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H O L I D AY 2011


…to the new and improved Design Work Life Holiday Gift Guide! Our focus is on items for design-minded folk, with a strong emphasis on the handmade.

If you’re unfamiliar with our usual for-

If you’re not into astrology, not to worry,

mat, the heart of this project is a series of

we’ve covered several more traditional

guides based on the four elements: Earth,

gift-giving themes, as well as a couple of

Air, Water and Fire. The idea was inspired

guides to all things holiday.

by a concept shared by pastry chef Will Goldfarb in a talk I attended a few years back. He presented the idea that since there are over six billion people in the world, but only twelve astrological signs, then in theory you should be able to please every living person with only twelve dishes. So we decided to simplify the concept a bit, by paring down the twelve astrological signs to the four elements, and apply it to gift-giving.

We’re excited by this year’s newly expanded format, and we already have big plans to make it even better next year. Hope you enjoy! Courtney


TA B LE OF CONTENTS The Four Elements Earth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Fire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Themed Guides Guys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Kiddos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Typography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Affordable Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Good Reads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 2012 Calendats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Stocking Stuffers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Holiday essentials Treats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Holiday Decor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Holiday Cards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36


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Earth Signs:

AIR Signs:

Taurus / Virgo / Capricorn

Gemini / Libra / Aquarius

Earth rep­resents one’s mate­rial

Air represents the intellect and one’s

resources, environment and pos­ses­sions.

ability to reason and communicate.

The Earth signs are associated with

The Air signs are associated with

sensation, stability and pac­ti­cavity,

thought, perspective, hastiness, and

and people with a lot of earth in their

communication. People with air in

make up are solid, depend­able, thorough,

their astrological compositions are

responsible, cautious, overexertive,

intellectual, objective, lively, idealistic

overprotective, and quiet.

and articulate.

EA R TH

AIR


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WATER SIGNS:

FIRE SIGNS:

Cancer / Scorpio / Pisces

Aries / Leo / Sagittarius

Water represents imagination, human

Fire represents one’s desires and creative

feelings and one’s ability to love and

energies. The Fire signs are associated

sustain. The Water signs are associated

with action, pas­sion, energy, and heat,

with growth processes, imagination,

and people with a lot of fire in their

identification and emotion, and people

make up are con­fi­dent, bright, warm,

with a lot of water in their make up

exciting, and easily take the initiative.

WAT ER

FI RE

are sensitive, seductive, intuitive, imaginative, insightful, secretive, loving, learned, and moody.

Source: Wikipedia


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1. TERRAIN: Dirt Cucumber Fig Salt Scrub, $44.00; 2. MARKETA NEW YORK: Leather Mini Clutch, $36.00; 3. SYDNEY HALE CO: Sea Salt and Bayrum Soy Candle, $26.00; 4. SNUG STUDIO: Songbirds Mobile, $69.00; 5. THE GHOSTLY STORE: Landmade Cork Journal, $16.50

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6. BURKE DECOR: Celia Birtwell Garden Gloves, $15.50; 7. BACON SQUARE FARM: Rustic Wine Caddy, $95.00; 8. CANOE: Cork Planter Bookend Set, $48.00; 9. ERIN FLETT: 20” ARIA Pillow, $79.00; 10. ALLOTINABOX: Urban GYO Box, £12.99

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1. TATTLY: Field Notes + Hustle Pack, $15.00; 2. ASOS: O’Clock Silicon Watch, $43.13; 3. MADDA DESIGN: Cursor Wall Lamp, $120.00; 4. A SECOND LIFE: Rocky Mountain Magnets, $14.00; 5. A + R STORE: Speak-er Speakers, $100.00

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6. KNOCK KNOCK: Actions Stickies Set, $16.00; 7. MINTED: Type Collage Journal, $16.00; 8. AMAZON.COM: The Thinker’s Thesaurus, $13.30; 9. KELLY MOORE: Mimi Bag, $199.00; 10. LET’S BE FRIENDS: Letterpress Bookplates, $7.00

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1. STRIPE AND FIELD: Ikat + Domino Wood Box Set, $48.00; 2. ANTHROPOLOGIE: Celestial Coasters, $32.00; 3. FIELDGUIDED: Thunder in Our Hearts Tote, $20.00; 4. MODERN RELICS: Rosenthal Pollo Vase Studio Line, $125.00; 5. ANTHROPOLOGIE: Poet Journal, $32.00

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6. DWELL STUDIO: Pebble Double Bulb Vase, $62.50; 7. BEKLINA: Mineral Necklaces, $95.00; 8. THE CURIOSITY SHOPPE: Dipped Rope Knot Bracelets, $70.00; 9. KEEP CALM GALLERY: Kissing Checklist, £42.00; 10. SOTE SALTS: Fields of Lilac Salt of the Earth Bath Salts, $9.95

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1. ALL KNITWEAR: Knit Stocking Hat, $48.00; 2. BAN.DO: Mini Pom Pom Set, $25.00; 3. PLASTICA: Ball Point Pens, $23.00; 4. KNOCK KNOCK STUDIO: Tiny Chunky Faceted Gold Stud Earrings, $48.00; 5. BURKE DECOR: Lucia Cherry Tomato & Basil Soap, $11.00

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6. GRETEL: Sawan Pestle and Mortar, $139.00; 7. BY RACHEL ROSE: Silk Tee Garden Dot in Coral Multi, $130.00; 8. DWELL STUDIO: Cork Gold Triangles Glass Vase, $162.50; 9. BUY OLYMPIA: Today Is The Day Planner, $14.00; 10. JONATHAN ADLER: Mod Love Pillow, $175.00

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1. DEAR EDNA: Men’s Apron, $35.00; 2. MEDIUM CONTROL: Futura 1927 Lightweight Messenger Bag, $38.00; 3. ROCKY TOP SOAP SHOP: Manly Man Soap Set, $20.00; 4. IACOLI & MCALLISTER: Hex Opener, $48.00; 5. MINIMALIST TEES: Days of the Week Tees, $110.00

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6. RICH NEELEY: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Charging Dock, $52.00; 7. BIG AND MIGHTY: Man Plans Moleskine Trio, $24.00; 8. VKNIT: Skinny Wool Necktie, $43.77; 9. NOTTY POOCH: MacBook Pro Sleeve, $62.1o; 10. SOME DAY RAIN: Tiny Wooden speaker, $49.99

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1. ERIN JANG: A to Z poster, $50.00; 2. LOOPZ: Geometric Shapes Flashcards Printable PDF, $5.00; 3. HOWKAPOW: Light Up Your Mood Stickers, £6.00; 4. TRILLIUM ARTISANS: Recycled Skateboard Spinning Top Toy, $15.00; 5. KIKKERLAND: Dring Bike Bell Super Hero, $19.50

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6. WRY BABY: Mysterio Predicts, $14.99; 7. RESTORATION HARDWARE: Children’s Card Games, $15.00; 8. ROYAL MINT: Li’l Sebastian – Miniature Horse, $74.00; 9. THE ANIMAL PRINT SHOP: Little Darlings Prints, $25.00 and up; 10. MOMA STORE: Tegu Discovery Set, $70.00

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1. KATE SPADE: Monogram Note Card, $26.00; 2. NANE HANDMADE: Birch Wood Monogram Keychain, $18.00; 3. AFORFEBRE: Sterling silver Stacking rings, $38.00; 4. WEST ELM: Alphabet Letter Paperweights, $8.00; 5. ASOS: Oui Non Mitten, $16.17

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6. TATTLY: Type Nerd Tattoo, $5.00; 7. MOONTREE PRESS: NYC Neighborhood Coasters, $12.00; 8. WK STUDIO: Livin’ the Lo-Res Life T-shirt, $25.00; 9. ORGANIZE.COM: Alpha Art, $4.99; 10. HAMILTON WOOD TYPE: Typeface DVD, $30.00

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1. DIVISION OF LABOR: “New Rules of Work” Poster Set, $50.00; 2. LITTLE PAPER PLANES: American Atlas: The Northeast, $60.00; 3. LITTLE STUDIO: Bubbles, €27.00; 4. JAMES BROWN: Hats, £100.00; 5. BEE THINGS: Blue Moth Limited Edition Print, $40.00

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6. VIKACHU: Landscape Poster, $14.00; 7. SANDRA DIECKMANN: Pattern // A4 print, $17.83; 8. MARY KATE MCDEVITT: Abe Lincoln Quote, $25.00; 9. I AM PROJECT: Diamond in the Rough, $12.00; 10. JEREMY SLAGLE: Vintage Camera Prints, $39.00

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1. AMAZON.COM: Paula Scher: Maps, $31.50; 2. AMAZON.COM: The Bust DIY Guide to Life, $19.77; 3. AMAZON.COM: Drawn In, $16.32; 4. AMAZON.COM: Malcolm Gladwell: Collected, $50.40; 5. AMAZON.COM: Alexander Girard (pre-order), $126.00

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6. AMAZON.COM: Beard, $9.96; 7. HOUSE INDUSTRIES: Studio Lettering Book, $35.00; 8. AMAZON.COM: The Small Stakes: Music Posters, $16.47; 9. AMAZON.COM: The Art of Instruction, $23.10; 10. AMAZON.COM: Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color, $26.40

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1. SUSY JACK: Deluxe Wall Calendar, $30.00; 2. 55 HI’S: Monster Calendar, $25.00; 3. AMAZON.COM: Crackpot: Weekly Calendar, $15.60; 4. DIRTY BANDITS: 2012 Calendar of Silly Holidays, $35.00; 5. MAEMAE PAPERIE: Synchronized Swimmers Calendar, $39.00

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6. FABIEN BARRAL: Letterpress Calendar, €39.00; 7. HIP STREET: Apocalypse Ephemeris Calendar, $30.00; 8. KATE SPADE: wall calendar, $20.00; 9. EDUBARBA: 2012 Numbers Calendar, $15.00; 10. FOURTH YEAR STUDIO: Quilt Pattern Letterpress Calendar, $30.00

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1. KNOCK KNOCK: 100 Small Favors Tickets, $6.00; 2. ERINF115: Miniature Punch Needle Sachet, $19.00; 3. UNCOMMON GOODS: North Pole Coal Blooming Briquettes, $12.00; 4. MOMA STORE: Sparrow Clips, $15.00; 5. URBAN OUTFITTERS: Cry About It Bandages, $7.00

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6. HAPPY DAPPY BITS: Little Brown Book of Art StuямА, $6.50; 7. AMIEL LEATHER DESIGN: Leather Coin Purse, $16.15; 8. LOUCHELAB: Salt Plate, $10.00; 9. BURKE DECOR: Anchors Aweigh Wine Stopper, $22.00; 10. THE HACH: LiveWork Colour Pop Point Pencil, $7.00

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1. FOODZIE: Ginger Truffle, $7.99 and up; 2. THE HAPPY BAKER: Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cake Truffles, $29.00; 3. PURPOSE DESIGN: Baking and Dessert Salts Kit, $12.01; 4. FUSION SWEETS: Peppermint Berlingots, $8.44; 5. THE GROOVY BAKER: Bacchus Lollipops, $10.00

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6. TRUFFLE TRUFFLE: Peppermint Fondants, $14.00 and up; 7. FOODZIE: Parisian Mendiants, $14.75; 8. TCHO: Year’s Supply of TCHOcolate, $179.95; 9. GRAHAM + OLIVE: Apple Cider Mulling Spice, $4.00; 10. VINTAGE CONFECTIONS: Lime Coconut Bite Size Drops, $12.00

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1. ANTHROPOLOGIE: RaямГa Confetti Garland, $68.00; 2. GRAHAM + OLIVE: Advent Calendar Kit, $16.00; 3. INKY CO.: INKA Gift Wrap, $14.95; 4. ECOCHICNYC: Golden Splendor Holiday Wreath, $70.00; 5. HOUSE INDUSTRIES: Photo-Lettering Gift Wrap, $16.00

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6. MR. BODDINGTON’S STUDIO: Surf Set Gift Tag, $20.00; 7. DUBROVSKAYA: Holiday Ornaments, $38.00; 8. JONATHAN ADLER: Teal Peacock Menorah, $125.00; 9. GIARDINO: Hand-Printed Linen Dinner Napkins, $40.00; 10. MSTETSON: Lg. White Holiday Gift Tag, $26.00

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2011 Design Work Life Holiday Gift Guide  

A holiday gift guide for the design-minded