Now that the clocks have gone back, it’s time to turn one’s mind to the matter of Christmas decorations. Whether your taste in festive gewgaws is chicly minimal, boldly colourful or cooly kitsch, a statement-making tree is just a few clicks away.
Alessi’s FaberJorì collection of six story-inspired porcelain ornaments is truly joyful. Painter-cum-writer-cum-illustrator Marcello Jorì’s grandly titled creations include Piacere, Pulcino il Grande (£22), depicting a golden chick peeping out of an egg, while the Ape dell’oro (£26) is studded with bees on a brilliant teal background. alessi.com.
Christmas decorations don’t get much more chic than those by Danish brand Georg Jensen – and this year’s offering (£155 for an eight-piece gift set) is no exception, with palladium- or gold-plated “winter nature motifs” such as acorns and pine cones (£35 for a pair) by Swedish furniture designer Monica Förster. georgjensen.com.
The Studio Glaze range by Japanese-born, Stoke-on-Trent-based ceramicist Reiko Kaneko takes an experimental, painterly approach to vases, tableware and now Christmas baubles (from £17.50), with subtle, mottled hues splashed across crisp white bone china. reikokaneko.co.uk.
Homespun British homewares brand Jan Constantine’s Christmas Collection may abound with appliquéd Alpine-esque hearts, but it’s the slightly offbeat, slightly rock-chic sequinned designs (£29) that shine, from a Christmas pudding to a Glam rock boot and a plump bright-red pair of lips. janconstantine.com.
Bombki is a baubles-only brand whose handmade glass pieces have been commissioned by the likes of Paul Smith and Fortnum & Mason. The characterful, kitschy collection encompasses the Three Kings (£90) and London icons (£69 for five) such as Big Ben and a retro red phone box. bombki.co.uk.
Luxury interiors e-tailer LuxDeco does a good line in festive cheer, with its baubles spanning a sculptural golden pomegranate (£40) by Michael Aram to a bucolic feathered pheasant (£20). luxdeco.com.
The cool ceramic baubles (£18) from designer-maker-outfit Eat Pray Pedal are handpainted and splattered by Michelle Cassell and come in both monochrome and eye-popping options. Plus 21 per cent of the profits are donated to a charity called A21, which is working to eradicate human trafficking throughout the globe. eatpraypedal.com.
Handblown glass is also a pleasing addition to an artisanal-styled tree. Glass blower Will Shakspeare creates vibrant vessels inspired by his local environs, in the heart of the Somerset Levels, as well as charming baubles with names like Winter Hedgerow (£22) and Somerset (£22). shakspeareglass.co.uk.