London-based artist Charlotte Mei handcrafts ceramic characters that are very cute, but avoid being saccharine—and are also always functional. From toast-shaped plates with rosy cheeks to little worm sculptures, many of her creations are limited edition...
Ceramic Match Striker
Much more easy on the eyes than the go-to neon orange disposable lighter is this ceramic match-holder handmade by LA-based artist couple Kat Hutter and Roger Lee from their collaborative homewares line, Kat and Roger. Drag a "strike anywhere" match...
Ceramic Lamb Butter Dish
Yes, butter can taste even better—when it's guarded by a hand-sculpted lamb. This glazed green M Crow & Co butter dish is made in Philadelphia in a production workshop run by Tyler Hays (founder of luxe furniture studio BDDW). If it's sold out online...
Farmer's Felt Wallets by Postalco
Even the most exuberant pieces produced by Postalco carry a quiet elegance, and much of this pertains to the brand's use of top-tier materials. For years now, founder Mike Abelson has experimented with premium leathers, pressed cottons and Japanese...
Mexico City’s New Design Fair: Caravana Americana
Caravana Americana (which launched this weekend in Mexico City) is a small but highly selective showcase of Latin America’s best emerging talent. Founded by Regina Barrios and Alessandro Cerutti, owners of local boutique Lago DF, their culling brings...
Maggie Thompson's Makwa Studio
Minneapolis-based textile artist Maggie Thompson has been grappling with ideas, perceptions and systems of authenticity from the moment she was born. With a Native American father and an Irish-German mother, she's met with questions every step...
A collaboration between CH favorite, LA-based Ben Medansky and Shop Cooper Hewitt, this speckled ceramic vessel can be used as a mug, catch-all or a vase. The eye-catching piece—like much of Medansky's work—blends natural, organic touches with bright...
CP Slippers' Leather Footwear
For decades now, the family-owned and -operated CP Slippers factory in Elche, Spain has produced one of the most natural-feeling footwear items around. Inspired by founder Oscar Arenas' trip to Japan in 1981, the slippers were designed for two...
Plant-in-City's Architectural Terrariums
With the ease of upkeep for air plants and terrariums—not to mention their flourishing, eco-wonderland-like contributions to offices and living spaces—there is an array of curious new options on the market. One, rather distinct from the rest, is...
Studio Visit: BUAISOU, Brooklyn
Here at CH, indigo is our muse (we've even dedicated a Gift Guide to it this year) but sometimes, the final product can't tell the entire story on its own. Natural indigo blue is not an easy color to achieve, is the takeaway from our conversation...
Designed by Kathi Keppel and made with love in New Orleans, DVRA's bags and apparel channel warm tropical goodness thanks to papayas, banana leaves and pineapple motifs. She's collaborated with local artist collective MILAGROS (whose installation work...
"Not Yours, Never Was" Embroidered Hoop
NYC's Yes Stitch Yes (aka Lauren Singleton) presents yet another fiery and floral embroidered piece. This small but mighty four-inch hoop is covered in pink- and purple-hued flowers, and emblazoned with the message "Not Yours Never Was" inside two...
Feminist Embroidery by Yes Stitch Yes
A sarcastic Tweet disappears almost instantaneously these days, but a brazen embroidered message only gets louder with every look. Edginess and individuality have been elevating fine needlework from a quiet hobby to cultural relevance for some...
WELFE Jewelry's Solar Collection
Wales-born, New Zealand-raised, and now Melbourne-based Welfe Bowyer is essentially a self-taught jeweler; yet his previous life studying architecture means that he's always been interested in creating three-dimensional entities and experimenting...
The Fat Radish Collaboration Candle
Like all Brooklyn Candle Studio creations, the collaboration with The Fat Radish (one of NYC's best-loved farm-to-table restaurants) is made in small batches and hand-poured by BCS founder Tamara Mayne. Made from 100% soy—derived from American-grown...
Circular Series by Julia Gabriel Studio
Launched last year, Julia Gabriel creates bags, all handmade—from beginning to end—in Houston, Texas. Under the name Julia Gabriel Studio, the brand came to be after she finished college (where she studied fine art) and was exploring ways to blend...
Bees Knees Spicy Honey
Brooklyn's MixedMade offers just two products: spicy maple syrup (Trees Knees, as they call it) and spicy honey. The latter is made in small batches using raw honey from Hudson Valley beekeepers and infusing chili peppers—and one large pepper gets...
CH25: Corinne Joachim Sanon
Even in a town filled with bright structures, Les Chocolateries Askanya stands out. Haitian-American businesswoman Corinne Joachim Sanon converted her grandfather’s summer home in Ouanaminthe, Haiti into a chocolate factory and had it painted like...
These realistic-looking succulents are, in fact, decorative pillows handmade from cotton canvas and linen by Sabine Herrmann. The Berkeley, California-based artist takes her own photographs of the diverse vegetation around the neighborhood, which are...
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, MB&F collaborated with Switzerland’s famous music box maker Reuge with the new MusicMachine 3. Inspired by the TIE Fighter from Star Wars, this futuristic design is the third joint venture by the two companies...
Brooklyn boutique Joinery presents a 100% cotton textile blanket handmade in Minas Gerais, Brazil—and the origins are reflected in the unique pattern it flaunts. Joinery's Eagle Blanket, one of their most recognizable wares, is woven on manual looms...
Tiff Manuell Bags and Clutches
Tiff Manuell is a South Australian artist, illustrator, and designer of her own line of accessories. After deciding to take two days off per week (from her other job—at commercial illustration art brand Happy House, which she also co-founded...
Leather Apple Watch Strap
Made from high-quality four-ounce American Bridle Leather, Bexar Goods' Apple Watch strap is a sophisticated way to add a feeling of heritage to a futuristic smartwatch. Available in tan or medium brown, the vegetable-tanned strap features three different...