15 Things Dwell CEO Zach Klein Can’t Live Without

15 Things Dwell CEO Zach Klein Can’t Live Without

By Zach Klein and Samantha Daly
From the holy grail of glassware to the cutest Japanese toaster oven you ever did see, here’s what Zach Klein swears by.

Last month, we welcomed Zach Klein into the fold as our new CEO—and when you look at his past endeavors, it’s the most natural match in the world. The cofounder of Vimeo and DIY.org, Zach also created Cabin Porn, which spawned from a small (IRL) community in which he and his friends learned to build their own cabins. We’ve even featured his Mission District home on our site. It comes as no surprise that, when asked to share a few of his favorite things, Zach came back with some seriously fun, thoughtful picks. Here’s what he had to say.

"For most things I go to Small Works for custom framing, but Framebridge is excellent when you need it fast and cheap. The quality of their digital prints has impressed me most: you send over a file, and you get a framed, large-format print in return. While we were remodeling we found some old photos of our home in the library archives; I requested hi-res scans and sent them right over to Framebridge."

Framebridge Custom Framing
Each piece we frame passes through at least nine talented people’s hands before we ship it back to you. Every material is cut just for your art; nothing is off the shelf. A (human) designer looks out for your work from start to finish. This is real American design and manufacturing.

"It’s a rite of passage for San Franciscans to bring Heath into their home. We started with this shallow bowl that nicely transitions from set piece to a salad bowl for all those greens you’re growing in your raised bed."

Heath Ceramics Shallow Salad Bowl
Perfect for serving salads, pastas, sides, main courses — you name it. It’s beautiful enough to stand alone as decoration, but can also be nested with the Large Serving Bowl, Vegetable Bowl, and Deep Serving Bowl. Together they make a truly wonderful gift.

"Grimm’s colorful wooden toys make it possible to have a space that is pleasing for both parents and babies."

"I love Rich Brilliant Willing, and I’m particularly fond of this pendant line. Reminiscent of Noguchi’s Akari lights but with fewer lines."

Rich Brilliant Willing Mori Squash Pendant
Inspired by the silk cocoons spun by the Bombyx mori moth, the Rich Brilliant Willing Mori Squash LED Pendant is deep lantern shade glowing with warm light. Layers of fine nylon fibers are spray coated around the thin wire frame, forming a durable membrane that has a canvas-like quality.

"I admire how Baggu built a strong, design-driven business with simple products (and helps kill off plastic bags in the process)."

Baggu Standard Baggu
Baggu's best selling reusable bag is not just for the grocery store. Carry in your hand or over your shoulder. Holds 2-3 plastic grocery bags worth of stuff. Folds into a flat 5 in. x 5 in. pouch. Holds 50 lbs.

"Sauna stools are one of my favorite subgenres, and this specimen designed by Aamu Song and Johan Olin for a public sauna in Helsinki is a superb take on Antti Nurmesniemi’s classic."

Nikari Arte Culture Sauna Stool
Nikari’s Arte Culture Sauna stool was created for the Culture Sauna, a contemporary public sauna in Helsinki that opened its doors in 2013. Aamu Song and Johan Olin have designed a beautiful stool, crafted from alder and treated with natural wood oil mixture.

"A couple of years ago we invested in an upholstered showpiece. One dinner party and red wine spill later, we bought this cleaner and never looked back. Just recently we forgave the friend."

Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Cleaner
Professional spot cleaner removes tough spots and stains from carpet, stairs, upholstery and more. You should not invest in a showpiece without one of these in the closet.

"I’m all things terra-cotta and was charmed by this indoor pot of stacked clay rings found at Pretend Store, based in Charleston, South Carolina."

From Sand Large Planter
Your plant will feel right at home in its very own pot that appears to be made out of a series of tubes. This planter was made by hand from a textural, rust colored clay.

"The only thing I like more than terra-cotta are shaker pegs. I keep a box of these handy in the garage for that thing that always pops up and needs to go somewhere."

Balsam Point Workshop Screw-On Shaker Pegs (10-Pack)
Beautiful birch hardwood shaker pegs with screw end for easy installation. Birch is a quality hardwood with a smooth texture, tighter grain and takes paint or stain quite well. Available in quantities of 10 or 25....

"Look, just like people warn, they’re absurdly fragile, but this (and every replacement you buy) is the only glass you need."

Zalto Denk'Art Universal Glass
The only wine glass you need. Introducing a new generation of mouth-blown, lead-free and dishwasher-safe wine glasses.  From the first touch each Zalto glass distinguishes itself from all other glasses.

"Samsung’s Frame is the TV I always wanted. Completely slips into the background when not in use and makes it easy to put together a room that doesn’t revolve around the screen. We pay the small, optional subscription to have access to collections from many galleries and museums. The artwork changes every day, and my kids and I love to spend breakfast discussing the newest piece."

Samsung 43” Class The Frame QLED Art Mode Smart 4K UHD TV (2019)
The Frame is as much a work of art as it is a TV. With revolutionary Art Mode and the power of 4K UHD, the Frame transforms from TV to beautiful, lifelike art that fits seamlessly into your home and decor.  Photo Courtesy of Samsung...

"I started my fermentation hobby with a bone-white ceramic crock and noticed that kimchi paste stained it. Too precious. Switched to this dark-glazed (and cheaper) option, and it’s a workhorse."

Humber House Sauerkrock Fermentation Crock
The Sauerkrock is a high-quality thick-walled ceramic fermentation crock, inspired by traditional European fermenting crock design. You can use the Sauerkrock to make numerous probiotic-rich recipes like kimchi, pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, yogurt, sourdough, condiments and more!

"Recently I discovered that Italy has its own style of playing cards and that Scopa is one of its national games. It’s a fun way to spend time at a table with a few people, and the cards are great design objects, too."

Modiano Scopa Playing Cards
Scopa is one of the two major national card games in Italy.  It is played with a standard Italian 40-card deck. Watching a game of Scopa can be a highly entertaining activity, since games traditionally involve lively, colorful, and somewhat strong-worded banter in between hands.

"I moved from New York City to San Francisco about a decade ago, and I have to tell you, it would be hard going back since I’ve gotten used to year-round backyard gardening. I have a couple of these raised beds constructed with knotty cedar and powder-coated aluminum (I painted the legs white)." 

Gardener’s Supply Company 2’ x 8’ Elevated Cedar Planter Box
At 29" high, this attractive cedar planter is the perfect height for easy growing, eliminating the need to stoop, bend, kneel and reach. It's a generous 10" deep so you can grow big plants like tomatoes and root crops like carrots.

"I have German family living near Cologne, and every trip to visit them I stop at Manufactum to stock up on these sturdy dish towels. Recently they started shipping to the U.S., too."

Manufactum Structured Fabric Dish Towel
This dish towel made of strong, absorbent linen combines different weaving techniques. These give the fabric a special look and feel which are enhanced after washing. The fabric shrinks by approx. 5%, although the different weaves shrink to a different extent.

"When I need a pick-me-up I browse Japanese toaster oven imports on Amazon. At home I have the Tiger in white. The instructions are in Japanese, but it’s no worry because this is a no-frills toaster with the most basic functions: Just Right and Burnt. But, gosh, it’s cute."

Tiger Toaster Oven
Compact little toaster that won't be a wart on your counter. ...
Shop Zach’s Previous Work
Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere
Rural escapes for those yearning for a simpler existence, by the creators of the wildly popular tumblr Cabin Porn.Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New York-Cabin Porn began as a scrapbook to collect inspiration for their building projects.
Cabin Porn: Inside
First an online phenomenon and now a bestseller with more than 300,000 copies in print worldwide, Cabin Porn has become a powerful lifestyle movement that is synonymous with unplugging from a tech-obsessed world to find peace amid nature.
Cabin Porn 2020 Wall Calendar
Based on the 2015 book Cabin Porn and the wildly popular site of the same name, this calendar is a dreamy collection of 13 secluded cabins, cottages, and other small structures nestled in nature.

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