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Gift Guide by Budget

Gift Guide by Budget

December 2, 2010

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and by jolly we do mean generous. Even if you’re broke as a joke, it behooves you to show appreciation to the people in your life. Especially if those people are architects.

We’ve sorted through the entire internet to bring you a selection of design-minded gifts, organized by budget, from grad student (-$) to starchitect ($$). Follow along after the jump, and to see all our best gift picks, check our Svpply page.


Stainless steel Sharpie markers ($6.47 each). A virtually indestructible version of everyone’s favorite sketching instrument.

Crumpled Tyvek city map by Emanuele Pizzolorusso (€12,00). Impossible to destroy, even while doing the requite architecture-sightseeing backpack trip across Europe/Asia/South America.

Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films booklet by Benjamin Critton at Printed Matter ($10). Self-explanatory, though if you’d like an explanation, please read on here.

1/100 city model by Naoki Terada from MoMA ($18). GIVEAWAY: We have one set depicting a Tokyo street scene to send to a lucky reader. Comment below and enter your name to win!


Gold wide-angle Superheadz camera from Four Corner Store ($30). Wide angle is the best angle when it comes to shooting buildings. And $30 for bling ain’t bad.

Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Kit ($45.18 at Everything a budding contractor needs to learn doorbells, car alarms, sirens, and more, but with a LEED-approved focus on alternative energy.

Floating magazine rack from The Future Perfect ($60). A sleek way to save clips of inspirational projects and profiles written about your grad school professors.


Hermitage Random Geometry wallpaper ($128 a roll). Fractals? Geometry? Do you even have to ask?

Limited-edition “Urban Growth Strategy” print by Brooklyn architect Olalekan Jeyifous on Etsy ($124).Architects love maps, almost as much as they love addressing problems with urban planning. GIVEAWAY:Jeyifous is giving us one print from his Etsy shop for a lucky reader. Comment below for a chance to win!

Alessi Adagio Thermo Insulated Jug by Alessi ($146). Sleek lines and bold materiality. If only facades were always so cooperative.


Naef Bauhaus building blocks at The Lollipop Shoppe (£99.00). Self-made men (and women) have a penchant for revisiting the heady days of their youth.

Ace Hotel Pendleton elk blanket ($275). Roman & Williams vintage-referencing yet design-forward interiors for Ace hotel group are being mimicked across fashion, food, and lifestyle. Get in on it with an exclusive Pendleton blanket design.

Enclosed bed by Metrofarm — price upon request. Like building blocks, but larger and cozier. We love customizable space.

Emerson Dollhouse from Brinca Dāda ($329). It’s got six rooms, and finished to stunning detail with mitered-glass corners, two fireplaces, sliding glass doors, solar panels, and recessed LED lights.


Modernist Cuisine ($475 on pre-order). Financed by Microsoft billionaire Nathan Myhrvold, this six-volume set is way more than a simple cookbook, it’s a manual for the true perfectionist. Check out a full spread here.

Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Home model, circa 1960 (roughly $7,500). This one was sold at auction, but what architect aficionado isn’t a sucker for Bucky and models?

Jean-Paul Gaultier for Roche Bobois ‘chariot’ chair — price upon request. The Fountainhead meets Post-Modernism in the squirmiest possible rendition.

Bonus quote! “Almost all the pieces in this collection have wheels because I wanted people to be able to move each item from one room to another. I feel that it is good that when you’re at home, you are able to move things that you love. It’s even better when you are in a chair, like my Ben-Hur chair, you can move around your home in your chair. I don’t do roller skates but I can roll around in my chair.”

Norman Foster refurbished Dymaxion car (priceless). And Lord Foster

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