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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)


Friday Links

– Origami Oru Kayak: 2018 Coast XT

Neopenx – The Gliding Ruler that Marks

A comparison of the sizes of various microorganisms, cells, and viruses

Locavore Wheel

pom + tassel making kit

People in Japan Are Polishing Ordinary Aluminum Foil Balls Into Shiny Orbs

– The Nimble, a one-finger safety cutter, £7.99 (also available at The Grommet, $9.95)

Have a fun weekend.

Nimble Finger Cutting Tool

The Elko Knife

Look at this little knife. It’s perfectly suited for your keychain, so you’re never left without a knife/bottle opener/screwdriver/pry tool. And just look at the Black + Black color option; it’s super sleek. It’s packaged in a reuseable, resealable Loksak® waterproof bag, so you can keep it from damage by sand, snow, or water.

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: The James Brand

IKO IKO Hangers

Just what you didn’t know you needed: strange, minimal hangers for your clothes. Choose between a shirt/dress hanger, a pant hanger, a round towel hanger, or, hey, go all out and get all three. They’ll make your closet look a little more cool, that’s for sure.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00 - 50.00
Available from: IKO IKO

Double Up Case

Need a place to stash your favorite pens and pencils, your smaller toiletries, or your extra cash? Take a look at this vegan leather Double Up Case. It has two compartments; folded in half and snapped, it’ll keep your belongings secure in your drawer or bag.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Poketo

TUG Break-Away Connection

Tired of tripping over your laptop cord? Here’s an idea: put a break-away magnetic connection at the outlet point, so it instantly disconnects. It’ll also work for lamps, vacuums, etc., to save you from your clumsiness. The TUG also works as a quick switch (just tug the cord to turn off whatever is plugged in).

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: ILOVEHANDLES

Una Grill

It’s April, and that means you need to get yourself ready for outdoor grilling weather. Whether your usual fare is meats or veggies, know that the Una Grill is very convenient to cart around to the backyard, local park, or even your next camping trip. There’s two cooking heights for grilling, and it all nests down to a compact size for easy storage and transport.

Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Friday Links

Celebrate World Water Day With These 20 Designs That Feature Water Elements

Ten Questions for Fake New Detection (via tumblr)

Max Richter’s Sleep, an 8-hour album designed to be listened to while you sleep

12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech (via kottke)

White Skin, Black Emojis?

Average first leaf appearance, as animated map (via thisisnthappiness)

Amy Cutler (via thisisnthappiness)



Carrie Portable LED Lamp

Take this portable LED light practically anywhere- outside on the patio, over to the beach, or beside your chair or bed for reading. The steel base and handle holds an opaque glass shade while the internal LED light is rechargeable via USB. When you’re not toting it around, you can remove the handle for a simpler shape. Currently on sale, fyi.

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.96
Available from: YLighting

HAY Laundry Basket

Would laundry be less of a chore with these stackable baskets from HAY? Of course it would. Plus, the graphic lines and off-white shade would be just at home in other areas of the house- perhaps in the living room or playroom to corral toys?

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00 - 45.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Skultuna Basso Coaster

No more wine or champagne drips on your precious tabletop, because this Skultuna Basso Coaster will set the bottle dead center each and every time, thanks to its raised center surface. Did you know that indentation at the bottom of bottles is known as a punt or kick-up? Good luck trying to fit that into a conversation without appearing like a complete nerd.

Purchase Information:

Price: $135.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Dropped Pendant Lights by CW&T

Remember when this was a Kickstarter Make/100 project? CW&T now has the Dropped Pendant Lights available directly from their site. For $125, you get a Dropped Pendant Light, one from a selection of 10 random shades, fully assembled with a LED bulb included.

Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: CW&T

Spiral Trivet Set

Look! You get three trivets that easily nest together to form one. Kinda fun, right? The spiral-shaped aluminum trivets protect your tabletop from those hot pans and dishes, and they easily stash away when nested.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: good thing

Friday Links

– “On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings.” #MARCHFOROURLIVES

Revol Dog Crate

Reusable Cotton Coffee Filters

DIY Pannier Bags for your bike

Architectural Egg Cups

White cedar covers gabled lake house in Canada by YH2

Have a great weekend.

Gabled lake house in Canada by YH2

San Francisco CorkMap Board

If San Francisco is your favorite city, then snap up this CorkMap. The many streets and neighborhoods within the city limit are laser scored into the cork, all to scale at 2.5″=1 mile. Use it as a message board or as a planning tool for your next visit; either way, you’ll have plenty of room for notes, as the board measures 20″ x 18″.

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: SFMOMA

Analogue Click Clock

Keep the time with a contemporary analogue clock. LEDs are the clock hands, with a dot moving around the circle face every second. The clock’s face automatically switches off when it’s quiet and lights up when you click your fingers or clap your hands. It has an alarm function with snooze, so it could be your new bedside clock (especially if you’re trying the no-phone-in-the-bedroom thing).

Purchase Information:

Price: $98.98
Available from: SFMOMA