Handmade by artist Sean Gerstley in his Philadelphia studio, this candle holder features whimsical protrusions and an off-kilter leaf-like structure. Standing six inches tall, this object’s beautiful earthy green shade adds a verdant presence to any room.
Whether combined with olive oil to create a drizzle, added to marinades or used in any number of recipes, Liquid Sunshine—a preserved lemon concentrate—adds zest, zing and brightness to any meal. Made by Maine-based Rhea Goods (run by Abbye Churchill), the condiment comprises lemons, chilis and various flavorful spices.
Manchester, UK-based clothing brand Private White VC’s collaborative weatherproof tote bag with American leatherworker Frank Clegg is sleek and functional. Handmade in Massachusetts, the tote pairs vegetable tanned leather patches, buffed and polished edges and a bevy of zippered and internal pockets with Ventile, an absorbent cotton material that’s often used in tech-forward outerwear.
Curiosity is at the heart of (a.o.t), a Copenhagen-based conceptual design studio run by Kathrine Barbro Bendixen and Mathias Kruse Jørgensen. For their Primi collection, the duo explored the history and versatility of aluminum through handcrafted objects, including the striking Bucatini Candle Holder. Sculptural and winding, the holder’s material is bent and shaped into an otherworldly form. Available in green, red, beige and silver, the Bucatini shines with unanticipated dimension.
This combed cotton terry cloth bag from Denmark- and Delhi-based Bongusta is handmade by artisans in India. The bag comes in a range of fun, striped color combinations, including pink and red, sea foam and teal, camel and blue and more. Price is in Danish Kroner.
LikeMindedObjects collaborated with Francesca Capone to create a loom kit that includes not only the loom but a book and video to guide users through the DIY process. Using the loom, it’s possible to take waste fabrics and create 18 by 18-inch tiles that can then be sewn together to create blankets, pillows, upholstery and garments. Created as a response to the fact that the US exports waste garments to other countries (Ghana receives 15 million used shirts per month), this DIY kit reminds us about our over-consumption, and 5% of the proceeds will go to the OR Foundation Second Hand Solidarity Fund, which works to mitigate the second-hand clothing waste crisis in Ghana.
The founder of Cleveland-based Pattern Play Glass, Jordan Fine imbues joy and whimsy into her textured, color-forward glasswork. For her Blue Crush Flower, Fine sculpts one-of-a-kind pellucid green stems with blue petals, flecked with a mesmerizing pattern that evokes the marbled sunlight on the ocean floor. No two are alike—and the flowers range from eight to 11 inches in length.
Handblown by a local artisan in Brooklyn, these glass earrings from contemporary jewelry designer Annika Inez are a playful take on classic hoops. Available in five colors (blue, aqua, mauve, purple or clear) these borosilicate glass pieces are fastened to a solid 14K solid gold post and catch light, adding to their shine.
Australian designer and horticulturalist Lauren Brown crafts handmade cotton canvas planters using water-based paint and local materials for her eponymous online shop. From it comes the Terracotta + Sage check planter, a playful and functional way to house greenery and cover up unsightly pots. Available in sizes large (25 by 25cm) and small (20 by 20cm), this patterned holder enriches and brightens any space. Price reflects small.
Spirited in design and ethos, Roopa Pemmaraju is a sustainable, artisan-made lifestyle brand that upholds traditional techniques while taking cues from their roots in Australia, India and the US. They recently debuted their first-ever home collection which includes this vibrant throw pillow cover. Designed in Brooklyn and made in Bengaluru, this piece allures with naturally dyed hues of red and pink, a luscious fruity motif and silk velvet. It’s finished with ample fringing that adds to the bright panache.
Osaka, Japan-based candlemaker Olga Goose balances the cute with the off-kilter in a kind of Art Brut manner. This butterfly candle is no exception, with its cheerful face and bright colors. Entirely handmade, it promises a subtle fragrance and a vibrant look.
Buenos Aires-based brand Ramo Filos (which translates to “bouquet blades”) balances asado culture with traditional Japanese kitchenware to create elegant, one-of-a-kind knives. One such knife is the Nazarena, a take on the Japanese Nakiri, replete with full tang, 420 MOV stainless steel and an ash and coihue burl handle. With contrasting wood, marbled metal and a sharp silhouette, the Nazarena flows—both visually and literally while at use in one’s hand. It is, however, just one of the models available in the full Ramo Filos collection, which also includes the multipurpose chef’s knife Santiago, the agile Olga, the filet knife Yanina and many more.
Handmade in Lyon, France, these tiled floating shelves not only provide storage without taking up floor space, they also add color and whimsy to interiors. They’re available in various hues from pastel green to vintage yellow and crème, terracotta, orange, blue and more; buyers also have the option to choose grout color. Though they’re miniature (measuring 200 by 160 by 200mm), they’re as durable as they are charming thanks to a sturdy bottom made from agglomerated wood and a back which includes four thick stripes of heavy-duty tape that can hold up to 100kg.
Sold as a set of four (two green and two striped), these handmade coasters by Ugly Rugly are inspired by the hypnotic, blobby shape of amoebas. Delightful and mesmerizing, these pieces are made from 100% poly rope that is water-, UV- and mold resistant, ensuring the playful colors and space invader-shape endure through time.
Warsaw, Poland-based design studio Siup crafts fun, experimental lamps, vases and figurines. The Minty Bubble Lamp—with its calm pastel and unconventional, bulbous form—perfectly embodies whimsy. Handmade and one of a kind, this ceramic lamp (compatible with a 30W tungsten bulb) is replete with an on/off switch and pale pink cord. Price is in Euros.
Natasha Ghosn’s jewelry and fragrance line, MONDO MONDO, blends mythological inspiration and traditional craft with contemporary charm to make timeless pieces. The brand’s 14k yellow gold Mini Daisy studs are dainty (measuring about 6.5mm) with a vintage feel. The handcrafted pieces are sold as singles or in pairs.