Ask the Expert: Gift-Buying Tips from Design Connoisseur Richard Wright
What’s your go-to host gift?
You can’t go wrong with Hermès playing cards. Parade bridge playing cards (set of two) by Hermès, $100.
What is your everyday bedding?
My wife and I have Frette linens. The quality is unmatched. Once you get used to it, there’s no going back.
What’s the best wedding present you’ve given or received?
Last year, I got married to Valerie Carberry. Val made a video of all the times we’ve spent together with my two sons and presented it to me at the rehearsal dinner in Todi, Italy. I still cry when I watch it. It was an unforgettable gift. In terms of what I’ve given, I gave one of my employees a Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair for her wedding. Papa Bear chair by Hans Wegner, $2,895.
What would you give to a recent college graduate?
I always give a college graduate money. They need it.
What is your go-to kitchen appliance?
I can’t live without my old-school juicer. You have to grind the fruit by hand. I think the brand is called Juicerator, or maybe it’s just me that calls it that. The boys love it; I put them to work making drinks in the morning.
What is the best design book to give as a gift?
1968: Radical Italian Furniture. It recontextualizes radical furniture in the context of today’s aesthetic tastes. It was just published May 2014. It’s a great present for a design aficionado. 1968: Radical Italian Furniture, by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari (Deste Foundation/Toilet Paper, 2014), $80.