Gifts for Good

Ethical selections for the globally minded from our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Since this is the season for giving, we have selected various items from our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide that benefit communities and charitable organizations around the world. Particularly pleasing for the folks that have everything and want to share the wealth, or anyone with a sharing spirit, the following items represent the most rewarding gifts one can give. Lemlem Printed Rustic Scarf Support global artisans …

Frieze Glass Works

Six standout pieces from London's Frieze Art Fair 2011

Now in its ninth year, the Frieze Art Fair has grown to encompass nearly 1,000 artists and 173 galleries from more than 33 countries under one hangar-like tent. Though organizers have been accused of creating an over-commercialized art supermarket, there is no doubt that Frieze still shows fascinating work. This year we’ve picked six new glass pieces from a variety of galleries worldwide based on …

Kiener Toys

Lo-fi animated music boxes handmade in Switzerland

Kathrin Kiener practically grew up in her uncle’s timber yard, sweeping floors and in the process falling in love with all things wood—so much so that she founded Kiener Toys. Today, the 30-year-strong Swiss company handcrafts clever wooden toys; from mobiles to dolls that wobble, each charming and sturdily-constructed plaything can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. We particularly like the Musikwürfel (music box) …