10 Gift Ideas for Apartment Dwellers

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Just because you’re short on space doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on style. Whether you live in a family flat or a studio for one, each of these unique products offers you the chance to upgrade, update, and enhance your environment – not only for yourself, but for your roommates, family, and friends.



Metropolitan Clock

There are lots of “vintage” clocks out there today – but this classic timepiece is the real deal. Inspired by an original British design from the 1900s, the oversized (nearly 2’ diameter) face is a “statement maker” so bold you’ll never lose track of the time again. Striking incremental markers indicate the time without the aid of numbers, while vivid red hands evoke a chic industrial vibe that will look good in any home – and distract from the unavoidable domestic clutter.

Buy: $400



Maple and Leather Dust Pan

If anything could convince you to clean, this Maple and Leather Dust Pan is it; made by Lostine of Philly, PA, the elegant utilitarian piece is so beautiful you’ll never want to put it away. A slanted wooden edge invites dust and crumbs while tall leather sides keep it all contained. Sweep up your home with a broom in one hand and this ergonomic handle in the other – or just leave it out to show off your good taste.

Buy: $84



D’Hauteville Concrete Armchair

You never know when that unexpected guest may pay you a visit…be sure you have sufficient seating with this raw, brutalist piece. Naked concrete paired with rebar legs evokes a rough, industrial vibe to provide bold contrast against the ergonomic form and its incredibly smooth finish. D’Hauteville shows a unique appreciation for material and craftsmanship, elevating humble components through a modern lens. Versatile enough for practically any space (large or small), this sleek seat is sure to leave an impression wherever it goes.

Buy: $650



Cloud Concrete Toilet Paper Storage

Chances are your bathroom essentials can be found hiding in a cramped cabinet or drawer. Put those nooks and crannies to better use and place your toiletries on display with this clever product from Lyon Beton. The “Cloud” can hold 16 or more rolls of toilet paper on the wall with a simple, whimsical shape made from concrete and steel. What better way to brighten up your bathroom and get the most of your space?

Buy: $99


Scholten & Baijings – Multicolor 42

A little bit of color goes a long way. This opulent wool pillow by Thomas Eyck is fit for a king; brilliant pigments subtly shift in a striped pattern across this gorgeous accent piece that can brighten any space. Whether you toss it on the couch or your faithful bed, “Color 42” is there when you need to unwind in comfort and style.

Buy: $335



Gray Stripe Fouta Set

No more bulk towel sets and bargain bundles for you. Made in Tunisia, these hand woven beauties are made using thousand-year-old techniques for the ultimate in quality paired with “the ancient aesthetics of the Turkish bath.” From a refined grey striped pattern to their cotton fringe accents, this Fouta set could easily be found in any room of your home. And unlike those boring bleached rags you use now, each and every one of these elegant cloths takes on a unique character thanks to the skilled hands that made it.

Buy: $85



Abner Universal Tool Box

A tool box can hold anything you want it to. Made from old growth lumber that was left in the path of Hurricane Felix in Nicaragua, this carefully crafted organizer will make it easy – and maybe even fun – to keep things in order. There’s even a hidden section for additional, secure storage. Available in a range of sizes and finishes, the elegant utilitarian piece works just as well as decoration as a toolbox.

Buy: $200



Flos Lampadina Table Light

Lighting has the potential to impact nearly every facet of daily life, from general mood to mental and physical well-being. So quit shooting in the dark and illuminate the way with this minimalist table lamp; simple and modern with a touch of whimsy, the brilliant Italian design maximizes function while minimizing space and material use. The bare bulb is sand-hewn to diffuse direct light while the compact aluminum base stores excess cord length, making it the ideal choice for the apartment-dweller with limited space — and a grand imagination.

Buy: $159



Baguette Cutting Board

No matter where you live, the kitchen is the heart of the home: a place to relax at the end of a long day, to share a meal, or to celebrate a milestone. Your most important room deserves the highest quality in every respect…and this simple Baguette Cutting Board offers the best of both craftsmanship and style. Made in the USA from wood with subtle color block accents, the nautically-inspired piece will look good wherever it goes – whether that’s hanging on the wall or laying on your dining room table as you feast with family and friends.

Buy: $168



Large Corner Spoon

Some things you have forever. This is one of them. Hand carved from walnut with a functional point to get at hard-to-reach corners and flat surfaces, this beautiful tool is nothing short of a kitchen essential. You may not have the room (or budget) for superfluous cooking gadgets, but this unique 3” wide Corner spoon easily pays for itself. Windy Chien’s design even comes with a pot of spoon oil and a reusable cloth, so you can cherish your priceless piece for years to come.

Buy: $160


Lizzie Wright


​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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