From mid-century modern marvels to contemporary creations by renowned international designers, here are our picks for this holiday season’s must-have design staples.
It is no secret that design classics can make timeless gifts to suit even the pickiest gift recipients during the holidays. From mid-century modern marvels to contemporary creations by renowned international designers, here are our picks for this holiday season’s must-have design staples that are sure to endure the test of time and inject some panache into every household.
Herman Miller Maharam Placemat
A perfect way to add style to any dining table, Herman Miller’s Maharam placemats can set the tone for the holiday season with unmistakable quality that is signature to the textile company’s brand. Featuring iconic Eames and Alexander Girard designs, the placemats are sophisticated and playful at the same time, bringing colourful, abstract geometry into mealtime statement pieces.
Konstantin Grcic’s cast-iron mule for Magis is a celebration of the brand’s resilient and whimsical personality in an ornamental piece that is, at once, a stylish doorstop, book stand, paper weight and a unique decoration for any home. For the holiday season, the limited edition Ettore, featuring the signature of the designer, is a fun and functional addition to any design enthusiast’s residence with its iconic shape and form, perfectly capturing the spirit of Magis.
Magis Happy Bird (Limited Edition)
Suitable for kids and kids-at-heart, the Magis Happy Bird is a perfect gift to add some stylish playfulness to a home. A part of the Me Too collection for Magis created by designer Eero Aarnio, the Happy Birdchair is a toy and an unconventional seat that encourages imaginative and creative play. Happy Bird is available in a special colour combination available exclusively at XTRA.
Tom Dixon’s Tank Series
Transcending the label of ordinary barware, Tom Dixon’s Tank Series brings the sophistication of simple geometric forms and exquisite materials to a collection of glassware designs fit for a refined drink ceremonial. Made from mouth-blown clear glass and finished with liquid gold and colourants, hand painted with copper detailing, the collection is intuitively functional, bearing the unmistakably Dixon-esque essence of style and simple geometry that make the bespoke barware stand in a league of its own.
Tom Dixon Scent Elements
The second scent collection by Tom Dixon is a celebration of the four classical elements found in nature – earth, fire, air and water. Each scent, designed to transform any space into a tantalising olfactory journey, is a unique composition made to reflect the individualistic character of each element and a true gift for the purists at heart who will enjoy the scents’ minimalist attitude.
Vitra Dolls by Alexander Girard
One of the most prominent figures in American design, Alexander Girard originally designed the colourful, decorative company of wooden dolls for his home in Santa Fe. Inspired by the works of popular art, the wooden dolls are half toys, half decorative elements that can serve as charming and quirky additions to any home interior.
Vitra Eames Elephant
A perfect accessory for a child’s room, the iconic Eames Elephant is an indoor-outdoor toy that is sure to awaken the creative instincts of a budding young designer-to-be. Originally developed by Charles and Ray Eames in plywood and now manufactured in plastic, the chair is an instant eye-catcher, appeasing to the kids as a fun-shaped and colourful toy and to adults as a well-recognised Eames classic, in and out of a child’s room.
Majestic in its blown opal matt glass and brass base, the irresistible Aballs lamp exudes allure with its sensuous shape that combines unparalleled craftsmanship and traditional art of hand blown glass. Designed by Jamie Hayon for Parachilna, the lamp stands out as a decorative lighting piece of a hard-to-match quality, enhancing any modern interior with its timeless shape and smooth glowing finish.