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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)


Moon Phase Dishes

How about a little lunar imagery on your dishes? This stoneware set has black painted moon phases, and, as each dish is around 3.5″ in diameter, they would be a good fit in the kitchen for smaller portions (snacks) or in a dressing area for coins, jewelry, and other small pocket contents.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Magpie & Rye

Urban Garden Standard Planter

The Urban Garden Standard Planter from Glowpear might just change the way you garden. It’s appropriate for indoor or outdoor use, and, best of all, it has self-watering system that allows plants to take as much hydration as they need. Simply top up the water reservoir (or water as usual through the soil) and make sure there’s appropriate sunlight and you’ll have a robust little garden to give you vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Glowpear

Plywood Print Stool by Piet Hein Eek

I promised to post these Plywood Print Stools by Piet Hein Eek this past Friday, and here they are, in all their glory, with a retail link and everything. You can buy them directly from NLXL for $219, which isn’t bad considering what Eek’s other pieces cost.

Purchase Information:

Price: $219.00
Available from: NLXL

Friday Links

Friday links are back. Hooray!

  • Toy Rail Tracks Patterns
  • Drywall wallpaper
  • Butter and cheese may not be so bad for you after all, study says (!)
  • Anderssen & Voll indoor gardening collection
  • Plywood Print Stool collection by Piet Hein Eek (this will most likely be a post next week)
  • Old Windows Cabinet by Piet Hein Eek. Someone, please buy this and send me a picture so I can envy you.
  • “When I Left the House it Was Still Dark”
  • Seven Habits of Optimistic People
  • Brutal London Cut-out Models
    Enjoy your weekend.

    SkyBell Video Doorbell

    It’s about freaking time. Often when we search for a home tech product, nothing pops up that looks good (or gets good reviews). That’s been my experience when searching for home security, more specifically, video cameras at the entryway. I know some of my neighbors have spent thousands of dollars on a whole home security package just so they can see a person at their front door. If they were patient, they could have saved a lot of money by trying out this $200 doorbell.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00
    Available from: Skybell

    Blackline Collection from Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

    If I were one to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I would give one of these cutting boards from the Blackline Collection to my love. Why? Because they’re black, like my heart. Just kidding. The pieces of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.’s Blackline Collection aren’t painted or stained, instead, a natural reactive process is used to obtain a distinctive dark finish. This finish is durable and food-safe, as the source of the dye “comes from within the wood itself.” Pretty impressive, and altogether lovely.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00 - 350.00
    Available from: Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

    Easy Mirror

    Stainless steel mirrors are a smart purchase- you’d have to try hard to break them, of course, and they could also possibly double as a weapon. Those two things aside, this Easy Mirror designed by Jamie Wolfond is also really convenient for the glamorous sort of vagabond. Simply press the leg outward to make it stand vertical, then press it back flat when it’s time to pack it away.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00
    Available from: SFMOMA Museum Store

    Amish Scooter

    Scoot around town with ease in this Amish Scooter. This version is a scooter-bicycle hybrid and it combines the best of both worlds. A powder-coated steel frame and fenders will stand up to all sorts of bumps and bruises while 16-inch wheels will get you to your destination almost as quickly as a regular bike. There’ll be little to no balance or knee strain issues, yet it’s large enough to tote around a bag of groceries. Plus, it won’t look like you stole a kid’s scooter, which is important for your reputation. A Pennsylvania-based Amish family has been manufacturing these for three generations; they invented the scooter as an alternative to a bicycle, which their church does not allow.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $320.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Source: Via

    Pitcher with Cup from Lagos del Mundo

    Maybe you think this pitcher and cup from Lagos del Mundo doesn’t belong on your ‘must have’ list, but that will all change when you’re sitting outside on a hot summer’s day without an aesthetically pleasing receptacle for a cool, refreshing drink. The ceramic pitcher with cup is handmade from natural clay and glazes; the same materials have been used for over 3,000 years, so you’ll not need to worry about this set ever going out of style.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: Seed People's market

    Repurposed Beer Cloth Apron

    If you want to look cool while cooking, throw one of these aprons on. Then, when someone says, ‘Hey, that’s a cool apron’ you can say, ‘Oh, this thing? Yeah, it’s a repurposed beer cloth with old climbing rope for the neck strap and waist tie. Kind of cool, huh?’ And then you’ll flip your omelette (or gourmet pancakes or some other incredibly delicious breakfast food) and look like you’ve got your life completely figured out, you smug bastard.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $118.00
    Available from: Dwell

    The Level from FluidStance

    No, it’s not a hoverboard, but it certainly will help you move around more. The Level by FluidStance is a platform that increases your range of movement while standing. It’s similar to a skateboard in size, yet it has a central rounded base that keeps your muscles engaged- they’ll need to work a little harder to keep you steady.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $289.00
    Available from: FluidStance

    Source: Fast Company

    Ceramic Self-Watering Planter

    Thank goodness, there’s a self-watering planter that hides the fact that you suck at taking care of your plants. It’s ceramic, so that in itself helps make it look nicer, and has two parts to reduce your watering chores. The upper matte cylinder holds the plant and the lower glossy water reservoir will let the plants roots drink as much as they like. Finally, you’ll have a happy plant in a happy, nice-looking planter. It’s a win/win sort of situation.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $110.00
    Available from: Spartan Shop

    Wood Block Desk Organizer

    All those little papers- mail, tickets, postcards- can now have a proper home without hiding them away. 5 slots allow for papers and letters to be displayed within easy reach of your working surface along with a receptacle for pens and other small accessories.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $57.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    FUWL Cage Shelf

    Do you need a shelf plus some sort of storage spot for mittens and hats? Perhaps you need a Fuwl Cage Shelf from Stockholm-based design studio Form Us With Love. It’s an ideal landing pad for your keys and such, and the lid lifts off to keep your other personal things within sight and within reach.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $119.95
    Available from: Menu Design Shop

    Tomnuk Walnut Trivet Tray Set

    Why should you care about a walnut trivet tray set? Maybe you shouldn’t, as there are much more important things going on in your life, but your dining table just emailed to let me know that it cares an awful lot about not being burnt from hot pots and pans, and why don’t you stop being a slob and protect your nice furniture?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: CAD52.00 - 150.00
    Available from: Tomnuk Design