Compartés Chocolate Truffle Heart-Shaped Gift Box.
Photo: Courtesy of Dean & DeLuca

14 Inspired Art and Design Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Whether your loved one is into bold design or romantic treasures, here are a few stirring finds

Art and design enthusiasts don’t need to look far to find the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day. From a silver-plated tray by Christofle etched with words of affection to a reproduction of Brancusi’s The Kiss sculpture, passion has been crafted into every piece. And whatever your loved one is into, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our selection of top inspired tokens that won’t disappoint.

Compartés chocolate truffle heart-shaped gift box. Photo: Courtesy of Dean & DeLuca

1. Compartés chocolate truffle heart-shaped gift box is equal parts romance and deliciousness. With 35 multiflavored truffles decorated with colorful Valentine’s Day patterns, there’s something for everyone; $150.

Christofle’s Graffiti silver-plated tray.

2. Christofle’s silver-plated Graffiti tray is evocative of the passion of young love with scribbled words of affection and imagery, including peace signs, hearts, and flowers; $455.

Verner Panton’s Heart cone chair. Photo: Courtesy of MoMA Design Store

3. Verner Panton’s Pop Art–inspired Heart cone chair is a bold and lively midcentury piece for the design aficionado; $4,375 (available online only).

Trois Hirondelles bracelet. Photo: Courtesy of Lalique

4. This bracelet from Lalique’s latest jewelry collection, Trois Hirondelles, features three swallows sculpted in flight and set in pearlized crystal on a medallion. A longtime emblem of the crystal house, the birds are meant to symbolize the coming of spring and good fortune; $550.

Serena cups. Photo: Courtesy of John Derian

5. A collaboration between Astier de Villatte and sculptor Serena Carone, these whimsical mugs with rings for handles add instant style to your morning fix. Handmade in Paris, they’re available at John Derian; $272 each.

Fornasetti Tema e Variazioni Wall Plate No. 22 (Red). Photo: Courtesy of LeClaireur

6. Fornasetti’s Don Giovanni collection brings the drama and seduction of Mozart’s famed opera into a series of furniture pieces and decorative objets, including this plate with a lithographic image of muse Lina Cavalieri donning a red eye mask; $210.

Boyfriend ring with 18K gold and diamonds. Photo: Courtesy of Sandrine de Laage

7. Jeweler Sandrine de Laage’s Boyfriend ring (two rings that are, in fact, intertwined) is an elegant upgrade from the boyfriend shirt. And it’s handmade in New York; $3,700.

Mark Cross Benchley top-handle bag in caviar brick red. Photo: Courtesy of Mark Cross

8. Inspired by vintage binocular cases and named after American humorist and essayist Robert Benchley (member of the famed Algonquin Round Table), Mark Cross’s Benchley bag in red textured leather is a sophisticated tote with a top handle and shoulder strap. Biting wit required; $2,795.

Heart key ring by Carl Aubock. Photo: Courtesy of the Glass House Design Store

9. This brass Heart key ring created by Carl Aubock is a loving accessory to wear and keep close when on the go; $85.

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Reproduction of Constantin Brancusi’s The Kiss. Photo: Courtesy of the Guggenheim Store

10. This reproduction of Constantin Brancusi’s The Kiss depicts a male and female figure in a loving embrace. The originals were carved directly from a limestone block and can be found in major museums around the world; $95.

Diptyque Centifolia candle, Eau Rose eau de toilette, and Damascena candle. Photo: Courtesy of Diptyque

11. Diptyque’s Valentine’s Day Roses collection celebrates the scents of the Centifolia and Damask roses. This limited-edition series of candles and perfume comes so gorgeously packaged with illustrations of flowers that you’ll want to keep long after; candle: $72, perfume: $65.

Lladró’s Heliconia cuff. Photo: Courtey of Lladró

12. The tropical bird-of-paradise plant influenced Lladró’s Heliconia jewelry collection, which is handcrafted from enameled porcelain and sterling silver plated in 18K gold; $245.

Patrick Roger chocolate heart. Photo: Courtesy of Patrick Roger

13. Master French chocolatier Patrick Roger’s heart made of dark Madagascar chocolate and cocoa almond is the ultimate confection of love. And if it isn’t clear to your loved one, it is engraved with the words Je t’aime; €35.

Barbara Kruger Love vinyl tote. Photo: Courtesy of the Whitney Museum Shop

14. Conceptual artist Barbara Kruger is known for works that express provocative statements via equally bold collaged text images. For this tote, she turns her message to love, placing it in her signature colors of red, white, and black: $68.

Cover: Compartés Chocolate Truffle Heart-Shaped Gift Box.
Photo: Courtesy of Dean & DeLuca


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