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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)


New Order Shelving System

I know, shelving is rarely exciting, but this shelving system sort of is. The shelves are made from aluminum- nothing new, I know- but these shelves can be up to 2 meters (>6′) long and they’ll support books and other weighty items, unlike some of the lesser quality aluminum shelves that bend and/or dent under the slightest stack of books.

There’s also an option of open or closed units, back panels, side panels, and folding doors that allow you to customize the look you need. Hide away what you don’t want to see, leave open other areas for display and easy access. There are quite a few colors as well, which just makes everyone happier.

Purchase Information:

Price: $935.00 - 3,935.00
Available from: A+R Store

What is it?

And, now, it’s time for another guess at the game of ‘What is it?’ You see an item made from cast iron, so it’s pretty heavy. It’s in the shape of a scoop, so that adds a little more mystery… what could it be? Answer below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $375.00
Available from: Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Tropical Walnut Abner Tool Box

This is the nicest toolbox ever. You certainly wouldn’t want to hide it away on dusty shelf in the garage, so think beyond just nails and hammers. Maybe it could keep sewing supplies organized, or your jewelry collection tucked away safe and sound. Made with Nogal wood (a.k.a. Tropical Walnut), each toolbox is made by skilled Nicaraguan craftsmen and features comb joints and an interior tray for smaller items. The tray and lid slot easily through the handle for a clean, streamlined look. On a personal note, I’ve had my eye on this Toolbox for a year now, and recently I was able to see it in person; it’s beautiful and well worth the price point.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00 - 265.00
Available from: Poritz & Studio

Serra Portable Side Table

Yes, you could just staple a piece of fabric on an existing side table and call it portable, but I very much doubt it would look as nice as the Serra. The belt across the Serra’s middle is high resistance, so it’s ideal for carrying the steel table from sofa to chair or from room to room. Use the table’s surface for your laptop or for a cup of tea, either way, it’ll be nice to have a versatile table that’s easy to move around as needed.

Purchase Information:

Price: $376.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Links

– For three days from October 1st through 3rd, Superpowers of Ten, an alternative version of Charles and Ray Eames’ film Powers of Ten, will be shown in Chicago for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Self-Rolling Fitness & Yoga Mat

– Is this a good or bad idea? MasterPan All-In-One Frying Pan

3 strategies for replacing your lawn (via Gardenista)

– A Personal Security App: Virtual Halo

– Interesting: New Architectural Collages by Matthias Jung

– Listen: If a Tree Falls in the Forest… These Megaphones Will Amplify Its Sound

Have a great weekend.

Wooden Megaphones

Cashmends, Tweedmends

We’ve featured Cashmends before, but they’re just too good to forget. We all have favorite sweaters, and it’s so very sad when they get worn spots. Cashmends are iron-on patches that spruce up the elbows (or other areas) so you can continue wearing your warmest garments. There’s now Tweedmends as well, so you have the opportunity to upgrade an older blazer or jacket as well as your sweaters. Personally, I’m tempted to buy a few just to make some boring sweaters a little more interesting (a la Chinti and Parker). Elbow patches!

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00 - 16.00
Available from: Stella Neptune

Toboggan® Pull Up Table

The Toboggan Pull Up Table is more suitable for a workspace than one’s living area- just take a look at those little plastic feet- they basically scream ‘put me in a shared office environment!’

So, if you happen to have some influence with the person in charge of ordering furniture for your office, you’d do well to point out that the table can serve as a small work surface or as a casual perch/stool. It’d be easy to move around a shared space, and it is available in several different finishes. To sweeten the deal, be sure to mention Knoll is having its Annual Sale, so you’d get 15% off if an order was placed before 9/29.

Purchase Information:

Price: $361.00
Available from: Knoll

HAY Tape Block Dispenser

What to do with your favorite washi tape rolls? Organize them neatly upon the Tape Block Dispenser from HAY, that’s what. Simple beech wood dispensers have room for either 1, 3 or 5 rolls of tape, so you’ll be ready to tape up whatever package or envelope with no fussing about.

Purchase Information:

Price: £19.35
Available from: Trouva

Hamill Lamp

Looking a little like an ancient artifact, the Hamill Lamp consists of a hammered brass shade, a blackened steel base, and the necessary socket, bulb, and cloth cord. There’s nothing complicated about it, yet the materials will add an extra layer of warmth- and maybe a dash of historical relevance- to an interior. There’s a sconce as well.


Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: Jayson Home

Sasso Serving Trays

It’s a large, flat wooden serving tray, so what’s the big deal? As is often the case, the big deal is in the smallest of details. A pebble-like shape finishes in a precise edge, giving the tray a very subtle, sculptural feel that puts the beauty of the wood front and center. But wait, is it too nice for your snacks or hors d’oeuvres? Nope, the price is pretty friendly despite its high-end look.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00 - 99.00
Available from: Hem

CO.ALITION Smart Backpacks

A smart backpack? That sounds like a godsend to anyone who has ever had their phone, tablet, or laptop die away from home. CO.ALITION Smart Backpacks have an integrated power and a wireless hard drive built into their packs, so you can charge all of your devices and back up your important data (or watch movies) wherever you go. There’s enough options to make your head spin, so check it out and consider funding their project to receive one of your very own.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00+
Available from: Indiegogo

Concrete Small Format Tape Dispenser

Sure, you’ve seen concrete desk accessories by Magnus Pettersen before, but have you seen the red and blue tape dispensers? Your life is simply not complete until you consider just how good red tape in a red concrete tape dispenser looks. I’m kidding, of course, but it does look pretty sharp, as does the blue. This version is a little smaller than the original version, fyi.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Areaware

Lemnos Maple Wall Clock

If the tick, tick, ticking of a nearby clock is driving you mad, consider the Lemnos Maple Wall Clock. It’s silent, so you’ll not hear any ticking- sanity saved! Hang it on a wall or set it on a desk or nightstand. The clock is handcrafted by a small team of clock makers in Toyoma, Japan: Lemnos.

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Tilt Oak Ladder

If you’re in need of a unique storage solution and have some money to spare, the Tilt Oak Ladder by Jack Smith of SmithMatthias is available for purchase, and would serve all manner of purposes in your kitchen, bedroom, or bath. Add a shelf or tray for an extra spot to corral smaller items- think silverware and spices in the kitchen, q-tips and bath creams in the bathroom, jewelry and smaller accessories in the bedroom. And, don’t be shy, move it from room to room on a whim if your storage needs change, as it can lean against any wall.


Purchase Information:

Price: $825.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Links

– Ooo, interesting: New Samsung TV by the Bouroullec brothers

Teeny tiny drone

Crash Course Astronomy: Neutron Stars, Pulsars, and Magnetars

– Book: Soviet Bus Stops

– This gif is pretty funny

– FvF: Anthony and Phoebe Dann

2015 Ig Nobel Prize winners (follow the link to see them all)

– “Punkt has launched a stripped-back mobile handset designed by British designer Jasper Morrison that only offers basic phone functions.” Interested?

Have a good weekend.

Punkt Smartphone Jasper Morrison