This week found us back at Manhattan’s sprawling Jacobs Javits Center for the New York International Gift Fair, a bi-annual wonderland of gizmos, stuff, and really good homegoods that always makes us consider abandoning this whole words business to start a forward-looking gift hut in say, Bora Bora. Of the show’s 2,900 exhibitors, we focused on those in the juried Accent on Design division as one of five judges for the “Bloggers’ Choice Awards.” Our top product pick—based on the criteria of “creativity, functionality, and originality, urgent, odd, and delightful design”—is the Boskke Sky Planter, designed by Central Saint Martins Grad Patrick Morris and on offer from Brooklyn-based neo-utility. Suspended from a ceiling or wall-mount, the ceramic planter locks the plant and soil into place, where it is watered gradually from a reservoir hidden in the top. An elegant solution to fussy orchid pins and an innovative way to use plants as design elements, particularly in small spaces.
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