More Great Holiday Gift Ideas From Acme — Alessi, Dorothy Thorpe, And More!

More Great Holiday Gift Ideas from Acme!

Alessi, Dorothy Thorpe, Pan Am, Pillows, and Much More!  

“Dorothy Thorpe started her design in drinkware in a very DIY manner — by cutting the necks off beer bottles…When her brother took one of the first tumblers Thorpe created to work at MGM Studios, Clark Gable saw them and ordered six dozen of the design.  This was her foot in the door…Eventually, her client list included Princess Grace of Monaco and other Hollywood Stars.”
— From “Don Draper’s favorite designer:  Dorothy C. Thorpe,” by Aliana McNeal, Corning Museum of Glass blog

We have some great new additions to our inventory of possible holiday gifts.  We have just added a huge lot of vintage Dorothy Thorpe glassware, perfect for the barware aficionado or fan of the television series Mad Men.  Martini glasses and pitchers, tumblers, Collins glasses, and more!

“‘Fra-gee-lay,’…it must be Italian!” (from the movie “A Christmas Story”)

We also have just received a new shipment from Alessi of Italy, with some beautiful new items from this famous design house.

Acme is an authorized Alessi dealer, with a variety of home and gift items, starting at just $32.

Another excellent gift item we can recommend is our selection of reproduction retro clocks.  Options include:

We thought we would also recap some of our prior shopping and gift ideas:

Recap:  Johannes Andersen Vintage Teak Furniture 
We have a number of stunning vintage Danish teak pieces by Johannes Andersen recently arrived at Acme.  Upgrade your dining or living room with some of these beautiful pieces:
A long teak coffee table, with a charming mosaic inlay.  Note the slight tapered boat shape of the table, and the slightly upturned ends.

We have a pair of matching Andersen side tables as well.

A large storage/buffet/high sideboard unit, with beautiful grain and incredible sculptural handles.

A long Johannes Andersen credenza/china cabinet combo, with matching sculptural handles.  Perfect for books, china, collectibles, or anything worthy of display.

And a matching dining table, with two leaves stored internally, also by Johannes Andersen.

Recap: “Lytegem” Lamps, by Michael Lax (new in original box!) 

Acme had an opportunity to buy a number of new, unopened boxes of the iconic Lytegem lamp.  Designed by Michael Lax in 1965, this lamp is featured in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).  In 2003, for their 100th anniversary, the manufacturer, Lightolier, brought back a commemorative edition of the long-discontinued Lytegem.  We have these in black, and they make an excellent gift.

Vintage ads for the original Lytegems.  

The anniversary edition of the Lytegem features the same design as the 1965 classic, and incredibly cool packaging based on the original.

The 2003-4 commemorative edition of the Lytegem.

Recap: Locally Made Custom Pillows in Cool Vintage and Modern Fabrics
Acme is pleased to carry a line of custom pillows, designed in collaboration with Ms. B Designs.  These pillows are available in a range of vintage, new, and modern fabrics, in a variety of sizes.  Standard down/feather fill, with other options also available.  Fabrics range from high-quality modern materials from Maharam, Knoll, and others, to select vintage and rare materials offered as limited edition pillows and sets.

Recap:  Books!  On Architecture, Design, Art, and Much More! 
Acme carries a variety of new and used books on a diverse range of subjects, with a focus on design, art, architecture, history, and more.  We are an authorized Taschen dealer, and have a variety of their beautiful books on these subjects.

Recap:  Vintage Japanese “Senshukai” Wood Animal Figures 
Another great gift option is our selection of vintage “Senshukai” wood pet figures.  Inspired by Danish modern design, the Senshukai were made in Japan during the 1960s.  We have received several shipments from Japan in the last couple of weeks, in preparation for the holidays.  Great for adults or older children, these collectibles also make a great gift.  We currently have all varieties, including some in the original boxes.  $25 to $75 each.

Recap:  Nambé Home Goods and Gifts 
Acme is a dealer for new Nambé products, which include a number of great gifts for the home and kitchen:

Recap: Furniture and Leather Care Supplies By Cristophe Pourny 
Acme also carries fine Cristophe Pourny wood and leather care products, which make great gifts.  The author of “The Furniture Bible,” Pourny produces a number of high-quality oils, tonics, waxes and other items for the care and restoration of wood and leather.

Shopping in Old Town, Alexandria 
The great shopping, dining, and activities Old Town has to offer resulted in it being named “one of America’s top holiday towns.”  Have you been naughty or nice?

We hope to see you this weekend!


The store is located at 1218 King Street, just a few blocks from King Street Metro Station and about eight blocks from Old Town’s historic Market Square.

Please note our store hours:  Fridays 3pm to 7pm, Saturdays 11am to 6pm, and Sundays 11am to 5pm.


Check our Facebook page or stop by our locations to see many more gifts, furniture and household goods.

If you have any questions or would like additional information on these or any other items, please feel free to call us at 703-836-0333.

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Acme Mid-Century + Modern, LLC
1218 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
In the heart of historic Old Town’s shopping and dining district

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