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Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate Matthew Plumstead made his debut at ICFF with his configurable wood valet, kitted out with clip-on rubber hooks, shelves, and widgets for holding domestic detritus.
Riffing on the concept behind a pin-impression toy, the Los Angeles designer Adam Friedman came up with a seat whose solid walnut blocks conform to the sitter’s body thanks to the foam padding underneath them.
Sacramento-based Schmitt Design slip-cast two pendant light silhouettes—slender and squat—in translucent porcelain that, when turned on, emit a warm glow. Fabric-wrapped cords come in three colors.
Made in Milwaukee from locally harvested walnut and assembled with old-school mortise and tenon joints, Misewell’s Poet Stool keeps it current with powder-coated recycled steel footrests.
This overhead lamp stems from Los Angeles designer Matt Gagnon’s fascination with open-truss roof structures and the intimate interior space they create. Here, wool yarn wrapped around the inside of a poplar frame contrasts with the crisp cotton rope on the exterior.
Inigo Elizalde’s woven dhurries are hand-knotted in Nepal, but he’s deconstructed a few of his boldest patterns into a collection of pillows, all printed in North Carolina and sewn in New York City.
Oregon-based Juju Papers prints all of its wallpaper with water-based inks on sustainably harvested paper. The patterns are folk art–inspired, but the colors are strictly au courant, like the neon orange (Pantone 805U) shown here in the “Sunset” combination.
Specialized outfits its sponsored Tour de France cyclists with these to careen through the French countryside and alpine hills—and the price reflects that. The Prevail is lightweight and well ventilated so your forehead won’t sport a telltale red mark after wearing it—good to note if early meetings are on your agenda.
Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa translated the Japanese tradition of Hanko—individual stamps used in place of a personal signature—into these plastic and steel pens. Super simple and super useful, they allow you to leave your super normal mark on any piece of paper you encounter. The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt is offering the red ballpoint with three different hanko: heart, asterisk, and pointing finger (pictured).
Multi-functional fashion at its very best. If you tend to pile way too much in your bag (or pockets) when you're walking out the door, this scarf would be a brilliant way to hang on to a couple bucks, a scrap of paper and a pencil, and a phone—or whatever you deem your basic essentials. Comes in a bunch of different plaids, all equally awesome, and a great price for some stylish autumn warmth.
Our epic quest for an inexpensive bedside lamp has led us, perhaps predictably, in a roundabout route right back to Ikea (which is right where we started). This slim Jansjö comes in a kicky pink (as well as red, black, and silver), uses LEDs, and has a slight 5" diameter base which would slip in nicely with all the clutter that will surround it. Is it cute enough to win out in the great showdown against Lykta, which we have been eyeing for ages? Only a Saturday trip to the Swedish superstore—and an on-the-spot decision—will tell.
Handmade in Morocco from locally sourced materials using a traditional, 150-year-old technique, these encaustic cement tiles from Popham Design are durable and non-toxic. We love the bright kelly green and bold hexagonal patterning, and be sure to check out their site for additional (and equally striking) colors and designs.
Designer Paui Loebach introduced these nesting tables at Salone Satellite in Milan and Areaware picked them up for production, presenting them at ICFF as part of their new 2009 collection. We think those sharp shades of green are positively brilliant, and just right to perk up any room of the house.
This slip cast porcelain cylinder is 8 3/8" tall, 5" diameter, and weighs almost two and a half pounds, sturdy enough to handle even the thickest stemmed buds that you stick inside. Elsa + Sam's sweet online shop has this piece and more ceramics to stoke your dishlust. elsasam.com
We're new to the numerous joys of biking around town—a recently purchased cycle is the first we've owned in years—but boy is it a blast taking to the streets on two wheels. This oversized bell won't do much to streamline your ride, but it's bright and cheery and would be fun to jingle at folks as you're zooming past.
Waking up is hard to do. Running late is no fun. Looking up to realize you just watched a few too many episodes of Downton Abby is a little disconcerting. But the sting of these time-based quandaries can be quelled with a look at this bright geometric sunburst of a plywood clock, made by Chroma Lab.
Summer's come early to San Francisco! It's beautiful and bright and warm outside, ideal weather for sipping on a sweet and refreshing beverage. And what's better than a tall glass of just-squeezed citrus? That's right, people.... Not much. This clever piece from Dutch kitchen masters Royal VKB makes juicing a breeze; Simply set it directly on your cup and go to town (it even filters out the seeds!). Order one from LA's A+R Store.
Mom (or your banker) may have always told you to save for a rainy day—good advice—but sticking money under the mattress is so passe. Argentinian designer Ignacio Pilotto has given you a visual cue to stash your change with this ceramic dark cloud; it's got a plug down below so you can easily make it rain pennies from heaven. Buy yours from the MCA Store.
Cheap, cheerful, and always on hand to pop open a (root)beer? What's not to like about this tough little anodized aluminum accessory from Timbuk2. The strong velcro strap will clasp right onto your bag, lightening the load on your keychain and ensuring you will never be caught in the park with a cold, un-crackable beverage.
Alfombras Veo Veo in Alicante produces high-quality wool, silk, linen, and cotton rugs composed of triangular or cross-shaped components called Nurbs. They are sewn together to form custom Mosaico, Pyramide, and Puzzle rugs. Patterns are inspired by Arab mosaics and ceramic tiles.
San Francisco–based Mission Workshop sells this weatherproof bag in custom combinations of five fabric colors and five buckle colors. Easy-access pockets ensure you’ll stay organized, and the roll top accommodates oddly sized loads. We love that it’s made in the USA and has a lifetime warranty.
Pros: An attractive energy-efficient lamp on the market! An LED bulb illuminates
The design is pleasantly eccentric: The pull is reminiscent of a vintage library light, and a colorful cord snakes through one of the legs.
Cons: The brass plating is a beacon for fingerprints and scratches. Opt for the powder-coated version instead.
The opaque steel shade channels light directly downward—fine for a desk or as an accent, but don’t expect beams to reach every dark corner.
No, it's not an oversize, upturned barbell, but yes, this molded plastic table is just as indestructible.
Store-bought herbs are fine, but you know what’s better? Seasoning your chicken thighs with rosemary grown atop this nifty terra-cotta-and-steel twofer.
This 100-percent wool felt trivet is an attractive array of interlocking triangles. In addition to protecting your prized pieces of furniture from hot kettles or casseroles, it also champions a noble cause: The Hexmat is handmade as part of a job-creation program for homeless women in Portland, Oregon.
We can't cop to knowing how the heck this walnut clock face hovers, seemingly without support, inside its domed glass cover. But we will admit it caught our eye and we can't stop thinking about how cool it would look on a mantle, making every time check a mystifying experience.
Before you got into urban homesteading, before you were drinking obscure Vermont microbrews out of them at the off-campus co-op, even before your grandmother started keeping her leftovers in them, Ball’s Mason jars were a near perfect example of food storage.
Spanish-born designer Patricia Urquiola designed the Foliage sofa for Italian furniture brand Kartell.
The Studio Desk by BlueLounge holds the simple solution for much of your desktop clutter. A secret compartment within the desk houses all the cords, plugs, and the like that typically manage to snake their way around the stapler and through the task lamp. Not only do we love the BlueLounge’s clean lines and simple white desktop (with a removable black mat), but we’re enamored with just how cleverly the elongated slot at the back corals our cables, gives us space for a power strip, and then sends but a single cord down to an awaiting outlet.
Oftentimes, a cardboard box of baking soda in the refrigerator just doesn’t seem to be doing enough to eliminate smells. Cue in this neat little guy. The Kuro Cube is a combination of oak and organically produced powdered white charcoal, both crafted in Korea. It efficiently gets rid of pesky odors that linger in your fridge, but can also be used as a purifier for other closed-off spaces, such as closets and drawers. And it gets better—Kuro can be used as a fertilizer once its first life is through.
Pros: It’s short and squat, but this lamp's stubby looks—matte black shade, oiled oak legs, and aqua cord—grew on us. Changing bulbs is a breeze—just reach in from the top. The design also accommodates LEDs, which are often awkwardly sized. Just keep ’em at 75 watts or under.
Cons: This was our favorite lamp of the group. Too bad it takes four weeks to get. Each one is made by hand in Iacoli & McAllister’s two-person Seattle studio
Earbuds may suffice for an inconspicuous (ahem) Coldplay (ahem) session on your morning commute, but these minimalist jet-black, DJ-friendly headphones will leave you—and possibly everyone else on your bus—with no choice but to conspicuously nod and bob in time with your dubstep, grimestep, or 2-step playlist.
Paris-based Deltour was a designer and project leader at Konstantin Grcic’s office in Munich for three years before branching out on her own in 2010. Current clients include Alessi, Tacchini, Muji, Bree, and the city of Munich. Deltour designed this low table with a revolving bookrack to display bound ephemera in polychromatic fabric compartments.
Based in Malmö, Sweden, Louise Hederström has a cheerful aesthetic derived from a wide array of sources, from the sheet metal she often uses (inspired by the tractors on her childhood farm) to her product names, many of them homages to Elvis Presley. This multifaceted planter is fitted with “branch” pots that can grow a variety of flora in one go. Add a wooden top in oak or birch for a ready-made seat.
Organizational accessories are on our collective brains these days, perhaps due to the fact that our desks look more like the aftermath of an F5 tornado than workstations. Enter the Wood Whale, a clever pencil/letter/phone holder handcrafted in Michigan from reclaimed timbers.
Though she started her career as an Industrial engineer, a move from Spain to New York prompted Mónica Ibáñez to trade autos for interiors. She took inspiration from her travels to design the latest collection for Graviti Zone Rugs, the company she founded in 2008, and Starry Night made its debut at ICFF this year.
The clean lines and warm finish make the Evans table a good fit for trads, mods, and those who can’t make up their minds. The family-run metal fabricator Bell Manufacturing makes the steel bases; the process of machining, grinding, hand-welding, and painting takes about a day to complete. Room & Board then assembles the tops and bases.
If you are like us, you probably have a tendency to check email or Facebook on your iPhone before you settle in for the night. Also, your iPhone probably doubles as your alarm clock. This alarm dock is the ideal bedside companion piece. The dock is made of sustainably harvested new-growth beech wood and is a modern nod to those faux wood grain casings we remember all too well. Download the free Areaware AlarmDock Clock app on your iPhone (available on iTunes App Store). Early morning has never looked so bright!
The modular Suita Sofa, designed by Antonio Citterio in collaboration with Vitra, is almost endlessly customizable. Choose from components including one armed seats, two armed seats, a chaise shape, a desk/tray/shelf along the back, headrests, and ottomans to create the perfect design for your space—be it a sprawling sectional for a spacious loft or a compact couch for a small apartment.
This salt and pepper grinder, designed by Norway Says for Muuto, is available in white, black, and natural beech wood, but our favorite is this playful multi-colored version. The stacked components reflect their use; the widest piece indicates where you grip the grinding mechanism; the tall section shows where the pepper and salt is stored.
We believe having a favorite mug will cut down on the dishes you do. Yup! If there's a certain cup that makes your heart sing when you're sipping then you're more likely to rinse it out and use it again, as opposed to reaching for another one (and another one and another one) in the cupboard. These primary colored porcelain beauts certainly fit the bill. Put the kettle on!
If you don't have much floor or table space for plants, these colorful cubes would allow you to introduce some easy (and low maintenance) greens into your home; The powder-coated steel pots project at an angle from the wall, and are just the right size for a small succulent. Or, if you're not into growing, one would be perfect by the front door as a place to drop your keys. Available in the US at the brilliant A Plus R Store.
It's the last line of defense before guests track their tennies through the house but despite its heavy duty duties, there's no reason your doormat shouldn't reflect the good taste your friends will find inside. Angela Adams designed this coconut husk rug with water-based paint, and it would actually work just as well inside—in the kitchen, maybe?—as on your stoop.
Sometimes you don't need room for ice or mixer or a little umbrella in your drink. When those sometimes come around, bust out these badass shot cups from Brooklyn's Wintercheck Factory and treat yourself to a sip—or gulp—of something good. There are three fine finishes to choose from, then all you've got to do is pick your poison.
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Can the shape of a spoon enhance your enjoyment of a home-cooked meal? Cutlery maestro David Mellor's modern Odeon collection is a classic set of stainless steel pieces, sure to make eating in a simple pleasure worth savoring. Available in the US through Heath Ceramics or via David Mellor Design in the UK.
The lastest in the things-that-masquerade-as-other-things brigade is this USB stick from Japanese design firm Nendo. We have a habit of misplacing our regular thumb drives and this pipsqueak of a paperclip is even more likely to face that fate, but it's an interesting concept none the less.
These brilliant little cardboard speakers from Muji are super portable when flat packed, and full of sound when put together. They'd be perfect for traveling or a picnic, simply follow the folds to make them square, plug in your iPod (or Zune), and you can listen to Slick Rick, the French Kicks, or Cheap Trick in a box.
The special edition Claude dresser marries two of the 1970s favorite colors, avocado green and mustard yellow, with a rich walnut frame. This blast from the mid-century past and can add a retro touch to contemporary spaces. Isn't it great that we can choose trends of the decade to keep in our homes (funky, chunky furniture) and leave others (disco and bellbottoms) behind?
Dining tables serve a pretty fundamental function—–a place to consume our peas and carrots. But what if the meat and potatoes of your table occur beneath the flat surface? The latest from Hansen Family offers functional intrigue in the form of a pair of colorful compartments hidden under two solid oak panels—–which themselves are backed with slate—–allowing you a spot to stash your salt and pepper and rest your hot pots on.
This is a green and graphic piece created by Minneapolis–based graphic designer Keith Moore of pilotdesign. It's constructed of bamboo laminate atop MDF (medium density fiberboard) with a shaped cutout pattern backed in white . Arrives packed in corn starch-based, biodegradable peanuts.
Dimensions: 10" dia. x 1.25"
It seems there are lots of specialty shops popping up lately that offer a chance to buy household supplies, especially of the environmentally-fiendly ilk—cleansers, shampoos, and such—in bulk. It's a nice idea to reduce the amount of packaging you'd regularly go through purchasing individual dispensers, and this bright Penguin from Umbra would make a nice home for your soapy refills.
Dimming the bright overheads and lighting a few candles at the dinner table is a sure way to take the edge off of a harried day. The understated shape of designer Francis Cayouette's cast iron centerpiece will allow the four wax flames you choose truly shine, and you'll be relaxed before you have to blow them out and go to bed. Heima is available in the US from Zinc Details.
Made from bamboo, it’s as functional as it is beautiful. The base runs flush with the mattress, and the wide headboard provides usable surface. The headboard and base also have built-in drawers and open storage. Available in four different bamboo colors. Queen size is 98" long x 60" wide x 21" high.
We've all heard the saying "everything in it's place," but if that's more like a pipe dream than a motto, UK-based manufacturer Kukka released this series of wall hooks that might help keep your space spic and span. Made from maple and finished with linseed oil, this trio would be a whimsical addition to a hallway, bathroom, or bedroom, but would be extra apt for kids' quarters.
Eastvold Furniture's Jackson Collection, features bed, dresser, and this beautifully simple Cube. The Minnesota-based design studio does wonders with walnut—here with beveled edges and exposed ply—and this piece can sit on the floor, or be mounted on the wall, either way offering easy access to your books and other nighttime necessities.
Just as your belt buckle expands for the holidays, so does the Oops, Monica Graffeo's version of the old-fashioned leaf table. The round design, made of fiberboard with a veneer of stained oak, pulls apart to reveal a hidden tray that contains two leaves. Whether you're having a feast for a menage a treize or leftovers for two, the Oops always appears to be kicking up its heels.
An artfully—or inartfully—mounted set of these smooth, simple ash or oak speckles makes for a compelling graphic combination of form and function. The oversize drawer pulls come in a three-size set of five, suited to house the headgear of an entire Village People.
Don’t even think about finding a place for your keys on these dots. They’re strictly for coats and scarves. We tossed a leather jacket on and could plainly see the circular edge through the fabric. These might leave rings around your collars.
Viking keeps its manufacturing lean by only building what’s already been sold, and the manufacturing process is equally refined. From start to finish, the average Designer Series range takes about six hours to complete in Viking’s Mississippi factories.
Designed by Raul Lauri and debuted at the 2012 Salone, these lamps bring new life to a common waste item: coffee grounds. "The aim is to give a second life to coffee grounds as a biodegradable and renewable material," writes Lauri on his site. His concept nabbed a coveted Satellite award this year, and we can't wait to see if they go into production.
Cherner metal base stools are available in bar and counter heights. Perfect for the home or demanding hospitality environments. Available with or without upholstered pads. Metal Base Stools have a molded plywood shell of graduated thickness with a bright chrome base. Made in the U.S.A.
It's rare to see a side table that isn't strewn with at least a few choice copies of a favorite monthly mag or the latest page-turner. If, however, a tidy tabletop is more your style, then Darwinizm has a special slot to slide your reading material. The near-cube comes in solid walnut or white oak, and is available from Propellor Modern.
Don’t be deceived: The filigreed frame of this sofa only looks delicate, like a loosely assembled collection of matchsticks. Designed by Swiss design firm Atelier Oï, the geometric structure is made of arura vermelho, an extra-hard Amazonian timber. The Allumette series also features dining table, chair, and armchair.
Pros: The linen shade and the chunky walnut base channel a mid-century vibe while bringing it up to date. You can also tilt the base to balance on one leg. Two lamps in one!
The cord reaches a length of 80 inches—handy if your outlets are few or far between.
Cons: When poised on a single leg, the Rook is a bit unstable.
Rook takes up a lot of space, both in height and width, and would domineer small bedside tables or desks. Reserve for roomier perches.
Jasper Morrison hits another home run with this alarm clock available in red, black or white. Though we're known to hit the snooze button over and over again, we wouldn't mind being roused by this looker. There's also a special edition of the AC 01, whose proceeds help benefit people living in Maeami, a fishing village in the Tōhoku region of Japan, which was swept away by the March 2011 tsunami.
Pros: Is it a Goomba from Super Mario Bros.? A strange breed of mushroom? Castiglioni’s striking 1967 marble, glass, and metal design is a surefire conversation starter.
It’s versatile: Focused light emanates below, while the holes in its top disperse a gentle glow.
Cons: The Snoopy's finicky touch-sensitive three-way dimmer is difficult to master. When we tried to dim the light, a gentle tap often sent us into the dark. Our frustrations were enough to warrant a Clapper.
David Trubridge first created this fixture in 2004, using untreated hoop pine plywood pieces that snap together. It's now available in recyclable polypropylene.
We've long been fans of gabions—those rock filled cages usually used for civil engineering purposes. They've made their way into high-design buildings (thanks, Herzog + de Meuron) and now they've become part of furniture design thanks to Britain's Benjamin Hubert. He introduced this table—which boasts an ash top and granite ballast to keep it stable—at the 2011 London Design Festival, and it couldn't have come a moment sooner.
Back in the 1950s and 1960s, there was no bigger name in fabric design than Alexander Girard, who beginning in 1952 held a twenty year tenure as director of design for Herman Miller's textile division. This pattern, recently reissued by Design Within Reach, is originally from 1954, but looks just as fresh today as it did then.
The angular two-legged Ply side table by Ronan Copia, founder of Valencia-based outdoor furniture company Axthor, is made of heavy-gauge powder-coated steel—a departure from the company's repertoire of welded aluminum, polyurethane fabric, and polyethylene-panel rectilinear furniture.
Evoking the spirit of a classic kitchen with a pattern inspired by culinary textiles, Mormor consists of a series of ceramic plates, bowls, cups, buttering boards, eggcups, a milk jug, a sugar bowl, and a decanter. The pieces are available in blue and an all-white ribbed pattern.
When these conceptual cocoons appeared at the Milan Furniture Fair, they seemed like Toltec-scaled artifacts hauled back from an exploratory voyage deep into the uncharted head-waters of Urquiola’s creative flow—elegantly minimal geodesic forms wrapped in an explosion of color, pattern, and texture. Year's later, the remote tropical jungle outpost of Urquiola’s ingenuity remains unscathed.
Wall hooks are generally used to clear visual clutter, but this clever play on our disorderly closets is quite charming. Mommie Dearest said, “No wire hangers, ever!” but we have to disagree. With edges and corners galore, this vertical pile is a perfect catchall.
This messy mass would not do much for a neatnik’s peace of mind. It’s not the most sophisticated structure and might be most appropriate in the kids’ room rather than the entryway.
It's tough to remember all the way back when our only possessions were playthings, and everything we owned could be carted around the house with pride. Scot and Amy Herbst of Kaiku designed the Push Pull for all the little modernists out there, and their parents who know that kids' toys can be good-looking and built to last.
A two-legged side table? A two-legged side table! As sturdy as its four-footed friends, this box leans flush against the wall, ready to keep your books, bits, bobs, and tchochkes close at hand. Available for purchase from Howkapow, a webshop well-worth a browse (lots of fun stuff!).
Like a spy pen that doubles as a stealthy camera, these ceramic charm necklaces do unsuspecting double duty as data-carrying thumb drives.
At Mattermade, nothing is more important than capturing the exact specifics of a design, which means that the best results are achieved without the use of machines. An actual person bends and welds the steel cages that support the Circus shelves, and the rift-cut, Forest Stewardship Coucil–certified oak is also finished by hand. Here, production methods never alter a design; instead they steadfastly serve it.
The Spindle stool—made from Andiroba wood—was turned on a lathe traditionally used for making lamps in Barbados. Part of Love, Freedom, Flow, the debut collection from the New Caribbean Design initiative pairs indigenous designers and craft manufacturers to support and modernize the artisan trade.
Boiling an egg to perfection is a trick many have tried, but few have mastered. Eiko makes it easy for everyone to get their whites-and-yolks just the way they like them. The polycarbonate pieces hang directly over the edge of a pot of boiling water for easy preparation, and are heat and scratch resistant and dishwasher safe.
Attention turophiles! Specially designed to slice through your favorite hard and soft cheeses, this set of knives for Alessi will make serving goudas, bries, and manchegos a breeze. The collection comes in a thick cotton case with a guide to cutting—and tasting—the you-know-what.
Any amateur dramatist can live in the spotlight. Form Us With Love’s Ogle pendant casts a soft LED beam on your domestic soundstage, setting the scene for the story of your life.
These hanging stoneware vases are made by Christina Nickerson of Olmay Home, a company dedicated to supporting local artisans and craftsmen. The vessels have homespun sensibility about them that we love, plus would work equally well as an indoor tillandsia holder or outdoor birdfeeder.
We'd hazard a guess that Quebecois shepherd's pie - Pate Chinois, the name of the collection by Domison - isn't the first thing that comes to mind when viewing the Montage sofa. The hearty recipe, however, provided tasty inspiration for the designers' mix-and-match of modular arms and backrests. colorful slipcover options, and customizable base.
In terms of designs for the kitchen, salt and pepper grinders and shakers always seem to catch our eye. This set by Norm Architects' Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Ronn for Menu is especially smart, with a ceramic body and wooden top. But it gets better: this grinder isn't limited to just salt and pepper. The designers made it extra strong to accommodate the adventurous chef. "We wanted to take a big step away from the predictable salt and pepper thinking and instead encourage people to experiment with spices, kernels, seeds and all the other modern kitchen ingredients," says Bjerre-Poulsen.
The Scandinavians sure know how to do outdoor furniture—and do it right. Case in point, Nola's powder-coated and laser-cut outdoor Areal table, which boasts a pattern inspired by a bird's eye view of topography. Though attractive in and of itself, the shadows cast by the perforations in the surface add a dappled pattern to the surrounding area for an ever-changing decorative effect. We're sold.
Blu Dot hits another home run with this utterly simple, yet irresistably delightful table lamp. We're fans of the white version, which plays a muted backdrop to its rich red cord, but it's also available in black on black if a monochromatic look is more your style.
When the enameled steel Krenit bowl was first released in the 1950s, its designer Herbert Krenchel said, “The idea was to make a beautiful bowl, preferably so functional and delicate that it was equally suited for use in the kitchen, on the dining table and as a decoration in the sitting room.” Production ceased in 1966, but Normann Copenhagen recently reissued the versatile design in white, black, turquoise, purple, green, and red.
Dvelas, a company founded by Pamplona architect Enrique Kahle and his partners, graphic designer Arraitz Koch, architect Esperanza Kahle, and sail-maker Borja Fuentes, created this beach-worthy Genois beanbag made of used sails. The designers use names from sailing parlance, sail-making techniques, and even wood or aluminum armatures, grommets, and cords like those used in sailboats.
Klara Low Tables are wooden tables with a simple, linear style, harmonious in its curved yet essential shape.
Like organic Capsela constructions hovering over the dining table, Lindsey Adelman’s Branching Bubbles chandeliers have a Brooklyn-born brand of industrial expressionism. The one-off quality of the handblown globes and rigor of the handmade arms express Adelman’s marriage of wabi-sabi and modernist tendencies.
Made using 288 recycled plastic milk jugs, the Racer rocker zips down the fast lane of sustainable design. Reuse is a big part of Loll’s production ethos: All its products are made at the Hawks Boots Sustainable Manufacturing Facility, which for nearly 80 years prior to Loll’s purchase was a concrete plant that made culverts, burial vaults, pilings, and the like.
No need to dive 20,000 leagues into the briny deep to find this clever little cephalopod-inspired caddy. Yes, it plays into our love of the oceanic and the nautical, but the fact that the red, black, chartreuse, or blue design carries up to nine shower accoutrements to keep our bathroom nice and tidy was what really won us over.
When painted large on the exterior of a warship, the black-and-white stripes on this low table “dazzle” and confuse the eye of the enemy. Uhuru used teak from the deck of an authentic World War II vessel to create a collection inspired by the material’s storied nautical past.
The duo behind Graypants studio are often found scouring Seattle’s streets for unblemished cardboard boxes—–the material that provides the structure for their signature fixtures. Laser-cut and fire-resistant, the corrugated orb pendants are upcycled odes to responsible design.
If you can't live without a caffeine fix in the morning, consider swapping your daily paper cup'o'joe with a homemade brew. Bodum's Bean French Press serves up 32 ounces of hot java to get you going, a spill-proof lid to keep your counters clean, and five color options to match your kitchen decor. Sit and sip in the breakfast nook, or pour into a commuter mug and you're on your way.
Love your products. It's the motto that drives Dutch designer Dave Hakken, and it's an ethos we can completely and totally get behind. This oversized ceramic mug is handmade, then handpainted by Lieke, and can be personalized with an illustration of your choosing. This is just the kind of extra special day-to-day items that can really brighten your day, just by the simple act of housing your morning English breakfast. Check out Dave's site for a cool series of behind the scenes pics from the process of making a mug.
Brooklyn-based design studio Um Project had a great booth at this year's ICFF, eye-catching with a wall of the signature Milking Stools. We really liked the look of these new L.U.M. lamps, with their mix of metal, wood, and a touch of soft color to further complement the combo. A peek inside the drum shade reveals a trio of dimmable edison bulbs and a round wood knob (not pictured) to adjust your illumination needs.
A favorite find from ICFF was Studio Gorm's Milk Bottle lamps. The Eugene, Oregon-based studio creates the hand-blown pendants with either one shade, or a unique shade-within-a-shade design, some of which have a subtle white 'twisted cane' pattern. We particularly like the pieces with the small wooden accent at their base.
We're all for upcycling, especially when a product's new incarnation gives it a dynamic aesthetic that just didn't exist before. By combining reclaimed plastic bins and expertly wrapped rattan, these containers—produced in the Philippines, under fair trade conditions—add a bit of handcrafted flair and visual intrigue to an otherwise standard basket.
It's tough to argue with this tumbler, which practically demands that you pour a splash of fresh OJ (or make it a screwdriver if the time is right), sit back, sip, and smile. It's from Fish's Eddy—a New York dishware shop we'd visit as often as possible if we lived anywhere near the east coast—which thankfully has an extensive online shop with such glassware gems as Brooklyn, Heroes of the Torah, Strip Tea, and Floral Juice. Great for gifts, collect 'em all, drink up, and enjoy!
Sending lovely notes is great. Receiving lovely little notes is even better. So imagine our joy upon discovering Parchment Post, a subscription service that allows you to do both! Founder Jamie Ambabo was blown away by the amount of awesome paper goods she came across when scouting for wedding invitiations, and decided to start the company to promote pen-palling with primo stationery sourced from all over. Sign up for a six-month or one-year subscription, and you'll start receiving parcels of six hand-selected, hand-made cards every three months in the mail. Brilliant!
Oh boy oh boy do we love this new collection of upcycled goods from Poketo. Using primo leather salvaged from loved-no-more sofas, the artsy LA brand—partnering with a non-profit design firm in South Korea—has put together a series of passport cases, card cases, button wallets, pouches, and (our favorite of the lot) clutches, Even better? Each one is unique! You get a little grab-bag thrill with every order. Super good stuff.
We are all for finding as many places as possible to jot down notes, doodles, and very important flashes of brilliance (it's likely that we wouldn't remember anything if it isn't written somewhere). This chalkboard home by James Shaw would work well in the kitchen for grocery lists, little reminders, or exhausting phone call scribbles, and comes from our new favorite browsable online shop, Cow&Co.
Reclaimed materials are all the rage, but how many upcycled products can boast a past life in the bowling alley? CounterEvolution works with wood that used to line the lanes, and the result is a unique collection of furniture, and products made from the extra scraps and bits left over in production. We like the look of this abstract Strike clock, and there's a lot more to choose from on the site.
Full disclosure: We own a pair of these beauts made by Converse, with a fine Finnish pattern by material maestros Marimekko. Fuller disclosure: They. Are. SO. Awesome. Stylish sneakers abound these days, but you can't get a better combo than these two big brands. Plus, they come in a special matching cinch bag! Come on, it's just too good. (Fullest disclosure: Our grade-school self would be quite pleased to know that we were still rocking the low-tops.)
For those of us whose organizational strategy falls under the "if I can't see it, I won't find it" heading, these silicone straps from NL Architects and Dutch design collective Droog will help keep your small essentials in view at all times. Attach the bands to a wall, then tuck your shoes, keys, and book for the work commute in between the rubber, reducing frantic morning searches to a minimum.
This Product of the Day goes out to our furry-friend-adoring managing editor, Michele Posner, and her lovely pup, Gracie. As both a pet lover and ceramics afficionado, MP is the first person we thought of when laying eyes on this water bowl from Bauer. It says DOG, plain and simple, and we love it.
Washing up is rarely as enjoyable as the eating that precedes it, which makes us appreciate simple cleaning tools that somehow manage to bring a little levity to the sudsy process. Dutch industrial designer Gijs Bakker made the Dishmop for Droog (the company he co-founded in 1993), and using it is not unlike taking tongs the serving dish to sneak the last meatball. Simply grasp the round sponge between the ends of the steel utensil, secure, and start scrubbing.
If you live in San Francisco and feel like browsing a wonderland of Japanese design gifties, a trip to New People—a three-story shop, gallery, and underground movie theaters—is in order (we stopped by this weekend and were pretty taken with pretty much everything in the store). If you're not in SF, they've got an extensive online shop, with paper goods, books, toys, and loads more, like these glass Ripple Sand Clocks by IDEA International. We like 'em a lot.
It has been a long week. Let us all go forth into the weekend with this bold rallying cry: "Get Awesome!" We can do it! So let's do it! Let's all get awesome and have some fun. For your future very cool endeavors, let this organic canvas tote from San Francisco's own The Heated carry the tools of your radness, be it knitting needles, pen and paper, sketchbook.... anything goes.
How handy to have a hollow end table, where magazines, books, and papers can live comfortably and conveniently right there when you need and want them. Brooklyn-based Brave Space Design has made this bamboo beauty that will make your living room a little cooler, and a lot more tidy. Double duty, everybody wins!
You can make all the propeller noises in the world to encourage your tot to eat, but ultimately a spoon is a spoon is a spoon as it travels from baby food to baby mouth. Unless, of course, said spoon has an actual mini airplane affixed to the handle. Oh. Yes. Mealtime just got real.
Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep your brilliant ideas from being recorded in this ingenious all-weather journal. The patented paper substrate used allows you to write in the elements without compromising with soggy pages, so if you're trekking through the Amazon or merely an urban explorer, this seems like a handy resource to have along on your travels.
How handy to have an all-occasion stash of notes to send for special events, or simply when inspiration strikes. Stacy Pancake, of San Francisco’s very own Pancake & Franks, has put together a fantastic box-set of 30 letterpress greetings that should last you through the year. What a great collection to keep in touch with pals!
We Go Together is yet another fun example of dishware that unites classic food duos (see also: the much-loved dunk mug). This ceramic tray makes a single serving soup-and-sammy combo easily transported from kitchen counter to sofa (or dining room table), no precarious plate-and-bowl balancing act required.
Scottish textile designer extraordinaire Donna Wilson does some pretty wonderful things with wool. Her site has a selection of blankets and little plush toys, along with this great Make Your Own Monster kit, which features a creature form, stuffing, and sew-on accessories.
Digital film has dramatically changed the point-and-shoot strategy, as there's not so much riding on every pic when you can take them ad infinitum. When's the last time you actually held a 4x6 glossy in your hand, though? It's been a while, and we love the idea of abandoning the instagram effects, putting together this pinhole camera, and taking our time taking out pics for a little change of pace.
Yes, this walnut room divider will provide a place to stow books, records, and three drawers for littler tchotchkes, and it would definitely work in the middle of a room to break up the space, or in a hallway corridor, or an office. But what makes it truly unique is the handcrafted detailing; Lean in and take a closer look at the all-wood joinery, and you'll see why this console—made in Seattle from salvaged logs sourced in Oregon—is something truly special.
Wine is a go-to for gifting, and we are all for adding a little something extra to your two-buck-Chuck. These Dutch wax cloth bags are beautiful and come with a bit of history, too; They're hand-sewn in Rwanda by a cooperative of women artisans who receive all profits for their efforts, which go towards continuing to teach skills that will help them earn a living wage. The Indego Africa site has more goods to offer, so click on through for a browse.
It's amazing what a little embroidery thread can do. Return to Me originally came to our attention with a cool customizable necklace, and now that same DIY spirit is applied to this handy cotton canvas tote. Pick a pattern, choose a color, and make a plain sack into something truly unique. Comes with everything you need to get going: bag, floss, needle, embroidery hoop, and directions. Huzzah for hands-on projects!
Well isn't this clever! Rather than toss your coat on the sofa and mail on the coffee table, here's an all-purpose rack that will take care of all your in-and-out-the-door accoutrement. Made from reclaimed Douglas Fir, it could take the place of a hallway console, freeing up space and clearing up clutter.
Billie and Tootie, the lovely owners of Silverlake’s ReForm School, have gathered together buttons from artisans around the world into this perfect little set. They come together in a little pouch, and would make awesome embellishments on a canvas bag, sweater, or displayed in a small bowl at home.
It took one quick look at this suitcase to know we were in deep with a very hot case of luggage lust: Because we will never, ever check bags during air travel again, and this nylon roller will fit any overhead compartment; Because, when home again, this baby scrunches practically flat; Because it's a steal at $165; Because you can get it in grey, red (!), purple (!!), and a very kicky electric blue (!!!). It's damn near perfect, period. Available in the US at hip globetrotter central, Flight 001.
We might actually be one of the few Dwell staffers, readers, or random passersby who does not own some kind of incarnation of an Eames chair. We do, however, hold out hope that somehow, some way, someday, our shell will come. In the meantime, we are huge fans of Eric Rewitzer's Mid-Century Modern series of linocuts as a means of expressing our love for the iconic seats we covet. These orange-inked prints come matted and framed at a bargain price, and if you're so inclined we encourage you to click around the 3 Fish Studios site, which has lots of fantastic artwork for sale.
We own one of these Bentos from Black + Blum and find it quite satisfying loading our lunch into it in the morning. The top secures completely shut, preventing any unwanted spills in the commuter bag, and the little divider allows for two different types of food to come along for the ride. Add in a fork (with its own little holster) and.... is it freaking time to eat yet?
Got something to say? Spell it out: on the wall, on your books, on your backpack, wherever the heck you feel like. The lovely Lorena Siminovich creatied these adhesive decals out of fabric, and the reusable letters won't lose their stickum no matter how many times you peel and press.
When we first spotted this magazine rack at a local SF shop, stock was limited and editors almost came to blows deciding who would be lucky enough to take one home. Its accordion-like folds can expand and contract, depending on how many back-issues you're hanging onto, and the simple style would complement pretty much any kind of decor. Plus, the price is right. It's a keeper.
Poketo is a designer of limited edition art products, accessories, apparel, and decor. Founded by Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, Poketo promotes the work of top international artists through accessible art objects: wallets, apparel, stationery, housewares, design objects, prints, and more. Through functional, design-driven wares, Poketo takes art off of gallery walls and makes them part of your everyday life. Poketo products are available internationally in fine boutiques, museums, and Poketo.com.
Today's lesson comes from Public School, a design collective out of Austin, Texas: "Fridays are a good day to sit in a corner or a bar and think about what you've done." We assume it's all good things, naturally, and we'd recommend your local dive as opposed to the naughty seat, but either way it's not a bad idea to reflect on the week that was. This print is one of a series of sayings you should definitely keep in mind.
Well, this is nice. Red isn't really a part of our current domestic color scheme, but somehow this bright bookshelf seems like it would work in spite—or because—of its bold hue. The powder-coated steel frame could stand up against oversized hardbacks, magazine backissues, record collections, or any number of combinations of knicks, knacks, bits and bobs, and for those without the floor space it can also be wall-mounted.
There was lots (and lots and lots and lots) of great stuff to be seen at the Renegade Holiday Craft Fair in San Francisco this weekend. We caught sight of Dave Marcoullier's wood routings on the first pass of the first aisle we walked down, and are still thinking about how cool they were. The San Francisco artist-and-arborist uses unique hardwoods to create his one-of-a-kind CNC panels.
Not a day has gone by in San Francisco lately where we haven't been caught in the cold and wet—from mist to out-and-out apocalyptic downpour—without an umbrella. And the only thing worse than being brolly-less is having a wimpy little one that can hardly handle a gentle breeze. Were we walking down muddy, puddled streets with the Senz original opened above us, at least we'd be sure it had our back.
Another something that we coveted from the Renegade Craft Fair over the weekend was this small pillow of fauna with a flora-like coat. The cotton/hemp blend grizzly bear would look right at home hibernating amongst some colorful throws on the wilds of your living room sofa, or snuggling in on a side chair.
We cannot tell a lie.... We love, love, love this rug. It's almost to impossible to believe that each mini sphere was hand-felted and individually strung, but that too is the gosh-honest truth. It's just about as cheerful a floor covering as you could possibly find.