Aesop Gets Into Greek Mythology, Plus 4 More Clever Finds

Zoë Sessums

Here at Clever, we’re all about finding the good stuff—unexpected decorating ideas, day-brightening accents and furnishings, news you need to know—and then delivering that info directly to you. Here’s a roundup of five things that stopped us in our tracks this week that we wanted to be sure you don’t miss.

Aesop Gets Into Greek Mythology You likely know Aesop as the perennial status soap, but they're making the stuff even more covetable this holiday season with a collection of Greek mythology-inspired gift kits. Called Of Muse and Myth, the collection celebrates ancient muses, the goddesses of arts and culture, with fabulously packaged products for the face, body, and home. Each kit comes in a reusable amenity case that is wrapped in an illustrated sleeve featuring the work of New York–based artist Giovanni Garcia-Fenech. You'll want to display the goods as much as you'll want to use them. aesop.com

The space transforms into an immersive atmosphere throughout the day to mirror the transition of sunrise to sunset.
Photo: Brett Beyer

James Turrell Meets Eyewear Garrett Leight, the super cool optical brand, recently opened their fifth freestanding retail location in Austin, Texas. Beyond being a place where we want one pair of glasses for every day of the week, the 700-square-foot store retail space features really good built-in display cases, a collection of custom designed movable furniture and planters, and a central bench that morphs into different seating contours. But wait, there's more! The real focal point is the lighting system, inspired by the work of James Turrell, which uses a color changing light installation. Go in for prescriptions, customizations, and an immersive lighting experience. garrettleight.com

Have a Swedish Holiday Feast With IKEA Your favorite ready-to-assemble furniture store is inviting you to celebrate its annual Swedish Julbord smorgasbord on Friday, December 13. The all-you-can-eat buffet will feature traditional Swedish dishes, like hard-boiled eggs with seaweed pearls and Präst and Herrgård cheese, and will cost $16.99 per person (or $12.99 if you're an IKEA member). Plus, select stores will be having holiday-themed workshops on Saturday, December 14, including a host-hostess gift lineup, the art of napkin folding, and more. ikea.com.

From tapestries to teapots to baskets, we'll take one of everything.
Photo: Courtesy of GOODEE x The Whitney Shop

Goodee's First NYC Pop-Up at the Whitney Shop If you're looking for some beautifully crafted objects made by real people doing good work, say hello to Goodee. The brand, founded by designers and tastemakers Byron and Dexter Peart, launched early this year as online destination for beautiful, essential, and timeless housewares that emphasize transparent sourcing, upcycling, and waste reduction. Goodee's pop-up at the Whitney Shop launches alongside the museum's exhibit "Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019." Go make a day of it with good art and thoughtful shopping! goodeeworld.com

Visit Stars Hollow in Los Angeles Have you ever wanted to have a meal in Lorelai Gilmore’s house? Back by popular demand, Warner Bros. Studio is reviving its Gilmore Girls holiday event, meaning between December 21 and January 5, you’ll be able to walk around Stars Hollow and enjoy a festive lunch. Expect lots of pizza, Pop-Tarts, and coffee. You can even take a pic in front of Luke’s Diner. wbstudiotour.com

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