A Rhino for the Library: Nine Holiday Gifts for the Home
Deck the halls (and dens and nurseries) with these strategically curated holiday gifts, each matched to its domestic habitat. After all, the best presents exude a sense of place.
1.Â For the Master Bath
Brooklyn-based artist and designer Doug Johnston crafts functional and sculptural objects by coiling and stitching sailing line. This oversize handled specimen transforms dirty laundry into a thing of beauty.
â€śBigâ€ť rope basket, $420, Lekker.
2.Â For the Library
Flemish court sculptor and architect Peter Anton von Verschaffelt designed this beast in 1770, reflecting Europeâ€™s fascination with exotic animals. Now made by hand in Munich, this version is a museum-quality piece that ups the sophistication level of any bookshelf.
Nymphenburg porcelain rhinoceros, $4,430, E. R. Butler & Co.
3.Â For the Den
A natural hide blanket is practically essential for luxe New England livingâ€”especially when itâ€™s a cozy earth-tone wrap made by a Buenos Aires artisan.
Shearling throw, $599, DiseĂ±o.
4. For the Nursery
The modernistâ€™s answer to Mr. Potato Head, this set of 74 blocksâ€”hewn from preservative-free rubberwood and finished with nontoxic paintâ€”will inspire would-be designers and architects of all ages.
Miller Goodman â€śPlayShapesâ€ť rubberwood blocks, $150, the Wooden Wagon.
5.Â For the Billiard Room
Itâ€™s been 80 years since Finnish architect, designer, and one-time MIT professor Alvar Aalto created the iconic birch bentwood stacking stool, which functions perfectly as extra seating for nine-ball spectators.
Artek Alvar Aalto â€śStool 60,â€ť $310 each, M2L.Â
6.Â For the Office
The design-oriented stickler will keep meticulous time with a crisply detailed clock. Dreamed up by Arne Jacobsen for the Danish National Bank in 1971, this timepiece features a precision-quartz movement and convex mineral-glass crystal.
Arne Jacobsen â€śBankerâ€™sâ€ť aluminum clock, $370, Design Within Reach.
7.Â For the Kitchen
French crockery with midcentury flair goes from oven or stovetop to table and showcases bĹ“uf bourguignon, butternut-squash soup, and apple tart in style. If there are leftovers, just pop it in the freezer, then reheat in the microwave. The cookware is dishwasher safe, too, naturellement.
Revol â€śRevolution Cocotteâ€ť ceramic pots, $250 each, Didriks.
8.Â For the Conservatory
Gift your favorite indoor gardener a pair of hand-forged Japanese shears and a pretty perforated bowl from Vermont-based potter Zoe Zilian for fresh-cut herbs and vegetables all winter long.
Tampopo â€śBuryoâ€ť metal shears, $95, and Farmhouse Pottery â€śWindrowâ€ť glazed stoneware bowl, $135, both Good.
9.Â For the Bedroom
Forgo unsightly digital displays in plastic casings in favor of a sleek, clean-lined clock radio with superior sound. The Model Threeâ€™s stellar radio reception, smooth-turning tuning dial, and iPod compatibility make it an enviable bedside companion.
Tivoli Audio â€śModel Threeâ€ť clock radio, $300, ICA Store.
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