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Making Spirits Bright: 8 Objects to Gift by Independent Designers, from Areaware

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Making Spirits Bright: 8 Objects to Gift by Independent Designers, from Areaware

November 26, 2021

Winter—and these days in particular—is a good time to gift a bit of cheerfulness—a reminder that design, and our spaces, needn’t always be so serious.

For gifts sure to bring joy to all, we like Areaware, which offers gifts and objects for home, work and play created in collaboration with independent designers. Every homeware piece is equal parts uplifting, the company says, and functional, intended to bring delight every time it’s used.

Now, as part of Areaware’s Happy Holidays Sale, readers get 30 percent off sitewide; use code HAPPY30 at checkout. Head to Areaware to browse all of the offerings, and take a look at a few of our favorite finds for inspiration:

above: the sculptural pleated pitcher (\$90) is the work of new york based desi 10
Above: The sculptural Pleated Pitcher ($90) is the work of New York-based designer High Gloss (pictured here with Confetti Cup by High Gloss). With an arched handle and oversized spout, it can be displayed, filled with flowers, or used as a pitcher on the table.
above: keep your drink in good company with the dune coasters (\$45) designed b 11
Above: Keep your drink in good company with the Dune Coasters ($45) designed by Ben Medansky. Reminiscent of the rippled sand dunes in the American southwest, these coasters can also be arranged together to make a trivet for your kitchen or tabletop.
above: painted wooden ornaments (\$45 for a set) in pale blue, turquoise, green 12
Above: Painted wooden Ornaments ($45 for a set) in pale blue, turquoise, green, and coral by Brooklyn-based object and furniture designer Pat Kim are miniature versions of elements in his larger sculptural works.
above: the stoneware stacking planter mini (\$3\2), designed by new york based  13
Above: The stoneware Stacking Planter Mini ($32), designed by New York-based pair Chen Chen and Kai Williams, is deceptively simple: The bottom ring is actually a removable hidden saucer.
above: display a stacking planter atop a plant pedestal (\$60), designed by pet 14
Above: Display a Stacking Planter atop a Plant Pedestal ($60), designed by Pete Oyler and shown here in green, made from three pieces of beechwood that fit together with lap joinery. Or use the pedestals to display candles, vases, or other favorite objects.
above: an ideal gift for anyone working from home: the assembly desk vessel (\$ 15
Above: An ideal gift for anyone working from home: The Assembly Desk Vessel ($40), designed by Alex Proba. Inspired by Proba’s iconic patterns and murals, this vessel can hold anything from pens to flowers. 
above: the stone catchall (\$55) is “a sandstone sculpture for everyday use, 16
Above: The Stone Catchall ($55) is “a sandstone sculpture for everyday use,” according to Areaware, designed by Kaja Dahl. Use it to corral pens and paperclips on the desktop (or keys by the front door).
above: and a gift sure to please just about anyone: a cast iron match striker ( 17
Above: And a gift sure to please just about anyone: A cast-iron Match Striker ($30) by designer Josh Owen (pictured here with the Candle Holder, also by Josh Owen) serves triple duty: a place to store and light strike-anywhere matches and let them safely cool after use, too.

For much more, head to Areaware.

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