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An Artful Sweep: Display-Worthy Household Brooms

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 28, 2014 11:27 AM
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by Alexa Hotz last modified Nov 28, 2014

In my house, the broom serves a dual-purpose: a standard sweeping assistant and a noise-canceling device (used to bang on the ceiling during our neighbors' wild parties). For the latter purpose, a wood handle is important to get the right resonance, but the real issue for me is: In a small, urban apartment where can I hide said broom? For those of us lacking a proper broom closet, utilitarian goods end up front and center. Often they're in the kitchen or hanging on a wall hook, so they'd better look good. Here, five well-made brooms that you won't be ashamed to display. Above: From  Andrée Jardin,  one of our favorite broom-making studios, the Full Shovel + Brush  is designed by French bloggers  Mr. & Mrs. Clynk . The set is available in Fig, Mustard, Fake Black, or Light Gray and comes with the warning, "Caution! This object can quickly become essential"; €79 ($98.20) from Andrée Jardin. Above: The Laundress's attractive and easily accessible  Horsehair Broom is made in Germany and sells for $60. Above: From dip-dye specialists Lostine in Pennsylvania (remember their color-block cutting boards ?) come these all-purpose household Barn Brooms  available in black, "tipped," or natural; $60 each. Above: A closer look at the trio and its variations. Go to Object Lessons: The Autumnal Broom to learn about the history of the straw broom and source more examples. Above: Another model from Andrée Jardin, the Broom Design by Mr. & Mrs. Clynk  comes in two 1970s-inspired colors, hot orange or  teal blue ; €41 ($50.96) at Andrée Jardin. The Dustpan  and Brush are sold separately for €24 ($29.83) each.  Above: From Swedish company Iris Hantwerk, which employs visually impaired craftspeople, the Swedish Broom  has a birch handle and palmyra fiber brush; £18.50 ($23) at Objects of Use. Read more about my noise-canceling techniques in Seeking Silence: 10 Low-Tech Strategies for Coping with Urban Noise . For more display-worthy household goods, see our roundups of wooden spoons , cutting boards , and rolling pins . This post is an update; the original ran in February 2014 as part of our Small Space Living  issue. More Stories from Remodelista Drip Dry: 12 Kitchens with Wall-Mounted Dish Racks Gift Guide: For the French Chef Nostalgia Now: New Kitchen Basics from Falconware






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