Everyone by now would have heard some funnily named chef harping on about the slow food movement: a way of thinking about your dinner plate that not only combines locally made products with a tortoise-and-the-hare approach, but also results in finger-sucking good roasts (much tastier than the gastro-foams and less messy than cheese fondue in the scheme of food trends).
Now apply that concept to furniture. Instead of walking into your home to the wafting scents of rosemary and lamb, you smell freshly cut wood and tart mineral paint. Dutch company Slowwood create some of the most spectacularly simple household items that beat their hastily made friends hands down. Everything is handmade and hand-sourced in Fryslan with the aim of making you slow down and appreciate well-made furniture. More here.