16 Things Dwell CEO Zach Klein Cant Live Without

From the holy grail of glassware to the cutest Japanese toaster oven you ever did see, heres what Zach Klein swears by.

The existing wood structure and ceiling of the former saloon were completely refinished, and the exposed rafters were painted white for a brighter and more spacious feel. The old windows, floors, and finishes were replaced to create consistency with the new house.

Last month, we welcomed Zach Klein into the fold as our new CEOand when you look at his past endeavors, its the most natural match in the world. The cofounder of Vimeo and DIY.org, Zach also created Cabin Porn, which spawned from a small (IRL) community in which he and his friends learned to build their own cabins. Weve even featured his Mission District home on our site. It comes as no surprise that, when asked to share a few of his favorite things, Zach came back with some seriously fun, thoughtful picks. Heres what he had to say.

"For most things I go to Small Works for custom framing, but Framebridge is excellent when you need it fast and cheap. The quality of their digital prints has impressed me most: you send over a file, and you get a framed, large-format print in return. While we were remodeling we found some old photos of our home in the library archives; I requested hi-res scans and sent them right over to Framebridge."

Framebridge Custom Framing

Each piece we frame passes through at least nine talented peoples hands before we ship it back to you. Every material is cut just for your art; nothing is off the shelf. A (human) designer looks out for your work from start to finish. This is real American design and manufacturing. And its not $500; its $209 or less + shipping is always free.

"Its a rite of passage for San Franciscans to bring Heath into their home. We started with this shallow bowl that nicely transitions from set piece to a salad bowl for all those greens youre growing in your raised bed."

Heath Ceramics Shallow Salad Bowl

Perfect for serving salads, pastas, sides, main courses you name it. Its beautiful enough to stand alone as decoration, but can also be nested with the Large Serving Bowl, Vegetable Bowl, and Deep Serving Bowl. Together they make a truly wonderful gift. Expect lovely variation in our Moonstone and Redwood glazes. 2.75" H, 13" dia. Photo Courtesy of Heath Ceramics

"Grimms colorful wooden toys make it possible to have a space that is pleasing for both parents and babies."

Grimms Mosaic Square of 36 Wooden Cube Blocks With Storage Tray

These square blocks are made for building with play in mind. Creating different things, learning how to create a rainbow and the feeling of colors. Children of any age will experience fun building different things with these colorful small blocks. Made of natural wood, hand painted with non-toxic natural dyes, these pattern blocks consists of 36 pieces and comes with a natural square frame. All used dyes are water based and in accordance with EN 71 harmless to your health and suitable for children toys. The same is true for the natural oil used.

"I love Rich Brilliant Willing, and Im particularly fond of this pendant line. Reminiscent of Noguchis Akari lights but with fewer lines."

Rich Brilliant Willing Mori Squash Pendant

Inspired by the silk cocoons spun by the Bombyx mori moth, the Rich Brilliant Willing Mori Squash LED Pendant is deep lantern shade glowing with warm light. Layers of fine nylon fibers are spray coated around the thin wire frame, forming a durable membrane that has a canvas-like quality.

"I admire how Baggu built a strong, design-driven business with simple products (and helps kill off plastic bags in the process)."

Baggu Standard Baggu

Baggu's best selling reusable bag is not just for the grocery store. Carry in your hand or over your shoulder. Holds 2-3 plastic grocery bags worth of stuff. Folds into a flat 5 in. x 5 in. pouch. Holds 50 lbs.

"Sauna stools are one of my favorite subgenres, and this specimen designed by Aamu Song and Johan Olin for a public sauna in Helsinki is a superb take on Antti Nurmesniemis classic."

Nikari Arte Culture Sauna Stool

Nikaris Arte Culture Sauna stool was created for the Culture Sauna, a contemporary public sauna in Helsinki that opened its doors in 2013. Aamu Song and Johan Olin have designed a beautiful stool, crafted from alder and treated with natural wood oil mixture. The design honours Antti Nurmesniemi's classic sauna stool and lends its form from the clean-lined architecture of the Culture Sauna. The sturdy Arte Culture Sauna stool makes an excellent addition to saunas and bathrooms but is suitable for other uses as well. Nikari products are made in Finland using only certified wood. Photo Courtesy of Finnish Design Shop

"A couple of years ago we invested in an upholstered showpiece. One dinner party and red wine spill later, we bought this cleaner and never looked back. Just recently we forgave the friend."

Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Cleaner

Professional spot cleaner removes tough spots and stains from carpet, stairs, upholstery and more. You should not invest in a showpiece without one of these in the closet.

"Im all things terra-cotta and was charmed by this indoor pot of stacked clay rings found at Pretend Store, based in Charleston, South Carolina."

From Sand Large Planter

Your plant will feel right at home in its very own pot that appears to be made out of a series of tubes. This planter was made by hand from a textural, rust colored clay. Stamped with the From Sand collection mark. Sizing: 5.25" Diameter, 4" Tall

"The only thing I like more than terra-cotta are shaker pegs. I keep a box of these handy in the garage for that thing that always pops up and needs to go somewhere."

Balsam Point Workshop Screw-On Shaker Pegs (10-Pack)

Beautiful birch hardwood shaker pegs with screw end for easy installation. Birch is a quality hardwood with a smooth texture, tighter grain and takes paint or stain quite well. Available in quantities of 10 or 25.

"Look, just like people warn, theyre absurdly fragile, but this (and every replacement you buy) is the only glass you need."

Zalto Denk'Art Universal Glass

The only wine glass you need. Introducing a new generation of mouth-blown, lead-free and dishwasher-safe wine glasses. From the first touch each Zalto glass distinguishes itself from all other glasses. From the perfectly executed balance to the extraordinary design the achievement of the Denk`Art line are glasses that seem nearly too delicate to hold and yet they are made for just that. This is glassware that stands at the rarefied point where form meets function. This is art. Height: 9.4" Weight: 18 ounces

"Samsungs Frame is the TV I always wanted. Completely slips into the background when not in use and makes it easy to put together a room that doesnt revolve around the screen. We pay the small, optional subscription to have access to collections from many galleries and museums. The artwork changes every day, and my kids and I love to spend breakfast discussing the newest piece."

Samsung 43" Class The Frame QLED Art Mode Smart 4K UHD TV (2019)

The Frame is as much a work of art as it is a TV. With revolutionary Art Mode and the power of 4K UHD, the Frame transforms from TV to beautiful, lifelike art that fits seamlessly into your home and decor. Photo Courtesy of Samsung

"I started my fermentation hobby with a bone-white ceramic crock and noticed that kimchi paste stained it. Too precious. Switched to this dark-glazed (and cheaper) option, and its a workhorse."

Humber House Sauerkrock Fermentation Crock

The Sauerkrock is a high-quality thick-walled ceramic fermentation crock, inspired by traditional European fermenting crock design. You can use the Sauerkrock to make numerous probiotic-rich recipes like kimchi, pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, yogurt, sourdough, condiments and more! Photo Courtesy of Amazon

"Recently I discovered that Italy has its own style of playing cards and that Scopa is one of its national games. Its a fun way to spend time at a table with a few people, and the cards are great design objects, too."

Modiano Scopa Playing Cards

Scopa is one of the two major national card games in Italy. It is played with a standard Italian 40-card deck. Watching a game of Scopa can be a highly entertaining activity, since games traditionally involve lively, colorful, and somewhat strong-worded banter in between hands.

"I moved from New York City to San Francisco about a decade ago, and I have to tell you, it would be hard going back since Ive gotten used to year-round backyard gardening. I have a couple of these raised beds constructed with knotty cedar and powder-coated aluminum (I painted the legs white)."

Gardeners Supply Company 2 x 8 Elevated Cedar Planter Box

At 29" high, this attractive cedar planter is the perfect height for easy growing, eliminating the need to stoop, bend, kneel and reach. It's a generous 10" deep so you can grow big plants like tomatoes and root crops like carrots. With 16 square feet of growing space, there's plenty of room for multiple crops, yielding a generous harvest. Set up one or more of these rectangular beds around the edge of your patio to create a convenient kitchen garden, or fill them with flowers for a stunning display. Like our other cedar raised beds, the sides are held in place with our sleek and sturdy aluminum corners. Slatted cedar box base: excess water drains through slats; vents in the sides allow air to circulate and excess moisture to evaporate.

"I have German family living near Cologne, and every trip to visit them I stop at Manufactum to stock up on these sturdy dish towels. Recently they started shipping to the U.S., too."

Manufactum Structured Fabric Dish Towel

This dish towel made of strong, absorbent linen combines different weaving techniques. These give the fabric a special look and feel which are enhanced after washing. The fabric shrinks by approx. 5%, although the different weaves shrink to a different extent. The honeycomb weave, for example, only develops its three-dimensional structure after the first wash, whereas the plain weave barely changes. The different weave types also serve different purposes in the kitchen. Voluminous weaves with long floats ensure greater absorbency; the larger surface area also means this kind of fabric dries more quickly. Densely woven, grainy cloths are ideal for polishing glass while double-layered woven cloths trap lots of air and can occasionally replace oven gloves or be used to carry hot pots or plates. 100% Linen. Fabric weight 300 g/m, yarn count in warp and weft Nm 12. White linen is used in the warp, dyed linen yarn in the weft. Machine washable at 40C. Made in Lithuania.45 x 70 cm

"When I need a pick-me-up I browse Japanese toaster oven imports on Amazon. At home I have the Tiger in white. The instructions are in Japanese, but its no worry because this is a no-frills toaster with the most basic functions: Just Right and Burnt. But, gosh, its cute."

Tiger Toaster Oven

Compact little toaster that won't be a wart on your counter.

Shop Zachs Previous Work

Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere

Rural escapes for those yearning for a simpler existence, by the creators of the wildly popular tumblr Cabin Porn.Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New York-Cabin Porn began as a scrapbook to collect inspiration for their building projects. As the collection grew, the site attracted a following, which is now a huge and obsessive audience. The site features photos of the most remarkable handmade homes in the backcountry of America and all over the world. It has had over 10 million unique visitors, with 350,000 followers on Tumblr. Now Zach Klein, the creator of the site (and a co-founder of Vimeo) goes further into the most alluring images from the site and new getaways, including more interior photography and how-to advice for setting up a quiet place somewhere. With their idyllic settings, unique architecture and cozy interiors, the Cabin Porn photographs, are an invitation to slow down, take a deep breath, and feel the beauty and serenity that nature and simple construction can create. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Photo Courtesy of Hutch, Omaha, NE

Cabin Porn: Inside

First an online phenomenon and now a bestseller with more than 300,000 copies in print worldwide, Cabin Porn has become a powerful lifestyle movement that is synonymous with unplugging from a tech-obsessed world to find peace amid nature. Startups, homes, and even housing developments have all been inspired by the original book. In this hotly anticipated extension of the Cabin Porn series, the creators give their fans what they ask for most: a look inside the most beloved cabins they have featured over the past ten years.Cabin Porn: Inside is the definitive guide for the cabin builder, as well as anyone seeking perspective on how to create spaces that just work--the ones that spellbind us in their warmth and ingenious simplicity. Text and Image Courtesy of Amazon

Cabin Porn 2020 Wall Calendar

Based on the 2015 book Cabin Porn and the wildly popular site of the same name, this calendar is a dreamy collection of 13 secluded cabins, cottages, and other small structures nestled in nature. Featuring the best photographs from the book as well as new images, this calendar features unique homes from around the world that offer a glimpse of life off the grid and invite you to slow down and enjoy idyllic environments and cozy architecture. Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

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