The RNDD 2019 High Design Gift Guide

With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve compiled 11 high design gift ideas from our River North Design District (RNDD) Members, for the luxury lovers and design aficionados on your list. Happy Holidays!

The Horizon Plaid Throw Blanket Collection from Room & Board

The Horizon collection combines the best of two worlds: simple Scandinavian design with the beautiful characteristics of soft, strong South American alpaca wool. Textiles made from alpaca wool have unique properties making them insulating without bulk, allowing the throws to be lightweight yet warm.

KOHLER Turkish Bath Linens

Spoil yourself with the new line of Turkish Bath Linens from the KOHLER Signature Store. The collection includes towels in a range of sizes along with a bathrobe and bath rug. And, with three patterns available in four classic shades, these plush Turkish Bath Linens will no doubt become one of your bathroom essentials. $15 – $135


The Swirl Divided Box from Theodore Alexander

Theodore Alexander is most often recognized for their beautiful handcrafted furniture, but they also create amazing accessories. The Swirl Collection, from TA Accents, include exquisite lidded boxes & trays, meticulously crafted by their gifted artisans of inlaid Mother of Pearl, using a decorative art form dating back to 4000 B.C. Each item is a unique work of art, shimmering with an explosion of iridescent colors in hues of white, gray, silver, yellow, blue-green, bronze, pink, red and brown. Mother of Pearl symbolizes good luck…and prosperity, a perfect gift that is sure to be treasured! $144 – $218


Teakwood Carving of an Elephant from The Golden Triangle


Depicted in lifelike detail with head slightly bowed and trunk tucked, this beautifully hand-carved pachyderm is the work of master carvers in Chiang Mai. Sacred to numerous cultures and countries, elephants are a prominent motif in both traditional and contemporary Asian works of art. In Thai culture these majestic creatures represent good fortune, power and nobility. It is common to see a wooden elephant at the entrance of homes throughout Thailand; the placement is significant with the intent to welcome prosperity and good tidings. An elephant’s posture also has symbolic meaning: a raised trunk is indicative of honor and integrity—a commanding yet dignified stance. An elephant with its head and trunk lowered is endearing and represents humility. An elephant with a gracefully bowed head is intended to convey respect especially when presented as a gift. Available at The Golden Triangle, 330 N Clark.  $250

Set of 3 Flint Containers from Casa Bella 

From Chicago’s own Frank Ponterio’s debut collection for Arteriors Home and available through Casa Bella. Frank designed a tattoo-inspired emblem that was hand-carved on a set of three bronze ceramic containers. $455


KEUCO’s Plan Bathroom Stool 

KEUCO’s Plan bathroom stool is the luxury we’re all missing in our pampering experience! Shower your loved ones with this beautifully designed bench, which is suitable for wet spaces, this Holiday season! Available in white, light grey, or dark grey, with polished chrome or brushed aluminum legs. $637 – $769


Alpaca Suri 6′ Round Rug from Organic Looms

Looking for a unique gift this year for that hard-to-buy-for person? How about a beautiful alpaca rug from Organic Looms? Originally from Peru, this collection of soft alpaca rugs comes in various sizes and shapes. Prices available upon request. 

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Custom Framing from Artists Frame Service

Give the gift of beautiful framing from Artists Frame Service – perfect for the holidays, birthdays, special occasions, house warmings and more. These gift cards are good for use towards custom framing in our River North, Lincoln Park or Highland Park showrooms, and can be used towards photo frames, gallery frames and art in the stores and online as well. $50 – $2,000

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The Guapa Office Chair from Casa Spazio

The Guapa by Midj is a line of chairs valued for their high quality and unique shape. They are a perfect fit for beautiful home offices or corporate environments. The leather upholstery combines comfort with strength, creating a light shadow effect that extends its charm to the surroundings. This office chair is available as a quickship or special order from Casa Spazio‘s River North Showroom (222 W Hubbard). Pricing starts at $1,753.


The Carolina Vanity Chair from Donna Mondi Interior Design’s EnVie Collection

This vanity chair is inspired and named after Carolina Otero, the mistress of Edward VII, who was known for her coveted voluptuous shape.  The Carolina vanity chair with it’s graceful, full curves will make you feel like you’re his one true queen.  Available through Donna Mondi Interior Design‘s EnVie Collection $4200


Punk Buddha Sculptures from Samuel Lynne Galleries

Metis Atash signature series of “Punk Buddha” sculptures that have gained widespread popularity around the world, are sculpted in fiberglass, covered with acrylic paint, and meticulously bathed by hand in upwards of 20,000 Swarovski crystals. Each piece is one-of-a -kind and awards the living space with an aura of captivating experience. Available through Samuel Lynne Galleries in Chicago. $14,900

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