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Best Bets: Week of December 29, 2014

2x2: Colorful Champagne Flutes
Cheerier than clear.

Reasonable: (left) LSA Polka pastel set, $50 for four at
Splurgy: (right) Nason Moretti Guepiere flute, $128 each at Barneys, 660 Madison Ave.

Reasonable: (left) Sagaform set, $23 for two at
Splurgy: (right) Roost set, $132 for six at

Highly taste-specific new home stores, stocking everything from decorative door­knobs to fur koozies.

For the Chalet: Limited-edition Frances Palmer clay pitchers ($150) and a diamond-encrusted shark jaw by Sara Beltran ($4,200) at Whisper Editions (8 Fulton St.).

For the Amagansett House: Agate cheese spreaders with silver handles ($78) and gem-tone Lucite catchall bowls ($185) at Homenature (7 W. 18th St.).

For the Party Pad: Ceramic bouquet sculptures ($500) and mink drink koozies ($35) at Object_ify 139 (139 Essex St.).

For the Converted Warehouse: Anatomically correct heart vases ($400) and crow-skull cabinet knobs ($24) at Blue Atelier (40 Clinton St.).

For the Commune: Felt garlands ($40) and animal pillows with baby-tooth pockets ($35) at Bhoomki Home (237 Fifth Ave., Park Slope).

Illustration by Murphy Lippincott  

Ask a Shop Clerk
Dan Cohen, co-founder of French fashion brand Eleven Paris, who just opened his first Stateside outpost at 6 Prince Street, on selling outré tees alongside kids’ clothes.

What’s the inspiration behind those celebrity mustache T-shirts?
The idea is not to take yourself too seriously, even if you’re a celebrity. At first our tees featured musicians’ daughters making finger mustaches—Lizzy Jagger, Zoë Kravitz. Then we were able to get Iggy Pop and then Lenny Kravitz and then Kate Moss and Wiz Khalifa. Terry Richardson did the shoot.

How do you balance Terry Richardson collaborations with a children’s line?
Children’s has been one of our biggest surprises. We’re provocative as a brand, but of course we’re not going to put a middle finger on a kids’ shirt. The mustache tees do well for the kids, and we have some little leather jackets, too.

How to Saber Your New Year’s Bubbly
Three tips from Symon Chow of the new Clinton Hill kitchen shop Knife and Spork (602 Myrtle Ave.).

Illustration by Murhpy Lippincott  

1. Pick a sturdy blade. “Wüsthof’s classic ten-inch kitchen knife will be heavy enough to sweep through the glass bottle’s annulus—that glass lip below the wire cage.”
2. Ice the bottle. “Turn it upside-down for ten minutes in a bucket of ice; the neck needs to be as cold as possible.”
3. Smoothly sweep. “Hold the bottle in your non-dominant hand, making sure the seam of the bottle is facing up. Position the blade an inch below the bottle, back angled toward the cork, and sweep the blade up, toward the annulus, in one fluid motion. Ideally, you’ll hear a gentle pop.”

The Boerum Hill–Fort Greene Apothecary District—now including the very earthy At Wilderness and fancy-organic Shen Beauty.

Map by Jason Lee  

1. Atelier Cologne: Oolang soap, Orange Sanguine shower gel (357 Atlantic Ave.).
2. At Wilderness: Florentine rose-water toner, Marvis ginger-mint toothpaste (365 State St.).
3. Shen Beauty: Amanda Lacey eye gel, Library of Flowers bubble bath (88 S. Portland Ave.).
4. Twisted Lily: Ortigia prickly-pear soap, Brooklyn Perfume Company sandalwood fragrance (360 Atlantic Ave.).
5. Madina Industrial Corporation: Solid shea butter, pure avocado oil (568 Atlantic Ave.).
6. Carol’s Daughter: Hair Milk leave-in moisturizer, açai face butter (139 Flatbush Ave.).

Trend Spawning
The leather sling chair goes from British military camp to Brooklyn living room.

1890: A favorite of the British military for decades, the Campaign chair has a leather seat and collapsible frame. It inspires …

1933: … Danish designer Kaare Klint’s Safari chair, also with a collapsible frame, but offering a slightly more polished take on the look.

1964: American designer Jerry Johnson patents his bent-wood-frame chair—a Danish-inspired style that’s found renewed interest thanks to Mad Men.

May 2012: Brooklyn-based designer Asher Israelow introduces his Ø chair ($3,500 at at ICFF in New York: his take on the Campaign chair.

March 2013: “Future Primitives,” a collection of sling pieces by Belgian design duo Muller Van Severen, is part of the “Designs of the Year” exhibition at London’s Design Museum.

May 2013: Portland-based Phloem Studio debuts its Peninsula chair (from $2,800 at, inspired by the Jerry Johnson chairs at a nearby antiques shop.

September 2014: Brooklyn’s Workstead unveils its own version of the collapsible sling (from $2,750 at, citing Klint’s Safari chair and Asher Israelow as influences.