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Little Somethings With Big Appeal

by David Nash

From one-of-a-kind art to conversation pieces (and a refined way to “slipper” into something more comfortable), here’s a mix of eclectic finds for the tastemaker.


Minibar by Le Designer Clandestin

Minibar. As beautifully crafted as it is utilitarian, the House of Spirits (from $11,000) is a modern take on the classic French Caves à Liqueur popular in bourgeoisie circles in the 19th century. This bar-in-a-box by Le Designer Clandestin is made to order in Sweden and fits a set of glasses, mixing tools, your favorite bottles or custom-blown creations, and even a couple of cigars if you’re so inclined. The company’s founder, Guillaume Foliot Leprince, has the spirit of craftsmanship in his blood — he’s a direct descendant of Nicolas-Quinibert Foliot, a master woodworker and official furniture supplier to the king in Versailles in the 18th century — so you can expect the royal treatment when it comes to designing your box.

Velvet evening slippers by Stubbs & Wootton

Flight risk. Since 1993, Stubbs & Wootton has built a cult following for its contemporary take on traditional velvet evening slippers. The 28-year-old Palm Beach–based shoe brand counts Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Rebel Wilson, Hamish Bowles, Carolina Herrera and Valentino Garavani as fans (and even my own closet is home to upward of 70 pairs). One of the latest offerings is the Hughes ($550) — part of a collaboration with Air Mail, the elite digital magazine from former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. Handcrafted in Spain and available in men’s and women’s sizes, these hunter-green velvet slippers with gold aircraft embroidery are definitely first-class footwear.

Betsy Enzensberger’s resin sculptures will become your new flavorite.

Pop stand. Los Angeles–based artist Betsy Enzensberger’s deliciously crafted Original Melting Pops resin sculptures will melt your heart. Pieces like Spring Flowers, 2021 ($1,300) — measuring 13 inches high, 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep — are totally unique, so no two are identical. Available in sizes ranging from small to jumbo, these whimsical works are a flavorite of local style-maker Lisa Zabelle, who collects works by up-and-coming artists around the world.


New York–based interior designer Sheila Bridges’ Harlem Toile de Jouy Wallpaper

On a roll. Fifteen years ago, inspired by traditional pastoral motifs of French toile from the late 1700s, New York–based interior designer Sheila Bridges created her now-iconic Harlem Toile de Jouy Wallpaper ($300 per roll). Available today in an abundance of colorways — including Pistachio, Robin’s Egg, Purple and Cherry — the wall covering “lampoons some of the stereotypes deeply woven into the African American experience,” says the artist. Continually popular with arbiters of style, the pattern has even found itself as part of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection.



Boucheron celbrates April birthdays with the Cypris diamond bracelet.

Soigné song. The diamond is this month’s birthstone, so what better gift for your sweetie than Cypris, the swan bracelet from Boucheron ($175,000). With 558 round pavé-set diamonds — 22.5 carats in total — and two cabochon rubies set in white gold, this is no mere flight of fancy. Symbolizing grace, beauty and love, this elegant bauble will more than likely endear your mate for life.

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