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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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Architecture Firm Offers One Luxury Buyer a Custom Backyard Stadium

Searching for the perfect holiday gift? If AN’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide choices are not exquisite enough for your recipient’s taste, sport architecture firm Populous has just the right $30 million option. The Kansas City-based company, whose commissions include Yankee Stadium in New York City and London’s Olympic Stadium, will give one big spender their own custom backyard stadium this holiday season. The offer was created for Robb Report’s Ultimate Gift List this year, a list of luxury presents for the world’s wealthiest, said Ballpark Digest. After at least 12 months of design and construction, the personal field will be equipped with the electronic displays and the technology to host and play nearly any sport. A gift stadium by Populous will be 40- to 50-yards long, about half the size of a regulation American football field. Fiber optics in the artificial grass playing green field will set regulation field lines with light, giving multisport options. Surrounding players on all sides, 12 to 20 feet tall LED screens will have the abilities to countdown and keep score, project backdrop environments of famous sporting grounds, and fill the stadium with virtual fans, in addition to the 100 real seats of a built box. If weather is a problem, the stadium can be constructed with a retractable roof. If the client desires a more authentic playing experience, machine-made rain, wind, and snow may be created. Populous’ electronic wonder field is meant for personal use, with technology to mimic the function of a true stadium, not to achieve it. The goal is to create “a custom, premium environment for a select number of people,” said the firm’s Associate Principle Ryan Sickman. And regardless of the population of a practice, scrimmage or match, its sound system can recreate the cheers, songs, and hecklings of a professional game.
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Product> 2013 Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide

As architects, we know you're overworked and probably underpaid, and we're guessing you haven't had time to draft your holiday wish list quite yet. But don't despair. AN has compiled a list of high-design, unique gift ideas for you and your colleagues, friends, and family members with good taste, most of which are also attainable for budget-conscious buyers. Pianta Karryon Taski Tote drawings and plans in a bespoke leather carrying case. The product's name comes from the Italian word for floor plan, and an phonetic take on the words "carry on." With an adjustable Velcro closure, it can carry rolls of plans from 3 1/2- to 11-inches in diameter. Luxe Carafe Niche Modern  Glass blowers form the smooth curves of this sleek water carafe and drinking glass. At 9 1/2 inches in height, in comes a variety of colors, in addition to clear. A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture Virginia and Lee Mcalester For the know-it-all on your list, provide some ammunition for their holiday cocktail party conversation arsenal. The second edition is a fully expanded, comprehensive expansion to the original 1984 release with more than 1,600 detailed photographs and line illustrations. S20-L2 Baton Olight For job site traipsing or natural disaster preparedness, this is the perfect gift for the adventurer on your list. Four brightness levels and a strobe setting assure safety assistance across multiple levels and a strong magnet at the back assumes a stationary, spotlight function. An affixed clip also coordinates nicely with pocket protectors. Mirage Shelving Ladies & Gentleman Studio Who isn't up for a good game of smoke and mirrors? Show your sense of humor by giving the look of grandeur at just 30 inches in height. Mirage Hex Corner is wall mounted with a walnut-trimmed cleat, to achieve a seamless, kaleidoscopic effect. Soccket Uncharted Play Give the gift of social change when you buy Soccket, a soccer ball that stores the kinetic of energy of play to power small electronic devices. Each purchase also gives a child the opportunity to join a SOCCKET Team for access to renewable SOCCKET power and an educational curriculum. Beyond the Bridge Think Fabricate Created from an 1879-lithographic print of "balloon view" bridges from Currier and Ives, this series suits the traditionalist, engineer, or Brooklynite on your list. The series include one plate each of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights, Governor’s Island, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard with Wallabout Bay in the foreground. Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life Todd Oldham If you're looking for vibrant graphics, look no further than Todd Oldham's compilation of Charley Harper's expansive illustrating career. With an intimate interview forward, you'll see these iconic images from your childhood textbooks in a whole new light: Charley Harper was an early supporter of women in the workplace and an avid conservationist. Available in both hard cover and paper back editions. Line/09 Myers Collective For the design-minded women on your list, how about a handcrafted necklace? LA-based architect Jenny Myers designed this 20-inch piece with silk thread that supports brass tubes in unique geometric formations, fastened with a gold clasp and hardware. Sake Set Deborah Ehrlich Collection This sake set, hand-blown from Swedish crystal, would meet any Japanophile's discerning standards. The slim decanter measures 8 1/2 inches in height and 2 inches in diameter, and each cup is a dainty 1 1/3- by 2-inches. AeroPress Aerobie Go ahead and feed the addiction: Coffeeholic and AN managing editor Aaron Seward says its the best he's ever had. Each order comes with the full kit of parts and a supply of specially shaped filters that will keep your caffeine levels sky high for a full year. For an accompanying premium roast, we recommend Gimme!. Vieni via con me Ring Alessi An extension of Trimarchi's La Stanza dello Scirocco collection includes a geometric cocktail ring that measures just under 2 inches. It's stainless steel material is suitable for those on your list with sensitive skin. Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City by Robert A.M. Stern, David Fishman, and Jacob Tilove Monacelli Press Sure to please any urbanist, this 1,072-page tome contains the definitive history of the garden suburb.  The book chronicles its start in England during the late 18th century and the effects of industrialization and transportation across many cities in the U.S. Bol Sein Sevres For the person who has a tinge of an Oedipal complex or just a liberal sense of humor, the Bol Sein speaks to carnal urges in a porcelain medium. Allegedly, the mold was formed from the bosom of Marie Antoinette during the 18th century for her King and husband.
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AN′s Twelfth-Hour Gift Grab 2010