Sunday, November 2, 2008

If you can't beat them, join them.

I swear Duane Reade had their Christmas decorations up even before the Halloween candy was out. The race to be the first annoys me every year. I like to finish one holiday before I begin the next but there is no getting away from the holiday catalogs which is why I especially loved the Neue Galerie design shop catalog. They have beautiful gifts for sale with no sign of Christmas which makes it perfect for whatever holiday you celebrate. The vases above would be lovely for flowers or a topiary. They also sell gorgeous Biedermeier wallpaper.

The Rene Desk Lamp was inspired by Josef Hoffman but was designed by Michael Graves.

The I Tondi Service was designed in 1901-02 by Jutta Sika but looks like it could have been made today.

Even the hund can have a new carrier and coat.

The facsimile copy of Egon Schiele's sketchbook from 1910-13 would be the perfect gift for any art lover.

The Golden Morning cups were inspired by an 1835 design and come as a set of six in a Biedermeier fabric covered box.

A great stocking stuffer are the journals and fabric covered notebooks. I think I might have to buy a few for myself and some artistic friends. The Neue Galerie also carries amazing pieces from Eva Zeisal and many others. Happy Holidays!

11 comments:

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

In 2006 the Milwaukee Art Museum organized a stunning Biedermeier exhibit. Milwaukee was its only North American venue before it went to Europe. There is a great catalog which is worth the money — actually a book — which the NYTimes called the best decorative arts book of 2006. Think you would really enjoy it. The cups (the real ones) were among everyone's favorite items — mine included.

Be the change..... said...

it would be a merry christmas indeed to wake up to those golden morning cups! Beautiful :-)

Brilliant Asylum said...

The Egon Schiele book is going on my shopping list. Thanks!

pve design said...

great items - all make me smile. :)

S. Adler said...

On every level the Neue never disappoints. It is always a stop whenever I visit Manhattan. Although I have always enjoyed receiving their catalogs, I was so excited by the new catalog (it's almost twice as big as previous ones) that I told my daughter I felt like sending the staff a thank you note!

S. Adler said...

On every level the Neue never disappoints. It is always a stop whenever I visit Manhattan. Although I have always enjoyed receiving their catalogs, I was so excited by the new catalog (it's almost twice as big as previous ones) that I told my daughter I felt like sending the staff a thank you note!

porter hovey said...

Yes, I can't imagine that Christmas is sneaking up on us. But this little guide does make me excited for the shopping!! Hope you do more for the last minute shoppers, like me!

Inspiration said...

The I Tondi Service is lovely. A timeless design!

Ivy Lane said...

Very chic items! The wallpapers in the first 2 pics are beautiful. Hope Santa will bring me those morning cups!! :)

Anonymous said...

wow. Amazing stuff. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sir Fopling Flutter said...

Some fantastic things there. They're also stretching the period the museum covers with some of the things in the catalog -- the Biedermeier stuff seems a little early for the museum, although that wallpaper is in keeping stylistically.

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