Now that the holiday shopping is behind you, it’s time to get back on that horse…after all, Valentine’s Day approaches! The Wolfsonian Museum Shop has plenty of new items on hand, so if you haven’t been by lately, now is the perfect occasion to check things out. And when you do, we hope you’ll budget in time to sample the creations of our new café operator—a fine selection of superlative sandwiches and salads created by Chef Jeremiah’s Subatomic Sandwiches. In keeping with the fall’s Italian shows and that country’s love of all things coffee, the shop has stocked up on Pantone Universe’s colorful coffee makers and coffee mugs. The aluminum percolator coffee maker is hand painted in a variety of eye-catching colors; the shop carries both the three-cup ($28) and six-cup ($32) sizes. If a bright coffee maker still isn’t enough to do it for you in the morning, you might consider the equally cheerful ceramic mugs ($14.50), also from Pantone Universe and also hand painted in a nice selection of colors. OK, now that you’re awake, why not re-decorate? We’re going with an animal motif this month. A little more wisdom never hurts, and the wise ol’ owl mobile ($59) is a nice reminder, plus it looks really good—made of laser cut Plexiglas, it is inspired by Japanese and Danish design of the 1960s. In keeping with the animal theme, the zoo collection ($43–$58) is a series of clever, three-dimensional animal “puzzles” of birch plywood finished with natural, non-toxic, vibrantly colored paint. Each individual puzzle, packaged flat in recycled cardboard folders, is a different animal whose pieces fit together with no hardware or glue necessary—there’s a blue giraffe, a purple cow, a red camel, a green lion, and more. We’ll finish off by mentioning that if your new year’s resolutions included re-vamping the things you carry, the shop has an excellent selection of handbags, wallets, business card holders and more. A new favorite is the Makio Hasuike–designed leather wallet ($80.99), available in muted shades of green and yellow.
Percolator coffee maker from Pantone Universe