With the festive season upon us, Apollo’s editors have picked out their favourite gifts from museum and gallery shops.
It comes as no surprise that the Design Museum’s shop has some excellently designed products – such as this zippy umbrella to brighten up the inevitably dreary months ahead.
House of Voltaire
Get wrapped up in Rose Wylie with this luxury cashmere blanket. (Note: made to order with a production time of two to four weeks.)
Forget Buzz Lightyear or any of the more muscular Marvel figurines; the action figure everyone needs in their life is surely a hirsute, sandal-wearing Leonardo da Vinci. Here is the ultimate Renaissance man: draughtsman, painter, sculptor, inventor, mathematician, engineer… You name it, he has the superpower – even glow-in-the-dark facial hair.
And if bearded artists are your thing at Christmas, why not complement the baubles on your tree with an embroidered miniature Van Gogh? Hurry while stocks last: ear today, gone tomorrow…
Royal Academy of Arts
Ever wanted to smell like an Antony Gormley sculpture? Now’s your chance. It’s lucky Azzi Glasser, Gormley’s scent-making collaborator and award-winning perfume designer, has such ironclad credentials – past celebrity clients include Kylie Minogue, Helena Bonham Carter and Orlando Bloom.
No stocking is complete without some novelty socks: the abstract pattern of this Mondrian-inspired pair may be, if anything, too tasteful.
Continuing the geometric theme, why not add a silk pocket square inspired by the work of Frank Bowling – Apollo’s Artist of the Year 2019?