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I’ve often waxed poetic about the covering trade shows aspect of my job as a home design editor. Truth is, industry expos are a grind, for sure — long days, thousands of steps walking around a convention center, lots of information being thrown at you. But the whole discovering new products part of the experience — often from up-and-coming makers or small independent brands — really is the most satisfying, beautiful part of the process and what I love most. But isn’t always something that the average shopper really is privy to. Well, all that’s about to change. Because access to the coolest new brands and an ultra-curated shopping experience is the premise behind Afternoon Light, an online destination for home decor and furniture. And did I mention it’s from the brilliant minds of Deirdre Maloney and Minya Quirk, the duo once behind one of my favorite trade shows, Shoppe Object?
Alongside established brands like Emeco, Kartell, Nordic Knots, and Sophie Lou Jacobsen, you’ll find pieces from tons of new designers and cool artisans. Currently, the shoppable destination boasts over 230 brands and has been financially backed by some seriously stylish people (celebs Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade, and Pusha T, for starters). I took a look at the offerings — and tapped the founders for some of the best-sellers — to bring you this short list of very cool things to buy there. This is just the start, though; browse away because there’s so much to discover at Afternoon Light, and inventory is constantly changing.