Holiday Gift Guides 2022: Design Desires

Subtle objects, bombastic additions, items imbued with thoughtful messages and wildly impressive pieces, too

The introduction of one new element of furniture or decor—whether that’s a lamp, textile, mirror or another object—can change an entire room. And while everyone’s design preferences are distinctly personal, gifting design items can be deeply meaningful, with a glimpse of something on display acting as a reminder of shared memories or familial moments. With this in mind, we’ve assembled our Design Desires gift guide, …

Obello Table Lamp

Bill Curry originally created the iconic Obello Table Lamp in 1971 and its curvy, space-age, mushroom-esque shape has charmed ever since. This year GUBI reintroduced the piece, to the delight of design enthusiasts everywhere. With a frosted glass shade (as the original had) this new iteration is rechargeable and can be moved around the house or garden easily. There’s an integrated dimmable LED light within …

Fertility Form Illuminated Sculpture

Straddling the line between fine art and functional design, Rogan Gregory’s Fertility Form illuminated sculptures make abstract reference to the organic shapes found in steps toward the creation of life—from sexual intercourse to the fertilization of cells and more. Gregory transforms this inspiration into branching, custom-made light fixtures crafted from gypsum. Price is available upon request.