Holiday Gift Guide: For the Architect Who Has Everything

Texas Architect presents 10 holiday gift ideas for the design-loving friends, family, and colleagues in your life, starting with stocking stuffers under $5.00.

Marmol Radziner Mezuzah

Mezuzah

http://www.marmolradzinerjewelry.com/home-goods/marmol-radziner-mezuzah

The Los Angeles-based design-build firm Marmol Radziner has added a mezuzah to its collection of home accessories that includes a handcrafted menorah and dreidel in solid walnut and brass. Made by master craftsmen in the firm’s in-house metal and wood fabrication shop, the mezuzah is available in solid walnut, dark patinated metal, and cast brass. It has a removable brass back and is available with an optional Kosher Ashkenazi “Beis Yosef” parchment scroll. $200

Brillante Pencils

Brillante Pencils

www.papress.com

New from Princeton Architectural Press, the Brillante pencil set was designed by the legendary graphic designer Louise Fili. This set of 12 double-sided pencils comes in six metallic hues: silver, purple, copper, blue, gold, and green. Brillante pencils are ideal for drawing, coloring, or writing and come in a sturdy, elegant box that offers a shimmering twist on classic Italian packaging. $14.95

Dream of Venice Architecture

Dream of Venice Architecture

http://bit.ly/VeniceArchitectureAmazon

Dream of Venice Architecture is the second book in a series from Bella Figura Publications dedicated to the mystery and beauty of contemporary Venice. The 96-page hardcover includes photographs by Riccardo De Cal, an introduction by architect/author Richard J. Goy, and musings on La Serenissima by Scarpa experts, architectural writers and historians, and world-renowned architects such as Tadao Ando, Annabelle Selldorf, Mario Botta, and Michele De Lucchi. $26.99

 

Béton Brut Concrete Jewelry Collection

Concrete Jewelry

https://betonbrutdesign.com/

Using a process similar to the forming of architectural terazzo, industrial designer Amanda Nogier creates Béton Brut handmade concrete jewelry with a specially developed cement mixture that is enhanced by a selection of aggregates, concrete pigments, and additives like semi-precious stones and brass flakes. The concrete is prepared in small batches and poured into handmade molds, after which the pieces are hand-polished and sealed with wax for longevity. $30-$115

Adrej Urem Architectural Candles

Adrej Urem Architectural Candles

https://designstore.theglasshouse.org/architectural-candles-p249.aspx

Available through The Glass House Design Store, these complex, architectural wax forms are handmade by designer Andrej Urem in Brooklyn, N.Y. The hand-poured, 100% organic soy-based candles are smoke-free, have lead-free cotton wicks, and offer a burn time of approximately 60 hours. All three candles measure 4″ x 4″ x 3.4″. $35 each

Iittala X Issey Miyake

Iittala X Issey Miyake

https://store.moma.org

The Iittala X Issey Miyake Collection combines the Finnish craftsmanship of Iittala with the iconic style of Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake. The collection includes high quality ceramic plates, platters, cups, and a tealight candleholder; a glass vase; and textiles including a pleated totebag, a “table flower” in two sizes, napkins, place mats, and cushion covers. A color palette of white, pink, green, gray unites the modern, yet soft pieces. $30-$225

SaltBox from Revolution Design House

SaltBox

http://revolutiondesignhouse.com/shop/accessories/

The Portland, Oregon-based product design firm Revolution Design House makes a range of SaltBox gift sets that are sold with Jacobsen Salt Co. salt, harvested from the Oregon Coast. Made of solid walnut, the SaltBox salt cellar comes in a small size (3.25″ x 2.5″ x 1.25″) that comes with a one 0.5 ounce tin of salt or an extra large size (5″ x 4″ x 2″) that comes with a 4 ounce package of salt and can hold up to a cup of salt. The boxes are also sold without salt. $25 (small gift set), $50 (extra large gift set)

GoFish Bag Collection

Go Fish Bags

http://www.bygofish.com/

Terri Lee, associate principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox, and graphic designer Sanshin Liu teamed up to design a minimal, vibrantly colored handbag collection. The GoFishcollection is made in New York City of high-grade, easy-to-clean polyurethane, vinyl, and polyester materials. Drawing inspiration from Mid-Century masters, the collection includes Ain, a wristlet for bare essentials, Allyn, a versatile bag that can be used with or without a strap, and Ellwood, a compact crossbody bag with an outside slide pocket, zip top, and adjustable shoulder strap. $68-$264

Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector from Sony

Projector

http://www.sony.com/electronics/projector/lspx-p1

Life Space UX is a home experience concept from Sony intended to remove the barrier between technology and interior design. Included in the first group of introductions launched this year is the Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector, a small projector capable of throwing a 22” to 80” image in HD 720p resolution onto walls, tables, or any adjacent surface. Users can control the projector from smartphones or tablets with the dedicated app. $999.99

Right Angle Socks from MUJI

Right Angle Socks

http://www.muji.com/us/

In the search for the perfect sock, MUJI discovered the traditional Czech method of sewing socks at a right angle — instead of the conventional 120 degree angle — to offer maximum comfort and eliminate heel slippage. The socks are available in sizes for men, women, and children in different cotton blends and colors. $4.90 per pair

by: Rita Catinella Orrell

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