Holiday Gift Guide 2015: House Proud

From limited edition prints to space-age lamps, an eclectic mix of presents that jazz up any home

Some of the best presents to give your loved ones are things they would never buy for themselves—whether it’s non-essential, something seemingly extravagant, useless but pretty or even self-indulgent. And yet, these oftentimes make for the most beautiful, engaging gifts. From throw blankets to clocks, prints and lamps, our House Proud gift guide includes items for all kinds of tastes and all kinds of budgets. …

700 Nimes Road: An “Indirect Portrait” of Elizabeth Taylor

Photos of the icon's possessions and home are the result of an intimate documentary project

Including 129 full-color photographs by fine artist Catherine Opie, “700 Nimes Road” is a thoughtful, yet poignant exploration of Elizabeth Taylor’s home (her “private sanctuary”) and possessions at her Bel Air, Los Angeles address. While the concept—photographing a celebrity’s belongings—might seem voyeuristic at first, Opie approaches creating an intimate portrait of the Hollywood icon in a tender way. The project began after attaining Taylor’s approval, …

Micah Spear’s Sealed Contents Art Series

International currency, tchotchkes and rarities bound and framed

Artists have long toyed with the idea of value. From vision to materials, all artistic media begs to be considered for what it is as a whole—or what it is not. With his #SealedContents series, designer and artist Micah Spear subverts the value of objects and addresses their capacity to tell stories head on. From destructed international currency to childhood relics, items have been collected …