It’s time for the annual VL Gift Guide and, as before, the focus is on some of the many amazing independent designers whose work we admire. Three Sheets 2 the Wind in Georgetown, KY specializes in simple, almost childlike screenprints on fine linen, including these sweet canvases above, which would be perfect for a kid’s room.
Speaking of kids, Cincinnati-based Happy Bungalow makes a range of simple wooden toys, including farm animal sets, dinosaurs and these awesome robots:
Paper Neighborhood is a set of 21 rubber stamps that enable anyone to recreate the distinct style of Italianate architecture that’s prevalent in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, home to Steam Whistle Letterpress and Design:
Over in Asheville, NC, Element Clay Studio creates gorgeous work inspired by nature. This set of tiny geode bowls is perfect for salt or dipping sauce:
I’m a big fan of the NYC-based studio Klein Reid, especially their collaborations with my design heroine Eva Zeisel, like these graphic screenprints which are available at Room & Board:
We met our Over-the-Rhine neighbor John Dixon, founder of Dixon Branded, via SpringBoard, the business planning course we took last summer. His work is simple but clever, and I really admire the geometry of his Cubist Lamps:
We met the owners of Orange Fuzz at the most recent Crafty Supermarket, and we love their products, from candles to soaps to complete shaving kits packaged in vintage cigar boxes:
I love the throwback aesthetic of the new Cincinnati t-shirt by Oxford-based Wire & Twine. In Cincinnati, you can find their shirts at Park+Vine, MiCA 12/v and Fabricate:
Bethany of Detroit’s Cyberoptix is well-known for her “ties that don’t suck,” which I’ve written about before, and her hew Zug Island & River Rouge tie is a nice homage to the city she now calls home:
San Francisco-based Yorktown Road makes magic happen with hand-dyed linen, and the new collection of brightly striped sling bags is no exception:
Christopher Simmons, author of Just Design and founder of MINE™, designed this awesome Everything Is OK barricade tape:
Columbus-based Cynthia Vardhan creates dainty porcelain wares featuring intricate, hand-applied patterns in pretty candy colors. I really love her new line of garden markers:
Lastly, the limited-edition coloring book/exhibition catalog I designed for the Autocomplete exhibit held at Visionaries & Voices earlier this year is filled with over 80 pages of artwork that can be colored in, with all proceeds benefitting this fantastic nonprofit organization:
For more gift ideas, check out Pinterest, where we’ve assembled suggestions for gardeners, outdoorsy types, cooks, graphic designers, and animal lovers, as well as stocking stuffer ideas. Happy shopping!