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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)


Prop Light Double Suspension Light

Do you belong on stage, where the lights are bright and shining perfectly upon you? Too bad the casting directors don’t always agree, but you can put that behind you and drop a couple of grand on the Prop Light Double Suspension Light from Moooi. Specially designed LED optics give off the warm illumination similar to vintage vanity lighting, so it’ll give you the glamour without the headache of agents and rehearsals. It’s such a modern take on classic theater lighting, you can guarantee your audience guests will always applaud your excellent taste.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,491.00
Available from: YLighting

Birdhouse Bookshelf

Perch your book on this little shelf by Thing industries for safekeeping. It’s the perfect ledge beside the bed, for it has an angled roof that will keep your place in whatever book you’re reading. Stash your alarm clock or your mobile phone inside, or anything else that needs to be out of the way yet within easy reach.

Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00
Available from: Thing industries

Renew™ Executive Sit-to-Stand Desk

Hooray! Here’s another sit-to-stand desk, and it has a motorized lift to help make the transition fast and easy. We’ve all heard the news that sitting all day long is bad for us. If you’ve tried standing desks, you also know that it can be uncomfortable to stand for hours on end. So, what’s a person to do? Flexible workspaces are the answer, and will help counteract those negative effects of sitting too long. Switch between standing and sitting periodically for the best results- it’ll add hundreds of years to your life. Okay, you know that last part won’t happen, I threw that in to see if you were paying attention.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,749.00 - 2,249.00
Available from: DWR

Thousand Bike Helmet

Hey, did you know that bicycle helmets protect your brain and could save your life? Just checking, because it seems like an awful lot of people think they exist only to decrease their cool factor. Case in point, last Friday I witnessed hundreds of cyclists in Houston on a night ride and maybe 30% were wearing helmets, which might be a generous estimate. A night ride in a busy city, what could go wrong? (Stepping off soapbox now.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Herb Pots by Anderssen Voll for Mjolk

You might have the greenest thumb in the entire world and you could still use a better herb pot. This container by Anderssen Voll has a small side opening that allows watering from the bottom instead of the top, which promotes healthy root growth by minimizing soil displacement. Did you water your herbs a bit too much? Pour away any excess easily by tipping the pot to the side. Let’s also take a moment to admire the elegant shape, which might be pretty hard to find in your local garden shop.

Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00 +
Available from: Mjolk

Bushel Brush by Fredericks & Mae

Let’s feast our eyes on the Bushel Brushes by Fredericks & Mae. Are they weird and wonderful? Yes. May you use them for practical things like cleaning? Indeed, you may. How about fun things like painting? Yes, though do be sure to clean the brushes very thoroughly afterwards. You could also just keep one or two on your desk for sweeping away dust and crumbs, and that way you’d be justified to keep them out on display all the time just so you could turn them over and admire the dotted colors hidden within the nylon fibers.

Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00 +
Available from: Fredericks & Mae

Pixi Tie by Bluelounge

What’s that red tie around that stack of notebooks? It’s the Pixi Tie, and it’ll do all sorts of securing for big and small jobs around the house. Simply pull the cord tight and through the button’s locking channel to keep it in place; pull up and outwards to release. Use the small size for cables or bread bags, the medium for organizing laptop cords and wire management, and the large for bigger items like camping gear or yoga mats.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Jug + Cup by Aldo Bakker for Particles

Prepare yourself for some oddity in the drinkware department, for the Porcelain Jug from the collection by Aldo Bakker for Particles is one strange beast of a receptacle. When full, the jug balances on its backside for easy pouring; when empty, it prefers to be flipped downwards, so that its opening may cover a cup. As you were warned, it’s a little strange, but also sort of wonderful in its sculptural form.

Purchase Information:

Price: €325.00
Available from: Wannekes

Baxter iPhone 6 Dock & Storage

I know, I know, you probably already have a place to put your iPhone for charging, but this little dock has a small storage pocket for all those other little things that need a home. Pocket change or smaller jewelry pieces won’t get lost when they have a snug cork/rubber lid to keep them safe. Use the the lid as a soft resting spot for larger items that you’d like to keep in view.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Most Modest

D’Hauteville Concrete Chair

Nope, it’s not the ubiquitous shell chair you think it is. This one is made of humble concrete and steel. Talk about an industrial edge- you can’t get much more industrial than ribar steel and plain ol’ concrete. It would be an interesting mix to have a set of these chairs around your dining table, don’t you think?

Purchase Information:

Price: $369.00
Available from: Gessato

Friday Links

  • Tham & Videgård Designs Sweden’s “Most Sought After Home”
  • It’s not a bread knife, it’s the Sandwich Knife
  • Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Synths (£49.99)
  • Brandon Lattu’s Selected Compositions
  • Create a personalized, large format art print: Life & Type
  • Growth Table by Tim Durfee & Iris Anna Regn
  • Snap clip-on supports create furniture from found objects (this will most likely be a post next week)
  • This is so cool: Dive Into ‘Infinity’ With Dizzying Views of A Colossal Cave
  • Son Doong Cave
    image via nationalgeographic

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Zuzunaga’s Beach Towel Collection

    An old, fraying beach towel doesn’t help you look any better, so why not upgrade to one of these smack-you-in-the-face-with-pattern towels by Cristian Zuzunaga? The upside is if you don’t have a spectacular (according to the media) body, the towel will grab people’s attention first (as in, ‘Ooo, who’s that fascinating person with that beach towel?’) and, if you do have a spectacular (according to the media) body, you’ll look like you have good taste (‘Ooo, who’s that hottie with that cool beach towel?’). You get the idea.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $120.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Lift Trivet

    If you’re going to save your table from scorch marks, you might as well do so with something pretty. The Lift Trivet is made from solid brass bent in a graceful ‘s’ shape to keep those hot pots and pans off those delicate wood surfaces. It’s simple and shiny: just what your table didn’t know it needed.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: DESU DESIGN

    Portiko Extension Cord

    You know the problem. All those charging cords and not enough outlets. It leads to a genuine mess, if not full-on fighting over who gets to power their device first. That’s where the Portiko comes in, and it’ll at least help a little if it doesn’t solve the whole issue outright. It’s a 6-foot extension cord with two outlets and two USB ports, so you can pretty much think of it as a magic wand (with power). Sit back, browse through your favorite sites, and know you’ll not need to choose between which device gets topped up first.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $24.95
    Available from: Blue Lounge

    Porter Key Knife & Bottle Opener

    Those pesky boxes and bottles. You always need something to help open them, unless you possess extremely strong teeth. Here’s a combination knife and bottle opener that’s ideal for your keychain, and it’s made from 3Cr13 stainless steel. The bottle opener portion is dual-layered at the axis point, making it easy to pry off bottle caps. The locking blade folds out for a sharp cut, so you’ll be ready to open those things you ordered online faster than you can say ‘where’s-my-utility-knife’. Back the Porter Key Knife & Bottle Opener on Kickstarter.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Everyman