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Designer's Wish List

With Christmas nearly upon us, it's probably fair to say that most of us still haven't finished crossing out all the names on our shopping list. If you're in need for ideas on what to get a fellow (super-picky) design aficionado, we've summed up some really funky products to help tickle their fancy, or maybe even for you to treat yourself (which is probably what I'll end up doing). Here they are arranged from lowest to highest priced.

Now, I'll be the first to admit it's been years since I've sketched on my iPad. But maybe if I had this super sleek 'Pencil Stylus' by Fifty-Three, I'd have a reason to.

Price: £29.99

I met designer Konstantinos Trichas a few months ago at the RCA's Visual Communications In-Progress Show. I also met his tiny cacti in their hip, colourful 'Pots Maybe'. No two are the same, and I want them all.

Price: £35.00

*Cactus included.

I cannot tell you how many events I've been to where people run out of ice. These beautiful 'Drink Rocks' by AREAWARE are a win-win situation for everybody. You simply place them in the freezer and a few hours later, voila. Geometric sculptures keep your drinks cool as, well, ice.

Price: £36.00


If you're the kind of person who likes a little mystery, a little magic and a little minimalism, say hello to the 'Tempo Drop'. We're not entirely sure what this does or how it does it, but apparently electromagnetic changes in the weather activate the crystals inside, making the appearance of the liquid and crystals change with the weather. Basically, it's like the Weather Channel app but prettier.

Price: £48.99

When I'm designing, I like my music. When I'm writing, I like my music. Beautifully designed, like any Tivoli Audio radio, this 'Model One' has AM/FM reception, as well as an auxiliary input for plugging in your iPod (or whatever else you use to listen to music).

Price: £99.00

One of my absolute favourite things about Instagram is the amount of artists, photographers and designers whose work stands out amidst a plethora of hotdog thighs in the beach and unappetising plates of food taken with the Lomo filter. This is how I met Johanna Berg, one of my favourite illustrators at the moment. Her amazing prints would make designers all over the world very happy boys and girls on Christmas morn.

Price: Varies.

There's nothing quite like a great moment captured on a Polaroid. The 'Socialmatic' camera has a whopping 14 megapixels in the front camera, which isn't that useful if you're printing a 5cm x 7.6cm photo, but a really good perk if you want to transfer images to your computer through its SD card. And hey. It's a square with a rainbow over it, so sign me up.

Price: £270.00

No designer or hardcore academic should live without coffee. The 'Linje' espresso machine by Øystein Helle Husby is cool, elegant and, in true Scandinavian style, made out of Norwegian Poplar. This one's for our big spenders and our coffee addicts, and once you see its price you'll know why. Don't forget the Bailey's, Santa. Some of us like our coffee Irish.

Price: £2,000.00


Happy Holidays... and happy shopping!