Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift for the design aficiando in your life? Panic not; my family is riddled with people who will only give house room to the most beautiful things so I have had plenty of practice sourcing presents that are chic, elegant and fashion forward. Here are my suggestions for this festive season:
Smileys Quilt by Bernard Willhelm for Hay, available from The Modern Shop ($342)
No design aficionado could fail to fall for a hand-stitched quilt from cool Danish brand Hay.
Anglepoise® Giant Collection ($630-$5,600)
If you’re looking to impress, think big. Every light in Anglepoise®’s Original 1227™ Giant Collection from the pendant to the wall-mounted outdoor lamp is a statement-making piece of functional sculpture.
Omar the Owl Clock by George Nelson for Vitra from Yliving ($185)
A time piece to delight aesthetes both large and small.
Touchscreen Gloves from Muji ($19)
With their smart stripes and hi-tech fingertips, these are gloves to wear with pride.
Anglepoise® Type 75™ Paul Smith Collection ($240)
The iconic British designer has brought his signature style to three editions of this Anglepoise® classic. The latest, Edition 3, channels Dutch painter Mondrian De Stijl (a look set to be huge in 2017), while Editions 1 and 2 are striped evocations of Spring and Autumn respectively.
Gardening Tools Set by Internoitaliano from Nest ($130)
Garden tools don’t come smarter than this.
Anglepoise® Type 75™ Desk Lamp Margaret Howell Yellow Ochre/Saxon Blue/Seagrass Editions (from $200)
Designer Margaret Howell and lighting brand Anglepoise® are synonymous with all things chic. Put the two together and beauty results.
Petit Grain 21 Candle from the Le Labo collection from Barneys ($75)
With its old school, utilitarian label and this is an achingly cool take on a festive fail safe.
Tired Tamsin Pot by Jake Pankhurst from Future and Found ($52.50)
This handmade porcelain pot hits just the right note of quirky kitsch.
Charlotte Abrahams is a design writer and author. Her latest book, Hygge, A Celebration of Simple Pleasures was published October 2016.