Handmade in Beacon, New York, this five-inch-tall glass bowl features three gentle spikes to keep it balanced and upright. It’s delicate (though dishwasher safe), semi-translucent and big enough to hold snacks or a handful of jewelry. Cast and sandblasted, the object’s distinct near-orange color glows from beneath a soft matte finish.
The Iwachu workshop has been hand-crafting cast iron since 1902, and their team of artisans also does an incredible job updating its collections to include more contemporary pieces—all while remaining true to their traditional processes. The Morioka-based makers turned a typical cast iron teapot into a sculptural work with distinct personality and ultra-functional features. Plus, the deep blue hue, because of the texture of the material, appears speckled in the right light.
Handmade in Japan by a master milliner that studied hat-making under legendary designer Jean Barthet, this natural-hued wool cap comes equipped with antimicrobial features and a unique softness—afforded by a process that uses untreated material exclusively. The resulting fit is looser and more unstructured but far more comfortable. FEIT worked closely with the milliner through each step of the process.
Hand-stitched in NYC, Lingua Franca’s “Mama Knows Best” sweater matches each sale with a $100 donation to Every Mother Counts—an organization dedicated to improving access to quality, respectful maternity care all over the world. Every 100% cashmere garment is embroidered to order and can be customized, but customers should note that will take about two weeks. This charcoal-colored sweater is available from XS to XL.
Constructed from waxed linen thread and premium leather, this lovely handmade baseball comes adorned subtlety with Shinola’s logo. Made in accurate MLB dimensions (courtesy of manufacturer Leather Head Sports in Glen Rock, NJ) the ball maintains a similar feel to those used in professional games, and will be ideal for pick-up games or on display at home.
Designed by Ninon Choplin of LA-based studio neenineen, the Elbow Pipe harkens back to the brand’s stoneware tobogan pipe, but has been made for Tetra in an exclusive borosilicate glass edition. This delightfully chubby but ergonomic tube pipe, available in transparent blue or pink, offers a window to watch the smoke within. When not in use, it’s pretty enough to be displayed as an objet d’art.
From our deep respect and adoration of Japanese culture, we drew the word “omakase” (meaning “expert’s choice”) in 2016 to name our annual collection of collaboratively produced, limited edition and early release products we offer readers. This year’s collection of gifts is crafted entirely in collaboration with Japanese artisans. Every design object we’ve developed has function, but to decipher its untold value requires history lessons. With products thoughtfully made by Asahiyaki (now led by a talented 16th generation ceramist), Chi Chi, Grisal, KIUN, Taro Tabuchi, Hajime Shoji, Zillion and others, this is an exclusive and high-quality gift for any Japanophile or lover of textile, design and craftsmanship.
Made by Nagatani-en and designed by Iga Mono, the “Mushi Nabe” steamer lets chefs—at home or in a professional kitchen—cook a variety of dishes with precision and without unruly oils or fat-heavy butter. With holes in the lid to let steam escape, the removable ceramic tray within can hold meats or vegetables above the boiling water below it. As a result of being cooked by steam, juiciness and brightness is afforded without the heaviness of frying. It is six inches deep and 11.5 inches wide, and weighs nearly nine pounds. The manufacturer notes that it is gas-burner safe, but not suited for induction or electric burners, microwaves, or dishwashers.
The Lopez family runs their successful Oaxacan restaurant, Guelaguetza, in LA’s Koreatown neighborhood. Having won numerous accolades (including a James Beard America’s Classics Award) for their cooking, Bricia Lopez and her family recently debuted the Oaxaca cookbook. Perhaps even better, jars of their famous mole bring the flavors of Oaxaca home, and are available together in this Festival Mole Bundle, which includes the Black, Red, and Coloradito.
Playfully asymmetrical, these PLIE earrings are handmade in Seattle by Faris. Available in bronze (with lapis, jade and pearl) or sterling silver (with red glass, pineapple jasper and pearl), they will naturally oxidize over time, but can be polished up to their shiniest state easily. Designed by Faris Du Graf, they are sculptural and bold, while remaining sleek and elegant.
Representing “re-birth, continuation and femininity,” Seb Brown’s mismatched nine-carat gold serpent earrings are handcrafted in his Melbourne studio. With an mystical allure, they measure approximately 18mm in length.
BFGF’s Green Vase Pillow Cover features a few of the shop’s most notable motifs on its jacquard woven cotton front: a Nike swoosh, basketball, rose, bunch of grapes and silver crown included. Measuring 17 by 17 inches, the cushion case features a plain black cotton underside. Like the rest of the art brand’s offerings, this is equal parts playful and lush.
Crafted by Fish Design (architect Gaetano Pesce’s studio), the Big Collina Basket is a striking Italian-made bowl that stands out from all angles. Its almost-melting appearance is due to its flexible resin construction, yet it’s durable and made for plenty of use. Available in purple or blue, it’s an artful addition to any tabletop.
With a matte exterior and a glossy interior, Brooklyn-based Light + Ladder’s ceramic watering can boasts a beautiful natural hue and an elegant design. A thoughtful alternative to flimsy plastic iterations, this 12-inch-tall item can be displayed alongside the plants it nourishes with pride.
Handmade from organic cotton, Etee’s reusable food wraps are sustainable and compostable alternatives to plastic and paper bags. Available in sets of three, these medium-sized wraps “activate” and become tacky with the warmth of your hands, and can be used for fruits, nuts, and sandwiches—anything. Each one offers some 120+ uses and they can be composted when they’re no longer adhesive.
Handcrafted by Canadian studio Concrete Cat, this striking Lazy Susan is made from pigmented concrete and is available in lots of otherworldly colorways—our pick is this speckled blue iteration. Some 14 inches in diameter, each one is handmade, unique and a striking addition to the home.