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Specsheet > Even more architecture gifts for the holidays

Last week we shared a selection of kitsch and panache from the gift guide in our December issue. In case you have a few more people on your shopping list, see what our editors, architect friends, and fellow design aficionados are asking for this year. Zeilmaker Chair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld MoMA Store This subdued dark-green iteration of Rietveld’s iconic 1918 Red and Blue Chair features the same architectural lines inspired by the philosophy of “well-being and comfort of the spirit.” Later versions incorporate various colors depending on the client—in this case, a green, black, and white motif was created for a schoolteacher. $4,215 | store.moma.org OD-11 Wireless Loudspeaker Teenage Engineering This rectangular volume houses a wireless multiroom loudspeaker that plays your music from any device. The new OD-11 is a carefully reengineered version of the original OD-11 ortho-directional loudspeaker, made in 1974 by the Swedish sound genius Stig Carlsson. It can be paired with the ortho remote, which allows for wireless volume control and click functions for play, pause, and skip. $999 | teenage.engineering Click-Clock Ayako Aratani Sculpted in porcelain, these wall-hanging timepieces were formed with biomorphic, rounded edges that visually denote the time of day by the spine-like hour markers. small $75, medium $95 | ayakodesignstudio.com Alvar Aalto Serving Platters The Glass House Design Store These serving platters integrate the undulating lines of the iconic glass Alvar Aalto vase into wood. Fashioned in birch with an oak veneer, the material palette pays tribute to the designer’s love of the Finnish landscape. $60 | designstore.theglasshouse.org Juliet Vessels Anna Karlin Made of borosilicate glass, these tabletop glass vessels reference science lab beakers but are finished with hand-turned solid brass stoppers for a new and unfamiliar feel. Each stopper is unique to the different glass shapes. $110 | annakarlin.com Arc de Triomphe LEGO Create a four-inch-tall model of Paris’s iconic landmark with 382 Lego bricks. Once built, the iconic reproduction features statue-adorned pillars, sculptural reliefs, and semi-realistic stone-like coloring. $40 | shop.lego.com
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Specsheet > String Tied, This Year’s Holiday Gift Guide

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
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AN Editors’ gift picks

In addition to our gift guide from the December issue that featured some of our favorite architects and designer's tops picks, here are some ideas from our diverse team here at The Architect's Newspaper! Take a look below at what our editorial staff is craving, ranging from funny to fabulous.  William Menking, Editor-in-Chief Here’s one for the serious urbanist in your family. Books from Urban Research on the daily life we all face in the ‘Age of Trump.’ One Star Press creates affordable artworks for the working designer and for slightly less than $1000. Two chairs designed by Rirkrit Tiravanija and John Baldessari (both with Sébastien de Ganay) are the perfect gift for the average art collector. They are cut out of four pieces out of simple plywood on a local CNC machine to make the chair's carbon footprint as low as possible—and assemble it in a minute with no screws or glue. Matt Shaw, Senior Editor Props by Besler & Sons These stylish terrazzo objects are as durable as they are ambiguous. Each is uniquely patterned with colored glass and marble chips, and the shapes can be used for a variety of functions. The Allen Sock The Allen Sock is patterned with the crown of the Chrysler Building and is named after architect William Van Alen, who completed the skyscraper in 1930. Insulation Scarf Insulation Scarf takes the universal drawing symbol for insulation and applies it to an actual piece of human insulation: The scarf you wrap around your neck. Begin With The Past This book tracks the long process of designing and building the National Museum of African American History, including how to create consensus about a building for an entire group of underrepresented people. Zachary Edelson, Web Editor Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers Newly-released, this book uses verticality as a way to explore a complex web of global inequality, cities, architecture, history, and more. It's a unique perspective on how architecture intersects with politics and culture. Dymaxion Folding Globe For fans of Buckminster Fuller, a great little desktop addition. Portable Pico Projector One of the top rated micro projectors of 2016, it's great for giving presentations anywhere (and can double for entertainment as well). Olivia Martin, Managing Editor Oto for East Japan Project Speaker This handmade ceramic smartphone holder, speaker, and dish by KiBiSi (Bjarke Ingels's side project with Lars Larsen of Kilo and Jens Martin Skibsted of Skibsted Ideation) and Kengo Kuma is not only a whole lot of starchitecture in one tiny object, but is also practical and elegant. The Japanese walnut wood naturally amplifies sound and the ceramic comes in fun colors like matcha green and sumi black. Available at design shop. Shinola Bolt Necklace I don't know if a collaboration between the super hip powerhouses of jewelry designer Pamela Love and Detriot manufacturer Shinola is genius or obnoxious, but the resulting new jewelry line is very nice. If bling isn't your thing, Shinola's partnership with GE yields some seriously sleek power strips and extension cords (be still my heart). Dustin Koda, Art Director
Encyclopedia of Flowers III, Flower Compositions by Makoto Azuma, Photography by Shunsuke Shinoki In this three-volume series, Encyclopedia of Flowers, Azuma Makoto works within the constraints of a rapidly changing flower market and the ephemeral nature of botanical life to create sculptural and spatial experiences. Through Shusuke Shiinoki's photographs, Makoto transforms the prosaic into works of transcendent expression and existentially examines our ongoing interest with beauty, context, and mortality.
Marble Bench by Muller Van Severen Belgian duo Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen created a bench strict in form yet whimsical in color. The luxurious cuts of marble belie the bench's commodious practicality. Becca Blasdel, Products Editor Nobel Truong Fluorescent Cacti  For someone with a brown thumb, or an apartment with very little natural light, Nobel Truong's fluorescent cactus sculptures are just the ticket. Plus, they are available in lamp versions, so you can have a mini desert disco when it's too cold to leave the house. Eames Coffee Table Book
This book is a feast for the eyes for any Eames fan. With drawings, photographs, and plans–all of the dynamic duo's projects are in chronological order from their earliest furniture designs to their short film, Powers of Ten.  Antonio Pacheco, West Editor Nimbus Cork Square Side Table Here’s a very cool-looking chair made of steel and cork that is also very comfortable to sit in. The seat is milled from thick slabs of renewable cork from Portugal that have been buffed soft and shaped to have bullnose corners. Dekalog Kieślowski’s Dekalog is a film series from 1980s-Poland that chronicles the lives of the residents of a Soviet-era housing complex. Each of the ten, hour-long films draws on the Ten Commandments for thematic inspiration.

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 Assistant

Budget 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.
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AN’s holiday gift guide

This year, A|N asked a few of our favorite architects and designers what they’re most excited about this holiday season—and boy, they did not disappoint.

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, Juniper

Steal: 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.

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AN 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: 16 design-heavy gifts sure to please everyone on your list

The holidays are quickly approaching, and AN has found the best architecture and design gifts to give (or receive) this season. Here are 16 must-have gifts for everyone on your list. The High Line Phaidon Get the inside scoop behind the inspiration and creation of New York’s notable elevated park, The High Line. This hefty tome includes 50 gatefolds and 570 illustrations. $75 Framed Benhaddou Laser Cut Paper Art Molly M Designs Dress up any office or home with this 16- by-16-inch, 3-D paper art masterpiece made of stacked laser-cut paper and framed with poplar wood. $182 Structo Table Curio Design Equipped with Bluetooth technology and both task and ambient light features, this table lamp will bring a pop of color to any office environment. $250 Mod Tablet 2  This Is Ground A handy carryall case for tablets helps you keep your tablet, phone, pens, stylus, glasses, cards, cash, notebooks, small items, open compartments, and cords organized during travel. It’s available in five colorways and also serves as a soft tablet stand. $299 Arbesser Blankets Hem These warm and snuggly throw blankets come in two patterns: Arch and Stripe. Arch is made of New Zealand wool, and Stripe is comprised of 100 percent New Zealand lambswool. Both come in four unique colorways. $120-$150 Measure Up Pendant Set Whitebeam Studio This matte and polished stainless-steel necklace features calipers, a ruler, and L square charms. $113 Courtesy TOM DIXON Brew Cafetiere and Espresso Cups Tom Dixon Coffee enthusiasts will enjoy the copper-finished, stainless-steel cafetiere and espresso cup set—the latest additionsto Tom Dixon’s Brew line of coffee products. Espresso Cups: $130; Cafetiere: $185 Camera Shoulder Bag WELCOMEPROJECTS Accessorize any outfit with this trendy twin-lens camera bag. Measuring four-and-a half inches long, four inches wide, and eight inches tall, this bag is suitable for all seasons. $760 Condiment Architecture Aldo Cibic Perfect for a table centerpiece, this nine-piece condiment set is made of bone china and features salt and pepper shakers, a vase, a toothpick holder, three ramekins, a pitcher, and a tray. $80 An Igloo On The Moon  Circa Press Let your young architect explore the many wonders of building with this historic and informative read by David Jenkins. $30 Plank Scarf Sam Jacob Studio Beat the cold this winter with this warm, twotoned scarf. Wood planks inspired the pattern and the yarn fringes mimic wood splinters. $38 Grid x Line Still Room The design of this foil-stamped stationary set includes a one-inch grid and two line weights. Grid x Line is available in six eye-catching foil colors and two paper types. $5.50-$9 Park Plate Collection notNeutral The National Mall in Washington, D.C., makes it table-side debut in this collection of plates, which includes images of Lincoln Memorial, Tidal Basin, Museum Core, and Capitol Hill. Individual: $50; Set: $180 White Brass Jewelry Collection Marmol Radziner Designed by Marmol Radziner Chief Jewelry Designer Robin Cottle, this fashion-forward jewelry line includes lightweight rings, three wrist cuffs, and earrings. $125 and up Ceramic Bowls and Glasses  Vipp Vipp has joined forces with Danish ceramicist Annemette Kissow to create a seven-piece, handcrafted collection consisting of a bowl, milk jug, egg ring, plate, espresso cup, coffee and teacup, and glasses. $35-$49 Livescribe Notebook Moleskine Moleskine partnered with Livescribe to create a high-tech notebook that turns handwritten notes into digital documents. The notebook works with Livescribe smartpens and the Livescribe+ app. $30