Thursday, February 16, 2017

National Embroidery Month Giveaway

Bands of blue and black embroidered with a leafy filigree offer every excuse to use this purse and eyeglass case combo over and over. Both pieces are handmade of silk in Vietnam. Add something bright and pretty this winter by entering for a chance to win our Embroidered Accessory Set

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Monday, February 13, 2017

In Focus: Grant Wood’s American Gothic

Today celebrates both birth and death day of the artistic mind behind one of America’s iconic paintings, American Gothic.

Artist Grant Wood was greeted with a monetary prize and fame when he exhibited American Gothic for the first time at our very own museum. Using his sister and dentist as models, Grant said the he “imagined American Gothic people with their faces stretched out long to go with this American Gothic house,” and dressed them like “tintypes from my old family album.”

Despite its common satirical interpretations of Midwestern life, Wood meant for the piece to be a positive statement on rural America. Nonetheless, American Gothic remains a part of pop culture and continues to bring new meaning to each generation.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

On the Road: Travels to Italy & France

One of the Museum Shop’s goals is to source exclusive products from around the world. We meet with artisans that are inspired by the cultures, mediums, and techniques represented in our museum collection at the Art Institute of Chicago.

We documented our latest travels to Italy and France on Instagram. You can follow our adventures and discoveries there or check out highlights from our trip below.


View of Venice
Island of Murano
Murano Glass Studio

Arc de Triomphe
American Gothic at the Musée d'Orsay
Textiles at M&O Paris Show
Click here to see more from our recent trips to Italy and France on Instagram. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine’s Day 2017 Gift Guide: 5 Items for Your Sweetheart

Our spring 2017 assortment has just landed online, meaning it’s the perfect time to gift your loved one with something new, unique, and meaningful.

Skip the hearts, flowers, and chocolate this Valentine’s Day and opt in for something unconventional. Whether it’s a lovely scarf, a studly tie, or artfully crafted bowl, there is a special object for your better half in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.

Silk Chiffon Poncho
Look and feel romantic draped in 100% silk chiffon. The pink, purple and Queen Anne’s lace pattern brings a touch of romance to any outfit. Click here to purchase or for more information.

Water Lilies Eyeglass Case with Cloth
See Claude Monet's (French, 1840-1926) Water Lilies in a whole new light. Keep it close, carry it with you, our hard shell eyeglass case is the perfect accessory. Click here to purchase or for more information.

Lions Tie
Edward Kemeys's (American, 1843–1907) stately lion statues that adorn the museum entrance have inspired our tie. Sage lions decorate a woven silver background to create our charming tie. Click here to purchase or for more information.

Matte Murano Glass Necklace & Earrings Set
Make everyone green with envy when wearing our jewelry! Lush leafy colors of Murano glass beads are delicately strung on a generous length of gold plated brass wire. Click here to purchase or for more information.

Hibiscus Topaz Bowl
Bring a touch of the tropics to your home with our bowl. Our soft orange flower opens up to the space to create a feeling of ease and serenity. Click here to purchase or for more information.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Museum Shop on Instagram

One of our resolutions for 2017 is expanding our horizons and what better way to extend our reach in this new digital age than with Instagram.

We are excited to introduce you to the Museum Shop on Instagram. Through the popular photo-sharing app, we will share sneak peeks, our behind-the-scenes adventures, inspirations and much, much more. As always, we hope to bring a bit of the incomparable museum experience into your daily life.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Tried & True: Exotic Garden Throw

Best Sellers, Customer Favorites, Top Picks - it doesn't matter how you say it, what's important is that customers can see which items are loved by their peers. We are proud of our products that have earned a 5-Star Rating and have created this feature to share them with you. Introducing the best of the best, the tried and true items from our collection... as decided by you!

A loyal companion when you need a little style and security, our cotton throw is adapted from Kurt Seligmann's (American, born Switzerland, 1900-1962) Exotic garden (c. 1954). The organic design and warm colors easily translate into decorative art textiles for your home. Click here to purchase.

 ★★★★★ “Love the vibrant colors--exactly as shown on the website. The weight makes it great for snuggling under when I curl up to read or to write notes, or for folding and throwing around my shoulders when I go out on cool days.”

Starting today through Wednesday, 2/1/17, save 25% off select 5-star reviewed items at the Museum Shop online. Click here to view all sale items.

Click here to see our other items featured in this Tried & True series.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

In Good Form: Circles

Great design helps make the world go round. In this case, we mean it literally. Circles can be difficult to incorporate in design. Their perfectly round or sometimes oblong shapes do not make them easy to stack, like squares or rectangles.

However, circles are a shape that has a strong connection with nature. Think about all of the naturally circular objects that are part of our world, including the Earth itself. It’s their harmonious and fluid shape that makes circles add the right amount of completeness and emphasis to a room or outfit’s design.

Circle Sculpture-Red | Amber Circle Bangle Bracelet | Circle Cut Out Pin | Coonley Playhouse Doormat | Circle Wire Earrings | Frosted Moon Lamp