Temperatures have finally dropped, and the Christmas lights are going up — surefire signs that the festive season is upon us. A time when we celebrate those near and dear, and show them how much we care, a big part of the Christmas festivities is centred around the sharing of gifts. While gift shopping can be fun, finding the perfect present that is all at once fitting, heartfelt, and sentimental can be a challenge. Understanding this dilemma, Alexander Lamont has created a group of 12 beautiful objects — each one beautifully presented in a gift box — perfect for the 12 days of Christmas. Each unique, full of character, and filled with an enticing sense of charm, we’ve rounded up here the 12 home decor items you’ll be shopping for your family and friends this year, as well as who each gift is most ideal for.
1. Song Incense Burner: For the tasteful and spiritual homeowner.
In Japan, ‘Kodo’ refers to the Japanese art of appreciating incense. Inspired by this simple, yet rather poetic act, these handcrafted ceramic containers add a sense of piquant charm to the home. A strong and beautiful ash glaze brings the intricate designs to life, reminiscent to the art behind Japan’s renowned tea-bowls. Presented in a gift box, the containers come complete with five signature incense cones, making the ideal gift for those who are looking for an out-of-the-box way to incorporate a sense of peace, tranquility and well-being into their space.
2. The Rift Picture Frames: For the bold and edgy homeowner.
These eye-catching picture frames are made of brass with a gouged wood grain pattern, then polished and grooved to give the impression of sculptural works of art. Available in two sizes — 4 x 6 inches and 5 x 8 inches — the frames subtly bring an extra flair to your space. A little edgy, but not to the point of being overly extravagant, these will make a great gift for the design-savvy individuals looking to add a little character to their home, without straying too far from the existing decor.
3. The Aphyllum Bronze Vase: For the homeowner who likes to stand out.
Definitely a conversation-starter piece, this whimsical vase is inspired by the delicate and elegant form of an orchid. Making the perfect centrepiece, the vase can be used to display blossoming flowers, or even a beautiful sculptural work of art in its own right. Meticulously created by South African ceramic artist Astrid Dahi, the form has been hand-cast by Alexander Lamont in a smooth, dark lost wax bronze. The result? An absolutely charming design, filled with a soft strength and character.
4. Orb Candleholder: For the sleek and sophisticated homeowner.
Inspired by the Japanese Giboshi, which is an ornament used on bridges, these exquisite rock crystal bowls are raised on lobed bronze feet. As light shines through the little orbed candleholders, it refracts in a way that’s almost dreamy. Beautiful as a group, or even just a standalone, these will fit perfectly into any contemporary abode, making the perfect gift for the sleek, fuss-free individual who likes to keep things minimal.
5. Crystal Virtue Box Set of 3: For the homeowner who loves beautiful, beautiful things.
For those who find beauty in everyday things, these Crystal Virtue Box sets make the perfect festive gift. Scrupulously crafted, these were ground out of solid rock crystal to create a small, delicate box, topped with a lid woven in Southern Thailand out of fine ‘yan li pao’ vines. A modern interpretation of the ‘objets de virtu’ collected in Europe during the nineteenth century, they can be placed on a desk or vanity, and make the best gift for those who appreciate the details.
6. Gold Spring: For the refined and graceful homeowner.
When in doubt, go for the classics. One of the most iconic Alexander Lamont gifts, the Gold Spring’s charm — as well as its name — lies in its soft delicacy. Made from woven horsehair, covered with layers of natural black lacquer and finished in pure gold, the result is a feather-light votive with velvet surfaces. Much, much more than what meets the eye, the unique design makes a perfect gift for individuals who are all about elegance and grace.
7. Half Moon Votive: For the stylish homeowner with a bit of spunk.
Cut from brass into a perfect moon, and hammered to bend and balance on itself, there is something about this votive that captivates the eye. A naked flame reflects gently against the textured inner surface — here, a patina will gradually develop with use, in a rather sentimental ode to the passage of time. Specially designed by Ryosuke Harashima, it comes complete with a night light and gift box, and makes a great gift choice for the stylish individual with an underlying bold streak.
8. Small Straw Mirage Picture Frame: For the bubbly and upbeat homeowner.
Inlaid with brightly-coloured straw marquetry, these picture frames add a dash of positivity into any space. Behind the vibrant hues is a scrupulous approach to craftsmanship, as each frame is meticulously made by hand in the Alexander Lamont Workshops, and finely edged with maple and walnut wood. A perfect gift for close friends and intimate occasions, the frames come in a gift box, and are ideal for individuals who are all about living life cheerful and carefree.
9. Cut-Glass Scented Candle: For the warm and caring homeowner.
Made from organic soya wax of the highest quality, these candles are the result of a special collaboration between Alexander and a specialised perfumer, and encompass three signature scents. Contained in stunning hand-cut glass vessels in different colours, choose between the scents or opt for all three. ‘Lost Gardens’ gives you the freshness of an English garden, while ‘Amdo’ is reminiscent of a calming walk in the mountains, and ‘Aqaba’ is the fragrant manifestation of adventure and a yearning for the unknown. Ideal for the loving individual who’s all about comfort and generosity, these add a nice, subtle touch to any space.
10 Mingel Carvings – Small Gods of the Home: For the creative, quirky homeowner.
The original Mingei wood carvings date back to Japan’s Edo period, where wooden sculptures were made to depict iconic characters, such as animals and Gods. The skilled technique of using large chisels to create small, intricate images gives these carvings a powerful impression and a sense of beauty that is rather difficult to come by. In these bronze reinterpretations by Alexander Lamont, we see depicted Daikoku and Ebisu — a male and female God. Filled with character, and definitely a fascinating gift perfect for the creative individual, these sculptures are also believed to invite benevolent spirits to the home.
11. Mini Koi Fish: For the strong, driven homeowner.
Culturally, Koi fish, or carp, symbolises perseverance, strength, and a sense of purpose. Here, a small Koi fish has been modelled in wax, cast in lost wax bronze, and meticulously crafted with such detail, it almost springs to life. A meaningful gift filled with charm and spirit, this is perfect for those who possess the qualities of determination represented by the carp.
12. The Smoke Table Votive and the 1826 Table Votive: For the unique, cultured homeowner.
Beautifully carved, the Smoke Table Votive brings to mind swirling whisps of smoke, while the 1826 Table Votive is intricately carved with letters of the Thai alphabet. Making a very unique and thoughtful gift, 1826 in particular evokes a sense of Thainess — offering an interesting remix between tradition and contemporary interpretations. A fascinating tabletop piece, this will make a great gift for the unique individual with a strong sense of character, looking to incorporate a little bit of Thai influence into their space.
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