Charles Eames once stated, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” The items compiled here are definitely a sum of their meticulously executed details. With several things in common — innovation, functionality, timeless style — what design maven wouldn’t love to receive one of these wrapped with a bow?
Stelton AJ Teapot | $615
First produced in 1967 and designed by Arne Jacobsen, the AJ Teapot is considered a Danish design icon with its minimalistic and timeless aesthetic. In 2002, Inform Interiors hosted a tea party to celebrate Jacobsen’s 100th birthday. The Western Tea Master in attendance explained that the low position of the teapot’s spout allows the for appropriate brewing of Jacobsen’s favourite tea. Do you know what kind of tea it is?
Zanotta Sella Stool | $1415
Designed by brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1957 the Sella, meaning ‘saddle’ in Italian, was developed as a “phone stool” made with industrial elements — a professional racing bike seat on top of a lacquered pink column which is balanced by the cast-iron base. It is a sculptural design that reflects the innovative vision of the designers. Referring to one possible use of the iconoclastic design, Achille Castiglioni said, “When I use a pay phone, I like to move around, but I also would like to sit, but not completely.” Incredibly unique, this stool shows off the abstract side of furniture design.
Ingo Maurer Grasl Lamps | $274-$624
Designed by Jan Roth for Ingo Maurer in 1973, the Grasl is available as a table or hanging lamp. Uniting simplicity with elegant design this collection combines modern materials — matte, nickel-plated iron, glossy anodized aluminium and brass — to create a timeless light object.
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Le Corbusier’s Architectural Polychromy Book Set | $636
Le Corbusier‘s Architectural Polychromy is a masterwork. It offers 63 fascinating colour shades which Le Corbusier created in two colour collections — in 1931 and 1959. All colour shades are eminently architectural, naturally harmonious and can be combined in any way. Each shade has its relevance and embodies specific spatial and human effects.
Flos Parentesi Suspension Lamp | $895-$965
Born out of a 1971 collaboration between Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù, the Parentesi was named for the parenthesis symbol — a visual reference to the nickel-plated shaped tube that lives on a floor-to-ceiling steel cable. Designed to provide direct lighting, the bulb moves vertically up and down the 13-foot floor-to-ceiling cable (may be cut to size) to suit the task at hand. The Parentesi provides direct lighting and is available in black, nickel, or red.
Cassina LC4 Chaise Longue | From $4800
Designed in 1928 by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret, this chair gained fame in 1965 when Cassina began its production. Dubbed the “relaxing machine”, the LC4 is the definitive chaise longue: built in a shape designed for relaxation, the chair was created when the three designers teamed together to put man at the centre of their design, taking the idea that form and function should be at the service of relaxation, creating a perfect balance between its geometric purity and its ergonomic intent.