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12 design objects to covet this Christmas

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top 12 gift-worthy design objects.

12 design objects to covet this Christmas

Eames House Bird by Vitra from Living Edge.

Christmas is upon us and so are the gift buying emails! These are the gift-worthy design objects we’ve been thinking about that would definitely find a place in our home.

1. Maison Balzac

Glass pebble incense holders, pink champagne glasses with amber balls – how cute! Clear ones with multi-coloured balls – better yet. Glass prawns, a hand embroidered on a hand-shaped napkin – fun. This is a range of whimsy and delight with fabulous fragrances, incense, candles and the bibelot of a well decorated life. Their coloured tumblers are exceptional, as are the vases, particularly the pale mint green one. Shop.

2. Bloom by A&A

It’s always best to aim high with an extraordinary piece by A&A (Adam Goodrum & Arthur Seigneur). Arguably the pre-eminent art/design practice to create objects for the home, Bloom is a cabinet, but also an art work. Moreover, it is straw marquetry craftsmanship and colourist skills at its best. This particular piece has already been purchased by the National Gallery of Victoria, but with representation by Tolano Gallery there is always something new to long for. Shop.

3. Pierre Hardy for Hermès

There is something about the packaging Pierre Hardy has designed for the Hermès makeup range that is just so right. The cylinder of three stripes fist perfectly in the hand, while the colours are beautifully odd in combination such as chartreuse and black, burgundy and sky, tangerine and mauve. Yet the solid white of the upper portion and gold end stamp balances any oddity to deliver a visual treat. The satisfying click of the magnetic clasp is heavenly. They are also easily refillable. Shop.

4. Tilly Editions Sculpture 01 from Sean Studio

It’s hard to think of a small sculptural piece more delightful than this fabulous little gem. Handmade by Sean Wadey as a cast reproduction of the original sculpture by the late Tilly Kubany-Dean, the finish is white gloss glazed earthenware with gold lustre detail. Sean’s Turbo vases are also in the league of total fabulousness, as are his banded cups. If something is not editioned, but sold out, pop your name on the waiting list. Shop.

5. Linnut by Magis

These rather fabulous light sculptures/table lamps are just about as insouciant as the design world gets. Developed in collaboration by Magis, Iittala and Oiva Toikka who designed the first blown glass birds for Iittala in the 70s, the glow is warm and friendly and somehow familiar. Moreover the day time colours and folkloric forms are oh so much fun, and with names Sulo, Siiri, Kirassi and Palturi, who could resists. Shop.

6. Fritz Hansen mirror from Cult

Designed to reflect light, this is an extraordinary collection of mirrors that sit somewhat closer to design or art than a functional object. Handmade from painted aquarelle graphics, the mirrors shift between mauve rose and greens, with the Studio Roso design process ensuring that every mirror is a unique and glorious creation. Shop.

7. Flowers by Dr Cooper

When it’s all about the flowers, it’s all about the fabulous Dr Lisa Cooper. Working her magic with all of our favourites, from cascading orchards to peonies and the sweet sweet scent of carnations and lilac, roses, honey suckle, violets, geranium, iris, delphinium and gardenia. she has also been known to create a meadow of perennials with floating blossoms bathed in sunlight. Yep, when it’s all about the flowers, she’s the one. Shop.

8. Rasymatto teapot by Marimekko

Maija Louekari’s Räsymatto pattern, designed in 2009, but looking very at home with the brand has the steady beat of allotment gardening, and is emblemic of the artist’s concerns around sustainable living and the joy of working with your hands. On a teapot, cup or bowl the stark drama of a repeated black on white motif is irresistible. And, Marimekko stoneware is always of an excellent quality. Shop.

9. Kelly Brown Ceramics

Sculpture and ceramics are the hottest ticket this season with artists and craftspeople creating some incredible work. Kelly Brown’s particularly interest lies in nature and the organic forms of the environment. Working with layered glazes and shifting attention to the negative spaces her work is always beautiful, as is all the work from the artists at Shop.

10. VL Studio Table/Floor lamp by Louis Poulsen

This divine orb of light is not going to be static, rather the brushed brass surface is deliberately untreated to patina with time, so while the bling of its shiny gold lower portion may be quite Christmassy, by next year it will have settled into a lustrous glow that will only get better with age. The globe is a mouth blown three layered affair of opal glass, meaning the light is diffused and soft. Lovely on the floor or table. Shop.

11. Eames House Bird by Vitra from Living Edge

This one of those iconic pieces that continue to speak of what good design can be. It is a small wooden bird, but the proportions are just right, he grain of the wood, the feel in the hand, the balance between craft and realist rendition. Designed in the 1930s by Charles and Edna Perdew, the bird was bought by the Eames’ on their travels and made popular when Charles Eames added it to a photo shoot of the Eames Wire Chairs. In 2007 Vitra editioned the iconic bird and it has been a design favourite ever since. Shop.

12. Branch Vase by Dinosaur Designs

The organic form of this glorious vase just calls out for some wild flower arranging – a pair of artichoke flowers or tulips versus fluffy topped grasses. Of course they are wonderful with traditional arrangements, but surely something extraordinary deserves and extraordinary response. The colours too are divine, ranging from luminous emerald to sky blue, bubble-gum, sand and amber. Shop.

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