Design: Christmas top 10

With Christmas around the corner it’s important that you get your place primed and ready for the holiday. Often, people fall victim to the surplus of kitsch that fills the high street and overload their interiors with seasonal items that leave a lot to be desired.

(Not saying that we all can’t do with a bit of kitsch, sometimes 😉 )

Here is my top 10 pieces of design that will make your interior pop this Christmas:

1. Kubus by Lassen

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Geometric, simple and timeless, this piece by architect Mogens Lassen was designed in 1962, for his colleagues and family, now available for all. Its sharp lines have made it the design classic that it is today. It would be great to use as a centrepiece at the Christmas dinner, or as an advent candle. It’s still produced in Denmark. Available here 

 2. Kay Bojesen Santa

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A bit of fun! Designed by Kay Bojesen in the 1940s this little figure in solid beech will bring joy to every festive period with his little sack and his walking stick. He is sure to be a treasured family heirloom for generations to come.  Available here.

3. Advent candle by Normann Copenhagen

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Nothing says a Danish Christmas, or ‘Jul’ like an advent candle. Normann have brought the Scandinavian tradition right into the 21st century with their advent candle. Its use of the trademark  Scandinavian monochrome palate and minimalism that Nordic design is famous for. Designed by Anne Lehmann, this years candle features the numbers in rows and the ’24’ in an enlarged font on the bottom, so that you can see how many days are left till Christmas from every angle. Available here (but sold out from Normann Copenhagen’s website)

4. Rudolph print by Emerybloom

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This Christmas you can have a great, limited edition piece of design and help those in need too!

With this print  (a limited edition of 50)  from the Welsh/Swedish duo Emerybloom 100% of the profit made will be donated to charities helping refugee children this Christmas.

Order before 12th December from here, to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas!

5.  Moomin Hibernation mug by Arabia Finland

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With a new Moomin mug out every winter, it would make the perfect gift idea. This collectable mug using the form of the Kartio mug, a design classic from Finnish Designer Kaj Franck, displays the original drawings by Tove Jansson at their best. Plus it’s adorable! Available here.

6. Sarjaton glasses by Iittala

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These crystal glasses, designed by Finnish designers Harri Koskinnen and Aleksi Koukka are a part of Iittala’s Sarjaton collection. Evoking elements from Finnish traditional crafts. Sarjaton, meaning ‘without series’ brought six designers from different fields together for this collection. The shapely curves of the glass, make it a pleasure to hold and the pattern on the glass reminds me of the Finnish forests – very apt for the festive period! Available here.

7. Angel mobile by  Flensted mobiles

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The name Flensted is synonymous with great quality. Based on the Danish island of Funen, this company has been making mobiles since 1953.  This mobile is a great example of Scandinavian minimalism, combining a simple, monochrome silhouette with a traditional seasonal image, 6 angels playing their instruments.  I couldn’t believe it last year, when I managed to find this in my local charity shop for 64p! Available here.

8. Skandinavisk Christmas by Skandinavisk

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This candle set by the Anglo-Scandinavian brand, Skandinavisk combines their SKOG, SNÖ & JUL scented candles into a lovely festive triptych. Perfect if, like me,  you can’t decide which candle is your favourite- so have three! Available here.

9. Felt classic slipper by Pia Wallén

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Designed in 1992, this unisex  wool slipper was inspired by the use of wool linings in boots across Scandinavia, to combat the bitter and cold winters. These slippers are a perfect minimalist addition to your wardrobe and just imagine wearing these keeping your feet toasty and warm on Christmas morning! Available here.

10. Cranberry & Frankincense large soy candle by Eastwick

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The London based brand, Eastwick  have brought a new addition to their premium range of soy candles. A mix of sweet cranberry and warm frankincense, along with notes of bergamot, orange and a touch of spiced apple, this candle is sure to get everyone in festive spirit. Limited edition, only available through winter. Available here.

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