Nordstrom brings MoMA's cutting-edge Design Store to Vancouver for the holidays

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      Those who’ve visited the Museum of Modern Art can attest to the wonders of the MoMA Design Store, the institution’s in-house souvenir shop that boasts a selection of weird and one-of-a-kind trinkets, books, and gadgets that rival the exhibitions themselves. And now, in the lead-up to the holidays, Vancouverites won’t have to travel to the Big Apple—or to the boutique’s outposts in Japan—to get their hands on MoMA’s goods. 

      Running from today (November 17) to January 7, Nordstrom’s latest pop-up shop brings to town an assortment of curator-approved products ranging from the quirky to the innovative to the surprisingly practical. Plucked straight from the shelves of MoMA’s five Design Stores worldwide, the collection includes giftable items like porcupine-shaped toothpick holders, handheld espresso makers, and umbrellas with interiors that mimic a clear blue sky.

      Elsewhere, you’ll find Salvador Dalí–inspired cuckoo clocks; skill-testing games involving tiny wooden ladders, chairs, and other objects; and skateboard decks adorned with Andy Warhol’s high-contrast depictions of Campbell’s Soup cans.

      The objects are joined by even more design-centric homewares, high-tech tools, toys, and beauty accessories culled by Nordstrom’s director of creative projects, Olivia Kim, and her team. Think locally designed greeting cards by Atelier Banquet, statement jewellery by StudioSophiaSophia, and hair ties packaged like gourmet candy from celebrity fave Emi Jay.

      Prices range from $10 for coasters to a whopping $8,000 for a "digital meets analog" clock from Stockholm-based design studio Humans since 1982. A build-your-own-box option is also available, where shoppers can pick five items from a selected 25 to 30 products for a total of $50.

      Check out a few of our favourite pieces from the pop-up shop below.

      MoMA Design Store Mondri Vase, $134
      MoMA Design Store Wooden Artist Dolls, $56 each
      MoMA Design Store Colorful Backgammon Set, $119
      MoMA Design Store Pizza Party Note Card Set, $17
      MoMA Design Store Sky Umbrella, $74
      MoMA Design Store Shimmerware Set of 4 Highball Glasses, $80
      MoMA Design Store Warhol Colored Campbell's Soup Cans Skateboard Deck, $267

      Pop-In @ Nordstrom Holidays Featuring MoMA Design Store runs until January 7 at Nordstrom Pacific Centre (799 Robson Street).

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