From wrapping and packaging, to off-the-mark presents, the waste associated with the holidays can really weigh down the seasonal spirit. We’ve rounded up a selection of practical gifts for architects and designers that are as functional as they are thoughtful – sure be both used and appreciated.
Soap by Jasper Morrison for Good Thing
We can pretty much guarantee there isn’t anyone on your list who couldn’t use this one. Designed by the master of minimalism, Jasper Morrison, for New York/Toronto brand Good Thing, hypoallergenic Soap is 100 per cent free of pigment or fragrance. Sold as a giant block that breaks into four individual bars, it can be used in the powder room, shower or kitchen. Once broken apart, the segments can be stored in a clear and resealable package that is part of the set.
Isometric Calendar by Relative Goods
This bright, graphic calendar is a long-time hit from Toronto’s Paper Pusher and is now sold under the Relative Goods brand. A simple stack of 7-by-12-inch sheets, the calendar features a dozen “visual meditations” – bright illustrations featuring wild geometry, optical illusions and brain-teasing isometrics that will add colour and a sense of playfulness to any space.
Socks by Richer Poor x Hedley & Bennett
Though they were designed for professional chefs, anyone who ever has to spend a long days on their feet – in a studio, on a site, or just wandering in search of creative inspiration – will appreciate these socks. A collaboration between the culinary community’s favourite apron designers, Hedley & Bennett and California “innerwear” label Richer and Poorer, this collection of “smart socks” feature moisture wicking, mesh venting, and compression arch support, as well as bold colours and underfoot messages that will appeal to any creative.
Double Bottle by Eva Harlou for Mater
From wine to water, this stunning vessel is a great way to dress up any beverage choice. Designed by Danish architect Eva Harlou for Mater, Double Bottle features separate corked chambers that allow two drink options to be served in one small footprint. It brings a touch of elegant yet functional appeal to the table, whether displaying subtly different liquids, such as still and sparkling water, or a more dramatic contrast of red and white wine.
Food à Porter by Sakura Adachi for Alessi
Who couldn’t use some extra incentive to pack a nice, healthy homemade lunch for work? The F/W 2018 collection from Alessi includes this beautiful, bento-inspired lunch box by Sakura Adachi, who also designed Lovely Breeze for the brand.
Available in three colourways, Food à porter snugly stacks three thermoplastic resin containers and fastens the pile with a silicone strap that also functions as a handle. At 19 centimetres long and 13 centimetres high, there is plenty of room for a sandwich, a salad and an afternoon snack as well.
Eneby speaker by Ikea
This summer Ikea branched further into electronics with the introduction of this minimalist Bluetooth speaker. Measuring 12 by 12 inches, the module happens to fit perfectly into the cubic cubbies of the brand’s Expedit and Kallax shelving units – long time favorites of audiophiles due to their record-friendly size. A single knob functions as an on/off switch, volume knob and controls bass and treble setting. Available in grey and white, or black version, both feature a handle for easy carrying, and can also be wall- or stand-mounted, using separately sold hardware.
Yayoi Kusama Love Forever Dots Umbrella
Fans of Yayoi Kusama will clearly appreciate this transparent umbrella emblazoned with the Japanese artist’s signature dots motif, but so will anyone else who is a fan of staying dry on a rainy day.
Measuring 39 inches and finished with a curved handle that makes it easier to juggle bags, packages, or anything else you may be carrying some rainy day, this is one umbrella you are unlikely to misplace. It’s also made with rust-proof resin bones, which are more flexible and durable than metal parts. It’s available in red or blue colourways at the MoMA Store.
Criss-Cross blanket by Faye Toogood for Teixidors
Baby, it’s cold outside. At the end of a long day at the office, we all just want to curl up somewhere warm, and what could be cozier than this blanket from Barcelona brand Teixidors. The collection combines textural weaves of ecological merino and yak wools, with each blanket constructed from a tritpych of handwoven sections of varied neutral hues,which are stitched together using naturally-dyed threads in complementary colours. The narrower sections create a unique opportunity for the weavers, as they are made on smaller looms, which can be used with less training.
Designer collaborations by LVMH
This year’s designer collaborations from LVMH include something for all tastes – in all sense of the word. Among the options are a bottle of Belvedere vodka – perfect for spiking your holiday punch – dressed in black-and-white graphics by Nigerian-born artist Laolu Senbanjo. Best-known for his body-painting work which has seen him collaborated with artists like Beyonce, Senbanjo designed his limited-edition bottle to support the global fund to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa. Also on tap from the brand this season is a stripped down bottle of Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé designed by Virgil Abloh.
The Gift of Azure
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention what a fabulous gift a subscription to Azure makes, especially at our special holiday rate. What designer or architect wouldn’t want updates on the industry’s most innovative product design, groundbreaking architecture projects and emerging trends delivered to the door eight times a year? And if you happen to give this gift to someone who already has one, no problem, we’ll just extend their existing subscription for the additional year.
A gift that keeps on giving, a year-long subscription is on offer for just $25, until December 24th.