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Gift Guide: High Design

We asked a unique mix of tastemakers to compile their ultimate holiday wish list. First up, Equinox's VP of Design.

Needless to say, Aaron Richter, the man responsible for transforming the interiors of Equinox's growing porfolio of clubs — like the former Rainbow Room in London — has trustworthy taste. So we asked the VP of Design, based in New York City, to curate his ultimate holiday wish list. "Inspiration comes from everywhere, but I’m most inspired when function and fashion are intertwined," he says. Here, he shares gifts fit for recipients with the highest aesthetic standards:

Pendleton, Blankets
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Pendleton Blanket

I've been a fan of Pendleton since living in Oregon after college. The company was established in 1909 and has been in the same family for 6 generations. They have a full line of products, but their blankets are amazing. They have a line that celebrates our National Parks and often they are inspired by and designed by Native American artists.

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Malwitz, Custom Surfboards
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Malwitz Custom Surfboard

The only issue with this I can forsee is you may opt to hang it on the wall rather than surf with it.

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Bern, Helmets
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Bern Helmet

Products are designed and developed in Massachusetts, my home state. Bern produces the very best and most stylish protective gear available. They are a passionate company with protective gear with a great fit and interchangeable liners so your helmet can be used all season.

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Miller Goodman, FaceMaker
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Miller Goodman FaceMaker

British Designers Zoe Miller and David Goodman make incredible modular block sets that are stunningly designed and great for kids and adults. It's nice to have a kid's toy that you don't mind leaving on the coffee table.

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Icon, FJ44 Built to Order
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Icon FJ44 Built to Order

Pretty please. I’ve been mostly good this year. The FJ44, along with other styles, comes out of Jonathan Ward’s Toyota Land Cruiser Mod Shop. They're handmade in Los Angeles.

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Stelton, Ship’s Lamp
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Stelton Ship’s Lamp

A Danish designed modern interpretation of a classic ship lamp.

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Black Rock Collective, Playing Cards
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Black Rock Collective Playing Cards

An international group of artists that collaborate on projects has produced an edgy set of playing cards.

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aether, FireSteel
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Aether FireSteel

Aether makes an impressive line of clothing but also carry a nice line of accessories. This is a great companion for the long hikes.

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United Nude, Fold Mid Shoe
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United Nude Fold Deluxe Hi

Being a design guy, I am often buying shoes for my wife. These are comfy (so I am told) and stylish.

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