Unique conversation pieces for the friend who has it all.
Tom Dixon - Swirl
A self-professed love affair with marble has led prolific British designer Tom Dixon to create the Swirl collection. Adorning a wide range of items spanning candleholders and bookends to vases and tables, the pattern whirls with wild abandon in a host of different colours. Achieved by mixing pigment and resin with a recycled powdered residue obtained from the marble industry, the resultant material is smooth, boldly-patterned and heavy as stone. Each Swirl item comes in a sculpted geometric form that makes it easy to stack, and adds a pop of colour and personality wherever it’s placed.
XTRA, #02-48 Marina Square
Shang Xia - Jun Zi travel tea set
Named after the Chinese word for “gentleman”, the Jun Zi invites you to take tea anywhere you choose, setting a pristine porcelain teapot and four cups inside a box carrier in a red lacquered beech wood or a walnut wood finish, topped off with a graceful handle. Shang Xia, a Chinese luxury brand, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and has become known for its references to traditional Chinese culture and craftsmanship, but with a contemporary expression. Only two of the tea sets are available in Singapore.
#01-112, Ngee Ann City
Hermes - Bag on legs
A piece of furniture and a handbag at the same time, Bag On Legs is one of the standout pieces from the brand’s Petit H atelier, which uses unwanted materials from Hermes’ workshops and turns them into whimsical items. Available in three sizes, it can be placed on a table or left standing on the floor, to hold everything from magazines to household items. Godefroy de Virieu, creative director of Petit H, was inspired by animals (hence the webbed foot pictured in this one) when he designed the collection. He cleverly provided for the bag to be easily detachable so that it can also be toted to a chic garden party.
Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Rd
Moooi - Pet light
Playful is the first word that comes to mind when describing Dutch design firm Moooi, and its Pet Light certainly bears that stamp. Made up of table lamps in the shapes of an owl, rabbit and penguin (named Uhuh, Purr & Noot Noot respectively), the collection is designed by Marcel Wanders. Buy the trio together or separately for an adult or child – the snowy white frosted glass pieces with gold-plated ceramic accents are sure to charm. Each has a rounded figure, standing no taller than 33cm, doubling as cute companion by day, and mood light by night.
Space Furniture, 77 Bencoolen Street
Fritz Hansen - Moon eye vase set
Paying artistic tribute to imperfection is this new pair of vases from Danish brand Fritz Hansen. Sculpted from mouth-blown glass, they are inspired by symbols of the crescent moon and eye. As a result, no two are the same, with differences in height, thickness and colour attributed to a specialist fixed-mould crafting process. The brainchild of Danish female designer Grethe Meyer, who died in 2008, they can be displayed together or individually, with just a fistful of flowers. Meyer was trained as an architect and is known for designing Danish homes that showed respect for nature.
W. Atelier, #13-08 Tan Boon Liat Building
Vitra - Eames elephant (small)
These adorable elephants were first produced by the legendary Charles and Ray Eames in 1945 as a means of showing that it was possible to mould plywood into different shapes. The prototype never went into mass production because of the technical challenges but the decorative object never lost its appeal. A limited-edition production run was done in 2007, and Vitra created a plywood version with a high-quality face veneer in American cherry in 2017. Today, plastic versions are available in small and large sizes, to sit easily on a shelf or on the floor, and delight a whole new generation of children and adults.