Mesh Counter and Barstool

You can stop shopping for barstools now, because the Hot Mesh Chair has siblings. Available in six finishes (black, green, humble red, natural yellow, simple blue and white), you’re sure to find the right hue to fit your dining/kitchen area, and don’t ignore the fact that the stools are stackable and suitable for use outdoors as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Blu Dot

6 Pack Bike Bag

If you get around the neighborhood by bicycle and you and/or your friends like to drink anything in a bottle, this was made for you. Made of sturdy canvas, the sides of the 6 Pack Bag are secured with Velcro, ensuring your cargo gets to your destination safe and sound. (I suppose you could also use this to transport your bottles from the grocery store, though you’d have to mess with unpacking them from their cardboard carton first.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $69.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! We’ll return tomorrow with regularly scheduled posts.

Shown above: Star Spangled Spatula, now available in red, blue, black, or white, $10.00, in addition to the Stainless Steel and American Walnut version, $65.00.

Designer: Jacob Riley-Wasserman
Material: Nylon Resin
Dimensions: 19.5 x 4 x 2 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

  • Here is Today (via swiss-miss)
  • Hmm. Melon: A Headband and Mobile App to Measure Your Focus
    (via fastcodesign)
  • The green 3D printing materials we’ve been waiting for
  • Felt. Personal, handwritten cards sealed, stamped and mailed, all from your iPad. (also via swiss-miss)
  • Time on your hands? Read this: List of common misconceptions (via kottke)
  • Hidden Pivot Bookcase Installation (via pinterest)
  • 1927 London Shown in Moving Color
  • Enjoy the weekend!

    Wooden Bike Hook

    Is this a minimal bike hook? Yes, indeed, and I’m holding my hand up for a long distance high five here (air-five, as some might say). These bike hooks by Sandra Thomsen are just about as simple as you can get. Do note that they’re intended for lighter sports bikes. You’ll want to triple check that the wall is suitable and that you install the anchors correctly, otherwise you might just have a scuffed up bike and two holes in the wall, and that’s no fun at all.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $119.00
    Available from: gselect

    Bend Bench S

    Sorry for posting another item from an invite-only site, but this bench is something worth talking about. Hand laminated with birch triplex, the Bend Bench curves just so to provide a seating surface. A red rope adds a little fun into the mix and ensures stability.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $615.00
    Available from: Touch of Modern

    Metal Folders by Debra Folz

    For those papers and magazines that need a home, consider a folder- not a flimsy paper folder that sits on your desk- a metal folder that mounts on the wall. These aluminum folders by Debra Folz easily mount to the wall, giving you that extra space to organize your important documents. Can you see several scattered on the wall next to your desk? Because I sure can, and I don’t even know where you work. Available in silver or white.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: Debra Folz

    MoMA One Day Sale!

    Apologies for the hastily assembled image above, but time is of the essence. Save 40% on a selection of design favorites over at MoMA Store (use promo code SP302) today only. 40%! Do you want me to do the math for you? See below for the pricing on the items pictured above.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $9.00 and up
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Heavy Guy Chandelier XL

    Update: TouchOfModern has this big guy on sale for $188 for a limited time.

    The smaller version of this chandelier has always stood out for its elegance and affordability, but man-oh-man, the extra large version is even better. It’s almost 5 feet across! This is a prime example of getting one heck of a bang for a few bucks.

    Heavy Guy Chandelier XL: 59″ D x 30″ H (from ceiling to lowest section), reg. $240.00, sale: $188.00
    Heavy Guy Chandelier: 35″ D x 18″ H, reg. $150, sale: $105.00

    From our archives; originally posted May 28, 2010.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $240.00
    Available from: MVOS

    Aalto stool 60, Rings

    Another anniversary stool? Sure, let’s have it. Alvar Aalto’s three legged Stool 60 turns 80 this year, and we’ve already seen a few other versions that piqued our collective interest. Nao Tamura’s version is decorated with the growth rings of a tree, 80 rings to be exact, and the size of the rings are never the same. Unfortunately, it appears that no US retailer carries it. Sad for those of us here in the US, not so sad for those of you on the UK side of the world.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €353.00
    Available from: Finnish Design Shop

    Loll’s Containers

    So, with the nice weather here it might be time to add a few plants around your home. And, sure, your local plant nursery probably has plenty of decent pots and planters, but wouldn’t it be nice to have something a little better than decent? Perhaps something that hits the modern/minimal spot?

    Take a look at Loll’s containers and tell me if they’re not better than these guys. Each planter is made from the recycled and recyclable poly material just like Loll’s furniture, and will withstand the test of time in whatever kind of weather. You’ll get slow drainage thanks to the joinery, or you can easily drill holes in the bottom if need be. A little assembly is required, as each piece is flat-packed for shipping.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $119.00 and up
    Available from: Loll Designs

    Loop Tea Strainer

    Another tea strainer. Aren’t you excited? I know how important it is to you, that perfect (elusive?) cup of tea, and Kinto has yet another option to consider. This stick-shaped tea strainer has a slidable side that allows you to scoop tea leaves directly without the use of a spoon. Slide the side back down to cover, and then place in your cup with hot water. The slidable part is easy to remove completely for cleaning.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $17.00
    Available from: Emmo Home

    Tilt Stool

    An earlier iteration of this stool by Justin Gologorsky had a foam covering and was more than twice the current price, so I’d say this updated version is worth a look or two. The Tilt Stool has a gentle curve to its base, allowing you to keep your core muscles engaged by rocking back and forth. Turn it on its side and it becomes a stable seat or side table. It’s made of plastic, so don’t limit yourself to indoors- think patio or poolside.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $150.00
    Available from: MoMA Store