Ask the Expert: Gift-Buying Tips from Angie Myung of Poketo

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By William Lamb / Published by Dwell
Angie Myung, who founded the lifestyle design brand Poketo with her husband Ted Vadakan, shares her tips on always getting the right gift.

What’s your go-to host gift? 

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What’s your go-to host gift?

Japanese enamelware designed by Makoto Koizumi. They are absolutely beautiful and pretty much fit in any household due to their minimalist aesthetic—and they’re so well made.

Kaico series enamelware by Makoto Koizumi, $72–$150.

Japanese enamelware designed by Makoto Koizumi. They are absolutely beautiful and pretty much fit in any household due to their minimalist aesthetic—and they’re so well made. Kaico series enamelware by Makoto Koizumi, $72–$150.

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What’s your favorite kind of towel?

We use our Turkish Pestemal towels. Hand-woven by traditional methods, using 100 percent Turkish cotton, and dyed with vegetable dyes, the pestemal is famous for its absorbency and softness. We also love using it as a tablecloth, a picnic blanket, a light throw, or even a beautiful shawl. They’re so versatile.

Turkish pestamel towels, $39.

What is your everyday bedding? 

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What is the best design book to give as a gift?

Designing Patterns: For Decoration, Fashion, and Graphics, by Lotta Kühlhorn (Gestalten, 2014), $49.90, and Less but Better, by Dieter Rams (Gestalten, 2014), $40.

We love our Matteo bedding. They make the most beautiful linens right here in Los Angeles, and their showroom is literally next door to us. I shouldn’t tell, but they have the most incredible sale once a year. Flat sheets from $130; fitted sheets from $134.

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What is your go-to kitchen appliance?

My husband (Poketo cofounder Ted Vadakan) bakes, so he uses our Cuisinart Stand Mixer. For me, I do most of the stove top cooking, so I am totally dependent on our Viking range.

Stand Mixer from Cuisinart, from $349.

What’s your favorite kind of towel? 

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What would you give to a recent college graduate?

The Color Pop Planner. The Navy Daily Planner has hours written so you can write down all your appointments and meetings day by day. The Pink Weekly Planner has days of the week so you can plan your week without missing a beat.

Color Pop Planner, $15.

We use our Turkish Pestemal towels. Hand-woven by traditional methods, using 100 percent Turkish cotton, and dyed with vegetable dyes, the pestemal is famous for its absorbency and softness. We also love using it as a tablecloth, a picnic blanket, a light throw, or even a beautiful shawl. They’re so versatile. Turkish pestamel towels, $39. 

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What’s the best wedding present you’ve given or received?

Wüsthof knives are such great kitchen knives and will probably last us a lifetime.

Classic series knife sets from $300.

What’s the best wedding present you’ve given or received? 

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Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan founded the lifestyle design brand Poketo in 2003; they opened their flagship shop in Downtown Los Angeles in 2012.

Wüsthof knives are such great kitchen knives and will probably last us a lifetime. Classic series knife sets from $300.

What would you give to a recent college graduate? 

The Color Pop Planner. The Navy Daily Planner has hours written so you can write down all your appointments and meetings day by day. The Pink Weekly Planner has days of the week so you can plan your week without missing a beat. Color Pop Planner, $15.

What is your go-to kitchen appliance?

My husband bakes, so he uses our Cuisinart Stand Mixer. For me, I do most of the stove top cooking, so I am totally dependent on our Viking range. Stand Mixer from Cuisinart, from $349; freestanding ranges from Viking, from $4,749. 

What is the best design book to give as a gift?

Designing Patterns: For Decoration, Fashion, and Graphics, by Lotta Kühlhorn (Gestalten, 2014), $49.90, and Less but Better, by Dieter Rams (Gestalten, 2014), $40.