Material Change $24
"Material Change" explores the creation of a for-profit business with a mission for social progress. The poignant book recalls the journey of architect and social entrepreneur Eve Blossom, who formed her company Lulan Artisans to preserve artisanal skills and create jobs in communities lacking economic stability, all while producing beautiful and coveted designs sold at ABC home, among others. Rife with stunning photography and a wealth of information, this inspiring story is a must-read for anyone who seeks to design with a conscious.
Do Not Sell At Any Price $18
Music journalist Amanda Petrusich digs into the world of collecting the shellacked, 10-inch obscurities in her book, "Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records." Her in-depth but personal tome takes a look at the fanatic subculture of collecting 79s, the music's historical significance and the characters mostly unwilling to part with their beloved treasures.
Frozen Peas Ice Cube Mould $15
Suck UK smartly looked at nature to devise the perfect ice ball-maker. Crafting a jumbo-sized pea-in-a-pod design, the designer's Frozen Peas make it easy to squeeze out a giant ball of ice, which melts 80% slower than cubed ice, for cold, strong drinks.
EffPlastic Bags $5
Aggressive and naughty, these eco-friendly bags live up to their fresh name. Don't beat around the bush—or waste the fruits of the bush—carry them for a bold expression and sound environmental practice.
Maldon Sea Salt Flakes $11
Make your tastebuds really sing with the decadence of Maldon Sea Salt. Derived the same way since the company started raking underwater salt beds in 1882, the unprocessed crystals retain natural trace elements that make the compound more flavorful—therefore requiring less. If a sprinkle of the white stuff is one of life's little pleasures, ramping up your salt game in the kitchen will pay dividends to your daily satisfactions.
A Long Piece of String $16
Without a word, prominent graphic designer William Wondriska takes readers on a beautiful journey through the alphabet on a long piece of string. Published in 1963 and re-released in 2010, the profoundly simple graphic tale holds a timeless quality still beloved by most anyone, regardless of age, who lays eyes on its pages.
Bamboo Boxer Company
Bamboo Boxers $25
We salute these shorts—for those who may want a reprieve from the serious world of neutral-hued boxer briefs, these provide a loud and proud answer. Full-fitting in full-on patterns, Bamboo Boxers are made in Hawaii, and are "made with Aloha," an idea that shines through in prints ranging from Kona Burgundy to Waikiki Beach Blue.
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.
Avail Lip Balm With Sunscreen $19
Aesop's Avail lip balm combines the immediate benefits of an all-natural moisturizer (free of silicone, paraffin, beeswax and other animal-derived ingredients) with a proactive UV filters for the ultimate sun shield. This SPF30 lip balm is one to keep on your person all summer long.
Matt Austin Studio
Chalk Ware $25
They're mundane items sculpted in humble chalk, yet artist Matt Austin's Junk Drawer collection lends some kind of elegance to the miscellany that piles up around the house. Open tubes of lipstick, dice, screws and classic salt shakers in striking white provide a beautiful version of hodgepodge.
Crate and Barrel
Awning Stripe Paper Beverage Caddy $8
Pack up your home brews or an assortment of your favorite craft beers in this paper drinks caddy. The "awning stripe" adds an element of refinement any time of year.
Water Tower Kit $28
One of the most visible and beloved fixtures of the NYC city skyline has been condensed for at-home enjoyment in a charming little kit. Kids ages 6+ and, we suspect, many adults, will delight in recreating the iconic water tower as a tabletop cardboard sculpture. Pick from two sizes, mini or mega, and leave them blank and simple, or paint and tag as you wish.
Sebastien Guenard + Marion Billet
Big Meals for Little Hands $18
Kids get equal access to the healthy, gourmet recipes of Michelin-starred French chef Sebastien Guenard in a colorful cookbook. Illustrations by Marion Billet help young cooks learn about sustainable and environmentally conscious cuisine, so they end up having fun with food while learning best practices at an early age.
Tour Eiffel Kaleidoscope $16
A back-to-basics cardboard toy reconstructs the Eiffel Tower as a teleidoscope. Peer through the peephole to see a kaleidescope view of the world based on distorting the objects around you, instead of pieces inside the tube like its more traditional counterparts.
Rhino Laces $29
Created by wild land firefighters, Rhino's Unbreakable Boot Laces make a mighty claim for a small but significant gear staple: they cannot be burned, torn, cut or destroyed in any way. If some Herculean effort proves them wrong, their guarantee covers a replacement.
If This Isn't Nice, What Is? $17
One of the most influential voices in contemporary literary history also happened to be pitch-perfect with advice. "If This Isn't Nice, What Is?" compiles Kurt Vonnegut's graduation speech wisdom in a collection of enduring missives capable of inspiration at any stage of life.