The Holiday Issue 2020 Edited by Marcus Samuelsson

The Holiday Issue 2020 Edited by Marcus Samuelsson

Three aperitif bottles to drink right now from Faccia Brutto, Mommenpop, and Drink Ghia

These three new entries in the apéritif scene deliver on both style—those labels!—and substance. Swap Faccia Brutto for Campari to make citrusy Americanos with just a hint of cherry cola. $35; leonandsonswine.com. Ghia’s satisfyingly bitter, nonalcoholic apéritif is delicious with tonic. $33; drinkghia.com. And Mommenpop pairs California wine with California citrus for a sunny, juicy apéritif begging to be spritzed. $34; mommenpop.com

A bar of Casa Bosques dark chocolate with green filling

Why, designer Rafael Prieto wondered, do Belgium and Switzerland steal the chocolate spotlight when Mexico has such ancient traditions with cacao? He launched Casa Bosques Chocolates in response, working with chefs like Elena Reygadas to pair Latin American chocolate with blue maize, hoja santa, and cardamom. $12–$22; casabosques.co

Piera Bochner's rainbow-colored candles come in different shapes of fruits and vegetables

Piera Bochner learned mold making while training as a sculptor in Berlin, and after casting a candle mold from a romanesco, she knew she had found her muse. She scours the greenmarket for textural fruits and vegetables like bitter melon, sugar apple, and bumpy decorative gourds to make candles that are one part produce and one part NSFW. $35-$79; pierabochner.com

Two black Lolly Lolly mugs from ceramist Lalese Stamps

Ceramist Lalese Stamps was in a rut, so every day for 100 days, she challenged herself to make a different mug out of sleek black clay, fashioning unique handles for each. One resembles the rings of Saturn, another a tiny steering wheel, and a third sports spikes worthy of Bowser Koopa. These two suggest rainbows in monochrome. $52; lolly-lolly.com

Smallhold Blue Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit grows muchrooms from a block of mycellium

In 2020 we stockpiled beans and babied our sourdough starters, but nothing changed us quite like this Blue Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit. We watched with fascination as tiny capped heads sprouted, sometimes doubling in size throughout the day, until the largest ones neared the diameter of Eggo waffles. Nature is weird! But also delicious sauteed in butter. $34; smallhold.com

Stainless-steel mixing bowls designed by Sori Yanagi

Whether you’re prepping your mise en place or mixing up holiday cookies, this nesting set of stainless-steel bowls from Japanese mid-century industrial designer Sori Yanagi has you covered. They’re the perfect combo of form and function, and it’s no wonder pastry chef Ayako Kurokawa of Brooklyn bakery Burrow swears by them. $217; jinenstore.com

A large platter of fresh oysters on ice from Hog Island Oyster Co.

This year you may be sitting out the big, glitzy New Year’s Eve party, but there’s no reason you can’t have oysters and Champagne at home. Order a sack from Hog Island Oyster Co. and practice shucking from the comfort of your own couch. $75 for 36; hogislandoysters.com

Designer Tosha Stimage’s dead flower arrangements include this tall bouquet of bright pink leaves, grasses and blooms in a glass vase

The problem with flowers is that, like youth and Girl Scout cookie season, they don’t last forever. This is why we love artist and floral designer Tosha Stimage’s arrangements—they’re already dead! The Everlasting Mini showcases exuberant dyed pink blooms, magenta leaves, and fuchsia grasses, all dried and ready for long-term display. $28; saintflora.com

Two Ghanese woven baskets from Baba Tree Pakurigo Wave

Handcrafted by master artisans in northern Ghana, these Baba Tree Pakurigo Wave baskets are woven from durable vetiver grass. Their undulating, organic forms remind us of mollusk shells or pattypan squash run amok. Store picnic blankets and linens in the larger one, which measures 17 inches across, and use the smaller, 12-inch basket for your winter clementine stash. $85-$200; babatree.com


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