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Photo by Noémie Goudal

Christmas wish list: luxury gift ideas

12. 12. 16   :   The Epistle

The ‘artisan economy’ is flourishing at the moment, and this is great news for those of us looking for exquisite, lovingly crafted gifts this Christmas. Here at 1508 London we’ve compiled a wish list that features some of the most stunning, innovative and high-quality products currently available, from jewellery and accessories to big-ticket items and luxury experiences. They all exemplify the high standards of design and craftsmanship that 1508 London is so keen to champion.

For the musician and/or artist:

This spectacular piano doubles up as a sculptural work of art! It was created by Cambridge-based Goldfinch in collaboration with bespoke art studio Based Upon, with whom 1508 London has also had the pleasure of working.

Amazing piano that looks like a metal sculpture
The Baby by Based Upon, Goldfinch Pianos

For the thinker:

Inhedited’s exquisite Proa and Pervolō manuscript books are bound in Italian leather and edge gilded by skilled artisans. Pair with the gold-plated bookmark for a gift that will be cherished by writers and stationery fanatics alike.

leather-bound manuscript book with gold-leaf edging, and gold-plated bookmark
Proa manuscript book and gold-plated stainless-steel bookmark, Inhedited

For the celebrity trend follower:

Jewellery by British luxury brand Monica Vinader has many a celebrity fan, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Watson, Jessica Chastain and Cara Delevingne. Many pieces can be personalised with an engraving.

rose gold and moonstone bracelet
Naida mini circle bracelet in 18ct rose gold vermeil on sterling silver with moonstone framed by pavé set diamonds, Monica Vinader

For the homebody:

With hygge absolutely everywhere at the moment, there’s no such thing as too many candles. Rachel Vosper is a leading British chandler specialising in hand-poured beeswax candles and fragrances. For something a little different, buy a gift voucher for her candle-making course, which is held in her Belgravia atelier.

candles with signature scents lined up on wooden shelves
Rachel Vosper candles

For the equestrian:

Hermès has a range of beautiful saddles to suit every discipline, from high-level showjumping and dressage to polo. They are handcrafted with the painstaking attention to detail that you would expect from this luxury brand.

Leather saddle by Hermès
Hermès Allegro saddle, Hermès

For the lover of sustainable luxury:

Burberry recently won the Champion of British Luxury Sustainability Award at the Walpole Awards 2016. This extra-long, 100% cashmere scarf was made at a 150-year-old Scottish mill; for a personal touch, up to three initials can be added in a colour of your choice.

Cashmere scarf with signature Burberry check
Lightweight cashmere scarf in Camel Check, Burberry

For the art collector:

We’re big fans of the work of French artist (and Royal College of Art graduate) Noémie Goudal. This photograph was given pride of place above the mantelpiece in one of our most recent projects.

Photo by Noémie Goudal
Station I, Southern Light Stations series, Noemie Goudal

For the individualist:

For a truly memorable gift, buy a loved one the opportunity to create his or her signature fragrance. Personalised perfumes are popular at the moment – Jo Malone, Penhaligon’s and Ex Nihilo in Harrods all have customisation or bespoke services, but perhaps our favourite offering comes from Floris London. After at least three consultations over a period of around six months, the recipient of this amazing gift will have their fragrance added to Floris’s private perfume ledgers, so they (and their children and grandchildren) will be able to order and re-order the unique fragrance they create.

Ingredients for making bespoke perfume
Bespoke Perfume Design, Floris London