The Best Gifts For The Modern Design Lover

Surprise the modern design lover in your life with chic furniture pieces that will look great in their home. Whether it’s an artistic chair, a minimalist sofa or a geometric bar cart, they are guaranteed to love these elevated pieces.

CB2 Eat/Play Table

Today’s homes are rife with multi-functional furniture, and CB2’s Eat/Play Table ($1,699) adds a fun spin (no pun intended). The black marble table dining table doubles as a table tennis table with a fully removable net. Serve up a sophisticated dinner (the table seats up to six) or a friendly match (there are also chic paddles to purchase). The table features black powder-coated steel legs, and each slab of black marble will be unique. 

Modloft Spruce Modular Sofa 09

Modloft is a direct-to-consumer brand that produces high-quality modern furniture at an affordable price point. Founded in 2005, Modloft’s furniture categories include sofas and sectionals, beds, coffee tables, bookcases and modern accents. Neutral colors, clean lines and sleek design are pillars of Modloft’s brand. The Spruce Modular Sofa 09 ($3,800) is a low-slung sofa with a minimalist design. Perfect for a modern home with an open floor plan, the sofa comes in the beautiful chalk fabric and can be customized by size (there is an entire Spruce line), as well as a left- or right-facing chaise. It’s upholstered with plush basketweave fabric that is easy to clean and durable and has solid internal construction so it’s guaranteed to last. There is a tight, low-back and pillows for a structured look.

Brabbu Maison Valentina Petra Bathtub

Yes, even your bathroom can benefit from super-chic upgrades. If you’re able to splurge, Maison Valentina’s Petra Bathtub ($15,000), available at Brabbu, is fabulous. Inspired by the ancient city of Petra where buildings are carved into stone cliffs, this tub features a base of wood with clean lines and Ibiza marble. The wood has a black gloss and looks bright and shiny against the carved marble design. The white marble is handcrafted with the utmost level of craftsmanship.

Tom Sachs Shop Chair

Contemporary artist Tom Sachs is known for his art and sculptures that often are refabrications of consumer goods. Some of his famous works include the Chanel Guillotine, Lunar Module, HG (Hermès Hand Grenade) and so much more. Sachs is also a trained architect and even worked for iconic architect Frank Gehry in his L.A. furniture workshop. Tom Sachs Furniture is an extension of  his sculpture practice and each piece is a functional piece of art. Those who adore his work and unique, modern furniture will love the Shop Chair ($2,500) in Natural. The chair comes fully assembled and is made from maple plywood with rubber flex-mounts and stainless steel screws. Each is hand-engraved and has a sequentially numbered edition plate. The chair  comes in natural, pink, yellow, olive drab and gray.

Whirl & Whittle Side-by-Side Mirror 

Whirl & Whittle founder Pooja Pawaskar creates her furniture using the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, or the world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection and finding beauty in everything. She primarily works with wood, and celebrates the wood’s imperfection in each piece. She is a trained architect, as well as a furniture designer, and was inspired by her grandfather, who made furniture in India. No two pieces of wood are the same, and this is something she celebrates within her work. All of her furniture is handmade. Part of  her collection, “Not Whole, but Complete,” the Side-by-Side Mirror ($2,300) is a round mirror with the choice of one or two spalted wooden sculptures affixed on a small section along the mirror. “Looking at the reflection of the wood while looking at your own reflection is a way of looking inward, noticing your imperfections and seeing your growth, and finding beauty in what you have a feeling grateful for it,” Pawaskar writes in the description.

Tapis Rouge Modern Rug 


So much more than a modern rug, this product from Tapis Rouge was inspired by Googie, a type of futurist architecture popular in the 1950s and 60s and part of the American retro-futurism movement. Googie was most popular among motels, coffee houses and gas stations and later morphed into mid-century modern style (think: TWA’s terminal). The Modern Rug ($5,920) specifically represents the flourishing of technologies and the possibilities promised during WWII. A burst of color for any room, this is the perfect gift for fans of mid-century modern style and who value meaning in what they put within their home. It’s available at Artemest, which curates high-quality products from Italian artisans.

OKA Magicus Console Table

Like a standing sculpture, OKA’s Magicus Console Table in Dark Gray ($1,095) showcases a great feat of design that champions the notion of balance and creativity. Made from black mango wood with a black painted finish, the table has a sculptural wooden circle that “balances” between two wooden plinths. The female-founded business highlights effortless global style. They call upon a talented roster of global artisans to bring beautifully crafted furniture, decor, lighting and other homeware to today’s modern consumer who appreciates craftsmanship, design and global style.

RH Polyhedron Bar Cart

A bar cart is a necessary part of any home, and RH’s Polyhedron Bar Cart ($4,260) will make any guest stop and stare in awe. Just in time for entertaining around the holidays, this bar cart has three hinged sections that open like a flower and feature a trio of mirrored surfaces. Perfect for those that like to maximize space and function, the unfolding surfaces are the perfect places to mix and pour, display tools and glassware and put liquor for self-serving. The center of the bar cart can fit up to 11 standard-size wine bottles, so you can also store your precious liquids within the cart. This piece is modernism at its finest and highlights beautiful mid century Italian design. It comes in two finishes: Black Oak and Lacquered Burnished Brass. There are also wheels so you can mix and move for an interactive evening and fun experience.

Roattino Floor Lamp

MoMA Design Store has many wonderful modern pieces of furniture, including this Roattino Floor Lamp ($2,200). Designed in 1931 by Eileen Gray, the lamp features an S-shaped bent steel stand and a white lamp shade that is reflective of the design of a woman’s hat from the 1930s. The stand is made from black steel, and it comes with a footswitch and pivots. Gray was a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture. Her work has been featured extensively at MoMA, including a retrospective in 1980 and an exhibition titled Designing Modern Women in 2010. 

Fendi Casa Ripple Drop Coffee Table

Fashion lovers who appreciate Fendi’s exquisite clothing and accessories are bound to love its chic furniture pieces from the Italian brand’s home line, Fendi Casa, founded in 1988. Featuring one-of-a-kind Italian craftsmanship, the home line exudes glamour and modernity through sofas, coffee tables, lamps, armchairs, desks, beds, and so much more. Fendi Casa works on many luxury residential, yacht and private aviation projects around the world. The Ripple Drop Coffee Table ($4,000) is a fun and vibrant piece for the home. Standing on gunmetal gray steel legs (with bronze shadow or palladium finishing, the removable extra-clear glass top features handmade lacquered degradé decoration. It comes in a variety of colors including ultramarine blue, tea green, garnet red, saffron, light orange, forest green or toffee. It has a Fendi logo with a polished brass effect.