There's a revolution stirring in homewares, and it's happening in ceramics. Case in point, the beautifully minimalist line KH Wurtz. Stocked at homewares store Monc XIII in Sag Harbor (which is full of such beautiful pieces that there is temptation to buy it all), the line is created by father and son duo Aage and Kasper Würtz. Located in Horsens, Denmark, their focus is on simple lines and contemporary stoneware inspired by their Scandinavian roots. There are unexpected dips in rims and moody colorations, resulting in plates and bowls that seem more sculpture than dinnerware. Glazes range from oceanic blues to cloudy grays and soft creams, and design is incredibly subtle. This is tableware that doesn't require fanfare, just good food and great company.
Upon arriving at the lush, jungle retreat that is Coqui Coqui, an intimate resort located on the dreamy coast of Tulum, Mexico, an intoxicating mix of ocean, flowers, and the inimitable smell of vacation draws you into the chic, minimalist concrete structure.
The power of scent has the ability to transform a place from lackluster to lush, and is a force that Diptyque has in spades. Each year, the brand releases their iconic 34 Collection. Included are hand blown candle vessels made in France (no two are the same), new fragrances, and this year, a creamy colored vase made entirely of wax. The brand is also releasing a smaller capsule collection called Les Voyages, an assemblage of travel-sized (and travel necessary products) that one could imagine discovering on a jaunt aboard the Orient Express. A miniature facial spray, parfum, cleanser, exfoliator and more make up the collection, which comes in an enchanting, illustrated box.
Both lines will be available this summer in a collaboration between Diptyque and Brooklyn gallery space, The Invisible Dog, where a bespoke pop-up shop will offer both new collections in a space worthy of Diptyque’s incredible scents.
A walk through Bed Stuy in Brooklyn may surprise you. Brownstones reach skyward on blocks lined with trees (many in their full, cherry blossom glory), and intriguing new stores and restaurants pop up daily. Take cult boutique Sincerely Tommy and bar Lovers Rock, both local institutions drawing in crowds from neighboring areas. The newest outpost is Chicky’s (pictured above right), a market/grocery/coffee bar opened by the same owner as local restaurant Eugene & Co (pictured above left), a charming farm-to-table restaurant offering the area a chic atmosphere and delicious food. Chicky’s was born from owner Tara Oxleys' desire to offer the neighborhood a marketplace she had been craving for years. Organic, farm-raised meats and vegetables are available, in addition to select and delicious dry goods, pre-prepared food and delicious coffee. Also on offer are flowers, adorable homewares and organic chocolate.
Chicky's, 406 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn
It’s not enough for homewares to be merely practical. Instead, they should be a marriage of form and function; sculpture as well as dish. ARC objects, a homewares and accessories line created by Daniela Jacobs, excels at both. Born in New York and raised between the city and Mallorca, Spain, Jacobs is inspired by contrasts and dualities. She took her first pottery class when she was six, although it wasn’t until her study at Parsons School of Design that she learned the small-scale industrial production and hand-craft techniques she uses now for her ARC objects studio practice. Inspired by geometric forms and textures found in nature, each piece is created to mirror the organic curves of other pieces in the line (which ranges from dishes to bowls to cups). ARC pieces are intentionally "seasonless," bold in simplicity, and made by hand in New York City.