Ask the Expert: Gift-Buying Tips from Caroline Baumann of Cooper Hewitt
What’s your go-to host gift?
The Marcel Wanders Birdhouse for Droog . It’s a wonderfully bold, bright, modern, and minimal form. Birdhouse by Marcel Wanders for Droog, $95.
What is your everyday bedding?
What’s your favorite brand of towel?
What’s the best wedding present you’ve given or received?
Lobmeyr Balloon Glasses by Ted Muehling, with their hand-painted eye motif and delicate form. Lobmeyr Balloon Glasses by Ted Muehling, $310 each.
What is the best design book to give as a gift?
Phaidon’s book on Naoto Fukasawa. Naoto Fukasawa, edited by Naoto Fukasawa (Phaidon, 2007), $50.
What would you give to a recent college graduate?
A Braun BN-35 watch by Dietrich Lubs and Dieter Rams, because its functionally oriented design keeps it relevant. BN-35 watch by Dietrich Lubs and Dieter Rams for Braun, $330.
What is your go-to kitchen appliance?
SodaStream, designed by Yves Béhar. Source home carbonation machine by Yves Béhar for SodaStream, $99.
What is your most indispensable everyday gadget?
My Fitbit. Fitbit Flex by NewDealDesign, $100.