6: Bright as a butterfly Made from solid ash wood, the ‘Aleta’ floor lamp by Sasha Lakic has an elegant, organic look – you can see that the Luxembourg-based designer took his inspiration from the wings of a butterfly. With LED lights hidden in the structure, transparent methacrylate diffuser panels create a compelling light source to brighten up the winter gloom. Price upon request. www.lakic.com
6 7: Can you handle this? Until we saw this design by Naomi Thellier De Poncheville, we never realised how uninviting standard door handles actually are. With the aluminium ‘Hand-le’, the designer, who is French/English by nationality and resides in Amsterdam, aimed to make something innovative and original from an everyday object. This doorknob will certainly put a smile on your guests’ faces, even before they step into the house. €69
8: Wine from the vine Shaped like a bunch of grapes, this wine rack for up to 12 bottles is made from strong, yet super light material, allowing you to pile up several to create a beautiful and functional wall ornament. Created by Dutch industrial designer Robert Bronwasser, the playful ‘Grape’ rack proves that storing bottles can become a piece of art in itself. A stylish way to keep your drinks nearby during this month’s festivities. €67
8 9: Porcelain transformation Design duo Marijke and Sander Lucas have created a striking fruit bowl by strategically joining a dozen standard porcelain plates together. The result of the diagonal, upside down and oddly stacked plates is the large and quirky ‘Plate-bowl’ that would transform your traditional Christmas brunch into a rather trendy occasion. €285
10 10: Sturdy and stylish With an original twist on standard wineglasses, Dutch designer Maarten Baptist from JOINE created these eye-catching tripod chalices. Made from scratchproof and dishwasher-resistant laboratory-engineered glass, the ‘Louise tripod glasses’ are also ideal for swirling wine and stand sturdy on any table surface. They are sold in sets of four; also available as single Martini glass and set of two champagne flutes or liquor glasses. €55-€100 www.joine.nl
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