The biannual NY Now market has a dizzying array of home products on display. Some favorites at the recent winter showcase at Manhattan’s Javits Center included everyday items with striking design features and quirky accessories dreamed up by entrepreneurs.
Even the ceramic products from Philadelphia-based Edgewood Made have a striking, carved look, which company co-founders George Dubinsky and David Short say bridge the gap between woodworking and ceramics. Their ceramic pitchers, vases and cups start off as a wooden mold, and they also offer wooden cutting boards, serving sets and furniture; prices range from $24 for a cup to $96 for a pitcher, available at edgewoodmade.com
STEMLESS WINE GLASSES
These stemless wine glasses from GOVERRE make pinot grigio or pinot noir easily transportable. Thicker than regular glassware, they come with a drink-through lid and silicone sleeve, available in seven colors, to prevent spills and breakage. GOVERRE co-founders and San Diego residents Regan Kelaher and Shannon Zappala created a safer way enjoy wine outdoors, whether at picnic, on the beach, or just out on the deck; $24 at goverre.com
These fashion-forward cushions are more than decorative. Underneath the covers designed by celebrity ready-to-wear designer Jay Godfrey are shiatsu massagers; $159.95 at mcushion.com
THE BULBING LAMP
The Bulbing lamp from Studio Cheha is less than meets the eye. The LED lamp has a laser-engraved acrylic glass sheet and creates a 3D image, providing a cool design that takes up less space than it seems to. Styles include a simple light bulb, a traditional lampshade and even a teddy bear; prices range from $120 to $164 at bulbing-light.com. They are also available at the MoMA Design Store, 11 W. 53 St. and 81 Spring St., Manhattan.
Stasher, new, reusable, sealable storage bags from this California company have a modern-twist: They're made with food-grade silicone, not plastic, and are microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Add notes and labels with dry-erase markers and choose from clear bags, bright colors and kid-friendly patterns; from $12.99 to $14.99 at stasherbag.com
Believe it or not, butter doesnt have to be refrigerated. After learning that the condiment won't spoil when left covered at room temperature, Los Angeles resident Joelle Mertzel set out to develop a dish that would keep butter soft and spreadable, without the mess. Her product, Butterie, is a shatterproof plastic container with a wide, flip-top lid and a back edge for scraping off any excess. The containers come in red, blue, tan and white; available for $14.99 at butteriedish.com
The Grillbot is a Roomba for the grill. The grill-cleaning robot, with a built-in computer that regulates speed and direction, comes with a built-in timer, rechargeable lithium battery and three replaceable brushes; $129.95 at grillbots.com