Christmas Gift Guide Week pt. IV: Design

By Tempus | 18 Nov 2021 | Design

Someone in your life need a bit of colour or texture in their life? Try one of these extraordinary items Tempus has compiled

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With Christmas fast approaching, this week sees Tempus compile the best gifts to grab for a family member, a friend - or even yourself. From Monday to Friday, we will be looking at the best luxury gift items available in categories ranging from indulgent food and drink to stunning design pieces for your house. Our fourth part sees us delve into the land of interior design for those who love to live in cosy, luxurious spaces.

Is your friend or relative in need of a bit of home decoration? Are their living quarters looking a little austere? Well, from magical illuminating wooden panels to incredibly stylish wine decanters that preserve your beverage perfectly using patented technology, Tempus has scoured the internet for the best available homeware gifts for a loved one this Christmas.

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Victoria + Albert Baths Tombolo bath rack

Victoria + Albert Baths is offering minimalist, contemporary bath racks that you can place your tea, wine or - for those brave enough - even a laptop on as you kick back and relax in the tub.

The brand offers two different sizes and materials; solid oak, walnut or white laminate. It also features a built-in towel rail in an easy to grab position and is recommended for Mozzano 2, Cheshire, Eldon, Hampshire, Mozzano, Ravello, Pembroke, Roxburgh, Trivento, Vetralla, Vetralla 2, Wessex, and York baths.

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Nanoleaf Elements light panels

Serving as a geometric wood-look wall installation when turned off, these smart panels light up to provide a natural illuminated glow that flows and glimmers across their entire surface. Enjoy 12 dynamic scenes to set the perfect mood, such as a crackling fireplace for those cold winter nights, plus hassle-free installation with a simple adhesive sticker.

Compatible with HomeKit, Google Assistant, the Nanoleaf app or – most recently – Thread, the smart home networking protocol offering better speed and reliability than Bluetooth.

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La Boule by Villeroy & Boch

Functionality paired with an iconic design piece ensures that every La Boule is not only an exciting eye-catcher on your table, but also a striking interior design feature. Yes, that's right; these are plate and bowl collections!

The spectacularly sleek design can be piled into striking spherical ornaments that can be placed around the house as a standalone art piece in their own right.

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Bespoke greenhouses by Hartley Botanic

Historic British greenhouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic, which has been plying its trade in Lancashire for over 80 years, offers incredible bespoke greenhouses for any garden, and were awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category earlier in 2021, for the exponential growth of its global sales.

As the brand says: "We ensure everything that we do is not only built with care and precision, but is built to last a lifetime." Gift a loved one the present of a lifetime with one of these beautiful structures.

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Light Speaker by Transparent

Transparent's first-ever portable speaker doubles as a lantern, the brightness of which can be adjusted. At one moment you could be replicating the subtle burn of coals, the next you could be sitting in the warm glow of a bright white reading light.

Crafted using borosilicate glass and aluminium grills, the speaker features IPX2 weather resistance, 10 hours of battery life, Bluetooth 5.0 and dual speaker streaming. So, whether you’re preparing Christmas dinner, nestling in to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, or lazing in the bath, Light Speaker can supply the soundtrack to any setting.

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Eto wine decanter

British designer Tom Cotton and the team at eto have launched a new limited-edition satin finish range of their award-winning decanters ahead of Christmas 2021.

The piece, which comes in three colours, is designed to reduce waste and enhance drinking pleasure for wine lovers; hidden inside its elegant design is a unique award-winning wine preservation system that expertly seals the oxygen to preserve the wine’s full flavour. The patented design prevents oxidation and has been a smash hit among even the hardest-to-please wine experts including Decanter Magazine.

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Bauhaus 1 Hand-Loomed Rug by Epoch Textiles 

The tasteful Bauhaus 1 Hand-Loomed Rug is a superb bespoke home accent made by Epoch Textiles, designed to fit seamlessly into today’s eclectic interiors with its eccentric yet classy pattern options.

All rugs are hand-woven by Sophie Reeves, the founder of the brand, using a traditional floor loom for an extraordinary level of craft and authenticity. Each one-off design is created using surplus wool sourced from local UK suppliers, and the rug can also be displayed as a unique wall-hanging.

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Bronze Drinks Trolley by The White Company

The White Company, a luxury homeware firm based in the UK, has crafted gorgeous glass-topped drinks trolley with a stunning bronze finish; it's sure to impress at any cocktail or dinner party. The cart has two tempered glass surfaces which can be used to house drinks bottles and glassware.

With a trolley-style handle and castors, it is easy to move around to serve guests. When not in use, it makes a wonderful addition to any home as a display platform for photo frames and other accessories.

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Gomi Cylinder Storage Baskets by OYOY

Gomi Cylinder Storage Baskets are made entirely from natural material - namely paper rope - that is twisted and braided into a strong material designed to last year after year.

Due to their size, the baskets are a perfect and neat storage solution or use them as plaids or as flowerpot. The curves are braided in light and dark brown tones in respect of the material's natural color.