One of the wonders of good design is that it allows people to find joy in using ordinary objects. You don’t have to go to an art gallery to experience beauty if you choose items for your home that will delight you every day with their appearance.
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!Martha and Phil Baerreis live in the southern Appalachian Mountains where they make beautiful wooden objects for everday use. I was especially struck by the simple beauty of their salad servers, which come in several wood varieties.
When they’re not in use shoveling greens onto your plate, simply set them on a table, where they resembled a serene pair of praying hands.Other designs may not pass as works of art, but they will add enjoyment to you meals. Check out these makers today.
Matthew and Carly Jo Morgan are a design team from California that has created some incredibly interesting items. A married couple, they make each piece themselves in the Topanga Canyon area. You can see more of their work on their site, Made by the Morgans.
This weekend, I came across a line of absolutely beautiful minimalist furnishings from Kalon Studios. Each piece is boiled down to its essence, injected with a shot of whimsy and meticulously crafted from fine materials. Here are some examples of their work:
The Divan Twin works for seating or sleepingEcho is one of several children’s collections, designed for the owners’ own brood.The No. 5 Series couch offers many modular options.Just looking at the pure simplicity and beauty of the Kalon Tray, I know it would be a joy to use.
See more at the Kalon Studios site.
If you’ve worked in a manufacturing or industrial setting, you probably already know today’s maker. But now, they’re moving into products for the home.
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through some of the links in this post. Please do!Waterhog mats and rugs are everywhere in the industrial world, soaking up water or containing grease or protecting workers’ feet.
Their home products have much the same functions, but are way friendlier to look at. Above, top is the Daisy doormat, and above, bottom, the Boot Tray.You can even have your Waterhog Doormat personalized.
The latest designs are an even greater departure from the Waterhog’s beginnings.
See all the available designs at Plow and Hearth, go here.
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