Ed Marquand, of Marquand Books and Mighty Tieton, stocks the shelves of his new shop, Paper Hammer, with journals, albums, and art books, as well as one-of-a-kind objects from his personal collection.
Designer Eye Chart, $25
Your in-the-know graphic designer pal will appreciate the playfulness behind the letterpress gift. To the average Joe, it simply appears to contain letters of diminishing size; those with a trained eye will recognize it’s not a vision test but a font-recognition game (with answers in gray in the margin).
Porcelain Glove Molds, $75
The stylish factory cast-offs serve as unique interior accents and keep jewelry out of reach of little ones. New hipster mom, you’re welcome.
Letterpress Coasters, $15
For the neat-freak hostess, the store’s own stain absolvers soak up condensation with style. Embossed designs include bare winter branches and looping, geometric spirals.
Hotpoint Pitcher, $165
Made from solid porcelain, the boxy cornflower blue jug came standard with Hotpoint refrigerators of a certain era (circa 1940). A nice find for the collector on your list.
Stack ’o Books, $295
Inspired by leftover dummy books from Marquand’s publishing arm, the cube-shaped end tables (made from stacks of texts) will suit the unrepentant bibliophile just perfectly.
Paper Hammer, 1400 Second Avenue, Downtown (206-682-3820).
Photo: Sara Billips