my parents and little brother, surrounded by the holiday booty of 1972
Since Oprah is not doing her ‘Favorite Things’ episode this year, I thought I would fill in with a list of our ‘Favorite MODERN Things.’ Here are some ideal gift ideas for the modern lover in your life – or some ‘wish list’ items for you! I am a sucker for good design, and many of these items prove that good design does not have to be expensive (some are priced as low as $5.99)! And in case Santa is reading this, I would still dearly love a piece of architectural pottery 🙂 And please, use the comment option below to share your favorite modern things. Happy shopping!
one of many charley harper calendars available. every well appointed home or office needs at least one!
atomic ranch calendar
and since you will probably need more than one calendar, this one is another great option. as an added bonus, the amberley village home of rick kay and jim kelly is again featured (april and september).
this iconic modern piece is more affordable than ever! originally designed by george nelson and manufactured by the howard miller clock company, it is once again being made by howard miller and is under $75 (the licensed design is now made by vitra and is way more expensive).
henny throw from ikea
ikea calls this a bedspread, but it is really more of a throw. we have it at the foot of our bed (similar to this ikea photo above) and it adds great color and texture. it is a nice soft wool with a great vintage pattern.
we love the whimsical usefulness of our hang-it-all. it’s a wall sculpture the you can actually use! ours is the licensed herman miller version that we have a link to here, but i noticed while doing my research that like the nelson ball clock, there are less expensive versions out there.
365 oven/serving dish from ikea
just simple good design. i always get compliments when i use mine.
arlen gave me this pin over 20 years ago, and several aaron rubenstein pieces have followed through the years. each one is unique and beautiful and modern. he’s a staple at summerfair & the hyde park art show, but you can catch him year-round in his little shop in deer park. it’s chock full of amazing design at a reasonable price.
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