Holiday shoppers looking for unique gift ideas will find them at the Walker Art Center Shop. The Shop has expanded its eclectic array of artist-designed jewelry, unique objects for home and office, creative games and toys for kids, and books on contemporary art and culture. Whether it’s a vase made of environmentally friendly 100 percent waterproof paper, beautiful bowls including one made by casting real fruit, the return of the original Colorforms first introduced in 1951, or bracelets handmade from recycled records, shoppers will discover a wide selection of creative gifts. Items exclusive to Minnesota include scarves, hats, and mittens made from recycled boiled wool garments, “Dreamscapes” porcelain bowls, hand-made sterling silver folding necklaces, and the aforementioned vases and bracelets. In addition, a limited-edition holiday dark chocolate mint bar by BT McElrath is available. Shop hours will be expanded throughout the holiday season and merchandise is available at shop.walkerart.org.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Beads&Pieces Design with Conscience
Hella Jongerius for Artecnica
Beads&Pieces, a Design with Conscience project, is a four-piece ceramic collection designed by Hella Jongerius. The collection is handcrafted by artisans located in the primary cocoa leaf-growing region of Peru. With the help of Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit organization that provides practical assistance to artisans worldwide, Artecnica offers an alternative economic reality to the people of this dangerous and oppressed area. With its black ceramic bodies embellished with delicate pink beading, Beads & Pieces is classic Jongerius. Ceramic floral bouquets and wooden beads add to the artful juxtaposition of elements.
Large Bowl $750
Medium Bowl $300
Small Bowl $150
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Dreamscapes Porcelain Bowls
Designed by Tord Boontje, these bowls are adorned inside and out with “Dreamscapes” patterns.
Medium (8.5 inches diameter x 4.5 inches high) $98
Large (10.75 inches diameter by 5.5 inches high) $152
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Paper Vases from Patent
Danish designer Frank Kerdil has created the perfect gift for all occasions. Made from environmentally friendly 100% waterproof paper, the vases can be used multiple times. This set of four vases comes with easy folding directions and allows your creative decorating a chance to evolve.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Wooden Penetrate Expression Digital Clock
Japanese-born designer Kouji Iwasaki illuminates a block of hardwood with a digital clock readout in his award-winning design. Kouiji, born in 1965, studied at Nishimura Mashamitsu Design Studio. His clock won a 2002 Prize at the Asahikawa International Furniture Design Fair.
Hardwood maple LED clock $184 (8.25”x3.5”x3.5”)
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Brushed Sterling Silver Necklace
Multidrop folding necklace from Polish artisan collective Tip to Toe.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: E8 Optical Read Wristwatch
Tell time in a new way with the E8 optical read watch, designed by Brieuc du Roscoat. Count the blocks to tell the time.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Wrecords Cuff Bracelets
Wrecords by Monkey
Hand-made from recycled records by Fashion Institute of Technology graduate Patrick Chirico (aka Monkey), Brooklyn, New York. His designs reflect his environment with woods being where his heart is and the city his art utopia.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Do! Design’s Picture Holder
Direct from Denmark, this holder’s rocking display brings your pictures to life. Ideal for all photos, cards, and notes. Simply press on the holder to expose the opening.
1 holder $5
Set of 2 holders $10
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Scarves, Hats, and Mittens
Made from recycled boiled wool garments by Michigan-based artist Sue Burns.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Campfire Logs
KleinReid’s new collection of fine porcelain includes these sculptural porcelain logs and stones to make a summer or winter “campfire” while making an artful centerpiece. The off-white raw bisque finish sets them apart from traditional porcelain. Use individually or in a collection. Individual pricing:
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Red Camper Tote Bags
Maura Gramzinski loves photography and shares it with the consumer in these bags created with actual slides of events gone by. Several styles.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Toki Collection by Tonia Kim
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, designer Tonia Kim moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as a photographer’s assistant. Surrounded by aspiring artists working in various mediums, she resurrected her creative side. With a personal fashion philosophy that emphasized accessorizing, Kim pursued jewelry design. She sold her first collection in 1999 and continued to design while in Chicago pursuing a law degree. Her Toki Collection, begun in 2003, incorporates sterling silver, 10K gold, pearls, and gemstones. Toki Collection is named for the Chinese horoscope of the designer as well as a childhood nickname that translates to rabbit in Korean.
(Trunk Show and Personal Appearance on Sunday, December 3)
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Ex Ovo by Katrin Zimmerman
Ex Ovo is a line of progressive sterling silver jewelry that is architectural, minimalist, and sensual. Katrin Zimmerman was born in Germany and educated in Switzerland, England, and China. Her exposure to different cultures is evident in her approach to design, which is strongly influenced by the cultural heritage of the Far East. The focus of her design aesthetic is reduction with an emphasis on the essence of an organic shape or the inherent qualities of synthetic or natural materials. The idea is to bring out singularity through simplicity. A member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America, she is based in New York City, where Zimmerman has her own studio/showroom in Harlem.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Claudia Kussano
This San Francisco-based jewelry artist first became involved with fine arts while studying and teaching art in Brazil. Through Kussano’s exploration of various art forms, she was drawn to metal arts and ultimately jewelry design. Balancing organic inspired shapes, textiles, architecture, and precious metals such as sterling silver combined with semi-precious stones, Kussano seeks to evoke a symbiotic awareness of the world and our spiritual surroundings.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Magally Jewelry
As a child, Magally Lopez saw her grandmother crochet beautiful pieces and was always fascinated by the endless hours she spent creating a single piece that was not only beautiful but useful. Translating that tradition to metal, her handcrafted jewelry has a soft, fabric-like quality that reflects durability, timelessness, and pride in craftsmanship. Lopez is based in Brooklyn.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Sandrine Giraud
Paris-based jewelry artist Sandrine Giraud started out as a set designer for films. Since showing her designs at the Premiere Classe trade show in London in 2002, she has developed a unique concept in fashion jewelry that meets today’s thirst for innovation and originality. Giraud has designed a collection of wearable art pieces using flexible steel cables that can be modulated and modified to fit one’s mood and fashion.
EXCLUSIVE IN MINNESOTA: Swallow Jewelry by Ria Charisse
As the daughter of a geologist, Ria Charisse grew up looking closely at minerals and rock formations. This early fascination with natural forms has carried into adult life and her childhood rock collection has evolved into her current palate of precious and semi-precious stones. After years working as a sculptor and receiving an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1997, her aesthetic still centers on the organic and precious. She created her jewelry line in 2000, crafting delicate, vine-like necklaces built from small precious beads tied into thread. Charisse is based in Brooklyn.
Alessi is famous worldwide as a designer brand featuring home, kitchen, and tableware as its core products. Founded in 1920 in Italy, the brand has developed from traditional Italian handmade crafts to some of the world’s most illustrious designer products. Alessi Watches from SII are just an example of the diverse range of designer products that the Italian brand creates for the global market. The Alessi watch collection features excellent design and state-of-the-art technique, at the right price. Materials range from aluminum cases and leather bands to bright polyurethane colors and concave crystals. Designers such as Ettore Sottsass, Andrea Branzi, Karim Rashid, and Patricia Urquiola are always searching for new and different constructions and functions for the Alessi watches they design.
O.D.M. stands for original designs, dynamic functions, and minimal artificiality. These bold watches with colorful silicone bands scroll a diode message across the display; moving your wrist allows the time and date to appear. Winner of several international design awards, including the Red Dot Design Award, iF Design Award, and Good Design Awards, USA and Japan.
Areaware Fruit Bowl and Banana Bowl
This first series of reality products by Harry Allen Products, consists of objects whose forms are sampled from existing sources. Allen believes original form should no longer be the driving force in design. Using a technique that involves casting polyester resin in highly detailed silicone molds, he is able to borrow with precision.
Designer Fredrikson Stallard’s notion of a candleholder is a durable and precious product of utility that is beautifully destroyed in the course of its use. Merging the support and the candle in wax stresses the object’s temporary nature. Available in black or white
Superordinate Antler Sconce
The four-point Superordinate Antler Sconce, made by casting deer antlers in ceramic, was designed by Jason Miller. Miller’s designs often draw on everyday aspects of American culture, resulting in contemporary design objects that could just as easily be conceptual art. Sconce can be wall-mounted or used as free-standing display.
Dustpan and Broom
Designer Ole Jensen doesn’t believe in the “anonymous,” instead aiming at finding the unique in simple design and vice versa. The idea takes its form only when working with the material. In cooperation with Normann Copenhagen, Jensen has partnered to create this Formlandsprisen award-winning functional product. The dustpan is created from polypropylene; the brush is beech with natural bristles.
$24 (Black only)
Tavolino “Blow Up” Coffee Table
By Fratelli Campana for Alessi
Introduced in 2006 and the newest product in the “Blow Up” collection, this coffee table, with stainless steel base and glass top, adds form and function to any room.
Marimekko Patterned Trays
Coated plywood Kitoto patterned trays designed by Maija Isola and Kristina Isola for Marimekko.
Original Colorforms Set
Designed by Harry and Patricia Kislevitzes in 1951, this set contains 350 brightly colored vinyl Colorform pieces for endless play. For ages three to adult.
Designed by Michelle Ivankovic, a bouquet of 18 silver metal flowers which never wilt. Includes three different styles of flowers along with a gift tag.
Kit Assembly Miniature Lights by Emulate
Emulate lights are tributes to some of the all-time great industrial designers. Use the kit to make your own instant design classic. Just assemble, attach to a 9-volt battery, and let there be light. Three styles available.
Use this simple innovative way to decorate a room and create an atmosphere. Enhance a living space while doing so with the ease of peel-and stick application. Many styles to choose from; all removable without leaving a trace.
This knife, available in six vibrant colors, has a uniquely carved blade and gently rounded handle that perfectly fits the palm of the hand. Its precisely crafted spring allows the blade to close softly. Handmade and forged of T12 steel which combines durability, rust resistance, and ease of sharpening.
Enamel finish aluminum pen in four assorted colors. Magnetic necklace provides convenience with closure and cap to wear around your neck.
Walker Art Center Exclusives
Walker Art Center continues to expand its exclusive product line inspired by its recent building expansion designed by Herzog & de Meuron. New this season are a notepad, compact mirror, and scarf featuring the architects’ decorative scroll pattern echoed throughout the building. The square compact of embossed graphite-toned aluminum features a two-sided mirror (one a magnifier). Enclosed in black pouch and boxed for easy gift-giving.
Sparkle and Spin
Through harmony and rhythm, resonance and pitch, Ann Rand inspires readers to listen to the tuneful play of her text while graphic designer Paul Rand illustrates colorful witty artwork. (Chronicle)
Fifty Great Escapes: A Global Guide to Creativity
This unique travel book takes readers on a whistle-stop tour of the world, as seen through the eyes of writers, photographers, filmmakers, painters, and sculptors. (Prestel)
Painting People: Figure Painting Today
A new generation of artists like Luc Tuymans, Elizabeth Peyton, John Currin, and Lisa Yuskavage are relishing the solitary, slow, and subtle process involved in painting people and bringing back figurative painting to freeze time. (D.A.P)
Walker Shop Holiday Hours
November 27–December 23:
Monday–Saturday, 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, 11 am–6 pm
Sundays, December 24 and 31, 11 am–3 pm
The Walker Shop is located in the Hennepin Lobby. Convenient underground parking is available in the City of Minneapolis garage on Vineland Place. All proceeds support the Walker’s artistic and educational programs.