From the importance of the clink of ice in a cocktail shaker to the devilish development of cutlery, Amy Azzarito’s book The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks tells the tales of more than 60 ordinary furnishings and objects. Arranged alphabetically, the book’s entries traverse time to pick through origin stories and interesting advancements that anyone who loves trivia—and a nice surprise—will value.
From Method’s Women in Design Limited Edition Collection, made in partnership with the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, this Orange Slice Foaming Hand Wash pairs refreshing citrus scents with a sunny pattern from Barbara White. The artist’s “Cosmic Waves,” from which the soap vessel print was drawn, is a part of Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection. The collection also features the work of Marguerita Mergentime and Ilonka Karasz.
The brainchild of Alice Murray (Pentagram) and Lauren Priestley (Redwood), the Lost Time print acknowledges and protests the gender pay gap. In the UK—where Murray and Priestley are based—the gap is 17.3% which means women essentially work 63 unpaid days per year. The large-format, limited edition prints depicts these “lost” days, with calendar dates missing to indicate that, until 4 March, women in the UK have been working for free. The B1-size poster is available in an edition of 500, and all proceeds will be donated to non-profits that work toward gender equality within creative industries. There’s also the option to buy one and have another anonymously sent to your CEO. Price is in Pounds.
Bright, juicy and delightfully off-kilter, Egle Zvirblyte’s work often celebrates bold women—naked, strutting and dancing. This limited edition print, called “Hypnotic Dance,” depicts a blue-haired woman in four moments of movement. Printed with fade-resistant inks on 308gsm acid-free Hahnemuhle German etching paper, this piece undoubtedly inspires joy in its viewer. Price is in Pounds.
Handmade in London, artist Louise Madzia’s ceramic Your Eyes Big Mug contrasts an elongated handle with an equally unusual figurative artwork on its body. The screen-printed character bears more than a dozen eyes along its face and body—and a reach that also defies normal proportion. Yowie recommends that you only hand wash this mug to refrain from breaking the handle.
Packed with everything needed to tie-dye your preferred garment, FAO Schwarz’s ultimate set comes with 18 colored dyes, six pairs of protective gloves, a plastic tablecloth, rubber bands, and a bag to store it all in. Whether you’re a first-timer looking to experiment or a seasoned veteran working to perfect a specific pattern, opportunity for creativity abounds with this kit.
Though the late Keith Haring’s work adorns everything from T-shirts and desk objects to posters and plates, a first-ever for the licensing foundation comes in the form of a glass pipe featuring his iconic motifs. The accessory launched as part of a larger collection of smoking tools and trinkets—which includes lighters, a pair of trays, bubblers, and spoons. This black-and-white iteration of the water pipe features a band of Haring’s work at its stem, a removable diffused downstem, an ice catcher and splash guard, a fat lipped mouthpiece, and a body crafted from thick borosilicate glass. Not only is this authorized artist merchandise but it’s also one of the most well-made glass water pipes available at this price point.
Shaped like a Japanese Dango dumpling, these ceramic Daruma wishing dolls are made by Manchester-based artist Amy Victoria Marsh. Available in two sizes, each doll is crafted from stoneware clay and comes with an instruction card for use. As with the traditional Daruma, users think of a goal or wish and color in the doll’s left eye and, once the goal has been achieved, they color in the right. Price is in Pounds.
This special collaboration between Parisian perfume brand Ex Nihilo and LA-based visual artist Reine Paradis is a reimagining of the glorious “Lust in Paradise” fragrance. Each 100ml bottle of the refreshing, radiant perfume comes in bold, limited edition packaging, along with a signed and numbered A4 print from the artist’s 2019 series called Midnight. The perfume’s notes include white peony, lychee and solar blossom, balanced by pink pepper and woody undertones. This lovely set is limited to 10 pieces. Price is in Euros.
Fine art animal photographer Kristopher Rutherford has made six of his kangaroo portraits available for purchase—between $10 and $60—with all proceeds going to WIRES, the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service. Rutherford took the images at a Texas zoo one year ago. He captured their tender nature through incredible details.
Prominently featuring the Chinese Fú character (福) for good luck and good fortune, this limited edition Moleskine notebook features many nods to Chinese tradition. From the red and gold endpapers to the knot motif, as well as the two enclosed lucky red envelopes, Chinese culture is celebrated here, but beyond that, it’s up to the user as to what goes on the acid-free pages within—be it recipes or sketches, shopping lists, letters or dreams.
Montreal-based Maurèle meticulously crafts notecards using more sustainable materials and manufacturing processes. Their paper is from North American mills that use recycled pulp and wind-generated electricity, and all inks used are environmentally friendly. The result is sophisticated and stylish, with many personalized options available. Our favorites are the Taliesin Notecards, which can be printed in 10+ different fonts, different colors and type sizes. Available in sets of eight or 24, each notecard comes with a matching envelope.
First published to accompany Jason Moran’s exhibit at the Walker Art Center in 2018, this 272 page book marks the first in-depth exploration of his work and practice. A pianist, composer, visual artist, and frequent collaborator, Moran abides by no rules with regard to the confines of medium—resulting in work that teeters somewhere between jazz history, performance art and sculpture. Fit for music fans and art lovers alike, the Whitney Museum store is selling copies to coincide with his fall 2019 exhibition there.
Made by artist Seth Bogart, this ceramic piece is both an objet d’art and a functional pipe. An ode to what is perhaps the most recognizable mascara ever, each Great Lash Mascara Pipe is handmade in Bogart’s California studio, and is therefore unique. Each piece measures approximately four inches tall.
Oakland-based Jeffrey Cheung’s artworks are playfully lowbrow and entirely charming, with a strong focus on cheerful nudes taking part in activities of varying NSFW levels. This 16 by 20-inch piece, “Tangle II” has been printed in a limited edition of 100, each of which is signed and numbered. Available on its own or framed (black or white) from Hashimoto Contemporary, it’s a delightful gift for a loved one—or yourself.
Topping out at 24 pages, Jo-Jo Sherrow’s Garden Girls is a zine about “the plant fairies who live amidst the green world.” The zine blends the mystical fairy tale world with our real life one, where our relationship with our environment has never been more crucial. Each page features a black-and-white illustration of one of Sherrow’s characters. Limited to an edition of 100, this staple-bound zine was published in 2015.