Pumpkin Swivelling armchair and ottoman by Pierre Paulin from Ligne Roset

Denizen’s definitive Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy the design devotee in your life

Lovers of design can be some of the most difficult people to buy for come Christmas time, simply because they tend to have very particular tastes. That said, we have been careful to curate a lineup of design-forward items that are sure to tick any box. From objets d’art to fine furniture, these pieces will impress even the most discerning design collector. You’re welcome.

Reverse Table Lamp by Aleksandar Lazic for Menu from Tim Webber
Designed to highlight the beauty of natural materials, Menu’s Reverse Table Lamp, designed by Danish designer Aleksandar Lazic, is an exquisite ode to simplicity. Inspired by Italian marble tables from the 1970s and a play on structures created by geometric constraints, Lazic conceived the lamp with a conical travertine base and curved, bronzed aluminium shade, offering a perfectly-balanced silhouette and practical but sophisticated lighting solution for any space.

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Haller Bedside Unit by Paul Schaerer & Fritz Haller for USM from ECC
Utter simplicity sits at the heart of Haller’s USM system, something that is particularly true when it comes to the most practical piece in any private space — the bedside table. Available in a range of variations to suit any desire, need, or specific aesthetic, this particular bedside unit is sleek, understated and able to be made to exacting dimensions, making it perfect for those with unique requirements or especially discerning tastes.

Vase ZZ66A-503 and Vase ZZ66A-502 by Ettore Sottsass for Bitossi from Matisse
Give the design-lover in your life something eye-catching for their dining table, kitchen bench or living room with these geometric vases. Designed by Ettore Sottsass for Bitossi, these two black and white pieces are made from hand-turned white clay and are finished in a modern, matte, black-and-white pattern that is undeniably head-turning.

Zig Zag pouf by Kettal from Studio Italia
Perfect for someone with an outdoor space in need of dressing, the Zig Zag Pouf by Kettal is an easy, contemporary design piece that is as practical as it is easy on the eye. Made from hardy rope that has been cleverly fixed over a subtly geometric aluminium frame, this piece is something the recipient is sure to find useful over the summer season.

Pumpkin Swivelling armchair by Pierre Paulin from Ligne Roset
If you want to splash out on someone particularly special, why not treat them to a true investment piece? The iconic Pumpkin Swivelling Armchair by Pierre Paulin from Ligne Roset (originally designed in 1971  for the private collection of a former French president) is not only a universally-loved, truly exceptional piece of design, but is something that any lucky recipient will cherish in their homes for the rest of their lives. From its gently-curved shape to the way in which it welcomes hours of relaxed lounging, this chair is one that every design aficionado will want to tick off their list.

Opal Glass Bowl by Kristina Dam from Frobisher
The perfect stocking stuffer for any design lover, the beautifully-crafted Opal Glass Bowl by Kristina Dam boasts soft, rounded curves and a minimalist, almost-retro finish. Made from double-layered, hand-blown glass, it is destined to fit right in on any well-curated bookshelf or coffee table.

Galaxy Z Flip4 from Samsung
Strike the right balance for someone who likes good design as much as they enjoy innovative technology with Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip4 — the bold new take on the classic flip phone. From its slim-line design, its subtle but versatile colour options and its 6.7-inch display on Ultra Thin Glass to its superior photo quality, this phone really is a design lover’s dream. It also boasts advanced durability thanks to its screen made from exclusive Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, a hinge protected by Armor Aluminum (Samsung’s toughest aluminium frame) and its ability to sit in 1.5-metres of water for up to 30 minutes without being affected at all. Perfect for beach season, we think.

Gyselle Mirror by Opera Contemporary from Sarsfield Brooke
Proving that sometimes, it’s the simple, practical things that make the best presents, Opera Contemporary’s Gyselle Mirror is the kind of gift that your design-conscious friend might not be expecting but is sure to absolutely love. Made in an elegant oval shape and finished with a sleek, metal frame, this chic mirror is available in a range of sizes and finishes to suit any space.

Jackson Easy chair from Devon
The perfect gift for anyone with an epic outdoor area, the Jackson Easy Chair from Devon is a cool, contemporary piece that your recipient will get plenty of use out of over the summer months. Finished in fine sanded teak and a durable, handwoven weave, this chair will look as at home on a sprawling balcony as it will around any well-loved, al fresco dining table.


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