At its workshop in Kennebunk, Maine, EcoSea Tile turns waste shells from sea
life such as lobsters, mussels, oysters, clams, and scallops, which, curiously, are
often hard to recycle, into stylish home accents. Set in clear resin, the pieces are
molded into tiles, drawer knobs, coasters, even outlet covers. For the Towel &
Coat Rack (below), the company pairs its knobs with a trimmed plank made by
a local craftsman.
Towel & Coat Rack with scallop shell knobs and walnut finish; 3 knob, $38;
5 knob, $64; EcoSea Tile, Mount Desert, ME; ecoseatile.com.
He made the beer taps for Trillium Brewing Company in Fort Point
Channel in Boston, crafts coasters and cups, and sculpts cute
whale-shaped bottle openers, but we like Brian Smith’s basic tool
for cracking open a beer best of all. With a handle reminiscent of a
hammer and a single bent nail that does all the work, it is clever,
fun, and simple, just like a good brew.
Wood Bottle Opener, $20, Smith & Plank, Boston; smithand
plank.com and available at SAULT New England, 577 Tremont
Street, Boston; saultne.com.