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 need to know. Here’s what we Slacked one another about this week.

Truth Teller: The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans

The one silver lining of 2020? More time to read. After journeying through 52 books last year, the one I can’t stop thinking about is The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans. The collection of six short stories and one novella grapples with race, class, and truth through rich characters and narratives that I was left thinking about long after the last page. It’s the perfect sidekick for rainy January days, long post office lines, and quiet weekends spent at home. An added bonus? The primary-hued cover looks great on my bookshelf. —Esmé Stern, editorial assistant

Joint Venture: Forti Goods

Stoner furniture gets a bad rap—cardboard boxes and milk crates come to mind—but this made-in-the-Midwest collection by Forti Goods marks a new frontier in, um, high design. The sustainably sourced pieces, from nightstands to display cabinets, are as stylish as they are functional. Each one has a drawer that neutralizes scent and locks with the touch of an app, which also makes them great for storing other valuables—for example, if you’re an Airbnb host looking to lock up personal items while you’re away. —Julie Vadnal, contributing editor

Check, Mate: Curio Practice Throws

This cheeky checkerboard blanket kept popping up on my Instagram feed—first in the home of Wiggle Room founder Zoe Cohen, then in florist Hattie Molloy’s quirky tiled studio. It’s the debut product by just-launched Australian brand Curio Practice, which makes merino throws in cobalt, slate, cherry, and wheatgrass prints. Checkerboard might be trending right now, but the way this blanket is made—woven in a family-owned textile factory in Victoria from local wool and finished by hand—means it will outlive any trend. —Sophie Miura, digital strategy director

Cool Wool: Atelier Delphine Sweater

I not only love this classic Atelier Delphine cable-knit sweater, but it also inspired my New Year’s resolution: to consume more thoughtfully (goodbye, fast fashion!). The Los Angeles–based company is committed to using sustainable, high-quality fabrics that will look chic and endure. This particular sweater is designed in collaboration with indigenous Peruvian craftswomen and made of the softest alpaca wool. It’s also proof that knowing what your money supports makes treating yourself feel even better.  —Linda Denahan, photo director

Brew BFF: Bodum Bistro Kettle

In the tedious process of moving apartments, I’ve had a chance to look at every single item I own and ask myself, well, if it sparks joy. My electric kettle certainly did not; I pretty much bought the cheapest thing I could find in my postgrad move to New York. After a little research, it seemed like anything worthy of a permanent spot on my teensy countertop was too much of an investment piece. Lo and behold, this Bodum kettle, a minimal, Japanese-style number that’s everything I wanted and more: compact, pour-over friendly, and half the price of its competitors. Mornings just got a whole lot better. —Julia Stevens, associate market editor

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