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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)


Nood Lamp

Uh, whaaaat? Tell me you’re not tempted to buy a bunch of these semi-insane Nood Lamps, because then I won’t want to snap every single one up for myself. They’re made of cast porcelain, with a good jolt of crazy color/pattern to wake up any dull corner. You won’t be accused of being boring with one of these guys in your house, that’s for sure.

Purchase Information:

Price: $320.00
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

Strip Tape Dispenser

Maybe you don’t need a new tape dispenser, but isn’t this one interesting? It’s certainly different from the bulky, plastic ones you’ll find at regular office supply outlets. The skinny handle makes it ideal to sit in a pencil cup to save space, or you can choose to leave it out on your desk for a minimal statement.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Umbra Shift

U-tility Backpack

Nice backpack, right? Made from sailcloth cotton with a water-repellent coating, the U-tility Backpack features a front zip pocket and several interior pockets. Yes, one of those pockets is padded for holding a 15″ laptop, plus there’s back padding for comfort. Army green, solid black, or raw natural are your color choices… and right now, those three colors are on sale.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: Thisispaper Studio

Chip Hook

Look close at the Chip Hook and you’ll see that it’s made from wood fiber and polypropylene. Probably why it’s named ‘chip,’ right? Those notched sides you see will help keep your clothes and bags in place while also giving a little textural interest. Three different sizes and three different colors give you the option to create just the right hook arrangement to fit your dressing area or entryway.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00+
Available from: Huset

Kraft Standing Weekly Planner

Still needing some scheduling help? Perhaps revert to the old paper/pen method and use this weekly scheduler to keep track of important events. It has 100 pages; one side shows a weekly plan page, the other a check list and room for memos. All pages are dateless so you can start whenever you want. Prefer a non-standing option? The Brilliant Weekly Scheduler is very similar.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.95
Available from: mochithings

Offset Coffee Table and Stool

Take a look at the three skewed, off-kilter legs of this table. They’re just a bit off-center, which gives a playful feel to the heavy, solid form. The Stool + Side Table is just the right size to fit in alongside a sofa or as seating for a small desk.

Purchase Information:

Price: $425.00
Available from: A+R Store

Simple Music Player, Table Setting Placemat, and SafeWander Bed Alarm

Until someone finds a cure to Alzheimer’s and dementia, we’re all going to have to deal with its effects on those we love. Here’s just three items geared towards improving a patient’s quality of life when cognitive tasks become difficult.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95- 199.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Design

Heymat Doormats

If the dull and dreary January days have got you down, cheer up your cold feet with a new, fun doormat just inside your door. Heymat has industrial roots, which means their mats will withstand all sorts of boot stomping and mud catching so that slush doesn’t get too far indoors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Nannie Inez

Quick Peek Smart Labels

If you’ve ever dug through lots of boxes trying to find a specific thing, you may just want to get a hold of a pack of Quick Peek Smart Labels. When used with the free Quick Peek App, the labels will help you keep track of all your stuff.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.95 - 29.95
Available from: Blue Lounge

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s difficult to choose only a few of his words to highlight, as so many of them are applicable to today’s social and political times.

Friday Links

Loft House by CAPD

A Minimal Mechanical Pencil

The “Be Optimistic” Needlepoint Kit

School of Hard Blocks is set of 12 concrete alphabet blocks, a “learning aid” for the possible dystopian future


You Don’t Need a Daughter to Want a Better World

Sgnl watch strap lets you receive phone calls through your fingertips

Prefabricated house in rural Spain took just five hours to assemble

Have a great weekend.

Prefabricated house by Baragaño Architects

Versa Ruler

Whoa! The next time you want to draw a bunch of multi-sided shapes, get yourself a Versa Ruler. Set your desired angles by snapping the rulers into place, then pivot and slide the rulers to get just the right lines. Yes, it is a pretty specific tool, but as anyone who’s worked in a studio or workshop knows, most of the time using the right tool saves a ton of time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: Koala Tools

Tilt Bamboo Earphone Stand

Initially, the thought of a headphone/earphone stand seems entirely unnecessary. However, to be fair, where do you put your headphones/earphones when you’re not wearing them? Not back in their case, because that’s too much trouble, so maybe (usually) you just leave them out on top of your desk, table or dresser, where they get covered with other stuff (sometimes). So, maybe a headphone/earphone stand isn’t such a ridiculous idea, hmm?

Purchase Information:

Price: $117.00
Available from: Luminaire

Stasher Bags

Plastic, throw-away storage bags? No, thanks, I’ll take a few of these Stashers instead. They’re self-sealing, reusable, 100% pure platinum food-grade silicone storage bags. Use them in the freezer or microwave and wash them in the dishwasher, easy as can be. They’re handy little storage bags to keep your food fresh or other little sundries safe, all while reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and our oceans.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.99+
Available from: Stasher

How to Live, Box Set

Before you say ‘mumbo jumbo’ and roll your eyes, it wouldn’t hurt to have a little more mindfulness, it being the new year and all. So how about adding the five handbooks of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness Essentials Series to your reading list? The essentials give you simple directions to become more aware of your own presence, your daily surroundings, and, maybe, with that increased mindful attention, you’ll be a little less of a jerk.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Best Made Co.