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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)


Poketo Draw Your Mind Journal

Just do what it says and you’ll be fine. For any creative type, a place to jot down notes and sketches is essential; these blank journals are small enough to fit in a briefcase/bag and have a durable cover to protect the pages. Available in Black, Brown or Grey.


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Price: $28.00
Available from: Poketo

Grain Desk

Misewell’s new Grain Desk is right on par with the rest of their impressive collection. The Grain is made of locally harvested walnut and powder coated steel, and together these materials create just the right balance of tension and warmth. Also, take note of the 48″ width: perfect for tight office nooks. Now available for pre-order.

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Price: $1,775.00
Available from: Misewell

Fredericks & Mae Kites

Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height… How long has it been since you flew a kite? Years? Decades? Change that answer to ‘days’ by considering one of these kites by Fredericks & Mae, or, if $64 is a bit too high for your taste, make your own.

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Price: $64.00
Available from: MATTER

Dino Salad Servers

If getting greens into your family’s diet is hard work, maybe these two Dino Servers will help make the salad bowl a little more friendly, and even a little fun. And, if these two cute little smiles aren’t successful in increasing the vegetable intake at your table, at least they’ll cheer you up whenever you pull them out of the drawer.

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Price: $19.95
Available from: Howkapow

Full Moon Sticky Note

It’s a sticky note in the shape of a full moon! For those of us that enjoy most things lunar, it’s an add-to-cart no brainer. As you can see from the photos, the moon is printed on tracing paper, which allows for some transparency. Each pad is 20 sheets of Full Moon Sticky Notes.

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Price: $5.95
Available from: mochithings

Kaktus Stool

Lightweight yet strong, this stool can be used indoors or out, and, if you flip it over, it becomes an aluminum basket. Inspired by the fibrous skeleton of the Staghorn Cholla cactus and designed by Enrico Bressan, co-founder of Artecnica.


Purchase Information:

Price: $290.00
Available from: Horne

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Fingernail Clipper

What makes a good fingernail clipper? A sharp cutting edge, for sure, as well as slight curvature to follow your nail’s natural growth. What usually irks you out about a fingernail clipper? The leftover clippings, of course. This fingernail clipper has a built in nail catching component that corrals clippings: you slide or lift the holder off to empty. And, yes, there’s a Toenail Clipper as well.

If these strike your fancy, you might check out Zwilling’s collection of manicure tools- there’s quite the assortment.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Amazon

Friday Links

  • Delightful Paper Pop-Ups by Jenny Chen
  • Reel DIY Bike storage by Yeongkeun Jeong and Aareum Jeong.
  • Falling Slinky (the bottom doesn’t move at all until the top catches up.)
  • Also on Long-distance family portraits
  • Infographic for Fruits, Veggies and Herbs, when are they in season? (via curiosity counts)
  • It’s summer. Time for Cabin Porn.
  • Never Mind Your Abs — Tone Your Brain (excellent illustration by Wendy MacNaughton)
  • Enjoy the weekend!

    Geometric Firepit

    Nice. DWR has picked up the Firepit by John Paul Plauché of Plodes Studio. It’s one outdoor accessory I’ve long admired, and if I had the space (and money) I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Handcrafted of durable carbon steel, this Firepit also has two tops to enhance its function: a wood top for coffee table use ($160) and a grill top ($175) to make food a part of the party.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,195.00 - 1,675.00

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    Availability: Buy Geometric Firepit here

    Wanderer Print by RISINGgoods

    If you’re looking for inexpensive art, you’d do well to check out the offerings on Valerie Rubinaccio’s RISINGgoods Etsy shop. There’s quite a few pleasing geometric landscapes, and they’d make an impact without leaving a huge hole in your wallet.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $28.00
    Available from: RISINGgoods on Etsy

    Redmaloo Cable Bag

    Just how tidy would all your cables be if you had this felt bag from Redmaloo? With plenty of room for mouse and cables, you’d most likely win the ‘most tidy’ award, and, if there’s no such thing in your circle of friends, then just give yourself a big pat on the back for avoiding a tangled mess.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: €36.00
    Availability: Buy Redmaloo Cable Bag here

    Source: Svpply

    Better Stuff Doormat

    This natural coir doormat will be a perfect place to clean off muddy or sandy shoes. Now, whether or not it actually deters or redirects burglars from your own front door, that’s a risk you’d best mitigate with other methods (alarm system, booby traps, etc.).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $50.00
    Available from: Uncommon Goods


    It’s officially summer, so there’s minimal jackets and scarves lying around, but what about all those hats and bags strewn about your front door? Consider this simple rope structure: you’re able to position the hooks freely, and when you hang an object the hooks lock into place. The polymide rope is usually used for mountain climbing, so rest assured that it will safely hold up to 30 lbs. of whatever you need to hang, all while taking up minimal space.

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    Price: $124.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Ten Design Stationery…

    Quick, what do you think this is? It’s from Ten Design Stationery, so, yes, it’s desk related. Answer and info below.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $9.00
    Available from: Emmo Home

    Warez Rose Wallpaper

    Nice job, Erich Ginder. This floral wallpaper is created from ASCII symbols. From far away, you see a dot-like floral motif; close up, you see a bunch of characters. Handmade in the United States.

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    Price: $140.00
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