Recently I posted about the great british shop Labour and Wait. Now, thanks to the daily digest from Apartment Therapy, I've discovered another to-die-for British shop of unrelenting practicality and grace: Ancient Industries. Their catalog is available online, and they have no physical store, but they do have a charming blog, with short descriptions of the history of traditional objects, like Christmas Crackers, and Yuletide Socks.
How's that for everyday usefulness and beauty? I love it.