For home: Gifts to make the house proud

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1. Cut-glass bowls, from 17 each

These charming bowls, made by Iittalia, come in colours from greens to a stunning red.

Skandium, 6 Marylebone High Street, London W1, tel: 020 7935 2077, www.skandium.com

2. Flower-pot light, 130

The work of Verner Panton is so characteristically 1960s that it is hard to imagine the decade without him. His flower-pot light is iconic due to its simple geometric design.

Twenty Twenty One, tel: 020 7837 1900, www.twentytwentyone.com

3. Kay Bojesens wooden monkey, 89

A gift with no function other than to look gorgeous. Its head and limbs move with the smoothest of mechanisms, while its wooden form is so tasteful.

Skandium, details as before

4. Henry Kloss iPAL radio, 140

This radio is as great as it is portable. Its weather-resistant exterior and rubberised cabinet come in four colours. The red is very sweet.

SCP, tel: 020 7739 1869, www.scp.co.uk

5. Carrie bicycle basket, 56

Based on old-fashioned crochet lace tablecloths and realised in colourful plastic, this is the ultimate in quirky-cool for storing anything.

Design House Stockholm, tel: 020 7352 8403, www.designhousestockholm.com

6. Medium rim vase, 30

This vase reminds me of the natural ceramics of the 1970s. I especially like this for its neutral outer that contrasts with its shiny ochre interior.

Habitat, tel: 0870 411 5501, www.habitat.et

7. Wooden door-stops, 5.95

In natural oak with a block of colour on the outer. I love the green.

Twenty Twenty One, details as before

8. Knoll womb chair (2,350) with Ottoman stool (705)

Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948, this relaxing and enveloping chair comes in a choice of colour statements, from yellow to red.

Skandium, details as before

9. Skaugum cutlery, from 10

I have Norwegian friends who grew up with this and think it's funny that we find it so beautiful. I love its simplicity.

Skandium, details as before

10. Pyrex ramekins, about 6

Pyrex takes me back to my childhood; my mother had various casserole dishes that she used all the time. The colours are cute too, very 1950s.

Geoffrey Robinson, Alfies Antique Market, tel: 020 7723 0449, www.alfiesantiques.com

11. Blue Formica table, 243

I first saw this on a visit to Helsinki. Its legs are made out of brush handles, three in the standard width and the fourth an extra-fat width, adding to its personality.

Habitek, tel: 00 358 9622 73220, www.habitek.fi

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