Working at Hunker, I spend a lot of time browsing offerings from mass retailers like Target and IKEA. But, I also find myself spending a lot of time researching what's new in design. And what's new in design is usually=$$. Ugh. It's caused me to develop a slippery habit of buying lottery tickets and then passing a couple hours picking out my new mansion on Redfin, which of course is going to need to be completely decorated and I'll have to get all new stuff. Sheesh! Being rich is exhausting! But in all seriousness, I do keep my eye on brands that would currently wipe out my bank accounts but will be MINE, ALL MINE!!! ... someday?
1. Tom Dixon
If you've heard this name before, it might be because the British designer has recently teamed up with IKEA. Tom — as I like to call him, because now I am his best client and we have a weekly caviar-game night — heads up his own design house, which manufactures extremely creative light fixtures, accessories, and furniture. His team also does interior design for fancy hotels and restaurants across the globe.
I discovered cc-tapis via some fancy international design fair's Instagram, and these rugs immediately blew my mind. The Milan-based company commissions designers to create rugs that are veritable works of abstract art. My favorites are by Patricia Urquiola, whose designs employ graphic-inspired motifs. cc-tapis's wares don't seem to be widely available; they're stocked by only a few online retailers, and I'd guess most designs would need to be special-ordered.
3. Coming Soon
Okay, so Coming Soon isn't exactly a brand — it's a shop in Manhattan's Lower East Side that specializes in unique vintage items. Their collection, largely from the '70s, can mostly be described as, how you say ... un peu ... extravagant? (As I am now rich, I speak many international languages.) Think: chrome furniture in bold colors and shapes that may require designing an entire room around one item. They're the kind of statement pieces you'll need when MTV comes to film your episode of Cribs.
4. The Socialite Family
The Socialite Family is a French publication that goes inside the (mostly European, largely French) homes of cool and interesting families. In other words, once the renovations on my Marais flat are finished, I'm sure they'll be knocking on my extremely oversized door for a feature. A few years ago, TSF launched a small furniture and homewares collection. They don't produce a lot, but what they make is very well thought out: lovely cane pieces, perfect velvet cushions, and ultraluxe bedding. (All prices excluding taxes, shipping, import, etc.)
Yield is a Florida-based manufacturer of items that are supposedly "at the intersection of functionality and elegance, of high-end design and accessibility." True, the sleek accessories come in at more affordable price points, but the gorgeous glass pieces will set you back a bit. Well, I mean, is $5,000 a lot for a coffee table? I've lost all perspective. How much are sandwiches going for these days? $900?
Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014). Feel free to reach out at email@example.com.