If you’re in the midst of holiday shopping right now, give the gift of independent design! Here are my favorite gift picks from the various corners of the VL microcosm: friends, friends of friends, neighbors, all of them amazing, hard-working people who love what they do.
Above is the awesome Cincinnati by the Numbers t-shirt by Oxford-based design heavyweights Wire & Twine. In Cincinnati, you can find their shirts at Park+Vine, MiCA 12/v and Fabricate, among other stores.
My friends Arjen and Christie of Elasticbrand collaborated on a massive project that’s resulted in an album. It’s a bit tough to explain: he’s a hip hop-loving graphic designer and she’s a ceramicist. Together, they developed a collection of wearable ceramic musical instruments, which musicians then played on the original tracks that make up the Audiowear compilation, available in the form of a beautifully packaged white vinyl record:
I’m a big fan of Klein Reid‘s porcelain work, and especially their Eva line, their collaboration with my design heroine Eva Zeisel [who just celebrated her 105th birthday!]. This is a set of eleven vases that fit together to form a single centerpiece:
Christopher of SF-based studio MINE™ designed this set of two mugs. “World’s Greatest Mug” is set in Helvetica, while “World’s Second Greatest Mug” features Arial. Get it? It’s a geeky little design joke, available via Felt & Wire:
Columbus-based ceramicist Cynthia Vardhan creates really dainty wares featuring intricate, hand-applied patterns in pretty candy colors, like this red and pink scallop dish. You can find Cynthia’s work in Cincinnati at MiCA 12/v:
Last year’s bag obsession was the hand-dyed, pleated linen of Yorktown Road. This year, I’m loving the boldly colored, chunky leather designs by San Francisco-based Scabby Robot, like this cheery 13-inch yellow wedge: