Chemex Coffeemaker
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Classic Coffee

The elegantly shaped Chemex coffeemaker has been making simply good cups of coffee since a German-born chemist designed it in New York in 1941. Ricker remembers his parents using one growing up, and now he thinks it’s time for one of his own. $48 at Canoe (includes 100 paper filters), 1136 SW Alder St, canoeonline.net

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Marsais A Chair
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Well-Countered

Metalworker Xavier Pauchard designed the Marais A Chair for Tolix—to great acclaim—in 1934. More recently, Tolix added Marais counter stools to its French-made line, retaining the classic industrial look complete with scuffs and markings that Ricker loves. $285 at Design Within Reach, 1200 NW Everett St, dwr.com

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Thai Street food book
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Look Book

Try your own hand at grilled pork skewers or sweet banana roti. With more than 370 pages of beautifully photographed and carefully written recipes, Thai Street Food by David Thompson is one of Ricker’s favorite how-to reads. $60 at Powell’s, 1005 W Burnside St, powells.com

Foot locker
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Foot Locker

Ricker stores his shoes in the bright red PS Cabinet from Ikea. Coated epoxy steel makes cleanup a breeze; no matter how muddy the boot, this cabinet doesn’t rust or rot. $99 at Ikea, 10280 NE Cascades Pkwy, ikea.com

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Panier table
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Top Table

The retro-mod feel of the Panier table in transparent polycarbonate, by the ever-groovy Bouroullec brothers for Kartell, fits Ricker’s aesthetic perfectly, while its function as both end table and storage spot makes good sense for the small space. $129 at YLiving, yliving.com

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Mortar and pestle
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Tools of the Trade

A mortar and pestle is essential in preparing Southeast Asian food, from grinding down curry pastes to mixing ingredients. Ricker recommends this Thai Laos 10-inch-tall clay mortar and wood pestle for whipping together dishes like som tam (green papaya salad). $45 at Grocery Thai, grocerythai.com

Pacojet
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Fast Food

A Swiss invention, the Pacojet holds Ricker’s fancy as a future purchase. Toss in deep-frozen foods, and this handy little appliance turns them into ice creams, sorbets, mousses, spice concentrates, and soups within minutes—without any preservatives or additives. $3,998 at Pacojet USA, pacojetus.com

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Eames Case Study Chair
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Hot Seat

Though Ricker thinks midcentury modern styles are overdone, his one nod to the era is found in an iconic vintage Eames Case Study fiberglass chair with Eiffel Tower base. $249 for side chair at Modernica, modernica.net

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