so, cody made himself an “ultimate christmas list,” prompting me to make my own. here’s my dream list, made up of items i will not find under the christmas tree, but that i would like santa to consider anyway (if just for a little laugh).
item #1: swatch’s white rebel watch, $65//why it’s unreasonable: not only do i not care about the watch for its value of time, i also would probably forget to wear it more often than not. though it isn’t unreasonably priced, this water-resistant silicone watch would sit in my jewelry basket for the majority of it’s two-year battery life. the minimalist design and beautiful color (yeah, color) begs for my attention, especially when you notice the minute details, such as the inclusion of the date and the beautiful dissecting lines the overlap of the hands creates. i’ll save it on my list for that time in my life where a mere $65 can be thrown at some eye candy.
item #2: black swan: the original motion picture soundtrack//so this isn’t exactly what you would call a far-fetched request, but it is when you saw the movie and fell in love with the soundtrack five days before christmas. i’m not even sure santa sends regards to requests made that late. depending on where purchased, the soundtrack costs around $10-$15 and includes the likes of traditional ballet pieces, dramatic contemporary compositions was scored by clint mansell and takes on a complete life of its own. very capable of writing its own story as a stand alone piece, this soundtrack has the high potential to become memorized for every fermata, adagio and modulation.
item #3: laurent corio’s shokki cooking vessels// who wouldn’t want a few of these to cook/serve/microwave in? the problem? not only are the website mostly in french, they are also too confusing to navigate. the question remains; where do i buy them? so, not knowing how much they run for, let alone where to direct the buyer, i cannot add them to any particularly serious list i have. the outside of each vessels is crafted using clay found in the burgundy region of france; rough, colorless and matte. but when the dish is opened, a flash of color of gloss is seen (in the area of the dish used for the food itself). not only are they beautiful, each vessel is highly utilitarian, transforming seamlessly from a cooking pot to a stand alone bowl.
item #4: vík prjónsdóttir’s snow blanket// why it’s unreasonable: its $210. enough said. granted, it’s made from 100% icelandic wool and is unbelievably adorable. so yes, i do want one. it’s a (glorified) minimalist snuggie, basically, for people with a huge amount of money and a lot of taste.
item #5: small antler hook, $90// i want maybe three of these, to hang right by the door, maybe for coats but mostly because they’re pretty.
now for the stuff i asked for (and hope to receive).
item #6: various photography books (including alec soth’s niagra, $65 and uta barth’s , $45)//why i want them: it is very rare that i become enamored with an artist’s entire body of work. soth has a way of photography mundane foreign ideas and transforming them from the arbitrary to the relevant. he lives and inhabits space among the things he photographs, maybe this is why he is so successful. but i can literally say i love each of his pictures. similarly, uta barth knows about arbitrary, but she is also attracted to it. her minimalist conceptual backgrounds for her picture making also create a highly successful and stylistically beautiful body of work. i want the books not only as coffee table decorations, but also so i can own a piece of their work, if only in the printed form of a bound object. (other books i asked for include charlotte cotton’s the photograph as contemporary art and(monoliths), as well as books by mcginley, luigi ghirri and alec soth (dog days: bogoda and sleeping by the mississippi).
item #7: webb glasses by warby parker// i’ve been asking for these for a while, but really, it’s a great deal. first off, they’re cheap (at $95, free shipping, rx included), and secondly, when you buy a pair, warby parker gives away a pair to someone in need. what better way to spread holiday cheer?
but really guys, have a merry christmas!