If you call yourself the global grocery, at some point, you’ve got to talk about ABC Carpet & Home, the one-of-a-kind shop that brings the world and it’s extraordinary designs together. Do I believe them when they tell me that this shawl I’m holding has been handmade by women in Malawi? I do. Do I believe them when they say the the wood for these trays was scavenged? I do. Do I think they see themselves as a global citizen, imperfect as that may be? I do. Apparently, lots of other folks do, too.
Stuff that is hand-hewn and not mass-produced in factories is going to be expensive. In truth, I spend much more time drifting around the flagship, 6-story store of ABC in the Flatiron District than I do actually spending money there – for someone like me, it’s inspiring. And I think they’re okay with that.
Anyway, here are five cool tems that are currently on sale – in the store and online – that are great for the table and kitchen.
Made to splash you off after a rigorous scrubbing in a Turkish bath, or hamam, so many other uses are possible for these bowls. Each is slightly different, in copper or silver tones. $39.
Handwoven in Ethiopia: hand towels, hatch napkins and striped napkins, starting at $22.50.
A zani & zani 6-cup teakettle designed by Nencioni Moleri, stainless steel with melamine handle, $360.
Pretty and organic, pink tableware from Pawtucket, RI. $39
Unique and charming Cutting boards from wood salvaged in Montemorano, Italy. $85.50
Happy hunting . . . Anne