There's nothing quite like the feeling of stumbling upon a special object to decorate your home or add a little flare to your dining table. That feeling of discovery filled the biannual NY Now trade show, recently held at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The show, which takes place every summer and winter for store buyers, decorators and the media has individual artisans and larger companies. Here are some finds.
Add an exposed brick wall to any space with cork bricks from Sustainable Materials in Boulder, Colorado. The faux bricks are made from the byproduct of the process used to manufacture wine corks. They can be stained in several shades, from white to brown, and have self-adhesive backing for easy installation. As a bonus, they also reduce sound transmission and can be used as a pin board. The price is $12 to $14 per square foot; sustainablematerials.com.
LIGHT AS A FEATHER
The Eos line from Vita Lighting brings drama to any room. Designed in Denmark and made with goose feathers that are a byproduct of the food industry, this twist on the traditional paper lantern comes in five sizes, ranging from 12.5 inches to 43 inches in diameter. They can be used as pendants or floor lamps. Prices range from $135 to $1,839; vitalighting.com
CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE
Cloudware from North Carolina company Haand is a modern take on historic Wedgwood Jasperware and is reminiscent of a cloudy blue sky. Each piece is unique, depending on how the two colors mix in the mold. The line includes mugs, bowls and vases that are all made by hand and are dishwasher and microwave safe. Prices range from $23.50 to $95; haand.us
Grill just as easily after the sun sets with these ingenious tools from Grillight. The stainless steel spatulas, tongs, forks and basting brushes come with water-resistant LED flashlights built into the handles. Spatulas and tongs are $24.95, while a Grillight gift set with all four tools is $79.95. The company also makes a wide fish spatula, which is available for $29.95; grillight.com
HOLD ME CLOSER TONY DANZA
Misheard song lyrics are laser engraved on 4-inch-square cork coasters from Bright Beam Designs, based in Austin, Texas. Themed sets of six coasters are available for $25 at etsy.com/shop/brightbeam. You can also create a custom six-coaster "mix tape" from a playlist of more than 100 lyrics for $30, or have your own mistaken lyrics etched onto six coasters for $35.
THROWS. These colorful and soft throws from Wallace Sewell are designed in London and woven at a small mill in Lancashire, in the north of England. The patchwork, honeycomb, pinstripe and basket weave blankets are made with cotton, Merino and Shetland wool. The throws start at about $230. On Long Island, Wallace Sewell products can be found at Annyx, 150 Main St., Sag Harbor. Visit wallacesewell.com for additional retailers or to purchase.
KNIT THROWS. Loopy Mango sells chunky knit throws starting at $545, or you can knit your own for less than half the price. DIY kits start at $242 for a 28-inch-by-40-inch throw and come with a skein of super chunky Merino wool yarn and jumbo birch needles, along with a pattern and fabric bag. They are available at loopymango.com
SILK-SCREENED SILICONE. Silicone table runners and coasters from Modern-twist are silk-screened by hand and are dishwasher safe and nonporous. They come in traditional and modern designs and sell for $18 each at modern-twist.com
BEER GLASS. Easy, Tiger makes the perfect glass for your favorite beer snob. $11.99 at cardsforawesomepeople.com
WOOD GLASSES. The WUD martini and wine "glasses" from designer David Rasmussen are made with walnut and coated in an FDA-approved finish that won't affect the taste of your drink. They also keep drinks cool longer than glass. Martini glasses are $59 and wineglasses are $65-67 at davidrasmussendesign.com