Inventory No. 46— Global


The Monocle shopping list this month contains the perfect birdhouse, a creamy artisan-crafted beer and earphones that stay where they’re supposed to.

Ask Alice, Elecom, Karen Chekerdjian, Notanotherbill, Otsuka, September

  1. Piu/birdhouse
    When German designer Olaf Kiessling moved into his new home, a hunt for the perfect birdhouse for his garden proved unfruitful. He took matters into his own hands and the result is an impeccable steel and aluminum Vogelhaus – that doubles as a bird feeder – certain parts of which are produced by disabled craftsmen in Germany and Switzerland. It’s the ideal shelter for finches, nuthatches and other small birds.
  2. Oiseau/book chair
    Designer Kana Nakanishi has created an outdoor doodling kit for kids. Made of Japanese…


  1. The National Trust is a British charity that protects historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments throughout the country. The organisation raises funds through membership fees (it has a membership of 3.8 million) and gift shops.

  2. With a widening interest in the craft beer market, paired with dampening sales of mass-market beers in recent years, Brewers & Union ales are filling a gap in the market.

  3. The sunny California climate helps the natural drying in the ceramic-making process, which is why southern California used to be home to around 600 potteries. Now only Bauer remains.


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