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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)


Monocle by Native Union

This looks like one half of a pair of headphones, doesn’t it? It appears to be so at first glance, though after further inspection, you’ll find a few bells and whistles to enhance its appeal. It’s a speaker, handset, and speakerphone. Listen to music while on the go and receive calls without digging around in your bag for your phone. You can even daisy-chain up to 10 Monocles together to create a surround-sound experience.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99 - 59.99
Available from: Native Union

Concertina Wood Trivet

Trivets aren’t necessarily exciting, are they? Charged with the task of protecting our tabletops, they’re meant to be covered up with pots and dishes with little thought to their aesthetic value. However, this walnut trivet does a neat trick of extending from a small area to a rather long length, allowing it to fit your feast from one dish to several. It looks like a stack of chopsticks when closed, which is exactly what I thought it was when I saw it in person.

Designed by Sabine Meyer with SidebySide, a studio partnered with Wendelstein Werkstätten, a workshop for the handicapped.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: A+R Store

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    Get ready, it’s November and that means we’ll be featuring a few new gift lists starting next week! Holiday shopping season is (almost) here. Enjoy your weekend.

    Simple Machines Round Table

    Just as they announced in a previous edition of their magazine, Dwell now has an online store. Now I shall go find my wallet, because I need to hide it and then hit myself over the head in hopes of memory loss. This Simple Machines Round Table stood out on first perusal, as the legs appear to screw into the top and has a clean, simple appearance. The companion Square Table, Stool, and Bench are equally compelling.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $2,790.00
    Available from: Dwell


    Oh, those pesky cords, sometimes you just want to throw them in the garbage bin. Well, now you can, except it’s not garbage bin, but a CableBin. Huh? It’s the CableBin, a cylindrical bin that’s meant to be home to all your cable clutter underneath your desk. Cables and hubs may be attached to the sidewalls via adhesive components, allowing all the blinking mess to be tidied away. The top tray/lid has cable access so you can easily charge your devices. Available at Bluelounge, $89.95.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $89.95
    Available from: Bluelounge

    Peter Fehrentz’s Renovated Flat

    If you subscribe to Dwell magazine, you probably already saw this flat in Berlin, but I’d like to point out that a few risks does wonders for a small space. Not everyone has the guts to go with pink/rose cabinets and a dark grey tile backsplash, yet Mr. Fehrentz’s 646-square-foot apartment proves it works well alongside other subdued colors. Flip through the slideshow over at Dwell and I’m 99% sure you’ll agree. Maybe you’ll even be able to make some gutsy changes to your own home.

    Clip Coat Rack

    If you’re willing to invest in a strong, well-designed coat rack, turn your eyes toward Nendo’s Clip Coat Rack. Note that its steel bars are at various heights, so hooks and hangers may be hung as well as your bags, hats, and coats. This allows for placement in a dressing area or closet as well as the entry hall.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,020.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Wooly Wood Throw

    How about a Wooly Wood Throw to keep you warm this winter? Soft and reversible, this 100% lambswool throw is woven in Scotland and designed by Donna Wilson. Drape it nicely over a sofa or chair back or keep it at the end of the bed, and it’ll be ready to warm up your appendages at a moment’s notice.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £195.00
    Available from: Donna Wilson

    HOWDY Doormat

    There’s nothing like a ‘Howdy‘ or a ‘Sup‘ to casually welcome visitors into your home, and this doormat does that before you even open the door. Just like Reed Wilson’s other doormats (several of which we’ve featured before), these two are made of coir and vinyl with flocked lettering.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $50.00
    Available from: Reed Wilson

    Tube Bag

    Another Grcic bag? Aren’t we lucky. Just as the Frame Bag was made of polyurethane and nylon, this satchel’s thin, lightweight construction also takes advantage of the materials’ strength to create room for a laptop and other small essentials without extra bulk. A zip closure keeps the large compartment secure while Velcro does the job for the medium/side pocket.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $185.00
    Available from: MoMA Store

    Bento Cut & Prep Set

    Are you too busy during the week for a home cooked meal? Here’s a good option for prepping your feast beforehand: this Bento Cut & Prep Set has a bamboo cutting board that doubles as a lid and a set of of 5 measuring cups nesting inside. Cut and measure out all your ingredients the day or two before your meal and know that you’ll be ready to roll when dinnertime comes around.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $30.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Kabinett House designed by septembre

    To anyone that says accent walls are passé, show them the Kabinett House in Paris, designed by septembre. A black wall against a pale or white interior packs a punch of contrast, and hey, when you involve the kitchen cabinetry as well, you’ve got a strong statement. Also worth pointing out is septembre’s space layout, with storage alongside either side of the apartment (see plan below)

    Polaroid Z340, Z2300 Cameras

    Polaroid fans, your wish came true. It’s back now, better than ever. Perhaps you’d like an updated version of the original? Take a look at the Polaroid Z340 Instant Camera. It delivers instant 3″x4″ prints, and also has a bonus of shooting 14 megapixel digital photos that you can save and edit. And- it gets better- it’s compatible with your SD card, which means you can print photos shot on other digital cameras.

    If a smaller camera is more your style, then you’ll want to read up on the Polaroid Z2300, a digital camera that makes instant sticky-back prints at the push of a button. Stickers! It takes video too. No doubt one of these two cameras will be added to many a holiday wish list this season.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $199.00 - 249.00
    Available from: Photojojo Store

    DropCatch Porter Bottle Opener

    It’s a bottle opener, so what? Well, it hides a handy little magnet that picks up those pesky bottle caps. Up to 52 bottle caps are easily caught to its base, allowing you to showcase just how much beer you drank last night, and look, no mess! I’m sure your family/friends will be impressed.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $60.00
    Available from: DropCatch

    Saidoka Charging Dock

    Your poor iPhone, it just clatters around on your desk without a real home. Sure, you plug it in to charge, but every time you pick it up to check the time/messages/email/news/calculation, you set it back down with an unfriendly thud. No wonder it wants to join the circus. Save it from that particular fate with this little companion called the Saidoka. Think of it as a sidecar kind of dock, with a comfortable viewing angle to make your screen easy to read while your phone rests safely (and happily) charging.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.00
    Available from: Bluelounge