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Our fantastic gift idea for today is a modernist pottery vase by Keramic Weber of Germany – circa 1950′s.

I have always been partial to European modernist pottery and this is a great example which will look great in virtually any home. Both useful and beautiful – a perfect gift!

This piece is available through our store, The Purple Moon, either online here (with Free Shipping!) or in our gallery at 906 Quarrier Street in Downtown Charleston , WV.

Our Holiday Gift Guide will continue with a mid-century modern suggestion every day from now until Christmas. You can find each one here or by following The Purple Moon on Facebook. Happy Holidays!

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The Holiday Gift Guide offerings for Day 7 and 8 come to you from quintessential mi-century designer Russel Wright. I have combined the post for this weekend as yesterday was my birthday and I took the day off just to spend with the Modern Lady and few friends!

First up is an individual teapot designed by Russel Wright for Sterling China. This lidded teapot is a hard-to-find piece and will surely be a treasure to find under the tree!

To continue our excursion into the wonderful world of Russel Wright design my next Holiday Gift Guide recommendation is this classic American Modern by Steubenville Pottery teapot in Seafoam Blue. Russel Wright’s American Modern line of dinnerware was the most widely sold American ceramic dinnerware in history, manufactured between 1939 and 1959.

Russel Wright’s simple, practical style was influential in persuading ordinary Americans to embrace Modernism in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

These and other pieces of dinnerware by Russel Wright through our store, The Purple Moon, either online here or in our gallery at 906 Quarrier Street in Downtown Charleston , WV.

Our Holiday Gift Guide will continue with a mid-century modern suggestion every day from now until Christmas. You can find each one here or by following The Purple Moon on Facebook. Happy Holidays!

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Today’s Holiday Gift Guide offering is a wonderful, vintage pottery planter from Gonder Originals. Made in the 1950′s, this “Comedy and Tragedy” planter is the perfect gift for the movie or theatre buff on your list.

This vintage mid-century piece is a classic. modernist design from one of the highly regarded Ohio potteries and dates from 1951.

As with all of our Gift Guide suggestions, this piece is available through our store, The Purple Moon, and is online here (with free shipping!) or in our Downtown Charleston gallery at 906 Quarrier Street.


Our Holiday Gift Guide will continue with a mid-century modern suggestion every day from now until Christmas. You can find each one here or by following The Purple Moon on Facebook. Happy Holidays!

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Today’s Holiday Gift Guide offering is a vintage cocktail set from Morgantown Glass. Made in the 1960′s, this classic set is perfect for the person on your gift list who prefers their drink stirred rather than shaken.

This vintage set comes with the pitcher, large swizzle stick and four stemmed glasses.

As with all of our Gift Guide suggestions, this cocktail set is available through our store, The Purple Moon, and is online here (with free shipping!) or in our Downtown Charleston gallery at 906 Quarrier Street.


Our Holiday Gift Guide will continue with a mid-century modern suggestion every day from now until Christmas. You can find each one here or by following The Purple Moon on Facebook. Happy Holidays!

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Today’s Holiday Gift Guide offering is the perfect gift for that “MOD” person on your shopping list. This circa 1972 Sculptura Telephone from Western Electric makes for a great accessory and is totally usable as well.

This vintage telephone is in fantastic condition and is in excellent working condition. Just plug it into a standard phone jack and it is ready to go!

As with all of our Gift Guide suggestions, this telephone is available through our store, The Purple Moon, and is online here (with free shipping!) or in our Downtown Charleston gallery at 906 Quarrier Street.

Our Holiday Gift Guide will continue with a mid-century modern suggestion every day from now until Christmas. You can find each one here or by following The Purple Moon on Facebook. Happy Holidays!

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Our third Holiday Gift Guide offering is a gorgeous Blenko Glass decanter, designed by Joel Myers in 1966. This decanter is beautifully executed in “Lemon” which was a color used by Blenko in 1968-69.

This decanter is an excellent example of the Blenko’s classic design, perfect for any mid-century or contemporary decor, and not commonly found.

As with all of our Gift Guide suggestions, this decanter is available through our store, The Purple Moon, and is online here (with free shipping!) or in our Downtown Charleston gallery at 906 Quarrier Street.

Our Holiday Gift Guide will continue with a mid-century modern suggestion every day from now until Christmas. You can find each one here or by following The Purple Moon on Facebook. Happy Holidays!

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Our second Holiday Gift Guide offering is a classic Chase Chrome cocktail set on a cobalt glass and chrome tray. Dating from the 1930′s this wonderful set makes a great gift for that friend who likes to entertain.

As with all of our Gift Guide suggestions this set is available through our store, The Purple Moon, and is available online here (with free shipping!) or in our Downtown Charleston gallery at 906 Quarrier Street.

Our Holiday Gift Guide will continue with a mid-century modern suggestion every day from now until Christmas. You can find each one here or by following The Purple Moon on Facebook. Happy Holidays!

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The Holiday Season is upon us and we once again will be sharing a daily gift suggestion for that “Modern Guy” or “Modern Lady” on you gift list! All items featured here are available at The Purple Moon.

We start with the amazing, Danish Modern staved teak ice bucket from Dansk!

Designed by Jens H. Quistgaard this mid-century classic is perfect for entertaining during the Holiday Season and all year round. These have become so popular they are now being reproduced, however nothing makes a bold, modern statement like one of the originals setting upon a bar or countertop.

This wonderful ice bucket is available for purchase online or is currently in The Purple Moon showroom at 906 Quarrier Street in Downtown Charleston.

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Late last Fall, after a series of emails and phone conversations, our little shop and gallery was chosen by Google to be one of the busineses featured in their West Virginia Get Your Business Online campaign. In advance of the kick-off of this effort at The Clay Center on Monday our case study video was released today.

We were completely amazed at being chosen to be part of this campaign and equally thrilled at the prospect of offering our story of success to be used as an inspiration to other small businesses in West Virginia. The folks at Google and their entire team could not have been nicer and we are honored to be part of this effort.

Also featured in this campaign is our good friend Steve Payne of Steve Payne Photography. Great company to have an another true West Virginia small business success story!

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Scary Art – ArtMares 2011

Opening tonight and culminating with a reception on Friday evening as part of East End Main Street’s Annual Halloweast activities is the spookiest art show to come to Charleston each year – ArtMares.

Featuring artwork from nearly 40 artists, this years event is proudly sponsored by The Purple Moon and Modern by Design. The show is being held at the Kanawha Players Theater at 301 Beauregard Street on Charleston’s East End. Hours of the show are:

Wednesday – October 26 – 6pm to 9pm
Thursday – October 27 – 6pm to 9pm
Friday – October 28 – 6pm to 10pm

Friday evening will be a free reception with beer, wine and live music by Tofujitsu.

Participating artists include:

Amy Williams . Bernice Deakins . Bill Price . Charly Jupiter Hamilton . Chase Henderson . Chuck Hamsher . Clay Sayre . Dale Morton . Dave Thomas . Eric Holstine . Gary Stewart . Ginger Workman . Glen Brogan . Hannah Stone . Hannah Toney . Ian Bode . Jenifer Sheets . Joe Bolyard . Keith Allen . Kelly Bryant . Kristen Costello . Laura Wilmoth . LeAna Paxson . Mark Wolfe . Matthew Thompson . Naomi Bays . Nik Botkin . Rebecca Burch . Rob Cleland . Rob Hrezo . Rudy Panucci . Sandra King . Sarina Reed . Sharon Stackpole . Shayne Workman . Staci Leech-Cornell . Tara Bradley . Vasilia Scouras

50% of all art sales go directly back into East End Main Street public art and development initiatives.

Come out and enjoy some of the scariest art you will see from some of the Kanawha Valley’s top artists!

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