The new Shop in the Walker Art Center’s recently expanded facility, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, is stocked for the holiday season with unique items for the discerning shopper. Merchandise includes exclusive products inspired by the decorative baroque pattern echoed throughout the new Walker building as well as many items exclusive in Minnesota from places around the world, including Prague, Paris, Denmark, Germany, and Marrakech. Featured are beautiful hand-painted wooden puzzles; artist-designed jewelry, including pieces made from folded paper or dyed mother of pearl buttons; the region’s best selection of books on contemporary art, design, and architecture; children’s toys and art-making supplies; gifts for home and office, such as sleek, turned aluminum flashlights or a limited-edition ceramic melting snowman canister set; hand-dyed, hand-made felted wool and silk scarves; and a reversible merino wool and cashmere throw—a custom design available exclusively at the Walker.
WALKER EXCLUSIVE: Custom Wool-Cashmere Throw
Made in Scotland, this reversible merino wool and cashmere throw in tonal grey is the perfect throw to wrap up in, measuring 67 inches by 51 inches with fringed edge. Just one of several items inspired by the Herzog & de Meuron motif featured throughout the new Walker Art Center building. $350
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Hand-Painted Puzzles
From her workshop in Prague, Kata Kissoczy creates beautiful wooden puzzles. Intricate shapes link together in these challenging puzzles that stand alone as works of art when completed. Each puzzle is uniquely hand painted by the artist so that no two are exactly alike. Approximately 8 inches in diameter. $85
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Organic Bowl
Extruded plastic gives this large bowl its interesting texture and organic feel. By Gus Design Group. Approximately 23 inches in diameter by 5 inches high. Black or white, $72
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Melting Snowman Canisters
Artist Marcel Dzama’s limited-edition melting snowman canisters were inspired by a series of his autobiographical drawings and paintings allegorically documenting his move from Winnipeg to New York. Three of the four ceramic snowmen have an airtight lid. They decrease in size from 9 inches tall to 2.5 inches tall. $148 for the set of 4
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Flashlight
Sleek, turned aluminum flashlight by internationally renowned Swiss designer Bengt Ek. Available in three sizes: Approximately 9 inches, $56; 6 inches, $26; 3.5 inches, $22. All boxed for gift giving.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Lene Frantzen Wool-Silk Scarves
Each one of award-winning Danish designer Lene Frantzen’s handmade felted wool and silk scarves is unique. The colors are carefully chosen and hand-dyed so that every single textile has its own color combination. $220
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Zoe Cotlenko Button Jewelry
Paris-based jewelry artist Zoe Cotlenko uses a simple form (mother of pearl buttons) which she richly alters with color by dying then assembling them herself. Triple-strand adjustable 17-inch necklace in shades of green. $145
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Pica Paper Jewelry
German jewelry artist Suzanne Zockler specializes in paper-making. This necklace features folded-paper “stars” on clear rubber tubing. $30
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Mia Zia Jewelry
This colorful wrap necklace by Marrakech-based artist/designer Valerie Barkowski measures approximately 94 inches, allowing a variety of creative ways for it to be worn. $48
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Good Morning Original Calendars, 200
This series of unique three-dimensional Japanese-designed calendars represents a myriad of possibilities a calendar has to offer while taking full advantage of the characteristics and texture of the paper used. The Waterwheel 2006 calendar is made from six paddles assembled in the shape of a waterwheel ($16). Fit the individual pieces together like a puzzle to make the cube-shaped Module 2006 calendar ($18).
Big Book of Lofts
“Is exactly what the title says, a 384-page book of amazing loft interiors from around the world.” Taschen, 2005: $24.95
The Other Side by Istvan Banyai
This book is great for both kids and parents who want a picture book that challenges their eyes and minds. Beautifully illustrated, The Other Side creates scenes that continually shift perspectives and leave readers curious about what happens both in front and behind the curtain. Chronicle Books, 2005: $15.95
Walker Shop Holiday Hours
November 28–December 23:
OPEN MONDAYS, 11 am–9 pm
Tuesdays–Saturdays, 11 am–9 pm
Sundays, 11 am–6 pm
December 24 and 31: 11 am–3 pm
All proceeds support the Walker’s artistic and educational programs.