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As much as we love being able to offer great modern design to others, we also really, really love it for ourselves. This feeling seems to be particularly strong around the holidays. We spoke to several Lumens employees to get their top design picks for their (and your) holiday wish list this year.

Fein Salad Servers by Ferm Living

From Sarah Schaale, Senior Brand Marketing Manager

“I’m really into gifts that take normal, everyday activities up a notch, and these brass salad servers do just that. They’re beautiful, hardy and versatile for every tablescape. As someone who loves to host, I get excited every time I get to bust these out—which I can’t say doesn’t happen for even the simplest meals if I’m feeling even a little fancy.”

Monti Beer Tasting Set by Sempli

From Chelsea Anderson, Trade Account Manager

“Drinking from these glasses elevates beer to a swanky and sophisticated level—the bottom design is my favorite part, like a jewel!”

Colombina Fish Salt Cellar by Alessi

From Melanie Robledo, Operations

“It is unique and fun. The idea is really to fill it up with whatever you need, not necessarily salt. It will make people talk and most likely laugh about it. Instead of saying ‘pass me the salt’ you’ll now have to say ‘pass me the shiny fish.’ Oh, and kids will love being able to help themselves out of that little box.”

Eames House Bird by Vitra

From Loressa Martin, Social Media Manager

“Elegant and unobtrusive, the Eames House Bird is a great gift for the design lover. This iconic piece is one of the most prized objects of American folk art, rising to fame in the 1950s. With an air of playfulness and masterfully simplistic details, it’s no wonder the Eames House Bird is treasured by so many.”

Nepal Projects – Teddy by Menu

From Kelsey Kittle, Web Content Specialist

“Jeg elsker min bamse—I love my teddy bear! Menu’s Nepal Projects Teddy is such a cuddly little friend, I love seeing it on my desk when I need a cheerful pick-me-up. The Nepal Projects initiative helps women gain fair employment opportunities, both making the bears and for the future, and it makes me feel good to know a company whose design I admire is also socially responsible.”

Outline Trivet Oval by Ferm Living

From Kerry Ellis, Merchandiser

“The Outline Trivet is graphic and modern; it doubles as both a trivet and a piece of art. The smoked oak finish adds an element of craftsmanship that works with a variety of design aesthetics.”

Girard Mouse Ornament by Vitra

From Nissa Hallquist, Content Marketing Manager

“I absolutely adore the entire family of Girard ornaments released this year by Vitra. They are wonderfully simple, golden (okay, brass) and graphic representations of popular figures in Alexander Girard’s textiles and decorative motifs. They’re all fantastic, but the mouse in particular really speaks to me. It’s just so cute!”

Winterland Brass Star Ornament by Ferm Living

From Alyson Wise, Sales Operations Specialist

“Decorating for the holidays is one of my favorite parts of the season. This piece is a perfect blend of classic Christmas done with modern flair. It’s also great for those of us who rent and can’t always hang big pieces on the wall.”

Jumbo Purse Hook by Alessi

From Sarah Chappell, Marketing Production Coordinator

“Besides being an adorable elephant, this purse hook actually works! I got this as a Christmas gift for my mom last year, and she uses it all the time. It even holds her purse when it is really heavy! I want one.”

Alinjo Oil and Vinegar Set by Blomus

From Will Watkins, Trade Customer Service Agent

“I like this set because of the clean, modern look. It really stands out as a complete family that complements my dining room in just the right way and makes every meal a pleasure.”

Cafe Solo Coffee Maker Woven Cover

From Sully Kahn, Senior Content Publisher

“The Cafe Solo Coffee Maker – Woven Cover makes clean, crisp filtered coffee with style. The power of a hand-brewed morning cup lets you appreciate every grain for what it’s worth, and its chic woven cover gives it sultry appeal. This coffee maker spreads love and healing—and does it with panache.”

Diesel Transmission Candlestick by Seletti

From Jen Dallas, Training Specialist

“I really like the industrial, kind of rugged look of Diesel’s aesthetics. I’ve always enjoyed the look of repurposed items that go from a utility or mechanical purpose to a decorative one. There’s an artistry to mechanics, and it’s nice when there are items that show an appreciation for that.”

Taika Mug by iittala

From Amanda Sverlow, Customer Service Supervisor

“When I first saw this mug I knew I had to have it. The owls and fox designs are really fun and make drinking coffee an even more pleasurable morning experience than it already is.”

Chopping Board Set by Eva Solo

From Allison Hampton, Trade Account Manager

“I really love the Chopping Board Set by Eva Solo. Not only are they functional with an aluminum stand, they are absolutely beautiful. I’ll definitely be buying a set of these for my Mom this Christmas...and one for myself, too!”

Lamzac™ The Original Inflatable Lounger by Fatboy

From Vince Chiesa, Customer Service Rep

“Without a doubt, I love the Lamzac The Original Inflatable Lounger. I’ve used these in multiple different environments, from camping in the woods to lounging at a music festival or reading a book at the park; to have something that goes from a backpack to a lounge chair? A total win in my book.”

Tank Whiskey Decanter by Tom Dixon

From Layne Clifton, Trade Account Manager

“The handmade details of this decanter set it apart from the rest. With a modern shape and copper accents, this decanter complements both the lighter colors of a young scotch and the deep, warm tones of a well-aged bourbon. Perfect for the whiskey connoisseur who likes to have their whiskey on display and ready to serve.”

A Lotus Leaf Centrepiece by Alessi

From Robert McHolt, Trade Account Manager

“Like a piece of nature brought inside. The organic shape works with any design and can be dressed up or down depending on how you style it, and the black finish has a gothy feel. Definitely at the top of my wish list this year.”

Garlic Press by Eva Solo

From Tina Polley, VP Sales

“I always love a piece of design that mixes style and function, and this ticks all the boxes. The playful details mixed with the clean ergonomic lines of the actual press itself make it a great choice for fans of both design and cooking.”

Dear Charlie Banana Holder by Alessi

From Art Baron, Email Marketing Specialist

“This was one of my first purchases since working at Lumens. I really like the banana holder because it doesn’t look like a typical holder you’d find in a big box retailer. It’s modern, minimalistic and by Alessi—how can you go wrong? It makes me happy every day when I take a banana before I go to the gym. It’s a great gift for anyone who has a modern or minimalistic taste and eats bananas.”

Aura Wall Candleholder by Stelton

From Cody Torgersrud, Product Specialist

“To me, winter means candles. Growing up, my mother always had them lit and it always brings me back to that warm, cozy place. This is a beautiful piece of design that sits on the wall like a sculpture. As well as looking gorgeous, it serves a double duty with its high-shine body capturing and reflecting that light back into the space. A perfect present for those who hunt for hygge.”