aspire Gift Guide 2021

Sumatran Symbols Coasters

These coasters feature celestial symbols adapted from a beautiful late 19th–early 20th-century Indonesian ceremonial mat, or lampit. Such refined mats were designed for spiritual leaders, woven from finely split cane fibers and adorned with burnt patterns made with a heated stylus.

Atelier Porcelain Dinnerware

Designed by acclaimed ceramist Marek Cecula, this 18-piece porcelain set is boldly accented with dynamic stripes that create a sense of movement and primary colors that interplay with one another. Set includes six dinner plates, six bowls, and six side plates.

Harlow Throw Blanket

Bella Notte’s Harlow Large Throw Blanket is the must-have accessory for a bedroom, reading nook, sofa or chaise. Two layers of cotton velvet framed by charmeuse raw edges give this throw blanket a comforting substance and an elegant drape. 54″ x 84″.

Erin Hupp Ceramics

Oakland-based ceramicist Erin Hupp creates small batches of moody, organic, rich and sensory ceramics. Erin’s recent Texture and Obscura (pictured) collections are inspired by the boundary between earth and water, rough and smooth. Recently she has been making custom collections of wheel-thrown tableware for upscale restaurants and custom vases.

Pumpkin Persimmon Candle

This fall, Emme Essentials debuted a collection featuring much-needed Asian representation to candle lovers’ homes. Included here, East meets West in this classic fall scent- warm notes of pumpkin and allspice are elevated by delicate notes of sweet persimmon.

Smoke Kinetic Glass Set

From Cedric Mitchell Design, these glasses are a beautiful combination of function and pure satisfaction – as elegantly designed smoke gray glass swivels on an alabaster and silver sphere. The shape of the glass increases the intimate experience of drinking liqueur, cognac, and whiskey by accentuating the movement and aroma of the liquid.

Asian Woodlands Salad Plate Set

These colorful salad plates feature nature-inspired details from four objects in the Department of Asian Art at The Met—a 19th-century hanging scroll by Suzuki Kiitsu, a 19th-century Japanese writing box, a porcelain bottle from 16th-century China, and an 18th-century decorative box formerly attributed to Ogata Kōrin. In East Asian art, the deer often signifies longevity, good fortune, and prosperity.

Edible Schoolyard Project Tea Towel

Inspired by The Edible Schoolyard Project, Jann Cheifitz, founder of Lucky Fish, designed these super absorbent tea towels and hand-printed them on a traditional flour sack cotton. They feature a playful universe of images drawn from nature. These only get softer and more absorbent with each washing as the cotton blooms. 10% of each tea towel sold benefits The Edible Schoolyard program.

“High Seas’ Drinking Set

Right in time for the “Decade of the Ocean”, which the United Nations proclaimed, High Seas opens our eyes to the beauty and sensitivity to the finite expanses of the Oceans. Mermaids as a personification of this mysterious organism, beautiful and dangerous animals and plants, an oil rig, and a human are featured. If you look close enough, you will find an anchor as a symbol of hope. Made of mouth-blown lead-free crystal and hand-painted.

Scent Diffusers Designed by GamFratesi

Poltrona Frau and Acqua di Parma have collaborated on a series of scent diffusers for home and car that are small works of art. Designed by GamFratesi, the diffusers are encased in leather, and have interchangeable pods with Acqua di Parma’s distinctive fragrances evoking the scents of Italy, or choose Milano, the brand’s custom fragrance designed for Poltrona Frau.