Home for Christmas: The best interior design gifts

Zoe Gunn

24 November 2021

Impress aesthetes with these chic design gifts for home and hearth

24 November 2021 | Zoe Gunn

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ave a house proud friend who is forever throwing dinner parties and cocktail gatherings? They’ll love nothing more than a stylish gift for the home this Christmas. But, of course, interior design is a very personal choice and, if they’re going to be expected to display it in their home, only the best quality will do. From fine seasonal tablewares to sophisticated scents and fabulous furniture, these are the best home and interior design gifts for Christmas 2021.

Ercol

The mid-century modern interior design trend shows no signs of abating and, when it comes to furniture, few brands offer pieces more authentic or covetable than Ercol. Founded in 1920 by Italian designer Lucian Ercolani, many of its designs, such as this Evergreen easy chair, hail from the 1950s while house signatures, including the curved legs and spindle back on the Aldbury occasional chair, are exemplary of the style. The ultimate in big-budget gifts.

Evergreen easy chair, from £1,920, ercol.com; Aldbury chair, from £1,300, ercol.com

1stDibs

The best home gifts combine luxury with practicality and few do this better than Matteo Cibic’s statement fruit bowl. Handmade in India, where Cibic works with local artisans to protect traditional craftsmanship techniques, its vibrant design blends Western artistic influences with classic Indian styles in a contemporary piece that’s a surefire ice breaker.

Matteo Cibic fruit bowl, £607.11, 1stdibs.com

Summerill & Bishop

‘Tis the season for throwing spectacular seasonal soirees and, when it comes to show-stopping tablescapes, Summerill & Bishop’s stellar linens are always a good place to start. Spangled with shimmering gold stars, this 100 per cent Italian linen tablecloth and matching napkins offer a whimsical take on the traditional Christmas table.

Falling Stars linen napkin, £30, sumerillandbishop.com; Falling Stars linen tablecloth, from £625, summerillandbishop.com

Oka

It is a sad truth that even the grandest London apartment rarely has space for a dedicated bar. If you’re buying for an aspiring mixologist, solve this issue with help of Oka’s beautiful saddle leather portable version. Ingeniously designed to house every bar essential, including a bottle opener, corkscrew, ice tongs and a stainless-steel ice bucket, there are also six cups and compartments to house eight small wine glasses and four bottles of wine or spirits.

Saddle leather maxi bar, £1,295, oka.com

Piglet in Bed

Piglet in Bed is the perfect antidote to all things showy and maximalist. This one year old brand – started from the founder’s mother’s West Sussex garden shed – is all about unfussy quality. 

Its enviably chic homeware also takes a stand against stiff, starched, unyielding fabric; the low-maintenance cushions, nightwear and bedding are made to be thrown over, snuggled under and chucked on. In other words, they are made for living. The 'Build Your Bedtime Bundle' – where you can mix and match the duvet cover, sheet and a pair of pillows from any of Piglet in Bed's collection – is particularly popular. High-quality basics also include table linen, such as these napkins in a calming palette of dove grey, oatmeal, navy, and white.

Through its products, Piglet in Bed tries to raise the profile of the humble linen. The natural long fibres of linen help regulate body temperature, meaning that it simultaneously keeps you cosy during the winter months and feels cool and breathable in summer. Plus, it gets softer and softer over time – yet another reason why wear and creases are to be celebrated!

Set of 6 napkins, £50, pigletinbed.com

Foundrae

Best known for its elegant fine jewellery that draws on motifs of mysticism, spirituality and talismanic symbols, this Christmas Foundrae has turned its attention to homewares with a range of ceramic plates featuring the brand’s ten signature emblems. Available individually or in luxurious sets of five, they also double up as chic trinket trays and jewellery dishes.

Foundrae Chapter 1 dessert plate set, £492, brownsfashion.com

Memo Paris

A scented candle is a failsafe gift but why stop at a simple candle when fine fragrance house Memo Paris is offering a two-for-one with these elegant reusable bone china egg cups? This set of four intricately decorated egg cups is filled with Memo’s fresh and bright Grapefruit From Inlé fragrance inspired by the gardens and orchards surrounding Lake Inlé in Burma.

Memo Paris candle egg cup set, £175, harveynichols.com

Our Place

Founded in 2018 to offer high-quality cookware with an aesthetic edge, Our Place is giving Le Creuset a run for its money as the most coveted item in your kitchen. Launched earlier this year, the Perfect Pot combines a stockpot, Dutch oven, saucepot, roasting rack, steamer, strainer, braiser and spoon rest in one neat design that comes in a range of Instagram-friendly hues.

Our Place Perfect Pot, £140, selfridges.com

Jonathan Adler

For stylish home accessories that still make a statement, Jonathan Adler’s range of eclectic throws and cushions can’t be beaten. Each featuring an unusual motif picked out in embroidery and beadwork, they’re crafted from wool and camel hair perfect for getting cosy under this Christmas.

Leopard embellished throw, £395, jonathanadler.com; Snake embellished throw, £395, jonathanadler.com

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