Release date: November 8, 2010
Tea Sub Infuser, Ototo, $18
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 2010 holiday season.
For the modern host, Party People Glass Markers ($10) help guests identify their drinks. Shaped into a dozen colorful characters, everyone can have their own character. Their suction cups stick to a wide range of glassware, making them easy and fun to use.
With Zodiac Wine Stoppers ($15), pop open as many bottles of wine as you dare. These wine stoppers, made from resin and reusable, high-quality cork, are shaped like the animals of the Chinese Zodiac and represent their different personalities. The twelve-year cycle means up to a dozen bottles of wine at a time may be preserved, so drink and be merry, whether you were born in the year of the rat, the pig, or any creature in between.
Charming and modern, Bird Spreader Knives ($20) were designed in France and inspired by colorful tropical birds. Each has a stainless-steel blade and sits upright on little feet. They work equally well as spreaders for jam, paté, or any other soft spreadables.
At the end of the party, the TeaSub Tea Infuser ($18) treats guests to the perfect infusion of tea. This submarine-shaped infuser steeps tea leaves at the bottom of your cup of hot water to draw the best flavor from your favorite brew.
For the kitchen, the MuseumStore offers a selection of gifts for cooking, serving, and all-around entertaining.
The Elevate Kitchen Tool Set ($40 for set of six) is the hygienic solution to messy utensils. The Elevate™ range utilizes an innovative weighted-handle system to prevent the utensil head from touching worktop surfaces. This maximizes hygiene while minimizing mess and eliminates the need for a spoon rest. The tool heads are heat resistant up to 480°F and ideal for use with nonstick cookware. Each tool has an ergonomic soft grip handle and is dishwasher safe. Similarly practical and stylish, the Hands On Salad Bowl and Servers ($40) can be used for both indoor and outdoor entertaining. A pair of hand-like salad servers integrate on either side of the bowl, blending smoothly into the contours of the design.
Juice is always best when freshly squeezed. The Dr. Bird Juicer ($28) is 100 percent ceramic with a beautiful matte finish and takes its inspiration from the red-billed Streamertail hummingbird, the national bird of Jamaica, nicknamed Dr. Bird. The petals on both sides of the dish act as pouring spouts.
Perfect for the holiday cooking season, Cracky ($35) is a very unusual nutcracker. Cracky's outstanding feature is its mighty teeth and gaping wide mouth that can effortlessly accommodate nuts of any size. Its arms are held apart by a built-in spring, so the mouth always starts off ready to grab a nut. Moderate force applied with one hand is all that is needed to crack the shell in precisely the right place, with the handles and the jaws barely moving towards each other, leaving the shell cracked, not the nut.
Playing off a mathematical interpretation of pizza pie, the Pizza Pi Cutter ($20) is shaped like the pi symbol and comes in red, black, or lime. With stainless-steel cutting blades and a clever design, this pizza cutter makes pizza cutting fun and efficient.
Jewelry and Accessories
The MuseumStore offers a unique assortment of jewelry sure to make a statement at even the most stylish seasonal gatherings.
This season, highlights include several casual chic items such as Electronic Love Rings ($18), hand-knotted rings made of recycled electrical wire. Designed by Chelsea Green and James Minola, the rings express the designers' shared vision of sustainability. Available in blue, green, white, red, orange, or yellow.
Rosanna Contadini's unique line of accessories includes Neo Pins ($52), robust and intensely colorful pins handmade from neoprene yarn. Neoprene is a special type of rubber most often used in the automobile or plumbing industries, but, when used for jewelry, it has a velvety, flexible, and smooth quality and feels soft and silky. Available in red, grey, and white.
A dazzling, multicolored Beaded Disc Necklace ($242) by artist Ronni Kappos is handmade from an evolving collection of vintage German glass, silk, and silver. The glass comes from the famed-but-long-defunct German glassworks in the Sudetenland region of Bohemia. The molds and chemical pigments used in prewar glass production from this region are no longer available, so many of the shapes and hues are very unusual.
For the men, the MuseumStore offers Hamilton and Grant Wallets ($78), which keep the classic fold wallet style up to date. Designed by Vincent of "Skinny Vinny," the Grant Cut-out wallet and Hamilton Metro wallet are made of genuine leather with triangular cutouts at the fold, providing them a contemporary shape while maintaining their classic appeal.
Keep time in modern style with the Phosphor Digital Watch ($180), an ultrathin timepiece featuring an E Ink display for high-contrast readability that rivals printing. It switches between white on black and black on white and has a black leather band with a pop of orange on the side.
For the art lover, the MuseumStore is world renowned for its stock of engrossing art books. Perfect for a coffee table, library, or to share with friends, these books will make great gifts for the holiday season.
Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool ($60): This comprehensive monograph presents 20 years' worth of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and drawings from the neo-Pop Japanese artist. The book features over 250 works, an interview with the artist, and English translations from his blog. Hardcover in die-cut slipcase.
Lee Friedlander: American By Car ($49.95): Lee Friedlander, who excels at capturing America's social landscape, traveled the country shooting photos from inside a rental car, using the windows and mirrors as frames for nearly 200 arresting images. Hardcover.
Hi-Fructose Collected Edition Volume 2: Under-the-Counter Culture ($39.95): Founded by artists Attaboy and Annie Owens in 2005, Hi-Fructose is an amalgamation of emerging and established artists, with a spotlight on awe-inspiring spectacles and developing countercultures from around the world. This thick hardcover book expands the best original material from sold-out Issues 5 through 9 of this highly sought-after art magazine. Packed with intelligent interviews and exposés on leading pop surrealists, street artists, new contemporary artists, and creative artists from Japan and Sweden to Los Angeles and Toronto, this book is a must-have addition to your personal library.
In the children's area, the MuseumStore features great gifts for kids such as Zuper Zeros ($28 each). These playful stuffed animals each have a particular talent and a particular weakness, just like the rest of us. A super cape helps them out of their difficulties, but they also rely on each other. Designed in France by Stephanie Bardy for kids ages 2+.
Kids can rock out on a colorful Arabian Rocking Horse ($68), sized just right for little bronco busters. Crafted of rubberwood, it is sure to be an exciting present for any child age 2+ as well as a classic gift to pass down for generations to come.
Little ones love hanging around with the graceful Owl Bamboo Mobile ($52). Laser cut from sustainably harvested bamboo, it's formaldehyde and solvent free.
Revenue from the SFMOMA 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.
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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.