Object of Desire: A Log Basket for the Hearth, by a Dutch Designer

Piet Hein Eek Log Basket from Toast

On my wish list for my next apartment: a fireplace. I’m not so unrealistic as to think I’ll be able to light fires in it; as this will be an apartment in New York, it’ll likely be long closed up. But I’ll be OK with that. Come fall, I’ll still style it as though it were a working fireplace, with a basket of logs nearby. Just having them at the ready gives me a sense of warmth and gathering. And I recently found the perfect accoutrement: a log basket designed by Piet Hein Eek and available from UK-based shop Toast. Now this is on my wish list, too.

Piet Hein Eek Log Basket from Toast
Above: The Piet Hein Eek Log Basket by the Dutch designer is made in a fair trade workshop from repurposed rejected breadboards. I like its angular silhouette and the striated, thin slats; it would also look stately empty, in the warmer months. It’s $220 from Toast.
Piet Hein Eek Fruit Basket from Toast
Above: Also on offer—the smaller Piet Hein Eek Fruit Basket, suited for countertops and tabletops; $106 from Toast.
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