Christmas is only six weeks away and we are here to help. We’ve rounded up 10 great ideas for architects that should give you a head start on your shopping.
Cuckoo Clock by Muji
This whimsical miniature house applies Muji‘s trademark minimalism to a kitschy classic. Standing just eight inches tall, the small version of the Japanese brand’s Cuckoo Clock marks each hour with natural bird sounds. A built-in light sensor keeps things quiet overnight. It’s available in red or white.
Measure Collection from Grovemade
Office accessories brand Grovemade has launched a stunning collection of measuring tools in anodized black aluminum. A perfect way to dress up a desk without adding to the clutter, the collection includes a ruler, triangle and protractor, each custom machined from a solid block of aluminum.
Featuring both sharp and rounded corners, the minimal tools offer subtle increment marks to indicate both metric and imperial measurements.
Modern Record Player from Symbol Audio
A minimalist aesthetic can be difficult to achieve for true audiophiles. Quality stereo equipment and a respectable vinyl collection can quickly take over a room – or an entire house. Symbol Audio is here to save the day with its Modern Record Player. This sleek system combines a traditional turntable, with a custom class AB amplifier and Morel speakers. It also helps to keep the vinyl stacks in check, by incorporating multiple inputs, wireless connectivity and full streaming capabilities – there’s even a hidden compartment with onboard power to hold components such as Sonos Connect, or Google Chromecast.
Atlas of Brutalist Architecture from Phaidon
When this weighty tome lands under the tree, it might seem like Santa has left someone a block of concrete. Assembled by Phaidon editors, the book packs 878 examples of one of architecture’s most controversial styles between its textural covers. From the remarkably blank facade of the windowless AT&T Longlines skyscraper in Manhattan, to the glazed pyramid of North Korea’s “Hotel of Doom” a.k.a. the Ryugyong Hotel (which broke ground in 1987 and remains incomplete), each example is illustrated in glorious black and white.
Cityscape from Chisel & Mouse
For the architect who has it all, how about gifting an entire city – on a plaster tile? Chisel & Mouse combines satellite data and 3D printing with traditional moulding and plaster casting to form these 1:5000 scale 3D cityscapes. They’re currently offering 10 cities in all-white, eight of which – including New York (shown), Berlin, Paris and London – are also available with a splash of blue added as metal-etched waterways. Framed in acrylic, the models suit wall-mount or tabletop display.
Travel Pen from Minimalux
Any creative person understands the importance of a good pen. One that is comfortable to hold, flows nicely and is distinctive enough that colleagues won’t get away with “accidentally” wandering off with it. The Travel Pen, from Minimalux, has you covered on all fronts. With both the pen and its screw-fit cap precision machined from lightweight aluminum, the pen is available in natural (shown) or mirror polished finishes. A weightier, solid brass version is also available, in the same finish options.
Basket by Benjamin Hubert for Fritz Hansen
British designer Benjamin Hubert imbued this simple lacquered ash basket with subtle architectural appeal, combining a dramatically arched handle with a gently curved base base. Recently launched by Danish brand Fritz Hansen, the piece is made using traditional steam bending techniques and can be used to hold newspapers, magazines, or perhaps even kindling by the hearth.
Karbon, by Javier Cuñado for Actiu
Anyone with an interest in innovative materials would appreciate this new carbon fibre chair from Actiu. With five times the strength of steel, the medium permits an extremely sleek and minimal silhouette, without sacrificing durability or adding weight. Available in the grey shown or in fire engine red, both iterations feature a mesh-like visual texture provided by the carbon fibre.
Art Collection by Moleskin
Everyone’s favourite notebook maker, Moleskine, has launched the new Art Collection, ideal for creative scribbling of all sorts. The line includes a range of options, including weightier paper (up to 200 G/m2) for watercolours or other mediums, landscape formats, and the Japanese Album shown, with unfolding pages inspired by horizontal emakimono scrolls. Ideal for brainstorming sequences, such as floor plans and elevations, it contains a single sheet of heavy-weight, acid-free sketch paper, folded into 60 accordion pages.
Plusminus Screwdriver by Selek Design for Tre
Selek Design’s Plusminus Screwdrivers, now manufactured by Polish brand Tre, turn an everyday tool into a delightful objet. Made to comfortably fit in the hand, the the polished stainless steel tool set comes with a Phillips and flat-head version, which is more at home displayed on a desk than stashed away in toolbox.