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The interiors wunderkind wants to treat his family to indulgent gifts, from a vintage timepiece to a ride on the Orient-Express


1. AMI PARIS three buttons leather coat

I’ve been obsessed with animal prints lately. It’s a gift both my sister Sofia and I could wear. £3,310 (amiparis.com)

2. 19th-century English Chinoiseri­e ladies secretaire writing table

I have a corner where I’ve been trying to fit in a tiny desk. This is for sale via 1st Dibs and would be perfect, but not for my tiny budget. £7,584, at 1stdibs.com

3. GERGEI ERDEI Tigre Oriente table linen

The perfect gift for the ‘hostess with the mostest’ in your life. A decadent conversati­on-starter that will bring maximalist splendour to your table instantly. I’ll be sending this to my fabulous hotelier friend, Philomena Schurer. £300 (gergeierde­i.com)

4. GINORI 1735 Gio Ponti vase, La Venatoria

I am going all green in my flat and this Gio Ponti design would look perfect on my coffee table. £8,150 (ginori1735.com)

5. STUDIO WILLY RIZZO backgammon table

I never liked board games but if I could have this table, I would learn how to play backgammon. £9,665 (willyrizzo­sellsorigi­nals.com)

6. GERGEI ERDEI octagonal dinner plates

I would gift these hand-painted dinner plates to my mum to use straight away on the Christmas table. I am so happy with how the octagonal shapes turned out; I just can’t stop eating from these now. £95 (gergeierde­i.com)

7. GUCCI HA HA HA Jackie 1961 shoulder bag

This bag would be perfect for my dearest photograph­er friend Wanda Martin, a modern-day femme fatale who literally ruins all her bags and shoes in two days. This looks festival-proof enough to survive at least a week. £4,660 (gucci.com)

8. CASABLANCA geometric-print silk shirt

I’ve been a big admirer of Charaf Tajer’s label, Casablanca. This shirt really sums up the spirit of the brand and I love a trompe l’oeil print. I will be spending New Year’s Eve in Marrakech so I think it’s the perfect piece to wear with black flared pants. £685, at farfetch.com

9. PIAGET vintage watch 1980-1990

Pre-owned 30mm Eighties Piaget watches are my new obsession. The finishing touch to get the Robert De Niro Casino look. £8,438 at farfetch.com

10. A trip to Venice on the Belmond Simplon-Orient-Express

When visiting London, my father always wanted to go to the London Transport Museum, but I often made other plans involving antique markets or galleries. This train ride would please both of us. Four-day round trip, from £5,840 per passenger (belmond.com)

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