The Best Bet
Mass-produced wall-to-wall carpet is usually the last place you look for art. New York–based pop artist Rob Pruitt’s machine-tufted nylon panda rug, “The Gift,” however, is both plush and aesthetically pleasing. It’s part of wow (Works on Whatever), a new project by the Art Production Fund that has artists creating designs for functional products ($20 per square foot, twelve-by-twelve-foot minimum purchase; 212-966-0193 or worksonwhatever.com).
The combination of bone handles and dark algarrobo wood from South America makes Airedelsur by Marcelo Lucini’s tray rustic, elegant, and right for town or country ($240 and $298 at Barneys New York; 212-826-8900).
Casabella’s 100 percent natural latex gloves have a more contoured fit than others, and their ingenious cuffs prevent dishwater from trickling ($4.99 at Whole Foods; 212-673-5388, 212-823-9600, or 212-924-5969).
Deborah Czeresko’s glass globe takes the quotidian light fixture to fashion extremes: The stripes that make up the plaid pattern are individually blown, then woven onto the orb’s surface (from $1,500; 212-627-0592 or sitespecificart.com).
With its crinkled texture and subtle pattern, Issey Miyake’s tie might convert even the neckwear-averse. The texture gives it a less formal look, and the cross pattern is much more stylish than stripes or dots ($180; 212-226-0100).
Anya Hindmarch’s Maud python clutch matches a classic shape with utility—an evening’s necessities fit inside without ruining the line ($350 to $680; 212-343-8147 or 212-750-3974).