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The off-kilter construction of this tripod side table from new Singapore-based brand Foundry achieves an almost improbable balance, but its equilibrium is no illusion. Its angled walnut—or oak—legs effortlessly support the painted ash surface.
No, your tea will not leak out of what appears to be holes in the surface of this cup—it just looks like it will. This optical illusion can be either nerve-wracking or beautiful, or both. This porcelain teacup is part of Finnish designer, Eeva Jokinen’s Breakfast Set. It is available in two patterns: rose and block (pictured).
There’s just something about Europe, Europeans, and European things that makes me uncontrollably excited. Book-clutches handmade with love from Paris? Check. A cute little “perforated” teacup from Finland? Double check. These are just some of the seriously top-notch goods that will put a huge smile on your Europhile pals’ faces. Warning: You’ll probably end up keeping these gifts for yourself. Herewith is my list of picks from across the globe.
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