Arguably one of the most fun aspects of the holiday season for us at Forwood Design is choosing the perfect gifts for our loved ones. So in the spirit of warm fires, mulled wine, and mistletoe, we’ve collated a list of our all-time Lesa and Henry Forwood favourites for the 2022 gift-giving season. Our luxury Christmas gift guide has something for everyone, so if you find yourself wondering how to find the ideal gift for your family and friends, don’t fret. Here’s what we’re hoping to find under the tree this year.
Lesa Forwood, Co-Founder & Director of Forwood Design, brings her unique, eclectic style and love of life’s adventures into all that she does. Lesa is passionate about curating Forwood Design’s collections, using her expert eye to partner with Chief Designer, Henry Forwood, to bring elevated luxury home designs and accessories to British interiors.
Read on as Lesa reveals her favourite Forwood Design products and gift recommendations from our luxury collections.
Lesa’s Luxury Favourites
- Backgammon Boards: Boasting a beautifully designed combination of fine textures and finishes, these luxury backgammon board sets will last for generations. They are a fun hosting essential as well as a stunning home accessory when not in use. With the holiday festivities around the corner, this backgammon board is sure to delight your guests!
- Tamo Ash Blonde Tea Tray: The Tamo Ash Tea Tray is an elegant rectangular drinks and serving tray. Made from stunning natural Japanese Tamo Ash with modern solid brass handles, it is both sophisticated and charming. An intriguing conversation starter with its unique pattern resembling 3 dimensional swirls, it instantly adds a unique flare to both contemporary and traditional interior settings. We love to combine this tray with our drinks coasters and ice buckets. Perfect for the friend who loves hosting dinner parties and cocktail hours!
- Deco Jewellery Box: The Deco Jewellery Box in mulberry and brown shagreen is a stylish accessory made with our designer faux shagreen. It comes outfitted with brass furnishings and a lock to keep your precious jewellery safe. Also available with silver trim made of stainless steel, this exquisite piece is perfect for storing one’s priceless treasures. This jewellery box is a must-have accessory for your loved one’s dressing table.
Lesa’s Luxury Favourites Under £100
- Seed Tea Light Holders: Bring a calm ambiance to your home with this stylish tea light holder from Forwood Design’s Nature Collection. Inspired by seed pods collected on a trek in the tropics, these Sandbox Seed Tea Light Holders are available in Antique Gold, Antique Silver, and Bronze. Moulded in resin from the actual seed pod and finished in either antiqued gold, silver, or bronze leaf, these make unique and fun tea lights for any dining or kitchen table. This gift is sure to delight the ambience-obsessed friend who can never have enough candles.
- Geoffrey the Duck Bottle Opener: Crack open that ice cold bottle with Geoffrey the Duck Bottle Opener! A charming classic, our duck head bottle opener is a must-have for every home. Shaped like a duck’s head with embellished feathers; it fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, with the bottle opener hidden in the base.
- Chandler Pen Pot: Part of our Deco Desk Collection, this elegant pen pot in charcoal shagreen is perfect for holding pens, and is a beautiful gift option to elevate that special someone’s home office. Made from our unique designer faux shagreen in charcoal grey with stainless steel detailing, this pen pot is a stylish must-have to add glamour to any desk.
Henry is the one and only Chief Designer of Forwood Design. He has spent the last 30 years developing and manufacturing interior products and designs for clients worldwide. A British country boy at heart, nature has a tremendous impact on all of Henry’s designs. This is highlighted in every detail of his work: from his iconic shagreen surface textures to perfect tray handles inspired from a twig found in the jungle.
Read on to see Henry’s hand picked selections of his favourite Forwood Design creations to gift to your loved ones.
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Henry’s Luxury Favourites
- Classic Backgammon Board in Teal: For the friend who loves a traditional game of backgammon, our classic board in teal shagreen is gorgeous and impressive with its faux leather shagreen and sycamore exterior. The playing surface is inlaid with a combination of mappa burl, rosewood, and walnut, with a sycamore trim. A wooden base gives off the wonderful clickity-click sound that is incredibly important and satisfying when playing. Storage sections for our unique leather and stainless steel pieces and sycamore dice shakers are lined with midnight blue velvet.
- Jules Drinks Tray in Malachite: Our elegant Jules Drinks Tray in Malachite is made from our classic faux malachite and boasts beautiful solid brass handles. A drinks tray ideal for both serving food and drinks, it is a fantastic gift for the ever-gracious hostess in your life. Malachite is a very special stone and because of its amazing patterns in deep and pale greens, it has been used for luxury decorations by the rich and powerful for millennia. This tray looks stunning in combination with our malachite placemats and coasters. And of course, our Jules Drinks Tray arrives in our fabulous Forwood Design gift packaging.
- Coral Wall Art Sculpture: Another unapologetically bold statement piece from our Nature Collection, this wall art is inspired by species of coral seen whilst swimming off the coast of Borneo. The ‘coral’ is cut from sheet steel and is finished with a hand-painted mottled gold and silver leaf finish. The sculpture is mounted on faux linen and enhanced by a beautiful walnut frame. It is a beautifully crafted piece that makes a lovely gift for the friend who just can’t get enough of the great outdoors!
Henry’s Luxury Favourites Under £100
- Treasure Box in Seal Brown Shagreen: Enhance any tabletop with our gorgeous Treasure Box in seal brown shagreen. This box is a beautifully practical jewellery or TV remote storage accessory for both men and women. The exterior is covered in realistic faux shagreen and trimmed with walnut wood. Comparatively, the interior is lined in luxurious imperial purple suede fabric to prevent damage to your belongings. Our treasure box is the perfect gift for the jewellery lover or organiser in your life.
- Classic Photo Frames in Charcoal Grey: We adore our Classic Photo Frames in Charcoal Grey designer shagreen. Available in both large and small sizes, these frames can be placed either horizontally or vertically. They are finished with our unique faux shagreen and beautifully backed with polished walnut wood. Add a precious photo memory to make this a thoughtful, yet stylish gift for a partner or loved one.
- Pear Key Fobs in Shagreen: A great gift for the friend or family member who is always misplacing their keys! With no sharp edges or corners, they fit comfortably into a pocket or handbag. Quality stainless steel and our designer shagreen materials make this a stylish and tactile compass key fob. Available in barley shagreen, caviar black shagreen, charcoal shagreen, and lincoln green shagreen – to suit all styles!
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