14 Art and Design Gifts That Dad Will Love for Father’s Day
From cappuccino cups by Ai Weiwei to a Keith Haring camera, these presents are perfect tokens of affection
There are outdoorsy dads who love nothing more than a nature hike and fishing trip, while other patriarchs prefer a good book and glass of scotch in his favorite chair. Some dads cook, others are the family photographers or the great entertainers. As Father’s Day comes around, Galerie has curated a selection of unique gifts for Dad that can reimagine his outdoor space, elevate his morning coffee, or indulge in some fun new hobbies.
1. illy Art Collection
Since 1992, couture coffee purveyor illy has been collaborating with major art world talents for painterly collections of cups and saucers. The most recent iteration reinterprets Ai Weiwei’s 2006 Colored Vases into an exuberant array of espresso and cappuccino cups in black, gold, orange, and green.
2. Fountain Pen by Grifos Pens
Handmade in Italy, this elegant writing instrument, made from silver and black resin, is engraved with a refined guilloché pattern. Available as a fountain pen with a stainless steel nib, rollerball, or ballpoint, this exquisite tool can also be customized for a true statement-making desk accessory.
3. Formula 1: The Impossible Collection (Assouline)
There’s no sexier sport on the planet than Formula 1 racing, and this encyclopedic volume by Paris-based journalist Brad Spurgeon captures the most thrilling moments and most notable drivers in the game. With glamorous photos and rip-roaring anecdotes Formula 1: The Impossible Collection, 100 Memorable Moments in the World’s Favorite Motorsport is a handcrafted volume, presented int a luxury clamshell case, making it the ultimate addition to any gentleman’s library.
4. Gucci Throw
When hot summer days fade into cool evening hours, these sumptuous wool throws by Gucci offer both warmth and style. The reversible designs are inspired by the atelier’s ready-to-wear collection, featuring the house’s iconic double-G logos on one side and a pretty plaid on the other.
5. Gio Ponti Art Edition, Planchart Coffee Table, and Set of Four Art Prints
Fans of the famed Italian architect and industrial designer will love this limited-edition collection from Taschen and 1stDibs. Limited to just a thousand sets, the numbered art-edition monograph comes with a set of four numbered prints of an ocean liner interior as well as a striking square reproduction of Ponti’s Arlecchino coffee table. A circa-1956 example of the designer’s original round lattice iteration recently sold in a Christie’s auction for more than £162,000.
6. Officine Gullo Grill Cooking Suite 100
Grillmaster dads will be the envy of the neighborhood with luxury kitchen purveyor Officine Gullo’s new state-of-the-art gas barbecue collection. These professional-level outdoor ranges can grill, smoke, steam, fry, and more. Made from stainless steel treated to withstand the elements, they can be customized in any color, are offered in freestanding and built-in models, and are finished with brass details in a variety of finishes.
7. Cook Real Hawai’i (Clarkson Potter)
Shake up the backyard cookout with the tantalizing flavors of Hawaii with recipes by Maui-based chef Sheldon Simeon, a two-time Top Chef finalist. Cook Real Hawai’i features the uncomplicated dishes beloved by locals with meals steeped in tradition featuring Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Filipino influences.
8. Hermès Mini Samarcande Chess Game
This travel-friendly magnetic chess set is crafted from natural sycamore and mahogany woods and presented in a minimalist box adorned with a buttery leather strap. Slightly less than five inches square, its portable proportions make it perfect for the plane, the beach, or anywhere your summer adventures take you.
9. Sant Ambroeus Swim Shorts by Frescobol Carioca
Celebrate summer in these fun swim trunks that capture la dolce vita of the Amalfi Coast. Made in collaboration with Sant Ambroeus, these limited-edition multicolor swim shorts by Brazilian brand Frescobal Carioca translate the Italian restaurant’s bird emblem into a free-spirited print.
10. Polaroid x Keith Haring Now Camera and i-Type Film
The Keith Haring Foundation and Polaroid have joined forces to offer a fun and functional way to capture all those memorable summer moments. The new Polaroid Now camera is covered in Haring’s iconic black-and-white illustrations while the accompanying instant film features the artist’s work on the photograph’s white frames.
11. Louis Vuitton x NBA Keepall Trio Pocket
Louis Vuitton has once again teamed up with the NBA on a co-branded selection of menswear and accessories. Designed to enhance an athlete’s game, travel, and press conference attire, the array includes this monogram canvas bag accented with embossed leather that captures the texture of a basketball. Multiple pockets offer plenty of room for all his gear while the luxury details like gold-color hardware and rivets keep the piece decided upscale.
12. Tom Dixon Puck Collection
Upgrade Dad’s barware with this masculine design by British luxury brand Tom Dixon. The new Puck collection includes coupe glasses and highballs as well as cocktail, balloon, and shot style drinkware. Made of mouth-blown glass, they come in a slightly smoky hue, finished with a solid puck-like base.
13. Richard Mille RM 40-01 Automatic Tourbillon McLaren Speedtail
For the past five years, luxury watchmaker Richard Mille and McLaren Automotive have collaborated on a selection of pieces that combine the refinement and sophisticated engineering of both brands. The latest introduction, the RM 40-01 Automatic Tourbillon McLaren Speedtail, is limited to just 106 pieces in a nod to the automaker’s 106 Speedtail hypercars.
14. The Fife Arms Tartan Blanket
Gallerist Manuela Wirth has curated the gift offerings at her distinguished Scottish getaway and included in the selections is a noble blanket that captures the colors and textures of the Fife Arms’ Braemar location. Made in Scotland, the throw renders the Fife Arms’ tartan in cashmere or lambswool.