Shinola + WorkOf Benefit Auction for Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Designers from NYC and LA create one-off holiday ornaments worth keeping

Detroit-based Shinola and online maker marketplace WorkOf have come together to spread some holiday cheer with a special showcase auction run by Paddle8. They’ve tapped designers from the East and West Coasts to create unique, one-off ornaments that put the ubiquitous bauble to shame. Many familiar names abound like Chen & Kai, Helen Levi (who made a hangable miniature of her sought-after ceramic mugs), Surname …

Tetra’s Aesthetically Elevated Smoke Shop

A design-forward hub for all things aglow

With a continued legal embrace of marijuana—not to mention cigars and the plentiful array of other herbal, smokeable plants—it’s about time someone set to selecting beautiful, well-designed smoking accessories. Launching today, Tetra and its founders do exactly that. Created by three design journalists and curators, including Sight Unseen co-founder Monica Khemsurov, Tetra sells exquisite—oftentimes limited edition—household and portable items that aim to elevate the aesthetics …

Cool Hunting Video: Helen Levi

Artful production ceramics and collaborations from a fresh Brooklyn-based designer

As a deeper appreciation and understanding of craftsmanship continues to permeate our culture, it becomes more and more challenging as a consumer to identify value—something that is now more often about personal appeal, rather than price. When holding a handmade item, we relate to the energy, creativity and effort that went into making it, all three of which are evident in the work of ceramicist …