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.
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.
Here, find myriad ways to show Mom you care: Give her comfort with an elegant, kimono-style robe. Invigorate her senses with gardenia-scented candles and lotions from Kai. Or, if she’s the sentimental type, send her your mug mounted in one of the gorgeous silver frames on offer.