The SHARP List: Our 2021 Gift Guide for Design Lovers

Shopping for others can be difficult — even when it comes to food, gadgets, cocktail gear, or clothes but especially when it comes to stuff for someone’s home or office space. Candles, lamps, and coffee table books make for great gifts but it’s possible to miss the mark if you don’t know the person’s scent or style. Appeal to discerning eyes with a selection of statement pieces that understand the architectural value of clean lines (or squiggly lines, if you’re shopping for a postmodernist). No matter your particular style or taste (or that of those on your holiday shopping list), upgrade any space with universal — and functional — pieces that should appeal to just about anyone and that will certainly impress design enthusiasts.

Earl of Wood Desk by Kartell

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Philippe Starck has had one of the most prolific careers in recent design history. Channel his productivity by working through your to-do list while seated at his latest masterpiece: a gently curved wooden surface set on chrome-plated legs. The upward lip at the back helps keep your field of vision focused on the task at hand, while the downward lip at the front offers somewhere to rest your wrists as you type. ($1,620)

Alumina Table Lamp by Tala

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We love the high-impact hit of geometry this Alumina Lamp brings to a desk or nightstand. It’s designed for life on the go and can be used embellish any old table or as a wall sconce — the possibilities are endless. ($220)

Flow Trolley by Muuto

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We all know that storage space is key — and most apartments are lacking it. Stay organized and stay sleek with this three layer Flow Trolley. It seems that the secret to a clutter-free desk is some slick Scandinavian office storage. ($960)

Misto Mirror by UMBRA

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After much careful reflection, we’ve decided that every space needs this mirror’s subtle copper gradient and slim oval shape. Who knew something so sleek could be just the decorative touch your walls were in need of. ($140)

Wilkes Modular Sofa Group Chair by Herman Miller

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Back in its ’70s heyday, this seat was dubbed the “Chiclet” for its capsule-like forms. Five decades later, it’s now been reissued in a host of groovy colours and ready to give life to duller spaces. ($2,870)

Gio Ponti Book by TASCHEN

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Still dreaming of owning a Gio Ponti coffee table? Study up on the storied Italian architect with this coffee table book in the meantime. It’ll be worth the wait. ($350)

Tapestry Pillow 39 by VISO

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Based on anecdotal evidence, cocktail party guests seated next to this lively cushion engage in 100 per cent more interesting conversation than those sat next to boring greige textiles. ($150)

Up Step Stool by FERM LIVING

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There’s always one jar of tomatoes that’s just out of reach and although risking your life climbing on the counter, or grabbing one of your fancy decorative chairs seem like viable options, investing in a trendy Step Stool is a lot better — and safer. ($255)

RAIN Area Rug by Mark Krebs

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Featuring a simple yet intriguing striped pattern, this 6′ × 9’ textile is handwoven in northern India. Now, it makes the perfect addition to your wooden floor which was looking a little lonely. ($630)

Stoppage Vessels by Mercury Bureau

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Toronto designer Shane Krepakevich made these limited-edition, locally produced, hand-blown glass vessels by constantly reworking the shape of a single steel mould. He finished them off with a cut and polished lip. ($590)

Block Chanukiah by Via Maris

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Celebrate the holidays the right way with this modern Block Chanukiah by Via Maris — the modernist New York City-based Judaica brand. With a storage compartment that has room for 44 candles, the Festival of Lights has gotten a lot more stylish and also practical. Suddenly, Judaica can be the hippest thing you own. ($250)

Bespoke Quilt Package by Fogo Island Workshops

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Give the gift of comfort this holiday season with Fogo Island Workshops’ custom quilt package to create the coziest quilt throw. There’s no better way to tell someone you love them. And if you don’t exactly know someone’s style, it’s the perfect way to give them creative control. ($1,500)

Penny by Wilkinson & Rivera

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The Penny Stool from East London-based duo Wilkinson & Rivera is just one of the partners’ creations in a collection of functional and youthful pieces. This funky stool made with locally sourced wood will liven up any space. ($620 USD)

Laurel by De La Espada

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This sculptural side table is ready to draw attention to normally overlooked areas. Composed of two geometric shapes — a cone and a cylinder — that intersect to offer two equally functional and unique surfaces for plants, loose change, candles, coasters, and more decor. ($3,040)

Bingo by EQ3

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The Bingo stool is as fun as its name — and although it’s short, small, and has three legs, it’s extremely durable and stout and can be used as a stool or an eccentric side table. ($250)