Based in Istanbul, Gaia & Gino offers housewares that are a thoughtful combination of arty construction and forward-thinking utility. Since 2004, its founder, Gaye Cevikel, has been petitioning the international design community (including luminaries Karim Rashid and Richie Tanaka) to create unique, organic home accessories, from dual-sided wine glasses to calligraphy-inspired bud vases. With several design awards under their belt, Gaia & Gino’s products are recognized the world over and sold exclusively in cutting-edge boutiques.
We've gone through our coffers and picked some hidden gems in a huge range of categories — from furniture to accessories — to serve as a little design inspiration for 2012. Now's your chance to pick these items up at wallet-friendly prices.
Organic consciousness and modern design. The two sensibilities merge in the commissioned works by some of the design field's finest artists (such as Andrée Putman and Arik Levy). Founder Gaye Cevikel named her Turkish brand in part for her dog, Gino, and her collection even offers some highbrow doggie designs, including rubber chew legs that attach ingeniously to furniture. They definitely put the wow in bow-wow.
A vase is one of the most effortless ways to perk up a room's look, and we've got a huge range of options to suit every style and taste. Go colorful with Cyan's purple Porpora, or Gaia & Gino's striking cobalt blue options; or get a little metallic in time for the holidays—Michael Aram's silvery Garland vase is the perfect winter table centerpiece. Why not try grouping a few together to magnify the aesthetic effect?
With a twinkling transparency, glass and Lucite furniture fill a space with light and give an illusion of invisibility. This quality makes them particularly suited to small spaces. If your home isn't small but overloaded with heavy materials like wood-framed furniture or stone-topped tables, choose Lucite as a crystalline antidote to darkness.