Galactic Table Linens, L.A.’s Buzziest Exhibition, and Sunscreen That’s Basically a Time Machine
Our editors share their Friday faves.
Published Jun 18, 2021 1:00 AM
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.
Dynamic Duo: IKEA x Thinkk Studio
When you think of IKEA, local makers don’t usually come to mind, but the retailer’s latest collection, Lokalt, is shaking things up. The company has partnered with designers and craftspeople in Amman, Delhi, and Bangkok and created a limited-edition run of handcrafted ceramics and textiles, along with much-needed jobs in those areas. In our carts: the perfectly imperfect clay tableware. The plate, vase, and bowls are the brainchild of Thinkk Studio and artisans in Doi Tung, Thailand, and proudly show it—look closely and you’ll see a few fingerprints, their literal handiwork making its mark. —Lindsey Mather, editorial director, home
Big-Show Energy: “Sized”
“Sized” feels like the refreshing, fill-your-cup culture quencher we’ve been waiting for. The Los Angeles exhibition, presenting “works for the home and life,” kicked off on Tuesday and will run until Sunday, June 27. It features 60 collaborators—from design darlings (Waka Waka, Tiwa Select) to art-world superstars (Vanessa Beecroft, Sterling Ruby). Curated by creative director Alexander May, each object is informed by a glossary of words and ultimately functions as “aura.” What could be more California dreamy than that? —Alex Redgrave, executive editor
Sun Seeker: Vacation Sunscreen
New sunscreens debut every year, but something about Vacation stood out, and, frankly, shook me to my core. The brand’s “leisure enhancing” five-product core collection includes a hydrating face mist, SPF oil, classic and mineral lotions, and even a perfume with notes of swimsuit Lycra. But excellent products aside (I’ve tested them all), it’s the nostalgic branding that originally drew me in. Vintage travel footage plays as you enter the company’s site—a time machine back to the ’80s good life. Every element is deeply considered; the packaging even includes QR codes for playlists from Poolside FM, the radio station that birthed the brand. So lather up, lay out, and channel the carefree lifestyle of vacationers past. —Julia Stevens, associate style editor
Kitchen Candy: Dusen Dusen Oven Mitts
I’m on a desperate hunt for a fresh oven mitt, like these from Dusen Dusen, and not just because my go-to one recently caught fire after I left it a smidge too close to the burner (don’t worry; everything is fine!). I’m moving into an apartment that’s all my own, and I want to mark this sort-of-scary-but-totally-exciting chapter—sans roommates—with chic cooking staples that will make my first solo meal in my new home all the more special. —Lydia Geisel, associate editor, home
Go Bold: Achuli Design
Ever since my friend and colleague Lindsey Mather, editorial director of home here at Domino, scouted Achuli Design on Instagram for our new Summer print issue, I can’t stop thinking about the company’s bold color point of view and fresh take on product design. Each item produced by the Nairobi-based founders, Uli Jänen and Judith Odhanjo, feels like Bauhaus meets modern Kenya, a nod to their previous home in Frankfurt. Everything, including their stacked stools made from excess pieces of board and their chic low-slung apple green armless sofa, is available to ship internationally, and they do custom work, too, just a DM away via @achulidesign. —Benjamin Reynaert, style director
To Dye For: Goldie Home
Just in time for the return of the dinner party, Goldie Home’s line of custom-dyed and watercolor-printed table linens recently landed in my in-box, so I had to jump on a pair of the Rose Stargazer napkins. They’re made right here in New York, and a portion of each sale goes to No Kid Hungry. They also look perfectly wild next to the hard angles of my plaid Heather Taylor Home tablecloth. —Julie Vadnal, deputy editor