From cozy pieces to conversation starters and collectibles, these luxury items made from fine wool, clay, metal, glass and wood are sure to thrill the design fans on your list.
These throws are generously sized—perfect for curling up beside a fire or cuddling on the couch while watching a classic holiday movie. The blankets come with a heart-warming story to boot: The company’s owners purchased a shuttered rug factory in a once-thriving Portuguese mill town, and hired local skilled craftsmen, who use antique machinery to make the throws. $180, pillarhomegoods.com.
This vessel is sure to brighten wintry days. It features hand-painted dahlias, a favorite motif of designer Kenzo Takada, who is known for marrying Parisian fashion with colors and themes from his native Japan. The combination of matte enamel on the bottom of the vase and glossy on the top is just one of the qualities that make this piece beguiling and museum-quality. $1,025, rochebobois.com.
Exceptional wine deserves exceptional care—hence this cast brass and metal wine holder featuring a miniature space shuttle crew. This conversation piece, by renowned Philippino designer Kenneth Cobonpue, will have you and your guests ready to launch into an evening of epicurean delights. $435, kennethcobonpue.com.
This decanter is rich in pedigree: It was inspired by a motif that turn-of-the-century French glass designer René Lalique created for the Orient-Express. The stopper features a vine motif that’s recognizably Lalique, while the body of the vessel sways back-and-forth as if to dance. $3,250, lalique.com.
For many of us, reading is one of the greatest pleasures of staying home. So, this set of three house-shaped bookends feels particularly appropriate. Designed by the Japanese company Masuda Kiribako, the pieces work equally well for storing books, objects or some combination of the two. Alternately, these strong, minimal forms could be displayed as sculptures. $110, store.moma.org.
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Lisa Boquiren is an architecture and design aficionada who provides brand strategy for creative businesses. She has overseen rebranding initiatives at EHDD Architects and the San Francisco Design Center, and she creates convergent conversations on A+D, and presents, at the American Institute of Architects’ San Francisco and Los Angeles chapters. Photo by Thomas Heinser.