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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'Ethereal Drinks Cabinet', 2020
£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.
Pair of armchairs, circa 1920
Armand Albert Rateau
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.
'Carbon Ladder', 2008
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.
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.
Dining Table, circa 1949
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.