For the Dre days past its time to turn those dubs into some bling you’d rather be sittin’ on today. This metal is sand blasted and mirror polished by L.A.’s finest then fitted with a baseball-stitched microfinished European top grain leather cushion to have you looking fly at any dinner table.
Available from Cromatti.
Copy/Paste/Undo doesn’t enter into Michael Robbins’s vocabulary and you wont find 3D software in his tool belt. His sharp eyes step into his shop with new ideas ready to freestyle and form pieces he immediately gets hands on with. The Tucket table reflects his distinctive modern colonial design and his flawless woodworking. Made from oak in Philmont, NY.
Available from Michael Robbins.
Oh geometry, why must you be so pretty? Eric Trine has brought out the best in you with lo fi polygon outlines that shift and morph at every angle. Making you pop with bright powder-coated colors that compete with nature’s best dress and able to resist her fury. Octadedrons never looked so good and if you are looking for a table to show off then you just got lucky.
Available from Eric Trine.
I’ve always wanted to turn my used plastic bottles into new threads and now Pistol Lake is making that dream come true. Using a fabric they call Eudae, a yarn created by combining polyester made from recycled bottles with Tencel which is a fiber made from the pulp of Eucalyptus trees grown on PEFC-certified, sustainably run farms. The result is athletic wear that is soft but performs like a champ giving you breathability, stretch, and some very well placed pockets to hold your tech or keys. All these eco-conscious and minimalist threads are coming to you from L.A.
Available on Kickstarter from Pistol Lake.
You might see coffee rings but this collection of table top stoneware has natural organic swirls built in. Made by mixing both light and dark clays right on the pottery wheel Julia creates unique patterns that remind you of layers of earth or wood grain. If you are feeling a little less daring then she also has a simple cream collection. Each is made by hand with lead-free glazes in her Virginia studio.
Available at Julia Paul Pottery.
This isn’t that Nokia phone you got free with your first cell phone plan in 2002. This might get you out of much stickier situations and is one of the best damn looking pocket knifes I’ve ever laid eyes on. Made of exotic maple and stainless or carbon steel the A2 is heirloom quality and built one at a time by hand in St. Paul. These are one of a kind so be on the lookout.
Available from WKRMN Design.
Some accessories scream “Good gaudy!” while Wind Blown softly whispers light airy minimalism on your ear, wrist, and neck. Simple geometry built with modestly flashy materials like brass and marble instantly grant you that lookbook look. All are forged, twisted, and hammered by Rachel Calhoun in Raleigh. You also won’t have to hit up your safety deposit box to rock a few of these pieces.
Available at Wind Blown.
Colleen and Eric are not in line to board the next space shuttle but, they are winners of the NASA/Etsy SpaceCraft contest for their stellar furniture design. Their MixUp table collection also takes home the gold for its new take on a classic. The CNC milled legs mix up patterns and colors in a playful way under a solid wood table top that ships flat. Each is built in their Bushwick studio.
Available from Fiercely Made.
Combining old school techniques like hand block printing and modern patterns, Emily Diehl has created an eye-pleasing selection of pillows that show the back breaking love that went into them. Other techniques employed to make these beauties are hand screen printing and digital fabric printing on natural cotton and linen blends with non-toxic water based inks and fiber reactive dyes that are hand sewn in Brooklyn.
Available from Au Retour.
I would imagine there to be a ubiquitous Southern Californian dream of catching radical waves while in a Vinyasa higher state of relaxation. In Encinitas, the surfing and yoga heart of the state and possibly the country, a small brand called Süga is making that a little more of a reality. Süga takes old used wet suits and gives them new life as a killer yoga mat. The neoprene material is antimicrobial, spongy, and grips well making it perfect for those sweaty yoga sessions where visions of the ocean guide you.
Available from Süga.