Design buffs can be terribly discerning – and socks and a Starbucks gift card simply aren’t going to cut the mustard. We’ve picked out 8 gifts for architecture lovers, from modernist stocking fillers to tiny, tiny homes and a Sottsass classic…
Miniature replica of your home
If a model of your favourite landmark isn’t personal enough, go a step further and commission a mini replica of your own home or (for extra nostalgia points) the place you grew up. Chisel & Mouse use a mix of 3D printing and sculpting to create these tiny houses, based on photos, drawings, sketches and satellite data.
The Sant’s architectural handbag
Enjoy the Bauhaus in bag form, with The Sant’s line of architectural accessories. Its range of geometric handbags, clutches and shoulder bags are all designed by Laura Riera with minimalist principles in mind.
Tetra ‘concrete’ soap
Looking for a stocking filler? These shrunken down soap versions of tetrapod coastal barriers are a more manageable – and wrappable – version of Brutalism for the architecture enthusiast on your list. Tetra’s all-natural ingredients list includes myrrh resin, which adds to the concrete texture.
Pet-tecture: Design for Pets
If your budget doesn’t stretch to an architect-designed home, get some inspiration for design at a smaller scale with this book dedicated to the design-savvy dog (and cat, and bird) published via Phaidon.
Brutalist vases by Tiipoi
London-based design studio Tiipoi launched its ‘Siment’ collection during London Design Festival in September, and it features a range of concrete planters and vases inspired by the urban infrastructure of modern India, including Bangalore water towers.
Cityscape cushions by 21.am
Sam Picardal is an architectural designer by day and artist by night. Their Instagram feed, 21.am, is among our recent obsessions – and Picardal’s detailed line drawings have now been translated into textiles. Our favourite is their Asakusa cityscape cushion, available via Society6.com
Brutalist Christmas Cards
Sottsass coffee table
Designed in 1992, the Lipari coffee table is among Ettore Sottsass’s more restrained postmodern designs. As well as being intriguing to unwrap, it’s perfect for those who love bold shapes – but more subtle colours.
£1495 via 1stDibs