The first time I set foot in a Simon Pearce store here in San Francisco, all I could think was, Why didn't anyone tell me about this before? I immediately fell in love with the sophisticated but just slightly surprising glass and pottery designs, including curvy lamps, bakeware in earthy pastel tones, and sleek tabletop accessories.
A glassblower by trade, Pearce opened his first workshop in Ireland in 1971 and soon expanded into pottery and eventually a myriad of other kitchenwares and home accents like pillows and throws. For more on Pearce and to see some of my favorite products,
The company now operates out of facilities in Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, complete with adjoining restaurants and retail shops. There are now 12 Simon Pearce boutiques nationwide. If you're not lucky enough to live near them, don't worry: Everything is available online. Check out my favorites below by clicking on the photos.