Editor’s note: PaperCity’s counting down to the holidays with ultra-curated and distinctive gift guides. Today, PaperCity home design features editor Rebecca Sherman gives us 14 outstanding home presents that will have almost anyone on your list feeling cozy good. After all, what’s the most important place you go every day? Home isn’t just where the heart is. It’s where the best stuff is.
Home for the holidays takes on a stylish new meaning when the gifts are for the nest-obsessed, design fiends among us. A gift for such a person needs to be distinctive and stylish. No big box store shopping for you!
With that in mind, here are gifts that will be treasured — and proudly used in a friend’s home for years.
1. The chalky-white chicness of Paris-based Astier de Villatte’s dinnerware is created in a Bastille workshop that once housed Napolean’s silversmith. $85 to $2,700, Grange Hall, urbanflowergrangehall.com
2. Austin-based Eliza Thomas is known for her work with script, and they all have a story to tell. Blue Print has commissioned this limited edition print for the holidays. $200, blueprintstore.com
3. After years of working with important antiques and aged patinas, North Carolina art restorer Tommy Mitchell began fabricating his own creations from copper, brass, steel, paint and gold leaf. $700 – $1,200, available at Curated by Kristin, curatedbykristin.com
4. Each hand-thrown, raw-glazed bowl made by British potter Peter Wills is singular — you won’t find another one like yours anywhere else in the world. $782 to $4,166, available at Emily Summers Studio 54, emilysummers.com/studio54
5. This marbled, metallic work has a semi-precious stone cross section that’s dazzling. At 48 inches square, the size is just as compelling for its price tag. $665, available at Erdos at Home, erdosathome.com
6. The new Fatboy Transloetje is transparent and compact. It’s also cordless and rechargeable, to light your way chicly into 2017. $99, available at Fatboy, shop.fatboyusa.com
7. The new Forty Five Ten flagship store in downtown Dallas is full of surprises, including this Italy-made, borosilicate glass jar with fishbone handle by artist Simone Crestani. $350, available at Forty Five Ten, fortyfiveten.com
8. Design obsessed take note: this chic black and white Conway electric USB outlet replaces that ugly power strip you’re using now to charge your electronic essentials. Made in Seattle of cast aluminum, rubber, and woven cotton, it can be screwed to the wall to replace your outlet. $130, available at Forty Five Ten, fortyfiveten.com
9. This teakstone candle holder with an elevated cup for matches and a built-in strike zone, is a beautiful presentation, not to mention highly efficient. $289, available at the Nasher Store at the Nasher Sculpture Center, nashersculpturecenter.org; also at Bell’Invito, bellinvito.com.
10. In beguiling colors found in African landscapes, the ombré mohair/acrylic Duran throw is made in South Africa. $260, available at Peacock Alley, peacockalley.com
11. This stunning Robert Kuo 12-inch box is hand-carved from 120 coats of lacquer and takes about a year to make. $1,773, available at Ellouise Abbott, ellouiseabbott.com
12. Handmade in Japan from brass and turned walnut by the metal artisan Lue Kikuchi, this is form and function at its most sublime. $198, available at Set & Co., setandco.com
13. Sferra’s Piccadilly Italian linen cocktail napkins come in raft of masculine or feminine colors which can be monogrammed, and make for a perfect hostess gift. $9 each, monogramming, $14 and up, available at The Loveliest, theloveliestcompany.com
14. For a truly fashionable abode, these stunning pillows are made from scarce, hand-selected vintage Hermès silk scarves. $1,050 to $1,650, available at Tribute Goods, tributegoods.com
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