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Alexandra Ilyashov

  1. best in class
    The 20 Very Best Dining ChairsIncluding a petproof velvet seat and the historic café chair that gets thrown around at improv theaters.
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    The Best Small (Yet Stylish) Desks, According to Cool PeopleFrom mini-secretaries to C-side tables.
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    The 7 Very Best Cooling Weighted BlanketsRejoice, sweaty sleepers: You can reduce stress and body temperature with these weighted blankets.
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    The 18 Very Best Duvet CoversFrom luxurious hotel-style duvet covers to relaxed linen options and more.
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    The 10 Very Best Wireless Bras for Large Breasts“I know that my chest won’t fly out of my bralette if I run for a bus.”
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    The 11 Very Best Desk LampsFrom tried-and-true classic task lamps to petite portables.
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    Gift of the Day: A Sleek Stacking Decanter“Stacking decanters have been around for a while, but the updated lines of this one make it stand out from more traditional leaded-glass versions.”
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    Gift of the Day: Particularly Special Vintage PostersAccording to interior designer Liz Caan, they’re great gifts for young adults, teens, and even babies.
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    Gift of the Day: A Smythson Planner That’ll Last Past the YearOnce you’ve amassed a couple years’ worth, says interior designer Jennifer Hunter, “they look beautiful stacked on a bookshelf.”
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    Gift of the Day: An Especially Versatile Wicker TrayIt can be used as a “centerpiece, coffee-table tray, kitchen vessel, or entry catchall.”
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    Gift of the Day: Some Extra-Fancy SteaksPlus, a recommendation for an especially sleek knife set.
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    Gift of the Day: The Mount Everest of Lego SetsRecommended by a cabinet maker.
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    Gift of the Day: A Book on Boring ArchitectureDesigner Juan Garcia Mosqueda said the book’s premise stood out — “precisely because it’s about things that don’t stand out.”
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    Gift of the Day: Monica Khemsurov’s Favorite Foot-Shaped Vase“There’s a certain absurdity to putting flowers into a foot on the dining table, where feet are not supposed to go.”
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    Gift of the Day: A Handsome Zigzag BlanketPer architect Andrew Ashey, it’s “not too light or too heavy, forms to your body well, and is soft without feeling too precious.”
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    Gift of The Day: A Small Stack of Art Magazines“Reading through, you feel like you’ve stepped into a series of incredible rooms.”
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    Gift of the Day: A Geometric Bag for Dinner Parties“It’s also large enough to hold all of the items you need for the day — like an iPad or water bottle or, in my case, kids’ books or baby bottles.”
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    Gift of the Day: Extremely Limited-Edition Screen Print“It’s signed, dated, and numbered as one of ten.”
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    Gift of The Day: A Lucite Backgammon SetSunnylife also makes lime-green Lucite dominoes and a poker set with Lucite chips.
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    Gift of The Day: A Bowl With Porcelain PetalsBy Baughaus, who also makes ceramic ornaments shaped like breadfruit and ackee.
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    Gift of the Day: A Shimmery Odds-and-Ends Tray“It looks good on anything and everything — leather, wood, grass cloth, even an upholstered table.”
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    Gift of the Day: A Lavish English GreenhouseAt nearly $17,000, this is — needless to say — something of a splurge.
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    Gift of the Day: A Designer Couple’s Favorite Elderflower Candies“The packaging caught our eye, as did the idea of an artisanal Swedish fish with elderflower, a flavor we love.”
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    Gift of The Day: Some Wall-Worthy Rugs“They definitely have those ’90s Much Music and Dunkaroos vibes.”
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    Gift of the Day: A Color-Blocked Coffee MachineA collaboration between two Singapore-based companies.
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    Gift of the Day: A Spotty Ceramic VesselRecommended by a self-described ceramics aficionado.
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    Gift of the Day: Jill Singer’s Favorite Lumpy Goblet“They’re highly impractical and honestly superfluous, which is exactly why they’re such a fun gift.”
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    Gift of the Day: An Architect’s Favorite Black-Paged NotebookIt comes with jelly pens.
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    Gift of the Day: The Simplest, Handsomest SocksAs recommended by a Canadian with a substantial cold-weather collection.
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    Curbed’s 2021 Advent-Calendar Gift GuideOver the course of the next 25 days, we will be doling out, one by one, the gifts recommended by dozens of design bigwigs with extremely good taste.
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    Gift of the Day: A (Somewhat Strange) Fruit TreeIt produces funky-tasting calamondins.
  32. gifts they might actually want
    The Best Gifts for Cheese Enthusiasts, According to CheesemongersFrom virtual tastings to baby onesies.
  33. on-site shop
    What’s in These Supplements That Famous People Can’t Live Without?Two specific supplements will get name-checked time and again by celebrities who talk to the Strategist.
  34. recommended by experts
    The Best Ways to Prevent Thigh Chafe When It’s Hot and Humid OutsideSixteen experts recommend the anti-chafe products they rely on, from glide-on balms, to powders you can precisely apply, to garter-style leg bands.
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    How to Prevent and Deter Moths (Without Smelly Mothballs)?Ideas for protecting your clothes from hole-chewing pests.
  36. ask a cool person
    The Best Wedding Rings, According to Cool PeopleFrom simple gold rings to diamond-studded jewels.
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    What Are the Best (Actually Nice-Looking) Bridesmaid Dresses?You’ll actually want to wear these again.
  38. strategist investigates
    How to Shop for a Plus-Size Wedding Dress OnlineAccording to a bride-to-be who’s currently on the hunt.
  39. ask a cool person
    What Are the Best Shorts for Women?“They are perfect for every summer activity: running errands, walking the dog, lounging at home.”
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    What’s the Best Housedress?“My main goal in life is to be comfortable at all times, and a housedress is the absolute pinnacle of comfort.”
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    The Best Gear to Improve Your WFH Posture, According to ExpertsFrom high-tech bras to magic keyboards.
  42. ask a cool person
    The Best Warm-Weather Rain Jackets for Men and Women, According to Cool PeopleFrom classic trench coats to see-through smocks to less-expected ponchos.
  43. the best. really.
    What Are the Best Travel Pants for Women?Pants for squashed economy airplane seating, airport delays, and long Ubers to the hotel.
  44. gifts they might actually want
    The Best Thank-You Gifts for Hosts, According to People With Vacation HomesThat aren’t chocolates, candles, or bottles of wine.
  45. recommended by experts
    The Best Canisters for Keeping Coffee Extra FreshSecond to buying excellent beans, it’s the key to a good cup of coffee.
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    The Best Soccer Cleats, According to Soccer PlayersAs you might expect: Nike and Adidas dominate here.
  47. best of new york 2018
    The Best of New York Shopping 2018Hotel-quality sheets, Palm Beach trinkets, and streetwear for toddlers.
  48. what do you want
    10 Harry Potter Superfans on the Gifts They Want for the HolidaysFrom remote-control wands and custom book sets, to Funko Pop toys and temporary tattoos.
  49. winter weddings 2018
    9 Wedding Trends From Around the World That Are Worth StealingFrom dogs in kilts in Glasgow to Renaissance-style gowns in Milan.