Curbed
advent calendar 2021

Gift of the Day: A Shimmery Odds-and-Ends Tray

“It looks good on anything and everything — leather, wood, grass cloth, even an upholstered table.”
  1. Gift of the Day: A Lavish English Greenhouse At nearly $17,000, this is — needless to say — something of a splurge.
  2. Gift of the Day: A Designer Couple’s Favorite Elderflower Candies “The packaging caught our eye, as did the idea of an artisanal Swedish fish with elderflower, a flavor we love.”
  3. Gift of The Day: Some Wall-Worthy Rugs “They definitely have those ’90s Much Music and Dunkaroos vibes.”
  4. All Manner of Animal-Themed Décor Some horse-printed sheets and an armadillo pillow.
  5. Gift of the Day: A Color-Blocked Coffee Machine A collaboration between two Singapore-based companies.
  6. Gift of the Day: A Spotty Ceramic Vessel Recommended by a self-described ceramics aficionado.
  7. Gift of the Day: Jill Singer’s Favorite Lumpy Goblet “They’re highly impractical and honestly superfluous, which is exactly why they’re such a fun gift.”
  8. Gift of the Day: An Architect’s Favorite Black-Paged Notebook It comes with jelly pens.
  9. Gift of the Day: The Simplest, Handsomest Socks As recommended by a Canadian with a substantial cold-weather collection.
  10. Curbed’s 2021 Advent-Calendar Gift Guide Over the course of the next 25 days, we will be doling out, one by one, the gifts recommended by dozens of design bigwigs with extremely good taste.
  11. Gift of the Day: A (Somewhat Strange) Fruit Tree It produces funky-tasting calamondins.
  12. The Best Gifts for Design-Minded Kids From a Keith Haring play mat for babies to a highly adaptable jumpsuit for teens.
  13. Nice-Looking (But Still Playful) Kids-Room Pieces A maplewood floor bed, a Calder-esque mobile, and a gigantic pillow.
  14. 15 Space-Completing Side Tables In all manner of materials.
  15. 26 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Throw Pillows and Covers for Every Type of Room Including a macramé pillow for the ’70s conversation pit and a giant stuffed baby seal.
  16. 50 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Kitchen Accents Including an Umbra soap pump, linen napkins, and a vintage timer.
  17. Some Under-$500 Architect-Approved Side Chairs A cousin to the popular CB2 Gwyneth Chair, a crushed velvet swivel, and more.
  18. The Lower East Side Tailor to the Scene Clients have generally found Ramon Tailor through word of mouth. Now — suddenly — there are lines out the door for his custom pants.
  19. What Artist Peter Shire Can’t Live Without “It’s a really nice sexual enhancer — smooth and silky with a light scent reminiscent of a mountain meadow crossed with an exquisite rendezvous.”
  20. 10 Elegant (Yet Still Utilitarian) Trash Cans From open-top bins for the bedroom to semi-closed wastebaskets for the bath to tall cans for the kitchen.
  21. 15 Especially Well Designed Bedside Lamps We asked designer Ming Thompson to share her favorites across all price points.
  22. The Best Small-Apartment Ideas, According to Professional Organizers How to make the most of your cramped living space.
  23. How to Shop for Furniture on Instagram Business is booming for the city’s vintage-store owners and amateur thrifters who are using their Instagram accounts to sell secondhand housewares.
  24. What Are the Best Cloth Napkins? A simple way to elevate your at-home dining experience.
  25. 23 Floor Lamps, Vetted 23 Ways Including an elegant vertical LED light and a circular lamp that looks like the many Charli XCX has.
  26. This Etsy Shop Sells Some Extremely Nice Lamps At a fraction of the price they would be anywhere else.
  27. The Best Winter Houseplants (and How to Care for Them), According to Experts Keep your indoor tropical garden lush, even when it’s dark and dreary outside.
  28. Chess Forum’s Imad Khachan Talks 25 Years on Thompson Street With @NewYorkNico “It’s something that time forgot, I feel like — the place — and me in it.”
  29. What’s the Best Doormat? “They are, hands down, the coolest doormats you’ll find right now.”
  30. The Holiday Gifts Regular Visitors Founder Daniel Sorg Would Stock in His Store The shop owner who shuttered his beloved corner spot this fall shares the products from small businesses he would carry this season.
  31. The Beauty-Supply Store Run by a 16-Year-Old In September, just as her Zoom classes were starting, high-school senior Paris McKenzie held the grand opening of Paris Beauty Supplyz.
  32. The Best Gifts for Minimalists, According to Minimalists What to get the person who wants for nothing … literally.
  33. My ‘Very De Stijl’ Yellow Dining Table Cost Less Than A Fancy Dinner For Two “Something out of The Jetsons,” “ingeniously minimalist,” and “very De Stijl” are just three ways people have described the affordable furniture.
  34. The Best Housewarming Gifts, According to Cool Homeowners (and Renters) From sleek security cameras to fancy salt.
  35. The Giant Rug My Instagram Followers Always Ask Me About Only Costs $80 I spent weeks frustratedly hunting through $1,000 pieces the size of a bath mat before I found it.
  36. How to Hang Pictures, Mirrors, and Plates, According to an Expert “If you follow those steps, you’ll have a straight painting, picture, photograph, anything.”
  37. How to Iron a Sheet, According to Maira Kalman “Getting into bed is one of the great moments of life.”
  38. The Best Mattresses You Can Buy Online, As Tested by Strategist Editors Our editors and writers slept on each of these for at least one week.
  39. The Best Refrigerators, According to People Who Sell and Repair Them Top freezers, side-by-sides, and some that have little bonus drawers you can access without wasting energy.
  40. How to Protect Fabric Furniture From Stains and Dirt So you can sit on your couch stress free.
  41. 25 Desks, Vetted 25 Ways Including the desk used by a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, a bunch of Strategist picks, and some of the best-rated desks on Wayfair and Amazon.
  42. The Best Desk Lamps, According to Architects and Interior Designers From tried-and-true classic task lamps to contemporary light sculptures.
  43. The Best Duvet Covers, According to Interior Designers From luxurious hotel-style duvet covers to relaxed linen options and more.
  44. We Slept on Lots of Linen Sheets and Found Ones for Every Type of Sleeper They range from favorite-chambray-shirt-soft to hefty as burlap.