Legier + Livaudais
Gem Rings $325
Simple in composition but beautifully complex up close, Gem Rings by Legier + Livaudais present vibrant stones in substantial settings. They're more than just pretty: gems like the sustainably farmed, striped Red Abalone is said to evoke harmony and balance for the wearer, while black onyx sourced in Utah absorbs negative energy, to be worn in times of stress or grief.
Blood and Bolts
White Palm Tee $26
Blood and Bolts makes crisp and casual shirts, hats and accessories in homage to the similar spirit of the California lifestyle. The White Palm Tee embodies all of that with a carefree tree stamped on the breast pocket—simple and slick.
Large Pencil Bucket $45
Doug Johnston's Large Pencil Bucket is a nice and useful addition to the desktop, and a hand-coiled work of art. Having studied architecture and worked as a metal fabricator in addition to weaving and presenting his varied, sculptural rope pieces, Johnston's vision of construction translates to objects large and small.
1920s German Light Bulb Voltage Tester Bar $1,995
Restoration Hardware has replicated a 1920s-era lightbulb tester found in Germany and turned it into a bar cart for the vintage-industrial-minded decorator with a penchant for booze. The Sputnik-shaped iron orb hinges open to reveal bottle shelves, hooks for glassware and a wine rack, or you can open a small hatch for a quick grab.
Middle Finger Planter $65+
If you've ever wanted to make a bold statement with a piece of nicely designed home decor, FPOAFM's Middle Finger Planter will top your wish list. They recommend an Andes Mountain cactus, a prickly, phallic plant that stands up against the world without a hint of regret.
Whiskey-Soaked Toothpicks $6
Used in the olden days to calm teething babies, whiskey-soaked toothpicks are making a comeback. While we may have made up the historical anecdote, these three varieties of sophisticated picks are certainly great for anxious adults. The trio is made from Northern White Birch and flavored with raw mint and cinnamon, single malt Scotch, and barrel-aged Kentucky straight bourbon, respectively.
621 Side Table $260+
Designed by Dieter Rams for Vitsœ in 1962, the 621 Table is now back in production and are a perfect example of the legendary designer's brilliant sense of practical design. The ultra-simple tables are injection-molded in Britain in large and small sizes, and are just as handsome on their own or in tandem.
Environmental Investigation Agency Donation $25+
Even a small donation to the Environmental Investigation Agency helps keep the world's plants and animals protected. From diminishing rain forests to rhino poaching, the environmental issues are ceaseless and the EIA needs financial support to raise awareness and affect real change.
Wool Dryer Balls $36+
Herbalist Brooke Petry throws a great deal of charm and passion into the unlikely trade of making all-natural woolen dryer balls. The idea behind the balls is to replace the chemical effect of dryer sheets with a reusable alternative. Devotees swear by their power to soften clothes, remove static and reduce drying time for energy efficiency.
Japanese ceramicist and RCA grad Ikuko Iwamoto takes a Buddhist approach to her medium, and her flexible thinking leads to pieces that are both sculptural and functional. These meticulously hand-dotted, slip-cast porcelain jugs—designed for “a bizarre tea ceremony”—feature a bewildering but beautiful tactility.
Self-Watering Planter $45
No need for a green-thumb with this self-watering planter, an unglazed terra cotta pot that keeps plants fresh and healthy indoors or out.
Danboard Mini Power Plus $39
Say hello to the Cheero charger, a little block of iPhone juice to keep your device alive. Beneath the smiling face of a Japanese character called Danboard is enough power to charge your phone 2.5 times before needing a reboot, and its two jacks allow for two-at-a-time charging.
Botanical Paperweight $61
Perfectly preserved, this handsome paperweight captures the graceful structure and magical whimsy of a dandelion, one of nature's most useful flowers.
Articles of Clothing + Spacecraft
Care Instructions Scarf $255
The Warholian concept of blowing out mundane motifs onto deliberately crafted objects, whether for art, fashion, or general irreverence, doesn't get old when done right. Articles of Clothing aces the idea by placing a refreshing new perspective on something so familiar we're mostly blind to its design—the clothing care instructions tag. When enlarged on a scarf, it's imbued with personality.
Conductor Flask $215
Surname Goods' Conductor Flask is made like an old tin can, whereby a thin layer of tin is lined to a metal exterior to prevent rust. Here, your portable tipple of choice gets encased in lustrous copper, which develops a natural patina over time.
Black Sheep (White Light)
Black Icelandic Sheepskin $220
Stand out from the herd with Black Sheep (White Light)'s long-haired sheepskin made in Canada from a black Icelandic pelt. The eco-friendly-certified sheepskin adds over-the-top soft texture as a seat cushion, thrown over the sofa arm, or placed on the floor. Each piece varies slightly, but measures around 41" x 25".
Cord Felt Hat $98
When the weather turns chill and foul, cowboys turn their collars up and switch to the warmth and water-resistant protection of a wool brimmed hat. Westerlind’s updated version features a slimmer silhouette, a neck strap and is American-made from 100% wool.
Fashionary Tape Measure $10
Fashionary Tape provides fashion designers and students a practical and professional tool in creating garment patterns by marking the standard measurements of the average male and female runway model. Combined, the two-sided male/female measuring tape conveniently provides 57 measurements.
It's Decorative Gourd Season Mug $12
You know what time it is, so get the motherf*ckin' mug and celebrate. Simple and sturdy, it'll warm you up all though the season and beyond.
Thames & Hudson
Architecture: the Whole Story $22
Living up to its lofty title, "Architecture: The Whole Story" satisfies designophiles and the uninitiated alike with a primer on everything we humans have built. From the pyramids to ancient temples and gothic churches, right up to Eero Saarinen's singular TWA terminal at JFK, and into today, structures get a thorough but digestible rundown on design features and greater societal impact.
MH01 Watch $1,500
A project two years in the making, Matthew Hilton's first-ever timepiece is an impeccable example of pared-down design. His Swiss-movement watch combines the case, bezel and face into a single unit milled from one piece of stainless steel, and features a vegetable-tanned bull skin strap that passes through the body. Each is engraved with Hilton's signature and individual batch number.
Helle Damkjaer + Georg Jensen
Cocktail Set Pestle $63
A good muddler is a solid investment, but it will greatly improve your fresh fruit margaritas, old fashioned cocktails and those summery mojitos. Helle Damkjær's stainless steel pestle for Georg Jensen is visually striking yet dishwasher safe.
Pioneer Folding Toaster $20
While your cast iron skillet can cook just about everything when camping, it won't be much help in toasting the bread for your breakfast sandwich. This is where the 200-year-old pioneer folding toaster comes in. Packable and light, the old-school tool will toast your buns to perfection with minimal effort asked. And it's made in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Sequence Bar Glasses $218 - 932
Hand-blown and hand-etched, the "Sequence" glass and decanter set by Czech artist Natalia Ognevia for Artel is designed in homage to Viennese glass legend Josef Hoffmann.
Bitmap Blankets $485
Part of the "So Sottsass" display at London's Darkroom shop, Zuzunaga's pixelated Bitmap Blankets are a bold abstraction of a physical place. Each of the three cities, Tokyo, Shanghai and Barcelona, are photographed and compressed, then woven with Merino wool using a jacquard technique.
Tokyo Otaku Mode
Sushi Socks $6
Just try and stifle a smile over the sight of socks neatly rolled up like sushi. Made in Tomoyama, Japan, multicolor Sushi Socks (patterns are knitted, not printed) come in "flavors" like octopus, red caviar, tuna, shrimp, egg, and more.