Co-authored by Michael Strauss (a professor of astrophysics at Princeton University), J. Richard Gott (professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University) and Neil Degrasse Tyson (astrophysicist, cosmologist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space), this book about space has some star-power behind it. "Welcome To The Universe" is an introduction to astronomy, but in no way is it dumbed down—rather, readers will feel like they're understanding the impossible. Covering questions about intelligent life, black holes, worm holes and time travel, this book feels almost as infinite as the universe itself.
Still one of our favorite records from 2016, Kishi Bashi's Sonderlust is beautifully uplifting despite its pathos. Deeply personal and yet universally relatable, the record features all the sparkle we've grown to expect and adore from the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist—a tremendous blend of melancholy and joyful luminescence. And, with production help from Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, this is one of Kishi Bashi's best albums thus far.
Made from ultra-fine, 100% merino wool, this eye mask is super-soft and comfortable. It fits snugly on your head with a knitted headband (also merino wool) to avoid sleep interruption. This mask works better than those made from unnatural fabrics as it's breathable, an asset that prevents wearers from overheating while using it.
For introverts, homebodies and those with hangovers, this Stay Home Club T-shirt says it all so you don't have to. Designed by Olivia Mew, the white top is made in the USA and printed in Canada, with pale blue lettering and navy cuffs and crewneck. Available in extra-small to double-XL, the T-shirt is unisex but keep in mind it's a slim fit.
With pop culture—and vegetation—references aplenty, BFGF's WWA pillow casts contemporary charm alongside its plush comfort. Jacquard-woven with black backing, this cushion measures in at 17" x 17". Some of the visuals, including Lisa Simpson and the Nike swoosh are regulars on Lilian Martinez's art-based design brand—and they're quite welcome here.
Several steps up from your regular cotton T-shirt and underwear, Olivia von Halle's sleepwear and robes are luxurious. With pretty prices to match, her 100% silk pajamas are divine—with colorways and patterns aplenty. Our pick is the classic navy blue, which is sophisticated and—for those klutzes among us—will hide coffee stains more easily than white.
Made by Leesa, the Sapira is a one-type-fits-all mattress offering genuine comfort. Its blend of pocket springs and high-performance foams (all 100% American-made) means that it's not too firm, but also doesn't leave you sinking into the bed. There's even a top layer that allows for air flow for those who run hot at night. Available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king options, everybody's needs are met. The company donates one mattress for every 10 sold, and also partners with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every mattress sold.
Robes tend to reflect a justifiable luxury: they keep you warm and comfy post-shower or whenever you need a little coziness. Here, Coyuchi updates the classic unisex spa robe with an airy waffle pattern. Crafted from fine organic cotton, the robe comes in both gray and Alpine white colorways. Additionally, it's washing-machine safe.
Deeply aromatic and luxuriant to the touch, the Winter Oil Bath from Austrian holistic (and organic) beauty expert Susanne Kaufmann lends an extra layer of extravagance to every bath. Orange oil lays out the base note while cinnamon and clove waft forward. A bit of evergreen rounds it all out. The real essential oils within were blended in Austria. And more than just a lush fragrance, there's nourishing capabilities that will relax dry winter skin.
Working with artisans, Brooklyn-based Aelfie Oudghiri produces bright, bold and very playful pillows and rugs. Each pillow is hand-embroidered in Rajasthan from 100% cotton, and our pick is the "Cool Bananas" version, with three fruity friends wearing shades. Whether for kids or adults, bedrooms or lounge rooms, it's a cheerful addition to the home. (Insert is sold separately.)
Paying homage to NYC, LA and Miami—places they call home—The Standard tapped Maison Francis Kurkdjian to make mini candles named for each place. The LA candle evokes scents reminiscent of a hike in the hills, while the NYC one owes its profile to a stroll on the High Line. Our favorite of the three, however, is the Miami candle, which boasts a fresh and sweet (but not saccharine) fragrance that fills the room without being overpowering.
Inspired by the Japanese yukata (or summer robe) Hotel Saint Cecilia's indigo kimono makes for luxuriant loungewear. Each has been custom made from 100% cotton indigo-dyed batik fabric. These are unisex, one-size-fits-all articles, with a sash belt to tie it up.
Not only a beautifully scented candle housed in a sophisticated holder, Starling's products directly benefit developing communities. Founded just last year, the company has already raised $100k and donated it to organizations including UNICEF in order to provide solar energy for people in Chad. The candles are hand-poured in Brooklyn, but their reach is much further.
When extended to its full five feet length, two things become evident about textile artist Savannah Hayes' Zadar Throw Blanket. First, the bold graphic patterning is balanced (in this instance) by the subtle pewter and white coloration and the light blue accent. Second, it's a product made to be used—crafted from cotton and polyester to encourage warmth when it's needed. Hayes' eponymous brand is only a year old, but the Zadar Throw Blanket (and her array of other graphic textiles) have us excited for what's to come.
Made in Japan, from Japanese cotton kimono fabric at a 100-year-old factory, these pants are a modern take—with Hamptons flourishes—on the traditional worker pant known as Monpe. Indigo stripes complement the navy cotton, offering visual texture but an understated, solid navy is available, too. This is premium loungewear, designed to be worn at home, on the beach or even out at night.
Taking a classic design and adding beautiful contemporary flair, Saint Augustine, FL-based Yield's Glass French Press is made from premium heat-proof borosilicate glass, so it can withstand super-high temperatures. Available in gray, orange or clear, it comes complete with a mesh steel filter and lid with a subtle but lovely copper pull. Made for brewing coffee or tea, this piece holds 850 mL of liquid.
Copenhagen's Studio Arhoj are masters at combining minimal design with cute characters to create homewares you actually want on display. Spooky but sweet, their ghost candle-holders are hand-cast and glazed in transparent porcelain and add warm light to any room. (Note, they aren't safe for kids because the porcelain gets super-hot if you leave a candle burning inside.) Price is in Euros.