A dish rack that takes its form from a patch of grass isn’t exactly novel, and if it goes for a cool $160, it better have something else going for it. That something is, in the case of Sod, a drying rack from Austin’s design shop Finell, a long, skinny profile that’s either ingenious or utterly useless, and a stainless steel tray that matches its pale grey flexible blades. Arty drinkware not include.
Bulgarian architect Victor Vasilev must have been channeling Donald Judd when he conceived of Kub, his gasp-inducing bathroom sink design. How he manages to get weighty extra-clear glass vessels to slice into–and cantilever from–solid carrera marble (without crashing to the floor in smithereens) is anyone’s guess. And, to be sure, no one would welcome the task of keeping the precious things clean. But if minimalism is what’s called for, Vasilev knows how to deliver–clearly.
A ceramic trivet from the Australian retailer, Country Road. Pretty yellow.
The plus sign-shaped slot on this piggy bank caught my attention. The matte white and abstracted form are quite fine, too.
Dwell Studio bills this Pinwheel rug as kids’ stuff, but grown-up me wouldn’t one bit mind having its graphic cheeriness underfoot.
This hand-crafted steel floor lamp by the French manufacturer Jielde is worthy of a slot on any design enthusiast’s bucket list. It’s on mine, in any case.
If Steve Jobs had gone into the air purification business, he may have come up the Chikuno Cube, an air purifier made from something called “activated bamboo charcoal powder and clay minerals.”
A case for hanging on to your house phone would be Jasper Morrison’s design for the Swiss brand Punkt, which is comprised of a cradle that holds the phone in face-up position, allowing for dialing without picking up the phone. Oh, and yes, it’s beautiful.