Ten perfect last-minute gifts for your design-loving sweetheart – from Kiel Mead’s Forget Me Not pinky ring to Yves Béhar’s ruby-red Jambone speaker.
1 AC 01 by
A traditional alarm clock packaged in a super minimalist case, this timepiece is from Switzerland’s Punkt, an ultra-mod product design studio headed up by Jasper Morrison.
2 Forget Me Knot Ring by
The Brooklyn designer riffs on the old-school tie-a-knot-to-remember trick. His playful powder-coated brass ring is made from the mould of a real string.
3 Blob by
Swiss-Danish designer Carsten Jörgensen, also the creative director of Taiwan’s Serene House, devised this bulbous scent diffuser with a closed water container that’s easily removed without the need to unplug the entire machine.
4 Ready Made Curtain by
A hanging cord, wall fixings, pegs and a selection of Kvadrat fabrics comprise Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s DIY curtain kit for the Danish textile company. Created with ReD Associates, an innovation firm with offices in Copenhagen and New York, the simple hanging system suits any window and is Kvadrat’s first direct-to-consumer product.
5 Mini Plus by
The Mini Plus brews a cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or iced beverage in two minutes flat. It offers three cup sizes and can accommodate short travel mugs thanks to a removable drip tray. Simply fill the reservoir with water, drop in a beverage pack and hit the brew button.
6 Second Life Collection by
Antique rugs, aged 40 years and up, are reincarnated into exquisite patchwork rugs. Stripped of their original colour then saturated in vibrant dyes, the carpets are each unique, their original patterns given new life.
7 Salsa Deluxe by
Lightweight and durable, these German-engineered polycarbonate cases feature internal flex dividers (which can be adjusted to the volume of the contents), a discreet external add-a-bag holder and a TSA lock only operable by customs officials. The 360-degree rotating and ball-bearing wheels allow for smooth journeys.
8 XL Elemaris by
A welcome change to the usual white-trimmed pitchers, Mavea’s ruby-red water filtration system, with its ergonomic handle and non-slip base, holds up to 3.5 litres or 2.4 filtered. The metre on its top – taking into consideration the volume of filtered liquid, water hardness and time – indicates remaining life in its 100 per cent recyclable cartridge.
9 Big Jambox by
An update to Yves Béhar’s original stainless steel Jambox, his larger version turns any phone, tablet or mobile device into an impressive hi-fi sound system that is still small enough to transport to the beach. The funky speaker touts a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 15 hours and a built-in microphone for hands-free calls and video conferencing.
10 Felt Fireside by
French duo Delo Lindo created this collection of soft wool-felt lounge seats and ottomans that take cues from the Eameses’ plywood chairs. In addition to the tomato and rose shades shown, the colourful and cozy line is available in rust, mother-of-pearl, mustard and ice blue.