Baron Von Fancy
Screw Me Screwdriver $30
NYC-based artist Baron von Fancy has a way with words and his latest art edition is no exception. Created for his show “You’re My Drug of Choice,” his cheeky screwdriver marries form with function and is just the tool your home is missing.
Death at Sea
The Handpoker $120
Brooklyn studio Death at Sea turns to a time-honored craft for its latest 3D-printed offering, with the Handpoker—a tool for stick-and-poke tattoos. The palm-sized, stainless steel Handpoker is fueled by designer Matt Cavanaugh's background in architecture and industrial design, and comes in matte, polished gold or polished nickel.
MoMA Membership $85
Featuring unlimited line-free admission to the museum, early exhibition previews, free films and $5 guest tickets, a MoMA membership is one of the best deals you can get this holiday season. This is something that everyone with an eye for culture in the NYC area should have.
Dorothy Iannone: You Who Read Me With Passion Must Forever Be My Friends $35
In her search for "ecstatic unity," celebrated artist Dorothy Iannone creates beautifully subversive works that boldly explore sexual liberation and feminist ideologies. Her progressive image+text style is at once surprising, thoughtful, inspiring, profane, humorous and taboo-shattering. This brilliant compendium binds together a half-decade of familiar and rarely scene works for an in-depth look at Iannone's signature style.
2 Plate Multidish $182
Maxime Ansiau has squashed the conventions of traditional Delftware in the most graceful way. Her Multidish available at Seletti depicts classic Dutch scenery like countryscapes dotted with windmills on plates linked together in rows of two or more with new functional and decorative implications.
Remain in Balance Lamps $870
Artist Steve Harrington takes a first foray into wood with a totem-like table lamp aptly called "Remain in Balance." Anthropomorphically illustrated building blocks stacked in a dynamic tower lend a sense of geometric evenness to the room.
Eleven Design Studio
What your life has been missing is a glittery wool sheep. Eleven Design Studio's Twoolies are designed by architect Sindy Posso and made by hand by a group of Tzotzil Mayan weavers based in southern Mexico. No two are alike, and each one is just as adorable as the next.
Jackson Pollock Chocolates $32
Chocolate and art might be two of life's most enduring superfluous pleasures, and Mexican design group Unelefante marries the two impeccably. The Pollock Chocolates come in a set of three bars of 54% Colombian cacao, handpainted with Jackson Pollock-inspired strokes of vibrant color.
God Save The Bike $135
A passion for cycling, art produced in limited editions—it's all been done before, right? Not quite like 100copies. The God Save the Bike print depicts London's Tower Bridge—rendered in ink by actual bicycle tires.
Cocktail Tea Towel $19
Drink devotees will never reach for the recipe book again when they have these Cocktail Tea Towels from our friends at Crispin Finn. Each screen-printed, 100% cotton towel includes the recipe and history for a concoction of choice, and perhaps most importantly, an enlightening quote reminding us of the health benefits of any given spirit. All leaving no doubt in our slightly buzzing brains that we should most definitely mix up another one.
Gather Brooch $4,200
Melanie Bilenker's heartbreakingly intimate vignette etched on a simple brooch is a one-of-a-kind accessory. The nude woman expresses something elusive on both sides of the enamel pin, both in her face and her sinewy pose.
Damiani/ Third Line
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry $70
Persian-born artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian fled occupied Iran during World War II for NYC, and her luminous body of work reflects the lifelong journey. Damiani publishes a comprehensive retrospective of Farmanfarmaian's graphic work juxtaposing mirror mosaics of her native land with the modern geometry of her adopted city.
A Long Piece of String $16
Without a word, prominent graphic designer William Wondriska takes readers on a beautiful journey through the alphabet on a long piece of string. Published in 1963 and re-released in 2010, the profoundly simple graphic tale holds a timeless quality still beloved by most anyone, regardless of age, who lays eyes on its pages.
Danh Vō Baggu Tote $40
Vietnam-born Danish artist Danh Vō is known for his conceptually driven sculptures. Often incorporating political or historical references, Vo’s work—like this limited edition Baggu tote for Marian Goodman Gallery—speaks to his exploration of the power of symbols through the subtle application of an American flag.
Matt Austin Studio
Chalk Ware $25
They're mundane items sculpted in humble chalk, yet artist Matt Austin's Junk Drawer collection lends some kind of elegance to the miscellany that piles up around the house. Open tubes of lipstick, dice, screws and classic salt shakers in striking white provide a beautiful version of hodgepodge.
Playing for the Benefit of the Band $65
Lee Friedlander's seminole 1992 monograph, "The Jazz People of New Orleans, Playing for the Benefit of the Band," has been re-released in an expanded edition available through Fraenkel Gallery. With more than 200 photographs in the new version, some published for the first time, the collection captures jazz greats and everyday players on their home turf, as well as the city's famed second line parades, between 1957 and 1982.