Gift Guide: 11 Ideas for the Small Apartment Dweller

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By Jenny Xie
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These gifts don’t take up a lot of space, but they pack a big punch.

When space is at a premium, the oft-repeated adage "less is more" rings even more true. These holiday picks combine form and functionality in compact packages. From jewelry to storage solutions to lighting, they could just be the perfect fit. Click through each product to learn more.

Light + Ladder Béton Brut Concrete + Wood Box
Light + Ladder Béton Brut Concrete + Wood Box
Equally inspired by the natural world as the geometric lines of city living, Brooklyn-based design studio Light + Ladder produces home goods made to last. Founder Farrah Sit's own ethos is "own less and own well." Béton Brut is a container of cast concrete and solid maple wood. Taking cues from Brutalist architecture, the box makes use of volumes and voids to create a stylish and functional piece for anywhere from the coffee table to the kitchen counter. Available in gray and white. Photo: Courtesy of Light + Ladder
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell Products
Marmol Radziner Lightweight Double Slab Ring With Green Amethyst
Marmol Radziner Lightweight Double Slab Ring With Green Amethyst
Created by chief designer Robin Cottle, the Stone Collection from Marmol Radziner Jewelry continues the firm's practice of allowing the natural site to inform the built architecture. In-house artisans cut, torch, hammer, and plate the brass in 18-karat gold and hand-select each stone for pieces that emphasize the relationship between the two elements. The Lightweight Double Slab Ring features a green amethyst and is available in whole and half sizes. Photo: Courtesy of Marmol Radziner
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell Products
Fine Little Day Vera Poster
Fine Little Day Vera Poster
What began as a blog in 2007 for artist and photographer Elisabeth Dunker to share her work has now grown into a design studio whose products range from textiles to prints. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Fine Little Day creates expressive, cheerful goods for the young and the young at heart. The Vera Poster captures this spirit through an original photograph by Dunker, offset printed on FSC certified paper. Hang it on its own, or with other prints as part of a collage. Photo: Courtesy of Fine Little Day
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell Products
Sound1 Bluetooth Speakers
Sound1 Bluetooth Speakers
The Sound1 Speakers by 11+, created by Korean design house cloudandco, combine minimalist styling with the freedom of wireless listening. The speakers deliver clear, crisp stereo sound throughout the room and pair with Bluetooth-enabled portable devices and computers. Embedded magnets allow speakers to be conjoined into a single piece, which can be neatly stowed away in the included pouch. When not in use, cables can be discreetly stowed at the bottom of each speaker.
-Written by Marianne Colahan | Dwell
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Alessi Ossidiana Espresso Coffee Maker
Alessi Ossidiana Espresso Coffee Maker
Sicilian architect Mario Trimarchi of the "freehand" generation placed drawing, photography, design, and image on equal planes in his theoretical approach to the visual world. His Ossidiana espresso coffee maker narrates memories and images through its expressive form. It bears the multiple sides of a traditional moka pot while calling to mind the facets of obsidian rock, the volcanic stone for which it's named. In aluminum casting with a thermoplastic resin knob and handle, Ossidiana—shown here in a black finish—makes 3 cups. Photo: Courtesy of Alessi
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell Products
Ladies & Gentlemen .Org Deskscape System
Ladies & Gentlemen .Org Deskscape System
Founded by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio operates out of Seattle and Brooklyn, expressing its bi-coastal identity with designs that bring together complementary opposites—"warm minimalism, playful austerity, and simple sophistication." The .Org Deskscape System is comprised of 4 modules made of solid wood, cork, and metal that can be configured in multiple ways. The set includes a mail organizer, metal shape dividers, a zig zag catch-all tray, a cork block, and a double container. Photo: Courtesy of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell Products
Pinetti Hook Basket
Pinetti Hook Basket
Italian family company Pinetti specializes in fine leather goods, and the Hook Basket is no exception. A woven leather grid creates the framework for a canvas border and interior. Balancing contemporary elements with the timeless tradition of leather, the basket makes an elegant addition to any living room, hallway, bedroom, or bathroom. The Hook Basket is available in beige or black leather and comes in two heights. Photo: Courtesy of Pinetti
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell Products
Page Thirty Three Void Incense Burner
Page Thirty Three Void Incense Burner
With a focus on Australian design and manufacturing, Sydney-based studio Page Thirty Three crafts functional artwork using renewable materials and environmentally friendly packaging. Part of the Ritual Collection, the ultra-modern Void Incense Burner features a spun funnel that magnetically attaches to a concrete base. Loose sage incense included, the brass insert also holds stick incense or palo santo. Choose from black, gray, or terracotta for the funnel and black or gray for the base. Photo: Courtesy of Page Thirty Three
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell Products
Good Thing Platform Bowl
Good Thing Platform Bowl
Originally from Toronto, New York-based designer Jamie Wolfond founded manufacturing company Good Thing in 2014. The Platform Bowl is a minimalist module that can be stacked for a clean, space-saving display. Whether it functions as a stand for fruits and vegetables or a centerpiece at a dessert table, the tiered bowl is as useful as it is attractive. Constructed out of pine wood and powder-coated steel, the Platform Bowl is available in pink, gray, or blue. Photo: Courtesy of Good Thing
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell Products
Vitra Miniature Panton Chairs
Vitra Miniature Panton Chairs
The Vitra Miniature Collection presents important modern furniture classics in a smaller size. Although more petite than the full-size originals, each part of the series is an exact 1:6 replica of the historical design, including the construction, materials, and colors. These collectible items can be used as decorative accents or in universities and architecture firms as illustrative tools. This set of five includes exact miniature versions of Verner Panton’s original design. The Panton chair is known for being crafted out of a single material and mold, and features a cantilevered design that took 12 years to develop. They can even be stacked to showcase the sculptural design that made it such an icon. Photo: Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum
-Written by Marianne Colahan | Dwell
Adolfo Abejón Slim Brass Lamp
Adolfo Abejón Slim Brass Lamp
This handmade brass table lamp is a special edition of the Slim Collection by Barcelona-based designer Adolfo Abejón, whose design ethos is guided by craftsmanship and small production. Taking the iconic silhouette of the shaded lamp and paring it back to its essential outline, Abejón provides a frame that accentuates and supports the bulb. The Slim Brass lamp comes with a bulb and a European plug. Photo: Courtesy of Adolfo Abejón
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell Products

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