The Film and Furniture festive gift guide 2020
Our carefully curated holiday gift guide has become well-known from London to Los Angeles (and everywhere in-between) as the place to find inspiration for that special someone in your life who loves film, furniture and design. We didn’t win the Best Design Inspiration Award for just sitting on our back-sides (although to be truthful we’ve done our fair share of that in 2020)!
Film and design lovers can be a picky bunch, so you can rely on us to understand their needs.
Without further ado, allow us to present our eagerly awaited edit of homeware, books, barware and film-related presents for the movie and design enthusiast alike.
Give a gift with a story to tell…
1. Futuristic flatware as seen in 2001: A Space Odyssey
The actual screen-used space-age cutlery from Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey sold in Propstore’s Entertainment Memorabilia auction this week (1st December 2020) for £2,000 but never fear, you can still grace your modernist Christmas dinner table with the real deal at a fraction of the price.
The futuristic, elegant stainless steel cutlery used on Discovery One by the Jupiter Mission crew in 1968’s ‘2001‘ were in fact designed a decade earlier than the film’s release by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen. Given their modernist aesthetic and minimalistic shapes, they still look so utterly contemporary today.
Approx £140 for a 16 piece set or £189 for a 24 piece set.
2. Stellar cafetiere as seen in Normal People
Normal People had audiences gripped as we settled in to 2020’s first stages of lockdown binge-watching. Lo and behold if we didn’t spot our favourite cafetiere in Marianne’s Dublin flat! The Stellar double wall cafetiere is a permanent fixture here at Film and Furniture HQ and quite frankly, we love it.
This double walled cafetiere keeps the contents hot with its double wall air insulation and is incredibly easy to clean with a simple swill under the tap, although it is also dishwasher safe. It also pours perfectly. This cafetiere makes those glass ones seem a bit redundant by comparison and is perfect for coffee lovers.
3. Art Deco Whiskey Glass set as seen in The Avengers
Give Santa a surprise when he comes down the chimney and have a tipple waiting for him in these Art Deco Whiskey Glasses. They were also the perfect choice for Tony Stark’s jaw dropping bar in The Avengers.
These 10oz bourbon glasses come packaged in an exquisite presentation box and are perfect if you want to savour more than one shot of your best whiskey, scotch, bourbon or rum with ample room for water, ice, whisky stones or rocks. They are also ideal for your brandy and other spirits, cocktails and mixers.
Unlike traditional crystal, this drinkware range is beautifully crafted from 100% non-leaded crystal, thus allowing you to safely savour every sip. This stylish glassware is also durable and dishwasher safe.
Approx £21 for a set of 2.
4. Boby trolley storage cart as seen in Oblivion and Space 1999
Perfect for the home office, the Boby trolley storage cart has long been a favourite of designers, artists and… space travellers! We have spotted the Boby trolley in Space 1999 and Oblivion amongst many other films and TV series. Designed by Joe Colombo in 1970 is it still very much available today.
Available in several sizes and colours.
Around £265 for a 4 tier trolley.
5. Lattissima Touch coffee machine as seen in Nocturnal Animals
If it’s good enough for Susan and Hutton Morrow’s $100-million Hollywood Hills mansion in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals it’s certainly good enough for us. The black Titanium Nespresso Lattissima Touch coffee machine makes a star appearance in their kitchen.
This functional yet compact coffee machine will make a neat and stylish addition to any kitchen worktop, while bringing professional-quality coffee into your home.
With its automatic cappuccino system, the Lattissima Touch is able to prepare an authentic, velvety cappuccino or latte macchiato, straight in your cup or glass. You can even choose from an espresso, long coffee, milky latte, cappuccino, latte macchiato and hot milk with the touch of a button.
6. Mini Jacobsen Egg chair
A masterclass in 60s furniture and interior design, the Beatles second film Help! (and this time in glorious colour) features the excellent egg chair. It also famously appeared in Men in Black and The Bridge.
The chromed steel base contrasts nicely with the beautiful fabric chair for a truly authentic look. This miniature version makes a perfect gift for the design enthusiast in your life. Or get it for your own home as a wonderful ornament on the bookshelf or side table.
7. Film Books
The festive season is the perfect time to hole-up with a good film book.
With more than 1.75 million copies sold worldwide in 30 languages, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (updated for 2020) is the ultimate movie guide that celebrates the cult classics and their contemporary competitors, along with box office hits and breakout independents.
The seek-and-find for film buffs, Now Playing challenges viewers to locate iconic characters and elements from the work of 12 great directors within large-format, sumptuously illustrated set-piece spreads (one for each director including Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and more). See if you can find Edward Scissorhands, Steve Zissou, Mrs. Bates, and seven Gremlins!
Despite the continued use of hand-painted backings in today’s films, including the big-budget Interstellar and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events among many others, digital technology is beginning to supplant the art form. In an effort to preserve the irreplaceable knowledge of scenic masters, Karen Maness and Richard Isackes, in collaboration with the Art Directors Guild, have compiled a definitive history of the craft in The Art of The Hollywood Backdrop.
The Atlas of Furniture Design from From the Vitra Design Museum is 1,000-page book that delivers one of the most comprehensive overviews on the history of furniture design ever published. The project has involved a team of over 70 authors and features roughly 2,595 images, from high-quality object photographs to reproductions of historical documents such as brochures, patents, interiors or reference works in art or architecture. Furniture from design legends such as Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton, Alexander Girard, George Nelson, Le Corbusier, Gerrit Rietveld, Charlotte Perriand, Marcel Breuer, Finn Juhl, Gilbert Rohde, Pierre Paulin, Philippe Starck, Marcel Wanders and Konstantin Grcic are all in there!
8. Drive in cinema tickets
Luna’s drive in winter cinema season runs from 4-22 December and you can watch seasonal classics like Home Alone, Love Actually, Elf and It’s A Wonderful Life from the socially distanced comfort of your car in venues such as London’s Copthall Stadium, Ascot Racecourse and Birmingham NEC.
9. Mos Eisley Cantina LEGO film set
Star Wars fans can build the entire Mos Eisley Cantina film set – in LEGO. Introduced in Star Wars: A New Hope, the Cantina is the hub of underworld activity in the Tatooine spaceport of Mos Eisley, filled with smugglers and bounty hunters making deals and starting trouble.
LEGO Star Wars 75052: Mos Eisley Cantina is around £182.
10. A home delivery of Popcorn
Last but not least, why not send you film fan friend a home delivery of Popcorn to accompany their festive viewing schedule?
A box of 24 sweet and salty Propercorn is around £16.
We hope our gift guide 2020 has made your shopping list a little more interesting and we wish you a very happy festive season, with love from Film and Furniture!
Note: All prices quoted are correct at the time of going to press, but may vary. Please use as a guide price only.