Toast of the Town
Influenced by architectural mosaics and tile work created by Venetian artisans, Anthony Shafermeyer and Claire Kelly have developed a unique stemware collection. Each piece is produced by pulling colored glass into long rods that are cooled, cut and assembled into a pattern on a ceramic stone. Once the stone is hot, the glass tiles fuse together, resulting in a sheet of glass that is rolled up onto a blowpipe and shaped into an exquisite goblet. Royal Cameo Glass, 322 Royal St., 522-7840, or go towww.royalcameo.com.
Founded in 1897, Globe-Trotter creates luxury luggage that is strong yet lightweight — a modern-day classic that is the mark of the chic traveler. Each piece in Conran’s exclusive cream-and-black collection is hand-made by a team of skilled craftsmen at the company’s factory in Hertfordshire, England. The Conran Shop, 866/755-9079, or go towww.conranusa.com.
At Your Service
Made as a reproduction of a 1930s French art deco design, this circular bar cart/tea trolley speaks volumes about style. Hand-crafted in Italy exclusively for Decodame, its solid polished stainless steel base and glass shelving look sleek, and it glides smoothly at teatime or happy hour. Decodame,www.decodame.com.
Regency Redux: High Style Interiors: Napoleonic, Classical Moderne, and Hollywood Regency (Rizzoli, $75)
The classical elegance of the Regency period in England is considered one of the most sophisticated and refined moments in design history. In Regency Redux, English decorative arts expert Emily Evans Eerdmans traces the evolution of this period, concluding with the Regency fashions of Dorothy Draper and Elsie de Wolfe, with each chapter illustrating a rich selection of images of interiors, film sets and furniture.
Keep cozy in the cold with a handmade Rajasthani quilt. Extra-large in size, it’s made of the purest native cotton and hand-blocked using natural dyes for even the most sensitive skin. Its culturally significant “village pattern” makes for ethnic and eclectic accent while its bold colors add warmth to a room. Sterling Gallery, 308 Royal St., 523-3747.
For the Dapper Dude
If the days of artful shaving are long gone, make sure you have a memento. This vintage hardwood shaving stand, with its retractable round mirror and gently curved cubby, is the dandiest of gifts for the man who has everything. Heirloom Furnishings, 1400 St. Charles Ave., 671-8298.
Thrill of the Hunt
An antiques dealer typically doesn’t head to France in search of a vintage Spanish armchair. But for Allain Bush of Bush Antiques, one unusual find can make the trip worthwhile. The iron-and-brass base of this perfectly proportioned armchair is in its original form, but Bush replaced its tattered 70-something-year-old upholstery with antique leather she found in France. Bush Antiques, 2109 Magazine St., 581-3518, or go towww.bushantiques.com.
Angels abound, providing a spiritual and celestial element atop a mantel or bookshelf. Each decorative wing is as eco-conscious as it is elegant –– as it’s magnificently created from 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials at a company-owned factory in India and then coated in 24-karat gold. Eclectic Home, 8211 Oak St., 866-6654, or go towww.eclectichome.net.