Big Love stainless steel teaspoons by Alessi. Photo: Alessi for Mother’s day design picks by Rebecca Keillor [PNG Merlin Archive]
Mother’s Day gives us a chance to reflect on what’s important and what we’re grateful for, and this circles back to family. The occasion also provides an opportunity to check out the amazing home-design products out there and follow the sage gift-giving advice: give Mom something you’d love to receive yourself.The number of choices can be a little overwhelming, so here are a few standouts.One of the most original gift ideas for Mother’s Day this year is the custom rug design offered by North Vancouver’s Pacific Rug GalleryWhat started as a simple idea — making a rug from a child’s piece of art — has turned into the store’s best seller, manager Shahab Pezeshk says.
Custom rug made from a child’s piece of art by Vancouver’s Pacific Rug Gallery. Photo: Pacific Rug Gallery for Mother’s day design picks by Rebecca Keillor [PNG Merlin Archive]
“The owner’s daughter drew a picture for their Mom which said ‘I love you’… and we thought about making it into a rug,” he says. “Through social media, it became such a big hit and has been really well received and we’re getting a lot of requests for it.”Their rugs are handmade in India and Nepal, says Pezeshk, and are designed to be handed down from one generation to the next, which means you have to be selective about your design choice.“Of course, it doesn’t have to be children’s art,” Pezeshk says. “It can be any design or picture that we can make into a rug.”BallerinaIt might seem a little like things have come full circle — giving your Mom a music box — but the Ballerina music box, designed by Marcel Wanders for Alessi, is truly out of the box and an heirloom quality piece.Designed as part of Wanders’ circus collection, it symbolizes something that goes beyond everyday life, the designer says.“With the circus, the richness and wonder before our eyes, what we hear and capture with our senses stays with us,” he says. “It is a very unique feeling of magic and we wanted to celebrate it in an imaginative collection.”FragrantFragrances are always a popular choice for mother’s day, and The Five Seasons Hmmm collection by Alessi, also designed by Wanders, includes a candle, unique leaf-shaped fragrance diffuser and room spray to issue in summer vibes.“There is something magical about the way a fragrance can transport you to another place in time,” Wanders says. “The seasons in nature so perfectly align with our own life cycle, which is why we designed these scents to engage the soul as to embrace you in a transcendent, transformative way. The summer scent offers rich, vibrant, bold elements of fig and red fruits and woody notes.”CuppaAnything coffee related has staying power when it comes to gift giving, and the Big Love Teaspoon collection by Alessi are rose pink, stainless steel heart-shaped teaspoons that symbolize “flow and vital movement” while looking adorable.
Mug To by Miriam Mirri for Alessi. Photo: Alessi for Mother’s day design picks by Rebecca Keillor [PNG Merlin Archive]
For mothers more partial to a cup of tea, the Mug To designed by Miriam Mirri for Alessi is a heart-shaped mug designed to hold a matching tea infuser for someone you love.“In the design of the packaging, the designer has provided a ribbon on which to write a dedication, making the mug suitable as a gift for special occasions,” Alberto Alessi says.Light upFor mothers who love good design, the Ventosa lamp designed by the late great Achille Castiglioni for FLOS is a classic piece.“He designed lamps for every need and he solved a problem for every need,” says the designer’s daughter, Giovanni Castiglioni. “If you need a light, you can use the suction cup on a mirror or on a window. I love this because it is very functional and timeless. The idea is to move it wherever you want.”Related