Home Picks: The Little Things

Fragrance candle by Diptyque and tea by P&T

Our home picks for winter 2016/17: a candle from Diptyque, tea from Paper & Tea and soap from Binu

Over the last few weeks, the pleasure I take in collecting has been less concentrated on black shoes, black sweaters, or black pants but rather on the little things that bring me joy – when we’re sitting, once again, a few hours too long in the office.

It all started when I took a more exacting, critical look at my skin care routine and had also happened to run across the exemplary organic soaps by Binu. 100% natural, sustainably produced in co-founder Nami Fündling’s family-owned manufactory, never tested on animals, and sent to your door via DHL Go Green, this little miracle product was as convincing in its effectiveness as its sustainability – impressive!

Breethe Essence by Aromatherapy Associates, Altitude Oil by de Mamiel, Soap and soap dish by Binu

Another highlight in our office that serves for a collective sense of well-being towards the end of a work day are these two essential oil blends: Altitude Oil by de Mamiel with lavender, eucalyptus, and lemon myrtle, and the inhalation essence Support Breathe by Aromatherapy Associates – they both takes turns in our diffusor. The Ferrari of room scents (if you can even say that) is the heat and vapor-free arrangement Généraux d’Empire by the Parisian shop Buly 1803. It comes in a handsome porcelain jar that looks quite outstanding on the windowsill next to a bouquet of flowers. Timeless and essential, Diptyque’s candles regularly find a place on our editorial tables. Especially festive is the special edition for Christmas: Un Encens Étoilésparkling incense.

In place of coffee as a wake-up tool, green tea has been around for some time. The selection seems almost inexhaustible and I’m fascinated all over again every time by the extensive choice that exists from brand to brand. New to the sales mix is Paper & Tea, whether Matcha, Gaia’s Garden, or Pure Prana – it will never get boring and there’s a small nuance every morning that keeps you fit and, incidentally, is healthy too. I love drinking mine out of a cup from the Hermès Carnets d’Equateur collection. Because: enjoying with style never hurts anyone!

Cup & Saucer by Hermès and Matcha Tea Set by P&T

And – last but not least – a bit of gold for the wrist and fingers. We love a mix of tradition and modernity, and these pieces by Cartier have landed on our wish lists: the Panthère ring (and earrings) in gold and the Juste un Clou bracelet in white gold. The pieces created by Greek artist Elisa Pantazopoulos for her label Eli-O in a small manufactory in Geneva have also caught our attention.

Room fragrance by Bully 1803, rings (l.) by Cartier, bracelet (b.) by Cartier and rings (r.) by Eli-O

This arrangement of small pleasures was photographed in Concept Store 10119 on Berlin’s Linienstraße 106 and realized by Oriane Baud. All products not mentioned by us, which can be seen in the pictures, are available for purchase at 10119 Berlin. 


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Linienstraße 106
10115 Berlin
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Openings: Mo.– Fr. 12–19h, Sa. 12-18h


Photos: Julia Zierer
Translation: Melissa Frost

Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.