Metropolis Gift Guide 2020: Wares + Wearables

This holiday season, Metropolis's editors are highlighting our recommendations for the best design-minded gifts.

Even the winter of our discontent can be made calm, given the right creature comforts. That’s why those objects associated with self-soothing—calories and clothing—usually make the best gifts.

WARES

Crockery Black

Courtesy Max Lamb

Crockery in Black Basalt $196 (pitcher), $73 (small bowl)

Each piece in this dinnerware set by UK designer Max Lamb is slip-cast from hand-carved plaster molds to achieve its textural rocky finish. The cavity is glazed for functional dining.

Dims Barbican Trolley Wimbledongreen 2

Courtesy Dims

Barbican Trolley II by Visibility $395

Equally useful in the kitchen, pantry or bar, this welded steel cart provides sturdy compact storage for recipe ingredients. Four finishes are available; and all are food- and drinks-friendly because they’re free of harmful metals and formaldehyde.

001 Lasvit Otto Composition

Courtesy Lasvit

Otto Cooler (Price upon request)

This ice bucket is part of a collection of Lasvit glassware by designers Yabu Pushelberg. Alternating radial and tangential cut lines give the clear, handmade vessel a dramatic texture. Also available are a matching carafe, decanter, vases, and glasses of various shapes intended for wine, whiskey, highballs, and water.

19 Cassina Ginori 1735 Collection Chandigarh Le Corbusier Poisson Ph Gin...

Courtesy Ginori 1735

Poisson Round Tray $336

Part of the GNR Collection Chandigarh, this 13.8″ unglazed porcelain tray is among three inspired by and named for a northern Indian city master-planned by Le Corbusier in the 1950s. The platters, developed for Cassina by Ginori 1735 and the Corbusier Foundation, bear imprints of the designer’s bas-reliefs in the storied city, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Heathceramics 35517339

Courtesy Heath Ceramics

Winter Seasonal Teapot + Plaza Small Modern Cups $264 (pot) $19 (per cup)

Known for its products’ cozy, small-batch aesthetics, Heath Ceramics has imbued a familiar kitchen staple with its hallmark craftsmanship. The cups and pot shown feature a Light Grey and Grey Whale Gradient glaze, respectively.

 

WEARABLES

Kandinsky Sweatshirt

Courtesy MoMA

VANS x MoMA Kandinsky Crew $80

This sweatshirt with Vasily Kandinsky‘s artwork cleverly screen-printed on its back is the product of a fun collaboration between the skater clothing brand VANS and the Museum of Modern Art. The top is an 84% cotton-16% polyester blend for easy care and comfort. Matching sneakers, baseball caps, and T-shirts are also available.

 

Projects Vertere 4 740x

Courtesy Projects Watches

 

Vertere $185

Architect Moshe Safdie designed this wristwatch marked by a dynamic Moiré pattern—a small-scale, moving sculpture. The manufacturer Projects Watches prides itself on such collaborations to produce what it calls affordable wearable artwork.

Converse X Denim Tears Native 1600

Courtesy Converse

Converse x Denim Tears Chuck 70 $120

Without the artist David Hammons, this sneaker by clothing designer Tremaine Emory might not exist. When Hammons created the African-American Flag for a 1990 exhibit in Amsterdam titled Black USA, his intention was to revive enthusiasm for Marcus Garvey’s now century-old pan-African flag. It worked: 30 years later, Hammons’ artwork (and the spirit it represents) is being hyped everywhere and on everything.

Maharam A Pack Leon Ransmeier Small Lapis $385

Courtesy Maharam

A-Pack Large by Leon Ransmeier $420

What appears to be a neat tote is also a durable backpack. The waterproof, waxed-cotton canvas bag and the adjustable nylon straps are Maharam’s. A zip closure, four pockets and a 28-liter capacity make it an all-weather, multipurpose must-have. Measuring 12 3/4″ wide x 18″ high x 7″ deep, it is also available in a small version.

 

Bravesweatshirt 1800

Courtesy NOMA

B.R.A.V.E Sweatshirt $40

Earlier this year, the National Organization of Minority Architects issued a bold call to action, asking the design industry to banish racism; reach out to and advocate for those in need; vote, and engage everyone in the manner you’d want them to engage you. In short be BRAVE. Now anyone can wear that activist acronym on their sleeves.

 

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