2014 GIFT GUIDE FOR HIGH DESIGN

by Marisa Marcantonio


If you frequent design museums and galleries then you know their gift shops have some of the best design-y gifts around. Those that love streamlined, artistic, and singularly stunning pieces are easy to buy for, there are so many sculptural creations in the marketplace. Here are some gift ideas that resonate with the gallery-goer you know. From of-the-moment gleaming gold and brass to pops of color or sophisticated black and white, tackle gift giving for the creative set.

Photo courtesy of Moma Store

Photo courtesy of Moma Store

Have Champagne taste and a beer budget? Damien Hirst's Spin Plate from the Moma Store is the way to go, filled with gorgeous saturated color just like his art, this is of his 1997 piece Beautiful, amore, gasp, eyes going into the top of the head and fluttering painting.

Photo courtesy of Rubberband

Photo courtesy of Rubberband

Created by artist Anthony Burrill known for his impactful statements, this bright yellow notebook is sure to make anyone jump into action

Photo courtesy of Maison 24

Photo courtesy of Maison 24

The art market is exploding right now, with pop art going for record numbers. Get your own Warhol fix with this playful 200-piece puzzle in his famed Campbell's Soup Can design available at Maison 24.

Photo courtesy of Calvin Klein

Photo courtesy of Calvin Klein

Being true to a singular streamlined aesthetic, Calvin Klein knows their audience. They always do great entertaining pieces that add a sculptural touch to the table, like this brushed Iconic burnished gold pitcher. Holding water or iced tea, it makes serving special.

Photo courtesy of Lacma

Photo courtesy of Lacma

Everyone makes mistakes, but with John Baldessari's Wrong Eraser from LACMA, inspired by the LA artist's 1967 painting, they are easier to undo

Photo courtesy of Fredericks and Mae

Photo courtesy of Fredericks and Mae

It's all fun and games till you try and pull your kid away from their iphones. Try using this super chic Fredericks and Mae Foosball table as a distraction.

Photo courtesy of Apparatus

Photo courtesy of Apparatus

A beautiful tea set with graphic appeal is the perfect gift for those that have a warm modern sensibility. Created by Apparatus Studio, one of the most exciting creators today, they design stunningly sculptural lighting, so I was pleased to see their foray into tabletop with their Shift porcelain Tea Set.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wearstler

Photo courtesy of Kelly Wearstler

Those that appreciate Picasso, Braque and the like will enjoy this little brass Opera dish by Kelly Wearstler that features a reclining woman on it

Photo courtesy of Pelle

Photo courtesy of Pelle

Beautiful and stylish, faceted stone soaps in bright hues make a bathroom a prettier place. Pelle, a company that makes beautifully designed modern items, designed these stunners in juicy colors. 

Photo courtesy of Sideshow Press

Photo courtesy of Sideshow Press

Design aficionados take their fonts very seriously, so be sure to choose wisely for the font-obsessive. I love these paper napkin coasters from Sideshow Press for the way they tackle taboo feelings that cocktail parties often bring up.

Photo courtesy of Georg Jensen

Photo courtesy of Georg Jensen

Design lovers have a thing for the wildly talented Ilse Crawford. When she designed a collection for George Jensen, they had another collection to love. This footed brass bowl, the Ilse, is so simple and clean it is perfection.