An antique ceramic plate adorned with a hand-placed decal of Freddie Mercury, this creation is one of a kind—and exudes just the right amount of kitsch. Made for decoration only, it’s not safe for the dishwasher but it’s ideal for display. Depending on your musical taste, there are also versions with Grace Jones, Prince, Bowie and others available.
Carry a token of love and positivity everywhere you go, with this Little Cloud amulet from FriendsWithYou. The art collective will also be donating 10% of proceeds to the ACLU. The brass-plated lead-free pewter trinket is limited to 1,000 pieces.
Subscribing to the Third Man Records Quarterly Vault guarantees a gift every quarter—with deliveries made in March, June, September and December. Each exciting package will include limited edition, exclusive vinyl along with various other goods from the Jack White-founded label—from patches to photo books, invites to exclusive events, access to the members-only online store and more.
Clive the Croc—made in an edition of 10—is a toy-meets-cushion born from a collaboration between Slowdown Studio and Naama Ben Moshe. Composed of printed cotton, there are no loose parts that could tear or cause choking dangers. Plus, if Clive gets a bit dirty, he can go into the washing machine. Also part of the “lazy animal” toy collection are Howie the Hippo and Paloma the Pig.
In a limited edition run of 50, Guy Overfelt has created near-exact replicas of Picasso’s ceramic work from the 1950s—and made them functioning bongs. This one, dubbed “Picasso,” was made in Jingdezhen in southern China—a region known for its porcelain production. Whether used as a bong, displayed as an objet d’art, or even a vase, it’s a playful take on an artwork originally made by a man notorious for having very little sense of humor.
Geotic’s upcoming album Traversa, out on Ghostly on 19 October, will be pressed on limited edition translucent vinyl. The record promises to be beautiful (like all the ambient pop outfit’s music) and the vinyl accompaniment is packaged beautifully too—adorned with iridescent cover art and a geometric sleeve-liner.
Beginning at $39 and reaching all the way to $1,799, Venus et Fleur roses aren’t your regular bodega posy. Their roses (which come in all colors from classic red to mint green or black) can last a year—thanks to their proprietary solution and color pigmentation process. These are some of the biggest, most lush and beautiful roses we have seen.
Philadelphia’s Three Potato Four has a wide range of retro hotel-inspired key rings, but this year they have released a catchy, limited edition style just for the holiday season. Available in white on pink, or red on white, they say “Naughty” on one side and “Nice” on the other. Made in the USA.
Multi-talented Mark Gonzales has just released a bunch of prints, apparel and accessories—our pick is the colorful giclée print “Jacobs.” Featuring Gonzales’ familiar winged creatures, this print is bold and charming. Printed on archival paper, it measures 18 by 18 inches.
Made from 5.5 ounce premium ring-spun cotton, this limited edition T-shirt was made by two of our favorite cannabis-friendly brands: hmbldt and Mister Green. With a minimal design and positive message, it’s made in California and comes in sizes from XS through XXL. With imagery front and back, this T-shirt has been screen printed.
LA-based artist Angela Rossi turns antiquated porcelain plates and other formal dining wares and turns them into modern works of art through clever mixed-media portraits. Our favorite features David Bowie, but music fans can choose from Prince, Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious, Patti Smith and more, in varying shapes and sizes.
Originally recorded in an empty swimming pool on the cusp of the ’80s in Buffalo, New York, “The Talking Drum” is a previously unreleased sonic compositions by groundbreaking video artist Bill Viola. Newly restored by Viola’s studio and pressed onto 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, this incredible limited edition of 100—each signed and numbered by Viola—includes original archive photography, an essay by Astra Price and the original program notes and invitation from a 1979 Composers Inside Electronics performance.
Truly masterful with a bit of steel, Thomas Callahan’s skills and areas of interest often extend beyond the realm of building custom bicycles. Such is the case with this gorgeous polka dot naval knife, designed with a seafarer in mind (or perhaps Yayoi Kusama). The stainless steel blade is constructed with a unique carbon fiber inlay that reduces the handle weight by about four grams.
The World’s Best Ever’s HIGH Kite and Journey Tube are two items made for outdoor adventuring and spreading positive vibes. Each kite is hand-stitched by Miami-based kite-maker Dan Ward and serves as a bold statement—whether in use or on display. The clever carry case doubles as a fully functioning water pipe and was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based studio The Principals.
The only work created by renowned psychedelic poster artist Victor Moscoso for The Grateful Dead, “Satanic Santa” celebrates the band’s two-night residency at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom in December 1966, just a year after the band officially formed. This 14 x 20″ original print is valuable both for fans of the Dead and Moscoso alike; the Spanish-American artist has featured in exhibitions at MoMA and is widely acclaimed for his contributions to the underground comic book “Zap.”
As mysterious as the French electronic music duo themselves, Daft Punk’s unscented “Mood” candle is hand-poured in Los Angeles by “very nice people.” Each candle is housed in a 30% recycled glass container, burns for a minimum of 100 hours and comes packed in a heavyweight, collectible gift box. Getting lucky not guaranteed.
Made in an edition of 250 and sold exclusively through The Glass House Design Store, this 100% cotton Yayoi Kusama-designed tote commemorates the artist’s playful exhibition at New Canaan, Connecticut’s Philip Johnson Glass House. The installation, known as “Narcissus Garden,” features Kusama’s signature dots and balls placed on the lawn, water and glass windows. In turn, the bag references exactly that, in a bold black and red colorway. In addition to being rather eccentric, it’s also handy.
Limited to 50 special edition kits, North Drinkware and The James Brand’s The Black Box unites a custom product from both Portland-based makers, packaged in a laser-etched, black-stained wooden box. From CH favorite North, two of their signature eight-ounce Mt Hood tumblers (which were constructed using real USGS data) made in dark, smoked glass. Complementing this, The James Brand includes their County knife, now with the USGS topographic data of Mt Hood laser-etched into the blade and white oak handle. It’s a handsome, carefully-considered gift set, to say the least.
Ergonomic, stylish and made in the USA, the Swell Knife has been created by two like-minded design teams at The James Brand and Discommon Goods. Made from 6AL 4V titanium and aircraft-grade 6061 anodized aluminum, the knife is functional and doesn’t sacrifice on design—it’s sleek, smooth and the blade boasts a hand-rubbed satin finish. Useful for all kinds of predicaments—whether opening a package or when you’re out camping, this knife has been made in a limited edition—so get it while you can.
NYC-based newcomers Master & Dynamic have been wooing both casual listeners and audiophiles with headphones that offer balanced, smooth sound and a noticeably durable build quality that doesn’t cut corners. In a collaboration with Parisian boutique Colette, their flagship MH40 over-ear, closed-back design gets a fresh coat of bright cobalt blue—and each detail, from the memory foam ear pads wrapped in lambskin leather to the detachable woven cables, make them an ideal pair for daily use.
Known for their clean-lined leather moto jackets, The Arrivals (founded by former architect Jeff Johnson) have joined forces with design collective Snarkitecture to create one winning poncho. While “chic” and “poncho” aren’t words one often finds together, this unisex piece is a true exception. It’s sleek, functional and (most importantly) waterproof. Available in two colors, the white is made from a stain-resistant, poly-blend and the black is a poly-spandex micromesh. Both iterations offer plenty of interior pockets to keep your goodies dry, but ultimately this is a sharp design piece that makes a traditionally dorky item incredibly wearable.
Brooklyn-based artist Deborah Kass blends several aspects of her borough in her “OY/YO” series, from the Spanish for “I am” to local slang and the Yiddish language, the two letters used here express a lot. The fun and bold play on words is viewable as a gigantic sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park until August 2016, and also now available as cufflinks (sterling silver in 18 karat gold-plate)—but equally big in attitude.
Made in England, this sleek pen is for those who like to take phone messages and make doodles in serious style. Machined from a solid piece of lead-free brass and hand-plated in rose gold, it’s a truly sophisticated gift for luxury enthusiasts of all genders.
Sri Threads is one of NYC’s hidden gems: a boutique collection of rare Japanese and Indian textiles inside an apartment building in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. This boro kimono dates back to the mid to late 19th century, woven in a pattern resembling a basket weave. The beauty of this vintage piece, however, comes from the loving way it’s been patched and mended over time. A true one-of-a-kind piece that has a mysterious history.