In the post War 50's, owning and decorating a home was just as much woven into the fabric of Americana as Rockwell paintings and Hot Dogs. Home, quite simply, was your restaurant, your gallery, your social club and your heartbeat.
By the 80's and 90's the kids of Boomers opted to gather en masse. By the 2000's - social media and technology was beginning to replace actual fireside chats and dinners as the place to converse ("a/s/l?") and "going out" was preferred over sitting at home by America's millennials who fueled the second great urban migration.
Home went to being where the heart is, to being where nothing and no one was.
Sure, the less said the better. We know what we just went through. The last thing you need are more PTSD triggers that come with the highlight reel of 2020's worst-in-show moments. We were locked in an endlessly midnight charcoal quarantine that allowed us all of the catch up on home time we needed for the last two decades.
In an era where your kitchen is the hottest restaurant in town, homegoods design & decor have elevated to new heights.
Some of us developed new passion projects. We dug through the crates of yesteryear's memories and collectibles. We took up new domestic hobbies. Some of us just wanted cooler shit to look at on the walls.
The point is, home is not only where the heart is again, its where the ART is.
Designer-lead homegoods brand Nambe has taken a rather high street approach to reimagining bar & kitchenware.
We've curated a class list of the TOP 5 most creative, well made, premium home goods because if there's one good thing 2020 did, is it raised the bar on how we do home.
Creativity to reimagine basics is a prerequisite in our world. It should be in yours as well.
Nambe : Scoop Server
Renowned RISD educated designer Wei Young teamed up with modern home & kitchen design house Nambe Ideal for the small surfaces piece. The Scoop Server Mini is a functional and modern twist on the classic chip and dip. Use it for nuts and olives, dips and chips, chocolate medleys, and more. Or fill the bottom with stones and place a tea light in the upper bowl for an elegant non-mealtime look.
Nambe : Vie Decanter
Rejoice, wine & whiskey drinkers. Update the classic home bar with contemporary design that melds hand crafted rustic Acacia Wood with a sleek post-mod aesthetic. The combination of the Vie Decanter’s square, glass body and rounded, wood stopper make this piece a style-standout. Fill with wine, whiskey, or any other spirit and set out on your bar to be admired.
Jean DuBost : 24 Pc. "Primary Colors / Fruity Handles" Flatwear Set (French Farm Edtn.)
In the heart of the French countryside, the Dubost family has been creating fine cutlery for four generations. The design of this flatware was inspired by a shepherd's tool first manufactured in the village of Laguiole in the 19th century. Inspired by the beautiful balance of primary & fruit colors, your everyday flatware finally gets its shot to be as fashionable as its owner.
Berghoff : BBQ Steel Set Suitcase
The Holy Grail of meat mastery in one James Bond-esque attache is, in many way, the ultimate kitchen item. All 33 pieces are sleekly designed, and range from the more obscure (there are Corn Cob holders and a salt cellar) to multi-use staple pieces (knives & forks that would feel right at home on the tables of MoMa's famous haunt The Modern).
Laguiole Collection by Jean DuBost : Ivory Cheese Set
There are 25 stages of inspection and production that these ivory cheese go through before being boxed. The Cheese cleaver & fork set features an ivory & brass aesthetic and is crafted by the Mr. Pierre Dubost, a second generation professional cutler. Starting out as a small business manufacturing knives solely intended for professionals, the Laguiole collection from Jean DuBost is a nod to its rich French heritage.