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.

STYLIST:

RACHAEL WANG

GIFT:Brooklyn Supported Agriculture gift card

My go-to gift for anyone in New York is a gift card to Black-led and worker-owned Brooklyn Supported Agriculture, which sources produce from women-, LGBTQ- and POC-owned local farms.

ARTWORK:"Plume", Melanie Baker

I'd love to give my friend Justin this Melanie Baker graphite drawing. An ephemeral moment, immortalized.

ARTIST:

TOM ANHOLT

GIFT:Pottery set

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.

ARTWORK:"Untitled", Alissa McKendrick

This painting would be for my mum, Catherine Anholt, an amazing painter and a beautiful person. She’d appreciate this work, I think. It’s elegant and strange in the best way.

AUTHOR:

AZAREEN VAN DER VLIET OLOOMI

ARTWORK:"Cherry in Miami", Brad Phillips

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:

DAVID ALHADEFF

GIFT:Glasswork by David Valner

Czech artist David Valner's experimental glasswork is playful and a bit cheeky and exactly the kind of holiday gift I love to give.

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

GIFT:Evamarie Pappas-Oglander and Gary Oglander Ceramic Sculpture

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.

ARTWORK:"Twelve12views 02", Azadeh Gholizadeh

I love the mixed media work of Azadeh Gholizadeh. The medium and colors remind me of the beauty of Middle Eastern tapestries and the richness of my ancestral culture.

DESIGNER:

KELLY WEARSTLER

GIFT:"Sunset People" by Rotganzen for Kelly Wearstler

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.

ARTWORK:"cleaning brushes, pink green glow", Kadar Brock

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.

ARTIST:

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!

ARTWORK:"Herlequinade1", Julien Bismuth

I’d give this work to my partner, Anna Schneider. We both share a love of the painter James Ensor. This piece by Julien feels like an homage to the master.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR, GIVENCHY & 1017 ALYX 9SM:

MATTHEW WILLIAMS

By Heji Shin

GIFT:The Escape Game

It's a fun activity for all involved!

ARTWORK:"Nube 9", Melanie Smith

I love this painting by Melanie. It reminds me of the view of the ocean where I grew up. I would love to live with this painting. It makes me feel calm.

ARTIST:

MIE YIM

GIFT:Mie Yim Collector Editions Puzzle X Untitled Artfair X Nest

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.

ARTWORK:

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:

LEVI HIGGS

GIFT:Jewelry by Loren Nicole

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.

ARTWORK:"Nube 11" by Melanie Smith

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.

ARTIST:

LILY STOCKMAN

GIFT:Bird of Paradise Robe by Block Shop

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.

ARTWORK:"Untitled" by Graham Anderson

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.