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For some people, who prefer to distance themselves from events that smack of outdated stereotypes, Valentine's Day is not a problem at all. Others look forward to the one day of the year when they can officially celebrate their love by 'wrapping' up their sweetest thoughts. And they certainly don't want to settle for a simple (but time-tested!) bouquet of flowers or a boring box of chocolates.
Ten-year partners or couples approaching their silver wedding anniversary may have already opted for a surprise candlelit dinner or a romantic trip to a European capital. So how can you surprise your partner? By finding something to share, like a design object for the home, the love nest that belongs to both of you. Design could also be a perfect gift idea for young couples thinking of moving in together. After all, what could be better than a design object for the home as the first 'building block' for their new relationship, something that reminds them of a shared experience or passion?
Here is a selection of 25 design gift ideas for Valentine's Day. Icons and more recent furnishings and decor, ranging from traditional red to more 'subversive' alternatives.
Decorate your home in Valentine red
Soft upholstery, enveloping fabrics and three-dimensional lines that speak of love. A furnishing item becomes a romantic gift - and not only for design lovers. Tables, chairs, sofas and armchairs full of seductive appeal, including new products and icons that have made design history... in all shades of love.
B&B Italia, LE BAMBOLE design by Mario Bellini, originally designed in 1972 - 2022 reissue
Design Gift Ideas: Qeeboo, RABBIT CHAIR VELVET design by Stefano Giovannoni
Cassina, TRAMONTO A NEW YORK design by Gaetano Pesce, originally designed in 1980 - 2022 reissue
Gufram, BOCCA design by Studio65, 1970
How do you create the right atmosphere for a romantic dinner? The answer is n the perfect lighting. Table or wall mounted, battery operated and portable, the abat jour 2.0 is an impeccable gift idea to light up the most romantic evening of the year.
Marset, FOLLOWME design by Studio Inma Bermúdez, 2013
Design Gift Ideas: Seletti, MY LITTLE VALENTINE - Marcantonio
Artemide, NESSINO RED design by Gruppo Architetti Urbanisti Città Nuova and Giancarlo Mattioli, originally designed in 1967 - 2022 reissue
DAVIDE GROPPI, RAIL design by Davide Groppi, 2019
Ambientec, CACHALOT design by Yoshiki Matsuyama, 2022
Cini&Nils, CUBOLUCE LED design by Mario Melocchi and Franco Bettonica, 1972
The Password is passion... for design! Icons of the past, evocative heirlooms in sumptuous marble or warm cedar. Candlesticks in polished or brushed brass. Tech objects and works of art that become ornaments. Romantic gift ideas to celebrate love in all forms.
Danese Milano, UNO, LA MELA design by Enzo Mari, 1963
Paola Paronetto VASO A SORPRESA Arco
Lladró, THE LOVER II design by Jaime Hayon, 2008
Design Gift Ideas: Brionvega, RADIO.CUBO 50° design by Richard Sapper and Marco Zanuso, 1962
Vitra, EAMES HOUSE BIRD design by Charles & Ray Eames
Rückl, LOVE design by Rony Plesl, 2019
Salvatori, HOUSE OF STONE design by John Pawson, 2021
GHIDINI1961, OMINI - THE LAZY CLIMBER design by Stefano Giovannoni
Design Gift Ideas: Smeg, KLF05
Tivoli Audio, MODEL ONE BT
&TRADITION, VOTIVE AV20 design by Anderssen & Voll
Design Gift Ideas: Riva 1920, CUORE
Whether it's wine - perhaps red - or a spicy drink, it's important to celebrate with the right glass. Bold and playful, with austere and elegant lines, the goblet is a unique design gift for a heart-stopping toast. Cheers!