November 29, 2017
Metropolis Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Food + Drink
Our editors select the best design-minded gifts of the season as part of an on-going series this week.
The best part of celebrating the holidays is, well, celebrating. Metropolis editors have selected our favorite design-y accessories for your kitchen, for your party, or for your hostess with the mostest.
Adam Nathaniel Furman, our favorite PoMo oddball, has designed this spunky, stilted coffee mug for London’s Sir John Soane Museum to coincide with the designer’s exhibition there. “Elevated above the common detritus of your breakfast table,” according to Furman, this U.K.-made vessel’s multiple legs prevent dreaded rings on your coffee table. The mug is available in pleasing shades of Millennial pink and baby blue.
Table Mortar, $129
Inspired by traditional millstones, Berlin-based designer Mark Braun created this handsome table mortar for one of our favorite retailers, Hem. This marble vessel serves as both a mortar and pestle for grinding herbs and spices, but can also serve as an eye-catching container. We like this emerald green version.
Christmas may be all about the Star, but Sweetdram proves that the moon deserves a little lovin’ too—moonshine, that is. The London liquor company (tagline: #drinknicethings) teamed up with the Brooklyn-based Kings County Distillery to create a limited-edition, elevated take on classic hooch, complete with crushed sour cherries, and a kick of allspice and coriander. We’d love to try this in a Manhattan.
Cocktail Sticks, $24
These sleek stainless-steel cocktail sticks are for those who love their martini with a twist. Though they were designed by Seattle-based studio Fruitsuper, you can skewer on any manner of fruit, vegetable, or mineral, from classics like lemon peel, cherries and olives, to your most outrageous Bloody Mary fixings. Available in short or tall sizes to accommodate all of your glassware.
Alba Truffle Slicer, $120
Granted, most of us at Metropolis aren’t fancy enough to sprinkle freshly-shaved truffle all over our meals, but this sculptural steel slicer by Alessi might just make us start anyway. The design, by Dutch architect and UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel, was a two year effort with the National Centre for Truffle Studies and the International White Truffle Fair of Alba in Italy. The slicer’s elegant curved form, according to the architect, is meant to evoke the sinuous roots where truffles grow.
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