Globe-trotting, fish-gutting local photographer Corey Arnold’s first book, Fish-Work: The Bering Sea, provides a visceral (and often hilarious) document of working life on the North Pacific. Nazraeli Press, $65.
PlainMADE’s “10,400 stitches wrap”— woven from yarn from Maine’s Jagger Brothers, one of the country’s last factories to spin and dye its own wool—functions both as a chunky scarf and an elegant wrap. “I design with a sense of humor that finds something peculiar in human behavior,” says Portland designer Chelsea Heffner. Weird or not, Heffner’s work recently made the pages of Real Simple. Retailmadeplain.com —Ali Moran
Ready for a boom box revival? Portland design firm Ziba hopes so. Hired to revive iconic mix-tape era brand TDK, Ziba interviewed music fans on three continents—and discovered what might be called an iPod backlash. “Frankly, people miss loud music,” says designer Ovad Valadez. Solution: a 30-plus-pound reinvention of the “ghetto blaster.” “It’s heavy,” says Ziba creative director Paul O’Connor. “Balls don’t come in small packages.” Ziba’s TDK line debuted at January’s Consumer Electronics Show and hits the market this spring.
It’s impossible to eat just one madeleine at St. Jack (2039 SE Clinton St, 503-360-1281). The shell-shaped delicacies ($2 for six) are custom-baked to order, tender as a Proust memory, and served warm in a powdered sugar shower.
Keith Gehrke, of Portland’s Coava Coffee, allied with an Ohio mill and a Connecticut workshop to make the Kone, a reusable stainless steel mesh that combines the geeky pour-over method with French-press flavor. November’s debut run of 1,000 sold out at $50 apiece. coava.myshopify.com