Like non-dorky Christmas songs, Christmas ornaments can be a dicey pursuit. You want something that is both festive and cool yet something that is reflective of your own personal style. It’s a challenge.
Nice ornaments are very easy to find and, if Shinola has it their way, you will decorate your tree with designer goodies that are helping arts in America. The Detroit brand has enlisted artists and designers in New York and Los Angeles to make unique holiday ornaments to benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (or MOCAD). It’s a pretty sweet idea that I’m surprised we don’t see more of: who doesn’t want ornaments handmade for your tree?
There are quite a lot of nice design ornaments available, too. You have Chen and Kai‘s concrete and steel incision of a made up planet, mounted by an industrial steel question mark. Bzippy‘s offering is a ceramic sled tied with a gold embellished tugging rope. Fort Makers offer a colorful canvas painted banana while Eric Trine made a simple copper “geode” to toss into your tree. All of them are quite special and beautiful and make you wonder how fabulous it would be to have something like seventy of these Asher Israelow ornaments all over your tree. Aethsticists would go wild.
The bad news about this effort is that I found it way late and all these items are only available through the early afternoon of December 17, the auction ending at 3PM EST, 12PM PST. There are a lot of ornaments up for grabs and a little something for everyone. Spend this morning perusing the stock and get yourself an ornament. It’s all for a good cause: for keeping Detroit artsy (and keeping your Christmas tree cool).