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Maison Domino by Le Corbusier decked out with candy canes for the holiday season, as envisioned by our former editor, John Stoughton. Available for sale. (John Stoughton)
Maison Domino by Le Corbusier decked out with candy canes for the holiday season, as envisioned by our former editor, John Stoughton. Available for sale. (John Stoughton)

It’s officially the holiday season, and you know what that means? It’s shopping time! Whether you’re looking for yourself, a loved one, a friend, a co-worker, or your family, we’ve put together a list of presents for the architect(s) in your life. These gifts come with a story and real panache. You’ll find each to be a little different, yet all perfect for those with an affinity for all things architect. Happy holidays!

(Courtesy Race Point Publishing)

The Architecture of the Cocktail: Constructing the Perfect Cocktail from the Bottom Up
by Amy Zavatto
$13.71

Author Amy Zavatto envisioned a blueprint cocktail instruction book for architects and those who enjoy architecture (which is obviously everyone). The Architecture of the Cocktail answers your burning cocktail-making questions, focusing on the fine-tuned details that go into making the perfect martini or Manhattan.

(John Stoughton)

Architecture Christmas Cards
$18

Chicago’s Marina City sporting a Santa hat; the Farnsworth House decked out like the yard of your neighbor who decorates for Christmas the day after Halloween; Seattle’s Space Needle adorned with a fir pine. These and other buildings we all know and love have been turned into Christmas cards by a former AN editor, John Stoughton. Available in packs of ten.

(Courtesy Colectivo 1050°)

Three Little Pigs Bowls by Alberta Mateo & María Gutiérrez for Colectivo 1050º (Set of 3)
$93 + $69 for U.S. shipping

Oink! These endearing little ceramic piggy bowls are perfect for snacking and entertaining. Designed by Alberta Mateo & María Gutiérrez for Oaxaca-based Colectivo 1050°, each item is handcrafted and supports local artisans that would otherwise have to abandon making altogether otherwise in a world of disposable plastic products. Learn more about Colectivo in our interview with the studio here.

(Melissa J. Frost)

The Architect’s Mixtape: Practicing Spaces
$10

Drop those funky beats! Practicing Spaces is a compilation of musical works by lesser-known musicians who all have one thing in common: they’re architects! From Michael Meredith of MOS Architects to Florian Idenburg of SO – IL, these funky beats are available in the format of a mixtape, that is, a cassette tape. Read more about the collective work and where to buy your own copy here.

(Courtesy Max Lamb)

Crockery White by Max Lamb for 1882 Ltd
$117 – $209

Despite the rather intentionally prehistoric appearance, this collection of fine china was made from plaster molds that were hand carved by English designer, Max Lab. Known for combining traditional and digital methods, Lamb designed this collection of tableware—consisting of platters, salt and pepper shakers, vases, mugs, jugs, and bowls—starting from a 3-D model he rendered of each vessel.

(Courtesy ACC Art Books)

Archigram The Book
Warren Chalk, Peter Cook, Dennis Crompton, Ron Herron, David Greene and Michael Webb; with essays by Reyner Banham, Martin Pawley and Michael Sorkin
$135

From their formative early years in the 1960s through the ’70s, this book offers a comprehensive archive of Archigram‘s oeuvre. Inspiring generations, the group’s visions of the future of architecture come alive in 300 pages that took nearly 40 years to complete by Archigram member Dennis Crompton.

(Courtesy KinderModern)

Orange Frown Lamp by Brett Douglas Hunter for KinderModern
$850

Nashville, Tennessee-based Brett Douglas Hunter is a self-taught artist known for his quirky and whimsical creatures made of a fibrous cement mixture. This bright orange light fixture does not disappoint those familiar with his work: like an idea coming out of nowhere, a light bulb illuminates the top of this frowning caricature’s head.

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