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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)


WrongWoods Tray

Can’t afford the $7,150 WrongWoods Long Credenza? How about the $2,970 WrongWoods Night Table? If your response to both these questions is rolling your eyes and wishing for the umpteenth time you’ll win the lottery, you need to take in this number: $220. It’s a tray, which is significantly smaller than a credenza or cabinet, hence the significantly smaller price tag. It’s still not cheap, of course, as it is a collaboration between British artist Richard Woods and designer Sebastian Wrong, but it does give you a chance to appreciate (and own) their work on a smaller scale.


Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Museum Shop

Robert Indiana LOVE Notecard Set

If you absolutely have to send out cards this Valentine’s Day, please make it be this set of notecards featuring American artist Robert Indiana’s screenprint of 1968 Black and White LOVE. You have one whole week for the notecards to arrive, write out whatever sappy sentiments you like, and then send them off to those lucky recipients. Maybe they’ll even frame the card in a small frame (I know I would).


Purchase Information:

Price: $15.95
Available from: Whitney Museum Shop

Mails Woodwork

It’s rare that you get four or five pieces all from one designer in one post, but Ryan Mails of Mails Woodwork caught my eye with the clean lines and excellent craftsmanship of his heirloom-quality furniture. You’ll find all of his current items below with a few words from him describing what brought about each piece. Visit Mails Woodwork for more pictures and information (there’s a mailswoodwork Etsy shop as well).

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View Mails Woodwork here

History of America in 101 Objects

Here’s an idea, pick up a book and learn something. Do I sound like one of your grandparents? Good, because that generation will be the only people that know anything about history if you keep playing whatever game on your phone that adds NO MEANING TO YOUR LIFE WHATSOEVER. The History of America in 101 Objects provides a literary exhibition of, you guessed it, 101 objects that offer a “marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States.” If you’re truly lazy, think of it as a history picture book for your brain.

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Price: $50.00
Available from: Smithsonian Store

Ourt garden tools

If you have spent any time gardening, you know the value of a rake, shovel, and hoe. Now, add a little modern styling to those very valuable functions, plus a wooden base for storage, and you’ve got a set that will have any design aficionado plonking down their credit card. Some of us may be dissuaded from the Ourt Garden Tools’ high price tag and possible overseas shipping charge, but I’d hazard a guess there are others that think it’s worth every cent.

Purchase Information:

Price: $128.00
Available from: internoitaliano

Cory Arcangel Umbrella

If it’s going to rain, you might as well brighten up the dreariness with a bright red umbrella, and if that bright red umbrella’s design is based on a PhotoShop gradient Cory Arcangel made for Showpaper, well, then that’s even better. The only drawback is you might have a few inquiries from strangers asking where you obtained such a delightfully graphic rain shield, and then you’ll have to (ugh) talk to them instead of pretending to ignore everyone.


Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Whitney Museum Shop

Metallic Folios

Normally a folder won’t inspire anyone to get organized, but a gold or silver folio, well, that’s a different story. Shiny, special materials such as silver and gold catch our eyes and stand out in a stack of papers, thus providing you with a reason to add to your office supply collection. Plus, when considering the need to get organized, we need all the motivation we can get. Choose between silver or gold; there’s also matching metallic notebooks.

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Price: $14.00
Available from: Poppin

Tallow Candles

Ambiance. Say it with me, A-M-b-i-a-n-c-e. That’s what a lot of interiors lack due to bad overhead lighting. Now, if you’ve got the money, hire a professional and get your home’s lighting fixed as soon as possible, as fame and fortune is sure to follow once your guests see your face under flattering light. If you don’t have the money, the simple solution is to buy a few candles and light ’em up. For extra design credit, these Tallow Candles will softly illuminate whilst also referencing a little old-world elegance, giving your table more refinement than cheap(er) candlesticks.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Tinsel & Timber Docking Station

Your precious device deserves a nice landing pad, especially as it delivers so much news and information to you each and every day, right? The Tinsel & Timber iPhone Docking Station is handcrafted from solid (sustainably sourced) American walnut and features a sculpted bowl that will catch all manner of odds and ends that you need close at hand. Wool felt lines the phone’s spot, ensuring a soft landing each and every time.

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Price: $67.99
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Hexagon Bottle Opener

You can’t have this now, no matter how much you want a bottle opener in the shape of a hexagon. You’ll have to wait until May, as it’s a new item from Ferm Living, and should you possess the patience, you should know it’s made of solid brass with a matte polish. It could also double as an excellent weapon, if you have a good aim and strong throwing arm, but you already knew that, didn’t you?

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Price: $44.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Friday Links

  • What’s this guy doing? Max Lamb is making a Hexagonal Pewter Stool in the sand (video below). Neat. (via beautifuldecay)
  • Never forget to add events to your calendar: (via Netted)
  • Donald Judd, or Cheap Furniture?
  • Need a pep talk? Here you go: The Complete Guide to Not Giving a Fuck
  • How Can I Fall Asleep Faster?
  • Via the above link, adjust your screen to the time of day: f.lux
  • Collect art for screens: Sedition
  • Dutch Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Photographic and Scientific Specimens
  • Marcel Wanders Designs an App to Count the Seconds Between Milestones
  • 10 Habits Of Financially Happy People

    Have fun.

    Hexagonal Pewter Stool from Max Lamb on Vimeo.

    Together Table, Extending

    Remember the promise to feature a few more dining tables? Here’s one that doesn’t hide its extension feature. When the drop leaves are locked underneath, the table is rectangular, however, unlock the rounded ends and the table extends to fit more visitors for a larger meal. Plus, it’s from StudioIlse (Ilse Crawford, patron saint of perfect interiors), so you’re safe no matter which size you choose.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $from 3,895.00
    Available from: The Future Perfect

    ‘You’re amazing’ Card

    If you don’t have someone that deserves this card, then you need to make some new friends. In fact, I’ll be your friend if you send me this card, and then I’ll tell all my amazing friends about you, then you’ll be broke because you’ll have to send out so many cards to tell them that they’re amazing. Won’t that be fun? Many more excellent cards to be found at the website of Sydney designers The Adventures of.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: AUD7.00
    Available from: The Minimalist

    Punk Pendant

    Any guesses as to what mystery material this pendant’s shade is made of? Here’s a hint: there’s a variety of copper alloys involved, and the item is originally intended to give off a specific sound. Drum roll….. it’s a cymbal! A vintage 10″ cymbal, in fact. Pretty smart use for a cast-off, so if you run across any on your next thrift store trips, you know what to do. From Workerman.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $125.00
    Available from: Workerman


    Professional framing sometimes costs just as much as the artwork, and that’s no fun when you’re on a tight budget. Meet Stiicks™, a very simple solution to hanging your favorite prints, posters, and photographs. Thanks to super-strong magnets, 4 thin strips of wood hold your artwork without any damage, making them perfect for a temporary placeholder or a more permanent display.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00 and up
    Available from: Well Made