2013 GIFT GUIDE: ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS

by Marisa Marcantonio

There are some things you would never buy for yourself, but you know your friends or family would really appreciate the thought.  When it comes to entertaining details, it can take ages to build up a collection of wonderful vintage bar accessories, or find glasses that are pretty to look at and comfortable to hold.     So be a thoughtful gift giver, and give something unexpected that will be used and enjoyed time and time again. Cheers.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lilly

Some people are the life of the party. Others, prefer to remain in the shadows, and would rather spend a quiet moment catching up with friends. Why not encourage that with a zippy new game for them to play, with a Serena and Lily Signature Backgammon Set?

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler

Store trinkets or cut lemons on the bar in Jonathan Adler's swirly blue and white malachite-edged box topped with a gold-backed pagoda.

Photo courtesy of Moma

Capturing classic surrealist Magritte paintings, these brightly colored melamine plates at Moma Store are a cheerful addition to the table that can expose children to seminal art from an early age, or, help you start your collection.

Photo courtesy of Billy Cotton

A faceted design makes Billy Cotton's new stemless wine glasses comfortable in the hand. The price, makes them easier on the wallet. 

Photo courtesy of Simon Pearce

By mixing antique decanters with beautiful newer pieces, a bar can have a bit of soul. There are s many interesting gin and tequila bottles being designed these days, so pairing them with these classic, hand-blown glass  lidded decanters from Simon Pearce keeps everything swellegant.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

I like the rustic design of Pottery Barn's Mack Cocktail Shaker, it has a great 1940's retro vibe. 

Photo courtesy of Tiffany

My love of Elsa Peretti's designs knows no bounds. Every drink will look better when swirled with Tiffany's Padova spoon, complete with sinewy curved loop handle.

Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel

Those that look forward to the arrival of cocktail hour will embrace Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Tonic, made in small batches to mix with sparkling water for a customized cocktail experience. Find it at Crate and Barrel.

Photo courtesy of Barneys

A glommed up version of the real thing, Carl Aubock's exquisitely designed brass Horse Shoe Bottle Opener from Barneys will be a welcome and handsome addition for the artisan ale bunch.

METAL URGE: COLLECTING CARL AUBOCK'S MID CENTURY METAL MASTERPIECES

by Marisa Marcantonio

Known for his beautiful decorative objects made in brass, wood and horn, the pieces created by Austrian Weiner Werkstatte designer Carl Aubock are treasured. Recognizable for their clean, simple forms, his weighty designs were often everyday objects, cast in bronze or nickel. He did mid-century modern accessories and larger pieces in a pared down way, with just enough realistic detail. While walking The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, I stopped by the Viennese design booth to check out the whisper thin Lobmeyer glassware when some shiny brass things caught my eye. Aubock's designs are being reproduced, and this was their re-issue debut. A chance to attract a new audience and woo hard-core Aubock collectors for sure. Then while downtown recently,  recently saw a trove of his original vintage pieces at Mondo Cane in Tribeca. Each piece has stand-alone beauty, but seeing them together really made me covet every single piece. The iconic designs just have that captivating effect.

The Aubock accessories at ICFF.

Letter openers, shoe horns, and small dishes at Mondo Cane.

More Aubock chicness


A hefty nickel chain link paperweight and items below can be found at Barneys.

His Key Keychain 

The Lock Keychain

The U Keychain