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Metal Salt & Pepper Shakers

Both sleek and utilitarian, these simply designed metal and wood salt and pepper shakers are handmade by Seattle-based Ladies and Gentleman Studio. The untreated copper or brass body, if left unpolished, will become patinated with time.

Available at Ladies and Gentleman, $60/pair

Cousu de Fil Blanc

Cousu de Fil Blanc is a line of handmade soaps that are produced in the traditional manner by a master soap maker in France. Vegetable-based, color and paraben free, the line consists of a few specific collections, incorporating such ingredients as essential oils, mountain-made honey, clay, tea, and seaweed.

Each soap is wrapped in a sheath of paper with a line of stitching and minimalist tag. The brand’s interest in print and paper work, married with superior formulations, make for a refined and especially beautiful product.

Available at Cousu de Fil Blanc, as well as Colette, $12/bar

Picnic Table by Gamfratesi for Ligne Roset

Copenhagen-based design studio GamFratesi continues their working relationship with French manufacturer Ligne Roset by way of the “Picnic” side table. This straightforward design reintroduces a traditional, utilitarian sewing-style table as a bold piece of everyday furniture.

Constructed of black-stained ash, the practical table offers both storage and a support handle that allows it to be moved with ease; the gentle curves of the upper compartment and handle are balanced by the strictness of the frame on which the table stands.

Available by order at Ligne Roset stores, $1100

Woodcut by Bryan Nash Gill

Bryan Nash Gill is a Connecticut-based artist who creates relief prints from cross sections of fallen or damaged wood, as well as tree’s burls, knots, and branches. In his book Woodcut, Gill’s large-scale prints are reproduced in a more humble format, on handsome matte-finish paper. The detailed prints are not only mesmerizing, but serve as a recorded history of each tree’s life. As children, we often find trees fascinating, from their grandeur to the science of their rings; in this book, the poignancy of a tree’s story is revisited and honored through the artist’s craft.

In addition to an eloquent introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg, the book also allows Gill to describe the labor-intensive, often difficult printmaking process he employs.

More at: Bryan Nash Gill

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