Elevated Everyday: Shoppe Object and NY Now Gifting Update
- Help the Host: Holiday dinners are shifting in structure – a trend analysed in our report The New Festive Meal – and designers are responding with serving solutions that make entertaining easy. Sydney-based ceramics company Mud Australia introduced a stylish oven and dishwasher-safe roasting tray that looks sophisticated enough to function as a centrepiece.
For more casual gatherings, hosts can grab a polished bamboo chip-and-dip bowl from French company Ekobo, or single-use recyclable plastic plates from New York-based L’Entramise, which come in an array of muted metallic hues.
Meanwhile, San Francisco-based Aplat showed its zero-waste line of canvas plate covers, intended to protect meals during transport and ween consumers off plastic wrap and aluminium foil.
- The New Handy: As discussed in the Lifestyle Trends section of our Gifting Update 2018 report, designers are reinterpreting utilitarian tools as beautiful objects that instil mindfulness and optimise efficiency.
Australian brand Tactica debuted its ultra-light flight-safe multitool, encompassing a wrench, screw driver, bottle opener and box opener. Also from Australia, Orbitkey presented its redesigned key chain, intended to reduce bulk and prevent keys from jangling. Using a proprietary lock that fits snugly through each key’s hole, Orbitkey secures up to seven keys in a thumb-sized stack. Users can also slip in add-ons such as a USB flash drive and bottle opener.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s KerfCase won an NY Now show award for its three-level all-wood pencil case with magnetic closures, and Brooklyn design duo Chen Chen & Kai Williams highlighted its hefty metal pen at Shoppe Object, which comes with a cap that screws on like a bolt.
- Elevated Electronics: Designers are reimagining uninspiring electronics chargers as display-worthy pieces. French brand Usbepower introduced a sleek universal desktop charging cube that supports both USB and traditional devices and comes in a variety of colours. For wireless charging, Brooklyn-based Courant debuted a catchall with an in-built charger. The product is coated in Italian pebble leather and available in three muted hues.
- Rug Resurgence: Two companies presented cruelty-free interpretations of animal-hide carpets and throws. Texas-based Domada launched its series of repurposed oriental rugs in the shape of animal hides at Shoppe Object, while at NY Now, Dutch company Doing Goods highlighted its critter-shaped throw rugs.
- Design-Driven Dog Lovers: Next-gen pet accessories embrace playfulness and individuality. New York brand Mr. Dog showed its updated series of cartoon-like robot cases that attach to leashes for carrying dog-poop bags. Meanwhile, Vuff – also based in New York – introduced its line of lightweight, one-size-fits-all, easy-care plastic mesh collars and leashes, whose sleek profile is intended to appeal to a mature consumer.
- Inclusive Self-Care: Consumers are retreating to products that nurture their wellbeing – a topic explored in our report Serving the Self-Care Generation – and designers are creating items that provide solutions for everyone, from men to children.
At Shoppe Object, Californian brand Boy Smells presented its range of candles intended to thwart the gender binary by mitigating typically feminine aromas with masculine notes. Toronto-based Way of Will introduced its skincare range infused with proprietary essential oil blends designed to stimulate mental activity.
Meanwhile at NY Now, French-based beauty company Nailmatic highlighted its children’s line. The newly expanded range includes certified eco-friendly soap and bath bombs.
- Kids In Motion: Ergonomics are no longer just for the office, and companies like New York’s ErgoErgo have launched supportive chairs for children that encourage them to stay active even while sitting. Similarly, Dutch brand Wobbel asks kids to test their balance with a rocking wooden plank that can be used for seating or playtime.