Has the warmer weather got you itching to entertain? Well, good news: a bunch of new home goods releases from both big brands and independent designers can help you do just that, whether you're planning a big, splashy, al fresco dinner party or, let's be real, whatever you can manage in a tiny apartment.
Marimekko for Target
The highly anticipated collaboration between Finnish design house Marimekko and Target drops this Sunday, April 17, in stores and online. What to expect? Lots and lots of vibrant colors and prints, which Marimekko is famous for. The home goods part of the collection covers all sorts of serveware plus pillows and towels. To see the full look book, which includes apparel, accessories, and more, check out our sister site Racked.
Launched last summer, Snowe offers high-quality home goods basics for the post-IKEA crowd. Its newest releases are perfect for those who want to keep it simple but stylin'. The brand's first beer glass, the Pilsner glass, as well as a new classic Martini glass, are both made of Italian lead-free crystallized glass—which is a fancy way of saying they're break resistant, a claim we've verified in person (a glass was hit reasonably hard against a table—and survived.) Also new is a limited edition smoked grey version of a company best-seller, the Drinks Essentials set shown below.
Ikea's New Brazil-Inspired TILLFÄLLE Collection
Just unveiled last month, Ikea's limited edition TILLFÄLLE collection combines vivacious colors and patterns inspired by Brazil with a Swedish minimalist sensibility. With everything from individual salt and pepper shakers to a colorful "occasional table," the line offers great flexibility in how much Brazilian flavor you'd like to add to your party.
Kate Spade Home Collection
Classy and sassy is the name of the game for fashion and lifestyle brand Kate Spade, whose latest home collection has some colorful and playful ideas for spring festivities. The floral melamine plates and picnic blanket featured below, for example, can easily take the party outside.
MoMA Design Store
The new spring collection from the Museum of Modern Art's Design Store is brimming with rad things you never knew you needed, including some nifty small-space solutions. We picked out a set of mini chopping boards, a book-like volume that fans out into a stool, and a sleek portable lantern that doubles as speakers.
Shane Schneck, the Swedish-American designer behind many accessories for Danish brand Hay, launched Ommo, his own kitchen accessories collection in February, and it's full of clean, super functional designs. The detachable cake stand, below, for example, features a practical raised rim and loop holder, and the modular serving bowl comes with a collection container for food waste and a center dish for sauce or toothpicks.
Found Muji Sweden
In March, Japanese minimalist brand Muji debuted a collection of serveware and kitchen accessories inspired by Sweden, or more specifically, the Swedish tradition of fika, which means coffee break. Fittingly, there are delightfully simple cups, saucers, tea mats, and more on offer, but getting your hands on some will be tricky. Stateside, this collection is currently only available at the Muji flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.