Top Design Minds Share Holiday Gift Ideas

| December 23, 2013 | Holiday

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FROM LEFT: Black Baies large scented candle, Diptyque ($275). 1645 N. Damen Ave., 773-252-3989. Masterpieces Design large candlestick, Georg Jensen ($725). 959 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-9160. Profumi La Chiave Nero scent sphere, Fornasetti ($350). Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St., 312-587-1700. Our Fire candleholder, Baccarat ($815). Macy’s, 111 N. State St., 312-781-1000

Let There Be Light

Candles are a necessary indulgence to give, says Thomas Riker, who, with partner James Dolenc, specializes in interior architecture at residential and commercial design firm jamesthomas. “Diptyque candles have amazing and unusual scents, and the Black Baies candle would be fabulous to use in a powder room. To light a candle that is unexpected and sexy during a dinner or cocktail party is a fun way to make a big impression.”

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FROM TOP: Hummingbird cushion, Alexander McQueen ($895). The Rug Company, 320 N. Clark St., 312-379-1700. Multi Bargello Eden Road pillow, Jonathan Adler ($135). 676 N. Wabash Ave., 312-274-9920. Mediterranean blue and antique white pillow, Surya ($99). Walter E. Smithe, 2009 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-528-7787

Pillow Talk

“A set of beautiful pillows can really finish off a room,” says Eva Quateman, who oversees everything from residential renovations to custom commercial design at her River North firm. “Alexander McQueen’s Hummingbird cushion is a great way to integrate a current fashion-forward trend and provide a starting point for conversation.”

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Bulgari (Assouline; $120). Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 1555 N. Halsted St., 312-397-3135. Take Your Pleasure Seriously by Luca Barcellona, Giovanni De Faccio, Nicola Peressoni, and Chaz Bojórquez (Lazy Dog; $100). MCA Chicago Store, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-397-4000. Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits (powerHouse Books; $50). Barnes & Noble, 1130 N. State St., 312-280-8155

Book Smart

“I have hundreds of coffee-table books on art, architecture, design, fashion, travel—my favorite topics,” says designer and author Nate Berkus, who’s busier than ever with the holiday line of his collection at Target and his upcoming roles as host, judge, and executive producer of American Dream Builders, set to air on NBC this spring. “If I weren’t doing design, I’d work in jewelry. It’s such a passion of mine, and Bulgari: Serpenti Collection totally sums up why. It captures the drama and mystery of Bulgari pieces, and why they have such an enduring allure.”

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Natural corded ombré napkins in plum, teal, and green, Kim Seybert ($40 each). Peachtree Place, 303 S. Happ Road, Northfield, 847-441-7585. Ardana napkin rings in aquamarine (left) and amethyst (right), Rablabs ($105 for set of 2). Material Possessions, 704 N. Wabash Ave., 312-280-4885. Matte Braid Napkin Jewels (center), L’Objet ($120 for set of 4). Elements Chicago, 741 N. Wells St., 312-642-6574

Hand in Hand

Designer Susan Fredman keeps her eyes peeled for a unique finishing touch for wherever she’s being entertained. “Rablabs’s aquamarine napkin rings are one of my favorite new pieces since they can dress up any tabletop in any season—icy winter, bright spring, light summer, cool fall. These are a gorgeous accent for entertaining and make a perfect hostess gift.”

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FROM LEFT: Object 11 by Christoph Finkel, Rillen Vessels ($2,940). Luminaire, 301 W. Superior St., 312-664-9582. NetWorks Stereo with FM in walnut/gold, Tivoli Audio ($499). Audio Consultants, 910 W. Randolph St., 312-829-5950. Petrified wood cheese board, Restoration Hardware ($145). 938 W. North Ave., 312-475-9116. Valencia Rosewood salad serving set, Mary Jurek ($145). Elements Chicago, 741 N. Wells St., 312-642-6574

Knock on Wood

What’s the go-to gift for DIY Network’s Kitchen Crashers host Alison Victoria? Anything driftwood. “I love the look of the soft finish and clean lines of Tivoli Audio’s NetWorks Stereo, which makes it such a versatile gift for all—and who doesn’t love music wherever you go?”

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Photography by William Brinson, anthony tahlier (victoria); Styling by Stephanie Hanes


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