Japanese designer Mitsuhiro Konishi was trained as a sculptor, as is evident in his collection of metal cutlery and kitchen tools handcrafted in his Okinawa workshop. The substantial weight of each piece is balanced against an intricate attention to detail, like the small rivets that connect the forms. These pieces are made from hand beaten aged steel and polished brass. Available at Nalata/Nalata.
Velde Necklace by The Things We Keep $216 • Pod, 35 Sacramento Street, Cambridge
Kay Wang founded her Brooklyn-based architectural jewelry line The Things We Keep in 2011. Her sculptural pieces are modern and minimal everyday pieces. All work is designed and fabricated by hand in New York City. The Velde necklace is a marriage of textile and metal, both primitive and contemporary, made of hand-twisted linen rope and cast brass.
I featured this handmade mahogany Tangram Seder Plateby StudioArmadillo in the The Boston Globe last weekend. Designed by Anat Stein and Hadas Kruk of Tel Aviv-based StudioArmadillo, the seven-piece seder plate set infuses fun into what can be a very long evening.
California-based jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning is one of my favorite jewelry designers. Not only do I love her jewelry, I love that they are affordable enough for me to buy. I often find her pieces at Good in Beacon Hill, though tonight I stumbled across these gold and pyrite earrings online. These Melissa Joy Manning earrings are handmade from recycled 14-karat gold and 10.00-carats of raw faceted pyrite. I have a thing for pyrite too.
These earthenware Drip vases are hand-made in Syracuse, New York by Brian Giniewski. Glossy glaze, formulated in such a way that allows the artist to suspend it’s drip, is juxtaposed against a grainy, matte finish of the vase’s body. Alluring pastel colors and earthy textures in sophisticated but not too serious silhouettes.