The Walker Art Center Shop features the latest offerings and ideas in contemporary design with a distinctive inventory of merchandise from around the globe. A valuable resource year-round, but especially during the holiday season, the Shop offers a unique assortment of award-winning contemporary home and office accessories; artisan jewelry; books about multidisciplinary contemporary art, design, and culture; creative toys; and exclusive Walker products. Highlights this season include contemporary Mexican design items in conjunction with the Walker’s centennial exhibition Frida Kahlo, on view October 27–January 20; resources for DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects; unique home, office, and personal accessories; an eclectic array of jewelry; creative games and toys for children; and a wide selection of books. Many items are Minnesota exclusives. Shop hours will be expanded throughout the holiday season and 24/7 online shopping is available at shop.walkerart.org. All proceeds support the Walker’s artistic and educational programs.
CONTEMPORARY MEXICAN DESIGN
Minnesota Exclusive: DFC
Former New Yorkers, now Mexico City-based designers Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua, use scientific-grade Pyrex glass etched with their own contemporary and organic designs.
Phuze Jewelry and Home Accessories
By combining the color and transparency of glass and crystal, Mexico City-based Phuze creates inventive work, from unique jewelry to home accessories. A partnership founded by lead designer Orfeo Quagliata, his father. acclaimed artist Narcissus Quagliata, and designers from various disciplines, the company is dedicated to solid craftsmanship and aesthetic integrity.
Home Accessories, $52–$460
Twin Cities Exclusive: NaCo T-Shirts
This Mexican line of “naco”(roughly translated as “tacky”) t-shirts features kitschy, catchy slogans.
Amy Torello Jewelry
Former San Franciscan Amy Torello calls Mexico City her home. Having apprenticed with master Mexican silversmiths, she handcrafts her contemporary sterling silver jewelry using old world techniques.
The Best of the 21st Century – 2: Mexican Architecture 2005–2006
Although this beautiful volume covers only two years, it documents a particularly creative period in Mexican architecture, including many different styles, in and beyond the horizons of the capital city. Featured are photos and schematics of some of the latest work by such prominent architects as Francisco Serrano, Legorreta + Legoretta, Mario Schjetnan, and Alberto Kalach.
$29.95 (Arquine + RM)
The spaces created by Mexican designer Ezequiel Farca capture the spirit of the place, from his iconic oceanfront terraces to apartment buildings as urban oases. Farca’s work is modern without being radical, high-style but simple, with an international sophistication that encompasses the friendly feel of Mexico.
$25 (Arquine + RM)
Adorable animals and other sweet treats beg to be made in this darling craft book. Inspired by the Japanese craze for plush toys called “softies,” veteran crafter Therese Laskey commissioned projects from acclaimed artists around the world. Featured are quirky creatures from Japan, Chile, Israel, Texas, and everywhere in between. Each artist brings a wicked sense of fun to these 25 cute, weird, edgy, or artful creations.
$19.95 (Chronicle Books)
Illustrated with original children’s artwork, D.I.Y. Kids engages young people in making stuff, from binding their own books to sewing their own clothes. It’s packed with fun ideas for making stickers, logos, clothespin dolls, box buildings, graffiti furniture, ribbon accessories, and other cool projects. Each project is explained with step-by-step instructions and colorful photographs of great designs and the kids who made them. $14.95 (Princeton Architecture Press)
A Complete Do-It-Yourself Duct Tape Wallet Kit.
Anni Albers Jewelry Studio Kits
Based on an original piece featured in a 1941 traveling exhibition of common object jewelry by Anni Albers and student Alex Reed. Even during World War II, when materials were in such short supply, Albers invented ways to create playful, elegant objects using simple components found in hardware stores.
Minnesota Exclusive: Zid Zid Kids from Marrakech, Morocco
Julie Klear has exhibited her art in manyU.S. museums and has 15 years experience teaching art to children. Moulay Essakalli, a Rhode Island School of Design-trained graphic designer, was born and raised in Morocco. Together, as Zid Zid, the couple produces exciting, imaginative items for kids, combining a striking artistic sensibility with the colors and visual inspiration of Marrakech.
Pooki & Co.
French Columbian illustrator Marie Joxe-Collins introduces children to her imaginary world called Pookiland, featuring fun, brightly colored stuffed polar fleece creatures with original personalities.
Caitlin Wicker Stuffed Toys
Minneapolis-based artist Caitlin Wicker creates one-of-a-kind handmade stuffed animals from recycled sweaters, including tapirs and elephants. $30–$50
Enclosure by Andy Goldsworthy
Andy Goldsworthy is one of the most prominent artists in the world today. Although commissions take him all over the world, his latest series of artworks was created in Northwest England, where he took stone enclosures found across the countryside originally used to shelter and wash sheep and rebuilt them with a spectacular series of paintings incorporating the hoof-prints of sheep. These form the core of Enclosure, a reflection of Goldsworthy’s lifelong interest in the land and its history.
Calatrava: Complete Works 1979–2007
Piano: Renzo Piano Building Workshop 1966–2005
This series of XL-format books from Taschen features over 520 pages showcasing the work of architects Santiago Calatrava and Renzo Piano with full-color illustrations and extensive text by Philip Jodidio.
Fashion Magazine by Alec Soth
In this beautifully produced third issue of the international art/fashion collectible Fashion Magazine, the acclaimed American photographer and Minnesota-based Alec Soth plays editor-in-chief, advertising director, and sole photographic contributor to quietly mesmerizing results. Exquisite printing, unexpected gatefolds, special inks, varnishes, and a variety of papers, make the publication more of an artist’s book than a magazine.
$25 (Magnum Photos)
JEWELRY AND WATCHES
Minnesota Exclusive: Nooka Watches
Trunk Show at the Walker Shop, Sunday, December 2
NYC-based designer and artist Matthew Waldman creates a new way to look at time in a linear and graphic representation with his Nooka watch line.
Minnesota Exclusive: Susan Goodwin Jewelry
This Seattle-based artist uses rock quartz crystal, black onyx, and oxidized sterling silver to recreate a Victorian trend with a contemporary focus. Rock crystal balls worn as necklaces create pools of light or halo effects on the skin.
Minnesota Exclusive: Shelley Herman Designs
Trunk Show at the Walker Shop, Saturday, December 1
Semiprecious stone necklaces by this Los Angeles-based jewelry artist. $275–$385
Minnesota Exclusive: Jewelry from Poland
A selection of contemporary sterling silver handmade jewelry by Poland-based artists. $35–$550
HOME AND OFFICE
Minnesota Exclusive: InsideOut Champagne Glasses
Champagne flutes suspended in glass cylinders become visible when filled. The double-layer design allows champagne to maintain its desired temperature. Designed by Dutch-born, Brooklyn-based Alissia Melka-Teichroew.
$60; boxed set of 2
Twin Cities Exclusive: Alessi
From the oversized stainless steel and wood Todo cheese grater, to the mod electric juicer by Stefano Giovannoni, home accessories from Italian manufacturer Alessi are always well-received gifts.
New this season: “Taste–huile” personal olive oil taster, designed by Lorenzo Piccione di Pianogrillo, a Sicilian olive oil producer, and Köbi Wiesendanger.
Minnesota Exclusive: “Birdhouse”
Birdfeeder by Marcel Wanders for Amsterdam-based Droog.
Eva Solo Fridge Carafe
Designed by Claus Jensen and Henrik Holbaek in a simple, classic milk bottle shape, this thermal carafe neatly fits into most refrigerator doors. Fitted with an insulating neoprene cover to keep contents cold longer.
$88, assorted colors
Model Three: AM/FM Analog Clock Radio
Designed by Tom DeVesto for Tivoli Audio. AM/FM tuner by audio legend Henry Kloss.
Boom Box: Portable Clock Radio
Award-winning design made of aluminum and dark wood with AM/FM radio and alarm clock by Troika.
International Arrivals Paper Products
Contemporary sets of notebooks, notepads, and mechanical pencils in lively colors and clean graphics. Great stocking stuffers!
Twin Cities Exclusive: Mandarina Duck
Simplicity, practicality, soft surfaces, and rounded shapes are the trademark features of this Italian line of well-designed and functional totes and bags.
WALKER SHOP HOLIDAY HOURS
November 26–December 23:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm
Thursday–Saturday, 11 am–9 pm
Monday, December 24: 11 am–3 pm