From Michael Anastassiades Studio, Menu, Redland London and others, our gift guide for design lovers includes five ideas sure to please those with a discerning eye.
1 Align by Beyond Object
The “dislocated” body of this pen puts a unique flourish on the humble writing tool. The aluminum mechanism is made of three parts, with the middle section being out of alignment when it is closed and twisted in line when in use. $80
2 Floating Forest Series by Michael Anastassiades
Each of these five handmade polished brass pieces – a cone, a disc, a mobile, a seesaw and a clip – suspend a seed just above the water’s surface, exposing the sprouting roots and turning the growing plant into living sculpture. The delicate planters fit on the rim of almost any glass. from $80
3 Folded Vase by Menu
Amanda Betz applied the ancient paper-folding art of origami to her series of porcelain vases, which feature the typical peaks and folds of the technique. Available in three muted shades. $90
4 Pantone Universe by Redland London
The British luggage manufacturer is putting a personal touch on their backpacks, duffels, laptop bags and totes by turning them out in your favourite Pantone colour. The collaboration currently includes eight tones, with more being introduced in the new year. from $95
5 Videre by Lomography
Made by hand, this DIY pinhole camera is screen-printed and die-cut onto sturdy recycled cardboard, and shoots through a precision laser-cut 0.4 mm pinhole. It takes only an hour to assemble; the kit includes instructions and a spare medium format take-up spool. from $75
Check out Azure’s full 2015 design gift guide.