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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)


365 Typography Calendar 2013

This calendar has been around a while (it used to be called the Pentagram Calendar) but that doesn’t diminish the excitement of typography aficionados who are patiently waiting for the 2013 version to hit their desk. Each month features one typeface (chosen by a prominent designer Stefan Sagmeister, Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar, Massimo Vignelli, Michael Vanderbyl, Louise Fili and others, all members of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI)) and includes a description and biography of its designer. The major holidays are noted, and, as hardcore typography fans will be glad to hear, so are the birthdays of the typeface designers.


Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00 - 48.00
Available from: DWR

Lunatik Polymer Touch Pen

Ah-ha, a pen and stylus, all in one. Click the top and an analog rollerball pen cartridge protracts, enabling you to write on paper surfaces as usual. Click again and the pen cartridge retracts, leaving you with a silicone tip that works with your tablet device. Dual tip, dual function. Video below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Elko Coffee Table

Do you like a little retro feel in your furnishings? This Elko Coffee Table from Eastvold has a just a hint of 50′s mod in its angled leg base. The solid wood box has reinforced mitered joints, giving it a nice fluid feel, and the steel base is avialable in either green, black, red, white, silver or blue powder coating. Also, Eastvold offers custom sizes for an additional fee, so if you need a specific size, you’re in luck.

Purchase Information:

Price: $960.00
Available from: Eastvold


Here’s another minimal approach in organizing your important everyday accessories. The Blokkey has four earth magnets embedded underneath its surface to hold keys and an elastic bungee cord for phones, mail, and sunglasses. Two key fobs are included just in case you have bulkier keys. And, don’t worry if you’re not too fond of the bright color contrast around the edges as there’s a plain Walnut option as well.


Purchase Information:

Price: $74.00
Available from: YLiving

Marble Wallpaper

What to do when you love the marble look on walls but can’t quite stomach the bill? Marble wallpaper, of course. And, even better, this wallpaper is from Ferm Living’s WallSmart line, which is a non-woven paper that is easier and faster to hang (apply paste to wall and then apply paper).


Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Hank Lamp

A wall lamp with a coat hook? Sure, why not? After all, an extra hook for hanging a hat by the front door could come in handy, or maybe it’d be useful in a dressing area, where all manner of accessories and outfits need adequate lighting for your fashion decisions. (If you’ve ever heard the ‘did you get dressed in the dark’ jab, that last bit was directed at you.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Scandinavian Grace

Avva S+P Shakers

This salt & pepper set has embedded neodymium magnets to help keep the two pieces paired together as one. That’s a small detail that makes a big difference if you’re always losing one or the other in the cabinet or on the table. It would also simplify passing the salt and pepper around the table when your family or guests prefer to season their own meal (chefs: cue audible gasp).

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Teroforma

Myria Expandable Trivet

Trivets are one of those things you don’t think much about until you’re wondering how to protect your table with a hot dish in hand. The Myria trivet is made of rectangular stainless steel loops, which gives it a decidedly modern feel, yet the stand out feature is that it’s expandable and foldable. Designed by Anne Boenisch for Carl Mertens.


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Price: $115.00
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Face Boxes

If you need a place to store some of your little one’s toys and knickknacks, you could do a lot worse than Ferm Living’s Face Storage Boxes. Just take a look at those faces/handles. Cute. Plus, they’re stackable and small enough that kids can carry them around on their own. Maybe it’ll make cleaning up a little less of a chore (one can hope).

Purchase Information:

Price: $310.00
Available from: Ferm Living Shop

Pi.iii Pouffes

With a little craftiness and a sewing machine, it’s entirely possible that you could replicate these Pi.iii Pouffes at home. If you possess neither craftiness nor a sewing machine, you’ll be interested to know that these pouffes are designed and handmade by Glasgow-based upholsterer Eleanor Young (aka Fun Makes Good), and look to be entirely worth the overseas shipping (if you don’t reside in the UK). Several designs are available, and you may also purchase the pouffes through Fun Makes Good Shop on Etsy.

Purchase Information:

Price: £120.00
Available from: Howkapow

Braun Digital Wall Clock

If you prefer to stick to digital in the time-telling category, then you’ll want to check out this simple square wall clock by Braun. It’s a global radio-controlled digital clock and displays 12/24 hour time, calendar date, day of the week, indoor temperature and humidity. Everything you need really, without any unnecessary decorative features. Available in black or white.

Purchase Information:

Price: $135.00
Available from: Design Public

Last Dinner Table

Dining tables with extra leaves are nothing new, yet rarely do you find one that stores leaves in such a simple way as this table from Blu Dot. It has storage drawers at each end that allow quick access to the leaves when you have extra guests. It looks like the leaves fit onto the drawer as their support, thus minimizing any clasps or extra fussiness. (This looks to be much better than storing the leaves in the center of the table, especially as the inner edges of the table surface are often damaged when someone carelessly removes/stores the leaves.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,499.00
Available from: Blu Dot


This remarkable cabin on the Swedish West coast is designed by Torsten Ottesjö. With a keen sense of scale, Ottesjö has thoughtfully laid out distinct areas for food prep, eating, and sleeping in 25 square meters. The thinking behind such a project is explained on Ottesjö’s website, with more photos showing the unique curved construction and building details.


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View HUS-1 here


Friday Links

  • Rotating 3D nebula (via itsokaytobesmart)
  • A Third Act for a Tiny House
  • History of Earth in 24-hour clock (via curiositycounts)
  • Spectacular ‘Rain Room’
  • Watch a Water Droplet Bounce in Super Slow Motion
  • Sophie Duran’s Undiscovered Wonders of the World
  • Sculpting by numbers
  • New research suggests it may be much more difficult to climb the social ladder than we thought (thanks Liz)
  • American Obesity: The Biggest Threat to Fuel Economy?
  • As usual, have a very nice weekend.

    Merkled Coat Hook

    You’ve got to appreciate the fact that the Merkled folks aren’t wasting one scrap of the offcuts from their Coat Rack (remember Merkled Lighting?). These hooks are similar to the coat rack in that one slight bend creates strength. Line up two or three in a row near your entranceway (or closet) or take advantage of the Set of 7 ($95) and go big by scattering them all over a wall.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $15.00
    Available from: Merkled