Art

Frame Decal

Check out these frame decals: a super luxe look flattened out for a modern take on ornamentation. I like them lots- so many possibilities…

This frame decal is easy to put up and take down…again and again. Made of PVC, the adhesive is extremely gentle while offering a brilliant and intricate frame ready for you to personalize.

Oak Oval Frame Decal, 85.5 cm x 48.6cm, $75.00 CAD
Frame Decal in Silver, 29.5 cm x 21cm, $29.00 CAD
Buy it here.

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Price: $29.00-$75.00
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Official Ballot Wall Art

Since today is the inauguration for our next president, I thought it only appropriate to post one of many, many items commemorating the event.

This oversized ballot was printed specifically for the old-fashioned, pull-lever voting machines used in New York City. These hulking gray machines have been in commission since 1962 and after 46 years of service, are slated to go into retirement this year. We are fortunate to have a limited number of these official, uncut, unused ballots. Sections of the ballot feature voting instructions and a full list of candidates and parties.

37″ x 45″ x 1.5″ D
estimated ship date January 30th.
$350.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $350.00
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Crayon Sculptures by Herb Williams

Whoa, talk about wall art. These sculptures take the favorite drawing tools to a new level…now, if only we all had a few (or several, rather) extra grand lying around…

Most of us have outgrown our Crayolas by the time we hit puberty. Happily, Herb Williams never did. A sculptor who ingeniously uses crayons as his medium, Williams creates works that are not only strikingly beautiful but playfully allude to serious cultural icons as well. There’s also that unmistakably happy smell, of course, and a palette that can’t help but pop. Signed by the artist on verso, dated and titled with edition numbers. Cleat-mounted for flush wall hanging.

Flower sculpture,16″ x 16″ x 3″, $4,800.00, Buy it here.
Skull Sculpture, 16″ x 10″ x 4″, $3,600.00, Buy it here.
Bull sculpture, 26″ x 28″ x 22″, $14,000.00, Buy it here.

Mod Op Art White Wreath

Shoot, apologies for not finding this at the beginning of the holiday season…but hey, if you get it now you’ll have it for next year. It’s perfect for those of you that like decorating for the holidays but don’t necessarily go for the pine needles and cones…plus, as the retailer suggests below, it could work as a wall-art type of thing year round.

Who needs pine boughs (and don’t get me started on dried flowers)… This mod wreath works year round on the door, above the sink, on in the foyer (oh, and try using in on a table with some pillar candles in the center, it’s pretty fab). Powder coated steel. 16″D

16″D

$60.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $60.00
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DNA Mini Portrait

Whoa, this is much more affordable gift idea than the larger version ($790.00) we posted a while ago. Pretty straightforward: you or your gift recipient get a kit with a DNA collection swab and send it off, then it takes about 4-6 weeks to receive the print.

It’s the perfect gift idea for any occasion or corporate gifting. A compact version of our larger works, the DNA Mini Portrait measures 8” x 10”. Custom Giclee print protected by a glare-resistant glass frame with stainless steel accents. Easily displayed on shelf, desktop or wall.

Available in 25 color options.
8h x 10w (inches)

$169.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $169.00
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Radiometer

This might be a thoughtful gift for anyone interested in science-y type stuff.

Invented in the late 1870s by chemist Sir William Crookes, a Radiometer is part science project, part conversation piece. Housed inside a glass bulb with a partial vacuum, the four vanes of the Radiometer are attached to a delicate stem, which rotates when it senses the presence of light. The brighter the light, the faster it spins. The bulb is perched on a thin glass stand that evokes both a chemistry lab and a wine glass. Place one on your desk, on the living room coffee table or even on the kitchen window sill, and it will offer quiet meditative movement as the room’s light changes and shifts. Made in Germany.

H 8″ Diameter 4″

$60.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $60.00
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Baroque Frame Set

Here’s a colorful option for framing your favorite pictures.

Set of 4 baroque resin frames in assorted vibrant colors. Frame size 9×11…inside matting window 4×6. Classic desk stand or horizontal vertical wallmount included. All felt backing.

$32.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $32.00
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Applause Machine

Forget self-help books, this little machine will boost your confidence in no time.

Designer: Martin Smith.
Manufactured: By Laikingland in the UK.
Description: Push the button and the Applause Machine claps it’s hands for you.
Materials: Powder coated steel, brass, Walnut wood, plastic and motor.
Dimensions: Height 450mm.
Power: 2 x AAA Batteries (included).

Available in Currant Red, Signal Green, Traffic Orange, Graphite Black, and Chalk White.

£195.00, Buy it here.

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Price: £195.00
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Novel Picturebook Frame

So, if any of you book lovers were jealous of the audiophile’s
Play and Display Frame, now you have the same option to display some of your favorite reads (or just cover art) without damage.

Ever wished you could admire more than just the spines of your book collection?…Unfortunately, short of ripping the front cover off and destroying a beloved book, there’s no way of putting them proudly on show in your home. Until now that is, these wooden picture frames let you display your firm, literary favorites and gives any room a personalized feel…Can be hung on the wall or free standing. Measure 8.25″ x 5″. Available in Black or Natural (please note that this color is not white and more beige than appears in the photos).

Black or Natural, 8.25″ x 5″

$24.50, Buy it here.

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Price: $24.50
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KUSA

While this object might be a little off-the-beaten-path of gifts to give, you can pretty much guarantee that no one else will give the same thing (unless they read this site, of course).

This soothing art object is reminiscent of tall rice plants swaying in the breeze. Place it in your entryway and it will gently shake it’s head to the right and left as people pass by.

by Hiromi Taki & Tomonori Ohata

$23.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $23.00
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Whale Chalkboard

This small chalkboard is the perfect place to leave messages. (Also, the chalk fits into the ‘blow hole’ on top, pretty cute…)

Super cool painted wood whale chalkboard by dynamic design duo Suddenly It’s Real. Chalkboard measures 15.25″l x 7.25″h and has two pre-drilled holes in the back for easy hanging/mounting. One piece of chalk included, which will sit safe and snug inside the pre-drilled “blow”hole in the top of the board.

15.25″ w x 7.25″ h

$40.00, Buy it here.

[via Chow's excellent Gift Guide- check it out.]

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Price: $40.00
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Wreath and Tree Cardboard Puzzles

Happy Thanksgiving! Start the holiday season off right with this leaf pattern wreath puzzle made from 100% recycled cardboard. The smaller cardboard trees are pretty cute too.

Also, don’t forget to check out our Gift Guide; we’re updating it often with our latest picks. If we’re missing something, or if you’ve got a difficult person to buy for, let us know and we’ll do our best to fill in the gap.

Snowflake Tree puzzle – 100% recycled cardboard
Measures: 10 x 10 x 13 inches
$18.00, Buy it here.

Wreath puzzle – Leaf pattern of 100% recycled cardboard
Measures: 24 x 24 x 3 inches
$38.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $18.00-$38.00
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ITS OK Edition of 1 Million

Multi Polar Projects is working on 1 million pieces of ‘ITS OK’, a phrase chosen for its calming effect during difficult times. Each phrase is hand cut from varying thickness and types of wood and numbered by the artist, who estimates the project taking the next 30-60 years to finish. For every one sold, a tree is planted through the Arbor Day Foundation.

To see a short documentary of the process, visit here.

$20.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $20.00
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Play and Display Frame (Set of 3)

So smart. These frames allow you to switch out your favorite records as often as you wish.

Make a feature of your favorite vinyl record covers with these clever frames. The front of the frame flips open with the touch of a finger to let you change your display at whim, while the cushioned back ensures both single and double albums can be accommodated.

Available in white or black.
W17 x D1 x H17 in.

$160.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $160.00
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Cross Brush

Hmm, very similar to the Redemption Shoe Brush

“the cross brush is an emotionally complicated product. for people with ties to christianity, the brush represents an unorthodox, even disrespectful manipulation of a revered symbol. touching a dirty floor with a cross is grade A defacement in certain circles. i think, though, that it can be seen as an example of how the christian cross is constantly being re-interpreted by different cultures. in the early 21st century, this vaguely troubling, slightly wrong-shaped object poses a lot of questions about shared values. it’s also an amusing visual pun of the phrase “cleanliness is next to godliness”, and fun to have around as an engaging (and sometimes shocking) conversation piece. its 16″ x 10″ size also provides a large surface area for scrubbing, if you’re inclined to pay your penance that way.”

$128.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $128.00
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