Home Essentials To Add the Right Touch of Holiday Cheer
A Scented Spectacle
Jo Malone London has the perfect answers with an extensive range of deliciously scented options that run the gamut from personal fragrances and toiletries to a scrumptious selection of diffusers, sprays, and candles to add warmth to any space.
The British perfumer brings the classic scents of the Holidays into your living areas with a choice array of home fragrance options. Pine & Eucalyptus brings a wild, bracing tinge of the Great Outdoors indoors: woody, slightly sharp, and reminiscent of fresh Christmas trees and aromatic woods burning in the fireplace. For something more luxurious and opulent, Orange Bitters plays with a citrusy base of sweet orange and ripe mandarin overlaid with a touch of rich prune and the sharp overtone of bitter Seville orange. Both scents are available in diffuser, spray, and candle form.
Just in time for the season, the brand introduces a seductive new scent that is bound to delight the senses. Jo Malone’s Rose & Magnolia is described as pure magic: a sensual combination of creamy and velvety magnolias tempered by two kinds of rose. Rose de Mai (Rosa centrifolia) from the fields of Provence adds a decidedly floral sweetness while the darker damask rose (Rosa damascena) adds an aromatic richness overlaid with spice. Rose & Magnolia comes in a limited edition bottle topped with a dark blue rose, making it a truly special gift either for yourself or for someone dear.
Jo Malone also offers a Limited Edition cologne version of its highly popular Pomegranate Noir fragrance, along with a number of charming gift boxes featuring a pre-selected set of little surprises. The Christmas Cracker, for instance, comes with an array of miniature presents: a flacon of fresh-smelling English Pear & Freesia cologne, Blueberry & Bay Hand and Body Wash, and a Basil & Neroli Body Crème. The Christmas Ornament, on the other hand, is a gift that keeps on giving: something sparkly to hang on the tree during the Holidays which contains petite size Grapefruit cologne and Wild Bluebell Body Crème to enjoy even after the season is through.
Words: Marga Manlapig | Photos: Jo Malone London
Welcome 2020, the Year of the Rat in Chinese astrology, with Lalique's playful Rat and Mouse sculptures. In clear crystal, gold-stamped or gold-lustered, the Rat, symbol of prosperity, wealth, and fertility, enriches the vast Lalique bestiary. Pair it up with the fully rotund Mouse which displays a mischievous air. It comes in both a small version—available in clear crystal, gold-lustered, or black—and a large size, in clear crystal, gold-stamped, or gold-lustered plus in pink for a limited edition of 188 pieces.
Italian furniture maker Flexform’s Sveva armchair might appear simple, but its clean lines and ergonomic appeal make it a fitting addition to any home or office. A shell forged from structural polyurethane and upholstered in saddle hide holds thick cushions stuffed generously with goose down, so that once you’re happily ensconced in its embrace, you’ll never want to leave. The cast aluminium swivel base comes in options with four or five spokes, featuring finishes ranging from satin or chrome to burnished or champagne, while the cushions and leather can be customised with any of the fabrics in Flexform’s extensive library.
Add a touch of festive sparkle with these porcelain Luna vases from SIEGER by FÜRSTENBERG that are hand-polished with 24 carat gold. The celestial patterns in muted colours bring a playful element to brighten up any room.
Home-grown textile brand Tai Ping and architecture studio AB Concept come together to present Nephele, a capsule collection of four stunning couture carpets. Named for a cloud nymph created by Zeus in Greek mythology, the Nephele carpets are inspired by aeroplane views seen by AB Concept founders Ed Ng and Terence Ngan during their many travels. Polis, for instance, evokes a nighttime city view lit up by streetlights, while Oread is a depiction of what Hong Kong looks like from above, with the city’s mountains peaking through the clouds and fog. The collection is a perfect blend of AB Concept’s luxurious design talent with Tai Ping’s innovative craftsmanship.
No home is the same once it’s been touched by the influence of Alex Papachristidis, the interior designer extraordinaire whose eclectic approach results in highly personal spaces beloved by their owners. And while the heavily in demand decorator has a jam-packed schedule, his collection gives everyone a chance to upgrade their home with curated vintage items and original designs, from gilded crystal chandeliers and Chinoiserie-inspired dinner plates to peony-shaped cocktail napkins and these Chez Moi dining chairs, which are covered in Almaty Velvet and come in four colour options, all of them distinctive additions to any dinner party.
Turn a study, living room, or child’s room into a miniature zoo with whimsical creatures from Zuny’s Classic Series. Made with beautifully tactile synthetic leather, each piece in the series can serve as a paperweight, bookend, or even a doorstop. One can choose from chubby hippos, stately giraffes, and rotund elephants to add a bit of safari fun to a space. Need something bigger? The Classic Series also includes a hippopotamus footstool in warm earth tones—just the thing to liven up a playroom or cosy up the den.
Small Is Beautiful
Epitomising sustainable luxury, items from Hermès’ petit H line of objects are created from leftover materials, drawing expertise from the house’s superlative craftsmanship and design expertise, with creations ranging from the functional to the frivolous: think leather baggage tags and magazine racks, but also flying teapots and hedgehog sculptures. This curiosities cabinet in chestnut is a stunning focal piece from the line, as is the bear shelf, a whimsical marriage of wood and leather.
Crafted skilfully to reveal the beauty of each piece, the Hermés Collection for the Home 2019 - 2020 pays tribute to materials in all their forms.
Heritage brand De Gournay, best known for its fine craftsmanship and exacting bespoke services, offers intricate wallcoverings and fabrics with ornate designs that can completely transform a space. The Coco Coromandel wallcovering is no different. It is inspired by Chinese lacquer screens that became popular in the West from the 17th century; a particular fan was fashion legend Coco Chanel, said to have owned 32 of them. To create Coco Coromandel, artisans studied a section of one of these screens, re-interpreting the carved patterns by painting peonies, peacocks, and other designs by hand onto Chinese rice paper.
Light Up This Holiday Season
Diptyque’s Three Lights For a Year of Happiness offer scent-sorial and fragrant accoutrements to embellish the home this season. The in-depth exploration of the world of charms paves the way for Diptyque’s latest collection, in collaboration with artist Olaf Hajek, whose artworks elicit and reinterpret colourful themes found in folk art. To celebrate renewal and transition from this year to the next, the legendary French perfumer presents three new lucky charm creations. With these universal symbols, Diptyque wishes you luck, protection, and harmony.
Musician and arbiter of style Pharrell Williams has teamed up with chef-restaurateur Jean Imbert for an all-new take on MOOD by Christofle.
Characterised by its egg-shaped carrying-case and its clean modern aesthetic, MOOD has constantly delivered on its promise of bringing conviviality and memorable moments to one’s dining experience.
For MOOD Party, the Williams/Imbert version, the egg-case swaps out its classic metallic shell for one decorated with a colourful frieze depicting the collaborators as they welcome guests into a warm and happy gathering. Here, Williams and Imbert are shown circulating through a crowd of partygoers; the former is handing out drinks, while the latter offers canapes to those he approaches.
Colour is key. Using bright yellow as the primary background captures the feeling of joy one experiences when sharing a meal with family and friends. There’s also a pop of colour on the sterling silver flatware as the word “Share” is engraved into each item’s handle in a variety of happy hues. Add just the right touch of whimsy and elegance with this limited edition MOOD Party, the perfect accoutrements to spice up your next soirée.
The best feasts are enjoyed while focusing squarely on the meal and surrounding company without any other distractions. Home decor brand L’Objet presents a dinnerware collection that perfectly facilitates this. Created exclusively for Lane Crawford, L’Objet’s Zen collection is inspired by decorative Coromandel screens. Dishes in deep jewel blue and crisp white are gilded with 24k gold bonsai branches and the character for “zen” respectively. Gold accents bring subtly festive flair to your table, while the delicate design means your attention won’t be wandering any time soon.