I love it when artists open housewares shops—the products they choose always seem as original as their own work. Case in point: Ferse Verse.
Ferse Verse is a delightful selection of handmade and vintage goods by Hong Kong artist and graphic designer Furze Chan. Much like Furz’s own work, the items at Ferse Verse are balanced and graceful, but they also always have at least a dash of whimsy, a brush of color, a bit of Furz herself, that lends character, dimension. Diminutive and personal, the objects at Ferse Verse are like haikus, capturing moments rather than creating big impressions. They are conversation starters. Though small in scale, they are large in personality. Though simple, they are storied.
Above: A sunny twist on a Chinese classic, this handmade bamboo basket sports yellow handles; $15.
Above: Jolly wooden brushes are perfect for scrubbing garden fingers or sandy toes; $8 each.
Above: Designed by Furze, the linen Emblic Leaf Pillow is filled with the fragrant leaves of this native Chinese plant; $38.
Above: The dried leaves of the emblic plant are believed to have therapeutic properties.
Above: Originally used by Chinese doctors, midwives, barbers and hairdressers, these cotton towels say "Good Morning!" in two languages; $10 for two.
Above: Hand stamped with the Ferse Verse logo, this sturdy canvas tote makes a great companion for the market, beach, or spa; $10.
Above: Wee wooden spoons are perfect for table or bath salts; set of three; $15.
Above: Ornament and vase in one, this hand-blown bird looks best perched where it can catch the sun; $12.