As the holidays grow nearer, we’ve rounded up a variety of gifts for architects – whether you add them to your shopping list or your wishlist is up to you.
Desktop Collection by Beyond Object
The most architectural of these desk accessories from London label Beyond Object, the Penpo organizer evokes a miniature cityscape. It’s made up of three sizes of cylinders in metal finishes that complement three other sculptural pieces in the line: the Cantili tape dispenser, Funno pencil sharpener and Lino letter knife.
Cabin Collection by DesignByThem
Borrowing from one of the most iconic building archetypes, the newest collection from DesignByThem, called Cabin, is formed by stacks of upholstered cylinders that evoke a log cabin. Designed by the brand’s founders Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis, the line includes armchairs, lounges, ottomans and booth-style structures for the office or home.
Drawing tools set from Tiffany & Co.
For the architect who has it all, how about splashing out for this set of basic drawing tools, from Tiffany’s “Everyday Objects” line? The ruler, protractor and set square are all made from sterling silver and walnut, with the one inch marker indicated on each in subtle Tiffany blue enamel.
Carve Watch Pure Essential Form, by Alessio Romano for Projects Watches
The primitive texture of this timepiece is informed by the Stanley Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. The glass case is curved to mimic a bubbled porthole window, of the sort you’d find on a futuristic spaceship, while the face appears to be chiselled out of raw stone. In matte black, with three white-tipped hands, the stainless steel watch is paired with a 20-millimetre-wide black leather band with suede lining.
Minimalist knife from Grovemade
Better known for its wood desktop accessories, Grovemade recently launched the Minimalist knife. All black, with a ceramic cerkote finish, this handsome, lightweight tool is inspired by the classic Japanese Higonokam. Held closed by friction, the curved blade sits flush in the handle with no wasted space. It also comes in brass and an aluminum version with a clear anodized finish.
Setarah table lamp by Francesco Librizzi for FontanaArte
Balancing a hand-blown glass sphere on a tin wire structure, the play of balance and trajectories lends an architectural feel to this lamp by up-and-coming Sicilian designer Francesco Librizzi. The Setarah family also includes suspension versions, while the table version is available in two models and silver and gold finishes.
Coolers by Editions Milano
This unique collection of wine bottle cooling vessels features four variations, all designed by Pietro Russo. The geometric patterns mix Arabescato, Nero Marquinia and Green Guatemala marble with brushed brass.
The Whippet Bicycle
The folding bicycle, created by British product designer and engineer Graham Powell, will appeal to anyone who appreciates efficient use of space. Folded with a simple three-step system (Tilt, Tuck and Tidy), the bike’s super slim profile makes it easy to store against the wall.
Routed towel bar by Kate Duncan
Vancouver designer Kate Duncan is known for her heirloom quality furniture, but she has also designed a number of spectacular accessories that make use of offcuts, including wood and metal trays, a new line of cutting boards and this simple yet stunning towel bar. Turning a workaday fixture into minimal decorative element, they’re exquisitely made in single-or two-tier versions.
3D-printed LEGO jewellery by Hint.lab
The Paris studio has a line of 3D-printed jewellery that can be customized at whim using every architect’s favourite toy: Lego. Tiny, two-peg Lego modules (which are of course available in an ever-expanding array of colours) can be clicked on to the ring setting, which is available in brass, bronze, or polished silver.