Holiday gift-giving didn’t make the cut when psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe created their famous stress scale in 1967. But it should have! This yearly task can be stressful, especially when you leave it to the last minute. But as luxury interior designers, we think this is a great opportunity for some imagination. Our friends and families—and even our clients— shower us with gift-giving questions this time of the year. “What should I get my trendy partner, hipster niece, indie kid, or preppy assistant?” Here are gift-giving suggestions that showcase the mindset of our interior design team, and put our imaginative approach to work for the holidays.
Assouline's Three Graces Book is handmade with the utmost skill, worthy of holding the most cherished notes, quotes and meanderings. Photo: Assouline
Indulge ‘Writerly’ Types
Assouline’s Three Graces Notebook, handmade using the highest quality cotton fibers and the traditional techniques of Italian engravers, sports an exquisitely pressed rendering of Canova’s famed sculpture on its cover. It’s perfect to memorialize the details of important events or to record life passages. Purchase for $220 at Assouline.
This line of witty linen cocktail napkins by August Morgan through Mary Mahoney will bring humor and good cheer to any holiday festivity. Photo: Mary Mahoney
For Witty Happy Hours
August Morgan’s comic Whino Cocktail Napkins are sophisticated and droll—just the right combination to make a simple wine party a touch more noteworthy and memorable. Four six-inch-square napkins cost $36 at Mary Mahoney.
Handcrafted from select metals and Limoges porcelain, L'Objet's whimsical collection of serpentine desk accessories are rich in texture and timeless in design fit for the finest of work surfaces. Photo: L'Objet
Make It Symbolic
The symbolism and splendor of the snake, thought to represent of rebirth, transformation, immortality and healing, is clearly transformative. Here, emblazoned on simple gold or silver desk accessories from L’Object—such as magnifying glasses, picture frames, a letter opener, book ends, an urn and a tray—the snake gives these pieces significance and glamor, perfect for meaningful gifting. Prices range from $50 to $5000 at L’Objet.
Mario Fortuny's decorative box collection features gold-plated and nickel-plated pieces wrapped in his luxurious Italian fabrics. These tiny treasures will give special meaning to the gems and prizes housed within. Photo: L'Objet
Make It Small But Mighty
Mario Fortuny’s legendarily intricate designs live on today in his furnishings, textiles and wall treatments, and show that a little dose of a dazzling pattern can go a long way. His diminutive trinket box, made in Piumette or Tapa, gets its just due anywhere in a room. Find it for $665 at L’Objet.
Restoration Hardware's Luxe Mohair Throws are sumptous in texture and rich in color, woven by a family-owned Spanish mill out of the finest mohair. Photo: Restoration Hardware
Go For Supreme, Sumptuous Simplicity
There’s no beating the absolute ease, utility and splendor of a cozy, whisper-light, super-luxe mohair throw woven by artisans in Spain using traditional techniques that date to the 15th century—proof that perfection endures. This version is available in 14 splendid hues and is deserving of a spot in any home. They measure 70”x90” and cost $149 each at Restoration Hardware.
18 Dec 2015