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Talk about post cards from the edge: right now our favorite design finds are from museum and hotel gift shops.


(1) Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired WRAPPING PAPER, $4.95 for two sheets, Chicago History Museum Store, 1601 N. Clark St.; 312-799-2262, chicagotogo.org

(2) Clear quartz crystal “Herkimer” CANDLEHOLDER by Arik Levy for Gaia & Gino, $660, Museum of Contemporary Art Store, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; 312-39-4000, mcachicagostore.org

(3) Ryan McGinness–designed gold Bucky Ball SOCCER BALL, $150, Museum of Contemporary Art Store

(4) Moss-covered ceramic pineapple STATUARY, $35.50, The Garden Shop, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe; 847-835-8336, chicagobotanic.org/gardenshop

(5) Spectacle, a photography BOOK by David Rockwell (Phaidon, 2006), $49.95, The W Store, W Hotels; 800-453-6548, whotelsthestore.com

(6) Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago sconce silk TIE, $45, Chicago History Museum Store

(7) Tall pillar CANDLE, adapted from stained glass windows at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Avery Coonley Playhouse, $36.95, Chicago History Museum Store

(8) Edward Kemeys museum lion-inspired PAPERWEIGHT in polyresin stone, $68, The Museum Shop, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-443-3583, artinstituteshop.org

Photograph: Howard Bjornson

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