Material & Product

Selected ideas for Christmas gifts

 A sketch by ‘a pinch of design’ – Joanna Walczak

Christmas is in less than two weeks! I love this time of the year, buying Christmas gifts. Although it seems like a hard nut to crack in fact, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. We just need to remember about the most important principle: buy gifts fitting the taste to whom you will give it to, not yours. Buying someone a gift you would like to get is a nice idea only if the person has similar tastes to you. The best way to get an idea of what to buy is to listen carefully to somebody, what that person liked lately, what book he would like to read or what’s missing in his home.

I would like to present you selected ideas for Christmas gifts that I picked for you. Maybe I can help you somehow with this list to buy gifts for your loved ones that will bring a smile on their faces.

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The world of famous American designers – The Eames

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In today’s post I would like to present you Charles and Ray Eames, ones of the most important American designers of the 20th century. I decided to write this post now because firstly I personally admire this pair’s work very much and secondly because the British Barbican presents a new exhibition celebrating the life and work of these designers. The exhibition, aptly titled ‘The World of Charles and Ray Eames’ presents their beautiful universe, from the first plywood experiments, spanning architecture, furniture and product design to less known abstract paintings, multi-media installation projects, graphic design and photographic arts. It reveals their career and is a testimony to their office’s work. The curator of the exhibition Catherine Ince says:

‘We have tried to really explore and highlight the types of projects that they undertook in their 45 years of operation.’.

The exhibition affords an intimate view of the pair as people. You can read more about this beautiful presentation of their work on Wallpaper* magazine website, but I would like to present you some of their iconic projects.

Charles and Ray famously said,

“We wanted to make the best for the most for the least.” , 1941

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Minimalist shelter from VIPP

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After Friday’s dramatic terror attacks in Paris we are all sad and devastated about what happened. However, we must remain strong and united. Today’s post is about calm, amazing and modern gateway from famous Danish brand Vipp.

Although the shelter has been already shown on many architectural websites I still want to present it on my blog. Vipp is a big danish company specialized in producing industrial objects and kitchen tools for everyday use since the 1930s. They are especially known for their iconic pedal bin. After they had designed great kitchen and bathroom modules, in 2014 they unveiled their most ambitious product yet: Vipp Shelter.

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String ball lights – romantic lights perfect for autumn!

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This very beautiful and romantic idea absolutely charmed me. From string lights conception I have chosen the cotton ball lights to my September Objects of Desire list. Now I would like to tell you a bit more about this idea and show you some inspiration proving that these lights add magic to each and every interior.

The string lights create a beautiful play of light, shadow and colour. It’s a great and easy idea to make over every space at our home, especially in autumn and winter when we want to feel very cosy and comfortable. The string hung in the right place will create amazing atmosphere and keep us in a very good mood.

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Cold evenings? Swathe yourself in a warm blanket!

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Not long time ago we were enjoying the warm days of summer, but now the days are getting colder and Christmas time will soon be upon us. But there is nothing better for cool autumn and winter evenings than staying at home with a cup of hot tea and wraping up in a warm blanket! I think this is the element we love about autumn and winter the most :). A warm blanket will keep us warm inside and also outside when we decide to catch the last rays of sun on the terrace or in the garden. A beautiful blanket provides warmth but also is a decorative element of the living room or as a bed covering in the bedroom.

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DesignerBox – beautiful and good design for all!

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I found this great idea not long time ago and I totally have fallen for it! The Designer Box, founded by Bénédicte Colpin and Tomas Erel, is a beautiful idea that brings original and good design at a very affordable price to your home from the greatest international designers. Sounds great right? 🙂 The founders wanted to make people happy among the ones keen on decoration and design.

Wallpaper* “There’s nothing quite like the excitement of receiving a surprise gift in the post, and its even better if the gift in question turns out to be a beautifully made, limited edition design object”.

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Nordkraft’s Exhibition: Leather Lamps by Norm Architects

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It’s been already two weeks after the Paris Design Week, but I would love to present you an exhibition organized by the concept store Nordkraft for this event. The exclusive exhibition, named “Enclosed”, is still going on until October 11th. Created in collaboration with Norm Architects it features four sculptural pieces. This interactive installation of abstract architectural spaces examines the border between furniture and architecture.

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Design Icon :: Outdoor and indoor chair

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This weekend is being quite calm. I can focus on my blog and posts for this month. In the week when I work sometimes this is nearly impossible, but it’s just how it is, and I love my job anyway :).

In today’s post I would like to share with you some good design, exactly one of my favourite chair. I discovered very interesting video on Elle Decoration UK about the production of the Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. I love a behind-the-scenes glimpse of creating things, spaces or buildings. Knowing the process of construction fascinates me!

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Absolutely astonishing interior & design stores

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Maison & Objet started on Friday and the Paris Design Week yesterday. The good design is on everyone’s lips now in Paris! Because of these very important events that are taking place right now I would love to share with you some amazing brands which are absolutely making a difference in design industry and I discovered them not long time ago. Each of them offers exciting, bold and high quality products from craftsmen and designers.

Take a look! 🙂

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Must-have from Bloomingville

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The design fair Maison&Objet Paris is starting soon. There are going to be lots of great products and booths. The one that I can’t wait to see is the booth for Bloomingville.

This amazing Danish brand founded by Betina & Simon Stampe creates, discovers and collects beautiful objects for the home and the garden. Bloomingville offers gorgeous products with a nostalgic Scandinavian twist and reproductions of fantastic pieces inspired by French brocante. Since the begining the brand keeps its focus on excellent quality, reasonable prices and the high level of service.

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