Muji’s “Essentials Kit” For Airbnb Hosts

Designed to support two house guests, MUJI’s 23-item host essentials kit for Airbnb covers everything from kitchenware to cleaning products and even includes an elegant aroma diffuser. Retailing for $400, the complete amenities collection aims to make welcoming guests even easier—and lets hosts provide dedicated design-forward items for people on their stays. Our favorite inclusion happens to be the recycled paper notebooks and smooth gel colored …

The History of the Iconic Moka Pot

The single-serve espresso machine first appeared in Italy in 1901. More than 30 years later, Alfonso Bialetti popularized an even more democratic coffee maker for home use: the Moka Express. This version (now patented) became an iconic symbol of Italian coffee culture—simple yet dignified. The historically significant eight-sided machine helped to make at-home coffee brewing possible at a much larger scale. Today, the Moka Express …

Brendan Ravenhill’s Versatile Ada Sconce

A new short film explores the method behind the dynamic yet minimal piece

The works of LA-based designer Brendan Ravenhill stem from a process involving many people. The Ada Sconce, for example, goes through metal-bending, hole-punching, and powder-coating before its assembly in Ravenhill’s Glassell Park studio. To offer a peek into this way of making, Ravenhill and his team have created a mini-documentary that follows how the minimal yet versatile light fixture is produced. “Ada is a celebration of …