Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas: Light Up Your Table

The winter solstice approaches. True. The days get still darker. True. True. So, when life hands you near complete diurnal darkness, you shape it with these beautifully elegant lights now at the shop. True. True. True.

75 year Paul Smith Edition $240
Anglepoise Paul Smith Table Light
Originally designed by legendary industrial designer, Sir Kenneth Grange, Paul Smith riffs on this modernist design classic to create a wholly original light source.

My New Flame list $600 - sale until 12/31/15 $495
Ingo Maurer My New Flame
A flawless rendering of a flickering candle flame in LEDs. Endlessly fascinating, Ingo Maurer gets you to lean in, to stare, and to touch, all without being burned.

Lee Broom Bulbs
The hand-cut clear, lead crystal of these Lee Broom bulbs ingeniously compresses the grand elegance of a crystal chandelier within the limited space of a single electric bulb. $195 list per bulb.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas: Let's Have a Drink

In 1862, Jerry Thomas published How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant’s Companion. Not content with two titles, Thomas clarifies his unusual – and what would become recognized as ground-breaking - project further with the subtitle, “containing clear and reliable directions for mixing all the beverages used in the United States, together with the most popular British, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish recipes, embracing punches, juleps, cobblers, etc., etc., etc., in endless variety.” Think of the following items as being clear and reliable in their design direction for your most prized holiday wines and drinks from around the world.

Iittala Essence Glassware
Designer Alfredo Häberli has fashioned ingeniously proportioned wine glasses. Inspired by his own family’s history in restaurants and hotels, Häberli strikes a mean between ballroom and bar, high and low. Adore the technical mastery of the stem’s merge with the absolutely flat bottom plate. $40 - $115

Tom Dixon Low Glasses
The heavy glass is blown and then hand-detailed with copper. Suitable for cocktails or simply a straight shot of bourbon, whisky – or as Thomas might say – etc., etc., etc. Every time you drink, you reverse the process of manufacture from their mouths and hands to your hand and mouth. $65 set of 2 glasses

Tom Dixon Tank Decanter
Use this mouth-blown, hand-finished decanter as mates for Tom Dixon Low Glasses or mix with others in your collection. The decanter’s walls aerate your wines expertly and display the liquid’s beauty. Can also be used to store and pour your pre-holiday party punch, julep, or cobbler. $125 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas: Kitchen Soldiers

Your name does not need to be Arthur Stanley Jefferson, aka Laurel, or Oliver Norvell Hardy, aka Hardy, to march a few kitchen essentials out of the shop or to feel like a true babe in toyland after a purchase. These three kitchen stalwarts continually surprise and delight.

Menu Salt & Pepper
Norm Architects upends expectations with these paired pepper and salt shakers. The grounds dispense from the top to keep counters clean, while the smooth mechanism of the ceramic grinder produces perfect grounds whether spice, nut, or seed. $60 - $65

Nut Hammer
Roger Arquer’s Nut Hammer tickles – and for some may even frighten - the soul. From its playful wink-right-at-you name to its supreme utility as a nutcracker, you may have to get more than one for the after dinner table. $40


Muuto Push Coffee Maker
Mette Duedahl has reimagined the press coffee pot. The simplicity of the four design elements: stoneware, steel, plastic, and beech, reveal a sheer mastery of controlled Nordic form. $149

Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas: Metal

Metal fascinates. Sometimes the fascination leads to dead ends. For instance, the European alchemists misguidedly attempted to turn a base to a noble metal. Other times the fascination with metal’s malleability, elasticity and plasticity yields beautiful objects. We submit some objects now in the shop as exhibits A, B, and C of successful metallic fascination.

Tom Dixon Bash Bowls

Each Tom Dixon Bash Bowl is hammered by hand so that no two are alike. The bowl has been – wait for it - bashed to a thin metallic delicacy. Surprisingly strong, place other precious items inside. Or simply let the hammer-dimpled surface shift shape as a solo sculptural work on your table. $350 & $280

Seth Andersson Bowls

These Seth Andersson stainless steel bowls, commissioned through Iittala, are designed and fabricated to be incredibly functional. Purchase one and, like magic, you have an instant heirloom to use every day. $175 & $195

Björn Dahlström Pots and Pans

Swedish industrial designer Björn Dahlström’s cookware line for Iittala is informed by the Finnish company’s focus on simplicity, functionality, and quality. Spell your Sarpaneva cast iron pot and let one of these stainless steel pieces into your kitchen’s cooking tools rotation. $265 - $395