Make your workspace orderly, your skin healthy and your drinks cupboard inviting with this month's line-up of Monocle's favourite new products.
Desktructure’s containers include pencil holders and small boxes for storing things such as paperclips and USB sticks. “I think it brings a bit of fun to the serious business of organising your desk,” says London-based designer Héctor Serrano.
Nousaku was founded in 1916 in Takaoka as a maker of Buddhist altar fittings but in 2002 began to focus on homeware and decorative objects – such as these brass animals. Today, 37 artisans make up to 300 products a day.
These hangers, designed by small creative studio Toma, based in Montréal, are all made locally using birch plywood. “With the Inside Out collection, we take the hangers out of the cupboard and add a touch of fun to everyday objects,” says artistic director Anne Thomas.
These organic products, handmade in Australia, are available in portable pouches with a selection of travel essentials. There is a whole line of products for your body, face and hair, including mosquito repellent, body wash and suntan lotion.
Previously reserved for private use, Greek firm Eleones Messinias finally made this prized extra virgin olive oil available to buy last year. The Potamia oil from the Gourmet Series is produced from olives that are cold-pressed within eight hours of being handpicked for maximum freshness.
You have to work for your comfort with these slippers: they are delivered as one flat piece of felt and a colourful lace of your choice, giving you the chance to do the stitching part. They are made by a social enterprise based outside Paris that hires people with disabilities.
KX – pronounced kicks – began life as an exclusive members club in central London. After the successful opening of a restaurant and food-delivery service, the brand has now launched its own line of health products. Its first offering is a set of four daily supplements containing a blend of vitamins and minerals, Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
Robert Czajka’s fascination with his suburban surroundings inspired him to create Papierowe Miasto (Polish for “paper town”), a colourful collection of ready-to-fold cardboard sheets that transform into houses, playgrounds, petrol stations and buses. There are currently three urban sets, with paper people and animals to be released later this year.
Ohmine has been brewing quality sake using premium-grade rice and spring water since the 1600s. A sake’s quality is determined by the percentage of rice grain used in the brewing process – the less the better – and Ohmine offers three options: Junmai, Junmai Ginjo and Junmai Daiginjo. The latter, marked by the black shadow of a single grain of rice, is the most superior. The bottles are designed by Swede Frederik Neppelberg.
L:A Bruket is a Swedish organic skincare brand run by Monica Kylén and her husband Mats Johansen. “What inspired our concept is the 200-year-old kurbad [spa] tradition we have in Varberg based on seaweed, salt and drinking sulphur water from the old wells,” says Johansen. We’re partial to the sage, rosemary and lavender hand cream.
Designed by Rieko Fujimoto, this new range of aluminium cutlery is an exercise in refined metal working that Fujimoto learnt while studying under renowned metal craftsman Shigeru Terachi. The Osaka-based artisan set up Studio Riecobo in Osaka in 2009 and her creations are only available outside Japan through design store OEN. “I want to design objects that are simple and useful yet take on an interesting shape,” she says.
Japanese glassware giant Hario’s Filter-in bottle transforms loose-leaf tea into a summer drink: the silicon-spouted vessel creates cold-brewed blends rich in vitamin C and theanine. Available in red, off-white and olive green, the design echoes the shape of a wine bottle. Hario entered the beverage market in 1950 and has used clean energy since 1972 to create everything from coffee syphons to TV screens.
Lithuanian native Ausra Burg founded My Cup of Tea in 2008. It is run from a transformed railway arch in Southwark, south London, and her weekday wholesale business opens Saturdays for tea workshops. The company now sells 60 self-branded products and an array of bespoke blends, including a ginger, lemongrass and chamomile infusion.
Pharmaceutical firm Interapothek has recently updated its packaging with bold graphics by Eduardo del Fraile. His designs feature on products including a rosehip eye cream and shea butter day and night cream.
Herradura’s tequila is made with ingredients grown locally in Amatitán, Mexico. Created in 1995, the award-winning Selección Suprema is aged for 49 months in American white-oak casks. With complex woody notes and a hint of vanilla, this double-distilled tipple is an ideal digestif.
Sydney-based stylist and author Jason Grant’s first book is an illustrated guide that provides the reader with inspiration and practical solutions, detailing the most important factors to consider in each room.