Gifts for Design Lovers
As San Francisco and Los Angeles interior designers, we are constantly surrounded by and introduced to amazing design products, whether they be home, tech, travel, or literary based. Our favorite finds are often sustainable and handcrafted from local makers spanning the California coast. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, or looking for a last-minute gift for the design lover in your life, take a look at our curated list below. And if you’ve already checked this person off your holiday gift list – fear not. These beautiful, sustainable, handmade, and functional gifts can be given any time of year.
For the chef and entertainer. Created by Oakland-based woodworker and designer Dave Ball, these simple and elegant butcher blocks are the perfect addition to any kitchen and can also double as serving platters. His woodworking also extends into furniture design for any larger ticket purchases. All items are handmade in California with materials from the American Midwest.
For the fashionista and socially conscious shopper. Future Glory is a San Francisco based maker of handcrafted leather bags and accessories with minimalist design and effortless drama. They believe in products with purpose, designing and manufacturing with integrity and that business can be a catalyst for social change.
For the textile enthusiast. Block Shop is a Los Angeles-based textile company that marries the traditional Indian hand-block printing process with a modern California aesthetic. With beautiful products ranging from scarves to pillows and quilts to table linens, the gift options are endless.
For the lover of all things natural. Etta & Billie is a natural body care line with a unique approach to ingredients. These organic artisan bath and body products take their inspiration from food. Lavender shortbread becomes Lavender Soap, coffee with fresh mint becomes Cold Brew Mint Coffee Scrub, and Cardamom Old Fashioned becomes Grapefruit Cardamom Body Oil.
For the friends and family who don’t live in San Francisco, but wish they did. These fragrances and candles are made with essential oils, hand-poured in California, and are inspired by San Francisco neighborhoods and locations.
For the eco-conscious consumer. Studiopatro produces tea towels, aprons, napkins, bags and totes and other kitchen goods using the finest medium-weight linen possible, which is naturally sustainable and luxurious. Each tea towel is hand-printed one-by-one using ecologically friendly water-based inks. With a commitment to working locally and a focus on every step of production, this is a company and product we stand behind.
For those who like a little quirkiness in their accessories. Nancy Pearce is a Los Angeles-based artist creating trophies of the mundane, elevated everyday items into sculptural forms cast in bronze. Pieces defined by form and a sense of humor – a plastic water bottle, bagel or tube of toothpaste – are elevated into sculptures when case in bronze. There are also tons of beautifully crafted metal and wood vessels, bowls and trays.