Yes it’s that time of the year. With Black Friday right around the corner, we need to fulfill our duties as consumers and SHOP. I must admit, though, trampling over fellow shoppers to get the last “fill-in-the-blank” at 40% off is not my idea of fun which is why I do all my holiday shopping online. One of my favorite places to shop is the MoMA Design Store online. There are a lot of well-designed whimsical and, for lack of a better word, cool gifts to choose from. I look forward to getting their catalog around this time as if it were the 2-inch thick Sears catalog of yesteryear.
The following are just a handful of delightful items you might want to get your fellow food lover or for yourself. All are practical and beautiful design pieces.
Take a look at what I’ve found.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in any way and am not making a dime by posting and reviewing these items.
Timo Sarpaneva, 1960
The lines on this casserole are beautiful. The simplicity of the materials make a bold statement - the warmth and softness of the wood contrasts the black cast-iron. It looks perfectly balanced and it would make any stovetop look sexy. Yes, sexy.
Wooden Bottle Opener
Brendan Ravenhill, 2009
When I first saw this, I was just blown away with its clever and simple design. A nail, a wood block and a magnet. Beautiful.
Miix Spoon Set
Chi-Wing Lee, 2009
A twist on the traditional teaspoon. The handle is unglazed and the spoon tips are glazed with appetizing hues. I really love the contrast in textures and the use of color. I think I would serve more desserts if I had a set of these.
Pig Cooking Lid
A multi-purpose lid made of soft silicone and the steam escapes through the pig's snout! Fun, right?
Spilt Milk Bowl
Laura Strasser and Milia Seyppel, 2009
Add a little "splash" to breakfast. This is perfect for a bowl of cereal.
Inside Out Champagne Glasses
Alissia Melka-Teichroew, 2004
The shape of the exterior is like a regular drinking glass, but the interior is that of a champagne glass. Easy to hold after 4 or 5 drinks.
Guido Chiti, 2009
I wish I saw this before I got my OXO pastry scraper. Everytime I transfer my chopped veggies from the cutting board, I leave a trail of vegetable bits on the floor. The sides on this scraper are ingenious.
Pop Up Pencil Cup
Paul Koh, 2009
Inspired by the classic straw dispenser, Koh designs a useful desktop accessory. Or, if you have a vast collection of toddler sippy cups like I do, this could be a great way to store all those straws and valves.
Constructible Drinking Straw
Frank Frisari, 2007
I'm putting my order in for two of these for my kids. The design is reminiscent of the pipe mazes illustrated in Dr. Seuss books. I'll try anything to get my kids to drink more milk. And if that doesn't work, I'll just use them to drink my margaritas.