2015 Gift Guide: Modern Love

Give the gift of style.
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→ Broken ceramics are usually not a sign of hospitality, but Seattle artist-designer Aleksandra Pollner’s porcelain fortune cookies turn an easily discarded novelty into something more precious. Each finished piece contains a fortune written by a practicing psychic—brilliant for keeping guests entertained.

Porcelain fortune cookies, CAC gift shop, $18
Porcelain fortune cookies, CAC gift shop, $18, contemporaryartscenter.org

Photographs by Aaron M. Conway


→ Enigmatic yet gracefully curving arms take their cue from dance and movement to make this candleholder as beautiful as it is functional.

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Menu Double Candle Holder by Mikaela Dörfel, $80, Voltage, voltagefurniture.com

→ Designer Ken Samudio’s coral-inspired necklace reflects his background as a marine biologist and makes a party-ready statement piece.

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Ken Samudio necklace, $176, Atelier by Adorn USA, ateliercincinnati.com

→ Hands-on types will appreciate this colorful set of interconnected wooden balls, specially constructed to be turned and twisted into creative configurations.

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Playable ART ball, $24, 21c Shop, 21cmuseumhotels.com/cincinnati/shop

→ Sarah Oliver handbags come with a meaningful story: Each bag is hand-knitted by The Purlettes + 1, a team of talented senior citizens who include their stories with each piece.

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Sarah Oliver Coco purse, $270, The Fig Leaf, thefigleaf.com

→ Everyone is an architect with Paper Punk’s Urban Fold, a no-tools-required craft activity that promises hours of creative fun.

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Paper Punk Urban Fold, $25.99, Library Friends’ Shop

→ Busy kiddos can keep their day on track with this eye-catching and fun timepiece.

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Seedling Time for Colour watch, $22, The Spotted Goose, thespottedgoose.com

out of the box
Kickstart your design mind with a cocktail, guac, and ceviche at Nada, then cross the street to the Contemporary Arts Center; Wednesday through Friday, the gallery and shop are open until 9 p.m. Top it off with a nightcap next door—the galleries of the 21c Museum are open 24/7 (and free!), and the nine-story fiber-optic-tapestry light installation inside is magical after dark.

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