Summer is here and that means wedding season is well and truly upon us. But what do you buy design-conscious couples to celebrate? Pots and pans? Toasters and kettles? We think not. Here, we round-up only the most gorgeous of gifts to bestow upon discerning family and friends, from awe-inspiring art to covetable tableware and jaw-dropping lighting. Gifts so good, in fact, you may want to keep them for yourself…
1 The must-have masterpiece
They say art is subjective, but we think you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t appreciate this stylish piece. Sure to make a statement in any space, the red and pink abstract masterpiece is by talented artist Mark Rothko, while it’s printed on high-quality matte paper by King & McGaw and framed in a stained-black solid ash frame. Something to hang pride of place.
2 The Michelin-starred dinnerware
One of the best things about Michelin-starred restaurants? The dinnerware, which you can never seem to shop anywhere, no matter where you look. A chef secret, perhaps. Crafted by Broste Copenhagen, the Scandi-inspired Nordic Sea collection recreates all the style of fine-dining from the comfort of home, featuring a hand-glazed finish in a grey-blue colour. Almost too good to use.
3 The can’t-live-without design classic
A design icon always goes down a treat. So, why not invest on behalf of the happy couple with the Original 1227 brass desk lamp by Anglepoise? There’s a place for one in any home – whether traditional or contemporary – with handsome Mid-Century looks and glamorous brass detailing. Better still, its signature constant-tension springs enable the lamp to shine light in any direction, perfect for those working from home.
4 The lay-in-bed-till-late quilt
Couples will need no excuse for a lie-in when you’ve given them something as cosy and chic as our Velvet Quilt. Made from 100% cotton and featuring plush quilting, it’s a luxurious pick for any newlyweds, while it’s available in a range of palettes to suit their scheme – from dusky pink to emerald green and midnight blue. Sure to ignite the flames of passion.
5 The bright-idea candle
We all like a luxurious candle, but somehow, it’s one of those things you rarely buy for yourself. Which is why it’s the perfect opportunity to present one to friends for their wedding. The large Underground Candle by self-taught British designer Tom Dixon is sure to go down a storm. With notes of lemon and cardamom sitting on top of a gingery base, it will enliven their home for up to 60 hours, while the vessel is crafted from hand-spun metal with a brass patina finish and a solid marble lid. Great for repurposing.
6 The objet-d’art pitcher
Pitcher, vase or objet d’art? All three, we think. Designed by Constantin Wortmann for Georg Jensen, the versatile Cobra Pitcher is a water jug first and foremost, but can easily be used as a vase or simply as a stunning piece of design as part of an Instagrammable shelving display. It’s handcrafted in Denmark from polished stainless steel and features a distinctive curved aesthetic. A thing of beauty.