MoMA Two-Tone Borosilicate Glass Straws

$28

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This set of six two-tone straws makes for a practical gift or a party favor—guests can drink through them at dinner, and then take one home for future use. Made from true-colored borosilicate glass, the color combinations include yellow with pink, green with blue and lilac with orange. These hues inject a little levity into a practical, easy-to-clean product.

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Papaya Knit Blanket

$210

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Home goods brand Cold Picnic (founded by partners Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer) explores real and imagined landscapes through textiles and home decor. In the Papaya Knit Blanket, the Brooklyn-based duo designed a bright and conceptual scene, resplendent in warm peach and orange tones. Like many of their products, the throw is made by a family-owned company in New Jersey, who have been operating knitting mills since the early 1900s.

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From LikeMindedObjects, the Plant Shelf is a whimsically floating organizational piece that doubles as decor. As its name suggests, the shelf is the perfect home for plants, as it enables vines and leaves to cascade down the wall, but the Plant Shelf can be used with various other objects. Made from laser-cut sheets in New York’s Hudson Valley, it comes with three screws for easy installation. The shelf is welded with a glossy powder coat that comes in a playful range of colors, including green, orange, blue and more.

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Brooklinen + Pendleton Paths Blanket

$350

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Brooklinen teamed up with the iconic Pendleton Woolen Mills to create their bold but synergetic “Paths” blanket. The gloriously thick and cozy blanket (composed of 82% pure wool and 18% cotton) is made in the US and is inspired by the shapes found in traditional hand-sewn quilts, as well as cityscapes. Measuring 64 by 80 inches, the blanket melds the two brands’ styles together effortlessly and results in a vibrant, cheerful and comforting item.

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Amoeba Blanket

$139

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Musician Talia Leah (better known by the moniker Rodes Rollins) designed this 100% cotton blanket in her Brooklyn studio and shop, Clr. Bold and modern, the embroidered statement Amoeba Blanket will suit almost any space, given its black and oat color block, while the multi-colored contrast fringe adds a touch of levity to this piece.

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“In The Summer We Started Drinking During The Hot Of The Day And By Night Time We Were Monsters” Puzzle

$34

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Kinstler, an independent puzzle company, highlights emerging contemporary artists via jigsaws. Their 100% recycled, 1,000-piece “In The Summer We Started Drinking During The Hot Of The Day And By Night Time We Were Monsters” puzzle features a complex, iconographic artwork from Andrea Joyce Heimer that sees a group of people drinking and transforming throughout different levels of a home. The darkly funny puzzle comes with a written interview with Heimer on the painting, notes on her creation process and her recommendation on how to complete the puzzle. It also comes with other images she made during her 2020 Quarantine Drawing series. The box was printed, assembled and packed in America and designed in Brooklyn.

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Panoramas Wool Blanket

$216

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Swiss artist Roland Schär captures the essence of landscapes—spontaneous lines, playful textures and vibrant colors sweep through his compelling work. ZigZagZurich’s Panoramas blanket celebrates the artist’s vision, turning his unbound abstract scenery into a 100% New Zealand wool blanket. Woven in Europe and measuring 55 by 79 inches, the Nordic-style jacquard blanket is guaranteed to keep even the coldest toes warm.

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The playful and exploratory nature of making something by hand is celebrated and cultivated at Thompson Street Studio, an NYC textile and home decor brand founded by Kiva Motnyk. The brand’s Bay Quilt throw in blue is comprised of remnant fabric, 100% linen and a 100% cotton batting. The quilt’s abstract mix of indigo, pink, charcoal and olive evoke a refreshing and lighthearted spirit to uplift the home.

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Karrinyarra Throw Blanket

$230

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Made with 100% cotton and yarn that’s 70% recycled, the Karrinyarra throw is designed by Aboriginal artist Emma Daniels in collaboration with Koskela and Slowdown Studio for the Tangentyere collection—a line dedicated to showcasing Indigenous Australian artists. This blanket features elements of Papunya and Karrinyarra country, paying homage to Daniels’ culture and community. Proceeds from the licensing fee for this blanket directly support the artist’s estate and the not-for-profit art center, Tangentyere Artists.

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Canvas Meditation Cushion

$95

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Available in three colors (black, navy or green) and in two sizes (standard or travel), Walden’s new meditation cushion was developed with input from yoga and meditation experts. Covered in an organic heavyweight canvas, the cushion has been designed to mold to your body while sitting on it. Price is for the standard size.

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Beloved for his creative and bold use of color, Italian artist, architect and designer Gaetano Pesce has a particular fondness for viscous materials like resin. Created by Pesce for Fish Design, this large round mirror is handmade in Italy so each one will be slightly different. The two-tone object is practical but playful, and lends a little whimsy to the space in which it’s hung.

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Colored Bulbous Wine Glasses

$560

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Designed by London-based Jochen Holz, these delightfully colorful and wonky wine glasses make dinner parties feel extra playful. Available in sets of four, they’re free-blown using the incalmo technique (incalmo translates to “graft” in Venetian dialect) which fuses two parts together. Made from borosilicate glass, they’re a little sturdier than regular glass—but their handcrafted nature (and price) means they’re still very precious.

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Designed by Amsterdam-based studio Scholten & Baijings for beloved design store HAY, this six-piece set of chopsticks feature whimsical color-blocked patterns that mix warm and cool tones. Each pair of these bamboo and beech chopsticks are different from the others; a fun and unique rendition on a classic utensil—and making them functional gifts for dinner party guests to take home.

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Recycled PVC Basket

$109

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From South African brand Mo’s Crib, this basket looks like wicker, but it’s more durable, as it’s woven from recycled PVC. Whether used indoors or outdoors, as a container (for towels, toys or beyond) or as a planter, it’s a weather-resistant product that’s as tough as a plastic tub but much prettier. Available in five colorways and measuring 22 by 15 by 16 inches, it’s handmade—like all the brand’s offerings.

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The plunger is a household essential, but one that’s rarely attractive. This one—available in four bright colorways—from NYC-based Staff is more design-forward and playful than most on the market. With an acrylic handle, it comes with a sanitary drip tray and stands just under 24 inches tall. Founded during the pandemic by Charlie Weisman, Staff aims to bring thoughtful design, interesting materials, bold colors and character to oft-overlooked household items.

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Each Valeria Vasi object is handcrafted in Barcelona, including the just released and limited edition Liquid Vase. The handblown glass vessel stands 25cm tall (just under 10 inches) and its fluid form appears just as striking whether holding a bloom or empty. It’s the perfect piece to illustrate how Vasi balances visual art with function. Price is in Euros.

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