these are a few of our favorite things…..

by Nov 27, 2011ModObjects0 comments


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!

harper calendar

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).


atomic ranch book

this is the original ‘atomic ranch’ book, chock full of inspiration and eye candy


atomic ranch midcentury interiors 

available for pre-order from amazon. target publish date is march 1, 2012. chapter 2 is all about our house!


miller house merchandise

these alexander girard design plates are just one of the many miller house inspired items available from the indianapolis museum of art gift shop.


aalto vase by iittala

every modern house needs at least one of these (originally known as the savoy vase).

modern address #s from home depot

we just love these clean line address numbers – and they are only $5.99 each (available in brushed stainless or black)! an instant modern touch to any abode!


chilewich spun vinyl abstract door mat

love this asymmetrical doormat. see another photo below of the mat in black with the home depot address #s.


the chilewich door mat and home depot house #s in use – along with a remcraft bullet fixture and crestview door lite (other great gifts!).


harper books

no modern library would be complete without a selection of charley harper books. this one is the definitive work by todd oldham.


harper prints

i can’t imagine a modern house without at least one harper print. this is one of our favs (whitecoat) – it hangs in our bedroom.


harper coloring books and puzzles

and for the kiddies on your list, there is an ever expanding selection of harper kids books, puzzles and prints. this gorgeous coloring book would be inspirational for any budding artist


nelson ball clock

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.


joseph joseph cooking utensils from sur la table

these kitchen tools are as practical as they are good looking with the built in rests to keep them off of the counter. as an extra added bonus, the spatula is ambidexterous for us lefties!


eames hang it all by herman miller

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. 


architectural pottery

love, love, love the shapes of this stuff! santa, are you listening? i’m pretty sure i’m not on the naughty list this year….


modern art jewelry

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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