Roy McMakin

When is a Chair Not a Chair

$65

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$65 width=”100″ height=”100″ class=”none” /> $65 Roy McMakin-When is a Chair Not a Chair McMakin’s modern furniture mixes his creativity with his architectural skill. Seemingly disproportionate the furniture in this book is unique and will get you thinking outside the box. Available from online or at a local store for $65. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Roy McMakin-When is a Chair Not a Chair McMakin’s modern furniture mixes his creativity with his architectural skill. Seemingly disproportionate the furniture in this book is unique and will get you thinking outside the box. Available from online or at a local store for $65. McMakin’s modern furniture mixes his creativity with his architectural skill. Seemingly disproportionate the furniture in this book is unique and will get you thinking outside the box.

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William Morrow Paperbacks

Everything Explained Through Flowcharts

$12

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$12 width=”100″ height=”100″ class=”none” /> $12 Everything Explained Through Flowcharts Everything you could ever think of or not think of is created into a flowchart in the book “Everything Explained Through Flowcharts”. Whether your interest is in ghosts, salad dressing, things to say during sex or dethroned or disgraced beauty queens, it is all addressed in this book. Available from Amazon for $12. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Everything Explained Through Flowcharts Everything you could ever think of or not think of is created into a flowchart in the book “Everything Explained Through Flowcharts”. Whether your interest is in ghosts, salad dressing, things to say during sex or dethroned or disgraced beauty queens, it is all addressed in this book. Available from Amazon for $12. Everything you could ever think of or not think of is created into a flowchart in the book “Everything Explained Through Flowcharts”. Whether your interest is in ghosts, salad dressing, things to say during sex or dethroned or disgraced beauty queens, it is all addressed in this book.

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Minimalux

U Candleholder

$280

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£175 width=”100″ height=”100″ class=”none” /> £175 Minimalux U Candleholder Made from a single piece of brass tubing, bent to form a “U” and perched atop a metal disk, this elegant candle holder will develop a natural patina over time for something of a Modernist medieval feel to a candlelit dinner at a long table. Available from Minimalux for $280. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Minimalux U Candleholder Made from a single piece of brass tubing, bent to form a “U” and perched atop a metal disk, this elegant candle holder will develop a natural patina over time for something of a Modernist medieval feel to a candlelit dinner at a long table. Available from Minimalux for $280. Made from a single piece of brass tubing, bent to form a “U” and perched atop a metal disk, this elegant candle holder will develop a natural patina over time for something of a Modernist medieval feel to a candlelit dinner at a long table.

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AMH Design

Dog Charm Kit

$15

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$15 width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> $15 Dog Charm Kit This kit allows you to personalize a dog’s collar with a cute needlepoint charm. They come in a variety of color options so that in little more than an hour you can create a custom dog gift–or holiday ornament. Available from AMH Design for $15. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Dog Charm Kit This kit allows you to personalize a dog’s collar with a cute needlepoint charm. They come in a variety of color options so that in little more than an hour you can create a custom dog gift–or holiday ornament. Available from AMH Design for $15. This kit allows you to personalize a dog’s collar with a cute needlepoint charm. They come in a variety of color options so that in little more than an hour you can create a custom dog gift–or holiday ornament.

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John Derian

Decoupage Plates

$45

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$45 width=”100″ height=”100″ class=”none” /> $45 John Derian Decoupage Plates Since 1989, John Derian (the U.S.’s leading practitioner of decoupage) and his team of artisans have been handmaking goods for the home in NYC’s East Village. Available from John Derian starting at $45. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> John Derian Decoupage Plates Since 1989, John Derian (the U.S.’s leading practitioner of decoupage) and his team of artisans have been handmaking goods for the home in NYC’s East Village. Available from John Derian starting at $45. Since 1989, John Derian (the U.S.’s leading practitioner of decoupage) and his team of artisans have been handmaking goods for the home in NYC’s East Village.

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Hario

Coffee Hand Grinder Skerton

$40

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$36 width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> $36 Hario Coffee Hand Grinder Skerton With a sturdy glass jar and handle that fits great in hand, this person powered grinder does the job quickly and consistently. The base is cased in slip-preventing rubber, making it the perfect camping accessory for the coffee snob. Available from Amazon for $40. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Hario Coffee Hand Grinder Skerton With a sturdy glass jar and handle that fits great in hand, this person powered grinder does the job quickly and consistently. The base is cased in slip-preventing rubber, making it the perfect camping accessory for the coffee snob. Available from Amazon for $40. With a sturdy glass jar and handle that fits great in hand, this person powered grinder does the job quickly and consistently. The base is cased in slip-preventing rubber, making it the perfect camping accessory for the coffee snob.

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Frieling

Ultimo French Press

$80

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$70 width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> $70 Frieling Ultimo 25-Ounce French Press This coffee press features a 25-ounce capacity and double-wall insulation, retaining heat many times longer than a regular glass press. Quality details like a steel mesh plunger means you’ll be enjoying its sleek design for years. Available from Amazon for $80. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Frieling Ultimo 25-Ounce French Press This coffee press features a 25-ounce capacity and double-wall insulation, retaining heat many times longer than a regular glass press. Quality details like a steel mesh plunger means you’ll be enjoying its sleek design for years. Available from Amazon for $80. This coffee press features a 25-ounce capacity and double-wall insulation, retaining heat many times longer than a regular glass press. Quality details like a steel mesh plunger means you’ll be enjoying its sleek design for years.

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Panasonic

360° Iron

$100

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$100 width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> $100 360° Panasonic Iron The new 360° Freestyle Steam/Dry cordless iron has a curved stainless steel base so the neat-freak in your life can have the ultimate control. Features include added steam vents, auto shut-off, adjustable steam, electronic temperature control and an anti-drip system. Available from Panasonic for $100. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> 360° Panasonic Iron The new 360° Freestyle Steam/Dry cordless iron has a curved stainless steel base so the neat-freak in your life can have the ultimate control. Features include added steam vents, auto shut-off, adjustable steam, electronic temperature control and an anti-drip system. Available from Panasonic for $100. The new 360° Freestyle Steam/Dry cordless iron has a curved stainless steel base so the neat-freak in your life can have the ultimate control. Features include added steam vents, auto shut-off, adjustable steam, electronic temperature control and an anti-drip system.

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Wagwear

Starter Kit Leash and Collar Set

$30

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$26 width=”100″ height=”100″ class=”none” /> $26 Wagwear Starter Kit Leash and Collar Set The perfect kit to start out with for a new pup, the set includes a nylon training leash and collar sold in a variety of sizes and colors. Available from Wagwear for $30. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Wagwear Starter Kit Leash and Collar Set The perfect kit to start out with for a new pup, the set includes a nylon training leash and collar sold in a variety of sizes and colors. Available from Wagwear for $30. The perfect kit to start out with for a new pup, the set includes a nylon training leash and collar sold in a variety of sizes and colors.

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Zutano

Cozy Mittens with String

$13

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$12 width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> $12 Cozy Mittens with String These adorably cozy baby mittens come in a variety of colors and are bound by a string so one doesn’t go missing. The ultra-soft 80/20 blend of cotton and polyester fleece keeps baby’s hands warm all winter long. Available from Zutano for $13.00. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Cozy Mittens with String These adorably cozy baby mittens come in a variety of colors and are bound by a string so one doesn’t go missing. The ultra-soft 80/20 blend of cotton and polyester fleece keeps baby’s hands warm all winter long. Available from Zutano for $13.00. These adorably cozy baby mittens come in a variety of colors and are bound by a string so one doesn’t go missing. The ultra-soft 80/20 blend of cotton and polyester fleece keeps baby’s hands warm all winter long.

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Canyon Ranch Living, Hotel and Spa Miami Beach

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Known the world over for its weather, beaches, increasingly important art, design and cultural scenes and of course its celebrated night life, Miami Beach is perhaps not the first destination you think of when you’re planning a spa getaway. But it’s for all these reasons that I like Canyon Ranch Living, Hotel and Spa Miami Beach so much. You’re in the middle of everything, but it’s extremely easy to turn it all off and spend the day hiking on the beach or taking in the fitness and wellness programs, and enjoying Canyon Ranch’s renowned health-conscious cuisine. Having had the opportunity to experience Canyon Ranch’s larger and more immersive resort in Lenox, MA on several occasions, I happily accepted the invitation to have a more in-depth experience during the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Conveniently located on Collins Avenue and 68th Street, it is only a few minutes to both Surfside and Bal Harbour to the North, South Beach to the South, Wynwood and the Design District to the West, and the MoCA and cluster of mid-century modern shops Northwest. The resort has 750 feet of prime beach, on a stretch with a wide and well maintained board walk. Bernardo Fort-Brescia, co-founder of Miami’s most famous architectural firm Arquitectonica, took us on a tour of the resort they designed. The first thing you notice from the porte-cochère as you drive up is the wide open view to the beach through a palm grove. Connecting to the Miami of the past, the hotel is housed in the completely renovated, historic Carillon hotel; it proudly features its original, restored neon sign and recalls its reign as one of the most celebrated hotels of the 1950s. Today the Carillon tower houses the 150 spacious one- and two-bedroom hotel suites, as well as 80 condos, and a dining and retail area. Bernardo pointed out several of the original design elements, and explained the complexity of the building’s renovation. A testament to good design, it captures the original building’s personality while bringing the space to a more current (and up to code) presence. One of the bigger challenges facing the design team was the building’s numerous columns, which are now completely invisible as you walk through the suites. Other benefits of the restoration include the addition of floor-to-ceiling glass to better enjoy the views and interiors by David Rockwell and his team at Rockwell Group. The core of the resort is the 70,000-square-foot Wellness Spa—it’s as big as it sounds. Here, you get all of the Canyon Ranch love that made them famous. The Spa includes the Wellness Center, where you can consult with physicians about injuries, ailments, weight loss, prevention and healthy living. The fitness center offers nearly every type of cardio and workout equipment (including a climbing wall and Pilates machines), and dozens of exercise, movement and fitness classes. You can of course chill at one of the pools, sit on the beach, take a class at the outdoor fitness studio, or enjoy one of the 54 treatment rooms, which house some of the best spa treatments you’ll find anywhere in just about every flavor. My favorites are Ashiatsu and Reflexology, the latter done on a Neuroacoustic Sound Table, which uses sound technology to help relax minds and bodied. The Spa also includes his and hers Aquavana thermal suites—a collection of hydrospas, saunas, steam rooms, laconiums (dry saunas) and showers. The Hotel and Spa are flanked by two newly constructed condo towers, where one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments (from 720 to more than 3,500 square-feet) feature amazing city, bay and ocean views, Rockwell-designed interiors, and of course use of the Wellness Spa and restaurants. Residents also can relax at their own pools if they don’t feel like mingling with the hotel guests. You can learn all about The Residences online. Well-known for its approach to healthy eating, the Canyon Ranch Grill delivers on that promise with low calorie, tasty and fulfilling meals that feature local and organic food whenever possible. The South Beach Wine and Food Festival brought Executive Chef Scott Uehlein out from the Tucson resort, and he treated us to the most memorable five-course meal with fewer than 800 calories that I’ve ever eaten. Unlike the other Canyon Ranch resorts, the Miami property doesn’t ignore the city’s other temptations, and offers a really great selection of organic and biodynamic beer, wine and spirits. You can also eat the Carillon Café or poolside at The Cabana. While the wholly engaging nature of the Tucson and Lenox resorts create a more complete experience, the Miami Beach Hotel and Spa offers a uniquely refreshing way to experience Miami. More photos by Nikolas Koenig in the gallery.

Five Last-Minute Digital Gifts

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If you're coming down to the wire for holiday gifting but don't want to send the standard e-gift certificate, we've pulled together a few digital options that'll show you've put some thought into your giving this year—or at least show you read Cool Hunting. Subscription to Marvel Digital Comics For the action comic book fan, give the gift of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. Sixty bones will get your recipient one year of access to over 7,000 new and classic titles in Marvel's online viewer, searchable by character, writer, illustrator, title and more. Ghostly Essential Compilations Ever the pioneer in digital distribution, the independent music label Ghostly International just put together five essential compilations covering its first ten years of output. Covering the spectrum of avant-pop, SMM and dance floor electronic, the anthologies make a great way to introduce a friend or loved one to the Ghostly world. The bonus? When you gift a compilation, you get a copy for yourself. How's that for holiday rewards? A Year's Worth of Netflix We searched high and low for an alternative to the obvious in digital film delivery, but a wining formula is hard to argue with. Though the streaming catalog still has a long way to go, nothing beats the convenience of the service. Giving the gift of one year ($168 for two DVDs out and unlimited streaming) isn't something your giftee will soon forget. Steam Games PC gamers are a fickle bunch but few would object to getting a free game delivered straight to their inbox. Steam is a popular digital distribution platform and gaming community with a host of games, from multiplayer first-person shooters and RPGs to more strategic and family friendly options. We've heard Machinarium is an imaginative winner, in a Tim Burton meets "Wall-E" kind of way. A Pandora mix station It may not be as great as a mix tape (nothing may ever be), but Pandora's gift station is an easy way to show a loved one you care…about their musical tastes. Create a custom Pandora mix station by naming up to five artists, give it a name, choose a skin and email it to your recipient. Pandora takes care of the rest. Best of all, it's free.

Gräf & Lantz

Quiver Wine Carrier

$150

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$150 Quiver Wine Carrier The perfect gift for favorite oenophiles, dress up a classic Pinot with a Gräf & Lantz merino wool and leather. Quiver wine carrier. Available from Gräf & Lantz for $150. The perfect gift for favorite oenophiles, dress up a classic Pinot with a Gräf & Lantz merino wool and leather.

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Eight Giftable Spirits

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by Karen Day, Ami Kealoha and Julie Wolfson For booze-hounds and casual tipplers alike, a quality bottle of the sauce makes an always-appreciated gift. Choose display-worthy packaging too—from opulent crystal to a melting box——and you've made the whole scene merrier. Layering hints of mulled cherries, strawberries and raspberries intermingled with spicy cinnamon and clove, Patz & Hall's 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($38) pairs well with traditional holiday meals. Add a Gräf & Lantz Quiver wine carrier ($126) to dress it up as a gift for favorite oenophiles. A limited edition of 400, Macallan housed their 57-year-old single malt whiskey in a decanter designed by French crystal authority Lalique. Double hitting both our penchant for Scotch and for over-the-top objects, the $15,000 bottle ranks high on our "if-someone-wins-the-lottery" wish-list this season. Owned by funny man Dan Aykroyd, he packages his Crystal Head vodka in a skull bottle made by Milan-based Bruni Glass. Strong but sweet, the smooth black Kraken Spiced Rum begets an ambrosial drink either mixed or sipped neat. Just in time for the holidays, Belvedere launched a limited edition silver bottle to encase their classic, high-quality vodka. To help out holiday party planners, they also recently launched the Belvedere Bar, an online feature offering signature cocktail recipes and mixing tips—such as celebrating the end of this decade with a Connaught Mule. Design Miami's Designer of the Year Maarten Baas teamed up with centuries-old champagne producer Ruinart for a gift box celebrating the 50th anniversary of its prestige cuvée, Dom Ruinart with a nod to Baas' melting collection. Included in the box (a gift in itself), a customized Dom Ruinart 1998 and two Maarten Baas’ flutes add a surreal touch to drinking one of our favorite beverages. To order contact Ruinart. Collaborating once again with Australian designer Marc Newson, Dom Pérignon's new molded Black Box totes a bottle of their bubbly keeping it perfectly chilled on the way to its destination with chic lime green accents. Retailing for €200 in France, it will debut in other markets around the world come January 2010. Image via Selectism

Goods for Good Holiday eCards

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Designed by five NYC- and London-based graphic artists and illustrators, nonprofit Goods for Good's holiday ecards one-ups others with images that we like a little better than standard Hallmark fare. The project adds humor and gorgeously hand-rendered graphics to the usual eCard concept of eliminating environmental concerns about sending holiday greetings and offering procrastinators a chance at spreading last-minute joy. Artists include Jayson Atienza, Ayca Koseogullari, Ava Morton, Alessandra Olanow and Julia Pott, who each donated their time and talent designing these cards, whose proceeds provide much needed supplies, clothing, health and hygiene products to vulnerable children in Africa. A simple $10 donation affords soap for 450 nursery school children, for example. With nine original images to choose from, it's a chic and easy way to give holiday cheer and support to those in need. Head to Good for Goods to see all of their cards.