Ask the Expert: Gift-Buying Tips from Jamie Gray of Matter

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By William Lamb / Published by Dwell
Jamie Gray, the founder of New York City design shop Matter, shares his favorite items.

What’s your go-to host gift? 

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

My current favorite is I Knew Jim Knew, by Jim Walrod (powerHouse Books, 2014), $13.

I generally opt for a bottle or two of wine.

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What is your go-to kitchen appliance?

Definitely my Vitamix blender. Professional Series 705 Blender by Vitamix, $639.

What is your everyday bedding? 

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What is your everyday bedding?

I seem to have a lot of Matteo in my linen closet at the moment.

I seem to have a lot of Matteo in my linen closet at the moment.

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What’s your favorite brand of towel?

As it happens, that’s also Matteo. Riviera bath towels by Matteo, $70–$78.

What’s your favorite brand of towel? 

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Jamie Gray owns New York design shop Matter, which he founded in 2003. The store has its own in-house design line called MatterMade.

As it happens, that’s also MatteoRiviera bath towels by Matteo, $70–$78.

What would you give a recent college graduate? 

Cash and some good advice.

What is your go-to kitchen appliance?

Definitely my Vitamix blender. Professional Series 705 Blender by Vitamix, $639.

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

My current favorite is I Knew Jim Knew, by Jim Walrod (powerHouse Books, 2014), $13.