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Today’s hype-fueled fashion landscape yields a mountain of fresh menswear every month. Which is why every issue of GQ now includes The Drops, a guide to the best new gear as it hits stores. Unless you count a bathrobe designed by an Acne Studios alum, you won’t find any clothes in May’s edition of Drops—instead, we’ve rounded up the most drool-worthy objets d’art for your home, from a reissued George Nelson chair to a handmade custom ash tray.
When the king of slow home goods, Tyler Hays, was renovating BDDW‘s Philadelphia ceramics studio, he unearthed 20 bathtubs’ worth of raw clay, a chunk of which was used to create this forest of one-of-a-kind hand-shaped vases ($1,400-$2,200, by BDDW).
The only thing better than having a closet full of Missoni sweaters is a home full of Missoni blankets, pillows, and stools. This one’s upholstered with a watercolor jacquard that mimics the house’s iconic woven patchwork sportswear ($865).
Black Helmut was founded by industrial designers Chase Young and Curtis Felten, whose grandfather invented Telespar (you know, stop sign posts). Now the ubiquitous industrial product appears in the duo’s functional furnishings, like this discreet utility rack ($30).
With a suite of strong patterns and clashing colors, Dusen Dusen has become the official towel of aesthetically adventurous Brooklyn bathrooms ($44, at MoMA Design Store).
Artist Casey McCafferty lets the natural materials he uses guide his carving process. This piece—featuring charred ash, limestone, and a walnut base—is meant to evoke a sense of togetherness amidst the COVID-19 pandemic ($15,000).
The delicate print on this porcelain vessel is inspired by J.Lo’s iconic jungle dress, so you can fantasize about major moments in Versace history at every teatime, as you should ($1,176).
What appears, at first glance, to be a Murano glass vase is in fact a wiggly creation from the mind of legendary Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce, who developed colorful, pliable resins for use in decorative objects in the mid-’90s ($450, at Coming Soon).
Buzzy young interior design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero collaborated with painter Pilar Almon on a series of limited-edition rice paper lanterns, each featuring Almon’s hand-painted garden of flora and fauna ($5,800).
Experimental ceramic sculptor Francesca Dimattio’s porcelain vases and figures—like these rococo gem-encrusted goblets—are fascinating worlds unto themselves ($1,200 for pair, at Exhibition A).
Iconic Lounge Chair
This year Herman Miller reissued one of the all-time great midcentury loungers, George Nelson’s Coconut Chair, which is now available in a suite of groovy upholstery options ($3,495).
What if your throw pillows were…sexy? That’s the question posed by Jiu Jie’s slinky NYC-made pillows, designed to be knotted and intertwined into sensual velvet forms ($110 each).
Simple Italian food and rustic, natural agriculture are abiding passions of Brunello Cucinelli’s. Get in on the lifestyle with his line of luxe gardening tools ($745).
After your wardrobe has been thoroughly Gucci-fied, it’s time to bring Alessandro Michele’s modern maximalism into the home, starting with this Italian-made beechwood chair ($2,600).
Scandinavian home-wear brand Tekla was founded by an Acne Studios alum, so the bathrobes aren’t just plush—they also have a perfectly oversized, extra-long fit and a killer color palette ($205).
If the ultimate flex in fashion is a Dior Men saddle bag, the ultimate flex in entertaining is a Dior Maison decanter ($600).
The chicest way to light a cigarette, cigar, or candle is with matches, and the chicest matchbook, made out of sterling silver and lizard, is by Celine by Hedi Slimane ($1,200).
Do you really want a kettlebell in your apartment? Saint Laurent’s brassy dumbbells, on the other hand, deserve pride of place in your COVID-era home gym ($1,400).
Super Chill and Cool Ashtray
Known on Instagram as @superchillandcool420, ceramist Dean Roper makes custom arts-and-craftsy bongs and hand-pinched-and-painted ashtrays covered in heady logos. DM him for a commission ($250).
Lagos-based industrial designer Nifemi Marcus-Bello worked with a local factory that manufactures metal casings for generators to produce this delicately proportioned stool, which is finally available Stateside thanks to essential East Williamsburg furniture boutique Lichen ($699).
Made of 100 percent cashmere in Los Angeles, this 13-inch-tall knit mushroom is The Elder Statesman sweater of stuffed toys ($865).
Like the brand itself, Chrome Hearts’ incense has a strong personality and an aura of mystery—and, of course, it’s luxe and limited. Like Chrome’s signature jewelry, the holder is sterling ($200 for set).
A version of this story originally appeared in the May 2021 issue with the title “22 Design Grails for Your Home.”
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Photographs by Martin Brown
Prop stylist: Johnny Machado & Liz Serwin At Judy Casey.