Beyond the big-box stores: our favorite independent shops with wedding registries (interestingly, several are owned by husband/wife teams).
Above: A selection of registry items at March picked by Julie and Sarah.
Our favorite kitchen store in SF also has a wedding registry; go to March for more information. N.B. This coming Sunday, May 17, March is hosting an all-day Bridal Event, with an 11 am to 12:30 pm gathering and an afternoon session from 1 pm to 2:30 (R.S.V.P. required). Experts like Traci des Jardins of TDJ events and Cynthia Warren Calligraphy will be on hand to discuss all facets of wedding planning, from wine selection to floral design; plus, Sarah Lonsdale and Julie Carlson of Remodelista have curated a registry, which will be on display. Join us!
Above: Norm Dinnerware from Fitzsu.
Fitz and Su Sazama founded Fitzsu, with a focus on contemporary design, shortly after getting married and “becoming disappointed that there was no single store offering the modern design pieces we wanted.” Brands include Alessi, Holmegaard, Vipp, and When Objects Work. To date, Fitzsu has hosted more than 1,000 registries from all over the world (see an album of photos here).
Above: Hand-turned Wooden Spice Jars from Food52.
Good news for Food52 fans: The site is launching a wedding registry in June, offering everything you need for the kitchen (and more). Go to Food52 for details.
Above: A starter kitchen essential: Mason Cash Mixing Bowls from the UK.
NY online retailer Kaufmann Mercantile stocks a good selection of household essentials: everything from German-made household brushes to Orrefors crystal. See their Wedding Gifts and Wedding Party collection and sign up at the shop’s Universal Gift Registry.
Above: Recycled Glassware from Hawkins NY.
Founded by Ryan Walker and Alissa Parker-Walker, a husband/wife team who met in college, Horne offers a well-curated selection of “thoughtful modern design essentials” from all over the world, plus a Wish List feature for the newly betrothed.
Above: The Chez Panisse line by Heath Ceramics.
Husband/wife team Cathy Bailey and Robin Petravic, the proprietors of SF-based Heath Ceramics, offer a range of dinnerware options for the modernist as well as flatware from UK legend David Mellor; register here.
Above: The 43-piece Malle W. Trousseau, available at MoMA.
The MoMA Store stocks a good selection of household wares, including the ultimate starter kitchen set from Malle Trousseau, and has a wedding registry. N.B. We especially like the Heritage Kitchen collection, featuring classics such as the Chemex Handblown Coffee Maker and the trio of Swiss Vegetable Peelers.
Scotti Sitz, the proprietor of one of our favorite LA stores, is a genius at sleuthing out hard-to-find pieces by global design stars such as Michael Verheyden, Piet Boon, and Vincent Van Duysen. Garde also offers a Gift Registry.
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Above: Astier de Villatte designs. Photograph via Balletti Design.
Above: Alessi Tonale DInnerware at Didriks.
Boston resource Didriks sells top-of-the-line kitchen and tableware brands from all over, including local favorite Simon Pearce. Didriks has locations in Cambridge and Newton Lower Falls, plus a well-established online registry.