This hand-cast and glazed porcelain vessel from Arhoj can be used as a vase, a glass, stash jar, toothbrush holder—whatever works. The bamboo green glaze is one of many variations, so, you could start your own collection and amass all 50 in Arhoj’s Tokyo Series. The jar is dishwasher safe but because of its delicateness, hand-washing is recommended.
Hand-poured candles made from 80% vegetable wax and 20% paraffin, PHLUR’s newest addition not only offer delightful fragrances and a warm glow, they are also lovely design objects. Each candle sits inside a round, custom ceramic vessel (complete with a lid) that can be reused to store trinkets and tchotchkes. Our pick is the Claremont fragrance, which was adapted from one of our favorite perfumes from the brand—Olmsted & Vaux. It’s citrusy, without being acidic, and is cruelty- and paraben-free.
Say it loud, say it proud with Kent Stetson’s pot leaf-patterned Herb Clutch (which also has a removable cross-body chain). Complete with a spliff-like embellishment, each accessory is made in the US and is individually signed.
Truly masterful with a bit of steel, Thomas Callahan’s skills and areas of interest often extend beyond the realm of building custom bicycles. Such is the case with this gorgeous polka dot naval knife, designed with a seafarer in mind (or perhaps Yayoi Kusama). The stainless steel blade is constructed with a unique carbon fiber inlay that reduces the handle weight by about four grams.
Inspired by the shape of diamond facets, Bre & Co’s porcelain Origami Teapot boasts bold lines and a strong design that holds four cups of tea. The pot is slip-cast using a traditional method, then hand-finished with a raw black glaze by Brooklyn ceramic artist Michio Shimada.
Jill Platner discovered her love of metalworking in NYC while attending the Parson’s School of Design, and began creating jewelry as a side project to her sculptural pieces. Her weighty bronze and silver keychains make an ideal gift for Bowie fans or anyone possessing an electric personality.
There’s no smoke without fire. Keep your lighter safe with one of these beautiful snakeskin cases from Beverly Hills-based designer Jacquie Aiche. The burgundy, black, cognac, cobalt or turquoise sheaths are adorned with a rebellious sweet leaf charm in gold vermeil, 14K rose or yellow gold.
Take it back to the basics with this wonderfully simple pipe from Portland-based studio Pursuits of Happiness. Duo April Brimer and Pavel Cherny dutifully hand-make each piece from start to finish, in teal, green or pink.
LA-based artist Penelope Gazin puts a romantic spin on the male-dominated world of bong rips. This enamel keychain allows the sweet stoner in your life to subtly show off marijuana prowess.
The World’s Best Ever’s HIGH Kite and Journey Tube are two items made for outdoor adventuring and spreading positive vibes. Each kite is hand-stitched by Miami-based kite-maker Dan Ward and serves as a bold statement—whether in use or on display. The clever carry case doubles as a fully functioning water pipe and was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based studio The Principals.
Brooklyn-based ceramicist Karen Aragon keeps it classy with subtle smoking tools handmade at her Greenpoint studio. The lipstick one-hitter comes with a mirror-lined holder for touch-ups on the go.
British bone china specialist Richard Brendon is known for teacups, coffee mugs and saucers which perfectly blend traditional crafts with modern graphics. The art deco-inspired Arc Tea for One set is hand-painted by artisans in England’s illustrious pottery town of Stoke-on-Trent, and features a striking asymmetrical design in matte black and burnished gold.
A simple answer to the more cumbersome double-ring cinch belts, Wiley Brothers’ streamlined Slip Cinch is handcrafted from vegetable-tanned English bridle leather with solid brass hardware. Each belt is tirelessly made in Charlottesville, Virginia, using a multi-step artisanal process that ensures years of constant use.
As mysterious as the French electronic music duo themselves, Daft Punk’s unscented “Mood” candle is hand-poured in Los Angeles by “very nice people.” Each candle is housed in a 30% recycled glass container, burns for a minimum of 100 hours and comes packed in a heavyweight, collectible gift box. Getting lucky not guaranteed.
Portland, Oregon-based artist Colin Adrian works with colored glass and copper to create a suspended Third Eye ($90), a striking sun-catcher most effective when hung near a window. Beyond his third eye designs, Adrian also makes protective Hamsa hands and delicate bird feathers in different shades of stained glass.
This navy denim jacket, designed by artist Zakee Shariff, is beautifully embroidered with hands that touch and emit a healing rainbow; a visual declaration for coming together. The front sports equally colorful changing moon phases along the buttonholes. Made to order in the UK, it’s full of positive vibes to get you off to a good start—and maybe those around you, as well.
East London’s Nocturne Workshop builds one-of-a-kind lighting solutions from responsibly sourced materials. Our favorite from their four-piece lineup (each named after a different musician) is the Otis Lamp: a subtly divergent tabletop piece fashioned from a rippling aluminum shade, a sturdy nickel-plated brass neck and an oiled oak baseplate. Because each lamp is made by founder Simon Day himself, bespoke finishes and custom colors are available upon request. Price is in GBP.
Who knew that soap scraps could create even more beautiful soap? We’ve long loved Maine-based Wary Meyers’ artsy striped soap bars that bring the yacht-side sea breeze or Japanese cherry blossom right to the bathroom sink. Linda and John Meyers have been experimenting with soap scraps, and the result are terrazzo-like bars that evoke the work of designer Shiro Kuramata—who created his own special terrazzo by embedding colored glass in concrete. The visually stunning bars are available in two shades/scents: Cosmic Yuzu or Astral Shower.
Championing the use of non-disposable products, California-based company Ambatalia crafts reusable products for all sorts of activities. Their Everyday Napkins are made from a cotton/hemp blend and measure 17 x 17 inches—the perfect size for wrapping up lunch, covering fresh produce in the fridge, or simply using as table napkins.
Beatrice Valenzuela channels her hometown of Mexico City for her nature-inspired shoes and accessories—like a beautiful, unique hand-woven net bag from Chiapas. The Echo Park-based designer (who founded Echo Park Craft Fair) also makes one candle: a simple, deep blue wax holding the scents of orange blossoms and incense. The lack of branding makes it feel extra personal.
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—and the new Monkey Pot (available for pre-order now) has been made in a run of just 50. Hand slipcast and painted, this little monkey is perfect for housing a small posy or just hanging out on a window sill.
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 across the rough, unglazed portion of the base to light up. One truly sophisticated way to get the fire started.
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, they could be in stock at their M Crow & Co’s new brick and mortar showroom at 16 Howard Street in NYC.
Belgian-born, Czech Republic-based designer Anna Torfs consistently make stunning glassware pieces that will be the envy of anybody who catches a glimpse. The Traam Vase is a certain favorite—it’s bold and dynamic, and changes along with the lighting in a room. Since Torfs makes all items by hand, your vase will be unlike any other in the world.