Why we love giant stuff

We love giant stuff at Third Drawer Down, had you noticed? Our latest dump of giant stuff includes the most wanted ice cream cone planters, they're kind of famous and that's right they're back, and we can't stop smiling! It's not just about smiles though, there's a little bit of sense to the madness when it comes to the giant obsession, or a little bit of art rather. Abi has always been inspired by artists such as Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Claes Oldenburgand who transformed the mundane and every day into the exciting and colossal! So we thought with the arrival of our new ice cream planters, giant parking meter money banks and a bevy of 50s swans it was a good time to share some of our favourite 'giant stuff' art moments. 

Sometimes we wish we were Florentijn Hofman's rubber duck. Just cruising down rivers around the world looking all giant and cute. The Rubber Duck sculpture has been floating since 2007 and has been on display in Amsterdam, Baku, Osaka, Sydney Harbour, Sao Paulo-just to name a few! The Dutch artist mostly worked on reproducing objects that we can usually see around us, blown up in size! The purpose of his art is to promote the message of healing. We like that and we hope that everyone who comes through our doors and greets our giant inflatable duck feels the healing vibes we're sending out.

We have worked with Jeff Koons on custom collections for various exhibitions for some time and always feel excited and dazzled by his large scale works. His latest public art piece, the seated ballerina is 45 feet of inflatable shiny magic! Wwith the idea of ‘reflectivity’ in mind, the installation was all about raising awareness of national missing children’s month in May. 

Mmmm Floor Burger. Delicious giant floor burger. This work actually found itself cornered into controversy however that's a story for another day. Inspired by the luxury cars and grand pianos in midtown showrooms, Claes Oldenburg had decided to make sculptures of an equivalent scale as soft sculptures. Plaster wasn't the right fit for the task–too fragile and heavy–and so the artist, with the assistance of his then wife, Patty Mucha, a skilled seamstress, created sculptures of fabric. Working in the gallery, Oldenburg and Mucha made Floor Burger, Floor Cake, and Floor Cone, three oversized soft sculptures. 

"Their soft, pliant, and colorful bodies challenged the convention that sculpture is rigid and austere, and their subject matter and colossal scale infused humor and whimsy into the often sober space of fine art." -foodoncanvas.eu

If you're looking to embrace the beauty of oversized eatables we have fab new ice-cream planters and money boxes as well as some very 50s garden party vibes as well. Swan planters, we are talking amazing plastic fantastic swan planters. 

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Kitty Sutherland

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November Christmas Gift Guide

NOVEMBER GIFT GUIDE

Here's a selection of our favourite gifts for entertaining, gifting or decorating in this festive season. 


Nice handmade gifts

Splatter Mug Large Short X Peter Shire    

Hand Built and all uniquely splatter painted, these amazing mugs made by Echo Park Pottery in California USA are a Third Drawer Down favourite. Functional and sculptural, how all mugs should be we say! 

 

Light Pink Dog Vase x Katie

We are so excited to have animal-themed ceramic art at Third Drawer Down from Cali babe Katie Kimmel. There's no discrimination between cats and dogs here either, we love both! The detail in the speckles and slightly off-centre faces is adorable, you will be naming your vase and keeping it forever.

 

Wall Art

Opening Hours Tea Towel x David Shrigley

David Shrigley is most commonly known for his Black and White illustrations which is why we thought it about time we did a Black and White Tea Towel! The Opening Hours Tea Towel makes for exceptionally cynical wall art and we love it.

 

Life Is Fantastic Tea Towel x David Shrigley

Third Drawer Down in collaboration with Scottish artist David Shrigley present Life is Fantastic, a Domestic Art Tea Towel. This is a digitally printed artwork on 100% linen. It can be seen as a functional domestic art tea towel or an artwork to be framed, loved and displayed in the home. A best seller and an eternal favourite of the studios. 

Afromuses Tea Towel x Chris Ofili

The humble tea towel is one of Third Drawer Down's signature artist products. A practical and fun way to dry the dishes, it can also be stretched onto a canvas at your local framer and double up as an affordable artwork for your home, as pictured here, in fact we insist you have these two framed-it's a must!?

Dancing Ladies Tea Towel x Frances Canon

Frances's Dancing Ladies work has been a studio favourite for a long time so having it adapted to a pretty pink tea towel is incredibly dreamy. Perfect for framing but also functional in the kitchen if you would like some dancing ladies there. Who doesn't. 

Practical but fun gifts

Ridiculous Stress Swan X David Shrigley 

First, we gave you the Ridiculous Inflatable Swan-Thing (which went viral - but that's another story) now, this holiday season, we bring you the Ridiculous Stress Swan-Thing. It's time to solve stress with swans! Packaged in the cutest box with a little hole so he can say hay, this desk companion is a must-have. 

 

Contour Keyring x Areaware

These contour keyrings by Areaware are simple and user-friendly, yet elegant in design. The brass metal screw clasp closes neatly and firmly, while the larger shapes allow you to either clip the ring to your belt or wear around your wrist. 

The keyring comes in two designs: The bell and the drop.

Memo bottle / Slim

Slim, stylish reusable water bottles in the new Slim size. Designed in Melbourne, the Memo Bottle is ideal for travel, the office, your bedside or simply slipped into your back pocket. Originally a kickstarter campaign, the Memo bottle was hugely successful and is now a Third Drawer Down best seller! Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, the Memo Bottle Slim is 450ml and BPA free Tritan. 

Insulated Traveller Bottle x S'Well / Splatter

Triple walled, stainless steel insulated bottle perfect for hot and cold drinks, keeping them warm for 12 hours and cold for 24. Designed to fit perfectly in your hand with a wide mouth to enable ice in your beverages! 470ml, high grade stainless steel, non-toxic, non-leaching and BPA free.

 

Squeeze Banana

This is the squeeze banana perfect for receiving stress in adults and being stretchy and fun for kids. Part of our new pocket money collection. 

 

 

Stay tuned for the December gift guide! 

 
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