iPhone RETROMODERN Aged Leather Pocket Case
organized just got a whole lot easier with this find by European leather makers, portel, another shop on Etsy. This case hold credit cards, an iPhone, business cards, and whatever else makes sense. Made from leather that’s aged by hand to give it that rugged, well-worn, broken in look. It’s practical, rather cool and pretty much a no brainer.
LEMON BALL Leather Ball, $40
for the guy who has everything. The company, LEMON BALL, was founded by Paul Cunningham. Cunningham is a Hall of Fame researcher and MLB photo editor, so clearly an avid fan. His design stems from the “lemon peel baseball” which has been around for 200 years. All footballs and baseballs are handcrafted in New Jersey. Well crafted and a cool piece for the bookshelf. Another good one found on Etsy.
handy and pretty smart little contraption that was created and designed by Tell Ritterbach. Ritterbach wasn’t satisfied with the everyday bookmark so he was on a mission to find something better.. and the Book Hook was born. It takes the concept of a bookmark and turns the everyday object into a piece of art. Produced in Germany from grown, massive wood and is available in birch, beech, oak. Design shop, Connox is selling them and just like pretty much everything the carry, I think I want one.
Lux Bowls, $35-$125 (ea)
blown away by Vermont sculptor, Cristina Salusti’s handcrafted Lux Bowls. They are available at 603 Here & There, an online gift shop that recently launched and carries a highly edited selection of new and interesting items from true artists, artisans and designers. Everything in the shop’s collection is thoughtfully made and these clay bowls are no exception. The process is quite extensive, very impressive and rather complicated; the result is a stunning object that’s almost too special to use (but you can, they are all food-safe and watertight). Clay, stone fragments from Salusti’s sculptures and a 22-karat gold luster interior make these unique, special and something to cherish for years to come.
Photo: 603 Here & There
Kami Cup $65
the clean, simple aesthetic of these Kami Cups. Kami means paper and each cup is hand crafted by Hidetoshi Takahashi in his workshop in Hokkaido Japan . They are sold at Mjölk, a very cool lifestyle store in Toronto. The shop specializes in emerging designers from Scandinavia and Japan. They carry a very well curated assortment of high quality items that aren’t mass distributed. These cups are made from Castor Aralia wood and coated with a food-grade polyurethane ensuring years of use without risk of staining. Modern, classic and the perfect statement.
Loki Longboards Lazyboy - L
of transportation that also double as pretty cool works of art. UK based company, Loki Longboards was recently launched by the furniture company Young & Norgate. To fully appreciate Loki, it helps to take a look at what Young & Norgate is all about. The company consists of a small group of designers and craftsmen who create timeless pieces of furniture that are contemporary, simple and made from the best materials out there – hand picked wood from local suppliers, iron from New York and leather from Scotland. Customization is available and all pieces are made to order. Clearly a lot of skill, love and dedication is put into every piece they create.
Loki Longboards Custom Setup
Loki uses those same philosophies and core values for their longboards. They take unwanted or unused furniture and make sturdy boards that have interesting details; whether it be variations in the wood itself or a random nail hole, each piece is one-of-a-kind. Hand crafted and hand finished with tung oil which provides a natural grip and weather protection. Not to mention they get their trucks and wheels from Paris Truck Co and Seismic Skate Systems, just confirming the fact that they’re super durable and going to last a long time. Seems like it’s pretty much the perfect summer cruiser.
Photo: Loki Longboards
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Clam Lab Berry Bowl
Handcrafted Berry Bowl
people this weekend, I was at the Renegade Craft Fair. There were so many wonderful vendors, and though a rainy Saturday I was on a mission to find the best of the best. All week I’ll be posting my favorites from the fair.
In the home category, Clam Lab was a standout. The beautifully crafted tableware pieces were really different from the rest. I absolutely love the berry bowl, it holds fruit but has hand-carved holes on the bottom just like a strainer. It’s raised to keep fruit off the bottom of the sink & doubles as a bowl (with a tiny plate underneath to protect surfaces from any drips). The berry bowl is porcelain, but what I find most amazing is that it’s microwave, dishwasher and of course food safe. Go to Clam Lab’s shop for more unique items like a baking stone, custom dutch oven and a mortar & pestle set.
Photos: Clam Lab
Another great use..
Fim Agate Bookends
of Agate. I came across these bookends while on the hunt for the Rablab Agate Coasters and must say they are pretty spectacular. Handcrafted in Brazil, these stones are natural outgrowths from the inside of lava streams, with traces of crystal, agate and amethyst. Much like the Rablab Agate Coasters, every piece is unique since all natural materials are used. I’m not trading in my Hippopotamus Bookends just yet, but these are definitely on my radar.
Photo: Gage-Martin Interiors