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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)


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100 Secrets of the Art World

How to Make This the Summer of Missing Out (JOMO)

The inflatable ‘beach cocoon’ ($1,200)

‘architects are assholes’ mug

Butch and Trust Woman patches

Weighted Sleep Mask

Terra e Tuma creates narrow concrete house for dense area of São Paulo

Have a nice weekend.

Concrete House by Terra e Tuma in São Paulo

Luci Color Essence Lamp

The Luci Color Lamp could be a fun addition to your household, as it’s collapsible, waterproof, lightweight, and completely solar. It displays 8 colors (red, green blue, purple, yellow, cyan, orange, white) and takes 7 hours to charge. Use it in the pool or in the bathtub for fun (maybe get a couple, just so there’s no fighting over one) or string a few together for party lights. There’s also the Luci Pro Light ($36) which has a two-way 1A USB Port and lasts up to 50 hours.

Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: Poketo

Ruler-Tag (Custom)

Handy! Various Projects now offers a Ruler-Tag for your customization, so you can measure all sorts of things whenever you need (and add whatever phrase for a reminder). Talk about a great gift for any maker/tinkerer, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Various Projects

U Desktop Caddy

Do you feel like sometimes you need a second desk for work overflow? Join the club. Perhaps adding the U Desktop Caddy by wstudiog will give you the extra storage you need, as it adds a long, vertical spot to stand journals, notes, gadgets, and writing utensils. The high sides keep your visual space uncluttered as well, which is always nice when things get chaotic.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: DESU DESIGN

Corner Shelf by Kyuhyung Cho

This Corner Shelf by designer Kyuhyung Cho begins at the left, “a natural starting point to organise our thoughts and also our objects.” Hang the larger shelf vertically or horizontally (or place it on your desk) and use the medium and small elements to further divide and offset the space.

Purchase Information:

Price: $44.95 - 159.95
Available from: Vertigo Home

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IMMIGRANT Bumper Sticker

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Make Art Woven Patch x David Shrigley

Gnome by New Affiliates = “quasi-functional ornamental objects”

(Cactus flower) Fireworks, Greg Krehel

– Kinda fun, summery Charms by WELCOMECOMPANIONS

Little House by MW Works sits on bluff overlooking Washington’s Puget Sound

Have a good weekend.

Little House by MW Works

90 Degree Wall Shelf by Frama Denmark

How do you make your home look a little more edgy? Adding a few metal pieces will do the trick, and this 90 Degree Wall Shelf provides an unadorned light bulb as well as a small ledge for your current reading material (or other accessories). Could you make something like this yourself? Maybe, if you’re not afraid of bending metal and adding electricity. The rest of us will have to settle for spending a little money on this particular lighting option.

Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00
Available from: The Modern Shop

Indigo Splatter Ceramics by Chris Earl

An indigo splattered coffee cup is just what your tea or coffee would like to live in (however briefly) before you sip/gulp/slurp it down. Los Angeles-based designer Chris Earl is the man with the blue paintbrush, and he splatters indigo glaze across his hand-thrown tumblers, coffee cups and bowls with equal enthusiasm.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00+
Available from: Chris Earl

Star Spangled Spatula

Just how patriotic are you anyways? Enough to have your very own Star Spangled Spatula? And, 5% of proceeds will be donated to the Penn Abramson Cancer Center; doesn’t that sweeten the deal? Crafted of solid walnut and stainless steel, this spatula is, of course, hand fabricated by the oldest manufacturer of cutlery in the United States: Lamson and Goodnow. Enjoy your 4th of July holiday!


Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Areaware

15.0% Ice Cream Spoon

Before you roll your eyes at a $45 spoon, you need to know this is a very special spoon, for ice cream. It uses your body heat to cut through your frozen favorite flavor, which makes your “scooping experience” effortless. The solid aluminum spoon has a thermal conductivity of 237 W/mK (watts per meter kelvin), so you’ll be slicing through your mint chocolate chip/vanilla/rocky road with ease, like an ice-cream-eating ninja. And, of course, if you are searching for a gift for someone that adores their ice cream, you now know what to get.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Ode to Things

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Mindfulness Card Set

Magnetic Dry Erase Notepad

How To Manage Your Mood
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I’m Starting to Have Serious Doubts About Amazon Prime

How to Draw a Black Lady, Part 2

Papa’s Maze and the story behind it

Enjoy your weekend.

Papa's Maze

The Packable Backpack

How handy! This travel-friendly nylon backpack folds into its own pocket, so you can throw it into your bag or luggage and know you’ll have it just when you need it. A couple of shiny zippers paired with nylon give it a versatile look, so you can wear it out and about during the day or to dinner.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Everlane

OGK Daybed

Did you know that the OGK Daybed was designed back in 1962? Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen created it for his son for their camping trips. It’s entirely portable and arrives in a linen bag with shoulder strap. No screws or tools are needed for assembly; you fit the parts together and twist the sisal ropes for tension and structure. Could it be your next favorite napping spot or impromptu guest bed? Yes and yes. Could you take it outside when the weather is nice? Of course!

Purchase Information:

Price: $361.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

GrowOya Watering Vessel

Did you know that surface watering is inefficient? Plants do best when they get water right at their roots. That’s just where the GrowOya aims, as it’s a terracotta vessel that’s buried mostly underground. Fill it every few days and water will naturally seep into the soil so roots can take just the right amount. You’ll be saving water and time… score!

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95 - 39.95
Available from: GrowOya


This little guy will be the perfect accessory for your garden soirée or camping trip. With a simple twist of its head, you can change the light from an ambient glow of the base to the focused work light at the top. It’s wireless, mobile, and very energy efficient; it’ll give you ten hours of high-intensity light and 150 hours at the lowest setting. And, it’s now on sale!

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.95
Available from: MoMA Store