high design holiday gift guide

2022 RNDD High-Design Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of high design gift ideas from our The River North Design District (RNDD) Members, for the luxury lovers on your list.

We encourage you to shop local for everyone on your list this year. The RNDD showrooms carry everything from rugs to lighting to design accessories. Shop our full list of design showrooms here.

Happy Holidays!

Gifts For the Design Aficionados

Decorative Swans to Bring Good Fortune

These beautifully hand-carved birds from The Golden Triangle are reproductions of Hong (or Hamsa), the celestial swans that adorn many of Northern Thailand’s temple roofs. They signify unsurpassed grace and beauty with their long necks, outspread wings and gorgeous flowing tails—as seen in these finely detailed figures. It is believed they carry angels upon their backs and lift prayers to the heavens. These auspicious mythical creatures are best placed near a door, positioned as if they are flying inside to bring you good fortune. Individually they make meaningful gifts as tokens of appreciation and gratitude. A bevy of swans also looks stunning when arranged in a large group to create a unique and textured wall decoration. Each swan is outfitted with a metal loop for hanging and has its own unique decoration and gold coloring. Multiple sizes available. A Flock is $1,200, Set of three is $99

Start creating your flock here.

Smoky and Sculptural Decanters

Give the gift of style this holiday season with the Arteriors Marla Decanters, available through Casa Bella. Bring style and sophistication to the bar or serving station with this chic decanter set. Functional and sculptural, the smoke luster glass bottles feature curvy, elegant silhouettes with coordinating faceted toppers made of black marble and antiqued brass. $495

For purchasing information, contact Casa Bella.

Gifts for the Fragrance Fiend

A Subtle, Earthy Candle

Staci Munic Interiors has released her own, luxe candle, just in time for your holiday shopping. Subtle and earthy, this candle evokes a natural sense of peace and warmth. When lit, it’s as if you just came home from a walk in the woods on a damp spring morning. Oak Moss grows primarily on the trunk and branches of oak trees, since it derives from lichen, the oak moss scent delivers an earthy and woodsy aroma. Tobacco fragrance is musky, warm, spicy, aromatic, floral with a touch of leather. $45 each. 

To get your candle, contact Staci Munic Interiors.

A Minimal, Brass Incense Burner

What do the tastemakers want for the holidays? At the top of M. Viamontes Architects‘ list is this handcrafted Japanese style incense burner. Embodiments of minimalist philosophy, Cinnamon Projects incense burners are materially rich yet quietly sculptural objects inspired by the symbolism, geometries and tools of ancient cultures and rituals. Derived from function and designed to elevate experience, each form is crafted by hand with precision from natural brass, an inherently powerful material that enriches with time and use. $165

Get your brass incense burner here.

Gifts for the Art Lovers

Send Some Love for the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching, bringing times when we may or may not be able to be physically present with our loved ones, making it the perfect time to send notes of love out into the world. These one-sided high quality cards from artist Maureen Claffy let you share your love while also providing a frame-ready work of fine art. Printed in Chicago by a small business, these are on premium cardstock and feature nine different works. Plus, envelopes are included, so they’re ready to fill out and send. All you need to do is put pen to paper. $29

Purchase your set of notecards here.

A Vase Worthy of Display

This beautiful matte white molded porcelain vase from Ligne Roset is a work of art within itself. With biscuit porcelain on the exterior and clear enamel on the interior, it would make the perfect gift for the art lover on your list. Bonus if you fill it with flowers. The originality of the Fila vase resides in the slit opening, in which flowers can be arranged in single file, countered by the imposing base. The low version can be seen as a stylized iron, while the large evokes an ancient jar. $230

Shop the vase in two sizes here.

Gifts For the Mom (or Dog Mom)

Mini Frames for the Tree

Introducing the Framebridge 2022 ornament. A tiny version of one of their most popular frames, each ornament features your printed photo with a velvet ribbon and personalized story pocket on the back. Use the story pocket to document your kids’ favorite books, games, and memories from 2022, your new puppy’s “gotcha” date, or just a private note to read each year when you trim the tree. The Ornament’s vintage-style matchbox will hold it for safekeeping year after year. $25

Start customizing your ornament here.

The Most Luxurious Dog Bed

Pamper your best furry friend this holiday season with a customized Pillow Bar Dog Bed, available at The Luxury Bed Collection. This dog bed allows for luxurious ease of care for both you and your pup with its washable zippered white or black denim cover, piped in coordinating cording. Complete this holiday gift with a custom embroidery. Choose a name or a visual (Pillow Bar loves personalized requests!). Now your pup can sleep in style in their own sleep oasis to match your own! $155- $199

Pamper your pup here.

Gifts For the Luxe Lovers

The Ultimate Travel Pillow

Safe passage — whether around the world or just through the night — is a high value goal. Learning how to travel well takes research and experience. This ultra-light, high-quality down travel pillow tucks away into a corner of your luggage to come out for use on top of hotel pillows, in the car, on a plane. The DUXIANA® Travel Pillow is a 16×20″ pillow and includes a luxurious sateen pillowcase in white and carry bag. Pillow can be machine washed with cool water, on delicate, with a pure laundry soap. Machine dry on delicate with low heat. $178

Shop the travel pillow here.

A Showerhead with a Wireless Speaker

Combining a luxurious spray with a best in class high-quality audio speaker with sound by Harman Kardon®, the Moxie elevates your everyday showering and turns every shower into an immersive sensory experience. Gear up or wind down with the removable Bluetooth-enabled speaker. Buy online or stop by Studio41 at 225 W. Hubbard to pick up one today! $149.99

Available at Studio41.

Transform Your TV Into a Work of Art

But what do you get the person who has high-design taste? Sarah Jacquelyn Interiors has the perfect gift idea for that person who has everything. Transform your home into an art gallery with the Samsung The Frame 75″ TV + a monthly subscription to Black Dove Digital Art. Why Sarah loves it: It’s great to disguise your TV on the wall. Exhibit your collection of art  on their securely stored server. Place it in a living room, dining room, office. Options are endless to display this beautiful changing artwork. TV $1999.99, Subscription $99.99 per month.

Shop the TV here.

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