You might know Ria Charisse’s creations sold in her Brooklyn store, Swallow. She emailed me the other day with pictures of her first-ever lamp. Very Ria — a tad foreboding/sinister, but very cool. It’s made from pewter, bronze and gold leaf, cast and fabricated in the US, and will be about $680.
I’m not usually into collaborations where a designer teams up with a liquor company to create either a new bottle or a new box, etc. because no matter how cool they look, you’re paying a bunch of money for something that you’ll ultimately never use. But recently I came across this Cocktail Bag by Claire Coles for Perrier Jouet champagne. Here’s the thing – it’s insulated, but not super thick, has a leather base and can stand on its own. To me, this is something you use to transport your jewelry when you travel. After you drink the contents, that is.
Pricing ranges from $50 for the Grand Brut to $80 for the Blason Rose to $170 for a Bell Epoque gift set. Buy them here.
The more you write about stuff, the less stuff you want. I want for almost nothing, but damn, I’d love a set of these Seven Deadly Sins tumblers, designed by Stefan Sagmeister. He also did seven heavenly virtues but I personally prefer sins, and judging from the last line of the Lobmeyr release, I think they do as well: “Can the pleasant surprise of a pair of beautiful breasts at the bottom of your glass start a discussion about Good and Evil at the dinner table? Cheers to that.”
They’re $2,415 for the set at TableArt in LA (or $305 each at Barneys). Check them out here.
I was going through a plethora of emails for holiday gift guide merch, when I ran across one from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Scroll, scroll, blah, blah and then this:
WHAT? SERIOUSLY? A coloring book featuring images of Bill Murray. Yes, THAT Bill Murray. I mean, what could be more perfect?
Who are these people who commissioned artists (including Nicholas Stevenson, Anneka Lange, Murray Somerville, Donald Ely, Hattie Stewart, Bridget Meyne, Tobias Hall, Tilly W, Lucy Ketchin, Mike Force, Rich Fairhead, Mary Cheung, Sean Wars, Mary-Louise Plum, Sam Morrison, Logan Fitzpatrick, Catherine Askew, Michael Kilkelly, Brooke Olsen, Chris Arrowsmith, Jonny Packham, Jaypee Murray, James Burgess, Thomas Key and Nathan Dirienzo) to create 23 illustrations of Bill Murray that can then be desecrated by anyone with a crayon?
(for the record, they’re Brits. I cannot believe that Brits – BRITS — beat us to this one).
Buy it here.
I prefer the word “contingency planner” to saying I’m an over-packer. But the facts stand – unless its a quick weekend somewhere I am not a carry-on girl. A friend of mine had this 28″ Vector piece from Osprey which I now also own and recently took for a test drive. Here’s the thing – it packs a TON but in person looks small and compact. Meaning, you look like you’re a perfectly reasonable packer, not someone who takes 7 pairs of shoes to Montana. Right now Backwoods has it on sale for a very reasonable $168. Buy it here, thank me later.
Last time I was in Arizona I had my first-ever rattlesnake sighting while on a hike. This time, en route to Arizona, I had another snake sighting in Houston. They’re now on my wrist:
They’re these awesome bracelets by Presmer. Some think I went overboard but I say more is more – that’s what 6 looks like on my wrist, and here’s what they look like stacked on my desk. They also come in colors. I feel like everyone needs these.
A dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns is, to me, a phenomenal gift. It’s also quite expensive (but trust me, worth every penny). So, you have the dinner, you’re blissfully bombed and overfed, stumble into their store and buy decanters by Deborah Ehrlich. They cost as much as dinner, but last longer (Water Carafe, $285; Wine Decanter, $315, Magnum Decanter, $345):
Whenever you work on a gift guide there are many things left over that didn’t find a space. And while the NYT home section did take a stance against birds in decor – a stance I would generally support in an “I’m over it” way – for some reason I thought these items, by Whitney Smith, were worth considering. Cute things, cute pricing.
A cupcake stand, $34,
and this bird vase, $40