Objects of Desire

The Wick - Object Manolo Blahnik Lurum Gold Mesh Crystal Embellished Mules

Object Manolo Blahnik Lurum Gold Mesh Crystal Embellished Mules

If you want to dazzle the crowd at a festive cocktail party, look no farther than this sparkling pair of gold mesh mules by Manolo Blahnik. A star of the new gold capsule collection, designed in celebration of the house’s 50th anniversary, they feature a sleek pointed toe, gold leather front strap with crystal embellishment and gold leather stiletto heel. Each shoe in the aptly named Golden Years collection is finished with a gold disc on the sole and is presented in limited edition packaging. Sophisticated, timeless and quintessentially Manolo, this pair of glistening mules is sure to turn heads. Team with a LBD for maximum impact.

The Wick - A Pair of Michael Jordan game-worn and signed Air Jordan XIII ‘He’s Got Game’ Sneakers, Christie's

Object A Pair of Michael Jordan game-worn and signed Air Jordan XIII ‘He’s Got Game’ Sneakers

Listen up, sneaker-heads! This pair of signed Air Jordan XIIIs in the original white, true red, black colourway, shown in the recent Michael Jordan Last Dance documentary and worn by the big man himself, is now being offered for sale at Christie’s. For fans of the game, they symbolise an epic moment in sporting history, and capture the full essence of an athlete in his prime. Jordan laced them up on 18 April 1998 for his last regular-season game as a Chicago Bull. In the 111-109 victory over the New York Knicks, he scored 44 points and secured his 10th and final scoring title — a fitting end to a remarkable season. With the sneaker resale market currently valued at $6 billion, now’s the time to ante up.

The Wick - Antique French opaline glass and crystal set

Object Antique French opaline glass and crystal set

There is something thoroughly decadent about this opaline glass and crystal perfume set. Just like the perfume it is made to hold, it is delicate, seductive and surprisingly magnetic. ‘Fragrance is intended to create an atmosphere of beauty and the memory that it is transporting,’ said perfumer Mandy Aftel. This antique French set does just that.

Inside the quatrefoil shaped casket finished with moulded gilt brass mounts are four cut glass perfume bottles, each with a silver neck and silver stopper. Decant your perfume into these opulent holders and let your mind wander as you spritz.

The Wick - A cloisonné enamel silver-gilt vesta case by Fabergé

Object A cloisonné enamel silver-gilt vesta case by Fabergé, Workmaster Feodor Rückert, Moscow, 1899-1908

Fabergé has become synonymous with opulence, luxury and exquisite craftsmanship. While the House is best known for its magnificent jewelled enamel Easter eggs, they represent only a fraction of its creation. In addition, the Fabergé workmasters transformed everyday objects, from cigarette cases and snuff boxes to flowers and mantel clocks, into opulent works of art through the application of sophisticated enamelling techniques, goldsmithing and stone-setting.

This cloisonné enamel silver-gilt vesta case decorated with Imperial double-headed eagles is one such example. It comes to auction on 29 November at Christie’s in London as part of the Harry Woolf Collection, one of the most important collections of Fabergé masterpieces ever to come to market. For more fabulous Fabergé, scoot over to the V&A for its new exhibition spotlighting the legendary jewellery house and its influence in London

The Wick - Silvia Furmanovich, Marquetry wood jewellery box

Object Silvia Furmanovich, Marquetry wood jewellery box

Since launching her eponymous brand in 1998, Silvia Furmanovich has become one of the most celebrated jewellery designers in the business. Her visionary designs combine her love of innovative craftsmanship with her wide-ranging inspirations, from ancient cultures and unusual materials (think woven bamboo, vintage lacquer and oxidized copper) to far-flung travel destinations and artisanal techniques. The result is splendid, with colour, geometry and trompe l’oeil effects taking centre stage.

Crafted from evergreen oak, this jewellery box with geometric design incorporates the ancient technique of marquetry, where shapes are meticulously hand-cut from wood and arranged into patterns. ‘In this technological world, everything is being made by machines and we must all fight to keep traditional handicrafts alive,’ Furmanovich has said. We couldn’t agree more. With just one box left, it’s an add-to-basket-now type of situation.

The Wick - Louise Bourgeois cashmere blanket

Object Louise Bourgeois cashmere blanket

Hibernate in style this winter season with this Louis Bourgeois cashmere blanket. Made from 100% cashmere and emblazoned with a repeating ‘Je t’aime’ design, it will keep you cosy and warm, while catching the eye of all the aesthetes in your life. For ultimate indulgence, throw it over the sofa — or the bed — and snuggle up with a good read or a delicious glass of red. That’s what winter’s all about, right? But if you still need convincing, know that you’d also be supporting local heritage and artisan enterprises. Hauser & Wirth’s Artist Blanket is the result of an annual collaboration between the gallery’s artists and ROAM, a small studio based at the heart of the Scottish cashmere and fine woollens industry. There’s never been a better excuse to stay in. You’re welcome.

The Wick - ‘Green Check’ Summerill & Bishop X Claridge’s linen tablecloth

Object ‘Green Check’ Summerill & Bishop X Claridge’s linen tablecloth

There’s no better way to delight your guests than with an exquisite table setting. Not only will it spark conversation but also show your creative flair. Just in time for the festive season comes a gorgeous, new collection from Claridge’s and Summerill & Bishop, designers of the world’s most beautiful table linens. Inspired by Claridge’s Art Deco design, the table linens pay tribute to the hotel’s iconic checkerboard lobby. 

This generously sized tablecloth made from 100% linen is available in three distinct colourways. Though we love the eye-catching ‘Black Check’ we’ve fallen head over heels for the ‘Sage Green’. Complete the look with a set of matching napkins and delicate tableware by Astier de Villatte. Now all there is to do is set a date. Happy feasting.

The Wick - Campbell-Rey Teddy Sofa

Object Campbell-Rey Teddy Sofa

The centrepiece of most living spaces, a sofa must be chic, comfortable and durable. It must also nestle happily into its surroundings and welcome you after a long, frazzling day. All this to say that picking the right one can be a daunting task. Enter Campbell-Rey, the award-winning design studio founded in 2014 by Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey.

Often inspired by the lifestyle and rituals of Italy, the duo’s elegant aesthetic has won them private and commercial clients the world over. And we can see why from looking at the stylish Teddy, a minimalist, pared-back design with seat in aubergine and back in acajou. Upholstered here in velvet Pierre Frey Mohair (our favourite of the two available fabrics), this model sits on spherical hand-painted faux-coromandel feet, recalling the elegance of 1970s Milanese interiors. Perfect for entertaining discerning guests — just don’t let the little ones near it!

The Wick - Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendar

Object Fortnum’s Tea Filled Wooden Advent Calendar

The Fortnum’s tea counter is one of the best — and most famous — in the world. Nowhere will you find a superior cup. So what better way to discover its rich assortment of teas than with the new Fortnum’s tea-filled advent calendar? Behind each of the 24 wooden doors you’ll find an exceptional loose-leaf brew from far-flung corners of the world. Expect smoky Earl Greys, black tea infusions and, of course, a variety of special Christmas blends. The bonus? You can refill the calendar year after year with whatever takes your fancy. This is the ultimate gift for the tea lover in your life. Or keep and enjoy all to yourself. Happy sipping.