As with our work, many of the items in this guide draw from Shaker and Japanese design. They are tools for living where function and beauty are inextricably bound. The materials were chosen for their ability to grow more beautiful with age and use and to last a lifetime or more. Many of the pieces were made by artisans using traditional methods that date back centuries.
Kalon Studios Trays + Boards
available in 2 woods, $195-$295
These simple, precise forms are crafted from solid walnut or bamboo. The set includes two nesting trays and three breadboards. The trays come in two sizes and are intended to be used as serving trays or platters. The accompanying bread boards function as small plates for snacks, a casual meal or hors d’oeuvres.
Kalon Studios Unit
available in 2 sizes and 4 woods, $395-$565
With their thoughtfully designed storage compartments, our multipurpose Units are designed to fit in any room of the house where extra surface area or storage is desired. Made from domestic hardwoods, they offer just enough surface area for a kitchen shelf (to house cookbooks, knives and spices), as small standing desk or as sideboard/nightstand.
Futagami Eclipse Bottle Opener
Founded in 1897, the origins of Futagami were rooted in making brass artifacts in the Buddhist tradition. One of Japan’s oldest metal foundries, Futagami has maintained its focus on producing quality, handcrafted furnishings that last generations. Their brass alloy is infamous in Japan for gradually developing a rich patina over the course of many years due to the oxidization process.
Chiapas Net Bags
available in 2 sizes, $40-$65
Handmade in Mexico by traditional artisans, these woven straw bags with leather straps are ideal for the farmers’ market or even a day at the beach.
A modern take on the traditional Japanese cast-iron tetsubin, this kettle by Makoto Koizumi pares down the design to the bare essentials of form and utility. Well known for traditional craftsmanship, Nambu cast ironworks has been perfected in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan since the middle of the 17th century.
Heather Taylor Home Napkins
set of 4, $79
Designed in Los Angeles, Heather Taylor’s simple linens are handwoven on floor and back-strap looms by artisans in Chiapas, Mexico. The straight-forward and casual designs express a wonderful sense of ease and sophistication.
“Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.” Shaker design philosophy. This ingenious design uses the century old technique of steam bent wooden springs. A pair belongs in every American kitchen to connect us with the ingenuity and history of this country.
Los Angeles-based August tea offers seasonal flavors meant to evoke full sensory experiences. Made from the highest quality teas available and blended by a premiere tea house, August teas cannot be explained, they must be experienced.
Kaikado Tea Leaf Scoop
available in 3 sizes and 3 metals, $14-$16
Handmade in Kyoto by a family of sixth-generation metalsmiths, over time these beautiful little scoops will develop a rich patina unique to each piece. The simplicity of the object and the interaction of the material with the oils of your hands bring an immense beauty and life to something as unspectacular as a tea scoop.