The recent NY NOW winter housewares and gift marke was filled with products that are sleek and modern, as well as quirky and artisanal. Here’s a roundup of some of the eye-catching items at the show, which is held twice a year for store buyers, interior designers and the media at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
Quilted throws and coverlets
Based in New York’s Hudson Valley, Utility Canvas creates strong, indestructible quilted throws, like this China red one, for $135 to $145; coverlets, $292; and hammocks, $150.
John Sheppard, a Manhattan ceramics artist, makes geometric vases, bowls, sconces, table lamps and pendant lights with an aesthetic that is inspired by nature, as well as Brutalism and Art Deco. Prices range from $50 for a small vase to $1,680 for a wall set. Purchase at johnsheppard.net.
Sleek sparkling water maker
Aarke is a sleek water carbonator, with a slim stainless-steel body. The Swedish company, which makes premium kitchen products, started selling in the United States this past July. It retails for $199, and water bottles are $19 each. Available at aarke.com
Organic pillows and quilts
Anchal works with artists in India who hand-quilt geometric and color block designs from organic cotton. Pillows range in price from $38 to $82, and quilts range from $187 to $372. Available at anchalproject.org
Paper napkins with heft
The Napkins, designed in Switzerland and made in Italy, have the look and feel of a textile, but are made of paper. Prices range from $10 for a pack of 12 to $28 for 50 in an Entertaining pack at thenapkinsus.com
Brooklyn Interior designer Ursallie Smith brings together materials such as Tibetan / Mongolian lamb to create her pillow throw and tuck, which is a combination of a pillow and a blanket. Available for $189.99 at pillowthrowandtuck.com
Garlands made of old board books
Portland, Oregon-based Attic Journals recycles baby board books into garlands that make perfect kid room decor. Prices range from $1.30 for a custom letter, so you can make your own garland, to $27 for a Once Upon a Time / Happily Ever After garland at atticjournals.com
Creature cups with critters
Creature Cups from Austin, Texas, provide a surprise at the bottom of your beverage. The ceramic cups include sea, land and creepy creatures, including whales, hedgehogs, unicorns and spiders. $14.99 at creaturecups.com
Doormats say it better
The doormats from Michigan-based Reed Wilson Design display quirky messages, including SUP and The Neighbors Have Better Stuff. $50 at reedwilsondesign.com
Sparkling wine glass 'spa'
If you enjoy sparkling wine (or mimosas) but don’t enjoy hand washing the glasses, FluteSpa holds the glasses while they’re cleaned in the dishwasher. Made in Canada and available for $23.05 for one, $39.74 for a pack of two or $174.87 for a pack of 10 at flutespa.com