Published on January 15, 2021

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© The Irving Penn Foundation; Courtesy of Tuft + Paw; Courtesy of Roop.

Our days are punctuated by scouting new talent, attending market appointments, and scrolling Instagram in an effort to unearth the products, people, and news you actually need to know. Here’s what we Slacked one another about this week.

Cat Fancy: Tuft + Paw’s Rifiuti

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Courtesy of Tuft + Paw

Have you ever tried to find a chic litter box? Good luck. Skip the dismaying search results and check out Tuft + Paw’s new collection, which includes the esteemed Rifiuti (among several other designs). At first glance I thought it was a vinyl record storage shelf, but it’s actually a compartmentalized and discrete litter box with sleek lines and tapered legs in the prettiest blond birch plywood. The brand also sells equally functional and stylish pet beds, scratching posts, and food bowls, all pieces that somehow perfectly complement my new home. —Andie Diemer, deputy photo editor

Hot Dish: Morgan Levine Ceramic Vessels

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Courtesy of Morgan Levine

It’s impossible not to love these sweeter-than-candy trinket dishes designed by Brooklyn ceramist Morgan Levine. The marbleizing maestro just announced on Instagram that she’ll be launching a special Valentine’s Day colorway, which will hit her site on January 26. Pink and red is one of my all-time favorite combos, making the dishes fit for year-round jewelry displaying. I have my eye on the small one as a Valentine’s Day gift for my mom (bonus, it’s only $30!) —Julia Stevens, associate style editor

Small Wonder: Roop Furoshiki Bag

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Courtesy of Roop

Recently I’ve become obsessed with tiny purses. Sometimes carrying a fully loaded tote can become more of a chore, so having a mini bag in hand with just my wallet, phone, and keys is ideal. This tiny furoshiki-style bag from Roop, a Black-owned boutique in London, caught my eye immediately. Natasha Fernandes Anjo hand-makes them using vintage and remnant fabrics, so each is a one of a kind. Roop collections are only available for limited time, so grab your mini before it’s snatched up! —Belle Morizio, photo intern  

Eye Candy: “Photographism” at Pace Gallery

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Mouth (for L’Oréal), New York, 1986, by Irving Penn. © The Irving Penn Foundation

If you’re looking for a dose of inspiration this winter, I recommend that all New Yorkers safely head over to the Pace Gallery in Chelsea to check out “Photographism,” a new exhibition showcasing Irving Penn’s photographs, sketches, and archival documents dating back to 1939. Penn’s influence in the design and publishing communities is quite renowned and widespread, yet I often still find myself returning to his work when it comes to presenting everyday objects in new and sometimes subversive compositions. He had the ability to elevate the ordinary: Glassware, playing cards, and lipstick (pictured here for L’Oréal in 1986) become something larger and poetic. The Instagram account @the.irving.penn.foundation is a nice scroll for the visually curious who can’t make the trip. Otherwise, in-person visits can be scheduled here. —Benjamin Reynaert, style director

Must Marathon: Netflix’s Pretend It’s a City

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Last week when Netflix unveiled Pretend It’s a City, the Martin Scorsese–directed seven-part docuseries on writer Fran Lebowitz, I viewed all the episodes immediately. People have been calling the series a love letter to New York, but based on Lebowitz’s general candor, it’s more of a cease-and-desist order. Since watching I’ve been going back to her earlier work, a snarky, hilarious reminder of the New York we’ll all get to have again soon hopefully. For her collected writing, I’d recommend The Fran Lebowitz Reader, but only if you order it through a local bookstore, as Fran would want you to. —Tim Latterner, design editor

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