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About Kris: Kris has taught architectural drafting, auto-cad for interiors and kitchen and bath design at the college level. Her interests are focused in design resulting in reduction of cost, space and environmental impact. Kris works full time in a technical field and is currently fixing up a 100 year old house in the sleepy Los Angeles neighborhood of Atwater Village. (View Profile)


Small to Tall Containers

Set of four containers slipcast in ceramic stoneware or earthenware, finished with food-safe glazes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Supermarket: JFish Designs

Trend: Muted Color & Polyhedrons

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of muted color polyhedra (or polyhedrons).

1. “Rhombic” painting by Magna Paint. Acrylic on canvas panel. 12 × 12 × 3/4. $45.00

2. “Parlour Bold Chair” by CB2. 31.25″Wx32.5″Dx31.25″H (16.25″H seat). $799.00

3. “Icosahedron” Themis Mobile from Artecnica by Clara von Zweigbergk. L 16″ W 16″ H 17″. $27.00 (originally posted here)

4. “Icosahedron” painting by Magna Paint. Acrylic on canvas panel. 12 × 12 × 3/4. $45.00

5. “Pen Pencil Holder DRAWING DAISY
” painting by LESS & MORE Vienna. Acrylic on canvas panel. 8.3″H X 2.4″D X 2.5″H (6,5 cm). $59.00


Vincent Van Duysen Ceramic Containers

I’m loving these wood and earthenware storage containers by Belgian designer Vincent Van Duysen.

Available in 4 colors, with varying height and lid thickness.

Purchase Information:

Price: $225-$325
Available from: Belkina

Spoke Bed

For just under a grand you can get a well-designed, upholstered platform bed in a nice menswear pattern. Designed by Mark Daniel of Slate Design.


Purchase Information:

Price: $999.00
Available from: CB2

Coco Pendant

I’m picturing 5 of these above my non-existant kitchen island. Made of ash and powder coated aluminum. Made by Australian designer Kate Stokes.


Purchase Information:

Price: $2100
Available from: Merchant 4

Huh. Stamp

I like these little snarky “stamps of disapproval”. Perfect for when you’re feeling a little “meh” about the quality of someone’s work.


Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: The Curiosity Shoppe

Wallet & Keys 2.0

There were a couple of related price reductions I wanted to let you know about today. First, apparently the price in Keyport dropped significantly since the last time I looked into it. I’m all about streamlining my life…but the early adopter price for Keyport was more than I was willing to pay. Now at $49.00 it seems a little more in range and now it’s available in several colors. And today only, it’s available for $39.00 if you get the Azure color. Head over to Keyport to pick one up.

Second, there’s a new RFID blocking wallet by Ögon Designs which keeps your credit card numbers and personal information safe from identity theft. Ordinarily $49.00 but if you head over to today you can get a significant discount.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Availability: Buy Wallet & Keys 2.0 here

The Camper Satchel in Tan Waxed Canvas

Here’s another great hand-made bag from Etsy. This one is waxed canvas with leather strap closures and has two expandable pockets and two smaller flat pockets on the side, and can also be customized by way of fabric or size.


Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00
Available from: Sketchbook at Etsy

Lens Pendant Small by Zero

This diminutive (6.3″ high, 7.1″ circumference) matte black pendant lighting would be perfect for above the dining room or even above a kitchen island in multiples.

Purchase Information:

Price: $369.00
Available from: Northern Icon

Creative Types: Sebastian Kaufmann of Kaufmann Mercantile

I sat down with my friend Sebastian Kaufmann to talk about his store, Kaufmann Mercantile, his philosophy behind choosing products, and the theme that we are constantly reminded of in our daily lives, the virtue of choosing well made over disposable. Kaufmann, born in Frankfurt, Germany, approaches the store with exacting high standards that are present in everything in the store: Timeless. Classic. Durable.


Poketo Daily Calendar

We’ve featured a similar version of this before, but this version is updated with more pages and a different color, and now it’s offered again stateside, so I thought it was worth another visit.

This hefty calendar features a monthly planner, a weekly and daily calendar and a blank area for notes, all color coded by section.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Supermarket

Fold Key Hook

I’m a notorious key loser. Also notorious for looking for keys for like 15 minutes when they’re in my jacket pocket. Or in my purse. Or my tote bag. The problem is, I have too many places where my keys could be instead of having one designated place for them. Something like this little Fold Key Hook might just do the trick. The little “fold” could even hold my cellphone or wallet. I’m feeling more organized already.

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.95
Available from: cb2

The Oona–multi use iphone tool

Kickstarter has a pretty cool project up for a for a multi-use smartphone tool which allows for mounting your phone on any number of surfaces which will accept a suction cup, such as your windshield, in the kitchen, on a bedside table or desktop. Even more interesting is that it can mount on a camera stand for using any number of time lapse apps for the iPhone on the market.

For a limited time (until June 3rd) you can fund the project for $25 and they will send you an Oona once production has begun. After the fund date an Oona can be purchased for $30.

You can get more information here.


Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Kickstarter

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Hilltop House in Pasadena, CA by Ladd/Marmol Radziner

The Hilltop House was originally designed by architect Thornton Ladd in 1953 and was reworked by Marmol Radziner.


Marmol Radziner Jewelry

Jewelry designed from industrial remnants by famed architecture firm, Marmol Radziner.

“The patina of every piece will evolve over time in response to the wearer and no two finishes will ever start or stay the same.” –Marmol Radziner

Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00
Available from: Marmol Radziner