Peruse Finch’s head-spinning selection of fetching wares from a bevy of designers, including Dwell, Bodo Sperlein, and Anne Black. Specializing in independent design, Finch offers decorative pieces, textiles, lighting, and accessories that replace flimsy papier-mâché simulacra. Spruce up walls with Nkuku frames ($35–$38) or buttress beautiful flowers and fly swatters with an Anne Black porcelain vase ($32). Organize beautifying tools and pocketfuls of various knickknacks with a Jane Marvel hanging cosmetic bag ($46) or add pizzazz to tables with a pair of Studio 3 napkins ($20).
Jaya accents homes with environmentally sustainable pieces sculpted by cottage-industry craftsmen and global artisans. Peruse collections including jewelry, Votivo candles, throw pillows, and decorative home goods (many under $20 each). In addition to its collections of antiques, celebrated lamps, and tribal artifacts, Jaya taps cottage-industry creatives to form distinct furniture pieces ($100+) from up to 90% reclaimed or plantation-grown teak wood. Crafted in timeless tradition, each piece beams with an individuality rivaled only by dental records. Jaya’s commitment to cultivate refined décor not only inspires envy from competitive neighbors but also leaves the rainforests more pristine for future generations.
Working with artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be underemployed, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with handcrafted jewelry, home décor, accessories, and gifts from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, while paying artisans fair wages for their products. Support marginalized women in Bangladesh with YWCA Craft Centre's bright and goosy Super Duck backpack (Bangladesh, $24), which allows school children to strut confidently into second grade and medical malpractice lawyers to swagger into the courtroom with a duck on their backs. Socially conscious crafters can take home a hand-stitched measuring-tape cat (Vietnam, $8) from Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts, and frugal fashionistas can sport dancing-girl earrings made from recycled soda cans by KICK Trading Ltd. (Kenya, $12) or a marbled bead choker from TARA Projects (India, $16).