With my stack of holiday catalogues mounting and stores setting out their finest wares, I was inspired to create a list of this year’s exceptional gift ideas. One of the great joys of the season is its feast of gorgeous design. Herewith, a few of my favorite things:
Readers of this blog are well aware of my love for stripes. At their best, the effect is graphic and urbane, as seen in this tote pairing two luxurious materials:
Nancy Gonzalez’ graphic crocodile and jute tote, available at Bergdorf Goodman
The artist Jonathan Lewis created a series of prints inspired by vintage candy designs. I love the contrast of goldenrod and red in in his “Bit o Honey,” spotted while browsing the curated treasures on 1stdibs.
“Bit O’Honey” by Jonathan Lewis from the Bonni Benrubi Gallery at 1stdibs
I’m mad for Schumacher’s “Nest” collection of textured wallcoverings crafted with real feathers (gathered humanely, bien sur). Their “Ashland” design incorporates pheasant feathers, another perennial favorite, to dazzling effect:
The extravagantly beautiful “Ashland” pheasant feather wallcovering from Schumacher
F. M. Allen’s “Isabella” jacket exemplifies the shooting club aesthetic with its distinctive tailoring and hue, while the sumptuous fabric makes it irresistible:
F. M. Allen‘s “Isabella” jacket, inspired by classic shooting attire
I’ve collected turquoise jewelry for years and right now I’m coveting this link bracelet from Seamen Schepps. The turquoise and gold together are so chic and, going into winter, a buoyant reminder of warm weather and upcoming resort vacations.
Seaman Schepps turquoise-and-gold link bracelet, rendered fresh and modern in these contrasting tones
My wish list would be woefully incomplete without a spectacular piece like this cabinet from Ciancimino Ltd. Its creamy parchment exterior opens to reveal a chamber of mirrored glass panels – a gesture that is quintessentially Italian.
An Italian Parchment Cabinet with mirrored glass interior from Ciancimino, Ltd London
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