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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)


Perimeter Trays

It’s not often that a tray will make you sit up and take notice, but this Perimeter Tray designed by by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee of Ladies and Gentlemen Studio has some of us wondering if we have an extra $200 to conjure out of our wallets. A removable marble plate is perfect for cheese, if you choose to use it in the kitchen/dining regions of your home. Choose between an aluminum (red + black) or brass (white + brass) frame.

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Available from: Unison


As it’s January, most of us will find ourselves huddled around a hot bowl of soup for lunch or dinner. So, of course, let’s look again at the Thermo-Pot from Black + Blum. Think of it as an updated thermos; its stainless steel flask keeps drinks/soups/meals hot for up to six hours and an airtight cork capper ensures a vacuum seal. The spoon is magnetically attached to the side for convenience.

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

The Art of Fixing Things

Very few people nowadays know how to fix things around the house, and if you’re one of them, you’d do well to consider this book. 150 tips are included, from starting your car to repairing lamps and appliances. There are nice large photos that show details along with succinct descriptions with each project. A little tinkering- when you know what you’re doing- can save you money on repair fees and give you the extra satisfaction of self sufficiency. So, instead of complaining about the lack of knowledge you got from your elders, read up and do it yourself.


Purchase Information:

Price: $8.44
Available from: Amazon

Scanwood Office Accessories

In your search for desk accessories, don’t forget about Scanwood’s various pieces. It looks like Cooper Hewitt Shop has most of the collection except for the Pen Holder, which you can find at AllModern ($18.25). Individual links and prices below.


Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00 - 50.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds

What’s the big deal about large, spherical ice molds? Well, besides them looking cooler than a bunch of small cubes, they melt slower, meaning they’ll cool your drink without watering it down (as much as a bunch of small cubes). And, if you’re a little skeptical about how well the sphere holds up, I can personally attest after 2 weeks of festive imbibing (hic!) these Tovolo ice spheres have kept their shape well past the last drop of each and every drink I’ve had. They’re also stackable, leak-free, and won’t tip in the freezer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.95
Available from: Chef Tools

Friday Links

Not many links as it’s the first week back to work, but here’s a few to help your afternoon go by a bit faster.

  • How Not to Test for Electrostatic Discharge
  • Imagine a Living Mars
  • 12 Awe-Inspiring Photos of Lightning
  • How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s? (via Lapham’s Quarterly)
  • Tsuneaki Hiramatsu – Firefly Road (2012)
  • Have a nice weekend!

    Rest Two-Seater Sofa

    Now that the fiscal cliff has been averted, let’s celebrate by buying a new sofa. You sit it in practically everyday, so it’s just as important as your car, right? It’ll be your first sound investment for 2013. DWR is having their Living Room Sale, and that means you can save 15% off their various seating and lighting options. The Rest Two-Seater Sofa catches the eye for its compact proportions and super soft, feather-filled cushions. And, good news for those of us with pets and/or kids, the cushion covers are removable for cleaning. Hooray!

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $3,055.75- 3,650.75

    Support BLTD by buying here.

    Available from: DWR

    2013 Linear Calendar

    Here’s another year-at-a-glance calendar for your consideration. The 2013 Linear Calendar has the year laid out like a book page, reading from left to right, top to bottom. Choose either the light blue with red ink or the charcoal with silvery-white ink.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.00
    Available from: THE MADE SHOP

    Intimo Secretary Desk

    Well, doesn’t this look promising? Compact desks are rather hard to find nowadays, so it’s refreshing to see one with a minimal design aesthetic that’s affordable. Plus, how lovely would it be just to close it all up once you’re done with your email/work? No tidying necessary, just close the hinge and you’ll not need to stare at your laptop and other miscellany. There’s a small storage shelf along the top and a hidden shelf along the bottom that will fit things like your laptop and phone.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $399.00
    Available from: CB2

    Neutra in Europe

    How about some Richard Neutra interiors for your Thursday fix? In 2010, Iwaan Baan documented all of Neutra’s houses in Europe built between 1960-1970, specifically focusing on how each space is being used today.

    More information:

    View Neutra in Europe here

    Source: L'Esprit Nouveau

    Chemex Coffeemaker with Filters

    Flash sale sites are feeling a little old nowadays, but it’s nice to see there’s still a few tempting deals at wallet-pleasing prices. Gilt has a slight sale on the Chemex Coffeemaker along with 100 Prefolded Chemex Filter Squares. In my opinion, coffee from this thing actually tastes better than coffee from a machine, and it makes you feel a little like a chemist doing experiments with life-saving liquids (which, with coffee, may be the case in your household).

    Available at Gilt Groupe, an invitation-based site, for a limited time.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $41.00 - 43.00
    Availability: Buy Chemex Coffeemaker with Filters here

    Custom Leather Luggage Tag

    Now that the holiday season has passed, it’s time to focus on escaping for ski trips or warmer climes. And what will you need to distinguish your bag from all the other black cases at the airport? How about a custom leather tag hand stamped with your name, phone number, and email address? (Skip your address, for safety concerns and/or just in case you move house.) On a personal note, I watched someone receive his very own custom tag on Christmas morning, and that someone (a frequent flyer) looked like Ralphie with a Red Ryder BB gun.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $45.00
    Available from: Owen & Fred

    Make Your Own Banner

    That’s right, the next time an impromptu celebration is called for, you’ll not be caught unawares. You’ll have this re-usable Make Your Own Banner Kit, which has 100 multicolored letters with spacers, links, and hanging strings, so you will be able to spell out whatever message is appropriate to the occasion, to the delight of all party attendees.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $8.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Imo Folding Stool

    I’ve seen this in person and it truly is a lovely little stool. Perfect for tight spots, it folds down the middle so that it can be stored easily on the wall and free up valuable floor space. It’s not the least expensive stool, of course, but the craftsmanship is entirely apparent.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $421.00
    Available from: The Future Perfect

    Postalco Wall Calendar

    So now that we’re all back at our desks and ready to face the new year, let’s start with making sure we have tabs on the important dates of 2013. This calendar lays out the whole year all at once so you can see at a glance what’s happening when. Do take a look at the other calendars we’ve posted if this one doesn’t fit the bill.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.00
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile Store