A Mondrian-Esque Passport Case, a French Press for Your Christmas Tree, and More Design-y Gift Ideas
Our editors share their Friday faves from the MoMA Design Store.
Published Nov 12, 2021 6:00 AM
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Our days are punctuated by scouting new talent, attending market appointments, and scrolling Instagram in an effort to unearth the products, people, and news you actually need to know. Here’s what we Slacked one another about this week.
Table Candy: Try Tray
Because my friends are constantly asking me for advice on apartment decor, I’m getting them one step closer to their design dreams by gifting these shiny resin trays. The celebrated Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce has numerous works exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)’s permanent collection, which makes owning one of his pieces extra-special. Whether they opt to fill these with collected matchboxes on their coffee tables or their favorite cocktail glasses on their bar carts, watercolor-like resin is the perfect backdrop for it all. —Julia Stevens, associate style editor
Art Access: MoMA Membership
I love gifting experiences—especially ones my friends and family can use time and time again. For those who prefer spending their Saturdays wandering around galleries, I’m opting for MoMA’s annual pass, which offers free admission all year long. Or if you know someone who really wants to be involved in the art community, the Explore membership unlocks access to film screenings, curatorial conversation, and lots of fun family activities (plus they can bring a guest for free—a win for you and the giftee!). Either way, they’ll thank you for getting them an easy way into the big Matisse exhibition, coming in May 2022. —Erin Cunningham, deputy editor + talent, creative studio
Chic Snap: Keith Haring Polaroid Camera
In this digital age, there is something so satisfying about the instant tactile image that only a Polaroid camera can produce. I love giving them out at parties because they add a fun activity and lasting nostalgic memories. And the design of this Keith Haring model makes it even cooler! —Naomi deManana, style director
Time Zone: Cloudnola Flipping Out Text Clock
This clock encompasses everything I love about design: It’s graphic, practical, and playful, plus it’s just the right gift for my husband. He’s also a designer, and his home office is filled with bold colors and graphic art from top to bottom. I know he’ll love this piece’s nostalgic airport vibes and how it’s the perfect balance of form and function. —Brit Ashcraft, design director
Pattern Play: Sargadelos Porcelain Dinnerware
It’s officially soup season, and these Sargadelos porcelain bowls make such a great holiday gift that will get used right away. The graphic style and design are inspired by traditional forms and motifs of Galician and Celtic culture, with a playful twist of color that’s very MoMA. With the variation in shades, they’re perfect for all seasons. Plus they can be styled with solids, stripes, florals, or any textile pattern, so they’ll work with anyone’s taste. —Kate Berry, chief content officer
Java Culture: Coffee Ornaments
Some of my fondest memories of living in Rome involve sitting and talking in Campo de Fiori coffee shops for hours on end. This season I’m sharing my love of Italian coffee with all of my friends. This delightful set of miniature coffee maker ornaments features my favorite styles: a Moka Express, a French Press, and a La Marzocco. Order a few sets and break them up to save some cash. I’m going to style each one as a gift topper with grosgrain ribbon in festive colors to create some standout holiday presents. —Benjamin Reynaert, contributing editor
On the Move: Primary Recycled Leather Passport Case
As 2022 is going to be my year of travel (hopefully!), I’m gifting my boyfriend a passport case for all of the postponed weddings that we’ll be attending next summer. The color-blocked recycled leather is playful without being childish, and all the bright hues will make it easy to find in his carry-on bag. —Julie Vadnal, deputy editor
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