Housewares: Utility objects done right

Years ago, I seriously contemplated becoming an industrial designer. I’d recently moved to New York, took my first product design course, even moonlighted for a small studio. I can’t even remember why I didn’t keep going, to be honest. All that I know is I get strangely excited by beautifully designed everyday stuff.

So, yes, I look at the step ladder below and crave it for my home. The Cycloc bike storage unit gave me goose bumps. Ah, how brilliant. And a simple coat rack that will solve my organizational nightmares. Sold.

Below: Step stool by Design House Stockholm. Nice enough not to keep in the closet. $295.

Below: Cycloc bike storage unit. $100 at YLiving.

Below: Arthur Coat Rack by Wintercheck Factory. $295 in solid walnut.

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