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About Katie: Katie has been a product and textile designer, an art restoration specialist, and an interior designer/merchandiser. Her interests are focused on finding well designed items that improve daily life as well as reading fiction and making stuff. (View Profile)


Kristen Wentrcek Wish List 2014

The last wish list to be shared is from Kristen Wentrcek of the Wintercheck Factory. Thanks Kristen for sharing your list!

Gregory Buntain Wish List 2014

The next wish list is shared by Gregory Buntain, Co-Founder and Design Director of Fort Standard. Thanks Gregory for contributing your ideas of gifts to give and get! (For more gift ideas, be sure to check out our Gifts category.)

1. Titanium Mug, $50.00
2. Balancing Blocks by Fort Standard, $48.00
3. Waterproof Fire Kit, $150.00
4. Stone Candle Holders, $68.00
5. Tissue Box, $90.00

Gregory Buntain Wish List 2014

6. Black Notebook from Public – Supply, $16.00
7. Stone Age Bangle by Chen Chen & Kai Williams, $173.00
8. Triangle Dinner Bell, $60.00
9. Bower Table Tiles, $15.00
10. Liquid Body Flask by The Principals, $48.00
11. Black Leather Long Wallet, $256.00

GIGOT Wish List 2014

The next wish list up is from Sieb of Good Ideas Grow On Trees. Thanks Sieb for sharing!

1. A pair of Insecta shoes – made in Brazil from vintage clothing – love the colours!

2. A Moebe frame – as I love framing any artwork I can get my hands on.

3. A Woodstock Wardrobe (€ 350) from designer Jeroen van Leur – Dutch Design at it’s best!

4. A Storytiles tile, to start my collection!

5. A Made of Sundays decal – handmade in Finland and very cheerful and fun!

Chadhaus Wish List 2014

Emily and Chad Robertson from Chadhaus are the next to share items they wish to give and get this holiday season. If you’re not aware of their design studio, they produce beautiful, modern wood furniture pieces made to order in Seattle, Washington. Thank you both for sharing!

In Emily’s own words-

Chad and I each have our own lists, featuring many great locally made handcrafted products and great shops in Seattle. A few picks from our list this year:

1. We’ve been reworking our furniture layout to accommodate a large dining table, and I have my eye on this pendant to complement it! I’m in love with the cut glass. Circlet Battuto Pendant, $1,950.00

2. From our friends at Ladies & Gentlemen, other items for the kitchen: Cylinder Shakers, $70.00

3. By our friends at Freeman (this one is for Chad). He said “this modern take on a classic is the shirt that I could wear everyday. I love that it’s made in Seattle by such a great company that cares so much about quality and responsible manufacturing.” FREEMAN STAPLE SHIRT – WHITE AND BLACK CHECK, $140.00

4. I visualize these beautiful and playful leather trivets hanging on the wall in our kitchen, and want to make something just to have an excuse to set a hot pot on them. APPÉTIT LEATHER TRIVETS $48

Chadhaus Wish List 2014

5. For our two little ones, we love these stackable gnomes from our pals at Fruitsuper Design. Stackable Gnomes, $44.00

6. From our friends and in-laws’ company, Piano Nobile (Chad’s brother Nick, his wife Isabelle and their two kids have a live/work space in the same building as our workshop):

-I love this little coin purse. Isabelle made a version of this for me in 2009 for the ladies in my wedding party, so it’s dear to my heart! PETITE POCHE // STAR, $28.00

-I’ve seen so many great bags by Piano Nobile, but this is the biggest and best yet! I’ve had my eye on this since I first saw it exhibited at WantedDesign in NYC last May. HOUSE TOTE // STAR PRINT, $200.00

7. I’d also be happy to receive any gift large or small from our friends at Velouria.

8. This time of year (especially in the Northwest) we need to share warm meals with friends and family to cheer us up! This vessel offers a functional means of achieving this in style. Grail Cassoulet, $295.00 from Grain Design (based on Bainbridge Island)

9. Finally, both Chad and I would both wish for more peace on earth and a greater respect for our natural environment. Giving the gift of charitable donation to further help those in need is always important and welcome.

Hix Marble Serving Board

What the what?!? Can it be? A marble serving board hand-cut with beveled edges? Talk about impressing your guests, fine Agaria Marble in a gem-like shape will make anything you put on it look like a million bucks (probably). Appetizers, charcuterie, you name it, it’s going to look like it came from a chef’s kitchen on this kind of serving board.

Purchase Information:

Price: $145.00
Available from: Jayson Home

Simon Yuen Wish List 2014

Simon Yuen, a former contributing writer to BLTD and all around creative smarty-pants, is next to share his wish list. He’s currently living in Portland and making all sorts of cool stuff for a living. Thanks Simon!

1. Mates for Life Poster, $28.00

2. Dutch Blitz® Card Game, $9.99

3. Square Handle Basket, $110.00

4. Large Canvas Notebook, $32.00

5. Matador Pocket Blanket, $24.99

Geometric Terrariums

Are terrariums still on your wish list? It feels as if they’re not as popular as last season, however, I’d bet there’s still a fair amount of us that want to have a little indoor garden. We’re in luck, as there are quite a few options available over at Etsy. You’ll find more than a handful of sellers doing their best to tempt you with their geometric terrariums.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00 - 75.00
Available from: Etsy

Picto Silicone Watch

Remember the Picto Wall Clock? I know you like the simple graphics of its face and hands, but here’s an idea- instead of wearing it Flavor Flav style, why don’t you get the wristwatch version? A monochrome case and band has a rotating watch face that shows the passage of time, and it’s now in MoMA’s permanent collection.

Purchase Information:

Price: $210.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Essence Modern Wine Decanter

If you’re still struggling to find a gift for a wine lover, might I suggest a modern decanter such as the Essence by Iittala? It’s simple and elegant, and, if your recipient likes color, it is available in a translucent copper ombre as well as a quieter clear glass. A small lip at the mouth ensures precise pouring while the bottom-heavy base provides heft and stability.

Purchase Information:

Price: $94.00 - 135.00
Available from: Finn Style

Hay’s Bits and Bobs Colour Glass Containers

You know that small stuff lying around on desks, dressers, and countertops? These glass containers from Hay would go a long way towards organizing those “wee essentials” in an elegant way. Just take a look at those colors- there’s several reassuring neutrals with the smallest size sporting a bolder orange. The sizes are perfect for storing practically anything- paperclips, bracelets, business cards, you name it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00 - 35.00
Available from: A+R Store

Loveseat Shift by Margaux Keller

I know you’re in the thick of things, picking out holiday gifts in these last days of the non-rush shipping window, but let’s take a break and look at this Loveseat Shift by Margaux Keller. It’s not a traditional upholstered two-person seat, instead, the smaller stool has been modified to create a potential perch for two. The size is entirely suitable as a side table or extra seat, and the clever spliced shape will add a little bit of humor to an interior.

Purchase Information:

Price: $336.16
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Daniel and Emma’s Wish Lists 2014

The next wish list is from Daniel To and Emma Aiston of Daniel Emma. Thanks Daniel and Emma for sharing your lists once again!

Lostine Salt or Pepper Mill

Maybe it’s time to upgrade your salt and pepper mills, and, if so, you’d be smart to take a look at Lostine Design Studio’s offering. Oak is dip-dyed for a stylish statement and the non-corrosive grinding mechanisms may be adjusted for fine or coarse salt and pepper. Choose either the small and large size depending on your preference, or choose both for a salt and pepper pairing.

Purchase Information:

Price: $$196.00-$218.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Jaime Derringer Wish List 2014

Jaime Derringer, Founder and Executive Editor of Design Milk and Dog Milk, is up next to share her wish list this season. Thank you Jaime for sharing! (If you’d like to share your list, just send us 5 to 10 links to items you want to give or get.)

1. BEOPLAY A2 wireless speaker, $399.00

2. Cuff by Jamie Spinello, $65.00

3. Bower mirror, $1000.00

4. Tom Dixon salt and pepper grinders, $75.00

5. Trivets by Iacoli & McAllister, $88.00

About Jaime:
A Jersey girl living the laid back life in SoCal, Jaime Derringer is Founder and Executive Editor of Design Milk and Dog Milk. She collects milk cartons and chunky necklaces and lusts over one day owning a striped Gaetano Pesce Up5 Chair. Jaime has been noted as an expert on design trends, speaks on design, blogging & social media, and does some consulting on the side. She likes to run, write poems, draw and paint.

Metallic Leather Gem Coasters

Don’t arrive empty handed to a dinner party, it’s rude. At least bring a bottle of wine, or, if the host/hostess is particularly fashionable, maybe even these Metallic Leather Gem Coasters. Sold as a set of 4, the faceted design adorns pebbled metallic leather, giving off a nice sheen while protecting precious surfaces. Available in gold or silver.

Purchase Information:

Price: $44.00
Available from: Leif Shop