As Global Director at Lehmann Maupin, our friend Sarah oversees all marketing and events for the contemporary art gallery and its locations in New York, London, Seoul, Hong Kong and Palm Beach. She travels extensively and works with artists like Marilyn Minter, Dominic Chambers and Do Ho Suh — to name a few. Below, a few special selections from her gift and wish list this year, including many objects made by her artist and designer friends.
Chocolate That Looks As Good As It Tastes
No one values the heritage of chocolate-making more than Rafael Prieto and his brand Casa Bosques Chocolate. This season they are unveiling a new collection of artisanal chocolate cast in the form of barred soap from around the world. It’s a genius concept. The collection includes three “soaps” that will surely be as delicious as they are beautiful. $75
For the perfect gift (for any occasion), look no further than my friend Simone Bodmer-Turner’s Permanent Collection. A ceramicist and sculptor, Bodmer-Turner’s pieces are handcrafted from clay and take their influence from organic forms and ancient artifacts. Her Permanent Collection features various sizes of vessels and bud vases, many of which double as candelabras. From $185
For the wine lover in your life, I recommend this elegant bottle of Viña Tondonia Reserva 2009. I was lucky to visit the vineyard with friends on a holiday through the Basque region this summer. It’s hard to go wrong in Rioja but this producer is famous for maintaining traditional winemaking techniques. Plus, there is a Zaha Hadid-designed pavilion and tasting room on the property. I will spare you the tasting notes, but here’s a fun fact from the trip: in Rioja, Reservas must be aged for a minimum of three years before being released, so this $50 bottle of wine is at least 15 years old — a terrific value for the price. $48
I’m increasingly fascinated with organic pearls. I love their irregularity in shape and color. I found a great single pearl in a market in Athens a few months ago, which I’ve worn on a necklace ever since. Sophie Buhai’s stunning baroque pearl collar is a beautiful gift for a special someone. I might have to add it to my own wish list; I saw my friend Olivia Sammons wearing it and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. $1,850.
This is not just any art book; it’s a visual poem, an object in its own right and a means of meditation. The celebrated Dutch-born photographer’s new collection of images is rooted in the Japanese concept of ma, defined as a pause in time, an interval. Pulling from an archive of over 25 years of photography and an established visual language, Martien Mulder: Interval traces the photographer’s quest to reveal the ma in her own images, unveiling serene moments of in-between. $85
For a stocking stuffer, you can’t go wrong with this handmade soap from Marfa, Texas. The soap box set contains three soaps and a sturdy wooden soap dish. My favorite combo is the Native Texas Trio, which will immediately transport you to the High Desert with notes of cedarwood, clove, sage, eucalyptus, and lavendar. $45