What are you getting the love of your life for Valentine's Day? Flowers? Chocolates? Jewelry? Ooo, you creative, devil you.
Come on, you know you can be a little more original than that. Give your Valentine a piece of useful art – something that is not only unique and artistic, but also practical. The Museum of Contemporary Art is a great provider of such multi-purpose gifts, and they have some cool new stuff to choose from. The pleated aluminum bowl designed by Christoph Boninger was inspired by the famous pleated cloth creations of the Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake. ($185) If you can't get the idea of giving jewelry out of your head (you are such a hopeless romantic -- it's not a bad thing), consider the one-of-a-kind “tangle jewelry.” The malleable base metal can be twisted into many shapes and worn as a necklace, bracelet or headband. Available in gold, silver or pewter, this piece is a steal for $28. Check out the MCA store web site for more ideas or to order online.
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Ave.