Autochrome Knitted Hugs $200
Signe Emdal calls her triangular scarves "hugs" because that's what they feel like when the pale shades of merino wool are wrapped around your neck. Each is knitted with a muted pattern inspired by the first user-friendly color photography technique called Autochromes, and can be fastened with handy little loops like a warm embrace.
Modern Rocking Chair $7,500
Leaving the mechanics intact, J Rusten updated the traditional rocking chair silhouette with an oversized, slightly more free-form structure. Maple cantilevered rungs make up the frame, with a bent walnut base to rest your arms.
Gamine Co. Dungarees $150
Horticulturist Taylor Johnston couldn't find sensible work clothes she wanted to wear, so she started Gamine Workwear for women. The Dungarees follow the line's commitment to good, durable gear that is tailored to fit the female form.
Reversible Post Buckle Belt $220
Postalco offers two belts in one with the reversible Post Buckle Belt. Two sides of rich, oiled leather come in a variety of understated neutral colors, fastened by a ultra-simple buckle showing only one notch hole in the center. With no indication that such smart simplicity will go out of style, the belt makes for a doubly sound investment.
Death At Sea
Cage Tape $320
For the elegant industrialist, Death at Sea has 3D-printed the stainless steel Cage Tape. The pocket tape measure runs 10' long from its exposed-mechanism body, with both standard and metric systems.
Fleet of Dazzle Wrapping Paper $8
Unexpected but exciting bedfellows, the International War Museum and the London-based pattern specialists Patternity have collaborated on a line of wrapping paper (and other items) printed with the camouflage patterns used to disguise ships during WWI. Aptly called "Fleet of Dazzle," the kaleidescopic motifs do just that with optic pops and mesmerizing lines in graphic black and white.
The London Oil Company
Hand-Blended Body Oils $5
Organic oils from the London Oil Company do a number of duties, from preventing stretch marks (You & Bump) to setting a sensual mood (After Hours). Handblended in small batches in Primrose Hill, the company's products are tested on family members, not animals.
The Cockle Seller $48
This cheerful, graphic print by Nous Vous belies the widely accepted perception of the awkward cockle. The wader-clad carrier trudges his mollusk bounty with angular determination in his step, a perfect visual accompaniment to Tim Burrows' 2013 Gourmand feature entitled, "The Cockle: Brief, Pleasant Mastication."
Key Cable $30
The Key Cable for iPhone packages a handy, on-the-go charger into an elegant French knot that attaches to your keys. About the size of a bouncy ball and available in three colors—zebra, coral and marine blue—the durable TPE and nylon fob connects a universal USB with your phone to plug in anywhere.
Rietveld Architecture Art-Affordances
Vacancy Studies $32
Expanding on their expansive installation visualizing the magnitude of the Netherlands' 10,000 empty government buildings at the 2010 Venice biennale, Ronald and Erik Reitveld of RAAAF partnered with a multidisciplinary team at the Sandberg Institute to explore the concept of design potential within unused spaces in a new book. "Vacancy Studies: Experiments and Strategic Interventions in Architecture" spans possibility and optimism in the practical and satisfying approach architects and designers may take in seizing these opportunities.
Ace Hotel + Hancock Poncho $1,100
The Ace London tapped the nearly 200-year-old Scottish maker of vulcanized rainwear, Hancock, to create a charcoal gray poncho exclusive to its shop. Constructed from the family-run factory's patented rubber-bonded cloth, the poncho features a tartan buggy lining with Ace label and signature Hancock buttons.
Embroidered Notebook $15
British design studio Custhom applies their penchant for unlikely pairings to the Embroidered Notebook. The handmade book is digitally embroidered and fits in your pocket.
Glass Pot $200
A simple disruption in design—switching from steel to glass—turns an everyday cook pot into a thing of beauty. Forget the old adage, this a pot you'll want to watch until it boils (and it will).
Hand & Eye + MER
Hand & Eye + MER Tote $89
You can tell just by looking at the Hand & Eye + Mer Tote that it's a bag that'll go with you pretty much everywhere. The rugged gray bag is made from truck tarp and canvas sourced in the US. There are no bells and whistles needed—it's roomy with a strap long enough to wear across the body or over the shoulder.
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.
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.