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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide ’15

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

1. Playtype Notepad, $9; 2. Playsam Mefistofel Racer, $60; 3. Rok Manual Espresso Maker, $200; 4. Strange Invisible Perfumes Musc Botanique, $285; 5. The School of Life Memento Mori Glass Paperweight, $40

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

6. Far North Gustaf Navy Strength Gin, $50; 7. Magnus Nilsson: The Nordic Cookbook, $32; 8. Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, vinyl, $24; 9. Bella Freud 1970 Candle, $70; 10. Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencils, 12 pack, $22

Listening / Viewing: Foxtrott – Shaky Hands

Directed by Kevin Calero.

Paintings by Magdalena Karpińska

A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Magdalena Karpińska is a contemporary artist that explores themes of nature and symbolism, astutely melding Renaissance-style painting and abstraction. Many of her subjects are familiar, a tree or plant, for example, but her approach to visual perception and the incorporation of unexpected shapes throw the eye, sometimes in a puzzle-like manner.

Karpińska’s work was most recently exhibited in a show called Oko (eye) at Starter Gallery in Warsaw.

Magdalena Karpińska

Magdalena Karpińska

Magdalena Karpińska

Magdalena Karpińska

Piece in Brief: AJ / 660 Flatware Collection by Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen Flatware

Arne Jacobsen Flatware

Designed in 1957 by Arne Jacobsen, the AJ model ‘660’ flatware was intended for use in the architect and designer’s SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, one of Jacobsen’s masterpieces, where he designed not only the building, but details including the furniture, lamps, and fabrics, down to the door handles and forks. His iconic Swan and Egg chairs might best represent his design aesthetic, but this elegant flatware collection has had a life of its own and maintained the interest of both collectors and design-enthusiasts.

Initially manufactured by silversmith Anton Michelsen in Denmark, it was the firm’s first tableware produced in the modern material of stainless steel; eventually the collection would be manufactured and distributed internationally by Georg Jensen. The matte finish, minimal forms are free of superfluous design or decoration, with their flattened shape assisting in ease of movement. The set was so forward-looking that it was even used as the flatware in the 1968 Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now holding a place in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, the AJ flatware collection is produced to this day by Georg Jensen.

You can find vintage sets (some with uncommon, covetable pieces) baring the A. Michelsen stamp on eBay and 1stdibs, as well as the Georg Jensen-produced pieces available new directly from the manufacturer.

Photos: The William P. Hood Jr. Collection, 1stdibs (Chris Howard Antiques)









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