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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.

Le Creuset Released Its Latest Color: Matte Navy

Blame it on my traditional taste or the amount of time I spend banging pots and pans around (which is a lot), but I’m generally not a fan of colorful cookware. The fleeting trendiness of muted pastels or bold primary hues is no match for the staying power of gleaming stainless steel or French-country copper in my kitchen. At least, that’s the opinion I held until Le Creuset’s latest color release: Matte Navy.

As someone who is not usually thrilled by navy, this iteration took me by surprise due to its unmistakable resemblance to Farrow & Ball’s cult-favorite Hague Blue—a dramatic blue with deep green undertones. It’s a shade of navy that feels distinctly more multidimensional than flat, especially when washed over Le Creuset’s culinary classics. If I were ever to step out on my stainless steel saucier, it would be for this (admittedly) bold yet timeless blue. —Liz Buxton, shopping director 

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Laundry Day and Alvaro Ucha Rodriguez Collaborated on the Chicest Ashtray

The Argentine designer is known for his work with Lichen (our entire team has a crush on this Brutalist lamp), and his latest product with elevated smokeware brand Laundry Day is just as lovable. Even for those who don’t smoke, it’s a beautiful object to keep on a coffee table. 

Nordstrom Launched Black/style@Nordstrom

Black/style@Nordstrom, a new section on the site and an in-person pop-up at select Nordstrom locations, is all about celebrating Black design. Across all categories, the curation highlights Black designers both established and emerging. Think: Brother Vellies, Estelle Colored Glass, Khiry, the Oula Company, Oui the People, and more.  

Via Carota Dropped Bottled Craft Cocktails That Are the Perfect Host Gift

If you’ve eaten at Via Carota, you know how delicious its cocktails are. Now you can bring those spirits home (pun intended) with ready-to-pour bottles. They include red and white Negronis, along with four other classics, so giving these as your next host gift pretty much guarantees an invitation back.

Nordic Knots Collaborated With Giancarlo Valle on a Whimsical Rug Collection 

We’re seeing less and less perfect square-shaped rugs, and New York–based interior designer Giancarlo Valle’s new collaboration with Nordic Knots is the latest iteration of the movement. The three styles are playful yet sophisticated, with patterns inspired by the hand-painted furniture in Valle’s family home in Latin America. 

Hem Released Its First Outdoor Dining Collection With Philippe Malouin

Spring isn’t here yet, but Chop, Hem’s latest outdoor furniture drop, is making us feel like we’re at least getting closer. Made in collaboration with London-based industrial designer Philippe Malouin, a rich cobalt blue is balanced by soft butter yellows, all in that modern, minimalist style that we know and love Hem for. 

The Future Perfect Opened a Must-See Korean Design Exhibition: “Jeong” 

We’ll surely be stopping by the Future Perfect’s New York gallery before March 17 to catch its latest exhibition, showcasing contemporary Korean design by talents like Jane Yang-D’Haene, Seungjin Yang, Rahee Yoon, and more. 

Jeremiah Brent Designed L.A.’s New French-Inspired Restaurant, Juliet 

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We’re adding Juliet to our Los Angeles restaurant list, not only for the bright French-inspired menu but for the gorgeous design by Domino-favorite Jeremiah Brent. Highlights include scalloped wood tables, raffia-covered walls, and a 1,500-square-foot terrace. 

Shoppe Object Opens Its Doors, and We’re First in Line

The biannual trade show is currently in action (as of February 2), showcasing the latest products in the home, wellness, and fashion spaces. We can’t wait to see what’s new from favorite brands like Il Buco Vita, Puebco, and Areaware. Catch it before it’s over, on February 7.