With the holidays fast approaching, we wanted to share some thoughts on great holiday gifts. That’s the best part of the holidays, no? A perennial favorite is the store at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Here’s what we’re coveting this year:
BLACKBIRD FLY CAMERA (shown above, left)
Japanese twin-lens reflex camera: one lens for the view-finder and one for shooting the image, reviving a design developed in the 1920’s. Hold the camera at waist level and look down to focus on your subject, reflected in a tilted mirror. This camera uses 35mm film but also allows you to shoot in square format. Features a 35mm plastic lens. Accepts a flash. Available in red, black, white, blue, yellow, or orange.
SCANDIPHONE (shown above, right)
Yup, I’m still one of the few people with a landline. We’ve seen this on eBay before, but a new one ensures it will work with a standard US phone jack. This one piece design is based on the mid-1950’s upright phone that was introduced in Europe. It features push-button dialing and adjustable volume. Available in black or red.
TEAK WOOD CANDLE HOLDERS (shown above, left)
Artisans hand turn each piece of sustainably grown Indonesian teak to form these unique, curvaceous candle holders. Available in four styles.
THE WEDGE (shown above, right)
This simple, clever device allows you to stack bottles and cans against the wall of the fridge, preventing rolling chaos—or use a pair to hold a stacked pyramid. Available in red or green. Set of two.
GOVINO Shatterproof Wine Glasses (shown above, left)
Made from a proprietary, food-safe, pharmaceutical-grade polymer which reflects a wine’s color and projects its aromatics much like crystal. Reusable and recyclable! Set of four.
4-pack ($11.95) and larger packs also available at Govino.
VACU VIN Party People Glass Markers (shown above, right)
A dozen colorful characters are ready to get the party started — and identify whose drink is whose, thanks to suction cups that stick to glass. A perfect hostess gift to take to the next party. Dishwasher- and food-safe. Set of twelve.
CUBIX LAMP (shown above, left)
The formal Minimalism of Donald Judd’s stacked steel sculpture meets organic abstraction in the beautifully functional Cubix table lamp. Comprising eleven square oak frames stacked in a geometric pillar, the lamp is infinitely adaptable. Each layer rotates on a central axis, controlling the escape of light and creating changing plays between shadow and light. 110 volts.
X-BALL (shown above, right)
The innovative X-Ball designed by Roger von Oech could keep me off Bejeweled Blitz. It consists of 30 magnetic X-shaped pieces that click together to form a skeletal icosidodecahedron — Leonardo da Vinci’s favorite shape. Includes an illustrated 96-page creativity guidebook that offers ideas for fun shapes and creative applications.