One way to shop more consciously, as we’ve written before, is to patronize businesses owned by members of underrepresented communities. Those who’ve read our (ever-growing) guide to AAPI-owned businesses or contributor SuChin Pak’s lists of products and gifts she loves from AAPI-owned brands have probably noticed a good chunk of the companies mentioned focus on décor for the home. To give you an even better idea of what those businesses have to offer, we combed through their inventory to find pieces to zhuzh up every inch of a home, from fruit bowls for the kitchen to alarm clocks for the bedroom to magazine racks for the living room (or bathroom). We’ve also put together a separate list of wall art from Asian and Asian American artists, for anyone looking to gussy up their vertical space. Like our list of AAPI-owned businesses and gifts, this one is always growing, so we’ll be updating it with more home décor as we uncover it.
The Sill is not only on our list of AAPI-owned businesses (its founder, Eliza Blank, is Filipino American) — we also named it one of the best places to order houseplants online after testing a bunch of services. While it sells lots of different plants, experts have told us the pilea peperomioides (or Chinese money plant) makes a great gift.
Hudson Wilder founder Conway Liao says his brand focuses on reinterpreting classic styles of dishware and drinking glasses, like this gold-handled handblown cup made from borosilicate glass. It’s resistant to thermal shock, meaning you can safely use it with both hot and cold beverages.
Husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung founded Poketo, a lifestyle brand and boutique, in 2003. Based in Los Angeles, it stocks stationery — including planners that are beloved by teachers and productivity experts alike — and lots of stuff for the home, from stylish organizers to vases and planters to tableware, like this set of four bamboo plates in sunny stripes.
This cheekier Leg Bowl would be just as head-turning whether empty or filled. It comes from design duo Chen Chen and Kai Williams, who are best known, perhaps, for the popular stacking planter they created for Areaware. The ceramic conversation-starter even comes with tiny Mary Janes.
[Editor’s note: This bowl is out of stock, but the shop owners expect it will be available again at the end of October. Join the company’s mailing list if you’d like to be reminded when that happens.]