Handcrafted goods from around the globe to beautify your home

By Brandy Gonsoulin

We know the story: The New Year comes around and you resolve once again to finally take that backpacking trip to Thailand/commit to daily, erm, bi-weekly yoga/quit your corporate job for island living slinging ice cream out of a food cart. Okay, maybe not the last one, but how about resolving to respect your home with crafted items curated from makers and artisans around the world, all without dealing with the expensive air fare and jet lag? Easy—just take a look at Flotsam & Fork’s online collection of unique and curated kitchen goods and household items.

Since the kitchen is our favorite place, we gravitate toward items like the sleek olive oil can from Spain’s Basque region, which lets you control your olive oil and not the other way around. Or how about the traditional woven dish towels, from the textile regions of Northern Austria and Germany, that are sure to cozy up any kitchen space—seriously, you’re better than that Target collection from 2009.

Make your coffee mug or dinner plates the focus of the next “where did you get that from?” conversation with the Turkish marbled enamelware collection. Featuring the classic Anatolian marble swirl—a method dating back to the 15th century—each piece promises to be as unique as the hand that holds them. And when you want to supreme, aka segment, your citrus (you do that, right?), or make perfectly peeled and cored apples, or handle any of the other delicate chopping and carving skills that only a paring knife can do, do it in color with the popular L’Econome paring knife. It now comes in couleurs vives like vivent green, fuchsia pink, and mandarin orange.

Tasty tidbits

  • Flotsam & Fork now has over 100 online products to choose from, separated into the categories of cooking, serving, and cleaning.
  • Katherine Sacks, associate food editor at Epicurious, named the paring knife one of her favorites in “13 Essential Kitchen Tools We Can't Live Without.”

Weave me this

The Mühlviertel region of Austria, where the karo-checkered dish towels originate, has a long history of textile production, and today the Mühlvierte Weaving Route traces a path along the sites of former and current mills throughout the region.