AO Journal

A Few of Our Favorite Things

While doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles were on Maria von Trapp’s wish list in The Sound of Music, today’s sophisticated tastemaker is no doubt looking for something unique and one-of-a-kind that doesn’t fit in a stocking this Christmas.

For the notoriously difficult person on your shopping list, why not look past the gadget of the moment and buy a present with lasting value or take the time to gift yourself and add an item to your own collection.

Here are a few of our favorite things...


For the Mid-Century Modern Collector

While Ma 39’s De Sede DS600 modular sofa will be hard to hide this under the tree, it will make a striking appearance in any interior.

A Touch of Whimsy

This 17th-Century head made of sandstone from Stella Polaris Art & Antiques in Stockholm will make a statement in just about any interior.

Form Meets Function

A set of six Hollywood Regency armchairs by Randall Tysinger for EJ Victor is both a practical, functional and attractive. From Pegaso Gallery Design in Los Angeles.

Every Item Tells A Story

Sculptured, deconstructed and dynamic are just a few of the adjectives used to describe this Moifaa Dining Table. Designed by sculptor Nicola Cox of COX London, it was named after a famous racehorse who survived a shipwreck off the coast of Ireland, eventually winning the Grand National. 

Thoroughly CF Modern

Too large for under the tree, tie a bow on Irwin Feld’s Vivier Monroe Settee for CF Modern. Distinctive with its kidney shaped and channel back design in grey cotton velvet, it will truly be the permanent gift that keeps on giving. 

For the Murano Aficionado

A pair of hand-blown Murano mid-century pendants will be a wonderful if not useful addition to any collection. Available from Galerie Anna van Elteren, they were created by artist Massimo Vignelli in 1960-1969.

A Room Changer

This rare Agra design rug from Hans Boujaran adds a touch of modern to the most traditional interior.

The Gift of Gustavian

Offered by Polsterjernan Antiques in Stockholm, a pair of these 18th century dining chairs are a study in all things Gustavian. 

For the Lover of All Things Swedish

This three-drawer 18th century Gustavian ormolu mounted commode by Johan Neijber is a beauty and will fit in just about any interior. Available from Stockholm’s Hoffmans Antiques.

The Most Unforgettable Gift

This Italian modern Tube Chair made by Joe Colombo is the true definition of unique.  Made of polyurethane foam with lacquered “arcipiuma” cylinders of tubular steel and rubber connecting joints, the tubes can be joined in a variety of combinations. Available from Michaela Bauer Vintage Interiors. 

A Truly Distinctive Gift

If what you are after is a gift that elicits a “wow factor,” may we introduce the Whippet Bench by Radi Designers. Offered by Design & Art, this vibrant colored limited-edition bench is made of fiberglass and steel.

A Touch of Avant Garde

PH Furniture’s aptly named Snake Chair received its name because it looks like a coiled snake. Designed in 1932, its distinctive Lipstick Red color and angle-free profile in chromed steel makes this one unique chair.