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.
Donky Bike $815
With front and back cargo-hauling capacity, the Donky Bike—created by British designer Ben Wilson—is an ingenious city bike designed to agilely weave through city streets at low speeds. The steel beam distributes the cargo's weight so it is held by the frame, not handlebars as with front-end baskets, and the 20" wheels give the bike not only extra dexterity but also a rugged BMX-like appearance.
Tumbling Print Cushion $90
The fine 3D geometric hand-printed pattern of the Tumbling Print Cushion by Easton London artist Katy Goutefangea is a great way to spruce up any space, be it the bedroom, living room or even at the office. Choose from vivid colorways in coral, grey or blue. Each machine-washable cover is silkscreened onto a heavy-weight cotton cover.
Noble & Wood
Saddle Magazine Rack $2,000.00
A paragon of beauty in both craftsmanship and symmetry, Noble & Wood's handcrafted Saddle Magazine Rack features sturdy Italian leather pouches affixed to a base of either white Carrara marble or American black Walnut.
Tube150 Limited Edition Oyster Card Holders $12
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, TfL commissioned 10 UK designers to apply their talents to an Oyster Card holder. Created in collaboration with Designjunction and Outline Editions, the limited edition range includes works by Kate Moross, James Joyce, Noma Bar, Andrew Rae and more.
Burano Plate $725
Italian design duo Alcarol highlight the natural beauty of wood that's been affected by seawater and mollusks by recycling old timber poles sourced from the docks in the Venetian Lagoon. Their studio, which also operates as a woodshop and showroom, specializes in rare raw materials. The Burano Plate encases a cut of this wood in glass for permanent preservation. Contact Mint Shop to purchase.
Silt Collection $315
Utilizing age-old production methods and materials, design and architecture house VW+BS inject contemporary aesthetics into timeless pieces. The forthcoming Silt Collection uses the ancient Chinese material purple clay, renowned for its absorbent and flavor enhancing qualities traditionally used for serving black tea. The cups and small jug are all stackable with a simplistic modern touch.
Bernhard Willhelm + Wrong For Hay
Wrong For Hay is an aptly named, collaborative collection of furniture and homewares conceived by Danish design label HAY and London-based designer Sebastian Wrong. To further enhance the already-brilliant range, they tapped eccentric fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm to add his distinct flavor, and the upshot is a colorful quilt blanket that looks as good hanging on a wall as it does on your bed.
Turner & Harper
Enamel Basin $56
Don't let the allure of this glossy wash basin fool you. North Yorkshire-based Turner & Harper cold form the heavy gauge steel with a spinning process that hardens the material to an extremely robust structure, before adding a satiny enamel finish inert to chemicals. Built to last for years, the basin is designed with comfort and function in mind.
Race Rocker $1,200.00
Design enthusiasts enjoying the recent resurgence of steel rod furniture should look to that of pioneer Ernest Race. The self-taught British designer turned to metal after WWII forced the country to ration more traditional materials like wood, and through his optimistic, fluid forms, he created what would become iconic designs. The Rocker is now available again in a range of colors.
One Light Only Wood Pendant $635
Building on the 2010 success of One Light Only (OLO), this year Lee Broom reintroduced his lighting concept in solid walnut. The Art Deco-inspired shape is maintained, yet the wood finishes added a natural, sensory experience to the piece. Blending warm natural aesthetics with classic design elements, One Light Only Wood lends an atmospheric touch to any space.
Blue Crow Media
Specialty Coffee Map London $4
London isn't just all about tea. From Climpson & Sons on Broadway Market to Kaffeine near Oxford Circus, there's a palpable coffee culture all over the city. To help navigate the multitude of cafes or discover new roasters, pick up this easy-to-read, foldable print map.
Jessie Harris London
Pilot Necklace $245
A "nostalgic take on the futuristic," Jessie Harris' handmade Pilot Necklace is inspired by 1960s sci-fi imagery. Each piece is made to order, and the rose gold plated pendants are shined to an alluringly glossy finish.
Tortoise Floor Cushion $400
The doyen of covetable knitted creatures, Donna Wilson celebrates her 10th anniversary this year and has a new collection to mark the occasion. This tortoise floor cushion is as comforting to tuckered-out tikes as it is easy on the eyes for design-savvy parents.
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.
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.