It’s difficult to fathom, but 2020 is coming to a close. While the new year is still filled with uncertainties, thankfully the holiday season is coming up to bring a moment of respite to what was otherwise a rocky year. We can all agree that a pat on our backs and perhaps a little indulgence, are well deserved. Check out our favourite picks from MoMA Design Store Hong Kong—whether it’s to surprise your loved ones under the tree this Christmas or a treat for yourself.
TEXT: CoBo Editorial
Images: Courtesy of MoMA Design Store Hong Kong
Yoshitomo Nara dolls Retail Price: HK$800 each
The protagonist of the Japanese artist’s body of work is brought to life in this brand new set of collectible figures. Instead of its usual grumpy, sometimes ominous looking little girl, the three-piece collection features Nara’s famous child-like figure in her own cherubic element, each wearing a numbered hat and sporting a different pose. Buy it as a set or choose your favourite—it’s all up to you.
This skateboard triptych is a reproduction of Raymond Pettibon’s No Title (The bright flatness) (2003), which currently resides in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Produced in a limited quantity of 250, this skateboard set is made in Spain from 7-ply maple wood and, each numbered and printed with the signature of the artist. Add wheels to turn them into functional skateboards or hang them up side to side to spruce up your living room wall. Pettibon is known for his stylised ink drawings that combines images and text. His works often engages with a wide variety of American iconography that ranges from literature, art history, philosophy, religion, and politics, to sports and alternative youth culture, among others.
Ingo Mauer: I RICCHI POVERI MONUMENT FOR A BULB Retail Price: HK$7680
Monument for a Bulb is the creation of late German designer Ingo Mauer, as part of a series of playful lighting options named “I Ricchi Poveri,” where they not only serve as a light source, but design statements that are evocative, ironic and sometimes surprising. Monument for a Bulb pays tribute to Thomas Edison’s carbon filament light bulbs invented in 1879. Given a modern upgrade—the matt, low-voltage halogen lamp, seemingly hovering above a steel board, is in fact propped horizontally on fine brass rods, surrounded by a group of tiny nickel-silver figurines as if they are admiring a giant monument. The halogen light bulb is equip with a red cable, so they don’t have to screwed to a lamp base, revealing the entire structure of the bulb, and the movable figurines add a touch of DIY-element to this buzz-worthy accent piece.
Sporting HAY’s signature clean, minimal, retro-looking design, this porcelain coffeepot is the perfect reason to start brewing your coffee at home. Featuring the innovative SoftBrew™ brewing device, the coffee grounds are infused through a micro-thin, centrally located stainless steel filter. The almost microscopic filter allows water to seep through evenly without releasing unpleasant grounds. The result is a smooth, aromatic brew every time. A teapot of similar design is available if coffee isn’t your jam.
If cooking is your loved one’s jam, a casserole pot in bright primary colours is sure to make any soup, stew, and pot duty much more fun. We agree with a customer comment that stated, “You can’t help but be happy when using the bubble pots.” This brightly coloured red, blue and yellow aluminium cookware is an update from its 1994 design, and features a non-stick, anti-scratch coating, perfect for slow cooking recipes on both gas and electric stoves, or in the oven for up to 160 degrees Celcius. Complete the collection with the Bubble Frying Pan and Bubble Sauce Pot for a matching set.
Setago Portable Table Lamp Retail Price: HK$1248
These cordless, bulbous table lamps are the perfect companions to beat the impending winter blues. Playfully named after its mushroom-like appearance (“seta” is mushroom in Spanish), this highly transportable mini lamp emits a soft uniform glow that will help create the idyllic cozy winter ambience, or as the Danes like to call it, hyggelig, wherever and whenever you wish.
Stay cozy and warm this winter season with this felted wool blanket, beautifully designed and crafted in Japan by third-generation textile designer Osamu Mita, whose works were featured at a contemporary Japanese textiles exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1998. The colourful optical patterns are intricately woven in a textured geometry, and adds a lively accent to your interiors during grey winter days. It’s also generously sized measuring at 175.3 x 109.2 cm (69 x 43 inches), making it big enough to share.
These Perpetua pencils are the first writing tool made from Zantech®, an innovative, high-tech material made of 80% recycled graphite derived from manufacturing graphite electrodes, combined with a patented chemical compound without protective varnishes or additional processing. A food-grade, coloured eraser tip forms a single body with the pencil, omitting the need for glue, making the pencil 100% non-toxic and clean. Designed by Marta Gardini and made in Italy, it was given an honourable mention at the Compasso d’Oro in 2016. Grab the full set or pick from the 10 available colours.
Who else thinks socks are some of the most underrated Christmas gifts? They are the perfect combination of fun and function, keeping us warm and toasty on the darkest, coldest months of the year. This colourful set of toe-warmers by Happy Socks features high-quality combed cotton and elastane socks in the brand’s signature upbeat patterns, and bonus points given to the gift-ready packaging—which are pre-wrapped as Christmas crackers, perfect for those guilty of last-minute Christmas shopping.