Trading the traditional royal motif for artful objects, Jonathan Adler’s Versailles Playing Card Set comes with two decks—one in green and black and another in pink and gold. Both sets are packaged within a drawer box, that’s embellished with a striking golden geometric pattern, for easy storage or transportation.
Made in Australia by Aesop, the Chronicler three-piece kit comes complete with the beloved brand’s Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque and Fabulous Face Oil. Each product feels lush and rich, and leaves skin feeling fresh and nourished. Ideal for cold, dry months, this set is one of five seasonal kits available in the Of Muse and Myth collection.
Bridging the gap between liquid French refinement and spiritous Scottish prestige, Glenfiddich introduces Grand Cru, a permanent addition to their portfolio. The 23-year-old liquid finishes for up to six months in French cuvée casks from the Champagne region. Dark gold in color, the 80 proof whisky coats the mouth with lavish creaminess. It’s smooth from start to finish and imparts elegance along the way.
For anyone interested in seasonally appropriate socks, Nice Laundry’s quarterly subscription includes six pairs and an additional special edition inclusion per shipment. Colors, patterns and styles will align with the themes of the year—and, of course, reflect the quality and creativity of a brand we’ve loved for several years now. This box subscription is available in the US only for now.
For any traveler—or dreamer—who yearns for the furthest reaches of our planet, Debbie Pappyn and David De Vleeschauwer’s Remote Places to Stay: The Most Unique Hotels at the End of the World details 22 out-of-the-way destinations. From a reprieve in the Arctic to an African desert escape and even a retreat in the Himalayas, the book chronicles places people can actually stay—though some are only accessibly by foot, small boat or bush plane. To complement the book, Pappyn and Vleeschauwer have also launched their own remote travel platform to help readers get to these places, too.
With six color-coded strings that allow kids (three and up) to learn about rhythm, practice songs, create original melodies and play around with sounds, this little guitar features cheerful, stylish motifs, too. Though it stands at just under 22 inches tall, it’s a proper instrument that sounds just like those made for adults.
With ultra-high definition sound, courtesy of bio-diaphragm speaker units that drastically reduce distortion, AIAIAI’s TMA-2 HD headphones deliver unmatched precision. Their Alcantara-wrapped pads are filled with memory foam that retains the wearer’s ear shape, reducing use-related discomfort and the likelihood of headaches. On a full battery, these will last through 16 hours of playback.
Areaware’s tall stoneware stacking planter (which stands eight inches wide and eight inches tall) comprises two parts—a planter and a drainage dish—that nestle into one another to create one clean silhouette. With holes for excess water to escape, the planter is super-functional and easy to clean, while remaining an attractive object for the home. Also available in a smaller four-inch tall size.
To meet the liquid needs of each year’s holidays and special occasions, acclaimed spirits author Aaron Goldfarb’s latest book, Gather Around Cocktails, provides recipes for parties from two to 200 people. Once again, Goldfarb distills the essence of his subject matter to its most useful and provides celebratory substance that all can enjoy. Be it Derby Day, Friendsgiving or a Groundhog Day get-together, Goldfarb’s got a signature drink recipe that all will appreciate.
With panels of subtle hues contrasted by candy colors, this knitted throw blanket is undeniably the work of Brooklyn-based Dusen Dusen. Made from 100% cotton, the Stripe Throw Blanket is super-soft and sizable, at 50 by 70 inches.
For anybody interested in analog technologies and music, Gideon Schwartz’s Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design offers a deep dive into the history and renaissance of lo-fi audio. From Bang & Olufsen’s glorious wire recorder from 1947, the Beocord 84U, to the stunning Clearaudio Statement V2 turntable from 2008, and so many more, the products highlighted within this 272-page book are some of the most beautifully designed devices in the world. Audio fans will be delighted by the countless turntables, reel-to-reels, vacuum tubes, amplifiers, speakers and more.
Recommended for architecture nerds (over eight years old), model kit maker ARCKIT’s 105-piece set comes with instructions for assembling the basics, but plenty of opportunities for customization, too. Whether an aspiring architect or someone looking for something structural to tinker with, there’s plenty to conceptualize and bring to fruition—from a standalone building to a corridor within a larger complex.
Part game, part puzzle and part educational toy, Moon Picnic’s Make a Face allows children to experiment with creativity and even express emotion. Crafted from solid beech wood, it includes a round base and several facial components that let users cobble together hundreds of different expressions. Beyond the playful experiences, it can also be a jumping off point to discuss feelings.
A recent trip to Japan during Typhoon Hagibis put this Blunt Metro to the test and it remains in one piece. For the cold, gloomy winter months, this umbrella comes in several bold hues to add a pop of color to a drizzly or stormy day. The sturdy design features double-reinforced struts that survive high winds and harsh weather. Its architectural structure is built to hold up over time providing a long lasting and sustainable choice.
Luke Burgess and Michael Ryan’s Only in Tokyo—part city guide, part storybook—is a celebration of food, travel, culture and photography. The Australian chefs (and Japanophiles) take readers on a wild ride through some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and cafes, and offer insight into the individuals that make these locales so special. With interviews, notes on favorite dishes and lovely photos by Burgess, the book blossoms into a personal and captivating tale.
With The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, author Antwaun Sargent addresses breakthroughs for representation of the black image in artistic industries, communities and their respective marketplaces. Turning his attention to pioneering black photographers, Sargent opens a dialogue on institutional barriers, exclusion and the tidal shift underway on an international level. The book, published by Aperture, incorporates 250 four-color images from talent including Awol Erizku, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Dana Scruggs, Tyler Mitchell and more—as well as conversations with Shaniqwa Jarvis, Deborah Willis and CH favorite Mickalene Thomas.