The Best Bet
The Armory Show is usually about making careers. But this year, New York’s largest contemporary-art fair has decided to pay homage to one—at least with its ad campaign. John Wesley, who has been chosen to create the show’s imagery, is a 78-year-old artist’s artist who dates back to the early sixties, when he achieved fame with the Pop movement. Championed by Donald Judd, Wesley showed consistently throughout the seventies, before going into hiding in the eighties. In the past decade, he’s reemerged as an influence on modern names like Lisa Yuskavage and Inka Essenhigh. Two of the 22 drawings created by Wesley for the Armory Show are for sale in editions of 45; Red Lips is shown above. ($1,200 to $1,500; 212-645-6440. The Armory Show runs March 10 through 13 on Piers 90 and 92.)
Eyeglasses You Can Leave Lying Around the House
Philippe Starck recently teamed up with Alain Mikli to design a line of handmade frames with a patented articulation system based on the workings of a human shoulder joint. The hinges have a 360-degree range of motion, protecting them against inadvertent crushing. They’re in New York first; national distribution starts in March ($750 to $1,800; 986 Madison Ave., nr. 77th St.; 212-472-6085).
DAP DryDex spackling lets you know when it’s dry and ready to sand. When you first lay the spackle on, it’s bright pink, then fades to white when it hardens ($1.39 to $5.99 at Home Depot, 980 Third Ave., at 59th St.; 212-888-1512).
An Early Shopping Warning
Derek Lam’s collection for Tod’s hits the Madison Avenue boutique this week. Call now to reserve your choice, which should be this very feminine but sporty suede jacket ($1,395; 650 Madison Ave., at 60th St.; 212-644-5945).
A Rug for Indoors and Out
Liora Manne’s new Kuba rugs feel like felt but are saturated with natural latex, making them durable and weatherproof (from $95 for doormat size to $745 for living-room dimensions at Liora Manne, 91 Grand St., nr. Greene St.; 212-965-0302).
Home Fragrance That Actually Smells Good
Indoor scents tend to be too floral or too chemical. Method Home’s plug-in diffuser range—from eucalyptus and mint to lavender and lemongrass— smells clean, fresh, and natural ($7.99 at Target, 139 Flatbush Ave., at Atlantic Ave., Downtown Brooklyn; 718-290-1109).