Modern Farmer Subscription $20
The brainchild of Ann Marie Gardner—formerly an editor at both the NY Times' T Magazine and Monocle—Modern Farmer caters to "window-herb growers, career farmers, people who have chickens, people who want to have chickens and anyone who wants to know more about how food reaches their plate." Pick up a subscription of this quarterly to stay in the know year-round.
EROTIC A-Z Print $50
A passion for vintage pin-ups led to artist Cassandra Yap's "EROTIC A-Z" alphabet prints, in which each letter features of a spicy photomontage. Printed on thick 315gsm fine art paper, each "naughty letter" is signed by the Singapore-born, London-based artist.
Yellow Owl Workshop
Happy Food Notebooks $8
Pizza, ice cream and a convenient place to write your thoughts—the Happy Food Notebooks from Yellow Owl Workshop bring you all three. The pair of pocket-size pads come emblazoned with artist Christine Schmidt's characteristically whimsical renditions of a triple cone and a slice topped with the works. Inside are 32 perforated, 100%-recycled pages.
I Love to Kick Foosball Table $85
World Cup only comes once every four years, but you can the energy alive everyday with a competitive (or friendly) game of foosball. Kartoni's affordable cardboard table makes it easy—complete with a wooden ball, customizable players, cup holders and a smartphone speaker, this portable table is ready to go anytime and anywhere you want to play.
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.
Risograph Prints $50
Dutch artist and designer Sigrid Calon applies her knack for exuberant color to a series of cheerful, digitally printed risographs inspired by the patterns found in cross-stitch embroidery. Hang in a highly-trafficked space for a mesmerizing pop of pattern.
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.
Blue Crow Media
Craft Breweries of London Map $21
As a city that created many of the world's greatest beers, London is no novice to brewing. But after years of industry decline, a new surge from independent brewers is putting the Big Smoke back on the world map with their quest for better-quality beer. This handsome map features over 50 craft breweries on an A2-sized print, ensuring you'll never be without a delicious beer in hand.
French artist Jean Jullien takes a cheeky look at beach culture through his series of visual ruminations entitled "La Plage." Inspired by the social oddities of hanging seaside and "how naked it all gets," Jullien created pared-down yet vibrant images of ice cream melting, people swimming and of course, the ubiquitous butt. His abstract, Rothko-like giclée print called "Bum" is the perfect subtle reference ready to shine at home.
David Meowie Print $23
London's Mister Peebles creates humorous paper goods with the noble mission of increasing the amount of times you chuckle in a day. His success lies in his little anthropomorphic friends, which he illustrates using watercolor pencils, pen and "some ideas picked up at the zoo." Our pick is "David Meowie"—a sleepy cat that appears to have danced the night away!
Lost Destination Prints $59
Illustrated by Stephen Millership for Manchester-based design studio Dorothy, the Lost Destination series of lithograph prints features Brutalist concrete architecture from the 1960s and '70s. As Dorothy's Ali Johnson explains, "Love them or loathe them, there's something poignant about how these buildings once symbolized a 'brave new world' only to be dismissed, derided or demolished by the occupants of future they looked towards."
Under the Sign of [sic] $25
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Art scholars might argue that concept, not flattery, was at the root Elaine Sturtevant's work, in which she manually copied pieces by pop artists ranging from Roy Lichtenstein to Andy Warhol, at one point inspiring Claes Oldenburg to say he wanted to kill her. Intrigued yet? "Under The Sign of [sic]: Sturtevant's Volte-Face," is a challenging and informative undertaking written by Bruce Hainley, and the first book-length monograph of her art to be released in English.
Open Ocean Journal $28
Buddhists say that our thoughts are like waves in an ocean. They come and go, sometimes rough, sometimes calm. In order to gain inner peace, we must go deeper, until we can simply watch them pass without being victims of their constant chatter. Wouldn't this be a great perspective to have on your next morning commute? Penning reflections in this elegant Open Ocean Journal from Danish design shop HURRA! will get you started on your path to enlightenment.
Leave Nothing Print $12
A tangible reminder to leave the earth better than we found it, Holstee's "Leave Nothing" letterpress print is as sustainable as the message it projects. Graphic designer Andrew Martis' created this text-based illustration, which is printed on 100% recycled paper embedded with wildflower seeds. If you outgrow the print, simply plant it in the garden and watch the seeds take sprout.
Short Stack Editions
Short Stack Editions $12
Strawberries, Eggs, Tomatoes, Grits, Buttermilk and Sweet Potatoes—each Short Stack edition sees a food industry expert or chef take on a single ingredient in a cookbook-meets-zine format. Each pocket-sized volume includes cooking tips and original recipes with illustrations, and is printed on high-quality paper and bound with baker’s twine.