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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 Anna Sansom

Anna Sansom is a British-born, Paris-based journalist. Her favourite part of Christmas is the lights on the Champs-Elysées and Trafalgar Square, Christmas carols and pop songs, mulled wine and mince pies.

'Ethereal Drinks Cabinet', 2020

Marc Fish

£100,000 (plus VAT and shipping)

I have been mesmerised by British designer Marc Fish’s work ever since I discovered it on Todd Merrill’s stand at Collectible design fair in Brussels in 2019. His pieces of furniture made from thin strips of sycamore and resin, with patterns reminiscent of gently lapping waves, are utterly unique. Moreover, they exemplify the masterful level of craftsmanship that can be achieved by working with wood. This cabinet is a beautiful, oval-shaped sculpture that would be a delight to pour drinks from at a Christmas party.

Marc Fish

Chosen by Anna Sansom

Anna Sansom is a British-born, Paris-based journalist. Her favourite part of Christmas is the lights on the Champs-Elysées and Trafalgar Square, Christmas carols and pop songs, mulled wine and mince pies.

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Chosen by Astrid Malingreau

Astrid Malingreau is an Art Advisor and  market contributor to TDE. Her favourite part of Christmas are the stories we all tell each other about our adventures of the year – and the champagne.

Pair of armchairs, circa 1920

Armand Albert Rateau

€95,000

After a year of running between Covid restrictions one deserves to sit down in style. Since no one captured more elegance in their work than the early art-deco master, Armand-Albert, I am spoiling you with a pair of his beautiful armchairs. When you sit, just think about Jeanne Lanvin – who inspired them – and what these chairs must have seen in her divine showrooms a century ago. They are awaiting you in Paris.

Galerie Anne-Sophie Duval

Chosen by Astrid Malingreau

Astrid Malingreau is an Art Advisor and  market contributor to TDE. Her favourite part of Christmas are the stories we all tell each other about our adventures of the year – and the champagne.

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Chosen by Caroline Roux

Caroline Roux is a writer on contemporary art and architecture, who is planning to give PCR-test vouchers to her nearest and dearest this Christmas.

'Carbon Ladder', 2008

Marc Newson

€20,000-30,000

At the time of writing, I’m looking at Lot 501 in the Karl Lagerfeld sale at Sotheby’s in Paris. It’s a black carbon fibre ladder, designed by Marc Newson in 2008. The estimate is a paltry €20,000-30,000, but I’m pretty certain it will go for a whole lot more. There were 18 made, and it’s a must for the designer’s many fans. Plus it’s really useful! Newson recently described it to me as one of his favourite pieces.

Sotheby’s

Chosen by Caroline Roux

Caroline Roux is a writer on contemporary art and architecture, who is planning to give PCR-test vouchers to her nearest and dearest this Christmas.

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Laurie Field is the Executive Editor at TDE. At Christmas her control freak side comes out. Everything is carefully planned and coordinated, from the decorations and table settings to  the food and wine pairings! Guests are forewarned not to bring anything as this may throw the hostess off! 

Console, 1935

Gio Ponti

<£100,000

A coiffeuse is more rarely used these days but this piece encompasses everything I love about  them. Its colour is really what drew me to it, that and the fact it was made by Gio Ponti, one of my favourite designers. Plus, I have the perfect spot for this little beauty in my bedroom! Gio Ponti really understood that ladies need the perfect comfortable space to get ready, he was rather au fait with  the ‘coquettes’ of the 1950s.

Chosen by

Laurie Field is the Executive Editor at TDE. At Christmas her control freak side comes out. Everything is carefully planned and coordinated, from the decorations and table settings to  the food and wine pairings! Guests are forewarned not to bring anything as this may throw the hostess off! 

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Sophie Hastings is a writer whose favourite thing, on Christmas morning, is to watch her three  children and the dog opening their stockings on her bed, filling the room with clouds of coloured tissue paper.

Dining Table, circa 1949

Joaquim Tenreiro

POA

Joaquin Tenreiro’s dramatic yellow dining table would take centre stage in our family home. The dining table is where we meet, eat, read, dawdle, work and think and I’m always looking for the perfect one. Tenreiro’s purity of line, generous dimensions and hugely glamorous top of egg yolk gloss combine everything I love in a piece of design: it is perfection. 

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Chosen by

Sophie Hastings is a writer whose favourite thing, on Christmas morning, is to watch her three  children and the dog opening their stockings on her bed, filling the room with clouds of coloured tissue paper.