10 Best Old-World Household Essentials by

Issue 86 · The Summer Kitchen · August 23, 2013

10 Best Old-World Household Essentials

Issue 86 · The Summer Kitchen · August 23, 2013

When we launched Remodelista a few years ago, it was almost impossible to source well-made, classic European-style household goods (in fact, I used to buy wooden brushes in London at Labour & Wait and carry them back in my suitcase). A lot has changed; West Elm, Williams-Sonoma, Terrain, Crate & Barrel, as well as a number of smaller online outfits now offer products from Germany, the UK, and Switzerland. Here are 10 products we own, use, and swear by at Remodelista:

Black Redecker Toilet Brush Remodelista

Above: Made in Germany, the Toilet Brush Set by Redecker is $34 at the Joinery.

Terrain Wire Soap DIsh Remodelista

Above: The classic Wire Soap Dish from Terrain is $18.

Organic Cotton Cleaning Cloth Remodelista

Above: Organic Cotton Scrub Cloths are $20 for a set of three at Terrain.

Redecker Feather Duster Crate and Barrel Remodelista

Above: The Redecker Feather Duster is $24.95 at Crate & Barrel.

Wesco Singleboy Trashcan Remodelista

Above: The German-made Wesco Singleboy 3.4-Gallon Trash Can is $129.95 at Crate & Barrel.


Above: The German-made Dustpan and Broom Set by Redecker is $68 at the Joinery.

Redecker Cleaning Brush Remodelista

Above: From Germany, the Pot Brush is $4 (down from $6) at West Elm.

Redecker Bucket Old Faithful Remodelista

Above: The dark galvanized metal Redecker Wash Bucket; $18.95 from Old Faithful.

Best Made Italian Chore Glove Remodelista

Above: The guys at Best Made Co. call the Italian-made Chore Glove "the best-fitting glove on the market"; $18 from Best Made.

Williams Sonoma Ladder Remodelista

Above: Made in Italy by a family-run company of woodworkers, the Four-Step Ladder is $129.95 at Williams-Sonoma.

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