2023 Fashionable Present Concepts From Senior Editor Gregory Han


Regardless of my longtime function right here among my esteemed Design Milk colleagues as our web page’s resident era lover, my non-public desires have an increasing number of leaned towards the utilitarian. Up to now 12 months my spouse and I purchased our first house, and we wrote out first e-book in combination, and in flip, it all the time turns out like my wishlist appears to be like extra like a buying groceries listing for a contractor or the provides listing of a mountain climbing fanatic somewhat than a design lover. Even so, there are various reward pieces my design-loving middle longs to welcome into my existence, a couple of of them shared beneath…

Clear modern glass vase with green interior detailing, with a single stem flower inside it

I nonetheless love the Dixon-designed Jack that I bought a life-time in the past in party of a transfer and promotion, and I’ve persisted to recognize his present efforts, like this chemist-inspired borosilicate vessel that lands throughout the nexus of my pursuits in science, design, and show. It ain’t simple being inexperienced, however showing any plant or floral slicing with this vase will simply upload a size of the graphic to counterpoint the herbal.

Multi-tier pagoda shaped desk lamp on desk, dimly illuminated.

Architecturally-inspired lighting fixtures can veer into the area of kitsch, however Hangzhou-based fashion designer Mario Tsai’s multi-tiered, die-cast aluminum lamps and lighting fixtures encouraged via the pagoda are a find out about in understated class. The sunshine it glows with is extra atmospheric than room illuminating, however as anyone with a low-grade obsession with lighting fixtures, I’d welcome this modular top design in any of its 5-20 layer iterations to gentle the way in which.

Living room setting with lots of wall art, with large ice cream cone shaped planter with rubber tree planted in it.

In any other lifetime, I labored as a toy and merchandise fashion designer, and adorned our tiny studio condominium at the moment in suitable colourful, playful type. I may have grown up just a bit bit since then, however part of me will all the time harbor an enduring love for gadgets that faucet into our internal kid, loose from that horribly uninteresting factor we name “style.” If anyone calls this tacky, I’ll simply throw out the, “It’s encouraged via Claes Oldenburg!” card, then be offering them a scoop of my favourite ice cream to placate their out of place judgment.

Large screen print of yellow graphical floral arrangement

Los Angeles fashion designer/artist Sebastian Curi turns out to subscribe to the conclusion you both “pass large or pass house!” A lot of his silkscreen prints seize the charming gestures of the hand in quite a lot of poses, however I’ve not too long ago fallen for his twin Sunlight hours/Midnight outsized 40″ x 55″ prints. At this scale they’d upload some colourful graphical oomph that may by no means wilt like their IRL opposite numbers.

Side by side photos of a low modern wooden 3-legged stool with a small hook on the back

Willy Hu first seemed on my radar by way of his paintings for LA-based Sugar Lab, “the arena’s first true virtual bakery,” quickly adopted via my drooling consideration towards the delectable efforts he and his spouse Lexie Park create underneath the meals + design moniker, Consume Nünchi. Hu’s newest enterprise in partnership with Jimmy Chung takes a extra organic-modern way, a sequence of stools introduced and offered by way of Instagram evoking what my eyes understand as conventional lacquered Korean Joseon dynasty spirit in the course of the prism of Southern California modernism. I’ve already positioned a down fee for considered one of UJU Studio’s ebonized stool designs with a sculpted knob, an early reward to myself.

Two modern clocks with a semi-translucent clock face with red dot and arms

I doubt I’m by myself after I say the passing of time feels hazy at easiest. And what higher option to constitute the nebulous presence of time’s passing than this translucent glass wall clock designed via Makoto Koizumi for Jap clock band, Lemnos. Or within the phrases of the fashion designer: “We from time to time to find the presence of a clock ugly. And from time to time the life of time could also be ugly. So a fairly ambiguous signal of time is simply advantageous.” Amen.

Three hand embroidered graphical rugs inspired by hand painted signage, including one that says "2 for $3", "$4.29" and a milk carton graphic.

Artist Jeffrey Sincich’s embroidery artwork captures that comforting human component related to the hand-painted signage that I nonetheless consider dotting the streets of San Francisco. Seeing them elicits a bittersweet realization the artistry and craft of hand-painted signage is fading from our collective reminiscence. Perhaps that’s why I would like this welcome mat-sized rug that includes one part of this web page’s namesake. I wouldn’t dare step in this rug, believing it merits a spot on my wall to recognize just like the signal that encouraged it.

Detail of an aluminum vented iPhone case with the same metallic design as Apple Mac Pro desktop, showing its small aromatherapy section.

As an iPhone never-nude, I’ve all the time encased my units, simply in case. Generally it’s been leather-based, extra not too long ago with Apple’s new FineWoven subject matter (in spite of some reviews pronouncing another way, I’ve discovered the micro-twill sturdy and simple to scrub). The brand new iPhone 15 Professional and 15 Professional Max may well be sheathed in sections of titanium alongside the perimeters, however that doesn’t imply I need to divulge the ones spaces to scratches and dents, nor my oily paws. Thus, I’m tempted to take a look at this type of ventilated aluminum alloy circumstances carrying the cheese grater design that any Apple Mac Professional desktop fanatic would acknowledge. Should you’re questioning what’s up with the “Aromatherapy” a part of the case’s identify, it sounds as if there’s a perforated segment designed for a drop of fragrance or an crucial oil. How scentual.

Person wearing long sleeves and a wristwatch sharpening a knife using HORL 2 magnetic sharpener

That is a type of presents essentially sensible in nature, however so smartly designed, it emphasizes how the most productive presents are ones you’ll use and love every day. As anyone who loves to stay his kitchen knives sharp, however doesn’t essentially love the period of time required to take action, this magnetic sharpener is a suave method to stay blades at their easiest with out the entire multi-step care required of a whetstone. It’s simply dear sufficient to be a actually great reward, one that may be additional great paired with a Damascus gyuto.

Green background art illustration print of the Richard Neutra VDL House

For a few years we lived in a modest condominium overlooking the again nook of Richard Neutra’s VDL Space, aka the Van der Leeuw Space. The long-lasting place of dwelling continues to be imprinted because the epitome of the mid-century ethos, providing what I believe a sublime and leading-edge option to are living. With bedrooms as in detail personal as the house’s shared dwelling areas are voluminous in probabilities, I’ll all the time consider the feeling of compression and enlargement thoughtfully laid out at a modest residential scale, along the romantic spill of daylight that may perspective into the corners of the house with the sundown. I wouldn’t thoughts any of Studio Sander Patelski’s sequence of architectural encouraged prints, however this one could be liked with all the ones particular reminiscences.

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Gregory Han is a Senior Editor at Design Milk. A Los Angeles local with a profound love and interest for design, mountain climbing, tide swimming pools, and highway journeys, a number of his adventures and musings can also be discovered at gregoryhan.com.



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