Christmas is just around the corner, so in order to help you get your shopping done early—or at least on time—we have curated a list of our favorite art and design gifts by independent artists and artisans. Most of the gift ideas on this list are made by Angelenos, and all of them are sourced from local stores—such as Iko Iko in downtown, Mohawk General Store in Silver Lake and TENOVERSIX in West Hollywood—so that you can find great gifts near you.
The Disc by Building Block
The Disc is a scaled-down bucket bag in rich, pebbled black leather by L.A. design studio Building Block. “We’ve always been interested in fashion (though we were educated as industrial designers),” founders Nancy and Kimberly Wu told Racked, “so blurring the line between luxury and utility was something we began to experiment with as a means to reestablish a new design philosophy.” Their range also includes bag extras like large lavender tassels and wooden spheres. The Disc is available online, or at Iko Iko in downtown L.A., a concept store that also serves as Building Block’s headquarters.
Octahedron Ring Planter by Eric Trine
The octahedron ring planter is made by Los Angeles designer Eric Trine, who describes his aesthetic with this question: “What if Charles Eames, Buckminster Fuller and Sam Maloof were surfing buddies?” The planter fits a standard 10-inch terracotta pot, and is available in five colors: white, mint, pink, yellow and, our favorite, black. The planter is available here.
Wall Hanging by Cold Picnic
We love Cold Picnic’s wonky wall hangings, especially the off-white, salmon and tennis-ball yellow hanging titled “California’s Ranches in the Sea,” which is hand-knotted with wool, silk, alpaca and mohair. Though Cold Picnic is based in Boston, their wall hangings are available at TENOVERSIX in West Hollywood. “We choose items from around the world, but with a focus on independent makers and designers,” said Kristen Lee Cole, who is the creative director and head buyer of the store. “We find our designers through friends and word-of-mouth within the industry. We travel for fashion weeks and seek out designers through showrooms on occasion, but for the most part, we find out about the best new things through referrals and designers contacting us at the shop.” The wall hanging is available here.
Succulent 1B Print by Hamish Robertson
The “Succulent 1B Print” is part of the Future Desert collection, a series of photo-collages by L.A.-based photographer Hamish Robertson that juxtapose nature and the urban environment. “Each is a different take on a second look and the unlocking of hidden beauty,” Hamish told us by email. “The desert, whether in nature or urban sprawl, is often described as barren, with nothing to look at. I see this as an oversight, a missed opportunity, and this work aims to present a ‘future desert,’ a visual representation of elements perhaps previously unseen.” The print is available at Vacation Days, and Hamish will also have new prints available at the Echo Park Craft Fair next week.
3 Piece Geometric Necklace in Black by Vruwink
We adore this handcrafted necklace by L.A.-based brand Vruwink. The brand combines West Coast modernism with the maker’s Dutch roots, and references “sculpture, architecture and the urban landscape of Los Angeles.” The geometric necklace is available here.
Otaat Flap Card Holder in Camel by Otaat
Made with a single piece of leather and hidden stitching, this card holder from Otaat is perfect to hold credit cards, business cards or cash. “We always stock leather goods from local Angeleno Albert Chu—his line Otaat is the best for minimal, geometric, soft leather goods,” says Kristen of TENOVERSIX. The card holder is available here.
Workshop by Yasmine Floral Design
Yasmine is a floral designer from Los Angeles, whose Instagram we are obsessed with. Her bouquets are simple yet stunning, and would send any woman over the moon. We love the idea of gifting a ticket to one of her upcoming workshops, such as the “California Meets Oregon Holiday Centerpiece Workshop,” in which Yasmine teaches how to create elegant holiday centerpieces.
Turquoise by Regime des Fleurs
Regime des Fleurs is a perfume brand founded by Alia Raza and Ezra Woods in Los Angeles. The brand references their shared interests in the “fresh and bold aesthetic of the early 1990s, a connection to the opulence of the Château de Versailles, and a fascination with the allegorical insights found in classical mythology.” Our favorite is Turqouise, a pastel nectar that is described on their website in prose: “The young dauphine Marie Antoinette / On an exuberant springtime tour / Across the kaleidoscopic pastures of India / Exotic garlands around her neck.” It is available on their website, or at Scent Bar in Los Angeles.
Anais Coat by Shaina Mote
Shaina Mote is a young designer who lives and works in Los Angeles, and while we love her entire collection, the Anais Coat is our top pick. This long coat has a flowing shawl neckline, shell buttons, and hidden side pockets. It’s available here.
Nopales ceramic Incense Burner #49 by ER Studio
This small ceramic cactus paddle, which doubles as an incense holder, was handmade by Eric Roinestad, a designer and art director based in Los Angeles. Through ER Studio, Eric produces unique sculptural objects and home accessories. The incense burner is available here, along with more of his work.