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Fave Five: Gifts With Design In Mind

It’s gift-giving season and at Lumens, you will find gifts and home accessories that were crafted with modern design in mind. Much like the lighting and furniture we offer, we know what we are talking about when it comes to holiday gifts and design. From gifts for the contemporary kitchen to gifts for the home maker and everyone else in your life, these are five of our favorite modern and unique gifts this holiday season.

Michael Graves Tea Kettle from Alessi

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It’s no surprise that the Kettle With Bird Whistle by Michael Graves for Alessi is a top-selling gift at Lumens. Not only is the tea kettle the perfect home accessory for the kitchen, but is also very functional as its simple geometric and stainless steel design allows it to heat faster than most other kettles. And what you will really love about the kettle is that the Michael Graves’ signature bird whistle will sing as soon as water has finished boiling.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Michael Graves Kettle:

I’ve had an Alessi teapot for over 20 years. That is until it was recently fried. Now, I have a new one and it’s more fabulous than the last.

Works very well – whistle is strong and easily heard. Kettle sits on our island cook top and is a piece of art too!

QLOCKTWO Wall Clock from Biegert & Funk

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Tell time with a timeless design from German design studio, Biegert & Funk. The QLOCKTWO Wall Clock features a quadratic matrix of letters to allow you to tell time in the most unique way possible. Instead of looking to the hands on a traditional clock or numbers on a digital clock, QLOCKTWO spells out the time for you with illuminated words. It’s available in multiple colors to match your decor and in multiple languages including English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.

The QLOCKTWO design is also available in a Touch Table Alarm Clock and a Watch version.

Whisky Lover Set from Teroforma

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The Whisky Lover Gift Set is an instant classic for the whiskey enthusiast. Designed by Andrew Hillman for his Connecticut based company, Teroforma, the Whisky Lovers gift set is perfect for after dinner parties, late summer nights and of course, for the whiskey connoisseur. The set includes six soapstone whiskey stones (available in either a natural soapstone color or black) and two mouth-blown glass tumblers that will hold eight ounces of liquid each.

Wobble Chess Set from Umbra

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Who doesn’t love a chess set? As another best selling gift at Lumens, the Wobble Chess Set by Adin Mumma for Umbra features a profoundly wobbly landscape for its chess pieces, making a regular game of chess that much more fun. Each chess piece and the board itself is made from walnut and it measures 15″ x 15″.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Wobble Chess Set:

I bought this chess set for my husband’s birthday. It is well constructed, beautifully designed and highly functional. He was so happy with the gift. It’s also beautiful enough to leave out as a design piece.

There are multiple reasons I purchased this chess set: minimalist design of wood and metal; interesting kinetic sculpture movements…most important, the pet-friendly nature of the set! I have cats who love to knock over my chess pieces, and with this set it is not only impossible to knock them over, it’s difficult for cats to push the pieces into the neighboring squares. This chess set might be a little pricey, but it is well worth the money for everything I get out of it!

Eames House Bird from Vitra

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The House Bird by Charles and Ray Eames is a classic piece perfect for anyone who loves modern design. While its exact design origin is unknown, we know it was a delightful accessory Charles and Ray Eames kept in their home and has since been replicated in a black-lacquered version by the design firm, Vitra.

Other Great Options

Can’t decide which gift is right for the design lover in your life? Get them a Lumens Gift Card! And as always, look to our complete Holiday Gift Guide for gifts and accessories perfect for everyone this holiday season.

About the author

Jeff Romero

Jeff Romero

I am on the marketing team at Lumens and enjoy writing about interior design topics, well-designed products and more.

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