Known for its elevated approach to gifting, the Nasher Sculpture Center’s award-winning shop is Dallas’ go-to destination for one-of-a-kind artist-designed gifts, covetable coffee table books, décor, objects and accessories. Nasher Store manager and head buyer Carolyn McGlennon searches the globe for items inspired by the art in the museum, as well as pieces that possess superior design and a handmade quality.
For design lovers on a budget, the Nasher’s annual summer sale, running through July 19, is the ideal opportunity to add to their collections or stock up on unique gifts. During the sale, select items are 30 percent off, and Nasher members can enjoy even deeper discounts.
Because gifts often reflect the museum’s exhibits, shoppers will find deals reminiscent of some past blockbusters.
Says McGlennon of her sale choices, “Like all of our other Nasher items, there’s a story behind them. You’re still getting the Nasher-known quality pieces for just a little bit less.
“You go into certain stores and their sale is a big mismatch of stuff, but these products still mean something to me. I merchandise my sale section like I would like any other part of the store.”
Scores include eco-friendly footwear by the Brazilian brand Melissa ($35 to $59.50), Manny and Simon wooden toy ducks and dinosaurs ($22.40) for stylish kiddies, and a Charley Harper sketchbook ($13.97) for budding artists. Fashionistas will also find hand-crafted necklaces by Alexis Bittar ($297.50) or a blue splatter handbag by the American designer Moss Mills ($122.50) that has a decidedly abstract bent.
Because gifts often reflect the exhibits housed in the museum’s Renzo Piano building, shoppers will find deals reminiscent of some past blockbusters. Vases ($42 to $52.50) and candle holders ($98 to $112) recall sculptor Ken Price’s “very fluid, organic, blobby works,” while designer Thomas Heatherwick’s straight, sleek lines and reflective surfaces inspired more linear pieces, such as decorative balls ($4.20 to $12.60) and hammered bowls ($70 to $126).
You can also indulge in a little inspiration from artist David Bates, whose use of metal and bold pops of color is reflected in coral “trees” ($28 to $42) and flower sculptures on marble bases ($129.50 to $210).
Alas, everyone’s favorite Heatherwick Spun Chair didn’t hit the sale table, but smart shoppers are sure to discover a unique item to bring a little of the Nasher’s creativity into their homes.