Wish List: Some art and affordable buys for Christmas

The season beckons and Faith Ryan is warming up to art and affordable buys. 

Wish List: Some art and affordable buys for Christmas

These timeless cross-back chairs with a rustic table are just the sort of unfussy choice to last decades of celebrations. DFS Design Director, Helen Leigh-Jones, styled the dining room using the Clermont table and chair set in a dark stained acacia wood top, a choice of fabrics for the seats and a cream painted finish.

“To introduce a classic nod to Christmas in your dining room, work around your existing colour palette. The cream and walnut colourings of the Clermont complement seasonal reds and greens. Remember to keep it simple.” €1,305. DFS nationwide.

Tom Dixon’s new Brew coffee range comes in a luxurious vaporised copper finish on stainless steel. First presented at Maison & Objet in Paris this year, pieces to collect in the range include a biscuit tin, caddy, cafetière, espresso cups, milk pan, scoop, serving tray and stovetop. This cafetière is priced at €125.

Retailers include Brown Thomas.

Hmm..... coffee by Max Benjamin Candles — I can’t wait. “Coffee has always been one of the favourite aromas in the world. These new candles feature a hint of dark roasted coffee in the fragrance, which is quite subtle so as not to overpower the senses. The spices such as Amber, Cardamom and Patchouli perfectly complement the coffee aroma,” says Mark Van den Bergh of Max Benjamin. €15 from gift shops and online at maxbenjamin.ie

Designer Eric Byrne pares the egg cup back to the simple support of beautiful Connemara marble, mined from the Joyce family mine in the Twelve Bens, €16 each. Hennessyandbyrne.com

Available in a range of gaudy, delightful 3D designs recalling kitsch wall platters and put together with rubber rings, no glue needed. The latest in the range of graphically illustrated decorative MDF pieces from paper master Miho of Italy. Superb gifts, ideal for posting and we love them. From €19.90 for Monsieur Paul (single fish), €65 for Symphony by the Sea, Zuloh.com

You have to love Alessi for its Savon du Chef. Just rub the steel soap between your hands under cold running water for a few seconds for soft, odourless skin after food prep’, €15, alessi.com.

GMIT Letterfrack is undertaking a public initiative, with support from Irish Design 2015, which will see seven display boxes put on permanent public exhibition in prominent locations around Galway City to promote Irish Design. An experience more than an exhibition, Galway Design Box, will see each box house an Irish designer’s work on a rotating basis for a period of four months.

Design categories will include ceramics, fashion, furniture, industrial design, jewellery, medical devices, millinery and textiles illustrating the breath of design work created in Ireland. Gmit.ie

Citrine is the stone for November and it’s a gorgeous way to get a bright colour to cheer up an outfit with hues of champagne and sun-ray yellow. Incorporated into the price of these handcrafted Lauryn Rose pendants, earrings and rings is a 10% donation to the Irish Children’s Hospice, Lauralynn.


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