The Month's Top Finds

Market editor Cat Dash traveled the world from Manhattan to Milan to bring you her discoveries. Here are the four we couldn't stop thinking about

Courtesy of Waterford

There’s nothing remotely grandmotherly about the new Waterford Couture collection (that is, unless your grandmother happens to be Iris Apfel). The limited-edition cased-crystal vases are designed with deeply cut herringbone and chevron patterns in a soft, of-the-moment palette of lavender, amber, and amethyst, and finished with copper trays and hand-turned wood pedestals for an utterly fresh effect. “Crystal is a [traditionally] luxurious material, but it can be manipulated and expressed in a modern way,” says the collection’s designer, Jo Sampson, who based her line on “statuesque shapes and forms.” What’s more, each modular element is also multipurpose. As Sampson explains, “The timber base is lined so it can hold flowers; the metal tray separating the top from the base can be used as a bowl; and the crystal component can be used as a decanter or water jug.” Sounds like a very 21st-century idea to us. —Melissa Goldstein

Couture Vessels by Jo Sampson for Waterford: price upon request; Waterford (call 732-938-5800 to purchase)

The hope for this collection was to push contemporary design further.

–designer jo sampson

Totally Floored
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Tai Ping Carpets' Chroma collection.
Courtesy of Francis Dzikowski for Tai Ping Carpets

Pollock-style splatters and languid, dip-dyed effects animate the 15 painterly rugs in Tai Ping’s new Chroma collection. The venerable carpet purveyor—a favorite of industry heavy hitters such as Thad Hayes and Commune—is known for marrying modernity and romance in creations that blur the line between art and decor. For Chroma, Tai Ping global design director Yasmina Benazzou took inspiration from an array of painting techniques. And the resulting pieces, with names such as Diffusion and Detonation, emphasize the act of putting brush to canvas. Whether invoking indigo ink stains or dissipating clouds, the wool, silk, and flax hand-tufted styles add an ethereal, free-form element to any room. —Mackenzie Schmidt

Chroma Collection: price upon request; Tai Ping Carpets (call 212-979-2233 to purchase)

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Tai Ping Carpets creative director Yasmina Benazzou.
Courtesy of Stephane Kossman for Tai Ping Carpets
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The Detonation rug by Tai Ping.
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The Beyond Touch rug by Tai Ping.

Light Rock
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Photographed by Genevieve Garruppo

To those who believe in the power of crystals, selenite—a lustrous mineral sourced in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco—delivers mental clarity, emotional well-being, even heightened psychic awareness. Mystical powers or no, these all-natural formations are truly transcendent when fashioned into one-of-a-kind Selenite Lamps. Their chiseled forms emit a ring of light from within, evoking a dim but welcoming wintry sunrise. A pair on a mantel or on each side of a bed would add an otherworldly element (selenite takes its name from the Greek word for moon) to a space filled at moments with earthly stress. And if these cool beauties happen to expand our consciousness while we sleep? All the better. —MS

Selenite Lamps: $195–$275; Jung Lee

Dream Weaver
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Inside Paris's new Jamini boutique. The brand's eco notebooks. Home accessories at the store. The scarves that started it all. Jamini's cushion covers. 
All images courtesy of Claudio Cambon for Jamini
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Jamini's Usha Bora. 

Born in the Himalayan foothills of northeast India and now based in Paris, designer Usha Bora made a splash with the 2009 launch of her textile line, Jamini, and its gamine range of hand-spun scarves in the traditional prints of her native land. Earlier this year she captured editors’ attention at the Paris design fair Maison et Objet, debuting a collection of block-printed home accessories while also opening her first store in the straight-out-of-Amélie neighborhood Canal Saint Martin. Created by artisans in India, the offerings run the gamut from tasseled cushion covers and catchall pouches to dreamy, feminine quilts. Our favorites? A series of eco-friendly, tree-free notebooks (crafted, believe it or not, from elephant or rhino dung!) wrapped in jewel-tone paisley cotton covers that belie the pages’ earthy origins. —MG

Cushions: from $37.42. Notebooks: $24.89 each; Jamini