Christmas Gift Ideas for Design Lovers

W’s features director Alix Browne reveals 10 items at the top of her wishlist.


Alix Browne, Features Director. Courtesy of Ezra Petronio.


If Santa really loved me, he’d drop the British designer Max Lamb down my chimney to do over my entire bathroom in Marmoreal. But I am willing to settle for Lamb’s cool Marmoreal cutting board. It’s about $190 from


Donald Judd’s elemental metal furniture, which he started making in 1984, is still in production—and comes in a rainbow of colors. I’ll take this chair in one of each, please! Price upon request.


I first saw these handspun metal planters by Brook & Lyn at Sight Unseen Offsite in New York. They start at $45 for a small bowl and go up to $1750 for a planter. My number one new year’s resolution? Start a cactus garden!


For Christmas, Linda Rodin’s miracle face oil comes in festive packaging, so you can just drop it right in my stocking without even bothering to wrap it. It’s $130 from


When Tiffany & Co and Dover Street Market get together, the results are both classic and cool. Tiffany & Co. earrings, $4,500,


This cheerful, charming silver, sapphire and cubic zirconia ring was part of Karl Fritsch’s recent show at Salon 94 in New York. $2400 seems such a small price to pay for such a big smile!


This little leather and enamel number, from the Swiss design duo Kueng Caputo, is as practical as it is pretty. Stool? Bedside table? Cocktail podium? You make the call. It’s $10,000 from


These colorful, Bauhaus inspired blankets made in Norway will give the design aficionado in your life that warm fuzzy feeling. They are $325 each from


These Heller Rainbow Mugs are a Massimo and Lella Vignelli classic. Last year, I gave them as Christmas gifts; this year I’m buying them for myself. They’re $60 for the set at


I would use these graphic tea towels from the Dutch design darlings Scholten & Baijings and produced by the Danish company HAY as dinner napkins—which means I’ll need all 8 eye catching variations. They are $18 at


Michael Anastassiades is another multi-talented light designer. His delicate, brass and glass Floating Forest planters hold teeny, apartment-sized trees. From $75 at


Designer Lindsey Adelman is well known for her exquisite, jewel-like lights, which are made by hand in her New York studio. But her actual jewelry is not too shabby. These two-finger rings ($1400 each) are available by special order at


These simple, zippered pouches from the Hayward resort collection have been gussied up in rich Fortuny fabric. They’d make the perfect evening clutch. Hurry—they’re limited edition! $400 at