Sight Unseen design gift guide

Two-Toned Vases and Velvet Body Pillows — The 2019 Sight Unseen Gift Guide, Part I

By now we’ve come to understand how hotly anticipated our annual gift guides are, so considering that it’s after Thanksgiving, we’ll cut to the chase — we did our gift guides a bit differently this year. We’ll still have one day devoted to each editor, but on the third day we’ve convinced some of our favorite designers and influencers to share their best gifts for giving and receiving. Even more, over on Instagram, you’ll have the chance to win four of the coolest items from each gift guide — the ones pictured in our opening images, which this year were styled by Sean Dooley and photographed by Cody Guilfoyle. (My giveaway quartet includes a sexy black terrazzo vase, a tiny but powerful portable LED lamp, an actually cool flower bouquet, and a workhorse skillet that’s pretty enough to be left on the stove.)

For the rest of my gift guide, I chose things I already own and love and hope you will too — including a cozy, pretzel-shaped iridescent body pillow and a pair of white knee-high boot stunners — as well as the best versions of things that aren’t often considered cool or designed: a beautiful compost bin, a baseball hat for furniture nerds, and a 1000-piece puzzle I’m dying to finish. Happy gifting!

Opening image: Deep Field Pillar Vase by New Age Design Studio, $425; Bellhop Portable LED Lamp by Barber Osgerby for Flos, $295; Thistle bouquet by Buunch, $200; The Coated Pan by Material, $95


Deep Field Pillar Vase by New Age Design Studio, $425


The Coated Pan by Material, $95


Thistle bouquet by Buunch, $200


Bellhop Portable LED Lamp by Barber Osgerby for Flos, $295

Need Supply_Balefire Vase

Medium Slender Vase by Balefire, $85


Bowie Comb in Champagne by Winden, $55


Bembien Flora Rattan Box Clutch, $155


Large Ridge Vase by Studio Kaksikko for Muuto, $169


Aalto hat by Arranging Things, $59


Eno Throw by Depeapa for Slowdown Studio, $230


Cerine Glass Object by Trueing, $590

2018 Bad Apple Guillaume Boucher

Bad Apple Pillow by Jiu Jie, $90

Amazon_Moon Lists

Moon Lists: Questions and Rituals for Self-Reflection by Leigh Patterson, $13.49


Simultanea Vase by Valentina Cameranesi for SEM, $1,355.30


Forbidden Fruit 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle by Piecemeal, $36


Duo Vase by Sugahara Glassworks, $460

Hay Glass Straws

Borosilicate Glass Sip Straws by Hay (Set of 6), $25


Bozal Mezcal, $64.99

Need Supply_Compost Bin

Compost Bin in Natural by Bamboozle, $42

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The Reveller Hand & Body Care Set by Aesop, $120


Donna Boots in Hueso by LOQ, $655

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Oval Pleats Backpack by Pleats Please Issey Miyake, $625


Mirror Orb and Dish by Nathalie Paolinelli, $300


Eyes Tee by Noah, $48


Tan Lines Tapestry by Aelfie & Robert McKinley, $2,600

Sling Backpack by Lotuff Leather, $840

Formafantasma x Bitossi

Equilibri Vase with Torn Edges by Formafantasma for Bitossi, $665


Limited Edition Expressionist Vase Amphora, $139.99