The Tempus Christmas Gift Guide 2022: Art & Design

The sixth in our set of Christmas guides for 2022 sees us delve into the visual arts, for the cultured friend in your life

With Christmas fast approaching, this week sees Tempus compile the best gifts to grab for a family member, a friend – or even yourself. Over the next few days, 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 sixth 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 abstract paintings to incredibly stylish dinnerware collections, Tempus has scoured the internet for the best available artistic gifts for a loved one this Christmas.

Green Lili large framed abstract canvas wall art

Green Lili’s large framed abstract canvas wall art collection make a lovely gift for interior design lovers, new homeowners or anyone looking to add a new look to their space. 

The collection features pared-back Scandi and Japandi style neutral abstract canvas art, bold abstract landscapes and colourful conversation starters. Each statement canvas makes it easy to add the finishing touches to any room and the pieces work harmoniously with each other for way curated home design.

Sumakin Tegum by Ismadi Sallehuddin

Art market Affordable Art is offering a number of remarkable pieces this season, but for our money the jewel in the crown is Ismadi Sallehudin's Sumakin Tegum, a multi-technique piece that bursts with colour.

"[Sallehuddin's] works are accidental in that he uses different techniques like scratching on the canvas, splashing of colours, quick strokes of the brush strokes, spontaneous brush flow and combinations of other techniques," says Affordable Art, adding that he "explores the process of paint, using the human form as a vehicle to create emotion".

Laura Gonzalez x Byblos sculptures

Named Maison&Objet’s Designer of the Year 2019, French interior designer Laura Gonzalez has created two decorative objects for Byblos alongside ceramist Jean Roger – Senecio and Acropora. Based on existing bestsellers, the shape of these two creations is inspired by nature and the world of sailing.

The personalised design, exclusive to Hotel Byblos, recalls the hotel’s iconic staircase which was originally designed by ceramist Roger Carpon – a student of Picasso – and combines Lebanese and Mediterranean influences through a mix of bright colours and motifs that reflect the St Tropez spirit. These decorative objects are the perfect gift for interior lovers looking to bring the South of France into their homes.

Original abstract paintings from Juliette's Interiors

Painted by a local artist, these unique modern design are sure to add unmistakable style and presence to your home. This wonderful work is hand-painted and textured with hand-leafed highlights on a stretched canvas. Through outstanding attention to detail, this piece will add a truly compelling yet versatile contemporary atmosphere to any room in your home.

The colours of your screen may vary to the colours on our screen. A fixing is included for a portrait hanging of each painting. The dimensions of each individual painting are as follows: height 104cm x width 74cm. As a set of three: height 312cm x width 222cm frame included.

Abyss Wall by Duffy London

According to his studio's website, the Abyss Wall sees artist Christopher Duffy "cast his gaze into the heart of ancient ocean depths to dream up a dramatic Wall Sculpture, creating an Abyssal art piece that instantly put you in mind to stories of a flat earth, introducing the majesty of the deep blue to the interior, and an Abyss that gazes back".

Made from glass and sustainably sourced wood, Abyss Wall is one of a number of pieces in the Abyss collection, which also includes everything from coffee tables to boardroom desks.

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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