Artisan Picks: June 2018
While shopping for some pretty house decor items to help personalize the condo I’m renting in Toronto I stumbled upon Four Blocks South. They had a pop up store in the mall I’m living near and I was drawn to their beautiful and unique home goods like a moth to a flame. I’m actually about to start the process of building my family’s dream home and let me tell you, the home decor wheels are turning…Hey ladies, you wouldn’t happen to be available to work your magic in Utah would you?!
Please welcome Joy Watson Seon the CEO and co-founder of Four Blocks South, this months Artisan Picks guest editor!
Four Blocks South
Four Blocks South is a company run by moms of young families, (our co-founder just welcomed baby #2!) with creative and entrepreneurial spirits. We offer a curated collection of well-designed home goods from companies we love.
We aim to brighten up the everyday by making ordinary items special, beautiful and functional. Because we are mothers we care about the quality of goods that we bring into our home. Before introducing anything new, we test our products with our families and have them all over our own homes. As such, we strive to find high quality, well-made and sustainably produced goods. We place high importance on pure, quality materials.
Our suppliers are mothers, fathers, artists, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, but most importantly, people who really care about what they make. We work with companies that focus on the quality, design and function of what they produce.
We hope our curated collection helps to fill your home with joy and love.
Joy Watson Seon
Custom Printed Wallpaper
This beautiful, artistic wallpaper is custom printed just for you, making it socially responsible by creating almost no waste. There are so many designs from nature to graphic to edgy there is something for everyone and every home.
Printed and shipped within 3 business days. Designed and printed in Sweden.
Kin Candle Holders
Kin is a tea light candle holder with three different models designed by the internationally successful design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune. They are colorful, beautiful and classic. Made of brass and powder coated, these small holders have big impact when displayed in a group.
Made in Sweden by Skultuna, a company that started in 1607.
Four Blocks South Pillows
These one-of-a-kind cushions were created in partnership with Toronto artist, Adrienne Jackson. Each design is created from a piece of her art, turned into a pattern and then dyed onto linen with a soft, sophisticated linen or velvet back. Hand-made in a very limited run.
Cushions are finished with an exposed, gold-tone zipper with contrasting tape. Feather insert is included.
Materials: 100% linen and velvet. Proudly made in Toronto.
These Turkish towels are from a luxury Los Angeles based textiles brand, Smyrna Collection, that seamlessly combines classic California bohemian with a touch of Turkey.
The towels are all individually hand-loomed using ancient techniques specific to the skilled artisans of Turkey’s Aegean region. Each of the collection’s fair trade products is made with only the finest quality eco-friendly cottons, 100% hand-loomed and made with love.
Brush Dish Cloths
Brighten the everyday with these modern, machine washable dish cloths.
Printed with hand drawn designs featuring wavy and straight lines and swirling brushstrokes in a monochrome palette, this graphic set of functional dish cloths is made from an ultra absorbent blend of cellulose and natural cotton.
Fein Salad Servers
Ripple Champagne Saucers
Featuring a beautifully rippled surface the Ripple Champagne Saucers present a classic glass for sparkling wines. They are made of delicate glass mouth-blown into the mold, adding a dynamic and energetic expression to the glasses.
Each one of these glasses is mouth-blown and made with love, which is why variations may occur. Sets of 2.
Machine Washable Mats
Our mats are beautiful, durable and machine washable… yes, machine washable! The indoor rugs/runners are soft enough for your little one to play on, great for the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or hallway. The indoor/outdoor mats are perfect for your front or back door. Both styles have a non-slip rubber backing and can survive any climate.
They add color, style and are long lasting, simply wash them to make them new again. Proudly made in Belgium.
A clever solution for daily use and entertaining, Join can morph from a set of coasters for your beverage into a trivet for your home cooked meal. The dovetail connection on each Carrara marble coaster allows them to tightly interlock and form a solid platform, protecting your table or countertop surface. When not in use, Join stacks neatly within a tailor-made walnut stand.
Made in California.
The Norm Bottle Grinder is not what you expect to see in a salt and pepper grinder. The form, shaped more like a bottle, cleverly tricks the user to encourage a more playful and experimental interaction with the product. The powerful ceramic mechanism makes the grinder easy to operate and perfect for trying out more than just salt and pepper including spices and grains, nuts, seeds or dried fruits.
The unique, inverted design ensures that whatever you fill them with only sprinkles out when you grind, leaving no trace on the table or in the kitchen.
Sweeper and Funnel
Sweeper and Funnel is so simple in it’s core idea, that it becomes almost brilliant – it’s the kind of design you wish you’d thought of yourself, and the obvious value of the design makes people wonder why no one has thought of this before.
The smart design lets the sweeper fit inside the handle of the funnel for compact storage. The hollow handle of the funnel also allows for easier disposal of collected waste.
Available in black and white.
Folded Vase is designed with the flower bouquet in mind and has been inspired by the Japanese paper-folding art, Origami. Both the matt surface of the porcelain and the way it has been folded and shaped bear resemblance to the texture and porosity of paper.
The sculptural shape makes this vase look great on its own, but it is also extremely beautiful with a bouquet of flowers. The geometric design embraces the subtle bouquet which gently drapes its flowers around the top of the vase where they get their own life.
Bosske Hanging Ceramic Planter
Floor space is a precious commodity. Ceiling space not so much. Defying gravity, the Boskke Sky Planter encourages more greenery at home and at work by simplifying care without sacrificing floor space.
Hand-crafted from high-quality stoneware ceramic, this planter uses Boskke’s Slo-Flo internal irrigation system to gradually feed water directly to the plant’s roots, limiting evaporation and dripping. A locking disc secures the plant and soil in place so there’s no mess once you’ve hung the planter and gravity works its magic.
Designed in New Zealand.