The nicest step ladder that I know of - in glossy Chinese red. It was introduced just a few years ago, but has quickly become a classic. DH Stockholm's high design step ladder is made of lacquered wood, folds totally flat, and can elegantly be hung on the wall with its own nicely machined metal peg. Red, black, or white: “Just fold the ladder and hang it on the wall. It’s only 50 mm thick, and always ready to be used.”
I found a beautiful tea pot at ABC Home two weeks ago for a friend, but I also wanted one for myself. Not being able to get back there quickly, I looked around online and found it at Amazon. Made by Hario of Japan, aka the "king of glass", this little three cup pot is perfect for one person early in the morning or all day at work. The large strainer works well with loose teas (see my latest fave loose tea here) and the whole thing is light, clean and bright.
I've been looking at this classic coat rack for awhile, slowly liking it more and more as it's funky, balls of color have begun to look fresh instead of old fashioned. The secret, in my mind, is to NEVER install just one. One by itself looks puny and incomplete. These want to be hung in a series of two or more (more!), which gives them a much more surprising (and useful) role in the home. This pic shows it well.
So I needed to redo a closet with shelves and went to The Container Store this weekend to get my beloved solid Elfa Shelving, only to discover their Decor line, which is much, much nicer. I won't ever go back. This stuff is thicker, with a nicer finish and really nice options for use with clothing or with office supplies. It's also more expensive, but definitely worth it in places where it's going to be highly visible.
Spotted at the Gift Fair last month, this dynamic duo of London born designers put a big smile on my face and has just the right amount of style, humor and affordable price points. Totally straightforward, these 100% cotton pillow cases come in a wide array of bold statements and images that read as far more sophisticated than the usual fare. I'm buying "FOR EVER". :)
Designed in 1957, this eye catching design has made a huge comeback lately with it's dramatic mid-century styling and impeccable pedigree. The AJ was designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, for which Jacobsen designed every element, from the skyscraper structure to the stainless steel cutlery. I love it in white at bedside, just like this pic.
This also comes in a floor and sconce version. Steel stem, spun steel shade, die cast zinc base. Made in Denmark by Louis Poulsen. Incredible price!
A great rediscovery and a current fave. I recommend buying an older hardcover version, which Amazon calls "collectible", but really don't cost too much more.
"In the morning Pa was there. He had brought candy for Laura and Mary, and two pieces of pretty calico to make them each a dress. Mary's was a china-blue pattern on a white ground, and Laura's was dark red with little golden-brown dots on it. Ma had calico for a dress, too; it was brown, with a big feathery white pattern all over it.
They were all happy because Pa had got such good prices for his furs that he could afford to get them such beautiful presents.
The tracks of the big bear were all around the barn, and there were marks on his claws on the walls. But Sukey and the horses were safe inside.
All that day the sun shone, the snow melted, and the little streams of water ran from the icicles, which all the time grew thinner. Before the sun set that night, the bear tracks were only shapeless marks in the wet, soft snow...."
Saw this beautiful, sleek scale at the MoMA preview and was surprised it didn't cost $200. Stripped down to it's essentials and in a vibrant red or white color, this is a smaller scale "scale" than typical and would fit snugly and attractively into a stylish bathroom.
At the MoMA Store preview two weeks ago, I tried these headphones and was surprised and amazed at how nice they were. If you want the full lowdown, check out this detailed review at Engadget, but you could do no better dropping the same amount on Dr. Dre Beats (I've got them). These things are really comfortable, sound awesome and don't have wires.
Late to the office this morning after visiting my daughter's school, I had a lot of ideas for todays daily find, BUT when my officemate asked for a linen sheet recommendation, I jumped on it.
Linen sheets are super comfortable and have come back into style of late. They are also usually all very expensive compared to regular cotton sheets. While I love Matteo, Eileen Fisher for Garnet Hill, Libeco and RoughLinen, for price right now, you can't beat Resto. They seem to have broken Belgian knuckles to get the price down. While they have a lot of linen sheets, I like the Garment Dyed which is on partial sale right now. If you're ready to make your bed crazy comfortable for Valentine's day, this is a great place to start.
If you took a love for exquisite design and love for tea together, you'd get Bellocq, a relatively new tea company working out of Greenpoint, Brooklyn after a move from London. Bellocq tea is packaged differently, blended differently and tastes different. The Earl Grey, for example, which is a favorite of mine is much richer and "wine-ier" than the typical dusty Twininings Earl Grey that I've sworn by for years. This is good, good stuff that will turn you away from coffee as you explore this new world.
Visiting a friend's house out in Bridgehampton, I kept staring at their stools. So many kitchen counter and bar stools are too "bar-like" and not soft enough for a comfortable home. These are made in warm walnut, utilize amazing joinery and are soft edged from top to bottom. Made by Asher Dunn in Providence, Rhode Island, the Kingstown Stool comes in two basic heights and three wood options.
Regina found this for me and, wow, what a discovery. The Peak Sled is only one from a big line of remarkable designs by this German company that began its life 400 years ago devoted to the craft traditions of coachbuilding. Their whole line is not available in the US, so check out the Sirch company sight here: www.sirch.de, where you can also see their whole line of wood children's toys.
After many years of buying O Series glasses, I've finally settled on this size - the Chardonnay/Viognier size - for all around household use. I use it for water, milk, juice AND wine, and the shorter, stouter shape with a more open mouth is pleasing and more durable than the other sizes. Riedel has many sizes, but this is my go to pick if you want to start with one size.
Just like we'd already discovered the amazing world of vintage movie posters and European advertisements, vintage American menus from the early late 19th century through the 1970s are no less amazing. Check out this brand new company that is bent on preserving this art and selling it as affordable giclee prints.
Looking around for some clean, simple inspiration and aspiration on this cold winter night, I found myself enjoying the end of Mjolk's cottage reno up in Canada. I hope to meet this couple some time, and love their choices and all the effort and sweat they've put into their home.
This sofa is a lovely example of their perspective and pairing a Japanese design with a Canadian/Scandinavian sensibility. This is Fukasawa's "Madmen-esque" modern sofa, which comes in a number of different fabrics and leg choices. These are beech legs, and the fabric looks like it could be a blue Italian linen.
Bright colors for the new year. This blanket, designed by Vík Prjónsdóttir in 2005, is an homage to the ocean and the historic fishing grounds around Iceland, where many men ended up engulfed by the blue waters.
Made of 100% Icelandic wool. 94,4 x 63,93 inch / 240 x 162 cm
At a friend's for dinner last night, my host served all the red and white wine in these green hued "pomegranate" glasses with the nubbly sides. It was a bold and interesting choice for wine, and I loved it. Never having seen glasses like these before, I asked him "where" and he said, "Canvas." Now you know.
They come in three sizes, but I would get the Tumbler (2.5" x 4.25" 12oz). All are made of hand-blown recycled glass.