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Little Luxuries

Bigger isn’t always better. This year’s most sought-after gifts are handsome, handy and perfectly modest in size.


Snarkitecture Ornaments | Seletti

New York-based studio du jour Snarkitecture has designed a series of three ornaments for Seletti. The white resin decorations bring a touch of imperfection to otherwise picturesque holiday trees through their melting snowman, broken ornament and twisted candy cane forms. Clean and simple yet creative and different, the ornaments put a unique spin on traditional holiday decor.

Brass Oil Burner | Aesop

Aesop, known for its body and hair care products, has launched its first item for the home. The Brass Oil Burner by Studio Henry Wilson is crafted in Australia using a wax casting process that lends a unique character and patina to each resulting product. Made of solid brass, the burner is accompanied by a new oil blend: Béatrice, a woody, citrus scent with notes of Vetiver, Patchouli and Cedar Atlas.

 

Food à Porter | Alessi

Alessi’s new Food à Porter looks more like a stylish purse than a traditional lunch box. Designed by Sakura Adachi, the bag is inspired by Japanese bento boxes in which food is separated into distinct compartments. Here, three stacked sections easily accommodate every meal of the day. Both dishwasher and microwave safe, the thermoplastic resin bag is available in red, light grey and blue with an optional silicone handle.

 

Basquiat Water Bottle | Corkcicle

Orlando-based Corkcicle has partnered with Artestar to create a collection of four canteens featuring the art of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. Prominent in the 1970s and ‘80s, Basquiat’s work was both edgy and raw, and characterized by its bold use of colour and urban motifs. In its new line of water bottles, Corkcicle has selected vibrant graffiti-themed designs that pay tribute to Basquiat’s enduring brand.

EDIT 01 | Montana Labelle x Namesake

Designer Montana Labelle has collaborated with leather atelier Namesake to launch a handsome line of items for the home. Dubbed EDIT 01, the collection features eight distinct objects, from leather nesting bins to 100 per cent marble bookends. Especially perfect for stockings are the leather and steel keyrings and leather-wrapped matchbooks. Both are hand-sewn by Namesake in Toronto and available in black or camel, with optional customized lettering for the latter.

 

RAUK Heavy Tumbler | Norlan

Taking its name from the Old Scottish word for “rock,” Norlan’s RAUK Heavy Tumbler is designed specifically for whisky lovers who prefer their spirit on ice. Crafted from machine-pressed molten crystal, the glass contains chevrons, or v-shaped extrusions, that grip the ingredients used in muddled drinks. The result is a luxurious-to-the-touch tumbler in a beautiful cut-crystal, presented in a sleek box for easy gift giving.

 

Red Glass Balls | iittala

iitala’s new holiday ornaments put an elegant spin on the classic red ball. Progressing in shade and depth with a simple silk ribbon, the mouthblown glass ornaments are both delicate and light, making them perfect for hanging on fake or weak-branched trees. From peachy pink to cherry red and maroon, the decorations are presented in a simple box for easy storage or thoughtful gift giving.

 

Archetypes | Design Letters

Based on a typography hand drawn by the late Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in 1937, Design Letters’ new Archetypes letter charms are both simple and elegant in a characteristically Nordic way. Available in A to Z in two sizes (10mm and 16mm), the letters can be mixed and matched with additional charms including hearts, stars and semi-precious stones. The resulting combinations are hung from 45cm- or 60cm-long chains, with the entire jewelry line made from 925 sterling silver and 18c plated gold.

 

MyCable and MyCharger | Design Letters

The MyCable and MyCharger by Design Letters brings graphic appeal and smart technology to a tool that we use every day. The personalized, letter-branded charging cables contain an intelligent detector that automatically recognizes what kind of device is being used, employing optimal conditions for charging speed and safety. With over-current and short-circuit protection, the braided cables also contain a special winder to banish tangled cords.

 

Turkish Towels | Stray & Wander

Both ethically-sourced and fairly-traded, Stray & Wander’s Turkish Towels are traditionally handmade using 100 per cent hand loomed organic cotton. Suitable for use as a bath towel, throw, blanket or scarf, the high absorbency Turkish Towels are quick drying and available in a variety of colours and patterns — including soft pinks, seafoam greens, royal purples, denims, neutrals and more. The Turkish Towels are also available in hand-size for kitchens and bathrooms.

 

Cheese and Charcuterie Board | Cambria

In anticipation of the holiday season, Cambria has extended its selection of homewares to include cheese and charcuterie boards available in an endless variety of stain- and scratch-resistant quartz. Making an excellent hostess gift, the boards are completely customizable in style and always unique thanks to natural pattern and colour variations in the stone.

 

Celement Pouch | Celement Lab

Taiwan-based Celement Lab has applied its unique cement-meets-silicone material in a new line of handmade products. The Celement Pouch bears the company’s signature material, combining a tough yet soft purse with a convenient zipper for safe storage of cards, keys and coins. Available in classic, gold, copper, pink, black and marble, the Celement Pouch is aesthetically interesting and handy in use.