In our endless quest for slow, meaningful design, we’re admiring Obakki, a Canadian homewares brand specializing in small batches of limited-edition products made by artisans all over the world. Obakki’s emphasis is on slowing down to make unique, made-to-last wares that honor local design traditions—by visiting makers around the globe, using only native materials, preserving time-honored means of making, and emphasising transparent and sustainable supply processes—and it shows in their beautiful, made-with-care products, from glassware to candles to rugs.
This month we’re partnering with Obakki to give away two $250 gift cards to the online shop, just in time for the holidays. (Whether you use it to source a few gifts or just for yourself is entirely up to you.) For a chance to win, just enter here between Sunday, November 22 and Sunday, November 29 at midnight ET.
In the meantime, take a look at a few Obakki wares we’re coveting for our own homes this holiday season.
Above: Eco-friendly Sisal Kitui Baskets ($101 each) are handmade in Kenya by women weavers who “weave baskets with soul” using natural dyes and locally sourced sisal fiber. Use a basket to stash blankets, corral clothes, house a plant, or for any number of needs around the house.
Above: The Velasca 1L Carafe (top center, $148) is handmade in Italy of borosilicate glass—traditional mouth-blown craft meets an elegant silhouette. It’s paired with the 6-Inch Glass Haze Plate in “sun” ($55) and the 7.5-inch Glass Haze Plate in “earth” ($113), both inspired by the slow-moving fog in Osaka. The plates are hand-blown in Japan by master artisan Takeshi Tsujino and feature semi-transparent glass tinted with natural mineral pigment and dark edges. Alongside are two Nebbia Glasses ($90 each) by Tsujino, shown in burnt amber and also available in smoke grey.
Above: The perfect addition to dark winter days: a Sumac Candle Gift Set, with sumac candles and a cast-iron candle stand, all tucked into a reusable wooden box. The candles are handmade from the fruit of the Japanese haze tree by a family-run business in Ishikawa that has been making traditional Japanese candles since 1892. The set is available in small (seven 3-inch candles), medium (two 4-inch candles), or large (one 5.5-inch candle).
Above: And the Mixteca Jar ($86) is handmade in Tonaltepec, a community in Oaxaca whose ancient ceramic tradition dates back centuries and is one of few to decorate pieces with organic plant pigments. This one’s painted with an ink made from prickly pear and oak bark, and it’s ideal for holding coffee, flour, salt—or a scattering of dried flowers.