As a child, Christmas was all about dreaming big dreams. I vividly remember waking up on Christmas morning and staring with goggle-eyed joy at the seemingly endless wealth of toys Santa had brought me. Now that I'm a little older and I've graduated from the Great American Wish Book to the DWR Catalog, I realize that Santa can't bring me quite everything I want (and that Christmas isn't all about stuff.). But it's still fun to dream. So here, presented for your reading pleasure, is my big-girl Christmas wish list. (Santa - if you can't fit the Living Tower through the chimney, feel free to drop it by the front door.)
1. Pentel Sign Pens, $16.80 for a box of 12
In my former life as an architect, I got completely hooked on these. Once you try them, you'll never go back to ordinary ballpoints.
2. UrbanEars Tanto Headphones in Lavender, $38.99
A delicate pair of headphones in the loveliest shade of lavender.
3. Verner Panton Living Tower $13,920.00
Ever since I saw this in one of my mom's whacktacular sixties decorating books, I knew it needed to be mine. I mean, it's a GIANT THREE-STORY COUCH. THAT LOOKS LIKE AN AMEOBA. My perfect party would involve this thing, covered with friends in various states of tipsiness. Unfortunately, it costs as much as a used car. A girl can dream.
4. Chartreuse VEP, $129.99 for a 1L bottle
Because my living tower party requires a suitably bizarre and suitably obscure libation. This hard-to-find extra-aged imprint of the delightfully herbal french liqueur Chartreuse should do the trick.
5. Christian Louboutin 'Simple' Pumps, $620
Gorgeous, sexy, classic.
6. Eero Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman, $4,456.00
Compared to the Living Tower, this Eero Saarinen womb chair is slightly closer to my price range. Emphasis on slightly. I sat in one of these once, in a furniture store, and it made me feel like I was the center of the universe.
7. Back Issues of Domino Magazine, prices vary
Still working on my collection of back issues of the late great decorating magazine.
Images: as credited above.