The Edit: Still House, New York City

Still House founder Urte Tylaite shares the six best things to buy from her East Village shop right now.

With only 300 square feet of retail space, shop owner Urte Tylaite has curated an impressively wide array of unique goods from local and international designers. When she first opened her doors five years ago, the small size was an advantage: "I started the store on a really, really small budget, basically non-existent," she says. "I emailed every single artist friend I knew and asked for work on consignment, because I had no budget to buy. People just jumped in on the project and really trusted that it was going to somehow work out." Today, the shop is a go-to for design insiders looking for pieces they won't find anywhere else.

The guest book at Still House.

Here, Tylaite shares six of the best pieces to pick up at Still House right now.

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Stacked Jewelry Box

This jewelry box is made of copper, wood, and cork. Melanie Abrante's family is from Portugal, which is the biggest cork producer in the world. She's just trying to keep working with a traditional, old material and show it in a new light, and I think she does it beautifully. Cork is an incredible, eco-friendly material.

Melanie Abrantes Stacked Jewelry Box, $165.

Zig Zag Planter

Andrew Molleur is an artist I love who went to the Rhode Island School of Design for ceramics, and then moved to New York to work in architecture. People told him that it's a miserable lifestyle—working seven days a week—and that he should really just stick to ceramics. Now he lives in Kingston, NY, in a gorgeous studio, and does ceramics full-time. This is an excellent planter. I think they're really hard to find, so I always look for them. The bottom of it has a beautiful, warm, orange glaze.

Andrew Molleur Tall ZigZag Hourglass Planter, $150.

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Leather Pouch

Interestingly, Molly also has an architecture background. She's really versatile: she makes plates, jewelry, coasters, trivets, and she even just launched a pillow line. She's a master laser-cutter and all of her shapes are very geometric. It may be hard to see in the photo, but the surface is engraved with really minimal lines. It's a great little pouch for springtime, especially just to carry a phone, credit card, and keys.

Molly M Designs Leather Pouch, $66.

Dürer

This piece is named after the German artist Albrecht Dürer. There's this secret shape that he drew into one of his etchings, and since then, artists and scientists and mathematicians have been trying to figure out how it would look in 3-D. No one knows if it's something that he just drew, or if it came from a model that he built in his studio. This is the most popular interpretation of what it might look like. It's really fascinating how minimal and contemporary it looks considering it's really something from the 18th century.

Still House Dürer in Brass, $374.

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Vase

Robert Heller works with what are known as crystalline glazes—that's when crystals grow on the surface of the piece while it's fired. The process is really hard to control. He glazes his pieces hotter than an electric kiln—you have to reach a really high temperature to initiate crystal formation—then it has to be cooled in very specific intervals over the course of two days. He's definitely a master.

Robert Hessler Mint and Blue Vase, $485.

Mug

I love Natalie's work. The mug especially is just so beautiful. I believe this piece is made out of speckled clay, and then glazed white. The effect you get from speckled clay is that the speckles show through the glaze after fire. It's super-simple and beautiful. She's mostly known for mixing her own clay, and it's a similar look, but she usually mixes recyclables from a porcelain mix and black organic sand. You get a similar speckled look, but a rougher texture.

Natalie Weinberger Pinna Mug in White, $40.

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