Minimalism – and a touch of tradition
For our 2021 gift guide – back after a year off due to the pandemic – we asked KC Studio designer Carrie Brophy to indulge her eye for minimalism, providing a respite from the glitz of the holidays. and a collection of beautifully designed items that can fit pretty much anywhere. After browsing local stores with locally and internationally made products, Brophy narrowed things down to a dozen of great minimalist finds from this baker and a few surprises.
Danish designer Simon Legald has created a set of five of these small decorative figures called “Normies”. Sad, sleepy, vigilant or shy, you can choose whoever speaks to you – or the recipient of your gift – whether it’s Normfred, Normus, NormNorm, Norma or Norm. Made of painted concrete, they form a family, each with a different expression, pattern and color. Available in store at the Museo, 3021 Main Street; for additional articles visit museousa.com.
Price range: $ 15 to $ 35
Menu’s wine decanter
Designed in Denmark, this decanter is designed to be placed over an open and inverted wine bottle, allowing the wine to aerate – in fact, it adds 10 times more oxygen. Buyers have a choice of a clear steel or smoked brass lid covering the cylindrical neck of the 48 oz bulb. carafe. Available at Kanso, 115 W. 18th St. # 106, www.shopkanso.com.
Price: $ 54.95
Ohgita Katsuya Glass Houses
Asiatica owner and co-founder Elizabeth Wilson has spent most of her life honing her knowledge of everything Japanese, from textiles and furniture to ceramics and glass, including these houses of glass in various sizes and colors of Ohgita Katsuya – among the best in the store sellers. The artist uses the cold casting technique developed by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia in order to “(make) the viewer aware of the existence of light”. Available
at Asiatica, 4824 Rainbow Blvd., or www.asiaticakc.com.
Price range: $ 65 to $ 2,200
Paul McCobb Correspondence Cards and Poster
The Johnson County Museum, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, is in design mode this season with an eye-opening display of works by great post-war designer Paul McCobb. Alongside the exhibit, the museum’s recently renovated boutique features a number of McCobb-themed items, including note cards featuring silhouette images of his furniture and a poster of his “Christmas Gift 1960” silkscreen print.
Price: note cards, $ 6.95; poster $ 95
Blomus soap dispenser
We have been in constant contact with soap and disinfectant dispensers since the start of the pandemic. This one, created from ceramic and silicone, is something special, with its clean lines, beautifully integrated minimalist design, and minimal crevices to catch buildup and dirt. Available in three colors at Kanso, 115 W. 18th St. # 106, www.shopkanso.com.
Price: $ 32
There is a sculptural quality to these steel flower shears that will provide a little aesthetic touch every time you play dead or cut a bouquet. You can find them in three sizes at Verdant, 128 W. 18th St., along with many other unique items related to home and plants. Visit the store or order online, shopverdant.com.
Price range: $ 12 to $ 18; set of three, $ 45
Perforated pliers by Sori Yanagi
Kitchen utensils as works of art? These “Perforated Tongs” by Sori Yanagi certainly qualify. Made in Japan from a single sheet of stainless steel, the design is minimalist and won the Good Design Award 1998. Available at Kanso, 115 W. 18 St. # 106, www.shopkanso.com.
Price: $ 36
Bo Hubbard pillows
Kansas City artist Bo Hubbard is known for his carpet paintings, vibrant abstractions made with a tuft gun that dialogue with the history of the genre, from minimalism to sharp lines and amorphous forms to abstract expressionism. . If your budget can’t go up to a large room, you can find the equivalent of a mini painting in the artist’s selection of padded cushions at the Museo, 3021 Main St. For more information, bohubbard.com/ pillows.
Price range: $ 165 to $ 295; custom orders available, $ 215 to $ 350
This is how to spoil a friend. The presentation is as beautiful as the fine-grained soap it contains, known for its subtle scent. The soap is tailor-made for Tawaraya, a famous ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), in Kyoto, and available at Asiatica, 4824 Rainbow Blvd. Where www.asiaticakc.com.
Price: $ 48 for the box of 6
Belger Crane Yard Studios Cup Associations
Since 2013, Belger Crane Yard Studios has been a treasure trove for Kansas City donors, and this year is no exception. There is no shortage of finds at the annual Belgian Holiday Open House and Studio Sale (see p. 46 for more details), and don’t miss the boxes with red ribbons featuring pairs of mugs specially selected by the contributing artists. Amanda Bury, Elaine Buss, Saj Issa, Sarah Jewell Olsen and Lilly Powell. It is a perfect gift for your favorite couple. Available at Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave., or belgerarts.org/belger-crane-yard-studios.
Price: $ 95
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Ornament 2021
It is a tradition that is entering its fifth decade. The 2021 Mayor’s Christmas Tree Ornament is the 41st in the series, created from the wood of the previous year’s Christmas tree that stood in Crown Center Square, with proceeds going to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund and helping the people of Kansas City during the holidays. This year’s design, “Festive Friends,” was created by Hallmark artist Crista Couch and will go on sale the day after Thanksgiving at the Crown Center Customer Service on Level 2 of the Crown Center Shops. For more information and to order corporate gifts, call 816-274-7251.
Price: $ 15.95 plus taxes
Wool shawl by Epice
Textile aficionados will swoon at the expertly curated product selection at Asiatica, including clothing, pillows and jewelry bags in various sizes made from vintage kimonos, as well as unique items like this shawl or this 36 x 78 inch wool scarf made by a French company called Epice. You can wear it or frame it! There are three different shawls at Asiatica, 4824 Rainbow Blvd. Where www.asiaticakc.com.
Price: $ 295
Ceramic Peter Pincus
A three-dimensional interpretation of Op Art, the slip-cast porcelain vases by Rochester, New York-based ceramic artist Peter Pincus have wowed visitors at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2012 Baltimore Ave., for over five years. now. This “Large Colorful Pleated Bowl (B)” 8 x 11 “is part of” Inset “, an exhibition of her new work at the gallery until January 22. sherryleedy.com.
Price range: $ 300 to $ 4,500