Like a disappointed actor at an awards ceremony, offering a disingenuous, congratulatory grin to a winning rival, we've all feigned joy after opening a dodgy Christmas present: "It's lovely ... No, honestly ... Just what I've always wanted ... Did you keep the receipt, by the way?" Avoid such incidents by consulting our gift guide. Today: homeware.
Delightfull Diana Floor XL (£4,021)
Late nights in the studio, mood lighting at home, guiding stricken ships safely to shore: as massive lamps go, the Diana Floor XL (opens in new tab) is up there with the best of them. The lamp stands at an impressive 230cm. That’s 6cm taller than former WWF wrestler Andr the Giant – although it doesn’t as look good in a leotard.
Philips Brilliance 231P4QRYES IPS monitor (£225.99)
All those hours in front of the computer do a designer’s eyesight and posture no favours. So, if you don’t want to be squinting and hobbling around like Steptoe before you’ve hit middle age, consider the new 23-inch version of the Philips Brilliance 231P4QYRES ErgoSensor display with IPS (opens in new tab). Its 180-degree viewing angle, flexible height, swivel, tilt and rotation angle adjustment is said to help with eye strain, back pain and fatigue. It won’t, however, stop you being a dirty old man.
La Boite Concept LD120 (£870) / LD130 (£1,290)
This nifty – but pricey – range of stands from
La Boite Concept (opens in new tab)
combine laptop docking station, desk and high-fidelity speakers beautifully. Available in a choice of real wood or piano lacquer finishesfrom
Selfridges (opens in new tab)
Tangent Audio Fjord (€499.99)
Next, a collaboration between Danish audio manufacturer and Jacob Jensen (opens in new tab) – the designer famed for his work with Bang and Olufsen – is a CD player, DAB+ radio and iPhone and iPod dock that looks as good as it sounds.
Hex Lampshade (£150)
Sarah Newman hit on the idea of screenprinting onto real-word veneers while studying for an MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Now Newsman's turned that idea into a business, designing and hand-printing a range of products using sustainable materials and precesses. This 12-inch Hex lampshade (opens in new tab) can be used with a 60W bulb.
Ben The Illustrator Collection (From £49)
Ben O'Brien, aka Ben the Illustrator, has created a striking range of fabrics and products (opens in new tab) with his wife and business partner, Fiona O'Brien. Aiming to "add an exclamation mark to any home," inspiration is taken from nature and the outside world.
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