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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)


Sandwich on Board Box

Another aluminum lunch box? Can we be so lucky? Apparently so. This handy little lunch box is from black + blum, and, just as expected, it looks to improve upon those sub-par lunch carriers that have left your lunch squashed in the past. It’s aluminum (or, aluminium, if you prefer) with a naturally antibacterial, sustainable bamboo lid that provides a surface for ingredient assembly if needed. Available in silver, lime, or pink.

Purchase Information:

Price: $21.00
Available from: black + blum

Picia Table Lamp

Cute, right? The Picia Table Light is a smaller sort of lamp, you know, the kind you would tuck into a corner of a small writing desk or nightstand. With a soft, natural cork base and a clear blue glass shade it will easily make friends with its surroundings. The shade measures in at 16cm diameter (that’s 6.3 inches) and the height is 23cm (9 inches)- be sure to take your measuring tape out so you’re not surprised how small (and cute) this lamp will be in your home.

Purchase Information:

Price: €141.13
Available from: Enrico Zanolla Design Studio

Friday Links

  • Hooray!
  • Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?
  • Strange: jyo john mullor models a set of custom-made human head helmets
  • Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good
  • DIY No-Sew Rope Coil Basket
  • Want that jacket a character in a movie is wearing? Visit The Take. (via kottke)
  • Mountain House by Atelier Bow-Wow

    Enjoy your weekend!


    Until technology allows us to enter all buildings and vehicles without physical keys, we’re going to have to deal with the mess that is the usual keyring. KeySmart aims to organize keys in a swiss army style holder, with keys folding into a compact handle instead of jingle-jangling all over the place. Would you believe it could hold up to 100 keys? That’d be one hefty keychain. You can also add in a USB for convenience.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.98 - 38.98
    Available from: KeySmart

    Sand Containers

    Do not, I repeat, do not underestimate the value of containers you look at and use everyday. Sure, a toothbrush or pen holder is meant for function, but there’s no reason why it can’t be a pleasure to look at as well. The Sand Containers are handmade from a mixture of natural stone powder and resin with a wood divider/lid to keep things tidy. I think they’ve won the top spot when it comes to bathroom accessories, as they’re simple and elegant, and those words are rarely used as adjectives in that particular department.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $19.90 - 26.90
    Available from: MilkDesign

    Weight Vase by Decha Archjananun

    You’ve seen the Weight Vases in the regular concrete grey, but get a load of the colors available. Are they not spectacular? Blue, yellow, and red round out the collection, giving you the option for a pop of bright, fun color to liven up your arrangements. I’ll be saving up for the low ‘A’ blue vase, I think.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $340.00 - 430.00
    Available from: Pamono

    Sphere Bottle Opener

    It’s a smooth, round bottle opener that fits the palm of your hand perfectly. What else could you ask for, besides a good beer or two? Consider it for your next housewarming or host/hostess gift if the new homeowner or host/hostess likes a certain bottled beverage. Available in black or natural wood.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $18.00
    Available from: Areaware

    Waxed Canvas & White Ash Travel Chair

    Ah, how nice it is to be out of doors, sitting around the campfire or at a music festival… unless your back hurts and you’re starting to get really annoyed at yourself for not bringing your own darn chair. This foldable, portable chair will do well on your trips and travels thanks to a treatment of all-weather Danish oil on its white ash wood frame. The chair back is high enough to rest your neck or head, and the waxed cotton fabric will stay put with stainless steel hardware.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $129.00
    Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

    Fair Trade Basket Collection

    Baskets aren’t usually the first thing you’ll find in a modern interior, but this Fair Trade Basket Collection possesses a sharp, sculptural quality that would do well whether used as objets d’art or as functional storage pieces. Made from palm wood, these baskets would normally warp over time, but Piet Hein Eek chose to specify thin slats strung together to allow for shrinking and expansion.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $129.00 - 263.00
    Available from: The Future Perfect

    Painted Plains Rug Collection by AVO

    If you’re a vegan or you’re opposed to leather in any way, shape or form, just admire the graphic patterns on these ‘rugs’ and skip on over to the next post. Okay, for the rest of us, let’s soak in the fact that these patterns are hand painted on leather hides. Hand painted. DIY-ers will have their thinking gears crunching, and everyone else will have to start saving their Benjamins, for the Painted Plains Collection by Avo does not come cheap. Hang one on the wall to admire or put one on the floor to (gingerly) walk on, either way your room won’t ever be described as boring.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $3,250.00 - 6,500. 00
    Available from: TRNK

    FIELD Magnifier

    Don’t you dare say you have no need for a magnifier. What about those tiny hairs and freckles on your hand? The intricate markings of your own signature? The fuzzy anthers of a flower? Or the crisp text on that print out sitting on your desk? This heavy bronze magnifier designed by Daniel/Emma (in collaboration with Field) doubles as a paper weight and will keep your curiosity sharp.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $160.00
    Available from: FIELD

    Pots by Benjamin Huberts

    You won’t find these at your local kitchen supply store. These terracotta pots by Benjamin Hubert are glazed internally and have silicone lids for a tight seal, which make them perfect for storing dry goods- pasta, cereal, etc.- in the kitchen. No sacrificing design style here, as each piece could easily double as a vase (or group them together for a bigger centerpiece). Plus, they’re on sale (!).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $29.95 - 49.95
    Available from: MENU Design Shop

    Brass Peanut Lighter

    Next time you venture into the great outdoors for a camping trip, make sure you have a lighter in addition to your matches and flint. We all know it’s better to be safe than sorry, right? And, because you don’t want to carry more weight than absolutely necessary, you might as well get this very compact and indestructible lighter. Made of solid brass stock, it has a secure screw down cap (that can be attached to a keyring), is waterproof, and measures 0.5″ x 1.9″ for the large size or 0.5″ x 1.3″ for the small.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $34.00
    Available from: Best Made Co.

    Friday Links

  • Nest Cam, $199.00
  • Solartab, a solar charger for devices
  • What do you think about these hanging thingamajigs? Sort of neat? Trio, Grappe, and Roller Lines by Diane Steverlynck
  • An older project, but oh-so-cool: Secret Stash by yiting cheng (via Make)
  • Sleep apnea sufferers, this is funny looking, but it’s not as bad as a mask? Airing: the first hoseless, maskless, micro-CPAP
  • If you really care about your audio experience: Aumeo: World’s 1st tailored Audio Device
  • Did you know you can stay at the Bauhaus? €35 – €60 a night.
  • Tankless, Digital Water Heater: Heatworks
  • Sorta cute: Marber’s Penguin Chalkboard
  • Strange: A Lite Steak
  • Below: “Jotter,” (2013) by Amy Brener from Compelling Works From Some of Today’s Most Innovative Artists and Designers
  • Have a great weekend.

    Jotter by Amy Brener

    Iittala Aitio Boxes

    So, you’re probably developing a complex for the amount of organizational items I throw at you, but really, I’m just trying to help. Iittala’s Aitio Boxes (Aitio = theatre box in Finnish) strike me as the sort of thing that would work equally well in the kitchen or in an office area, as the powder-coated steel would withstand all manner of bumps and bruises. Hang a few on the wall or just set one or two on the countertop to corral kitchen or workplace miscellany.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $90.00 - 99.00
    Available from: Plastica