Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Color Purple: Pantone's Color of the Year is Ultravoilet

Color company Pantone's new color of the year for 2018 is Ultraviolet. An antidote for the winter blues, this harmonious hue is simultaneously elegant and modern, imparting creativity and inspiring intuition.


Utilized throughout history in political symbolism, this opulent yet enigmatic shade has been a favorite of monarchs, including Queen Elizabeth.  Additionally, purple has found its foothold with creatives on this side of the pond. Think of our own very own American "royalty," famed musician Prince! As it has emerged across 2018 fashion runways, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eisman told the New York Times that Ultraviolet "communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking." 

Join us as we look ahead and explore the possibilities.


If head-to-toe highlighter hue isn't exactly your thing, we've got just the accessories to help you incorporate this color and it's future forward ethos into you spring style.

For an accessory soaked in the saturated color of the moment, try a perfect transitional piece: our Silk Felt Frame Scarf. Emanate the cosmic aura of Ultraviolet in ethereal silk chiffon soft and merino wool. 
 Silk Felt Frame Scarf - Indigo/Violet

 Integrate a subtler take on the trend into your home decor with our Blue Frost Bowl. Gradients of color cascade across handmade Czech glass evoking dusk slipping into night.
Blue Frost Bowl

For a more meditative approach try our Amethyst Pendant Necklace.  Derive relaxation and inspiration as you celebrate the mystical/spiritual aspects of this hue.
 Finally, if you love the color but can't quite commit, wear our Bright Stone Glass Necklace with a splash of Ultraviolet for a chic and cheerful approach to the trend. Inspire optimism as you wear your creativity around your neck instead of on your sleeve.
Bright Stone Glass Necklace

How you do plan to incorporate Ultraviolet into your life in 2018?

To view our entire collection of unique gifts, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 




Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays!


Best wishes to you and your loved ones throughout the holidays and into the coming year.

Love, 

The Museum Shop of the Art Institute of Chicago


IMAGE: Kawase Hasui 川瀬 巴水
Japanese, 1883-1957
Snow at Kiyosumi Garden (Kiyosumien no yuki), 1938
Color woodblock print; oban
27.8 x 40 cm (10 15/16 x 15 3/4 in.)
Gift of Oliver Statler, 1961.1050









Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Final Fantasy: Our Last Minute Gift Guide

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care...better make sure there's something in there! So the holidays snuck up suddenly again? While there's no shame in that game, we've got you covered with unique finds to fulfill the fantasies of everyone on your list! 

First, for the festive fashionista, we've got the perfect accessories to style them sophisticated well into the new year.

Romantic Silk/Wool Scarf - Pomegranate

For your favorite lover of all things holiday, how about many merry mementos for the mantle or anywhere that satisfies their decorative desire!


  
Architecture appreciator? Build bountiful goodwill with gifts that will ornament their home and generate joy.   
 

Lover of local? Our ties guarantee gifting and sartorial success,


Finally, Feliz Navidad for the big kids in your life! Peruse our playful presents that are sure to bring  smiles to their faces.

  

See? We've got you. It's not too late to grab great gifts for everyone on your list. From pretty to pragmatic to playful, you'll definitely please all the people. 

To view our entire collection of unique gifts, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 





Thursday, December 7, 2017

No Lion: the Holidays are Here! Art Inspired Gifts that Give Back

We're not lion! You can give and give back at the same time. Get the perfect gift or holiday accessory for your home while supporting the arts and featuring our favorite feline! Our iconic lion sculptures by Edward Kemeys (American, 1843-1907) have guarded the museum's entrance since it opened for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. 

Read on and see suggestions to help you make merry and support the museum's mission as we roar through the holiday season.


The purrfect decoration for your tree is the latest addition to our lion collection. The Art Institute of Chicago Façade Ornament features the intricate detail of the museum's architecture, finely etched on stainless steel along with our prowling pair.



Help your mane human wear their support of the Art Institute of Chicago in style. Sage lions alight on a woven silver background to adorn our 100% silk tie. Meow!


Love attention to de tail?  Our cast poly resin Lion Bookends feature one with a tail up and other with tail down, reflecting our defiant guardians out front!


Finally, celebrate local pride. Add a piece of art history to your home with our replica of an 1939 Art Institute of Chicago exhibition poster featuring a printed image of our lion.

The holidays are here and there's no time for lion around. Snap up these icon-inspired items and support the arts with your purchase.

Happy Holidays from the Museum Shop!

To view our entire collection of unique gifts, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 






Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What to Wear: Adorn Yourself for the Holidays

Holiday ornaments aren't just for trees. Adorn yourself with our Garland Jewelry and sparkle all the way through the season and beyond.  Read on for a sneak peek into the studio of the artist who brings us these beckoning baubles!


After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, our artist Donya Lynn O'Brien combined the skills she learned there with her commitment to domestic production and opened her own studio. As a result, her collection is entirely handmade in the USA in Greenport, NY, on the east end of Long Island.  


 The artist in her studio

Each ornamental embellishment is hand enameled, stacked, layered, wired and hand set into prong castings creating the signature "dimensional" look.  Unique pairings of new and vintage components, resin, wood, crystal and other assorted mixed media give these pieces their rich textures and color combinations.

Vintage Garland Link Bracelet

Donya created our pretty pieces with inspiration from the floral motifs and sumptuous colors found in the paintings of one of her favorite artists, Frida Kahlo. 
Who says holiday decor can't be whimsical and wearable, contemporary and classic? Our art inspired Garland Jewelry will add the right amount of visual interest to any ensemble. Go ahead, adorn yourself.

 Purchase our items form this collection here. 
 
Happy Holidays from the Museum Shop!

To view our entire collection of unique gifts, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 



Monday, December 4, 2017

Shaken or Stirred? The Art of Entertaining


Mix form and function like a pro with unique home bar accessories and cocktail sets. Whether you're uncorking your favorite wine or shaking up vodka martinis, serve drinks in style with our chic bar supplies.


Our whimsically whiskered and perfectly pouty His and Hers Rocks Glasses will cultivate conversation at your gathering. 


Our modern Brass Bar Tools are the perfect present for the merry mixologist on your list!



Dress up your drinks with our glitzy glassware. With three distinct designs in glittering gold on a sleek silhouette, these glasses are easy to hold and behold.   



Our Cocktail Set is sure to get things shakin.' Combining minimal modernism with the warmth of a polished brass exterior, they'll make your party go and glow!


Beautify your bubbly with the sophisticated style of our Gold Accent Champagne Flutes. Just give your guests these glasses and watch the festivities unfold!
 

Decant go wrong with our swank Carafe. Sleek and hand-blown, it beautifully displays beverages while you wine and dine. The golden rim is contoured for comfort with a carefully curved lip for an impeccable pour.
Murano Glass Cat

Finally, if you're going instead of throwing, our cozy Murano Glass Cat is the purrfect host or hostess gift.

Happy Holidays from the Museum Shop!

To view our entire collection of unique gifts, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In Focus: Accessories at Artistic Intersections


Time for a brief introduction: Fashion, meet our old friend, Architecture. 
Architecture, this is Fashion. 

When dynamic artistic forms collide, magnificent magic can happen. Some of our newest accessories for fall are a fusion of fashion, art, architectural element and textile design technique.

 Each piece is sourced in the USA and hand fabricated in our designer's atelier in Brooklyn, NY by trained artists and metalsmiths.  Combining simple building materials such as bridge cabling and industrial ball chain with semi-precious stones, this line inhabits the intersections of industrial and feminine, ordinary and extraordinary. 

These lightweight pieces are practically polymorphic: moving with your body, they simultaneously alter and anchor any outfit.  Both linear and geometric, sculptural and functional, this versatile jewelry creates a statement without weighing you down.  

 Make a memorable impression at your art openings or holiday gatherings. Purchase these pieces here.

To view our entire collection of unique jewelry, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs.