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Desirable Designs In the spirit of the December festivities, we have picked some beautiful, innovative and stylish designs from the Benelux that would not look amiss under the Christmas tree. From gifts for limited budgets, to unique centre pieces to treat your loved ones, there is something for everyone. BY MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PRESS PHOTOS
1: Patio pizzeria
Whether it is winter or summer, the BLOK outdoor fireplace is indispensable to any patio. The high tensile steel stove is expandable with a genuine pizza oven, a separate element which you can put easily on top of the stove. Perfect to bake you own delicious pizza in. The pizza oven is small enough to fit in any garden or patio. From €1190
2: Jive away the cold
4: Geometrical decorations
Flemish designer Roel Vandebeek puts the fire back into the dark December days. The swinging, asymmetrical design of the ‘Jive’ garden torch creates a playful scene, especially when you put several torches together. Made of black aluminium and walnut wooden stick, the torch has a smart ‘push & fill’ system that allows you to easily refill the oil without getting your hands dirty. €33
This captivating, aluminium pendant light called ‘ TieTangles 1.0’ is created to mesmerise the observer. Casting intricate shadows on the walls, the design doubles as a sleek and modern Christmas decoration. Each one is handcrafted meticulously by designer Bartek who takes his inspiration for his work from nature and its harmonious, mathematical algorithmic precision. €150
3: As strong as wood
5: Nixie o’clock
This super strong ‘Dutch Design Chair’ has many hidden sides to it. The stool with various vibrant designs doubles as a side table, can easily handle 200 kilos of pressure but is made from light-weight FSC certified cardboard. For businesses, the chair is also available as a gift box containing luxurious Christmas presents – ideal as a gift for employees and there is no waste on wrapping paper. €20 for the chair, gift box prices on request
This little clock made from vintage Nixie tubes – used in East Germany as numeric displays in the mid-20th century – may still be in concept status, but this fullyfunctioning prototype was too good to leave out. Luxembourg designer Daniel Kurth enclosed the shiny orange tubes in rough, reinforced concrete, creating this ‘retro-technology’ clock. Proudly marketed as the world’s most difficult clock in a bid to stop the distractions of clocks all around us, the time on this ‘Nixie Concrete’ reads 10:23:54.
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