1. FFERRONE DEARBORN CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
For those who like to sip in high style but prefer something a little more contemporary than the classic coupe, these champagne flutes from Fferrone are the epitome of modern elegance and tap into the current craze for reed glass.
If it’s a favourite of interior designer Kelly Wearstler, we can dig it too.
2. THE HLABISA BENCH
We didn’t call it a wish list for nothing, so let’s dream a little.
This bench, a local collaboration between Mash. T Design Studio and Houtlander, was launched in Paris to much acclaim for its fusion of local weaving techniques with 3D modelling technology and classic wood craftsmanship.
The unusual leg formation was inspired by the iconic three-legged pot used in traditional African households.
3. THE NEW MEDITERRANEAN
Traveling to the Med this holiday or simply love the style? This newcomer by our favourite lifestyle publisher Gestalten, will give you insight into the Mediterranean style’s modern expression and the creative forces shaping it. With eye-wateringly captivating imagery and true insider knowledge, it’s a Gestalten classic.
4. THE WALTER BATTISS CROCKERY COLLECTION
When late South African abstract painter and Fook Island creator Walter Battiss’s works showed up in a collaboration with the country’s leading ceramic studio Mervyn Gers, we fell in love. The collection of plates and bowls with designs taken from 18 of the artist’s artworks will have both the gourmand and the art lover swooning.
5. LUCKY CHARMS CANDLES
This is collaboration you won’t want to miss. Luxury French parfumerie Diptyque teamed up with German illustrator Olaf Hajek to produce their Christmas candle trio Lucky Charms. Steeped in mystical belief, with all the telltale magical visuals for which Hajek is celebrated, each candle holds a special wish for the receiver, from protection and luck to harmony. Available locally through Skins Cosmetics.
6. ASHANTI SHADES DECK CHAIR
The late 19th century invention and ship’s deck essential has never looked so fabulous. Reinventing the classic foldable deck chair in a host of bold African prints from shwe shwe to shuka is something we can totally get behind.
7. BOGOLAN THROW
Another one reinventing tradition, African Jacquard is a local brand that is resurrecting the ancient art of jacquard weaving in a host of beautiful linen and cotton throws. At the top of our list is their Bogolan throw for its clever crossover of bogolan patterns and jacquard styles.
8. ARTISTS COLLECTION LIGHTS
Collaborating with two very special Mozambican artists, Coote and Wench’s Artists Lights fuse the brand’s characteristic industrial aesthetic with the painting skills of Jemmiro and Arlindo Maunde. The result is a unique series of wall lights that serve as functional art, infused with the character of handpainted figurines.
9. KIDS OF KURLAND KIKOI
The kikoi has become an essential travel item because its ability to serve multiple needs and this one from Plett’s Mungo mill comes with a humanitarian cause to boot. When you purchase of one of these handcrafted, bold-coloured kikois designed by the kids of The Crags Primary School, the proceeds go to paying a teacher’s salary.
10. HAUTE EDIT PORCELAIN MEZZE CONDIMENT MARBLE BOWLS
They’re handmade, so each bowl is unique. R640 for two.
11. A CÉCILE AND BOYD FRANGIPANI CANDLE
Heavenly smelling, handmade, and long-burning. Buy one for yourself too. R430
12. MUNGO VADOEKS
These local lovelies come in nine different colourways. R270.
• Additional reporting by Candice Botha.