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We asked our editors, architect friends, and fellow design aficionados what they are putting at the top of their wish lists this year. The result is a compilation of rarities, outrageous objects, curiosities, and other items that you would want but would never buy for yourself.Cheese grater Forma Zaha Hadid for Alessi Zaha Hadid Architects designed a cheese grater that follows the same aesthetic of her most iconic works: organic shapes derived from natural forms. Composed of a sculptural black base that holds a punctured, mirror-polished stainless-steel grater, the ergonomic shape is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the user’s hand. $80 | alessi.com 1st Floor Blue Mug Adam Nathaniel Furman for Sir John Soane’s Museum Shop “In the grand classical manner of the very best salons of old, this mug is raised up on a vaulted arcade so that it may occupy the airy summit of its own piano nobile. Elevated above the common detritus of your breakfast table, this dining item elegantly maintains the dignified sanctity of your morning brew.” $32 | soane.org Guatemala Throw CoopDPS for ZigZagZurich This brightly patterned woolen Nordic blanket is the work of Nathalie Du Pasquier and George Sowden—the founding members of the Memphis Group. Part of the Post Crisis Collection, referencing the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash, the blanket features geometrics mingling with abstract organics in a wash of the iconic duo’s famously bright, bold primaries. $203 | zigzagzurich.com Frank Tray Good Thing Purveyor of all things mundane and manufacturer of everyday objects, Good Thing made something that is especially banal into something quite useful and amusing. Using an industrial metal-forming technique to shape siding into a hotdog wrapper–like detail, this handsome catchall is a useful tool for storing a sausage, as well as loose change, keys, makeup, etc. $24 | supergoodthing.com Half Timbered T-shirt Sam Jacob Studio Sam Jacob Studio devised this T-shirt with an edge-to-edge silk-screened Pugin-esque black and white motif. Like “architecture for your body,” the graphic pattern is a tribute to the op art effect of buildings like the Elizabethan manor Little Moreton Hall, and is also a twist on the artifice of mock-Tudor suburban buildings. $40 | samjacobstudio.com A Piece of Kahn - Travertine Earrings Pico Design for the Yale Center for British Art Inspired by the architecture of Louis Kahn, these earrings are part of the Moth/Butterfly Collection, a collaboration between Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) and Pico Design. Geometric in form, the sterling-silver jewelry has brushed and oxidized finishes that envelop a travertine cuboid recovered from the recent renovation of the Kahn-designed YCBA. $125 | picomeanslittle.com | YCBA Museum Shop, corner of High and Chapel Streets, New Haven, CT
Dark Age Ahead was Jane Jacobs’s last and perhaps most dystopian book. In it, she foretells the nationalist, anti-neoliberal political wave sweeping the western world today. Jacobs explains our current situation as a necessary crisis resulting from our transition toward a technology-focused society.
Jason Sayer, Editorial AssistantBudget Brutalism When your love for concrete is bound only by your wallet then you’ll be pleased to know of Polish firm Zupagrafika and British artist Oscar Francis. If you feel like recreating your own Brutalist block, Zupagrafika has you covered with a cardboard edition of Ernő Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower (also known as Trellick Tower). If that doesn’t take your fancy, Oscar Francis’s wash bag comes enamored with a print of Sulkin House in Hackney, north east London on it. Art Deco Wrapping paper Art Deco and geometry go hand-in-hand so the style seems ready-made to be used for pattern work, in this case, on wrapping paper. This subtle approach will most likely bring a warm smile to most design types before they’ve even opened your gift. Just make sure the gift is as good! Frank Lloyd Wright Bird Feeder Frank Lloyd wright had an affinity for the natural world, often celebrating it in his work—Falling Water being the most obvious example. "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you,” he once said. Now you can feed Frank’s feathered friends with this bird feeder whose glass artwork emulates patterns found in the architect's Darwin D. Martin house in Buffalo. Audrey Wachs, Associate Editor
Stop. Close your forest of Amazon Prime tabs right now, and make a gift to nonprofits that make our built environment more just, equitable, and beautiful. Better yet, make a donation for the architect in your life: She has enough crap already, and you get a tax deduction. Win-win, right? Here’s a few suggestions:If you care about fairness and equity in the field, become a member of the Architecture Lobby. The national organization promotes the value of architecture in the public realm and advocates for structural change within the profession to produce better working conditions. For general donations, the group’s Architecture Initiative funds public forums and the Lobby’s educational mission. To the uninitiated, gender and architecture have more synergy than meets the eye. Organizations like QSPACE, a queer architectural research organization based at the New Museum’s NEW INC, center sexuality and gender in its analysis of the built environment. In addition to donations, the group, founded this year by GSAPP grads, also solicits technical expertise for ongoing projects. QSPACE isn’t the only group accepting in-kind donations. In the wake of the Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people, architects Melissa J. Frost and Susan Surface founded national nonprofit Safer Spaces to help artist-run venues and live/work lofts get up to code. Right now, the group is soliciting donations of fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and other fire prevention tools, as well building services, project assistance, and plain old-fashioned cash. Check out their local meet-ups and skill-share document here. For the architect-urbanist, a great way to give back to your city is a gift to your nearest Community Development Corporation (CDC). These nonprofit, hyperlocal organizations typically operate in disinvested, low-income neighborhoods to develop affordable housing, spur economic development, plan neighborhoods, and make streets beautiful. There are CDCs in nearly every city, and for New Yorkers, this list from NYU’s Furman Center is a good place to start.
Patrick Parrish, owner, Patrick Parrish Gallery
Steal: Amazon Echo $180, amazon.com I was at my in-laws’ house and was amazed at the convenience of speaking to an object and actually having it work! I couldn’t stop speaking to it, which was both fun and weird!
Splurge: Jean Prouvé Architecture's Temporary School of Villejuif, 1957 $3,405,952, patrickseguin.com The houses of Jean Prouvé are the ultimate collectible piece of design and are warm and very livable, not to mention transportable!
Thomas Randon, general manager, the Museum of Modern Art/Retail Division
Steal: Glass Water Kettle $50, store.moma.org I started using this kettle about a month ago and love it. I never thought watching water boil would become interesting!Splurge: WaterRower Rowing Machine John Duke, 1987 $1,500, store.moma.org Made famous by Frank Underwood in House of Cards, this rowing machine is a beautiful design object made with love in the USA. It’s rare to find a workout machine that doesn’t damage the look of the room it’s in. This one enhances it and works beautifully.
Giulio Cappellini, art director, Cappellini
Steal: Classic Trays by Alexander Girard, Vitra $65–100, vitra.com These are very beautiful and useful objects. The designs on each are incredibly graphic—sleek, yet whimsical, and the variety of patterns and shapes allows for so many different uses.
Splurge: Toio Lamp by Achille Castiglioni, Flos$1,395, flos.com This lamp represents an icon of design history. It’s so unique and inventive and can be used everywhere.
Alex Mustonen, cofounder, Snarkitecture
Steal: Connection Candleholder by Philippe Malouin for OTHR, $480, othr.com I love the clean lines and simplicity of Philippe’s candleholder.
Splurge: Pratone Lounge Chair by Ceretti/Derossi/Rosso for Gufram, Price upon request, gufram.it The Gufram piece is both playful and comfortable. The lounge chair and candleholder speak toward different aspects of design that I think are important. Now if I can just find space for the Pratone…
Elizabeth Brown, CEO, Viyet
Steal: Hafod Grange Paperweight, $68, theline.com A whimsical touch for any workaholic’s home office.Splurge: Christopher Flach bust, Price upon request, geraldblandinc.com We borrowed one of his busts to style a mantel for a photo shoot last year, and I have been a huge fan of his work ever since.
Shant Madjarian, designer, JuniperSteal: Dueto Fineliner Pen + Stylus, Beyond Object, $65, aplusrstore.com I love to see companies making products that stand in complete defiance of the disposable design market. For that reason I love this pen by Beyond Object. It is beautiful, and I am sucker for anything that is made in the +/- 0.002-inch precision level. I hope it is as smooth and heavy-in-the-hand as it looks. I can’t wait to try this out. Splurge: Mercury Ring, Spinelli Kilcollin, $3,000, spinellikilcollin.com While I love luxury, I love it to be understated. So if I could splurge on something today, I would not think twice about the Mercury ring for the person I love (or maybe for myself—men’s sizes are also available). I am enamored and inspired by just about everything this design couple creates—especially this piece because of its elegant simplicity. It whispers luxury.
Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht, principals and founding partners, Commune
Steal: Valerie Confections Goodmix Bars, $10, communedesign.com Valerie Confections makes such delicious chocolate. We love the Goodmix Bars we collaborated on—the recipe is so good, people call it “chocolate crack” because it’s so addictive. Along with the fun packaging, it makes the perfect holiday gift.Splurge: The Elder Statesman Picasso Sweater, $1,070, elder-statesman.com His sweaters are truly the softest and most amazing quality cashmere. They make you look forward to the cold weather!
Jean and Oliver Pelle, designers and owners, PELLE
Steal: Metal Cast Tulip Petal by Swallow, $73, dearswallow.com A decorative metal casting of a small tulip petal made by Swallow, a wonderful home-and-gift store filled with collectibles and curios located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. We can imagine one or a couple of these tulip petals sitting on a windowsill.Splurge: Cody Hoyt Pentagon Facet Vessel III, Price upon request, patrickparrishgallery.com Cody Hoyt’s hand-built, slab-constructed ceramic vase, titled Pentagon Facet Vessel III. He’s such an amazing artist and does incredibly skillful work.
Chris Beardsley, co-founder and CEO, Stickbulb
Steal: Personalized foil-embossed Moleskine notebook, $16, moleskinecustom.com Give a classic architect’s accessory a personal touch by having the cover foil embossed.Splurge: John Hogan glass sculptures Price upon request, johnhogandesigns.com I love the glass sculptures by John Hogan. Their mesmerizing prismatic color effects are beautiful and they can sit on a desk or tabletop.
Fred Bould, design director and founder, Bould Design
Steal: Roku Express, $30, roku.com Everyone should have a streaming video player—there is so much great content. People like to get together and watch movies during the holidays and a Roku makes it easy.Splurge: Home WiFi System three-pack, eero, $499, store.eero.com
The holidays mean visitors and sharing wi-fi. With the eero app, proud owners can easily share guest network access while keeping the mulled wine flowing and the stuffing on schedule.