Brooklyn’s Light & Ladder focuses on two things; pots and hooks. That’s it. And they do it exquisitely!
I had the pleasure of visiting Hudson, NY last week where I discovered so many wonderful little shops! One that I found irresistible (and that did a bit of damage to my pocketbook) was Fig & Bella. They create scarves, wraps, pillows, textiles that are each individually handmade using a modern interpretation of traditional dyeing techniques.
Every Fig & Bella wool, silk, viscose, & tie dye cashmere scarf is individually dyed by hand in the Hudson Valley. All of our pillows are also dyed in our studio, and our candles are hand poured in the USA. Our cashmere is carefully sourced from master artisans and dyers in Nepal, with whom we work closely to produce only the finest quality scarves.
Pillows Start at $60; scarves at $89 (As always, click to shop!)
My collages embrace the imperfection of old, used, discarded and damaged paper. These papers depict moments in time – often bearing marks and traces of a past life and the human hand. I ‘rescue’ these unwanted fragments, creating layers and building connections into some sort of new, elusive and unpredictable thing. The process is wholly tactile – nothing is digital. I like the restrictions that this creates… the hand-cutting and gluing down, the use of only original papers and ephemera. Elements are added or removed, or covered over and reworked. Ideas and narratives may emerge, but often a series is initiated through the acquisition of a certain type of raw material – an old photo album, a stash of old maps, a pile of old postcards…
Love these deliciously scented candles from Brooklyn Candle Studio, where their small batch, hand-poured candles are a nod to 19th century apothecaries.
Brooklyn Candle Studio was founded as an homage to the meditative approach of the small batch process. Production is kept small and simple — candles are poured by the team in batches of 9 or 10. Each candle, from wicking to wax melting to pouring and wick-cutting, is created with the utmost care and precision. Known for their fresh, calming botanical fragrances and gorgeous packaging, these candles are simple and modern with a hint of vintage charm. (As always, click to shop!)
The holidays may be over, but occasions to wrap thoughtful treasures for others still abound throughout the year. I’m loving these designs from Norman’s Printery, a little Easy shop out of Northern New Jersey run by designer/maker/printer Cliff Cordes. It’s awesome that the assorted collections layer so nicely together – making for a fun, multiple gift assortment. (As always, click to shop!)
Simple, organic, understated… that’s how I’d describe these beautiful ceramic pieces by The Netherlands artist, Margriet Kramer. (as always, click to shop!)
So my products are not perfect. Perfection doesn’t suit me, not in my house, not in my lifestyle, not in my ceramic products. Infact: imperfection is beauty to me!
To be clear, this product doesn’t exist in real life. Which is a low down dirty shame, if you ask me. Rather, it’s a branding project by Chicago-based designer Parker Jones, who set out to lend a bit of levity to the very real issue known as PMS…