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102: Soft home goods, solid home goods, and extraordinary furniture
A vintage Via Ancona kettle sets today's mood.
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An item to set today’s mood: A 1995 Via Ancona Hummingbird and Tulip Kettle
Here’s something new: I’m selling you this kettle. After spotting it at a bric-a-brac store in Saugerties, New York and posting it on Instagram, a quick clip of knowing DMs (including from AD’s Sydney Gore) alerted me that these hard-to-find Via Ancona hummingbird kettles were going for a couple hundred each on eBay. I’ve since gathered that they’re a thing on TikTok, are Memphis styled but made in 1995, and actually whistle when they steam.
Anyway, this enamel lad is obviously adorable but makes no sense in my apartment, so I’ll be taking offers via reply to this email/in the comments, and the highest bidder by Sunday end of day wins. Pickup in Brooklyn or US shipping $15. Or buy it from some other seller on eBay! Do literally whatever you like!
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soft home goods
Two towels to start us off (both very plush and springy in their terry pile), the first from Baina is a deep chocolate jacquard that sends the Australian brand’s checkerboard signature into the subtext; the second from Amsterdam-based, Portugal-made Autumn Sonata also riffs on deco through a tile motif; a true Klein-blue Tekla linen tablecloth for 70% off at SSENSE (I bought one); Lauren Frauenschuh’s textile project, Elshu, through which she made the dress I wore for my City Hall wedding, has begun producing “clothes” for chairs—available by direct order through Instagram; and breezy panel curtains from the Ana Kras capsule for &Drape, available in white with a thin black all-around trim or vice versa.
solid home goods
This taper-candle wall sconce by Gregory Beson is the kind of piece that lands you an apartment profile in Architectural Digest, but if you haven’t got fuck-you money quite like that, this entry-level candle holder from June Home gestures at a similar vibe for only $50; as a many-time owner of the amber-glass Yield French press, I couldn’t bring myself to repurchase it after yet another hairline crack sent the body into the recycling—most French presses are actually hideous or bulky, but I am exultant to have found and bought this Alessi by Michael Graves one from his Whistling Bird collection in the style of a Medieval jail cell; the most handsome contemporary cutlery is this Pure 20 set by Gourmet Settings—more reliable than buying vintage or boutique for when you need to expand/replace; these Mila espresso cups by Siete Studio that I first saw on Claude Home and have been ambiently tracking down for years have finally been identified—they’re handmade to order in Mexico City; and while the “solidness” of a candle might be up for debate, I’m willing to bet no one who’s spent $750 on a rubber-molded beeswax candle sculpture by Brian Thoreen is going to let a match anywhere near it.
and extraordinary furniture.
Beatrice Bonino’s “If I Did, I Did, I Die” show at Jacqueline Sullivan Gallery is the current conversational crown jewel of the Lower Manhattan design scene, this imposing, pedestal’ed vase with a latex cloak case-in-point as to the collection’s soft eroticism that’s captivated viewers; Minjae Kim’s fiberglass La Chaparita chair sits atop a stepstool of its own to make up for its small stature—you could imagine a set of six or eight flanking a long dining table like intricately carved chess pieces, the setting for the world’s most captivating sobremesa; these Niels Gammelgaard for IKEA “For Books” bookcases should be on your radar in case you run into one for less than $1,000 or, in the case of this rare rainbow-tone version in pristine condition, those times when it’s worth shelling out a bit more; Ford Bostwick’s Le Corbusier-inspired “Domino Side Table” offers a ton of elegant storage without being visually clunky or heavy, a godsend for negative-space-hungry apartments; Lana Launay’s “illume 04” lamp pulls from a similar atomic-age reference pool, but is executed in highly organic, decomposable materials like paper, beechwood, and raffia for just under $2,000 USD.
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