Christmas inspiration 2017: The best gift I’ve been given…

Be inspired by the presents that have made luxury luminaries smile

Jonathan Saunders’ favourite gift was a set of cushions and rugs from The Rug Company
Jonathan Saunders’ favourite gift was a set of cushions and rugs from The Rug Company | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

Jonathan Saunders, chief creative officer at Diane von Furstenberg

The best gift I’ve recently received was a set of cushions and rugs from The Rug Company. I designed a collection with them, and they sent me one of each piece for my new house. I particularly like the Hutton runner, based on old Japanese woven kimono fabrics, and how digital and synthetic the colours are. It’s very difficult to get that with natural wool. therugcompany.com.

Michel Roset received a bottle of Chartreuse VEP from his sons
Michel Roset received a bottle of Chartreuse VEP from his sons | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

Paula Gerbase, artistic director of John Lobb shoes

My boyfriend gave me a record player, a Rega with a beautiful wooden base. I like records because it means I experience a whole album from start to finish rather than skipping around with iTunes – although I do that too. rega.co.uk.

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Michel Roset, Ligne Roset general manager

A bottle of Chartreuse VEP was a gift from my sons. The VEP is a very special aged version of the herb liqueur. I discovered it via my father, who was a gastronome. He was always dining in two- or three-Michelin-star restaurants and always had chartreuse after his meal as a digestif. absinthes.com.

Tim Gosling’s 1930s silver inkwell came from Alfie’s Antique Market
Tim Gosling’s 1930s silver inkwell came from Alfie’s Antique Market | Image: Sebastian Boettcher

Interior designer Tim Gosling

The best gift was a wonderful 1930s curvy silver inkwell that my team gave me and I use every day. I still write all my letters by hand and in purple ink. They found it at Alfie’s Antique Market. 13-25 Church Street, London NW8 (alfiesantiques.com).

Gaetano Pesce received a bottle of Prodigieux by Nuxe
Gaetano Pesce received a bottle of Prodigieux by Nuxe

Architect and designer Gaetano Pesce

My daughter, Tata, sent me a bottle of Prodigieux by Nuxe fragrance from Paris. She gave it to me to take to hotels because often the bedrooms have a smell that I don’t like. I love the idea of using this scent to create my own atmosphere. £44.50 for 50ml EDP; nuxe.com.

Schmincke oils from L Cornelissen & Son impressed Erdem Moralioglu
Schmincke oils from L Cornelissen & Son impressed Erdem Moralioglu

Alex Eagle, creative director of her eponymous lifestyle boutique

The best gift I’ve recently been given is a portrait of my son, Jack, painted by Vanessa Garwood when he was born. It’s very small – sort of lifesize – and rough, on a piece of canvas. She captured a moment when he was so, so tiny – almost still in another world. I love it, as I love her. By appt, vanessagarwood.com.

Francesca Amfitheatrof’s husband gave her some Tony Duquette chairs
Francesca Amfitheatrof’s husband gave her some Tony Duquette chairs | Image: Weston Wells

Womenswear designer Erdem Moralioglu

I was recently given a full set of Schmincke oils from L Cornelissen & Son, a glorious art shop near the British Museum. I watercolour my fashion illustrations sometimes, but I’ve never used oils and I really want to find time to start painting again. 105 Great Russell Street, London WC1 (020-7636 1045; cornelissen.com).

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Jewellery designer Francesca Amfitheatrof

My husband gave me some Tony Duquette chairs with little bells on, so when you sit they jingle-jangle a bit – totally over-the-top, crazy and very Hollywood. I originally thought they would make great pool chairs, but I love them so much I keep them in my drawing room. I only found out afterwards that they’re by Tony Duquette – the store owner contacted me to tell me. RT Facts Antiques, 22 South Main Street, Kent, CT 06757 (rtfacts.com).

Hakan Rosenius, artistic director of Asprey

My husband gave me a collection of old estate auction catalogues from Sotheby’s, including the collections of Bunny Mellon and Baron de Redé. There is always so much historical background to be found in them, and as a present it had a lot of thought and effort behind it. sothebys.com.

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