GIFT GUIDE: 2021
GIFT GUIDE: 2021
Top gift picks from friends of Platform.
Finding the perfect holiday gift is a creative exercise. So who better to make the ideal gift recommendation than one of the most creative minds in the world of art and culture? To compile Platform's inaugural Gift Guide, we tapped a few of the many brilliant people – such as Givenchy creative director Matthew Williams, stylist Rachael Wang and designer Kelly Wearstler – who have worked with us over the course of our first year. Each contributor made two very personal submissions: one traditional gift and one artwork available exclusively on Platform. Whichever you choose, this selection won't disappoint.
My gift idea would be a pottery set. I’d buy it for my beautiful girlfriend, Adiam. The reason being, especially in these times, everyone is at their happiest if they can slow down and be in the present moment. Painting and pottery are great ways of achieving this.
AZAREEN VAN DER VLIET OLOOMI
Brad Phillips ‘Cherry In Miami’ is the perfect holiday gift for my friend Lynne Tillman who is equally taken with the multifaceted nature of cats. This painting with its mischievous splicing of space makes me think, "What could be better than seeing truths and untruths side by side? And, where else does this little Cherry transit through?"
FOUNDER, THE FUTURE PERFECT:
ARTWORK:"A Sufficient Deviation in Subjective Experience (Day-Dreaming and Near Death Experience)", Cody Hudson
This painting is part of a series by the artist that embraces forms from modernist architecture and the natural world.
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, THE REALREAL; PODCASTER, WRITER AND TV HOST:
RITA NAKOUZI & TOURÉ
A beautiful gift is one of Evamarie Pappas-Oglander and Gary Oglander's sculptural ceramics. They show the symbiotic relationship of the couple. The organic form is free-flowing and it has a lightness that sparks joy.
Blurring the lines between art object and design piece, "Sunset People" by Rotganzen for Kelly Wearstler is the ideal gift for art and design lovers. The sculptures are playfully reminiscent of glamorous LA nights laden with melancholic nostalgia for times past.
The artist created this painting by gathering the excess oil paint from the palette of another, recently finished work to evoke a sense of erosion.
CURTIS TALWST SANTIAGO
GIFT:My Mom's Cornbread Stuffing
I'd give it to the world. Why? because her cooking is blessed and has healing properties!
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, GIVENCHY & 1017 ALYX 9SM:
I have to toot my own horn and mention my puzzle collaboration. I would buy one and send it off to my uncle and aunt Lee in Korea, who have helped me over the years. They loved and took care of my mom so much who passed too young, so I’m always thinking of ways to repay them. They’re getting older and how great would it be to do puzzles, but it’s my art?! This puzzle launches along with this year's Untitled Art Fair.
I would choose E’wao Kagoshima’s Untitled, 2017 and give it to Mitchell Algus of Mitchell Algus Gallery. Both are eccentric underdogs who deserve more recognition. Mitchell's one of those people you can always count on as being real. I discovered E’wao’s work at a show right after the show I was in at Mitchell’s and love his wildness and dreamy vision. How fitting to gift the art to the gallery that showed me the art?
JEWELRY HISTORIAN & ARCHIVIST:
A true hidden gem of the jewelry world. She’s based in California and makes powerful pieces inspired by ancient jewels with responsibly-sourced gold, all crafted by hand. I have a perfect 22K chain, a hessonite garnet pendant, and a rock crystal and granulated gold pendant by Loren. Find her on Instagram at @lorennicolejewelry.
I’d gift this to my partner Mark because one of our favorite places on earth is the Yale Center for British Art, and this work reminds me of the wall of cloud studies by Constable. It’s the perfect little grouping on the gallery’s wall. All the paintings are smaller than a book and offer the most pristine glimpse into the skies of the past.
I’m biased because my sisters designed this, but the Bird of Paradise robe by Block Shop is the perfect gift for someone with exacting taste who thrills at an orchid/ochre combo. It's hand block-printed on organic cotton in the most divine colors, with deep pockets for your phone. I live in mine.
I love this Memphis-inspired still life of oranges by Graham Anderson. I would design an entirely white kitchen around it with funfetti Formica countertops and white acrylic cabinet fronts. I would play Steve Winwood’s 1986 hit Higher Love. This is the painting you inherited from your chic uncle who had a cocaine problem but gave great relationship advice. White slacks. Jazz sax. I love this painting.