Leah Ball

by Anh-Minh on April 17, 2014

Perhaps it’s because my childhood home was filled with greenery and my parents are avid gardeners—I’ve got a thing for hanging planters. The only problem? I am terrible at maintaining plants! Even succulents and air plants, which are supposed to be easy to keep, don’t survive in my care. But that doesn’t stop me from coveting planters—I just re-purpose them to hold other things. (They’re great for pens and pencils, as well as small office supplies like my stash of Post-Its and binder clips.)

Right now, I’ve got my eye on Leah Ball’s planters. I love the contrast between the marbled porcelain of the vessels and the natural rope. There’s a variety of hues, but my favorite is probably the blue-and-white combination (shown below)—although the black-and-green is a close second!

In addition to hanging planters, Leah makes dishes, cream-and-sugar sets, mugs, and tabletop planters. And she is a talented jewelry designer as well, as you can see from the cast metal collection sold in her shop. I was also thrilled to discover the “Portrait Series” section of her site; it includes a handful of short interviews with some fantastic creatives.

{ All images via Leah Ball’s Etsy shop }


Fort Standard

by Anh-Minh on April 10, 2014

I’m always excited to come across a new-to-me store that stocks home accessories and furnishings that I haven’t previously seen. That was the case with Fort Standard, a Brooklyn-based studio founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings. They’ve collaborated with other brands (such as Roll & Hill, Areaware, and All-Clad), as well as design and make their own products that, as they put it on their site, “exemplify an understanding of materials and the balance between form and function.”

Some of my favorite Fort Standard pieces are shown in the above photo, and you can see them in more detail below.

Standard Ware is a collection of faceted bone china, made for 1882 and produced in England.

Fort Standard’s cutting boards come in three shapes and in either American walnut or curly maple. I especially love the large donut-like hanging hole!

And on the furniture front, I’m coveting the stone and wood Elevate Table. The design is available with different geometric-shaped tops (e.g., hexagon, triangle).

{ All images from Fort Standard }


Paper & Clay

by Joanna on April 8, 2014

Paper & Clay is one of those ceramic lines that is all about special details: the quirky loop of a teacup handle, the casual slope of a spout, and the proportional play of layered glazes. These handmade ceramic pieces are “inspired by the flawless and simple design of the Scandinavian region,” but made in a Memphis studio by artist Brit McDaniel. I especially love her pieces that are simpler in color with an almost dipped aesthetic.

{ Images via Paper & Clay }


Helen Levi

by Anh-Minh on February 27, 2014

Gilded Eye Planters

I definitely go through buying phases. When my husband and I moved into our current house, we found ourselves with a bit more square footage than before, and I went through a chair phase—picking up single chairs here and there that caught my eye, until we no longer had space or a need for additional seating. Right now, I’m on a ceramics kick. Again. I especially love that ceramics can be works of art as well as objects that can be put to use every day. (So I don’t feel like I’m just adding to the clutter in my house!)

Brooklyn-based photographer and potter Helen Levi’s pieces have been on my wish list for a while now. While her drinking vessels (below) are gorgeous, I think it’s her Gilded Eye planters (shown above) that need to come live with me very soon!

Inkspot Mug

Porcelain Drinking Jugs

Artist’s Mug and Camp Mug

{ Images from Helen Levi }


Yumi Nakamura

by Alexis on February 26, 2014

I have quite a tea habit, so what initially drew me to the work of Japanese metalsmith Yumi Nakamura were her beautiful, hand-hammered kettles. But the more of her work I saw, the more enamored I became.

Yumi trained as an interior designer, and after graduating in 2005, worked as a housewares designer. During this time, her interest in working with metals was piqued, and in 2008 she returned to Tokyo to pursue it. After a couple of years of experimentation, Yumi started producing her line in 2010. She uses traditional hammering techniques that date back millennia, but her designs are very modern.

{ Images from Yumi Nakamura }

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