Last week I got to get a sneak peek at the new products available at the MoMA store in New York City and through its online shop. Here, in no particular order, are my five favorite new gifts, gadgets, and gear now available through the store.
1. Amish Scooter
This scooter-bicycle hybrid has been crafted by the Stoltzfus family, an Amish family in Pennsylvania, since 1978. This substantial scooter lets adults move on two wheels without worrying about balance and knee strains. It comes with a kickstand, basket, and rear brake and handbrake with black or orange powder-coated steel frame and fenders. I’m partial to the orange myself. Black, $360, Orange, $320.
2. Porthole Infuser
Designed by the Chicago-based design firm Crucial Detail, the shape of this table-ready infusion vessel was inspired by submarine portholes. It can be used to create and hold 13 ounces of cocktails, infused oils, dressings, or whatever you want to conjure. Made of tempered glass, ABS, stainless steel, and silicone, the Porthole Infuser is dishwasher safe and comes with four recipes to get you started. 2” wide x 7″ diameter. $100.
Designed by Sung Wook Park, this wood and metal jewelry case has an interior mirrored lid and velvet-lined drawer that swings open with one smooth pull motion. It measures 2.25” high x 5.5” wide x 9.25” deep. At only $40, it makes a really beautiful gift.
4. Fjord Teak Flatwear
Designed by Jens Quistgaard in 1953, this classic teak and stainless steel dinner set is part of MoMA’s permanent collection. Once a coveted vintage item, the flatwear is now back in a handcrafted version. Unlike other wood-handled pieces, these are extra strong because the metal goes all the way through to the end of the piece. Hand wash only. $115
5. Beoplay A2 Speaker
I have been spotting this sexy new speaker in the design press and I was excited to finally see one in the wild. Designed by Cecile Manz, this portable Bluetooth speaker has a vintage exterior that belies the powerful Bang & Olufsen technology underneath. It offers 24 hours of battery life (you can even charge your smart phone from it), an aluminum core, and an elegant leather handle. I had an overwhelming urge to take a bite out of it, which I think is due to its strong resemblance to an ice cream sandwich. The speaker measures 5.5” high x 10” wide x 1.75″ deep. $399.
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