Wednesday, December 21, 2011

MUSEUM SHOPPING Gift Guide #2 + Christmas Brunch

Eames House Bird from LACMA
More Museum Websites 
with Unique Gifts 
(After Christmas, you might consider buying something for yourself, these items are just too cool to pass up!)
Red Mutewatch
Meet the Mutewatch, a new time management tool that features vibrating alarm and timer functions on a hidden touchscreen. The Mutewatch is designed to be simple and intuitive. Just tap the flat surface and the touchscreen lights up, then swipe through the functions clock, alarm and timer. The Mutewatch also features a built-in motion sensor that registers your movement and automatically adjusts the strength of the vibrations. So, whether you're sleeping, on stage giving a presentation or doing your work out, the Mutewatch will keep you updated on your next step.
Mutewatch; 2011; 1.5 oz; 1" wide x .5" thick; adjustable wristband for 5.5"–7.25" wrist size; LED display at 100Hz rate; USB port battery recharge
The New Museum Item #: 10020994 Price:  $260.00

BOOK: Shovel in a Hole
Shovel in a Hole includes over two-hundred images of the Swiss artist Urs Fischer’s work, and features essays by Massimiliano Gioni, Jessica Morgan, and Bice Curiger. This catalogue is published in conjunction with Fischer’s solo exhibition at the New Museum, "Urs Fischer: Marguerite de Ponty", curated by Massimiliano Gioni. Best known for his unexpected transformations of everyday objects and his lack of allegiance to any one style, Fischer consistently projects a sense of transience and existential uncertainty. This catalogue is an indispensible resource, including installation views and studio shots that cross-reference Fischer’s thought processes. Shovel in a Hole was conceived by designer Scipio Schneider in close collaboration with the artist. Edited by Massimiliano Gioni, text by Massimiliano Gioni, Jessica Morgan, Bice Curiger.
New Museum and JRP|Ringier; 2009; Hardcover; 9.5" x 12.5"; 320 pp; full color reproductions; ISBN: 9783037640371
The New Museum Item #: 10018937 Price: $41.97

L. E. S. Map Clutch
The New Museum's Lower East Side Map Clutch is the stylish, smaller companion to the classic LES Tote Bag. The LES Clutch is made of silver denim and embroidered with a map of the New Museum’s LES neighborhood, including outlines of surrounding buildings and street names. Its versatile design has a shoulder strap, easily converting from a clutch to a convenient over-the-shoulder-bag.
New Museum; 100% cotton denim; 8.5" x 5"; dry clean only
Item #: 10018883 Price: $10.00
The New Museum Store

Metropolitan Museum, Item# 80-011588
Because of its deep color, lapis lazuli was a stone that Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933), one of America’s most noted decorative artists at the turn of the twentieth century, incorporated into many of his works. Our exquisite necklace has been adapted from a group of finely crafted Tiffany pieces (ca. 1910–15) lapis lazuli. 1907, art jewelry designed by Tiffany was made at the workshops of Tiffany & Co., where production was supervised by jeweler Julia Munson. Only a few hundred pieces of art jewelry were made under Louis Tiffany, which were notable for innovative use of semiprecious stones.
24K gold overlay, with lapis and green onyx. Hand enameled. Lobster claw clasp. 18''L.
  • 24K gold overlay
  • Hand enameled
  • Lapis and green onyx
  • 18''L
  • Lobster claw clasp
  • A master of many media, Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933) was the most famous designer and son of the founder of Tiffany & Co.
Price: $165.00

Indian Bead Cluster 
Necklace & Earrings
Gold and silver, the quintessential metals of Indian jewelry, are worked in various techniques including granulation, filigree, thewa work (a fused appliqué process) and kundan (an inlay process). In the Museum’s collection is a gold ankle bracelet, probably made in Central India, adorned with tight rows of large and small gold beads. The original would have created a lively, jangling sound as the wearer moved. They have adapted the clustered beads from the original anklet for these lustrous Indian Bead Cluster Earrings and Necklace.
Set of earrings and necklace. Earrings: 22K gold overlay. Matte finish. 1 1/2''L. Pierced, with gold-filled wires. Necklace: 22K gold overlay. Matte finish. Lobster claw clasp. 18"L with a 3" extender chain. Necklace Price: $150.00  Earrings Price: $50.00 Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Sparkling Chair
Designed by Marcel Wanders
The Sparkling Chair is produced using the "blow moulding technique", commonly used to create water bottles. After blow moulding the legs and the seat, the hollow space is filled with high pressure air to strengthen the components. the result is an eco-friendly and a fairly lightweight chair (around 2 lbs) made of 100 percent PET, which makes it fully recyclable. The chair can be fully disassembled for transportation by simply unscrewing the legs from the seat.
16.5" wide x 19.3" hight
Seat height 18.1" high
International shipping is not available on this item.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Price $266.00

Ringerike Style
Silver Broach
A spectacular silver broach with design elements of amazing beauty. The center cross in Ringerike style (11th century) symbolizes Olav Haraldsson's childhood in Ringerike. Dragons symbolize Olav's battle against old Norse religion. Crowns symbolize Olav's right to the throne. The center stone is amethyst, the stone of purity. This brooch was created 1,000 years after St. Olav's birth as a special anniversary design.2.5 inches diameter.
Catalog #: 2558
Price: $174.00

Hot Plate
Designed by Minnesota artist Sonja Anderson. 6 x 6 inches, cork-back with hook for easy hanging.
Catalog #: 6802
Price: $12.95
Large Lewis
Chess Set
Replicas of the famous Lewis chess pieces carved of walrus tusk between 1150 and 1200 AD. Pieces are approximately 3 1/2 inches tall. Set includes a sturdy storage box, a 64-page book on the history of the pieces, and a cloth chess board. The Lewis chessmen were found hidden on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, in the early nineteenth century. Probably made in Norway around 1150-1200 AD, they consist of elaborately worked walrus ivory in the forms of seated kings and queens, mitred bishops, knights on their mounts, standing warders and pawns.
Catalog #: 1193
Price: $299.98

Hamilton / Burr
Dueling Pistol
New York History Museum
Item # 19269
Price: $9.95
Metal lapel pin measures approximately 1 1/2" long x 1/2" high
Until the mid-1800s, men from all walks of life (including many of America's most important citizens) fought in "affairs of honor". The main purpose of a duel was to allow the participants to prove that they were willing to die to defend their honor. On July 11th, 1804, Aaron Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel that would become the most famous one fought in American History.
Hamilton and Burr had long been political rivals, and Hamilton had publicly opposed Burr's career for fifteen years. In 1800, Hamilton's role in ensuring the subsequent selection of Jefferson as President in preference to Burr may be seen as a turning point in their bitter relationship. In 1804, Burr sought the New York governorship and lost, due in part to Hamilton's active campaigning against him. Based on such attacks on his political honor, Burr challenged Hamilton to "meet at Weehawken" where he fired the fatal shot, Hamilton died the next day.

Tiffany Style
Cabbage Rose Lamp
New York History Museum
Item # 23467
Price: $210.00
A wreath of full blooming passion pink cabbage roses circle this beautiful stained glass shade in a design inspired by the Tiffany Studios. Bronzed green leaves and stems form a pattern against an opal sky in this lovely mahogany bronze finished mini lamp.
Measures: 13x8"
Yellow Tugboat
New York History Museum
Item # 31635
Price: $16.95
Embark on a cruise across the bathtub. Navigate the wading pool. Even splash around in the occasional mud puddle. There's no end to the "Good Green Fun" young sailors can have with the "Green Toys" Tugboat. This colorful craft floats great, and has a wide spout to scoop and pour water. Here's an even greater incentive to make your kids drink their milk. "Green Toys" uses recycled milk containers as the main ingredient to create their toys. The milk containers are re-processed into high-density polyethylene (HDPE). It's one of the safest, cleanest plastics around. Everything from the collection of materials to the production of "Green Toys" occurs in Los Angeles, CA. a small carbon footprint for transportation. On average, every pound of recycled milk jugs used in the making of "Green Toys" saves energy equal to 3,000 AAA batteries. "Good Green Fun" & "Green Toys" are trademarks of the manufacturer.

"Watch Me"
Wall Clock
Art Institute of Chicago
If "quarter past blue" has a pleasant ring for you, we have your clock. Every hour of the day gets its own vibrant color with a clock inspired by fanned-out color swatches. Powder-coated, lacquered steel. Requires one AA battery (not included). 11" diam. Item #128557 Price: $50

Framed Reproduction
Eugene Feldman (American, 1921–1975) was a pioneering force in the use of offset lithography as an expressive graphic medium. In Water Print (1965), he uses rich layers of color in abstract organic shapes to create this remarkable vision of the natural world. Paper print is laminated for protection.
43 1/4" x 30" x 2" with black frame.

Art Institute of Chicago
Item #128430
Price $350 
Additional shipping charge of $75.

Robot Tea Infuser
The robot shaped stainless steel tea infuser has adjustable arms to fit any size mug. Includes infuser tray that acts as a saucer when removed.
Dallas Museum of Art
Item# KIK38
Alessi Blip Spoon Rest
Dallas Museum of Art
Item# AL20
Price $26.00

Blip gives the humble spoon rest a whole new image. Designed by Paolo Gerosa the name 'Blip' is derived from the sound made by a drop falling into water. The form is made from thin sheet steel which is cleverly formed to cradle spoons and ladles of different lengths and sizes. 18/10 Polished Stainless Steel. Dimensions : 15cm x 9cm x 3.4cm.

"Home Sweet Home Tray"
Dallas Museum of Art
Item# JD8

Regular price: $84.00
Sale price: $42.00
5" x 8" 
Solar Grill
Harness the power of the sun and make your next barbecue your tastiest and most eco-friendly meal ever! The solar grill cooks food just like a traditional grill, but requires no propane gas or charcoal. Simply turn "on" the grill by flipping the dish up towards the sun - the parabolic shape focuses the sun's energy up to 390+ degrees instantly, gently cooking your food without smoke or CO2 emissions. A grill-safe dish such as a casserole dish, pan or griddle is required (not included); cast iron is recommended for optimum results. Cooking times are similar to that of a traditional propane or charcoal grill.
Clean with a damp cloth. Dish diameter: 41", includes assembly instructions.
Field Museum of Natural History
Item #: 114634 Price $600.00

Eames House Bird
SKU #1346
Price $210.00
Charles and Ray Eames augmented the interior “collage” of the Eames House, Case Study House #8 in Pacific Palisades California with numerous objects brought back from their extensive travels. The figure of a black wooden bird — evidently one of their most prized objects of American folk art — has stood in the centre of their living room for over fifty years. It is also seen as an accessory in many of the Eameses’ photographs.

The original House Bird was included in the exhibition, California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way,” organized by LACMA. - Made of solid alder, black lacquer finish, steel wire - 10-3/4 x 3-1/2 x 11 inches. Photo by Marc Eggimann, © Vitra

"Wrong" Eraser
SKU #16642
Price $5.95
This supersized eraser with "WRONG" printed on it is made to take care of mistakes! Inspired by L.A. artist John Baldessari’s painting “Wrong” from 1967. 
2 ½ x 2 x 5/8 inches. Printed in the USA.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Regular price: $58.00
Sale price: $46.40

Regular price: $58.00
Sale price: $46.40

Regular price: $48.00
Sale price: $38.40

by David Hockney
Regular price: $48.00
Sale price: $38.40

Subway Map Tie
New York History Museum
Item # 28490
Price: $45.00
The New York City Subway Map Tie features a detail of the official Metro Transit map with the original colors of each subway line. This exceptionally popular tie is a distinctive accessory. 100% imported silk. Hand printed and hand finished.

John Singer Sargent 
American, 1856–1925
"The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit" 1882
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
11" x 14" reproduction print
Item: 17718210
Price: $9.95

Monticello Presidential Home & Museum
Price: $49.00

Small Wine Carafes
Monticello Presidential Home & Museum
A memorable way to decant and serve boxed wines, in individual carafes and let each guest pour their choice. Each mouth-blown bottle is hand-etched with the name of a particular varietal. Sold as a set of four.
Item #: 205256
Price: $99.00

Christmas Brunch

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
Eggs Benedict
Steamed Asparagus
Assorted Boxed Chocolates
One of the measures of a good cook is their ability to poach eggs to perfection and I think the best presentation of poached eggs is Eggs Benedict. The go-to vegetable for any special meal is asparagus and "the" drink for a celebration is Champagne. A box of "Whitman's Sampler" was always under the Christmas tree at our house growing up, so for me, a piece of chocolate makes the perfect finish for this classic Christmas brunch!

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
Pour 1/3 of the glass with Cranberry Juice, fill the remainder with the Champagne of your choice.
Eggs Benedict
Each Portion: One egg poached, One slice of Smoked Ham (cut into a round), One half of a toasted English Muffin, Hollandaise Sauce.
To Poach an Egg: Bring 3 inches of water and a good splash of white vinegar to a boil in a sauce pan. Break each egg into a cup and slide into the water, spacing the eggs apart. Turn down heat to simmer and poach for 2 to 3 minutes. The eggs will not be "fully cooked" but will have the whites 99% done and the yolks must stay uncooked and runny. Remove eggs one at at time, with a slotted spoon and drain briefly on a paper towel.
Lightly toast the English Muffins. Cut the pre-sliced smoked deli ham into a round slightly smaller than the muffin's top.
Make the Hollandaise Sauce: (for two) Put 3 egg yolks in a small sauce pan, add a shake of cayanne pepper and sqeeze 1/2 lemon into the sauce pan (no seeds!). Melt 1/2 a stick of butter just until it has no solids. Using a whisk, whisk the eggs, lemon juice and cayanne until creamy, put over a flame and slowly pour the butter in as you continue to whisk. Every 10 seconds or so take the pan off of the flame and keep whipping. When the sauce thickens and before the yolks cook, pour the sauce into a dish to stop cooking and for serving.
Assemble the Eggs Benedict: Put a muffin on the plate, place a round of smoked ham, put a poached egg in the middle of the ham and then ladle on the hollandaise. Sprinkle a very little cayanne or paprika on top of sauce for effect.
Trim, steam and place the Asparagus on the plate with the Eggs Benedict and serve with the Champagne and or coffee.
Assorted Boxed Chocolates
Whitman's Sampler of assorted chocolates are available across the USA in most groceries, pharmacies and big box retailers.

Gift Idea:
Colosia Fino
by Bodegas Gutierrez
Dry, Delicate and Light

"Winemaker Juan Carlos lovingly creates Fino Sherry, a wonderfully light crisp wine, in a boutique bodega along the shores of El Puerto de Santa María."
( Item # WN-162
Price $15.80

Until later,

ARTSnFOOD, All rights reserved. Concept & Original Text © Copyright 2011 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

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