ISSUE 71  |  The Modern Kitchen

Slow Design from Richard Ostell

May 07, 2013 7:30 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

“In a world where everything is immediate and disposable, I have always been interested in pieces that last.” That’s Richard Ostell’s philosophy, which could not be more timely. We’ve been admiring the aesthetic of this British-born, New York-based onetime clothing designer for a while now, and we’re pleased to see him parlay his philosophy into an online store with goods for the home.

Simple, timeless offerings form the backbone of his shop. “It’s a collection where things that are very humble and simple contrast with things that are really refined and expensive,” Ostell tells us. That said, each piece is a classic of sorts, unified by Ostell’s discriminating eye. He’s planning on adding to the collection with a series of highly polished copper pieces soon to be unveiled.

N.B. Although his offerings are currently only available online, Ostell is hoping to open a New York storefront by fall. For more, visit Richard Ostell

Above: Ostell designed Plate.Bowl.Cup, a straightforward three-piece dinnerware line that is hand thrown in Connecticut and is dishwasher safe. The bowls and cups are $36 each; plates are $38.

Above: The Hakeme Chawan by Matthias Kaiser has brushstroke markings on the inside and out; $128.

Above: Ostell offers three simple glasses including this traditional Spanish Wine Glass; $6. As he notes, “it’s all you need for wine”.

Above: A Round Vase hand made in Los Angeles by Roger Lee; $70. Lee began working in ceramics not long ago, and now works with Heath Ceramics developing new glazes.

Above: A Facet Bowl by Roger Lee in a textured metallic anthracite glaze; $98. Ostell loves its square faceted shape built into a round form. The designer confesses to being “obsessed with squares,” then quickly qualifies: “but bowls should always be round.”

Above: The Series 1 Bench is hand made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Comprised of minimal lines and a strong theme of negative space Ostell aimed for “A quiet simplicity, focused on proportions and a desire to get the balance right.”; $3,500. 

Above: The Series 1 Low Table; $2,800.

Above: According to Ostell, the Lumina Daphine Tavolo is “the most elegant lamp in the world”; $440.

Curious to see Richard’s interiors? Go to House Call: Richard Ostell in Westchester (also our Steal This Look on that house) and A Brit in Milwaukee.