Fewer, Better | 8.18

  1. Hem stoolGone are the days when perching atop a wooden slab for two hours was no big deal. Even David Chang finally gave us chairs with backs at his latest restaurant. These stools from the Stockholm studio have a cork seat gives you some welcome cushioning (hi!).
  2. Fefo Studio CupsThese petite vessels for espresso, wine, a wheatgrass shot—even a trio of anemone—are made by Argentinian chef and artist Fernando Aciar. You’ll dine from his work at some of my favorite restaurants, including Contra, the Four Horsemen, and Momofuku Nishi.
  3. Michel Bras Micro-SlicerFrench chef Michel Bras collaborated with Japanese knifemaker Kai for this mini mandoline, which slices as thinly as .3mm. It’s luxury tool, no doubt, but when you see it transform veg into transparent jewels, your finger-eating $10 contraption will seem a bit rickety.
  4. Santa Maria Novella patchouli men’s soapFor high-thread-count hippies like me, it’s a way to remain a little dirty while getting clean. And that packaging: It’s been around for 800 years and I hope they don’t change it for another 800.
  5. Sulauze Super Modeste pét-natA pretty/funky Provençal pét-nat with soft, chenille-like bubbles and a very giftable label. Thank goodness Terry’s on Greenwich Avenue always has it in stock.
  6. Rachel Comey Toro TieIf, like me, you’re a FT ponytail type, you’ll be happy to snazz it up for a change.
  7. Fresh IndiaAfter cooking my way through Made in India, Meera Sodha’s dog-earable debut, I’m onto her vegetarian sequel. It’s just as delightful, with easy recipes that don’t require bulk orders from Kalustyan’s. Love the cauli korma and the Brussels sprout thoran.
  8. Manresa Bakery almond granolaRye flakes, millet, brown sugar, plenty of butter and…feuilletine!…qualify this breakfast as dessert. Stockpile and store in fridge.