Best Made Co.http://www.bestmadeco.com
What started as artist Peter Buchanan-Smith’s collection of colorful axes has expanded to offer all sorts of artisanal gear for outdoors and in. If you want a handsome metal toolbox, leather zip case, or two-toned canvas bucket, Best Made will likely have what you’re looking for.
Dover Street Markethttp://www.doverstreetmarket.com
Rei Kawakubo’s four-location wonderland is geared to the fashion obsessed (and the hungry—Rose Café has lovely outposts in the London and New York locations). It also features a tiny but worthwhile housewares department of utilitarian Japanese pieces, such as glass labware and enamelware trays, curated by the Good Design Store (gds.g-mark.org) of Tokyo.
“Cool things you can use to make other things” is Hand-Eye’s motto. That includes the supply store’s own black canvas and denim aprons, Japanese enameled-steel toolboxes, and a selection of canvas tool bags, pouches, and leather-bottomed buckets.
Labour and Waithttp://www.labourandwait.co.uk
This is our go-to source for well-made, timeless household essentials, including our favorite toilet brush and holder, enamelware jugs, and buckets of all sorts.
Objects of Usehttp://www.objectsofuse.com
Devoted to “international archetypes of everyday objects,” Objects of Use stocks Swedish multiarm towel dryers, Japanese knives, and an international trove of brooms, brushes, and dustpans.
Look here for low-cost, space-saving storage solutions in metal and wood from a centuryold Japanese brand (that started with ironing boards). Yamazaki sells its goods in the United States via Amazon and Wayfair. We swear by its slide-on door hooks, paper towel dispensers, and tool caddy.