GIFT GUIDE: CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS
Emotions are the best present for Christmas
It is a challenge to surprise with a gift a person who has rich imagination, delicate taste and remarkable creativity. Being in the centre of the festive frenzy we wish to tell you about our choice of gifts that could please artists and designers.
Anna Agapova, the creative director of Oleg Klodt Architectural Studio, has prepared a list of the most inspiring gifts for those who love art, nature and travel.
I sincerely believe: the most valuable thing that you can give to a special person is not just a thing but impressions. Therefore, we created the Oak & Amber scented candle to fill up your home with warm and delicious woody goodness on the Christmas Eve. Living fire, pottery, woody smell – this brings us back to our origins, gives us a feeling of home and allows us to become even closer to each other. A scented candle presented for the New Year will fill your home with warmth and light.
Book is the best gift as corny as it may sound. It gives emotions, creates images, and inspires you. Home and happiness are closely connected. As an interior designer, I’ve been feeling this connection for all my life and do my best to create it in my work. I was amazed on how the meaning of this was revealed by Michelle Ogundehin in her wonderful book «Happy Inside». Absolutely beautiful book in all senses will be an excellent present for any designer!
Our home needs textile as well as a man who needs clothes. If you decide to present a bedspread, curtains or cushions, I recommend you to follow the theme of nature choosing natural fabrics and neutral colours. The restrained colour scheme of textiles will allow you to fit into different styles organically, revealing for each in its own way: fabrics will look natural and concise in Scandinavian interiors, elegant – in classical interiors, it will bring notes of home warmth and comfort in a bohemian style. The quality of fabrics should be the determining factor in your choice.
A throw can be a wonderful and very handy present for anyone. There is nothing better but sitting comfortably in a chair wrapped in a throw with a book on a winter night. I would love to get a cashmere throw by Oyuna as a Christmas gift. The Oyuna brand was founded by Mongolian-born designer Oyuna Tserendorj, with the aim to design thoughtfully, using the world’s most luxurious natural material – Mongolian cashmere. Amazing soft throws by Oyuna are so delicate and of excellent quality.
It’s not easy to choose a painting or a piece of art. Try to start with a poster! A photo on the wall can become a bright accent of your home or delicately complement the interior. The works by a Greek photographer Petros Koublis with his Impressionist’s approach to the camera can be a great choice to present. Like the landscape paintings of Sisley and Degas, his practice revels in the freedom of the open air, allowing his images to be totally and utterly consumed by nature.
I would also advise you to look closely at works by Richard Gaston – a 26-year old photographer from Glasgow, Scotland. His landscapes are completely breathtaking are some of the most inspiring that you’ll ever see. With a passion for mountains, he uses natural light and colour aiming to illustrate its overwhelming pastoral peace that the natural world has to offer.
Ceramics can be a very functional and aesthetic gift. Love the handmade ceramics by Ash studio. Custom-made ceramics complement restaurants all over the World. You will delight a creative person with a gift from Ash’s dinnerware. Delicacy and fragility porcelain installations by Valeria Nascimento leave no one indifferent. No wonder that her works are exhibited in museums and galleries around the Globe. No wonder these refined nature inspired pieces are very frequent in our projects. The finest porcelain installations are real piece of art!
Horses are beautiful creatures. I believe that there is a synergy between clearing up your mind – a sort of meditation – and horse riding. Whenever I’m exhausted or anxious, spending time with horses brings me back to life. Riding and petting horses is my kind of therapy awakening my inner child. When we ride a horse we can slow things down and practise just being in the moment. Present a riding lesson to your loved one and you will see a happy smile. These beautiful and smartest animals awaken our best feelings and thoughts, give incredible emotions.
Horses don’t ask questions. They understand.
… I believe the most essential thing that you can give to each other is love, attention and care. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Yours, Anna Agapova