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Secret Santa

This year we’ve asked various members of the team, as well some of our favourite writers, to pick a piece of collectible design they would buy for the office Secret Santa – after slapping some zeroes on the end of the budget of course!

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- The Budget-
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Chosen by Sophie

Sophie Poklewski Koziell is Assistant Editor of TDE. Her favourite part of Christmas is a nip of  brandy followed by a swim in the icy Atlantic.

A pot from ‘The St David’s Collection’

Cicely Peers

£100 each

Where would you start looking for a piece of collectible design under £100? At the graduate  shows, of course!  

Cicely Peers was one of the ‘early career’ ceramic artists to be showcased at this year’s British  Ceramics Biennial ‘Fresh’ exhibition. She is a recent graduate from Manchester School of Art’s 3D  Design course and winner of this year’s THROWN Contemporary Ceramics Award at New  Designers.  

Her work is based on the medieval encaustic floor tiles of St David’s Cathedral in Wales and  combines 3D printing with slip casting to produce these strong ceramic forms. I’d carefully wrap any one of these striking works for my Secret Santa, but if I had to choose one I’d spend my £100  on ‘2.3’ (the second from the right). 

cicelyceramics.co.uk

Chosen by Sophie

Sophie Poklewski Koziell is Assistant Editor of TDE. Her favourite part of Christmas is a nip of  brandy followed by a swim in the icy Atlantic.

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Chosen by Joe

Joseph Doran is Content Manager at TDE and his favourite part of Christmas is his family’s annual  costume competition. Last time out he was ‘Four Calling Birds’.

'It’s Dutch Design' film poster

Esther Janssen

£17.50

Collectible Design under £100 is hard to come by, but there are always creative ways to collect for  those of us that aren’t willing or able to afford stratospheric prices. 

As the person responsible for digital content at The Design Edit’s, something that’s  caught my eye in recent times is Esther Janssen’s fantastic poster for Elbe Stevens’ film It’s Dutch  Design – featuring the likes of Maarten Baas, Tejo Remy, Gerrit Rietveld and Nacho Carbonell. Not  only is it visually delightful, it also supports the considered, independent filmmaking by Stevens and his team.

itsdutchdesign.com/#shop

Chosen by Joe

Joseph Doran is Content Manager at TDE and his favourite part of Christmas is his family’s annual  costume competition. Last time out he was ‘Four Calling Birds’.

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Chosen by Brecht

Brecht Wright Gander is an artist and writer. His favourite part of Christmas is wrapping gifts in unconventional ways, using leftover materials from his workshop.

'Shuro Hand Broom'

June

£110

‘Discovering design’ for me meant coming alive to the astonishing beauties of Japanese dustpans and brooms, Soviet tape dispensers, Shaker hayrakes and antique hammers. What is an aesthete to do in the face of the unrelenting elegance of the world’s pedestrian minutia, never mind the grandness of our planet’s star-orbiting wonder? The author Ben Lerner writes that poetry’s “usefulness depends on its lack of practical utility.” It’s also the case that objects can be poetic precisely because of their practicality. As evidence, I present this ‘Shuro Broom’.

www.junehomesupply.com

Chosen by Brecht

Brecht Wright Gander is an artist and writer. His favourite part of Christmas is wrapping gifts in unconventional ways, using leftover materials from his workshop.

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Chosen by Connie

Connie Burdett works with the Marketing and Content team at TDE. Her favourite part of  Christmas is a glass of champagne and smoked salmon blini at 12pm.

'Seggiolina Pop Chair' (for Magis)

Enzo Mari

£75

When looking for collectible design on a budget, I’ve always found that platforms like the MoMa Design Store and The Conran Shop often have some wonderful items at more accessible prices. On the latter of these you can find my Secret Santa pick, the ‘Seggiolina Pop Chair’ by Enzo Mari for Magis. It’s a functional and fun piece of design for children that introduces the  younger generation to the world of design and provides a colourful and humorous nod to an  iconic design on a smaller scale.

www.conranshop.co.uk

Chosen by Connie

Connie Burdett works with the Marketing and Content team at TDE. Her favourite part of  Christmas is a glass of champagne and smoked salmon blini at 12pm.

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Chosen by Eddy

Eddy Frankel is Time Out London‘s Art & Culture Editor and the founder of OOF magazine. His favourite bit of Christmas is none of it, because he is Jewish.

'Scary Pot/Emotive Pot'

Faye Hadfield

Contact artist for price

I already have a sad face and screaming face vase by the brilliant young artist Faye Hadfield, and would happily fill my house with them if I could. Prices may have gone up since I got in on it, but they are worth every penny.  

www.fayehadfield.co.uk

Chosen by Eddy

Eddy Frankel is Time Out London‘s Art & Culture Editor and the founder of OOF magazine. His favourite bit of Christmas is none of it, because he is Jewish.