Ask the Expert: Gift-Buying Tips from Design Curator Ronald T. Labaco
What’s your go-to host gift?
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Even before working at MAD, I used to go to the store there specifically for Ed Wohl’s Bird’s-Eye maple cutting boards, so there’s no sense in breaking tradition. Plus, it’s ultraconvenient as a last-minute thought. Bird’s-Eye maple cutting boards by Edward Wohl, from $102.
What is your everyday bedding?
Matteo. Made and designed in Los Angeles, it reminds me of my Southern California roots.
What’s your favorite kind of towel?
What is your go-to kitchen appliance?
What is the best design book to give as a gift?
I’m eagerly anticipating the release of Wendell Castle: A Catalogue Raisonnè, 1958–2012, since I’m working on a 2015 exhibition on his new digitally assisted work. Wendell Castle: A Catalogue Raisonnè, 1958–2012, by Emily Evans Eerdmans (The Artist Book Foundation, 2014), $150.
What is your most indispensable everyday gadget?
I live in dread of losing my Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones. QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise-cancelling headphones by Bose, $300.