5 gift ideas for a designer Christmas
The Christmas countdown is about to begin, and so is the race to find the perfect gift. Every year we face the same dilemma: what should we give friends and relatives for Christmas? Here we would like to give you some ideas. We have taken inspiration from the living spaces in our Dandy collection by the brand Ikona.
#1 CAST-IRON TEAPOT: warm up your winter
A stylish cast-iron teapot, perhaps accompanied by a selection of teas and infusions or a tea set, is the perfect gift to help you really relax over the Christmas break (or digest your Christmas dinner!) and warm up those cold, wintry nights spent with friends.
The “Fragola” teapot by Brandani is practical to use but also highly decorative, thanks to its detailed design. Sitting elegantly on a bookshelf or sideboard in the living room, it makes the perfect ornament. It looks great and feels great too!
#2 STANDING CALENDAR: a year to remember
To get 2020 off to a good start and be ready for action, we think this standing calendar is the perfect gift idea. And not just for somebody who is already precise and organised by nature, but also for those who are a bit scattier. Why not even mark on the important dates they really shouldn’t forget, as a gentle reminder? Then they’ll have no excuses! Whether on a bookshelf or desk, like in this Dandy composition, a calendar can be made into a fun part of the furnishings.
If you opt for a particularly colourful calendar, or one with a great graphic design, it can really add some personality to the space and every new day and month reveals another surprise!
We love the perpetual calendar “Timor” by Enzo Mari. It is made up of tabs that open out into a fan, letting you choose the month, date and day of the week. With its minimalist, black-and-white design, it is well suited to a modern furnishing style.
#3 VINTAGE RADIO: the right musical backdrop for the festivities
Radios are timeless. They never go out of fashion. They find their place in many corners of the home and add a touch of everlasting style. This is especially true for vintage models, which also work really well with modern furniture.
Among some of the more iconic models, there’s the Brionvega “Cubo” radio: Italian design and a real classic for aficionados.
#4 DESIGN BOOK: a stylish read
A book is always a welcome gift and what better occasion than Christmas to give someone the gift of reading?
For Italian speakers, we recommend the “Grande Atlante del design” (the Great Design Atlas) which is sure to become a collector’s item. Perfect for your bookcase or desk. The book takes us on a journey through the design icons from 1850 to the present day. Ideal for design lovers, but also for anyone taking their first steps into this new world.
Books fill our homes with colour and stories. Hidden even in some of the most improbable corners of our homes, they are not only a joy to read, but also great to have on display.
#5 TABLE LAMP: create the right atmosphere
Table lamps are a must-have design feature. They are practical but also create a pleasant atmosphere, making any space feel warmer and more inviting.
The “Nessino” table lamp was designed in 1967 by Italian designer Giancarlo Mattioli for the brand Artemide. It oozes 1960s design appeal and brings soft lighting into any space.