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IF IT’S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS, TH­ESE IN­VEN­TIVE HOL­I­DAY GIFT IDEAS DE­LIVER BEAUTY AND MEAN­ING

Azure - - CONTENTS - WORDS _Erin Don­nelly

In­spired de­signs for sea­sonal giv­ing

Bas­ket Case

Last year Se­bas­tian Herkner teamed with Colom­bian brand Ames to launch the Caribe fur­ni­ture se­ries. Each colour­ful plas­tic piece is hand­made in Colom­bia us­ing tra­di­tional weav­ing tech­niques. Now Herkner and Ames have re­leased the com­ple­men­tary Ames Bici bi­cy­cle. Sold in four colour com­bi­na­tions bor­rowed from the fur­ni­ture line, the bike is fit­ted with a wo­ven bas­ket made of re­cy­cled plas­tic ties. ames-shop.de

Play Misty

Tak­ing its name from the Ger­man word for fog, the Nebl planter was de­signed for Ge­jst by Michael Rem, who in­tended to evoke a cold, foggy morn­ing walk in his home city of Ber­lin. Rem rein­ter­prets the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal phe­nom­e­non as a frosted shade that sits high or low on a ce­ramic base, ob­scur­ing the view of the flora in­side. ge­jst.com

Join the Dots

At nearly 90, Yayoi Kusama has be­come a hit with the hip­ster set thanks to her In­sta­gram­able in­stal­la­tions. The MOMA Store is ex­ploit­ing this youth­ful ap­peal with a col­lec­tion of skate­boards fea­tur­ing the artist’s sig­na­ture polka dots. Sin­gle decks, made from seven-ply Cana­dian maple and printed with Dots Ob­ses­sion graph­ics, are avail­able in red or yel­low. A set of three boards with the smaller, swirling dots of her 1994 work Yel­low Trees is also on of­fer. All come with wall mounts or can be fit­ted with users’ own trucks and wheels for rid­ing. store.moma.org

An­i­mal In­stinct

From the in­fa­mous se­ries of horse lamps and pig ta­bles for Moooi to the ab­stract Anom­aly seats for Mo­roso, an­i­mals have long in­spired Stock­holm stu­dio Front. This year the duo launched Rest­ing An­i­mals, a se­ries of sleepy sculpted crea­tures from Vi­tra. A cat and two sizes of bird are re­al­ized in ce­ramic, while Rest­ing Bear is as much a friend as fur­ni­ture. A knit fab­ric cover, in turquoise (shown) or mauve, wraps a foam ur­sine form that can be used as an ot­toman or a back­rest. vi­tra.com

From the Ashes

The lat­est ad­di­tions to Fritz Hansen’s Ob­jects col­lec­tion see Jaime Hayon ap­ply his sig­na­ture whimsy to geo­met­ric wooden sculp­tures. Each ash wood piece takes 16 weeks to make due to the thermo-treat­ing process that strength­ens the wood and leaves it with a dark, warm hue. Stand­ing 18 cen­time­tres tall, Geo #1 (shown) is topped with a tiny hat that tips to re­veal an in­te­grated bud vase. fritzhansen.com

City Slick

For that per­son in your life who wants the world on a sil­ver plat­ter, how about a city on a plas­ter tile? Chisel & Mouse com­bines satel­lite data and 3D print­ing with tra­di­tional mould­ing and plas­ter cast­ing to form th­ese 1:5000 scale 3D cityscapes. Eight cities, in­clud­ing New York (shown), Ber­lin, Paris and Lon­don, are cur­rently of­fered in all-white or with a splash of blue added to the metal etched wa­ter­ways. Framed in acrylic, the mod­els suit wall-mount or table­top dis­play. chis­e­land­mouse.com

Mat­ter of Taste

Could there be a more ap­pro­pri­ate gift for the de­sign-savvy foodie than a col­lec­tion of recipes from Pan­tone, the world’s lead­ing au­thor­ity on colour? Fea­tur­ing recipes and pair­ings de­vel­oped by Ital­ian pho­tog­ra­pher Francesca Moscheni, this com­pen­dium mixes and matches 56 colour-coded dishes, pre­sent­ing food as a vis­ual art in the process. guido­tom­masi.it

Beat the Clock

A young Madrid com­pany has suc­ceeded in chang­ing the face of time – or at least that of the ana­logue watch – with the launch of Loyto Watches’ L1. Rather than the ubiq­ui­tous cir­cle of hours, the min­i­mal dial fea­tures a pair of arcs: The out­er­most in­di­cates the hour with a grad­ual colour change as well as num­bers, while the in­ner curve is marked to show the pass­ing min­utes. Avail­able in black or white, th­ese uni­sex time­pieces pair a sand­blasted stain­less steel case with a leather strap. loy­towatches.com Alessi has reimag­ined the JM17 round bas­ket by Jasper Mor­ri­son for its new Tex­tures and Col­ors col­lec­tion. The ves­sels have been trans­formed through the ap­pli­ca­tion of a man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nique, de­vel­oped for 2017’s Ex­traor­di­narymetal se­ries, which adds a peb­bled grain to the steel. The tex­tured sur­face is then coated with a tac­tile epoxy resin, ad­ding a deep matte black or red colour. alessi.com

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