The Cleverest Awards 2022: 50 Products to Reinvigorate Your Home | Architectural Digest

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September marks the beginning a subtle but noticeable shift in the year. Vacation time is ending and school starts. The cool air signals that the season is changing. This year, it also marks the Cleverest Awards—our annual list of 50 objects you need to know about.

The Cleverest Awards 2022 combs through the most beautiful, can’t-live-without-it useful, and fresh products that made their debut this year. AD’s editors—experts at spotting home goods that are worth the hype—look across categories to select the most exciting new finds for the bedroom, the bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, the office, and more, with items that focus on everything from decoration to organization to technology. These pieces can be used to enhance every aspect of your lifestyle and make it a productive fall.


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Outdoor

Tech

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Bedroom


Thuma’s bed frame is one of the most-beloved and sought-after options in the sleep market, so it comes as no surprise that the brand’s entry into the world of mattresses got our attention. The medium-firmness, made up of three layers of luxury, provides pressure point relief, natural cooling, breathable and support. Plus, it’s Greenguard Gold–certified, meaning it produces low chemical emissions. —Zoë Sessums

Cozy Earth Linen Bamboo Sheet Set

Oprah and me are big fans of Cozy Earth bamboo bedding brand. I first tested them alongside many other cooling sheets in 2021. The brand has just released linen bamboo sheets. They are a strategic blend from 70% bamboo and 30% of linen. Mirroring the lived-in look of linen with the oh-so-soft feel of bamboo fabric, I think this ultralight bedding is the perfect way to bring an ethereal look to your bedscape—especially if you don’t always love the rigid feel of certain linens. —Audrey Lee

Loftie is well-known for its innovative alarm clocks, but this year they introduced a functional yet beautiful lamp. The elegant piece of lighting includes adjustable mood lighting, sunrise alarm, and sunset wind-down to enhance your bedroom routine. The lamp can be paired to the Loftie Clock to provide light-guided breathing, coordinated wind-downs and multi-sensory wake ups. —Zoë Sessums

Jiu Jie x Ssense Exclusive Cushions

Designed by New York–based creative director and designer Jeanette Reza, the polymorphous knot pillows are a fun, versatile, and sculptural object that’ll add color and texture to your interior. Ssense has a unique collaboration that offers a variety of funky colors and fabrics to maximize the tubular design. —Zoë Sessums

Parachute Bluff Nightstand

Designed in-house and crafted in Indonesia, Parachute’s nightstand collection was another standout release for us this year. This timeless oval stand draws inspiration from California’s natural shapes and materials. It can be used to store books, melatonin gelummies, or eye masks. —Audrey Lee


Kitchen and dining


Gaetano Pesce Babel Ice Bucket

With its trippy colors, which seem to melt into one another, this soft resin vessel will break the ice instantly. The Babel Ice Bucket was originally designed by Gaetano Persce in 1995 for Fish Design. It is sure to become a favorite that will satisfy all your entertaining needs. —Sydney Gore

MacKenzie-Childs Sterling Check Kettle

MacKenzie-Childs, who have been the dominant check brand for decades, introduced a new color to their iconic check family this spring. The brand considers Sterling Check to be the best. “chic, neutral, and modern,”The brand’s 25-piece collection is just right for the millennial market. Whether or not you’re a tea drinker, the kettle is a staple, and will upgrade any kitchen countertop with the hand-painted muted silver checks accented with subtle hints of yellow and blue. —Sydney Gore

Gustaf Westman Chunky Cup

Surely I’m not the only person out there with a ceramics collection that requires additional shelving units to store everything. Gustaf Westman was one of many talented designers who emerged during the wiggle trend’s emergence. His Chunky Cup is a great example of his ability to think outside the box. Although the idea of a glazed ceramic saucer and cup is not new, his simple approach makes it even more enjoyable. This product is perfect for those who don’t have the funds to buy one of his signature mirrors or tables, sideboards, sideboards or room dividers. —Sydney Gore

Our Place’s new cast-iron pan is the epitome of great looking stove-to-table cookware (would you expect anything less from the brand that came out with the viral Always Pan?). It was easy to clean and easy to use, which I was impressed by when I tried it. If you’re looking to elevate the taste and look of mouth-watering dishes like egg frittatas and garlic butter steak (more on that in my full review), I highly recommend it. —Audrey Lee

I can’t wait to get more use out of my Fly By Jing hot pot set once it gets chilly again. Created for 2022’s Lunar New Year, this fiery starter set has everything you need to bring the heat to family meals or dinner with friends, including an elegant table-top electric hot pot in FBJ’s signature red and two sachets of the brand’s best-selling Fire Hot Pot Base. —Audrey Lee

Afternoon Light x Fara Fire Extinguisher

Safety is the most sexy thing. And have you ever seen a more beautiful fire extinguisher? This matte emerald extinguisher is made in Austria. Its minimalist design makes it stand out, but it’s also easy to conceal with other tools. —Sydney Gore

The Aarke is the most stylish carbonator on the market, and the Pro version adds the innovation. The Aarke Pro is a cordless, energy-efficient device that can be used one-handed and brings brilliant engineering to your bubbles. —Zoë Sessums

MoMA Design Store Multi Kitchen Tool Bottle

I’m instantly enamored with everything available from the MoMA Design Store, so it was easy to love this multipurpose kitchen tool that stacks together in the shape of a wine bottle. The bottle contains eight tools: a funnel, a juicer and a grater. It also includes an egg cracker and a shredder. A can opener and an egg separator are also included. —Zoë Sessums

Tableware Set with Shrimps Check

This whimsical, hand-knitted tableware set will impress your dinner guests. It feels modern yet it is made from the finest merino wool. —Zoë Sessums

Maison Balzac Petit Four Cocktail Napkins

We were captivated by tongue-in cheek linens this year. This set of cocktail napkins from Maison Balzac, a Sydney-based brand, is a prime example. These napkins, inspired by the South of France, are made of Oekotex linen. They are sweet and sustainable. —Rachel Fletcher

Gohar World Shirt Tablecloth in the Main Panel

This has to be the most original concept for a tablecloth that I’ve ever seen. Each cloth measures 70×70 inches and can accommodate two to four guests. It is made from a selection Egyptian cotton striped shirts with an organized collar and central placket. —Sydney Gore

Material Kitchen Kids Set

For the culinary kids in your life, Material’s Kids Set shrinks the brand’s best-selling tools into miniature versions. The smaller silicone spatulas and whisks are available in a variety of colors, including pops of pink, blue, and punchy pink. For added fun, the set also includes a card game and a cook deck. —Zoë Sessums


Bathroom


Quiet Town Checker Curtain

Quiet Town’s supremacy in the shower curtain space is nothing new, but with the newest offering from their no-waste project Re:Canvas, they’ve really outdone themselves. The curtains come in five trendy color options and were handmade in Brooklyn with canvas extras made in the USA. —Rachel Davies

Brooklinen Checkerboard Robes

If staying devoted to the check pattern is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. We love Brooklinen’s playful iteration—launched just this summer—in the form of brightly colored robes and towels. These simple, sweet covers-ups can be worn indoors as well as outdoors. They also have a throwback silhouette that can be worn outside so you can keep the poolside vibes going all year. —Rachel Fletcher

Once you experience the life-changing power of a bidet, it’s easy to understand the merits. Japan-based brand Toto debuted some revamped bidets this year—the Washlet C2 being one that caught our attention—bringing an even more streamlined model to its offerings. With all the luxury and less of the bulk, it’ll give your bathroom a serious upgrade. —Zoë Sessums

There are many products that one needs for their home, but they don’t bring joy to purchase. Toilet cleaning products were high up on my list until I discovered the simple joy of the Staff toiletbrush. The brightly translucent green handle and smiling pink face make this a mood booster. —Zoë Sessums

Redoux x Are.na Botanical Bar

Redoux rarely releases new scents so this collaboration with Are.na was a huge deal. This limited-edition cleansing soap is made with white grapefruit and sweet orange scents. —Sydney Gore

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Living room


Eames Checkered Loungechair

Even the Eames chair, which is trend-resistant, could not resist the checkerboard treatment for 2022. Although it was still in the Eames style, it was ahead. This particular Maharam Checker, designed by Alexander Girard, is available in nine charming colour combinations. —Rachel Fletcher

Flos Bellhop Matte Black Table Lamp

Another refresh of a more modern classic, the Italian-made Bellhop—designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby—received a fashion-forward update earlier this year that was inspired by the little black dress. This bright little lamp is both mysterious and sophisticated, with a matte finish. It can run for up to 24 hours on a single battery. —Rachel Fletcher

Trnk x Studio Anansi Collection Prism Shelf

The Prism Shelf is one of the highlights from the six-piece collaboration between Trnk & Studio Anansi. It’s a striking interpretation of a common object, and this iteration is woven with history, drawing from the pyramids of the African continent. Made to order in Portugal and constructed of weighty limestone slabs, it’ll stand tall in its chosen spot for years to come. —Rachel Fletcher

Eny Lee Parker x Mitzi Maia Table Lamp

Eny Lee Parker, a New York–based talent named one of AD’s Ones to Watch in 2020, crafts delightful and functional clay objects. Her chunky and creature-like Oo Lamps quickly became a sensation around town, but one-of-a-kind sculptures don’t usually come cheap. Eny Lee joined forces with Mitzi, a lighting brand, to make her designs more accessible to a wider market. Eny Lee fans can now find unique pieces for their spaces starting at $150 and ending at less than $1,000. —Rachel Fletcher

Herman Miller Zeph Task chair

The Zeph Chair—like most Herman Miller seats—is one of those ideal combinations of beautiful midcentury-modern aesthetics and research-backed ergonomics. The collaboration between the iconic brand, Studio 7.5 in Berlin, and the product is available in dozens color and upholstery options. Even better, the playful chair’s seat is made of 50% post-consumer recycled content and zero fabric waste. —Zoë Sessums

Rug Cold Picnic Dessert Collection

Every time I visit one of my favorite neighborhood shops in New York’s Lower East Side, Coming Soon, I always make a beeline to the Cold Picnic section. If you’re looking to indulge, the brand’s dessert collection is a lovely treat composed of nostalgic designs inspired by and named after Taiwanese and English desserts like mochi, taro, sherbert, and more. The rugs are made in delicate bamboo silk yarn, which has the appearance of luxurious crushed velvet. —Audrey Lee

We know and love Sabai for their softer furnishings—namely their sustainably made sectional sofa—but this year the New York City–based brand branched out into harder stuff. Although the City Table is their first product, it is made with the same eco-conscious craftsmanship as their seating. The table is made with recycled steel and fall wood from Baltimore. It is manufactured in partnership between Cambium Carbon. —Rachel Fletcher

When Gantri lighting brand first appeared, we were intrigued. Each new design keeps us excited. For the Granada Collection by designer Carlos Jiménez, the geometric diffusers—inspired by the artisanal lights that line the streets of Granada—show off paper lantern–esque designs that are very versatile and bring a warm glow. —Zoë Sessums

Bi-Rite Studio Perforated Rug

These handmade rugs are perfect for expressing your truth and keeping it clutter-free. The Perforated Rug is 100% New Zealand Wool and comes in six colors as well as five sizes. —Sydney Gore

We love a good partnership so when Golde teamed with Subtle Art Studios, the limited edition of their signature coasters was a delight. These superfood-inspired designs are a checkerboard delight. —Zoë Sessums


Outdoor


Seth Rogen’s launch of Houseplant gave stoners the country over a reason to rejoice, and though the company sells weed itself, the thoughtfully designed home goods really steal the show. A standout product of the line is the ingenious Houseplant Stack Lantern that operates as a lantern and a built-in (but detachable) ashtray—a must for any cabin vacation or nighttime backyard hang. —Rachel Davies

Tekla Blockstripe Beach Towels

A Tekla beach towel provides a comfortable and soft place to lounge and absorbs the most water after a dip. Blockstripes like these are timeless and preppy at the same time. They can be used throughout the summer because of their meticulous production process. —Rachel Davies

I feel like an honorary student in the study and use of pizza ovens. I have made lots of pizza in many different pizza ovens. So, I was quite surprised—and excited—that the new Gozney Dome impressed me like no other. Although it takes up a little more space than the portable Roccbox (another Gozney model), or the reliable Ooni it is superior in all other aspects. It is perfect for pizza-making. The Dome can also roast, smoke, steam or bake. You can use gas or wood, and impress your guests in both. —Zoë Sessums

Isle Switch Inflatable Kayak & Paddle Board

This watercraft is perfect for water enthusiasts. It’s super light, super stable, and extremely versatile. The Switch is a hybrid paddle board and kayak that you can easily tote around solo or in tandem. —Zoë Sessums

We’ve raved about the Solo Stove since its debut, but the company just keeps making improvements. The latest version, a smokeless firepit, includes an easy-to-clean ash pan. Get one today to enjoy the outdoors even when the weather cools. —Zoë Sessums

This chair is the only one you should take outside. The fact that it comes in five colors makes it even more appealing. The poppy yellow color debuted this year, and it’s an instant favorite. —Sydney Gore


Tech


It’s possible for a vacuum cleaner actually to look chic. Sure, we’ve coveted Dysons for their suction power and Roombas for their self-sufficiency, but Airsign is the first vacuum that’s equally pleasing for the aesthete and the clean freak. The Airsign vacuum is a stylish, compact, powerful, and affordable choice that will instantly lift your mood on chore day. —Rachel Davies

Plant parenting can be difficult, especially in apartments where there is not much natural light. Cura was created to eliminate this trial and error. What looks like a horizontal selfie ring light is in fact a smart home–integrated device that offers lighting options for different plant types and the ability to water plants on schedule with an app-enabled water pump add-on. —Rachel Davies

LG PuriCare AeroTower Aerated Purifying Fan

Air quality and cleanliness have been a major concern since the outbreak of the pandemic. Multipurpose air purifying fans like this LG model, which has been tested and proven to be reliable, are a great option for those who want to clean their air. —Rachel Davies

Dyson Outsize Absolute Vacuum

Not all vacuums are created equal—at least that’s what I’ve learned after using the Dyson Absolute Outsize for the past few months. With a runtime of up to two hours and a design that lends itself well to cleaning every hard-to-reach nook and cranny of your home, Dyson’s cordless vac has eliminated the messy wires and extension cords I typically associate with one of my least favorite chores (and even made it inexplicably satisfying). —Audrey Lee

Syng Cell Alpha with Ceiling Mount

The Syng Triphonic speaker was launched last year. It impressed everyone with its incredible wireless listening experience. It is amazing how such a small sphere can produce such a powerful sound. The company introduced a ceiling mount this year that allows you attach the Cell Alpha to any ceiling at any angle and height for unmatched room coverage. —Zoë Sessums


Wellness


Pentair Rocean Reservoir is a stylish, sustainable and innovative water filter system that provides water at a touch of a button. Certified to reduce 76 contaminants—without taking up too much valuable counter space—the water filtration system’s design keeps minimalist aesthetics and wellness at the forefront. —Zoë Sessums

Echelon EX-8s Exercise Bike

For those who are still keeping their indoor workouts alive—and those thinking ahead for the colder seasons—this futuristic exercise bike has a curved HD touchscreen that allows you to simulate the feeling of cruising around the world or simply attending your favorite studio cycling class. Get inspired and impressed. —Zoë Sessums

Aesop x Rick Owens: Travel Kit

2022 has been a year of great collaborations, and Aesop’s haute hair and body care collection with fashion designer and brutalist-architecture buff Rick Owens was no exception. From elegant candles to a handy all-in-one travel set approved by the fashion figurehead, the collection lets you experience Aesop the Rick way—which includes a string of wearable ceramic beads designed to be doused in fragrance. —Audrey Lee

Homecourt Kitchen Trio in Cipres mintt

There’s no shortage of celebrity fragrances, candles, and cleaning supplies, but the line that FriendsCourteney cox, a rising star, launched her products this year. Her products are part cleaning product and part room fragrance. The cipres mint scent is particularly delicious, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I tried it earlier this year. Its packaging is sleek and elegant. —Sydney Gore

Vitruvi was first known for their well-designed diffusers that are easy on the eyes. But with the introduction of the Cloud Humidifier, the brand has a new way to create a comfortable space. The Cloud Humidifier is dishwasher-safe, quiet, compatible with their humidifier sensor, and unlike other humidifiers available on the market. —Rachel Davies


Pets


Who out there enjoys the constant chore of cleaning your cat’s litter box? If you feel disgusted by every litter box scoop, the Litter Robot is for you. The highly rated, automatic, and self-cleaning litter box keeps the stink out of your home and even offers additional insight on your cat’s health when with its connected AI features. —Zoë Sessums

Susan Alexandra Watermelon Dog Leash

Many people love the idea of dressing our dogs in adorable sweaters and shirts. Susan Alexandra, a beaded dog accessory designer, has taken this category to a whole new level. Handmade and perfect for coordinating with one’s own SA purse or jewelry, these playful offerings have finally given the canine set accessories that match their own cuteness. —Rachel Davies

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