Release date: September 9, 2009
Kookii espresso set, designed by Fellina Sok-Cham, $45
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's (SFMOMA) MuseumStore is the premier destination for holiday shopping. Drawing on the finest local talent as well as top international designers, the MuseumStore offers a wide array of the best in contemporary jewelry and accessories, housewares, cocktail wares, and children's gifts, in addition to boasting the Bay Area's most comprehensive collection of art and design books. From items priced at less than $10 to limited-edition collectibles, the SFMOMA MuseumStore's selection provides myriad gift possibilities to delight both the giver and the receiver. The following are highlights of gifts for the 2009 holiday season.
For the perfect host, elegant and modern Italian stainless-steel cocktail forks ($40) feature a different geometric shape or subtle design detail, making each unique and easy to identify for guests of any occasion. They also make excellent picks for seafood.
Stylish and sustainable, the bamboo fruit bowl ($34) is made from bamboo grown without pesticides or fertilizer and is perfect for serving fruit and nuts. Coated with four layers of lacquer that is applied by an intensive rotation of water and dry sanding.
Made of food-safe, pharmaceutical-grade polymer, the handsome 16-ounce Govino stemless wine glasses ($12 for set of four) are shatterproof, reusable, and recyclable. No leaching will alter the body and aroma of the wine, and a handy thumb notch makes it comfortable to hold—a perfect complement to a picnic or casual cocktail party.
Anyone for a Scotch on the rocks? Whisky Stones ($20 for a set of nine) are made from natural soapstone in Vermont by craftsmen in the oldest soapstone workshop in the United States. The stones are nonporous and will impart neither flavor nor odor. Smoother than ice, Whisky Stones can be used to cool down your favorite spirit just enough to take the edge off without losing the flavor.
What's a cocktail party without a cheese platter? The Wave Cheese Knife Set ($40) is perfect to serve that artisan cheese. Already gift boxed, the knives are made of polished stainless steel with ergonomic handles.
For the kitchen, the MuseumStore offers a selection of gifts for cooking, serving, and all around entertaining.
Specially designed for SFMOMA's Rooftop Coffee Bar is the new holiday-red Heath Ceramic Espresso Cup and Saucer Set ($58 for a set of two). The cup is a smaller version of the classic shape created by the late ceramicist Edith Heath, with a solid handle that is a departure from the usual espresso cup. Catherine Bailey, co-owner of Heath Ceramics, developed the sculptural design with Heath Ceramics designer Christina Zamora, SFMOMA Rooftop Garden architect Mark Jensen, and Blue Bottle Coffee Company owner James Freeman.
Another option for the coffee lover is the Kookii Espresso Set ($45). Winner of the Ecole Bleue design competition, this unique set includes a natural bamboo tray and six porcelain espresso cups, each with its own bamboo saucer and stainless steel spoon. In puzzle-like fashion, the spoons fit into the cups and the saucers slide into the tray.
The Officeoriginair Herb Garden ($45) is the ideal vessel for homegrown or store-bought herbs. Designed to fit pots of all shapes and sizes, the herb garden sits perfectly on any windowsill or countertop and the handy scissor pocket makes snipping fresh herbs easy—ideal for any recipe.
To serve salt and pepper, the MuseumStore offers two unique options. The Boogie Woogie Salt and Pepper Shakers ($32 each) by Murken Hansen are surprisingly original and impossible to resist. With a stylish tumbler-shaped body made of anodized aluminum and large, elegant wheels the Boogie Woogie Shakers are ready to spice up any dinner as they roll to guests around the table. Alternately, the Balance Salt and Pepper Set ($32) by Woody Hsieh includes a smooth, white, stonelike salt shaker, a rugged-surface pepper shaker, and a base that also functions as a bowl for oil, sauces, or condiments—a fitting complement to any Zen-inspired table setting.
For the consummate entertainer, the MuseumStore offers a selection of Teak Candle Holders ($22–$28) by Bahari. Made from plantation-grown Indonesian teak and certified by the U.S. Department of Forestry, insuring sustainable farming practices, each curvaceous candle holder is hand turned, and no two are exactly alike. Whether used individually or together, these will add a dramatic effect to any table.
The vintage design–lover in the family will enjoy the ScandiPhone ($65), offered in both black and red. Based on the unique upright phone introduced in Europe in the mid-1950s, its unusual one-piece design is a fine example of form and function in harmony. It features elegant nostalgic styling, push-button dialing, adjustable volume, and a standard phone plug.
The Cupstack Lamp ($99) is inspired by the irregular stacking of cups and bowls. The asymmetrical, dynamic form is scaled perfectly to add a sculptural accent of light to any surface. Created by by San Francisco–based designer Eric Pfeiffer, the Cupstack Lamp is handcrafted using mouth-blown glass.
Made in San Francisco by Christine Schmidt, the Yellow Owl Stamp sets ($30) feature a set of five molded natural rubber stamps that are hand mounted on reclaimed maple blocks and housed in a beautiful birch storage box. Choose from cityscapes, landscapes, or seascapes; ink pads not included.
Not your grandfather's domino set, a sleek, glossy, black-and-transparent-crystal domino set takes the game to a new height of sophistication. Designed by Selab, the set retails for $90—a perfect gift for the gamer in the family.
Jewelry and Accessories
The MuseumStore offers a stunning and unique assortment of jewelry sure to make a statement at even the most stylish seasonal gatherings. Selections include the Zipper Circles Necklaces ($18–$42) and Ring ($20) by Doris Viñas, who works with simple shapes such as circles, lines, and spirals to form the basic elements of her jewelry. Each piece is unique and completely formed and made by hand in Argentina.
Also from Argentina is designer Lili Nemirovsky. Each of her pieces is individually handmade in Murano glass using the ancient Venetian flame-working technique. Her glass necklace on black fabric retails for $165 with matching earrings for $35.
The perfect gift for the jewelry lover in the family is the Tuck Box ($28) by Lawrence Chu. This simple felt-lined bamboo cube swivels open to reveal three storage areas—great for jewelry, desk supplies, or other personal treasures.
In the children's area, the MuseumStore features gifts such as the Pile On Game ($45). Designed by Mamoru Fukui, Daimon Kanno and Yuta Fuki, this chic game features a set of nine multisided blocks that are handmade using assorted wood offcuts. Create your own challenge by stacking the blocks in any arrangement. Fun for kids and adults alike.
Also available are Doodle Dolls by Merav Flam ($48). Available in Superhero or Fairy, Doodle Dolls can be scribbled on for creative and challenging projects. They come in a cardboard box with a set of permanent markers to create a lifelong keepsake.
For the stylish yet messy eaters, the MuseumStore offers the Tidy Bib ($10). Designed by Built NY, this bib is waterproof, drool-proof, and milk-proof. Soft and absorbent, it features a waterproof under layer and is stain resistant.
Another children's gift as practical as it is entertaining is the Mobile Calculator ($45) by Yuento. Designed on the premise that most people have become adept at tapping away on mobile phone keys, this clever calculator has the shape and key layout of a mobile phone and can be operated with one hand or even just a thumb. It is slim and lightweight and also displays the current time. Available in black, green, or white.
Revenue from SFMOMA's MuseumStore supports the museum's renowned exhibitions and educational programs. The MuseumStore has two locations: at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, and at the departure level in the SFO International Terminal. For more information, call the MuseumStore at 415.357.4035 or 888.357.0037. Many items are also available for purchase online at sfmoma.org.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is currently undergoing a major expansion project that will significantly enhance gallery, education, and public spaces, enabling the museum to better showcase more of its expanded permanent collection. While the museum is temporarily closed for construction, through 2016, SFMOMA is “on the go” with an extensive array of off-site programming across the Bay Area, including collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, major outdoor projects and commissioned installations, and new education initiatives.
Visit sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.