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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)


Geo Ceramic Travel Mug

Not a fan of steel, glass, or plastic travel mugs? Well, maybe ceramic will be just the thing to transport your favorite beverage. And, this isn’t just any ceramic travel mug, it has a “patented tourmaline ionizing technology that helps improve the quality and taste of your drink.” Yep, you read that right. More below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Available from: Leif

Pidestall Planters

Normally planters this nice would have a cringe-inducing price tag, but the Pidestall Planters seem completely affordable when you spend a little time appreciating their bent metal legs and clean, cylindrical forms. Perfect for indoor or outdoor use, you have your pick of two sizes- Blue/short and Red/tall. It’s time to bring some plants indoors anyways, so you’ve got a reason to add one (or two) of them to your favorite room in the house.

Euclid Measuring Cup

Yes, you saw this Euclid Measuring Cup back in a previous link pack, and now you get to see it again. What’s so special about it? Well, take a look at its funny shape and you’ll see how it’s tapered towards its bottom, and that mathematically optimal design allows for more precise measurements. Small measurements will have the same accuracy as larger ones, which is important for anyone that wants to get recipes just right.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Buckle Jars

Cast iron bowl, anyone? The little looped handle makes it feel fun, while the heftiness will make sure it stays put. It could live in the kitchen as a salt cellar, in the office for paperclips (or thumb drives?), or even in the bedroom or bathroom for smaller accessories and jewelry.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Heart Coasters And Trivet

Uh, brightly colored coasters that form a heart-shaped trivet? Adding to my cart, pronto. Keep a few around to keep your cold/hot drinks from ruining your furniture, and gather them together when you’ve got a hot pot or kettle on the table. Fun!

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Brick Blanket

Who needs an extra blanket? The Brick Blanket by Thing Industries will keep you and your loved ones warm, as it’s made from 100% wool with hand blanket stitching at the edges. The bricks and mortar design will add just the right amount of pattern, perfect for accenting a sofa arm or the end of the bed.

Purchase Information:

Price: $265.00
Available from: Thing Industries

Flexible Powerstrip

I think this power strip is almost identical to the JolyJoy Flexible Power Strip on Amazon, except for this version looks like it has one less regular outlet and one more USB port. The flexible joints allow all your bulky power adapters to fit alongside each other on one strip; simply bend it back and forth to accommodate your needs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Arid Umbrella Stand

This Arid Umbrella Stand uses the inherent properties of terracotta clay to wick away moisture. Smart, right? That’ll dry your umbrella a little faster than an ordinary stand. Also, raise your hand if you’ll be tempted to use it as a planter (*raised hand*).

Purchase Information:

Price: $135.00
Available from: good thing

Aurora Wall Planner

If you like a subtle gradations of pastel hues, you’re going to love the Aurora Wall Planner. The poster-sized pages all display lovely colors fading into each other with open-dated months, so you can start your planning at any point during the year. Keep the months displayed one-by-one, or go with a larger statement and cover one big wall with color.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Poketo

Friday Links

Heatherwick Studio’s Friction table expands to adapt to different spaces

Splatter Napkin

A Young Architect’s Bed-Stuy Townhouse Makeover

DIY – Design lamp

DIY - Design lamp

Studio Ben Allen inserts pale plywood children’s bedroom into Barbican flat

Book Sculptures (do you ever tire of seeing them?)

Rico and Joanne Zorkendorfer’s Home

Slate-covered writer’s retreat by TRIAS

Enjoy your weekend.

Slate-covered writer's retreat by TRIAS

Lenz Pen & Pencil Case

Every so often, do you wish you had a nice pen and pencil case? I know I do. This one from Sonnenleder caught the eye, as it has elastic straps to keep up to 8 writing implements neatly organized. And, yes, sure, most of us rely on keyboards and trackpads nowadays, but it’s still nice to slide a pen or pencil across a page every now and then. (I think I will always prefer it.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: The Ghostly Store

Paper Display

This Paper Display by Jamie Wolfond & Sam Anderson (and available from good thing) simply acts as a curved base to provide papers to stand. Think of it for displaying your current project paperwork or for showcasing photos and notes. (Update: Now made of powder coated aluminum, the price is more affordable at $14 instead of $39 when it was made of stoneware.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: Good Thing

All Plastic Chair

Here’s something to get excited about… Jasper Morrison has taken the character of the archetypal wooden chair used in Europe for decades and updated its appearance by making it entirely out of plastic.

Purchase Information:

Price: $246.50
Available from: DWR

Stone Fruit Bowls, Small

Maybe you caught a glimpse of the Stone Fruit Bowls by Chen Chen and Kai Williams, but did you know there’s now a smaller, set-of-2 bowls to round out your collection? The larger bowls are cast from four different melons, each dish unique, while the smaller bowls are cast from a selection of grapefruits. Will the texture on the bowls make your fruit/oatmeal/cereal/snacks a little more enjoyable? Yes, absolutely.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00 - 60.00
Available from: Areaware

Andreé Jardin Mini Brush and Dustpan Set

It won’t hurt one bit to tidy up, especially if you have the Andreé Jardin Mini Brush and Dustpan Set. The small brush fits easily in the hand to sweep up crumbs and other debris, and it fits neatly into its metal pan for storage. Maybe it’ll encourage you to keep surfaces clean? Let’s hope so.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Poketo