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Set for the Season • A behind-the-scenes glimpse of the people, places, and products that inspired our November/December issue
BERRY & THREAD GLASS TREES AND NORTH POLE DINNERWARE
“Be pretty if you can, witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.”
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FOR THE DOYENNE OF THE DINNER PARTY • Her eye for conversation-worthy tableware is exquisite, making artisanal gems like hand-sculpted veggie vases, Gio Ponti silver, and Greco-Roman-style coffee services fitting guests at her gatherings.
For When She Wants to Dial Up the Drama • In a dazzling riff on their classic Twenty-4 ladies’ watch, Patek Philippe elevates the timepiece to rose-gold royalty: The dial, bezel, crown, and bracelet are pavéd in 3,238 diamonds in a magical “snow” setting. And for her eyes only, perhaps: The self-winding movement is visible through the sapphire crystal case back.
For the Discriminating Fangirl • It’s just her brand of sparkling expressionism: Graff’s [Cy] Twombly Pear Shape Bangle honors the abstract doodles and free-spirited swirls of the American contemporary artist with a loop of invisibly set baguettes crowned by a single pear shape diamond, which reads like a stroke of the master’s brush.
FOR THE POWER PLAYER • Demure isn’t on the table. Instead, radiant treasures like intaglio jewels, Kintsugi-inspired perfume, and a cuff studded with the sacred scarab beetle (a symbol of renewal worn by pharaohs) make it nearly as potent as she is.
For the Immortals Among Us • Now you can make them a legend in their own time. Florence’s famed Galleria Romanelli has employed five generations of sculptors dating back to the Napoleonic era (when it served as the official sculptor of the Bonaparte family). Descendant and master sculptor Raffaello Romanelli will deify your dearest in cast bronze, Carrara marble, or plaster.
For the Textile Habitué • Brazilian artist Silvia Furmanovich’s latest minaudières bring the stirring beauty of Japanese obi (kimono sashes) to her signature marquetry clutches. With vintage Asian vestiges layered to stunning effect, the lucky recipient may never let go.
FOR THE TITAN OF LEISURE • A vintage tobacco canister from Belgium, a Swiss silver-gilt musical snuffbox, and a malachite-and-lapis inlaid tray from Buccellati make his smoking room as enthralling as his off-hour adventures.
FOR PERMISSION TO STAY IN…STYLISHLY • Hibernating by the fire gains clever advantage when you add Pinetti’s walnut-and-leather version of Connect 4 to the scene. Here, more game-changing trappings
For Her Regal Ambitions
For His Insatiable Appetite for Circulating • Designer Duncan Hughes understands the aesthetic and sybaritic promise of cocktail hour, and his Hudson bar cart can really work a room. Exquisitely crafted, whisperingly midcentury, and cunningly mobile, it’s a strapping stage for displaying vintage barware, rare gins, and hard-to-find vermouths, not to mention your host’s penchant for social-hour showmanship.
FOR THE APERITIF AFICIONADO • In a spirited salute to the one who (always) knows how dry you like your martini: an aged blend rum, Lismore crystal low-ball glasses, and the latest Rolex (slid off while working the shaker).
FOR THE ESCAPE ARTIST • Who keeps a suitcase packed, complete with an empty bag for far-flung shopping, for the next...