12/10/2007

UNusual holiday gifts: red

Red, the Christmas color par excellance, is a great shade for designer's gift ideas. Check out our favorites for home decor, desktop, apparel and free time:

1. Thomas Paul Brocade Cotton Twill Pillow If only it was possible to sew all the Thomas Paul pillows together into a sofa. It would be the most talked about sofa in town. All the bright colored fauna and flora, the patchwork of silk and linen--it would truly be a masterpiece. The only thing that keeps us from doing this is--we don't know how to sew. And then there is that business about somehow attaching legs. We're even more clueless on how to do that.

2. Aalto Flaming Red Vase by Iittala The Iittala Aalto Flaming Red Vase creates a stunning centerpiece with its sensual form and dazzling red color. Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936, the Aalto Flaming Red Vase features mouth-blown crystal handcrafted by master glassblowers in Finland. Iitalla, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, offers modern Scandinavian housewares that demonstrate the company's commitment to design quality and product longevity. The Iittalia Aalto Flaming Red Vase is available with the following: Included Features:Mouth-blown, hand-finished, lead-free Crystal.Designed by Alvar Aalto.

3. Round Doorbell Button by Spore The Round Doorbell Button, by Spore, is unique for its industrial design esthetic and its use of modern materials. The soft-to-the-touch polymer resin button is also unique in its use of LED illumination, a light source that consumes very low power and offers a much longer service life that any other light source. The Round Doorbell Button, by Spore, is surrounded by six decorative points of light. It works with standard doorbell systems and features a Satin-aluminum faceplate.

4. Yardstick Chairicon Artist Dorothy Spencer will bring whimsical charm to your home with this chair handmade with new and recycled yardsticks. Originally colored yardsticks were used as advertising giveaways for places like hardware stores, seed companies and dairy barns. And now, you can bring that same small-town spirit to your home. Handmade in the USA.

5. Harry Allen V2 Lock Keychain Admitting your faults is hard. Maybe you are an eavesdropper, or a take other people's wet clothing out of the washing machine type? Sigh. We are serial key losers. That was, until we upgraded from our wimpy round twist of metal to a much more noticeable Harry Allen key ring. (I see you under the couch now, you sneaky keys!) Surely, key rings may seem mundane, but that is exactly why it makes us the happiest.

6. Tic Watch by Alessi The Alessi Tic Watch adds cool style and bold color to wardrobe ensembles in a minimalist design by Piero Lissoni. The Tic Watch features stainless steel and leather. Alessi is an Italian company. Its corporate mission is to bring a utopian priority to affordable, high design for the home and office. The Alessi Tic Watch is available with the following: Included Features:Satin Stainless Steel case.Leather strap.3ATM water resistant.Battery operated.Designed by Piero Lissoni.

7. Tea Brewer In Red Sweatericon An ancient tradition gets a modern makeover with this attractive glass tea brewer. The clever function of the brewer is flexible to accommodate how you like your tea: leaves can either be placed loose in the body of the carafe for brewing, then filtered off as poured, or placed in the stainless filter with the brewing stopped by a plunger. The flip-top lid - which opens only for pouring - and cozy red knit cover work together to keep your tea hot - making this a special gift for tea-loving friends with an eye for design.

8. Kubisphere Desk Organizericon A bulletin board, dry erase surface, and strikingly modern sculpture: the Kubisphere functions as all of these while beaming with elegant minimalism. Six circular aluminum surfaces project out from a central cube and rotate freely. Use the surfaces to hold notes and photos with the included magnets while writing directly on the metal with the included dry erase marker. Makes an ideal organization epicenter for any busy household, desk, or office.

9. Big Bang Flushmount by Foscarini The Foscarini Big Bang Flushmount makes a bold statement overhead with layers of backlighted methacrylate panels. The Big Bang Flushmount was designed by Enrico Franzolini and Vicente Garcia Jimenez in 2005. Foscarini, headquartered in Italy, offers superb contemporary lighting products in playful and inspiring designs. In partnership with both established designers and emerging designers, Foscarini has created an exciting collection of products for residential and commercial applications.

10. Laura Necklacesicon Colorful and light, these floral pendant necklaces will brighten any outfit. Inspired by vintage textile designs, each pendant is made with a traditional enamel process that results in a texture and color palette like no other and hung on a sterling silver neck wire. Perfect as a complement to light summer garments, each petal adds a touch of sunlight to cold weather clothes as well.

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