Masters Of… Effortless Entertaining
‘Tis the season for indulgent festivities, but the art of effortless entertaining is one that should be mastered all year round. Earn the status of the host with the most by manifesting your dream dining setting from the Browns edit of covetable homeware and tableware. Take interior cues from L’Objet, Jonathan Adler, Les Ottomans, Marloe Marloe, Reflections Copenhagen and HAY to sprinkle style over your home this holiday season and beyond. In need of some gift inspiration for a lover of interiors? These notable names also make the perfect presents for any lucky recipients - including yourself, so make sure you share your Wishlist around…
Looking for a conversation piece? L’Objet’s opulent and luxurious masterpieces are perfect for breaking the ice and attracting the attention of your guests. Establishing his brand in 2014, interior designer Elad Yifrach draws inspiration from his globetrotting lifestyle, translating the world’s natural beauty, elegant architecture and cultural references into functional yet spirited objects imbued with rich stories. Fusing modern touches with old-world charm, each distinctive design will stimulate the senses and evoke a myriad of memories and moods.
By way of their pioneering perspective, the brand’s signature pieces are crafted from the finest porcelain, 24-carat gold and platinum using specialized, hand-crafted techniques. “Few have explored, as we have, the rich potential of incorporating distinctive, precious materials into functional works of art,” Elad explains. “Things like these contribute to the character of a magical life.”
Add character to your table with plates and bowls in rich hues and gleaming metallics, and be sure to bring your artistic home accessories and candles into conversation during dinner. Once bellies are full, retire your party to the lounge with a warm nightcap served from decorative cups; and get L’Objet’s collectible games out for some friendly competition (or gift them to your guests as a generous festive treat!)
Three words to describe eponymous designer Jonathan Adler’s designs? Modern. American. Glamour - we heard it from the designer himself. “I try to be modern and keep my roots in modernism,” he told Elle Decor. “I’m American, and I love the optimism and freedom of my country… I often think there’s no other place I could have made it to where I am now,” the designer explains. “Finally glamour: I try to make all my creations as memorable as possible.”
After a rocky start (his short-sighted ceramics teacher told him not to pursue his design dreams), Jonathan persevered. In 1994, New York retail giant Barneys accepted his designs, signalling the beginning of a prolific career. Renowned for injecting high-octane charm into their surroundings, the New Jersey native’s vivacious and one-of-a-kind art pieces are guaranteed to bring happiness to your home. Reflecting his own exuberant personality and eclectic, refined taste, attention-commanding soft furnishings and barware are all sure to intrigue and inspire your festive guests.
One last reason to love this homeware label? These pieces are made to last a lifetime, which is very good news for our planet. Jonathan concludes: “For me, sustainability goes hand in hand with durability. In this “disposable” world, I do my best to realize pieces that will last for generations.”
The perfect gift for an avid traveller, Les Ottomans will satisfy your wanderlust even from the comfort of your home. A devoted traveller, the brand’s founder Bertrando di Renzo is particularly inspired by the beauty and magic of Istanbul. After a year of living in the Turkish capital, he distilled his love for the city into his own homeware brand.
Designed in Italy and hand-crafted in Turkey, each piece is a vibrant and eclectic fusion of influences from both East and West, whose exuberant colours, opulent texture and sumptuous materials will transport you to the best of both worlds.
Your home should be as unique as you. So define the uniqueness of your personal style by dressing your happy place with the brand’s eye-catching cushions, home accessories, tableware and candle holders. Each electrifying piece will bring out the creative within each of us and add a touch of exoticism to your everyday surroundings.
In the words of Julie Hugau and Andrea Larsson: "Anything in your life is a reflection of a choice you made." These electric spirits are the creators of Reflections Copenhagen, a brand whose innovative approach and sustainable mindset has catapulted it to the forefront of crystal design.
Reflecting only the best version of your home, Reflections Copenhagen has a treasure trove of statement, Art Deco-inspired delights to choose from. Nodding to the predicted return of the roaring ‘20s, dial up the old-school glamour at your soirées by decorating the setting with extravagant crystals to capture and reflect the light. Each one-of-a-kind artisanal piece is handcrafted, meaning irregularities and inconsistencies are celebrated for adding extra character.
Set the mood with candles in striking tea light holders, and serve your guests their favourite tipple out of artistic glasses. Dial up the decadence even further with brilliant home accessories dotted around your space. Where gifting is concerned, bookends are the ultimate gift for bookworms, whilst perfume flacons will spread joy to those with a penchant for perfume on your list.
If you or your loved ones are more on the minimalist side, Australian brand Marloe Marloe is the name to know. For ceramicist and designer Marloe Morgan, what started as a creative side hobby grew into her own brand in 2014, born of the desire to create elevated and unique artisanal lifestyle objects.
Whilst interiors, travel and food arouse the designer’s creativity, the natural beauty of the brand’s hometown on the Southern Gold Coast is where she’s most inspired. Each intricacy and inconsistency of nature is celebrated and recreated by hand in small batches, ensuring that each beautiful piece is unique to the last.
As part of our Conscious edit, Marloe Marloe is not only inspired by nature but portrays an utmost respect for it. In the words of Marloe and her husband James: “Knowing we have made better choices today than we did yesterday is a huge driver for our business. It’s important we leave our environment better than how we found it, whether that is the physical or social landscape.”
Each piece is designed to connect people… so reconnect with loved ones over a meal served on their ceramic plates, and spread the love by giving the gift of their sculptural vases, or candles with restorative fragrances.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to say a big hello to HAY. In short, their aim is to make your life a little bit easier, simpler, and better-looking believing that good design is everyone’s right. Just like Browns, the brand’s co-founders and creative directors - Mette and Rolf Hay - are dedicated to discovering and working with the world’s most talented, curious and courageous designers.
Mette and Rolf’s joint passion for art is exhibited by each thoughtful design, combined with inspirations drawn from fashion and architecture. Artful reimaginations of everyday objects offer a fresh and nuanced perspective to your daily rituals at home. Stepping away from any austere Nordic design stereotypes, the Denmark-based label presents a collection in both cheerful hues and more subdued tones that are guaranteed to brighten up even the greyest of days.
Whilst you prepare your dinner menu, leave HAY to serve up decorative tableware to accompany your meal. We recommend adding the brand’s signature and bestselling Twisted Candles to your gifting list which are sure to please, along with their artistic Candleholders. As well as decorative objects showcasing eccentric patterns that will catch the eye of any beholder.
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