With the East Coast bracing for its first major bout of cold-weather precipitation this season and a major holiday following close behind, it’s a fair guess that those of us at ARCHITECT are preparing to spend ample time indoors. We’ll keep ourselves busy by stoking our design envy—both to fight the chill and to burn off our Thanksgiving calories—with this selection of products that enliven interiors with funky geometry, long-lasting heat, and warm, Pacific Northwest–inspired forms.
Writer’s Desk and Chair, Henrybuilt
Seattle-based homewares brand Henrybuilt crafted a mini refuge for concentrated work or rambling thought in the form of a streamlined solid wood desk and chair. Joining the company’s furniture line, the classic pieces are characterized by their use of interlocking joinery, which includes sliding dovetail and half-lap joints. Each is offered in black walnut, white oak, and white ash.
Reminiscent of lanterns used to illuminate old fishing boats, the Santorini pendant by Valencia, Spain–based Sputnik Estudio for Marset can be suspended solo or as part of an installation. The diffuser comprises a variety of mix-and-match shades in gray, white, and mustard hues and whose positions can be specified to reflect light in unique ways. For use indoors and outdoors, the luminaire can be lamped with either a CFL or an LED light source.
Lap Collection, Blu Dot
This storage series from Minneapolis-based Blu Dot gets its name and unique shape from its overlapping drawer and door fronts. The Lap Collection’s whitewashed maple surface renders the collection—which includes a dresser, credenza, and nightstand—a subtle interior backdrop year-round.
Block Clocks, Such + Such
Cincinnati design studio Such + Such carved a raised, geometric surface out of locally-sourced walnut and maple hardwoods to create the body of its Block Clocks. A battery powered quartz timepiece guides the clocks' hands while the wood shape keeps time in the abstract.
A typical fireplace loses its heating capacity once the fire is gone, but Finnish fireplace maker Tulikivi crafts its products from soapstone, which is designed to radiate heat even after the flames die down. Its latest model, Sonka, requires only 44 lbs. of wood per heating session to warm an area measuring up to 1,291 square feet, the company says—though at 52.1” wide, 23.6” deep, and 60.2” tall, and weighing 4,960 lbs., the unit is meant to be a space’s key heat source.